Compression Confession | Tuesdays on the Run

TOTR 2 small 300We’re talking runners slang this week on Tuesdays on the Run.

What  code words or special things do you say to your running besties, or as I like to call them BRF (best runner friends!).

I’m all over the runrise action (running with the sunrise), myself. As well as Gallowrunning (Galloway running method). Thankfully most of my friends speak my same language!

Sound off on what your code words are and link up with ErikaMarcia and me this week.


Compression Confession

I pretty much spilled all my code words in the intro. I’m not all that creative when it comes to running code. Blogger fail!

I was sent a new pair of compression socks by SLS3 to test out and review. They are also offering a nice discount code to you guys, so check it out! You can buy the socks

You can buy the socks on Amazon and use the code YHM5PMSG to lower the price to $12.99.

That’s right: $13 for compression socks. It’s a great deal!

sls compression review running gear

Super cute butterfly designs as well!

I bought my first pair of compression socks about 5 years ago and they were the SLS3 brand. I fell in love with the butterfly design and still think they are pretty cute!

They come in a couple of different colors now including my original blue pair, purple, pink, and lime yellow.

My first concern with compression socks is: will they fit.

The answer:


sls compression review running gear

Since I have large calves (16 inches- eesh!) I am always concerned about compression socks being too tight. I’ve tried on brands before that were super awesome for compression. Too awesome, actually. They left deep lines on my legs and were not comfortable to put on or take off.

These, however, felt great. Went on smoothly, stayed snug, and gave me no issues on my run.

They even did alright running through the sprinklers.

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Hey, it’s HOT here in Arizona. I couldn’t pass that opportunity up!

So the socks are cool in the sprinklers. I tested them for you. You’re welcome. Ha!

My only complaint is in the bottoms of the feet. I’m a special snowflake when it comes to my feet and prefer socks with more cushioning for long runs. While I’d wear these for something shorter than a half, I don’t really need compression for those 2-3 mile training runs, you know?

They aren’t thin, but they just don’t provide the level I prefer when it comes to cushioning. If that’s not a concern to you, then you’ll be happy with the SLS3 compression socks.

sls compression review running gear

Do you run in compression socks or sleeves? Is there a magic mileage number where you put them on?

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  • I have so many compression socks now but 12.99 is a great deal. I do not ever wear them running though, just after a long run.

  • Christy says:

    I just got these too and love them, I wear them to work also, since as a nurse I am on my feet all day long. Okay I got three pairs. I love the pretty butterflies!

  • Marcia says:

    Many brands are also “too awesome” for my cannonball calves, as I like to call them. Good to know these are not.

  • I’ve started wearing compression sleeves every time I run. I’ve only ever tried 2XU sleeves so I love reading reviews of other brands. Will be checking out SLS3 next time I need a new pair!

  • Lesley says:

    I wear sleeves when I run so I can use the socks I want to. I have a pair of compression socks to wear around the home for recovery, but I won’t run in them. I’m very picky about what I run in, so sleeves it is.

  • Sonia says:

    I find running in compression socks and calf sleeves very constricting (and hot!). It’s all I can think about once I get going. I’ve tried many different brands and styles. I prefer to wear them for recovery and overnight or travel. I haven’t worn compression arm sleeves though and I want to try them.

  • I never see a “runrise”. Never. I like my Feetures compression and PRO compression, but I’m always looking to try new things…

  • I never see a “runrise”. Never. I like my Feetures compression and PRO compression, but I’m always looking to try new things…

  • Rachel says:

    Super cute compression socks. I run in sleeves every now and again but haven’t religiously since last spring.

  • Ana says:

    Those are so cute! I have bee weaning myself off compression sleeves when running, and trying to work on using them only for recovery. I felt they were keeping me from addressing the real reason why I was wearing them.

    I will have to check this ones out for recovery for sure!

  • The compression socks look good, I haven’t tried SLS3 but have heard great things!

  • Jessica S says:

    12.99 is a great deal! I’ve traditionally worn them after long runs, not during the run, so the lack of padding might not be as much of an issue. Definitely worth checking out – thanks!

  • I find pretty much all compression socks to thin on my feet (plus too tight, but hey, that’s they’re purpose), which is why I go for compression sleeves. Considering how hot it’s been here (not compared to you, but a lot of humid days in the high 80s & 90, with a few lovely days like yesterday & today mixed in), I haven’t been running in compression at all. Or wearing it after the run, which is probably not a good idea.

    So I tend to go for sleeves during, socks after for recovery, and if it’s really hot, nothing (but tape on the longer runs).

  • Tracy says:

    I am a long time runner (a slow poke) and I have never tried compression socks. I did wear one compression sleeve on a very cranky calf for a few longer training runs and a half marathon. I agree – the sleeve made my calf super hot (and not in a good way) . However my cranky calf behaved and I was able to have a great race day.
    I would also agree that I like a thick running sock – this is a must for longer runs!!

  • San says:

    Supercute. I’d love to try compression socks for running. Unfortunately, the code doesn’t seem to work 🙁

  • vicki says:

    Those are cute socks… I have them in blue, I thought they were really soft. I usually don the socks on runs over 6 miles. I have tried the sleeves, but I like the socks better.

  • Christy says:

    I tried to get those socks (because I love running in them anything 3mi or over), but they kept saying the code was invalid. Thanks for checking into it because I’d love to get more

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