Compression Socks for Running: What You Should Know

Normal socks cover your skin, protecting you from blisters and sores caused by friction when you run. However, these do not provide support or additional benefits to your legs. Compression socks, on the other hand, offer more than just that. You will get better health and performance simply by wearing a pair of these. Want to know more? Read on to find out how compression socks work and what good you can get from them. We’ll also help you out in choosing the best compression socks brands for your running needs. What are compression socks? Compression socks are more than just a tight pair of socks. You can immediately tell by the feel of it. Good compression socks will not leave marks on your skin, unlike tight ordinary socks. The stretchy fabric often made with a combination of nylon, cotton, and spandex offers light compression to the foot, ankle, and calf. This squeezes your leg without cutting off blood circulation. Compression socks were made to improve blood flow in your veins and blood vessels. Do compression socks actually work? Should you wear them while running? A lot of leg conditions are a result of poor blood circulation in the legs. Especially when running, your muscles need more oxygen to function properly. Without the appropriate supply, your calves and thighs will… Read more “Compression Socks for Running: What You Should Know”

How to Find Time & Mental Space for a Tough Training Plan

Training for an endurance event can seem daunting. When I first read the Hansons’ Half Marathon Method book, which prescribes as much or even more mileage than other full marathon plans, I didn’t think it was for me. In my early 40s, with only a few years of running experience behind me, and with no natural talent, I doubted I could even do it. There were phrases in the book that went something like: We won’t sugarcoat it. This phase is very difficult, and you will be tired. Yikes! Last summer I took a leap into the scary unknown and tried the Hansons’ plan for my fall half marathon. I was so happy and proud that I successfully completed the tough training, which was a big accomplishment for me in its own right. I’m in week 6 of the same training plan for my spring half marathon and am re-learning just how tough it is. I thought back to what worked for me the first time so that I can use it again this time. If you’ve ever really wanted to try a tough training plan but aren’t sure you can do it, trust me that YOU CAN. Here are some things that worked for me that I’ll be using again and that I hope may be useful to you… Read more “How to Find Time & Mental Space for a Tough Training Plan”

Brooks LSD Lite Women’s Jacket

I’ve been on the hunt for a lightweight, rain-proof running jacket for spring and summer and ordered the Brooks LSD Lite Jacket II from Amazon, though the actual seller was Night-Gear. There are newer versions out (the LSD III and LSD IV)   and lots of colors, and the price varies depending on version and color. I really like the Brite Green/Black color I got, and the price can’t be beat. Fit- and feature-wise, this jacket is awesome and is just what I was looking for. I ordered a medium and found it very roomy and comfortable. While I don’t anticipate wearing many layers under it, I think a tight-fitting jacket might stick to sweaty skin in the rain. If you are in between sizes, I’d consider sizing up. Here you can see how roomy it is. The length comes to mid-hip and is ideal for me. It’s a little hard to see, but there are reflective strips at the bottom of both arms as well as the bottom of the jacket.… Read more “Brooks LSD Lite Women’s Jacket”

Cute Activewear To Motivate You

Quite often each of us who is engaged in fitness has a stupor. We saw the first results and suddenly (as it seems to us) stopped. You think, “Well, I do everything right: I work out, eat right, run, follow the regimen”. It does not occur to you to talk about this with a coach, but you take out, hidden by you same chocolate bar, you eat it all without noticing it, then a donut, then something else… “So what, I’m no good at it anyway”! Tomorrow you skip a workout, the day after that another one… But, in the beginning, when you decided to do sports, you were motivated by something. There was some motive for it!  Of course, some people have been exercising since childhood and for some reason, they stopped, and in order not to lose their shape or to improve it, they continued to go to the gym. But most of us came for other reasons. Someone was inspired by the girl on the cover of a sports magazine, someone after the separation with a boy or a girl to not get depressed, someone was so upset about the clothing size, someone after the birth of children. So there are many reasons to join a gym. But that’s just the beginning…… Read more “Cute Activewear To Motivate You”