Yesterday was a fun snow day. I put my to-do list aside and spent time with the boys. We watched a movie in the morning (as is our tradition on snow days), went sledding, read some more of Harry Potter and just had fun. Back to school today and the to do list is back out.

I said last week that I am now going to devote Thursday's to product reviews. (What is AdvoCare?)(official and unofficial because not all of these companies have asked for my opinion but I am going to give it anyway)

I am going to call is What I think about it Thursday, I like catchy names, like Tuesday is now officially Tasty Tuesday on my blog (Tasty Tuesday)

So here we go

PRO Compression socks

What the company says:
A key benefit of wearing compression socks over eighteen (or thirty-six!) holes is the delay of muscular breakdown and fatigue that comes from long-term play. This significant improvement enables you to perform at the highest level for longer durations of time than ever before.

Our goal is to give you yet another tool that will give you an advantage and help you play your best. Focus on your game – not the discomfort in your feet.

Elite athletes worldwide have understood and embraced the benefits of compression wear for decades. Increased blood flow, speedier recovery and greater all around comfort – all a huge component of your game and something the majority of golfers have been missing for years.
Triathletes, Runners and Endurance Athletes
Your feet and legs are your engine. Anything less than peak performance and full recovery means unnecessary discomfort while operating at less than your best. Change all of that with the advanced design and materials that make PRO Compression socks your ultimate recovery tool.

Beyond traditional high compression, be sure to check out our specialized running sock. The innovative design, lightweight construction and stabilizing zone make it one of the most comfortable, yet effective, running socks available.

How They Work

PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.

PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.

What I say:

As I have said before I am a skeptic when it comes to new products that make big claims. I felt the same way about compression socks. I ordered my first pair of PRO Compression not sure they would be all that they said, I was wrong.

I am going to review the running compression socks because that is what I ordered. I am not a golfer but I wanted to include it in case any of you are.

Ordering/Customer Service:

It was very easy to order the socks online. I did have a question about the sizing, the socks come in three sizes XS, SM, and LXL. I fell in between a XS and SM. I emailed and tweeted Pro Compression and they got back to me very quickly, which I really appreciated. I ended up ordering a size SM per their recommendation. Placing the order was easy and they offer Free Shipping! I ordered my socks on Sunday, I received an email when they shipped so I knew they were on their way and they were on my doorstep on Friday.

The Socks:
The socks come in lots of colors, the standards black and white. However, they also come in hot pink, purple, baby blue, neon green with pink, lime, orange, red and three different colors of argyle.
I ordered hot pink!


They fit great, they were tight which they are supposed to me but not so tight that it felt uncomfortable. They are soft and a blend of nylon and poly materials.

I did my long run on Sunday on the treadmill, 10 miles, and wore them. Normally, my knees and legs start to ache a little about mile 8 on my long runs. In the PRO Compression socks I didn't have any pain in my legs throughout the entire run.

My one concern with wearing knee high socks when running was that they would make my legs itchy or hot. To be honest, I almost forgot I had them on.

After my run:

Normally by the end of the day after I have done a long run and the next day, I am a little stiff when I get up from sitting. After wearing the PRO Compression socks on my run, I wasn't sore at all. They also recommend you wearing them after your runs to aid in recovery. I will definitely be doing this after my half marathon.

Overall Opinion:

My overall opinion is I am no longer a skeptic. I love my PRO Compression socks. The socks are fantastic and I can see them helping my running as I get into longer distances and can get back to running outside (winter is almost over, I am not a cold weather runner). The fit is fantastic, tight but not too tight and I am very happy that they helped to eliminate pain in my joints as I run and recover.

I love all the colors that they come in as well. I love that I will be sporting hot pink knee high socks and shorts this summer, I will be looking good and running fast!

The company is great. All the products are made in the United States, which is a big plus in my book. I thought their customer service was great and appreciated the free shipping.

If I happen to be a lucky winner in Best Body Bootcamp (Bittersweet and Dreaming) then I will be ordering another pair soon, if not I will hopefully order another pair before my half marathon in April. I am looking at the red, baby blue or argyle for my next order.

Question of the Day:

Recieving parenting advice....

As soon as my belly started to show that I was having a baby, the advice started. Friends, family and perfect strangers had something to say and advice to share. Once my babies were born and as they grow, the advice keeps coming. I do my best to be patient, especially with strangers, when they offer me advice. I understand that they are just trying to help, especially if they see me struggling and sometimes it is advice I can use. But all too often, it is not.

Here is my opinion on parenting advice, if you want to offer it to me fine, BUT all kids are different. So yes, the advice you share might have worked for your child, or that book you read might say it is the best option in this situation. However, please remember these are my children and I know them best and I know what works and doesn't work with their personalities. My 2 children are so different from each other and depending on the situation each one needs to be approached differently.

So again, thank you friends, family and strangers for your advice. I may try it but most often I will smile, nod and say thank you and then continue to do what I think is best for my child. Will I make mistakes, of course, no one is perfect but I will do my best.

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