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Saturday Stories


It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.
Here are this week’s stories…

A post about training for a fall marathon.

A post about how my friend Kenny balances work and marathon training.

A post about the benefits of compression socks.

A post on the hazards of racing.

Gear Review: Swiftwick Aspire Compression Socks


Recently I was given the opportunity to test a pair of Swiftwick compression socks. You can check out their product line here. At $35 per pair the Aspire Twelve is a cheaper option than some of the other brands on the market.

You’ll notice on the website that Swiftwick offers socks in several different lengths. Personally, for my longer or tougher runs I prefer running socks that cover the calf. As a result, I ended up testing the Aspire Twelve.

In terms of colour, Swiftwick offers 8 different options for the Aspire line. I went with Fusion Blue because they matched the shoes I currently have in my rotation.

Since I have had the socks for a few weeks now I have had the opportunity to wear them for a handful of runs. I have worn them for longer runs and also for speed intervals.

The Aspire socks feel light when you have them on your feet. Unlike other socks I have tried these ones did not feel tight in the toe once I had my shoes on. In terms of length, the Aspire Twelve sit about 1-2 inches below my knees, a little lower than other full length compression socks I have tried.

One thing I will mention about these socks is that they feel a little tighter in the lower ankle than other socks I have also tried, possibly because they offer more compression in that area. Don’t be surprised if you find it tough to get these socks over your heals the first time you try to take them off.

All in all I had a positive experience with these socks. I did not have to worry about blisters or sore muscles after my long runs in them. I would recommend these socks if you are in the market for a pair of compression socks.

Product Review: CEP Progressive Run Socks

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A few weeks ago I bought myself a pair of CEP Progressive Run Socks at the Ottawa Marathon expo. SinceI was pleased with the purchase and am a fan of the product I thought I would share a review here.

I did not go to the expo looking for a new pair of compression socks but I happened to buy a new singlet at a booth next to the one where the CEP socks were being sold.

The CEP socks just happened to come in colours that matched my new singlet. I wandered over to have a look at them and noticed they were made in Germany which those who know me will tell you is a big selling point given that I spent part of my childhood in Germany.

The first thing you will notice about the CEP socks is the sizing. Unlike other compression socks which go according to your foot size, the sizing of CEP socks is based on the sized of your calves.

When I tried them on they felt tighter around my calves than other compression socks and given the theory behind compression socks that seemed like a good thing to me. They felt good when I had them on and instantly became my favourite pair of compression socks.

Among the benefits listed on the website are more energy, stamina and performance, improved blood circulation, preventive function and muscle and joint stabilization.

Since they felt good I will admit that I did something I do not normally do, I wore them on race day before trying them out on one of my training runs. I would not necessarily recommend this approach but it worked for me as I did not run into any issues for the socks.

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If you read my race report from the Ottawa Marathon you’ll know that I ran into issues with calf cramps over the last 10 km.  I’ve mentioned already that I think this was the result of an electrolyte issue because it was a warm day or a change in my form in the later stages that put more stress on my calf muscles.

On a positive note I can say that until I had to slow down and stretch my calves I certainly felt stronger than I have before that far into a marathon.

The other benefit for me was recovery. I also wore the socks in the evening of race day as well as a couple times the day after the marathon. My calves were stiff the day after, certainly to be expected given the cramping I experienced. However, I was able to recover quickly. I was back to running later that week without any effects from the marathon.

I certainly plan on wearing these socks again when I run my next marathon.

Note: the opinions expressed here are mine. I was not paid to write this post.