Sunday, December 14, 2008

Today's Long Run & Zensah Compression Sleeves

19 degrees...19 degrees.  Ouch.  Got in a nice long run (about 16.3 miles) at Rockefeller with the newly married Kristen and Wayne today.  Lots and lots of hills.

I ran today with the Zensah Shin Splint/Calf Compression Sleeve.  Now, I don't have shin splints or any calf issues, but, I've read a lot about compression clothing and its benefits both during running and for recovery.  In fact, you should check out's July 8, 2008 post (Compression Clothing and Recovery from Running) for a detailed discussion and look at the many options. As for the Zensah, the deep groove ribbing is supposed to help increase blood circulation, getting oxygen to the muscles faster. The back of the sleeve provides support of the calf and and Achilles.  Well, they also happened to keep me nice and warm on a chilly day.

Today's Elevation Profile (click for larger view)

Oh - I almost forgot about the Holiday Booty Buster Challenge, hosted by Run to Finish.  Basically, you get 1 point per mile (run or walk or snowshoe),1 point per 15 minutes of weight lifting or pilates,1 point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, elliptical), and 1 point per 30 minutes of stretching or yoga or abs.  I've been couting as best as possible, but with one week down it looks as if I've got 57 points.


  1. Hmm I've had some major calf issues over the years, I wonder how something like that would help. I'll have to check them out.

    good luck on HBBC!

  2. C'mon, Rockies don't have "many many hills"! :)

  3. I've seen a couple of Olympians at local races wearing these and wondered if they really helped, though warmth wasn't an issue for here. Good luck getting those points this week.

  4. can't believe that you did 16 miles in that bitter cold weather. Florida will be a welcome change!!!!
    Those compression socks seem well-worth it --I have always had tight calves and achilles issues and wondered if they help. Hope Kirsten enjoying married life...

  5. Don't laugh, but I've often wondered about compression for the mid section (read: girdle) for ultrarunning. I don't just mean for chubby midsections but to sort of hold those jumbling insides a little more securely to avoid stomach problems from all the jostling.
    Haven't tried any of the compression stuff out...
    BTW, I ran in 0 degrees, -12 windchill yesterday morning, so be thankful for 19. ;-)

  6. Huh, I don't recognize those Rockies in this picture.

  7. Looks like the ones PJ was wearing at Javelina. Hey whatever keeps you going.

  8. I don't know how you do it. 19 degrees?!? That is about my limit right there LOL

  9. Unbelievable! You are really great. Hope I can do it too by the help of Zensah sleeves. yeah! :)