Running Compression Socks | 8+ Of The Best – Women’s Health

Running Compression Socks | 8+ Of The Best – Women’s Health

On the hunt for running compression socks but not sure where to start? Let WH help.

With only a few weeks until the London, Paris and Brighton marathons kick off, many runners are slowly but surely growing to live with the side effects of running.

You name it, runners deal with it. Think lost toenails, blood blisters and chafing everything. Oh, and then there’s the insufferably painful next day calf DOMs that no amount of stretching and foam rolling can save. But what if we said a simple pair of running compression socks could be the answer? And yes, we mean ones similar to the type your 82-year-old Aunt Lydia usually wears on long-haul flights.

One of the most overwhelming parts of marathon training is the deluge of tips and tricks that everyone throws at you, from your work colleagues to your next-door neighbour. Whether it’s fuelling or running gels, everyone knows best. And whilst we don’t want to add to your never-ending list of ‘must trys’, it’s time you read up on the benefits of running compression socks.

RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS:
DO THEY WORK?

Yes—if used correctly, according to Andy Vincent, Elite Personal Trainer at Third Space, London. “The use of compression socks after training has had a lot of research and can be used as a recovery tool after endurance training,” he says. “Running compression socks can promote recovery by increasing circulation in your leg muscles, which is important post activity to help remove the substrates that build during training, such as lactic acid and other metabolites.”

So how could running compression socks really help you?

Lactate recovery rate

Whilst their benefit on performance is still questionable, as Vincent mentioned, several studies have indicated that running compression socks can help muscle recovery post-run. Research from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, indicated that runners had a faster lactate recovery rate when wearing compression socks.

Blood circulation

Less DOMS

Finally, running compression socks work by being tighter than your normal footwear, which promotes blood flow. They sit just below the knee to reduce your stiff day after DOMs and have been compared to treating your calves to a big cosy bear hug. Sounds good, right?

So whilst the evidence isn’t conclusive, wearing compression socks won’t do any harm – other than to your ego until your nearest and dearest slowly but surely gets used to seeing you wandering around in knee-high socks.

8 BEST COMPRESSION SOCKS FOR RUNNERS:
FROM LOW BUDGET TO LUXURY

1. 2XU RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £38.50, amazon.com

2. STANCE RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £35.43, stance.com

3. SKINS RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £26.99, sportsshoes.com

4. ASICS RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £9.99, sportsshoes.com

5. THORLO RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £19.99, sportsshoes.com

6. HILLY MARATHON RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £24.99, sportsshoes.com

7. CEP WOMEN’S RUNNING COMPRESSION NIGHT SOCKS, £26.90, runnerinn.com

8. VITALSOX RUNNING COMPRESSION SOCKS, £10.74, amazon.com

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