Lily Trotters Compression Socks: Helping Me Train for the Great Wall of China!
Earlier this year my family and I moved from Baku, Azerbaijan to Hong Kong for my husband’s work, and after a very busy summer visiting family and friends in California, my running workouts were no longer apart of my weekly routine! When we arrived in Hong Kong at the beginning of August I was determined to get back on track with my running, but the weather was incredibly hot and humid, and I needed some serious time to acclimate to the intense heat. Now that it’s December the weather is absolutely perfect for running, and I’m ready to build up my endurance. I love running for its ability to clear my mind from stress, give me inspiration, and provide me with endorphins that keep me coming back for more! I haven’t completed a running race in quite awhile, and there’s nothing like a race on the calendar to get me motivated, so I’m considering a race at the Great Wall of China. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Talk about an incredible place for a race, and now that we live so close, I think we just may need to make that happen!
As I work on building up my running endurance I decided to try Lily Trotters compression socks. Recently my husband started wearing compression socks to help improve his running performance and recovery, and he has become a big fan. This encouraged me to give them a try as well!
Why Compression Socks?
It’s often hard to find a consensus on athletic aids regarding their benefits to training, performance, and recovery. While compression socks are no different, there is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the use of compression socks has health and fitness benefits (Barone, 2016). Research shows that compression socks stimulate blood flow and reduce lactic acid build up, which both aid in legs recovering faster after a run (Dupont, 2016). Since compression socks increase circulation, they are helpful for people that sit or stand for long periods of time, and they are also beneficial during air travel. Due to the ability of compression socks to increase circulation, they can improve the appearance of varicose veins and delay the onset of them as well. In addition, they are often recommended for pregnant women who suffer from swollen legs and feet, which is definitely something I could have benefited from at the end of my four pregnancies!
When I first tried the Lily Trotters compression socks, they reminded me a bit of putting on tights because they go on easiest if you scrunch them up and start with just the toe section. Once your toes are in the socks, then the rest is easy! Although they are fitted, they are comfortable, and when I took them out for a run I forgot I was wearing them.
The many benefits of compression socks were enough to make me give them a try, and Lily Trotters provides a variety of styles that are cute and stylish. They are a fun addition to my activewear!
Have you tried compression socks before? I’d love to hear what your experiences have been with them! If you are looking to try some, I recommend checking out Lily Trotters compression socks!
Barone, J., (2016). Compression Stockings: A Guide. Retrieved from http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/over-counter-products/article/rough-guide-compression-stockings
Dupont, D (2016). Compression Socks Improve Recovery in Marathon Runners. Retrieved from https://breakingmuscle.com/learn/compression-socks-improve-recovery-in-marathon-runners