Ever thought you would need to take the kind of socks you wear into consideration before you go running? Well, as it turns out, you do. According to a recent article by the New York Times, doubling the distance of a run should translate into doubling of the time taken to run it. Seems logical, right? Well, if you have ever run a day in your life, you’d realize how untrue that is. For longer runs, it actually take up to 2.15 times the amount of time, which shows you just how much work goes into a run, doesn’t it? You may or may not notice it during your run, but the farther you go, the slower you become. I mean, it does make sense. You can’t run forever, and the farther you go, the more tired you are inevitably going to become.
The article states that, “For sprints of 200 meters to 1,000 meters, a doubling of distance corresponds to an increase of a factor of 2.3 in world record running times; for longer distances from 1,000 meters to the marathon, a doubling of distance increases the time by a factor of 2.1. They found similar patterns for men and women, and for swimming as well as running.”
An important factor to consider while on your run is your own level of comfort. As you’re running, you may not notice how uncomfortable your feet are. They’re in your sweating and achey. It’s gross and disgusting, and you may not be able to keep up your run based solely on the fact that you’re feet feel like hell.
So what’s the best thing to wear on your feet while running? You may not believe this, but compression socks just might make all the difference. Running can obviously be extremely stressful for your feet. When your running performance needs to be sustained for a long period of time, you are going to want something that is designed for your comfort on your feet. If your feet feel good, you’ll feel good and will continue to push yourself to go farther and farther. Distance runners use compression socks all the time and the results speak for themselves. Not just runners, but for most athletes. Even on the golf course, compression socks help your footing to get that range that you’re aiming for. It’s not about style, it’s about performance.
Not only do compression socks help during your run but they will provide post-run benefits as well. They increase blood flow, reducing post-workout recovery time all together.
So before you go out and run again, make sure you put thought into what you put on your feet!
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Kimberly Greene is a young 20-something living in New York who loves all things running and marathon training.