09-24-2013

110% Overdrive Compression Sock & Ice Kit Review

This post is a long time coming. Like, from May. Oops!

The 110% Overdrive Compression Sock and Ice Kit is……………amazing.

I was so excited to try these out, and actually found out about them from elite runner, Lauren Fleshman, who first blogged about it around Feb.-March. I knew I had to try them out because of the ice kit.

Basically, the kit is a pair of compression socks, with another “sock” that goes over for when you want to ice your legs. Perfect for my shin issues! It also comes with a thermal bag for you to travel with your ice packs.

The compression socks are anatomically accurate (left for left foot, right for right foot), which I like. Not sure if it matters but I like that little fact. The ice kit that goes over is open in the toe and heel so you can slip in the ice packs (which come with the kit). Here’s the description of the kit from their website:

The Overdrive Kit includes:

110% Compression Sox (White): Engineered for recovery and performance, the gradient compression enhances circulation while the unique design protects your legs and feet from the wear and tear of long tough workouts.  The roomier toe box, arch support and non-binding top band make them exceptionally comfortable and ideal for travel too. (Kit includes one pair of compression socks)

110% Compression Ice Sleeve (Black): Engineered to make rehab simple, Overdrive’s Ice Sleeve allows for  targeted placement of 110% Reusable Ice Inserts to prevent swelling and reduce inflammation. The soft compression sleeve fits perfectly over the compression sock with openings at the arch of the foot, the ankle and just below the knee. (Kit includes one pair of compression sleeves)

And a picture from their site, where you can see the sock, the ice sleeve, and the ice packs.

I tried these out the night before the Brooklyn Half Marathon, because I wanted my shins and calves to feel fresh the next day.

And they sure did! After a tough run, I throw these on for recovery, and when I need ice, I no longer have to tie awkward ice packs on my legs with a random shirt because I don’t have a theraband.

After the Brooklyn Half, these were perfect for instant recovery on the 1 1/2 hour drive home.

Seriously amazing. These are just as comfortable on my long runs and tempo runs as well.

How has no one thought of this before 110%?!? Now you can RICE all at once (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate).

If you like compression gear, then make a lot more than just socks. You can get just compression socks without ice, or if you like ice, you can get compression shorts, knee sleeves, quad sleeves, full compression tights…all with ice! It seriously doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re shopping around for compression gear, I highly recommend you check out 110%. And if you are wary about the benefits of compression gear, I bet you these socks will change your mind ;)

Have you tried compression socks? Do you have a favorite brand? Tell me in the comments!

*Disclaimer: 110% compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.

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07-01-2013

Day 1 of NYC Marathon Training!

Officially started training today! On the schedule today was an easy 3 mile run. My mom and I decided to try running in the mornings so we can lift in the evenings when we need to. And because it’s just less hot and humid.

Well, my alarm went off at 7 am and I was SO close to just snoozing until I had to get up. I even thought, well I COULD do the run later after work. But then I felt lazy and also thought of Lolo Jones’ documentary on Netflix, and this video of pro runner Brenda Martinez I watched on Flotrack, and I just got up. Watch that doc or watch Flotrack’s workout videos when you need running motivation!

We headed out and it was cloudy but pretty humid. It was 78 when we left and probably 80-90% humidity. 1 mile in it started drizzling, and then that just turned into pouring rain. It actually felt good though because I was sweating a ton! I saw this quote on Cori’s (Olive to Run) Instagram today and thought it fit perfectly:

I’m ok with running in the rain as long as my shoes don’t get sopping…and I also hate the water going into my eyes because I wear contacts. Anyone else HATE contacts with a passion like me? But running in the rain is usually very peaceful, I love hearing the raindrops.

Anyway, for not having run in over a month, I felt great and we finished 3 miles no problem. I also wore my 110% Compression Socks to test them out on my run. You may remember I posted a picture of me wearing them after my half with the ice sleeve too (amazing)…well, I wanted to try them out running as well too before I posted a blog review for you all.

Another thing I’m starting today is the Tone It Up Diet Plan. It’s not really a diet plan but more of just eating healthy and clean foods which I know already. But I just need a meal plan and recipe ideas to hold me accountable.

Overall, a good Monday so far! Later I will be lifting upper body and maybe ending the session with 4-5 hill sprints :)

Oh and also, I got a GoPro camera!! I’m so excited to make some cool videos.

My mom and I split it in order to have a good video camera for the marathon. My brother’s friend was selling it so it was good timing. Here’s the video I made from the 2011 marathon, and as you can see, it’s really shaky. I’m excited to try this!

Has anyone used a GoPro before? What kind of videos have you made? Feel free to share in the comments!

 

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