Without my car, I feel like I've been shuffling all over the place, living out of a couple of bags. Some days, I have to bring my volleyball gear; other days, I have to bring my volleyball bag and a bag with a change of clothes; other days, I just have to bring myself. I forgot what it was like to figure out a commute that was not on my own time! (I recognize that this all makes me sound like a big baby, so I apologize!)
Speaking of my own time, I really need to sit down over the next two weeks and map out my marathon training plan and schedule. USAV season for volleyball is really going to start taking up more time in January, so I want to get a jump start before that time comes. Training for a marathon is my main running resolution for 2016, so I have to take it seriously!
One thing I'm really going to have to focus on is my recovery routine. Earlier this year, I was overdoing it with the running and the volleyball combination. I had all kinds of nagging injuries, and ended up dropping two volleyball seasons in order to get myself prepared for all of the races I had coming up. (Of course the number of races doubled in just a matter of weeks, so I'm really glad I did this.) Unfortunately, I was not terribly dedicated to carving out time for recovery.
I did learn, however, from a trainer at my gym that my calves are super tight. Like, ridiculously tight. I thought he was joking, until he took me through a series of tests that made me lose a little bit of dignity. :-| I bought a couple of lacrosse balls to use to roll out my calves when I don't have the space to use my foam roller. Those little guys are miracle workers!
SLS3 contacted me about trying out their new style of either compression socks or calf sleeves. Seeing as I already owned a few pairs of compression socks, and that they were giving me problems with my foot while running (I've since stopped running in them), I figured I'd check out their compression sleeves. I'd only tried compression sleeves once before (through an Adventure Run), and I liked them!
The company sent me a free pair of compression sleeves from their new butterfly compression line. This line comes in fun colors, and has cute butterflies on them. It was really hard for me to pick a color because I loved all of my choices! I decided to go with a teal pair, since that's one of my favorite colors. I used to wear that color ALL THE TIME, but my friend Kelly* banned me years ago. Now, I'm slowly starting to acquire more clothing in this color, since I eventually had none!
The butterflies on the sleeves are absolutely adorable. Did I secretly hope the butterflies would make me run faster? Maybe.
Okay, so now some more technical things about the sleeves. For one, I loved opening up the package to find a pair of compression sleeves that were not stiff. Some brands can be super stiff, no matter how you wash or dry them! These do not feel like that at all. They have a lot of give, which makes it so you don't feel like they're cutting off all of your circulation!
I use the washing machine like a fiend, because hand washing is not my favorite thing to do. I line dry most of my fitness clothes that way things don't lose shape. I've been treating these the same way, and the color hasn't faded, and they have maintained their shape. They're not fraying around the edges either, which is a major plus for me, since I've been having that issue with some compression socks from a different brand.
|My SLS3 butterfly compression sleeves, fresh out of the box!|
Now, I did get these sleeves in a size up from what I usually wear, as my calf measurement fell right in between two sizes. I'm actually glad I measured my calves (or rather, that the nice lady at Road Runner Sports measured them for me), that way I got the right fit for me. Sizes vary between brands, so this was definitely a smart choice.
I've been wearing my compression sleeves mostly for recovery, and they have been great for that. I cannot wait until it gets warm again -- for so many reasons! -- so that I can test out the cooling effect and UV protection that are in the product description for these sleeves. It wasn't warm enough for me to wear shorts on my runs for the last two months I've been testing them out, but I'm looking forward to it! Maybe by the time it's warm again, I will have more teal clothes to match them with. ;-)
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*Yeah, I called you out, girl! ;-)