Disclaimer: I received Zensah Ultra Compression Leg Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
A little over three weeks ago, I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon. Going into that race, I had done very little running since my racecation to the Tokyo Marathon…and since then, I haven’t run very much either. Truth be told, my first quarter of running has been a mixed bag of racing and recovering, resulting in the lowest mileage month I have EVER put in since I started my running journey!
Still, as I have grown and matured as a runner, I have learned that to gain strength, speed and endurance, it is important to respect the recovery just as much as the training….and it’s with that excellent timing that my relationship with Zensah officially kicked off this year.
Over the years, I have tried a variety of compression wear (fun fact: I wore Zensah socks for my very first marathon in 2011!) and I am pleased to check out the ever-expanding line of Zensah gear. As luck would have it, I was fortunate enough to be sent some of the newest compression sleeves on the market (see the image on the left!), the Ultra Compression Leg Sleeves, which I tried out at the Sarasota Half Marathon.
Although most runners heed by the age-old advice to never try anything new on race day, I am glad I took the gamble on these sleeves. I’ve long relied on the standard Zensah leg sleeves for my recovery needs (they are perfect to slide on after a race under a long maxi skirt, and don’t stick out like socks if you want to wear flats!) but didn’t feel that they gave a tight enough “hug” to benefit me in a race.
Thanks to my packrat antics, I was able to track down the packaging from a pair of my regular leg sleeves, and do a little compare and contrast! The main differences, as you may guess, are the fit (extra tight for Ultras), ribbing (vertical for ultra – targets support, in comparison to chevron ribbing in standard, which is said to relieve shin splints) and suggested use (Ultra are recommended for training and racing, whereas the standard include recovery benefits as well).
As you might imagine, the feel of these two products is very different – which makes it easy to discern which product to reach for, within the different cycles of your training. As soon as I crossed the finish line, those sleeves were thrown in the wash, (LOVE that they’re machine washable – cold water) folded, and saved for my next speedy venture.
Now, as I write this post, I am proud to say that I’m sipping a beverage and recovering from my evening run with the “#1 Selling Compression Leg Sleeves” around, the Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves. These feature more of a “snug” fit while they enhance circulation, aid in recovery, and contribute to fresher legs…and I am a believer!
Moving into April, I look forward to setting new goals and making plans – plans that I foresee incorporating a healthy balance of both running, racing, and recovering – all while rocking my Zensah!
Want more Zensah goodness? Check out my fellow BibRavePro reviews:
- Angie – https://marathang.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/zensah-compression-sleeves-product-review/
- Danielle – http://liverungrow.com/2015/03/16/bibrave-product-review-zensah-compression-socks/
- Jessica – http://seejessrun711.blogspot.com/2015/03/zensah-ultra-compression-sleeves-review_18.html
- Rachel – https://darlinrae.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/product-review-zensah-ultimate-compression-sleeves/
- Sarah – http://www.rungingerrunblog.com/1/post/2015/03/zensah-review-and-discount.html
- Tom – http://www.runsandplaces.com/2015/03/product-review-zensah-compression-sleeves/
- Jane – http://www.runthejungle.com/2015/03/zensah-review.html
- Emily – http://azsungoddess.weebly.com/blog-posts/zensah-compression-sleeve-review
- Katie – http://www.adventuresbykatie.com/zensah/
- Jenn – http://www.thecupcakerunner.com/training/zensah-compression-review