Weekly Wrap: 1/9-1/15

Yesterday was a Federal Holiday so please excuse the tardiness…The start of the year means new opportunites for us and this week we received word on two more excellent opportunities. First, we learned we were selected as Ambassadors for Wiivv. To be able to get Custom Fit 3D Printed Insoles from the comfort of home is technologically sophisticated and frankly, quite amazing.

Travis runs up to 2,000 miles a year and lives in work boots the rest of the time, so his feet could use a break from the daily grind. Wiivv insoles are designed to reduce plantar fasciitis pain, joint discomfort and general foot fatigue and help you #KeepGoing day and night. We look forward to working with Wiivv throughout the year.

We also recently received word that we will be representing Nuun as Ambassadors for a second year! We both have been using Nuun products for the better part of three years and have noticed a major improvement in our hydration when Nuun is included on a daily basis.

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Not familiar with Nuun, that’s okay. It’s simply an electrolyte enhanced drink tablet designed for an on-the-go lifestyle. packed with electrolytes, light flavor, and made from clean ingredients, nuun is the perfect sports drink for any of the activities you do. Drop a nuun tablet into 16oz of water and you’re good to go.

The electrolytes found in nuun (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium) will help alleviate cramps, help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently.

So with that, lets get to our recap.

Jen: It was good to get a solid week of runs in last week leading up to vacation when the running might end up being a little bit lax. I’m not sure what our resort will have in the way of a gym/path outside, so the plan is to just do what I can, when I can.
Since my injury, I’ve switched things up a little and added in an extra rest day on Tuesdays. It doesn’t seem to be affecting my training at all and my body appreciates the extra day off before speed work on Wednesdays. During my long run on Saturday I started to feel the aches and pains that can only mean one thing…time for new shoes! The Brooks Ravennas I have been running in were way over their mileage and I was definitely starting to feel it.

Monday: 3 miles easy

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 1 mile w/u, 3×1 mile with 400m recovery, 1 mile c/d

Thursday: 3 miles easy

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 7.5 miles

Sunday: Rest Day


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– It’s been weird the last 7-10 days for me. We had company in town from the 8th – 10th and of course I always feel guilty leaving friends and family to get a run in so I missed some days. I did okay during the week until this past weekend when I developed a severe blister on my right foot during my long run. The blister urged me to take it easy for two days while it healed.

I have some new shoes arriving this week with just under 500 miles logged on my current shoes. Hopefully my new Wivv custom insoles arrive soon and I can start fresh in both! My messed up week finished as follows:

Monday: Skipped

Tuesday: 8 Miles @ 7:19 pace

Wednesday: 6 Miles @ 7:34 pace

Thursday: 9 Miles — 1 mile w/u, 4 miles marathon pace, 1 mile easy, 2 miles marathon pace, 1 mile c/d

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 9 Miles @ 8:27 pace

Sunday: Skipped

Linked with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap

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Friday Five 2.0 1/6 — 2017 Goals

It’s that time of year again! Along with just about everyone, we’ve set some goals that we’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year.

 

Jen: for the most part I’ve decided on making general goals rather than specifics.

  1. Read More: reading is one of my favorite things to do and yet I never seem to find the time. My goal is to read at least one chapter of a book each night before bed. I’m starting off the year with Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I’ve started a running list of books that I’d like to read on Good Reads, so I’ll happily take any suggestions you might have!
  2. Consistency: I’d like to do everything that I can to avoid injury again this year. So one of my goals (this actually might be my main goal for the year) is to be consistent- consistent with running, consistent with cross training and consistent with prehab and everything else that can keep my hip happy.
  3. PR in the half marathon and 5K distances: I’ve been working towards a 2:30 half for a while now and I’d like to keep chipping time off towards hitting that time. I’d also like to finally hit a sub-30 5K at some point this year!
  4. Fundraise $3,000 for Autism Speaks. Ok, this one is specific. I’d like to double what I was able to fundraise through Team Up! last year. In addition to our Piece By Piece 5K in June which is the main fundraising event for the both of us, I’ve got a few fun ideas in the works. I’m currently planning a paint and sip class as a fundraiser and am in contact with a local Zumba instructor about doing something with her as well.  Autism is a cause very close to our hearts so it is very important to me to raise as much as I can and bring as much awareness as I can.team-up
  5. Run a full marathon: This is a carry over goal from last year. My hip injury prevented me from running Chicago last fall, so hopefully this is the year!

 

Travis:

  1. Run 2,000 Miles: This is by far my toughest goal this year. I ran 1,916 miles in 2016 but I am having surgery this March and will out of commission for a minimum of 8 weeks. My mileage before and after surgery will have to be high.
  2. Increase Our Charity 5k Participation to 150 People: For that last two years we have had 131 and 132 participants. I would like to hit the 150 mark this year!
  3. Finish House Projects: Owning a home means a never ending to do list. This year one of my goals is to at least get semi caught up on some of the projects that have been sitting on the back burner- like staining the decks and the new fence.
  4. Grow My YouTube Channel: A while back I posted a series of YouTube videos on the Garmin VivoActive HR. I really enjoyed doing the videos and it’s something I’d like to explore a little further this year.
  5. Run a Sub 3:15 Marathon: I’m not sure if this one will be possible given that I’m having surgery, but I’d like to PR at the marathon distance. I’ll need to take 12 seconds off to hit 3:15, so we’ll see if I can make it happen!img_0150

 

 

We’re linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0!

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Chicago Marathon Weekend — Before the Race

Preparations for our Chicago trip were in full swing for most of last week. One of the most important things that had to be done before we left was a haircut. During the course of fundraising for Team Up! a friend had told me he was willing to make a sizeable donation this year, but I was going to have to earn it. An idea was thrown out and when another friend caught wind of it he agreed to match the donation. For a $400 donation, I had agreed to shave something into the back of my hair and it had to remain for the entirety of our trip.  This is the result:

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It’s a 13 hour drive from Upstate New York to Chicago, so to make it easier on the kids we left at bedtime on Thursday night. Within the span of a few minutes both kids were snoring in the back seat leaving us able to drive a solid chunk of the trip without having to stop. Traveling this way has it’s pros and cons – the kids sleep but that leaves us staying up the entire night driving – it’s exhausting!

Our first stop was at O’Hare International Airport to pick up our back up for the weekend – Grandma! She flew in from Michigan for the weekend to help us out with the kids while we attended the various activities that we had planned. Poor timing on our part left us stuck in early morning Chicago traffic. Once we left the airport it took us nearly an hour to get over to the expo.

Once we arrived at McCormick Place and walked what seemed like a mile to get to the actual expo it was time to pick up bibs! The kids were a little overwhelmed with the amount of people so they hung out with Grandma outside while we visited some of the vendors and did a little shopping. We also stopped at the Nike pace booth to sign up for a pace group for Sunday.

After the expo we were all pretty hungry so we checked into our hotel and set out for food. After dinner we were all pretty exhausted from traveling all night so it was an early bedtime.

On Saturday morning we were up bright and early as I had registered to run the Chicago International 5K.

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 The first International Chicago 5k began at Daley Plaza, where the Chicago Marathon starting line was many years ago. It was a great event and great start to the weekend. The course ran along Lake Michigan and finished a short distance from the marathon finish line. It was a timed event but I was using it as a shakeout run, so I just enjoyed the views and went for a three mile jog. 

We had plans to take the kids to the Shedd Aquarium so once the 5K was complete we picked up the kids and Grandma and made our way back across town.  We also had something extra special planned for the Aquarium. Parker was going to get a chance to meet his IRun4 buddy who flew in from New Orleans to run the marathon with Team Up! We were all very excited to get the chance to meet Rachel and her boyfriend. They spent the morning with us while we checked out all of the exhibits. Both kids had a blast – they especially loved the penguins!

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After several hours at Shedd it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for the Team Up! Chicago team dinner. Just like last year it was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy. We got a chance to meet some other team members who would be running the next day. I also had the opportunity to speak and share a little bit about our family and our reasons for choosing to run with Team Up!

 

After spending a couple of hours at the dinner it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready to tackle 26.2 the next morning!

 

PR Hydration Belt Review

Happy Friday and welcome back to the Tale of 2 Halfs. Jen is out of town this weekend enjoying some time with one of her sisters in Nashville and I am here in New York with the kids holding down the fort. Since I had the day off, I finally had the time to do my review of the PR Hydration Belt — a 3-bottle belt by sold by SLS3.

As I have made very aware in the past, I am affiliated with SLS3 as a member of their 2016 Racing Team. As a byproduct of that partnership, I have lots of SLS3 gear in my closet and receive new gear occasionally throughout the year. I received this belt last month and have been using it since. Now, onto the legal stuff:

This post is sponsored by SLS3. We were provided the PR Hydration Belt to try for review purposes and no other compensation was received. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are our own!

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The PR Hydration belt features:

  • ✅ ZIPPERED POUCH (4″x 2.5″): removable – holds keys, money, energy gels and other essentials.
  • ✅ SIZE: Fully adjustable elastic stretch waistband and Velcro closure for a customized, comfortable no-bounce fit – waist size 32-40 inches. Not recommended for smaller athletes.
  • ✅ BOTTLE HOLDERS: New holster design provides easy, one-handed, on-the-fly access to hydration and nutrition
  • ✅ BOTTLES: Three ergonomic, leak proof, dishwasher safe and BPA-free 7 oz (200 ml) bottles included.
  • ✅ MATERIAL: Breathable backing wicks moisture away and keeps you cool.

Now on to my thoughts about the belt. I would first like to highlight one of the points above –  Not recommended for smaller athletes. The belt is designed for 32 – 40 inch waists and those right at 32″ should be aware that it could be a little loose fitting.  I have a 31 – 32 inch waist and I needed to secure the Velcro almost at the end to get a good and comfortable fit. In SLS3’s defense, they do warn buyers twice in the description as to this limitation.

The second thought I have about the belt is in regards to the size of the bottles. 7 ounces is a little smaller than some bottles currently available. I have a two bottle belt that totals 20 ounces compared to this three bottle system at 21 ounces. This is unfortunately not enough fluids for me to get through my longer runs of 16, 18 and 20 miles plus, forcing me to also bring along a hand held water bottle.

The PR Hydration belt is comfortable to wear. The quality of the materials and assembly seem very good and I think the belt will last for a long time. I would like to see SLS3 alter the size of the water bottles and the fastener in a future update to this belt. I would recommend minimum 9 ounce bottles and a plastic buckle fastener. Velcro has too much a tendency to wear out over time and when you need to know something is secure, this could become a problem.

Overall, despite my few objections, I do think this is a very good product and frankly, you can’t go wrong when right now you can purchase a PR Hydration Running Belt from Amazon for only $24.90 (reg. $44.90). I purposely kept this review short because I have done a ten minute video review linked below. Please check out the video and feel free to leave a comment or question. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Review of Garmin’s Vivoactive HR

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Garmin recently released their Vivoactive HR smart watch and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had been stalking online and box store retailers anxiously awaiting its release. While we were on vacation, my wife found that Best Buy had just received their stock in-store. We immediately ordered it online, with in-store pickup, and one hour later it was in my hands. The Vivoactive HR was announced in mid-February and has been on display at electronic and technology conferences all spring. Various bloggers, product reviewer’s and others close to Garmin got the product early to test, blog about and review. Just like last year, I did not! It’s quite the travesty (pun intended!) I know. However, since I paid for my Vivoactive HR I’m going to give you an honest review. Last year, I wrote a Quick Review of the Garmin Vivoactive, and although it has been the most viewed post on our site the last year, I’m going to try to do better this year and provide more insight to the newest edition.

Without further ado, here we go!

Unboxing & Setup:

Inside the package you will find the following – the Vivoactive HR, the charging cable, the quick start manual and Garmin product safety information.

The Vivoactive HR comes standard with five watch faces, rather than one on the original.

Although the standard watch faces do not have as much information on the screen as some you can download from the Connect IQ Store, they are designed to limit the drain on your battery. Setup of the new watch is very straightforward and simple. I did not take pictures of this process for two reasons – one, I was on vacation and didn’t have the right equipment and, two, I was very excited to start using it. The watch simply walks you through setup screens where it will ask you your preferences and personal information.

Comparison to Original Vivoactive:

Garmin made significant changes to the style and shape in this years Vivoactive HR. I made a comparison video highlighting the differences in size, layout and feel of the watch in the video below.

Widgets & Screens:

The Vivoactive HR has several pre-loaded widgets that display on separate screens. On-device widgets/screens include: my day, intensity minutes, heart rate, last sport, smart notifications, weather, VIRB® action camera/remote, Varia remote, music player controls, calendar, steps, calories, sleep, run, bike, swim and golf.

Most of the widget screens even have additional screens you can get to in order to see even more detailed information. Below are examples of the weather widget.

One last example is the Intensity Minutes widget.

Featured Sports:

The Vivoactive HR improves on the original Vivoactive when it comes to sports that it can track. On-device sports apps now include: running, indoor running, biking, indoor biking, walking, indoor walking, rowing, indoor rowing, pool swimming, golfing, skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Plus, with the addition of the ‘Add New Activity’ feature, you can customize an application for a sport/activity of your choosing – such as Ultimate Frisbee.

Setting up an new activity is very easy to do by following the on-screen instructions and options.

  1. Click ‘Add New’
  2. Select the type of activity you want to track – in our Ultimate Frisbee example, you would want to track your ‘Cardio’.
  3. Choose a color of the logo – I chose red.
  4. Choose a name – the only options are Cardio or Other. I chose Other. It would be nice if in a future software update we would be given the ability to actually type in a name of our choosing.
  5. Voila!

Steps / Activity Tracking:

The Vivoactive HR continues the tradition of the Garmin Vivo products and incorporates a daily activity tracker. It tracks your steps, distance, floors climbed as well as your calories burned throughout the day. It displays most this information on the ‘Steps’ widget screen, while the calories burned has its own widget and can also be viewed on the ‘My Day’ screen. Additionally, the Vivoactive HR has the Move Bar which will display on your main watch face after a period of inactivity – beginning at one hour and then increasing incrementally every 15 minutes up to a max period of inactivity of two hours. To reset the move bar, a short walk of a couple minutes should do the trick. If your Move Bar is fully filled you may need to walk a few hundred yards to clear the Move Bar. Finally, the Vivoactive also incorporates a Sleep Tracker that will monitor your total sleep and periods of movement during sleep.

While the step counter is still gracious in the number of steps it awards throughout the day in total, it is very accurate if you’re actually walking. If you count out 100 steps, the device is right on. One area I have seen major improvement over last years model is while driving. Last years original Vivoactive would give me a ton of steps while driving. The new watch has been very less gracious in this area. In fact, it only counted 26 steps during a period of six hours of driving. With that improvement alone, the device should be more accurate. You will still receive some steps while bathing, brushing your teeth or washing your vehicle, but unless you remove your watch while doing these activities there really is no way to avoid it.

Running:

In my opinion, the most important feature of the watch is running. While I love the other sports and like having them handy, I use my watch mostly for running. Two running modes are included – GPS enabled and indoor treadmill. To begin a run, the steps are simple:

  1. Press the Menu button (bottom right)
  2. Select ‘Run’ (GPS Enabled)
  3. Wait for the red “GPS” at the top-left to turn green. You are now connected to the satellites.
  4. Press Start (menu button, bottom right)

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The Vivoactive HR again incorporates three separate screens for your reference with each screen containing three data fields. The data fields can be customized to your liking and can be changed easily.  There are numerous options to choose from: Time, Distance, Pace, Speed, Heart Rate, Cadence, Temperature, Elevation, and other. Listed under the other field include: Calories, Heading, Laps, Sunrise and Sunset, Time of Day, Steps, and Connect IQ fields that you have downloaded from the Connect IQ store.

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After your run you simply hit the stop button (menu button, bottom right). The watch will ask you if you want to save your run or discard it. The save screen has been changed from last years watch for the better. It incorporates larger “Save” and “Discard” buttons and uses color as well. They are also slightly separated on the Vivoactive HR which is great and should prevent the accidental deletes that occurred on last years original Vivoactive. Additionally, Garmin included a verification screen should you decide you want to discard an activity. This was not standard on last years watch and didn’t arrive for a few months into the products life – after I had already deleted many runs last year.

Reviewing a run on your watch is very easy under the ‘Last Sport’ screen and contains detailed information, lap times and time spent in heart rate zones. You can also delete your activity from this screen, should you choose so.

GPS Accuracy:

So Garmin is know for GPS – it’s what they built their company on. In fact, they are highly regarded as the best in the business. With that said, there’s still some things we can discuss. For starters, it was originally announced that the new Vivoactive HR would have 1 sec. recording for a more accurate picture of where you went. However, when the watch was released it is only using smart recording. What’s the difference?

The primary benefit with smart recording is that you can record more, or longer events, before your memory gets full. A secondary benefit is that the time it takes to transfer your activity will also be shorter. This disadvantage to this is that you don’t get as good as resolution.

The primary benefit with 1 sec. recording is the detail of your activity, especially any activity where you have frequent turns. By recording a data point every second, you have a very accurate picture of where you traveled which translates into very accurate distance traveled and shows up very well on your activity map in Garmin Connect. The biggest disadvantage to this is the file size is very large on your watch and takes up a lot of storage. It will also take much longer to sync and transfer the information.

While I have been using the watch, I have only had one issue where the GPS was not accurate.

As you can see from the images above, the Vivoactive HR was acting a little goofy on this run. This was only the second run I did with the new watch and this issue has not happened since. I have been running routes that I am very familiar with, down to the exact location of where each mile is, and the Vivoactive HR has been hitting all the marks lately. If I run into future issues, I will be sure to update this post.

Smartwatch Features:

The Vivoactive HR pairs with your smartphone to gently vibrate and display alerts for incoming calls, texts, emails and calendar items plus notifications from social media – such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and other mobile apps you allow like CNN or Yahoo! News.

You are also supposed to be able to receive turn-by-turn directions on your watch when you have a map software, such as Google Maps, running on your smartphone. While I was able to set it up and receive some information, it is far from turn-by-turn directions.  It does not provide the direction of your next turn, the name of the street you will be turning onto or the street you are currently on. Instead, all that is displayed is simply a dot with the distance till the next turn (or destination). I have not yet figured out if it is the map software I am using or if that is all you get. I will be sure to update this post once I find out.

All of these connected features require that you have a compatible device and that the Bluetooth is turned on and connected.

Connect IQ:

The Vivoactive HR supports Garmin’s Connect IQ store. What is Connect IQ?

Connect IQ allows developers to create custom apps that individuals can install and use on Garmin devices. Apps take many forms, like custom watch faces for wearable devices, widgets that provide quick information at a glance, personalized data fields for built-in activities, or complete apps that add entirely new features.

Connect IQ ImageThe Connect IQ store has come a long way since it was unveiled in 2015 and developers have been working hard to test the limits of the watches and push the boundaries on what is useful and personalized.

Battery/Charging:

The battery life on the new Vivoactive is good. Garmin has advertised up to 13 hours in GPS mode and up to 8 days in smartwatch mode with 24/7 heart rate monitoring. While I have yet to achieve 8 days on a full charge, I am getting 6+ days. I use my watch for a run daily, although not all the runs use the GPS and therefore do not add substantially to the battery drain. Of particular note for those interested in longer events and worried about battery life, I have completed a 20-mile run on a fresh battery and used 15% of the battery over two and half hours. Garmin’s estimates of 13 hours in GPS mode equates to a battery drain of approximately 7.7% per hour. I have been seeing a battery drain between 6 – 7% drain, so slightly better than advertised in that aspect.

As typical with Garmin devices, they have developed their own proprietary charging cable to accommodate their devices. I like the new charging cable ten fold over last years model. The device is secure and creates a great connection every time.

Heart Rate:

By far the biggest addition to this years watch is the addition of Garmin’s Elevate Heart Rate sensor. The Elevate sensor is the same that is used in other Garmin devices. The watch uses 24/7 heart rate monitoring in the form of heart rate samples every ten minutes. These samples are transferred to your heart rate graph on the screen below showing the last 4 hours. Your current heart rate is displayed in the upper left corner (next to the heart icon) when you are on this screen. Your Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is displayed in the upper right of the screen.

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To few more detailed information regarding your heart rate, you can go to Garmin Connect on your computer or mobile device.

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I have found that the Elevate heart rate sensor is very accurate throughout the day and while running. I wish I had some comparison graphs for you, but that will have to wait for now. Some users (not me) are reporting issues with the heart rate sensor while doing cross-training or strength training activities. The Vivoactive HR can also pair with an external heart rate chest strap if you would prefer for activities. Lastly, it should be noted that while swimming, the heart rate sensor is turned off. At this time, the Vivoactive HR is also NOT compatible with the Garmin Swim / Tri heart rate straps.

Bugs & Early Issues:

One of the biggest early issues I have been experiencing is related to the Bluetooth connectivity. I have been having a difficult time getting the watch to connect to my phone. The process typically involves turning off the Bluetooth on both devices, restarting both devices, and then activating the Bluetooth on my phone first and then turning it on again on the Vivoactive HR. While this seems to solve the problem most of the time, the process sometimes takes multiple tries and this whole thing is cumbersome and a pain. I remember having some Bluetooth issues after the release of the last years model and they were eventually solved with a software update. Hopefully that can solve the issue.

Others have been reporting random crashes, the watch freezing or not responding to touch, calorie burn calculations being extremely high, issues with sleep tracking, and issues with the floor count. The only one I can attest to is the problem with floor counts. If I climb up three flights of stairs, I often only receive credit for two floors. Additionally, my flight of stairs for my basement has not been counting.  They may not be steep enough or long enough to count.

Specifications:

For more specific information regarding the Vivoactive HR, please visit Garmin and click on the ‘Specs’ tab.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this review and if you’ve made it this far, congratulations for not giving up! I would really appreciate some comments regarding your thoughts on this review and what questions you have. You can also check out my other Garmin Vivoactive videos on YouTube below. 

 

SLS3 Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves Review

This post is sponsored by SLS3. We were provided with compression sleeves to try for review purposes and no other compensation was received. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are our own!

Welcome back to Tale of 2 Halfs today for a review of the SLS3 Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves.

SLS3 is a wonderful company founded in 2004 by two former German Triathletes. SLS3 believes in products made in the USA, creating and sustaining jobs, keeping their carbon footprint small, and supporting other small businesses and events (such as our Piece by Piece 5K) through partnerships. Each item they produce is carefully developed from scratch, tested by them as well as some our their brand ambassadors and SLS3 Racing Team members, and as they say “if deemed awesome,” put into production.

I was given another opportunity to try out and review for you the newest compression sleeves from SLS3. This review has been a long time in the making and I’m very happy with the extensive use I have put these through. I hope that you will be able to take my insight and put these sleeves to good use for you.71FduliIrNL._SX425_

The SLS3 Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves are designed to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by Plantar Fasciitis. However, these compression sleeves are not only for those suffering from plantar pain (I do not currently suffer) and are beneficial to those looking to speed up their recovery from activities by increasing blood flow and reducing swelling. First, here are some specifics regarding these sleeves straight from SLS3:

GRADUATED COMPRESSION
The sleeves are designed to provide targeted compression to relieve the pain and discomfort related to plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon and stress fractures, while offering support and improved circulation.

The Sleeves are available in 3 different sizes for a non-slip, comfortable fit, offering excellent heel and arch support.

BENEFITS OF COMPRESSION FOOT SLEEVES
✔ Gives you more relaxed feet and a painless day
✔ Helps you recover quickly after an excessive exertion
✔ Helps relieve pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis
✔ Helps maintain balance by adjusting your feet on uneven surfaces
✔ Interchangeable – wear it on left or right foot
✔ Affordable solution to strengthen and support the arch

Now, my opinion of the sleeves. Overall, the socks truly are extremely comfortable to wear all day long. The material is light, moisture wicking, and breathable. It allows you to easily wear normal socks over-top all day long without noticing and without discomfort. As with all compression sleeves/socks, sizing is important and for myself (8.5 street shoe/9.5 running shoe) I choose a medium size. I found the size advertised by SLS3 is accurate and fit comfortably. The sleeves offer graduated compression with more support over the arch and heel and less compression around the toes and ankles – another reason their very comfortable all day long.

I used the sleeves almost entirely for recovery purposes. After 8 – 12 hours (often overnight) of wearing the sleeves after long runs varying between 12 – 20 miles my feet felt relaxed, were less swollen, and I had less residual pain from the demands of running in my arches and heels the following day(s). I also wore them regularly with my work boots as they do not provide the best support during my long 10-hour shifts. I did not like wearing the Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves during my runs. From my knowledge these are not designed for that purpose, but I thought I would still test it out. During a run, your feet swell substantially and this caused the sleeves to become tight and uncomfortable.

I own many SLS3 compression products that I use regularly, but found that these Plantar Fasciitis Compression Sleeves used in conjunction with the FXC Compression Sleeves were the perfect combination for my recovery – of course, your individual preferences may vary.

Currently, SLS3 is running a special on Amazon for only $19.90 (Reg. $39.90) for a pair. If you are training hard and your feet are sore, if you are struggling with injuries to your Achilles or have developed stress fractures – I would recommend that you give a pair a try.

*Note: I do not now nor have I ever possessed a medical degree. By evaluating and recommending this product, I do not claim that it will solve your medical problem/condition. I would advise you consult with your doctor or physical therapist if you are suffering and in pain.*

 

 

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