SLS3 offered me a pair of their Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves.Do I have PF? Well, no. Not right now. I had twinges of it in the later weeks of marathon training, but never bad enough to need to take a break from running.
Then why would I want to try the sleeves? I have skinny feet and bad arches. Of all the skinny body parts a girl could ask for, feet just don’t make the top 10 list. Sure, having crazy monkey toes can come in handy, but sometimes a girl just needs a little extra support.
Enter the compression gear.As touted by the SLS3 Amazon description, “They offer targeted compression for perfect foot and ankle support to stimulate the healing process. The increased blood flow speeds up the recovery!”
Normally after a day of cleaning house barefoot my feet hate me. This past Saturday I wore them around all day with no complaints. Not even the little piggy cried! Just kidding. But seriously…
I even loved that the toes were open to allow me to paint my toenails while wearing them! I had my morning coffee, put on the sleeves, painted my toenails then started my chores. By the time my house sparkled, the nail polish had dried and my arches were happy from all the support they received.
DISCLAIMER: I received this item free in exchanged for an honest review. My opinions are not for sale. The Million Dollar Man use to say, every man has his price. But I’m a chick, so there.
Moving along to the gear I bought myself.
After my first run in shorts of the season, I made an impulse purchase. Every year I beat myself up because my thunder thighs are too large for running shorts. No matter how much weight I lose (even down in my 12X days) or body glide I apply, I still have some chub-rub and chaffing.
Immediately following said run, I
complained explained to a non-running friend about my issues. She suggested getting a pair of bike shorts with a longer inseam. I assured her they didn’t make what I needed at an affordable price.
When I got home that evening, I went online to find a sample of the outrageousness of her suggestion. One of the first results to pop up were these shorts.The right length (7″) and the right price (under $20)? Yes, please!! While labeled “bike” shorts, they don’t have the padding in the bum which would make it like running in a diaper.
So I ordered them, convinced they were too good to be true but willing to try them. Yesterday I wore them on my run and fell in love even more. I’m going to buy them in the only other color offered and probably multiple pairs in the same color (so I only have to do laundry once a week.)
If you are a bigger-thigh kinda girl like me, I highly recommend them! They were light and airy, didn’t ride up, and helped me not think “I’m so fat I deserve to suffer like this” with each step of my run. (Yes, I’m that critical of myself. So you see how revolutionary these shorts are!)
Have you gotten any new gear lately? I’d love to read about some of your favorites. I can’t believe I’ve been running for 6 years and just now finding these gems. Don’t keep me in the dark about your favorites!