Why You Should Train for Your Half-Marathon from the Feet Up

June 15, 2017

Why You Should Train for Your Half-Marathon from the Feet Up

Whether you're training for your first or your fiftieth half marathon, there's always room to learn new techniques to increase your time. One such underrated technique? Compression socks! According to Mark Sorrentino MD, MS, “compression stimulates blood flow and reduces lactic acid build-up – delaying the onset of muscle soreness and helping legs recover faster from a hard run.”

Compression socks can actually increase athletic performance and speed up muscle recovery, which means your workouts, running, and recovery time could benefit just by trying on something new! 

Athletes striving for faster recovery times might consider adding compression to their during and post-training regimens. Compression running socks provide graduated compression and will improve your circulation on the long drives to the event, flights or even standing in long lines at the airport.

It’s important to have the right compression garments for your own needs. Compression is rated in millimeters of Mercury, or mm Hg. For athletes, less than 30 mm Hg is ideal. You can also get socks with graduated compression, which means the squeeze is higher at the foot versus the calf. Whether compressions is graduated or uniform, it helps to increase the rate of blood flow to the limbs, decrease swelling and preventing visibly enlarged veins so common in legs and feet.

If you're training for a half marathon, you're putting your body through a lot of stress. From impact with the ground to continuous muscular tensions and blood flow, your feet and ankles undergo an immense amount of stress. Keeping them healthy and fresh will keep the rest of your body ready to go for race day!

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