Lily Trotters – Cute Compression!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Lily Trotters socks free to try. All opinions expressed below are my own.

I was recently approached by Susan, founder of Lily Trotters compression wear, to see if I was interested in testing out a pair of compression socks. I’ve been LOVING compression socks and sleeves ever since my jump rope-induced shin splints during Legally Blonde. To be perfectly honest, my shins haven’t felt 100% since then, so I jumped at the chance to try something new that might help me out.

About Lily Trotters (From the Website):

  • Proprietary easy-to-get-on 100% micro nylon weave
  • 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) – just the right squeeze!
  • USA tested & approved high performance gradient compression
  • Cushioned heels & reinforced toes
  • Moisture wicking, antimicrobial – yay, no stinky feet!
  • Built to last a few years, not a few months like traditional knee socks
  • Made in the U.S.A.

My Experience with Lily Trotters:

A few weeks ago I tried wearing ProCompression socks during my runs, but found that the compression was too much, and caused my feet to cramp up horribly. And my Zensah sleeves, while ultra supportive, don’t fit quite right, so I don’t like wearing them during runs either. I was hopeful that the Lily Trotters socks would be a solution, and they didn’t disappoint.

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My first impression was that they were very soft; they felt much nicer than other compression socks/sleeves I’ve tried. They were also a lot easier to put on. My first run in them was a 5k before work. I was nervous about blisters, because, as I’ve written before, I have VERY blister prone feet. I was also nervous about foot cramps. Thankfully, I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. My shins felt comfortable and supported, the cuffs weren’t so tight that they cut into me (like my PC socks and Zensah sleeves), but they still stayed put, and I didn’t get any blisters. Hallelujah!  I also wore them for the Run for Martha 5k this past weekend, and once again, my feet, ankles, and calves were very happy.

Lily Trotters in action!

Lily Trotters in action!

In addition to being functional, these socks are ADORABLE. I’m still on the fence about the ruffles–they’re a bit too cutesy for me, but I love the polka dots, and it looks like the rest of the Lily Trotters line will be just as fashionable. The company will be launching a Kickstarter campaign very soon (with a video starring the one and only Salt!), so you should head over to their website to sign up for the mailing list so you can get in on some early bird deals!

What’s your favorite compression gear?

Ruffles: Yay or Nay?

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The Running Gear Rabbit Hole

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I think I’m addicted to running gear.  I can’t tell you how many dollars I’ve spent recently.  And honestly, I don’t want to know either.  I’m sure it’s frightening.  But that doesn’t stop me from trolling blogs all day and saying, “Oh, yeah, I definitely need to get some compression socks.  Everyone else has them, so I should too.”

“Ooo, what’s Stridebox?  Shut up!  They’ll deliver running gear to my door every month?  It’s like Birchbox for runners!  Don’t mind if I do…”

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It’s always interesting to me when people claim that running is an “inexpensive” fitness option.  And sure, OK, all you REALLY need is a pair of running shoes.  But even those are not cheap.  And unless you want to be a chafed, blistered, sore mess, you really do need things like good socks, dry-tech clothing, and a decent sports bra.  And then maybe you start doing longer distances and you want to try a handheld water bottle, or a hydration belt, and maybe some fuel.  You hear about how awful awesome foam rollers are.  You subscribe to Runner’s World for tips and tricks…  It’s a deep, dark, expensive rabbit hole.  I guess there are worse things I could be spending my money on, but sometimes I think about how much this stuff is costing me and I cringe a little.

In the past 2 weeks alone, I’ve bought a running hat, road ID, new shoes and barely managed to restrain myself from subscribing to Stridebox.  I’ve walked in circles through Dick’s Sporting goods, touching things lovingly and bemoaning the fact that I can’t spend $80 on some CW-X compression tights.  I’ve held a Sweaty Band in my hand and started to walk to the checkout counter, only to force myself to turn around and put it back.  It seems like every day I hear or read about some new product that I’ve just got to try.  Where does it end?  How do I contain my spending?

On the one hand, I know that I don’t really need most of these things.  But I really want them, which can feel like the same thing.  Running makes me a happier, healthier person, and new and exciting gear makes me want to run more, so it’s easy to justify these purchases.  Who wants to do silly things like pay off their student loans or buy a house anyway, right?  Right? Please tell me I’m not the only one suffering from this addiction…

How do you budget for buying your running gear?

Do you ever feel like you can’t stop buying things?