SL3S Compression Sock Review

Since I started blogging (1.5 years now) I’ve had some neat opportunities come my way and feel pretty lucky to be able to take on a few. Recently, I was sent a pair of SL3S FXC (Active/Recovery) Compression Socks in Azure/White with some pretty cool butterfly’s on them.

SL3S Compression Socks

My first impression when taking them out of the box was that they were extremely soft, like kitten soft. I wasn’t convinced that they would be as tight as other compression socks I’ve tried because they felt so soft.

The company: SLS3 started in 2004 by a couple in love….awww….cute. No seriously, that’s what their website says. They are pro athletes who have a tone of experience under their belts. You can read more about the company at their website here: SLS3.

A few tidbits of information about their Butterfly Compression Socks: (you can find more details about the SLS3 compression socks here)

  • They allow you to work longer and harder, delaying the onset of fatigue.
  • They offer more targeted, significant support to the achilles tendons, tibias, calves and ankles, thus boosting the ability to reduce common ankle and foot injuries.
  • They can reduce your recovery time.

Product Features:

  • 20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
  • Seamless TekWeb Technology
  • Muscle Stability
  • Increased Bloodflow
  • Web knit for more support of arch
  • Cooling effect and UV protection! 🙂

My experience:

I went for run a few weeks ago and then put them on after I got back to help “recover” my muscles. Again, with them being so soft I wasn’t convinced they would be what I had expected. My husband had good laugh at me trying to put these “soft” socks on, commenting: “not so easy after all”. They were tighter then I expected yet soft to the touch. I wore them two more times after running to see if I noticed a difference with sore legs and I had the same positive results both times.

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I stand a lot at home these day these days; doing dishes, at my stand up desk where my lap top sits and with Hilary in my arms. Really, I only sit when we eat a meal or I’m play in with Hilary on the floor. We had been away on vacation for a few days and I took a little break from the computer and relaxed more than normal; with my feet up. However, upon my return home I was yet again standing most of the day between various tasks. My legs were killing me and I decided to put on my butterfly compression socks when I went to bed to see if they would help. After 4 hours of sleeping with them on, I decided to take them off so I didn’t sleep in them all night long. My calve muscles actually felt great when I took them off….almost rejuvenated!

Right now I am focusing on getting in a few runs each week; with and without baby H in a jogging stroller and taking my running to a new level. This means longer runs, harder runs and tired muscles. I know these compression socks will be a staple piece of equipment when I start training more; during my runs and after to help my muscles recover. I like that I can use these socks after being on my feet all day at home and after a Zumba class (1.5 hours) to help my muscles recover sooner. They also recommend this socks for running, cycling, walking, triathlon and skiing. I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought to use them this winter when I cross-country ski or downhill ski but I think they’ll be on my list of gear to pack now!

What I liked:

  • I liked the colours and butterfly’s – something a little different and fun…..common the butterfly wings will make you run faster 😉
  • The soft fabric was great.
  • Easy to wash and dry fast.
  • They fit my not so skinny calve muscles.
  • How they made my legs feel better after a few hours of wearing them.

What I didn’t like:

  • A little long for my legs; I had to be careful not to pull them up too high or they would be over my knees. I had a size 8-10 / S/M and I think I could have gone smaller.
  • That’s it.

Please note I was not paid to do this post. SLS3 provided this product for me to try out and provide a review in return. Thank You SLS3 for the opportunity….you got some great socks here!

Do you use Compression Socks after running or after a long day) ?

What do you look for in a pair of compression socks?

What’s your favourite compression socks out there? 

Have you tried SLS3 socks yet?

Monkey Update: 9 months old

Last week Hilary turned 9 months old! It’s amazing when you have your second child how you forget everything your first child did; like what age they did something or what approach you took with them. We are constantly learning with both girls and hoping they don’t notice if we mess up.

Hilary’s been a busy girl this past August; travelling twice to PEI to visit Daddy (5-6 hour car rides), eating more food than her sister, mother and father combined…well, almost and trying so hard to learn how to crawl.

Hilary Elise 9 months

Hilary Elise 9 months

Weight: 18 pounds (8.18kg)

Height: 69.5 cm long

Likes:

  • Banana’s (we can’t even walk by them in the grocery store without her going nuts over them)
  • Playing peek-a-boo with her sister in the car
  • Checking to see what big sister Lilly is doing in the car
  • Standing / Pulling herself up to standing
  • Seeing Daddy on the computer when we skype
  • Watching cars and people in public places

Dislikes:

  • Sleeping in other people’s houses (traveling)
  • Napping
  • Loud noises
  • Formula. Hate, hate, hates it with a passion………up until a few days ago!

New Happenings:

  • Waving hello and good bye
  • Eating more foods: toast, grapes, leeks, cheese, yogurt, spinach.
  • Weaning from breastfeeding
  • Moving around on the ground (not crawling but scooting around on her bum)
  • Loves standing up on her own when holding our hands
  • Know’s what buttons to press on her musical toys and get’s excited when the music comes on
  • Starting to say ba ba ba and bap.
  • She can see her Nan on skype and will wave hello to her….so cute!

H - 9 months

If you miss the last nine months, you can find them from the start: Pregnancy Page 1 and 2 Months ; 3 Months ; 4 Months ; 5 Months ; 6 Months ; 7 Months ; 8 Months.

How’s Mama doing?

Well, it’s been an interesting year having two daughters, trying to manage the house, day care, vacations and Daddy being away a lot. We’re making do. The girls are doing amazing when Daddy goes away for work and Hilary is really starting to come around with him. She even hug out, laying on his lap with him the other day. She has come along way.

I’ve been trying to workout with and without Hilary as much as I can. I’m also trying to get a little more sleep than before. The only way I can do that is if I go to bed when the girls do and forget about the messy dishes, the laundry to be washed and folded or the phone calls/emails/FB/Blog that are waiting for me.

I have three more months until I am back to work full-time! Yup, FULL TIME, 2 girls in day care and my husband is away most of the week with his job. Fun time’s ahead for us!

Good lord she’s growing fast!

Did your maternity leave fly by?

What are your babies (or kids) eating these days?

Are you able to take some “me time”?

First Date with my Green Garmin

Last night I went on a first date … with my little Green Garmin. We walked together slowly and then thought it was time to see what kind of trouble we could get into. It sat quietly on my arm and beeped a few times at me….

I started my run last night and within 60 seconds I had to stop because I had something in my shoe that just had to come out. Still not sure what it was but my head wasn’t too happy with my foot because it was interfering with my first date. Shoe off, fixed foot, shoe back on and we were back on our first date.

Usually when I run my normal little route I have targets that I like to run to: a house, a driveway, the school parking lot etc. However, I found myself looking at my Garmin and seeing the time, the distance (or lack of), I even managed to take a look at the calories burned. Yeah, don’t do that until you finish your run – it’s kind of irrelevant at the beginning of your run.

I found myself running faster than I normally do, especially since I haven’t been out running in a little while. There were lots of people out walking, kids getting their last bike ride in before bed time and even one other runner along my short little running route.

My watch beeped for “Lap 1” which meant 1K finish … that was fun I thought, let’s make that beep again! So off I continued and decided a little walk was in order just before 2K. Bad idea. It made my time go over 7 minutes for 2K two. What was I thinking? Obviously I am a GPS/Garmin virgin and I need to learn to take my walk breaks either well before the end of a kilometer or just after I finish one (after it beeps at me).

I really wanted to get 3K in so I ran a little extra. Here are my details:

First Garmin Run 2013

I have to admit, I’m really happy with my time. I ran fast for my fitness level last night and I loved it. I pushed myself more then I normally would on my short run. Last night’s run reassured that I want to challenge myself and that taking my running to a new level for me is just what I want to do.

First Garmin Run Details

Since this was my “first date” with my Green Garmin (ps – you need a new name), I have a few other details to share:

Longest Run: 3.08 kilometers (yeah, I’m Canadian and use KM not Miles)

Fastest 1K: 6 minutes and 39 seconds

Fastest Mile: 10 minutes and 56 seconds (1.6093 km)

I have to admit, it was quite a nice first date with you Green Garmin…you did not disappoint. I look forward to our next date and see how good/bad I do 🙂

Do you run with a GPS? 

Did it help you improve your running?

Did you give it a name?

Some people name their bikes, cars (mine is Murphy), so I thought I’d ask if you’ve given your bike, car, GPS etc., a name?

Happy Running!

Taking my Running to a New Level

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now…months even. My running is about to change.

I’ve been running since I was a kid; mainly on the soccer field, then on the roads to train for competitive soccer (distance, fartlek etc) and then I moved into just running for fun. I started to actually like running so much that I decided to train for a 10k race – my first ever race in 2005.

Since then I’ve done numerous 5k’s, a few 10k’s and one 1/2 Marathon which I loved! I ran during both pregnancies but more during number 2. While pregnant with baby #2, I craved running even though I spent 95% of my pregnancy feeling beyond ill. I even managed to run two races; you can read about them here and here. Shortly after those races I had some major pain in my pelvis and got taped for a few days by my Physiotherapist and then had to wear this awesome brace most days.

Don't be jealous

Don’t be jealous

Even with the brace I had to call it quits and only walk, do yoga or a prenatal DVD that I loved … and no longer need. Over the course of the summer months all I wanted and needed was to go for a good run. I just needed that rush, that feeling of sweat running down my face and accomplishment of having a great workout.  It just wasn’t going to happen while pregnant and it took me 8 weeks to come to terms with that.

Fast forward to today, I have a 3-year-old and a 9 month old and am able to get out for occasional runs by myself and with baby H in her jogging stroller. But, I am ready to take my running to a new level – no not competitive running or racing in Marathons – that’s just not for me and I’m cool with that.

I want to start focusing on my runs; good runs, bad runs, in the rain, sun and yes the cold snowy weather we will see in about 4 months; coincidently when I start back to work full-time. I want to track my runs, push my distance, train again. I want to get a personal best of:

  • 5k – under 29:18 minutes
  • 10k – under 60 minutes (or under 62 minutes)
  • 1/2 Marathon – under 2:33:56 (I am very proud of this time)

So I bought this while on our mini-vacation last weekend in PEI:

My Green Garmin

My Green Garmin

It’s been on my wish list for over a year and I figured it was time to just buy it and get going. I’m going to track my running and see where it’s going to take me. Hopefully to a new level…a new level of accomplishment, sweat dripping off my face and my two girls (and my husband) cheering me on.

Happy Running!

When did you decided to start tracking your running or work outs?

Did you buy any fun/fancy gadgets ?

What’s are your running goals?

Post long weekend

I’ve been a little MIA for the last week, with good reason.

All last week I spent the majority of the days cleaning the house, packing and preparing to go on a mini-vacation to PEI…oh and yes hanging out with baby H and Miss Lilly when she wasn’t at day care. We left Thursday and came home Monday evening!

I took two pictures all weekend long! Yup, two…here you go:

Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.

Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.

It’s 8-9 miles long and Lilly desperately wanted to “see” the bridge we were to cross. We ate lunch here!

My two cuties

My two cuties

Not the best photo but Lilly was trying to pretend or “tend” as she says… to crawl like Hilary. She’s not crawling yet but oh, SO close. Hilary turned 9 months today and is very close to being done nursing. Her monkey update next week once I get her weighed.

We went to a 3 year old’s birthday party; Lilly’s friend Lola (don’t you just love that name). All five girls played dress up with multiple princess dresses, jumped in the bouncy castle, chased bubbles outside and ate lots of yummy food. We also played at the park and met some new friends, spend time with family (my Aunt and Uncle) and more importantly, we were a family of four for the long weekend.

And some how I only took two photo’s. Obviously I left my blogging hat behind. 

I may or may not have bought a Garmin on the weekend. If I did, can you guess what colour I may have chosen?

The best part of the weekend was when we randomly saw “Daddy” working on the ambulance….I was more in shock they the girls. It made our day to see him driving the ambulance. #proudwife

We had a great long weekend, did you? 

What did you do this Labour Day weekend?

Anyone run any races?

Did you travel this weekend?