Yes, I wear compression sleeves. But interestingly enough, only for a marathon or on 20 mile training runs.
Why do I wear them?
There is a lot of information and discussion out there about compression sleeves and their purpose. And if you hear something is going to make you a better runner, you try it (heck, I am still juicing a full head of beets on the morning of my races. Gag!). Here is what I have found for myself:
Why I Wear Compression Sleeves:
1. LESS LEG PAIN:
My calf’s and shin’s don’t hurt! Have you run the Delaware Marathon? Well, let me tell you – HELLO HILLS! Going up and down that many hills has shin pain written all over it. I find when I wear the compression sleeves my lower legs don’t hurt as much as if I didn’t wear them.
The night of my race and the following day I am married to ice and my foam roller. I hurt everywhere! Everywhere except my lower legs! They just don’t hurt!
There is a lot of speculation about compression sleeves improving your running performance.
Do they make you go faster? Out for debate.
Do they make you feel less tired as you go? Possibly.
I don’t know if the sleeves do anything for my running performance. On any given race day I face the same new dilemmas – the weather, my hydration levels, am I tired, did I drink my beet juice (are those darn beets messing with my belly). Some days all the forces align and I am ready to kick butt. Some days I have to use so much more will power to maintain standard running performance. I can just throw the sleeves in my list of water, weather, beets…
I do not wear the sleeves for distances less than 20 miles. Why?
I guess I should think about this one. The sleeves aren’t awful to wear. The compression socks were – just too tight on my feet (which are prone to swell from running long distances). But the sleeves are fine. I just like the feeling of not wearing them I guess for short distances. If I ever get shin splints after a shorter race then you will see pictures of me in compression sleeves a lot more, for sure!
How about you? Do you wear compression sleeves? What do they do for you? Let me know!