I'm a rather simplistic runner — grab my running shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather, my Garmin (or not, some days) and I'm good. Over my years of running, I have added an item or two to my gear list because they truly make a difference in my performance — compression wear is at the top of the list.
Running in compression wear makes my legs feel lighter and less fatigued, even at mile 20 of a marathon. I used to think it was all in my head but the proof is in the pudding. Compression really works!
As a BibRave Pro, I received the Legend Compression Leg Sleeves to review and I put them to the test this month. I have used compression socks for training, racing and recovery in the past but this was my first time using leg sleeves.
I found that the leg sleeves are great for indoor workouts (or hot weather runs this summer). The material is breathable and I didn't overheat like I do when wearing full compression socks.
When wearing these on a chilly winter run, I layered them under (and even over) my running tights. Layering with the leg sleeves was a cinch and I was able to put them on/took them off with ease.
Besides looking super cool, Legend Compression Leg Sleeves offer many performance benefits:
Compression Done Right (Not Tight!)Legend Compression Leg Sleeves aren't as "tight" as other compression wear, being 15-20 mmHG vs the usual 20-30 mmHG. This means they are easier to get on and off without sacrificing the support and performance benefits! Based on their experience and understanding of medical compression, Legend Compression Wear has found the right amount of compression that is most effective for training and recovery.
This #rightnottight fit has many benefits including increased athletic performance, increased oxygen levels and blood circulation, reduced muscle fatigue, exertion and soreness and faster recovery time!
My leg sleeves are easy to slide off even after a sweaty workout, which I appreciate. Some other compression brands feel like they might as well rip off a layer of my skin as I peel off the sock!
Durable Power BandThe power band on the top of these leg sleeves makes them easier to roll on and off and, once on, the sleeve STAYS PUT! I didn't have to worry about them sliding down in the middle of my run. The durable power band also protects the sleeve from rips and tears during daily usage.
Lightweight and Breathable ConstructionLegend's Leg Sleeves are lightweight and made with an open stitch in the back for ultimate breathability. They are moisture wicking and work great for layering up during a winter run. For summer long runs, these sleeves are also UV protective.
What I LOVED about Legend's compression leg sleeves is their high quality material, #rightnottight fit and that they are proudly made in the USA! Now I think it would be fun to have a collection of Legend's compression leg sleeves in every color assortment and then mix and match :)
Check out Legend Compression Leg Sleeves here and take 20% off your order using the code "rave20"!
Take your performance to the next level with @LEGENDlegwear Compression LegSleeves! https://t.co/9eGh2BsBDR #bibchat @BibRave #rightnottight— Amy (@creativeaim87) January 22, 2017
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My Workout Weekly Wrap: 01/16-01/22
01/16 MON: 4 mi, 00:35 @ 08:50 pace. Lots of snow and slick roads but overall it was a beautiful morning. The above zero temps feel GREAT! Our dog joined me for the last mile and he was a big fan. I think he gets a little depressed when it's too cold for us all to play outside.
01/17 TUES: Runner's Yoga (25:28)
01/18 WED: 5 mi, 00:43 @ 08:41 pace. This morning was gorgeous! 20 degrees and a little wind. Just a perfect morning after such a cold snap. The dog joined me for the last two miles and he was just as excited as me.
01/19 THURS: Vinyasa Yoga Flow (17:55) and Bowflex plank/push-up video on Youtube.
01/20 FRI: 7.68 mi, 01:01 @ 07:58 pace. Slushy & warm outside. It's so nice to be above 0 degrees! My Yaktrax are now officially broken and the right one slipped off like 4 times during the run :(
01/21 SAT: Run/Walk with the dog, 3.1 mi, 00:36 @ 11:34 pace. Testing out the Stunt Puppy hands-free leash! More on that later.
01/22 SUN: Stayed home from church with sick kiddos and my getting-sick self! Hope this is a short-lived cold and cough.
Do you use compression wear in training or recovery?