CEP Compression: [So Excited] My Review & GIVEAWAY!

I think I am in love with CEP Compression Socks…..

CEP Compression – The Intelligent Sportswear
I know, I know, call me behind on the times. I have been running for a few years now, but have not tried any compression wear until now. I’ve thought about –even dreamed about it – but just haven’t been able to afford it, honestly. So, when CEP Compression contacted me and asked if I would be interesting in reviewing their products – I literally squealed with excitement!
CEP sent me a pair of Running Compression Socks and I got to choose the color so, of course, I chose pink! After all, all the cool kids are doing it. I couldn’t wait for them to arrive and I opened the box immediately. My first thought? H-O-T. I was hoping to try them out on Saturday for my long run, but wasn’t sure how I felt about wearing “knee socks” in 80+ degree heat. My second thought? S-M-A-L-L. They were sized according to the circumference of my calf, which is how I ordered them, but I was skeptical.
Nevertheless, I was still excited to give them a try and when Saturday morning rolled around, I jumped out of bed to get for a group run with MIT. Note to self: DO NOT try to put Compression anything on for the first time when you are running late. It doesn’t work very well. Second note to self: Read the directions before getting frustrated and running out the door barefoot! Whew. It was a chore, but once I got the socks on properly, I was ready to go.
Love.
  
Why yes, this picture does make my thighs look huge and they are one of the smaller parts of me. And yes, those are a shiny new pair of New Balance Minimus shoes.    
Rockin’ the CEP Pink!

I ran just about nine miles in my compression socks on Saturday. And it was awesome. Did I mention these socks make me feel like a professional I know what I am doing I am doing?

I LOVED them, and I really don’t want to go back to wearing normal socks on my long any runs.
What I love:
  • They are breathable and manage moisture well – my feet and legs were actually among the cooler parts of my body on Saturday.
  • The socks are made from 85% polyamid and 15% spandex and are extremely lightweight. I did not feel like I was wearing knee socks.
  • The feeling of being, well, compressed – it’s almost like I can feel my muscles absorbing oxygen-rich blood and using the nutrients to their full potential. My legs actually felt great on Saturday – it is my endurance that is suffering a little bit.  
  • My legs felt less sore on Sunday (this was the longest distance I have run in several weeks), and I felt completely recovered from my workout in no time. Can I just wear these socks all of the time?
  • I think they may have actually helped me knee remain stable without prohibiting the movement of the muscles (which is the only way my knee will get stronger). While I had some knee pain for the first few miles on Saturday, I experienced NO KNEE PAIN on Sunday. Not even while going up/down the stairs!
  • They look awesome!   

What I don’t love as much:

  • The price. They are $59.95 online and while that price impacts my budget, it is worth it for how well I felt. According to CEP, they last about 6 months if taken care of properly (gentle cycle on the washer, cold water, sport wash and line dry). I would totally reinvest in a pair!
So, what makes CEP Compression different from other compression products? According to CEP, their compression products are medically tuned for maximum performance. By measuring the calf circumference to ensure proper fit, CEP also ensures proper compression, allowing for effective blood flow. The compression on the calf is lower to effectively target the arteries and allow proper blood flow back to the heart and the compression at the ankle penetrates deep veins to push blood back to the heart. Plus, CEP Compression Socks are anatomically correct to perfectly fit your left and right foot – made a big difference for me! 
Other compression socks just aren’t designed this way, allowing blood to pool at the ankles and not make it back to the heart as effectively. For more information about the technology behind CEP Compression, I found the website very interesting.
And there are still more benefits to wearing compression gear:
  • Improved blood circulation and overall leg health.
  • Reduce vibration (thus, shin splints) to increase oxygen and promote healing. 
  • Increases oxygento optimize muscles and remove lactic acid.
  • Increases blood flow to increase warmth in the muscles. 

THE GIVEAWAY!
CEP Compression kindly sent me a pair of Women’s Running Compression Shorts to giveaway to one lucky follower!
They are black and a SIZE III.

Please see additional sizing information HERE.

Want these beauties to be YOUR’S?

Please leave me a separate comment for each entry to increase your chances of winning.
Mandatory:

Become a follower of my blog or let me know that you already are. (+1)
Visit CEP Compression and let me know what product(s) you would like to try in a comment. (+1)
Extra Entries:
LIKE CEP Compression on Facebook HERE (+1)
Follow me on Twitter @wordstorunby (+1)
Follow CEP Compression on Twitter @CEPCOMPRESSION (+1)
Tweet about this giveaway and include @wordstorunby and @CEPCOMPRESSION in your tweet (+2)
Post about this giveaway to your blog. (+2)
Extra Extra Entries:
VOTE for me to earn a spot on Chocolate Milk’s Team Refuel HERE (Search for me by name- Sara Wyen) and leave me a comment each time that you do. (+1 entry per day that you vote
You have through Monday 08/29/2011 to enter (and vote!) and I will announce the winner on my blog shortly after then.
Until the next mile maker,
 
Please note: CEP provided me with these products to try and giveaway in exchange for my review.  I was not compensated in any other manner and the content of this review is purely my own opinion.

Comments

  1. WordsToRunOn says:

    Guess I can say “welcome to yoru world” I have set up a Twitter account, liked CEP on FB, following them on Twitter and of course I vote for you in the Team Refuel every night! Got the blog almost done. When it is I will post it on my blog. Whew what a busy day I had. All because of a 5 mile run, so many thoughts to think on and came home and bam.
    Kris
    Words To Run On

  2. WordsToRunOn says:

    So here I am again. Yes I follow your blog. Just looked at CEP site and I would like the socks for sure. Thats my main thing with running is not having the best socks. Worth the investement.

  3. Jennifer Roe says:

    I am a follower!

  4. Jennifer Roe says:

    I follow you on twitter

  5. Jennifer Roe says:

    I like “CEP” – I have been wanting these socks for more than a year but money is soooo tight I think my hubby would divorce me if I bought them – but someday, I will make them mine!

  6. Jennifer Roe says:

    I want the shorts (would so help my achey hip I bet!!) and those pink socks!

  7. Jennifer Roe says:

    I follow CEP on twitter

  8. Jennifer Roe says:

    I have voted for you everyday, girl! 😉

  9. Jennifer Roe says:

    I’m going to go link to your giveaway in my blog now.

  10. Teamarcia says:

    Follower!

  11. Teamarcia says:

    I like CEP on FB

  12. Teamarcia says:

    I linked you on my blog

  13. Kris Olsen WordsToRunOn says:

    Yes I follow your blog

  14. Kris Olsen says:

    Like CEP on FB

  15. Kris Olsen WordsToRunOn says:

    I am following you on Twitter

  16. Kris Olsen WordsToRunOn says:

    Follow CEP on Twitter

  17. Dclugston says:

    I follow your blog!

  18. Dclugston says:

    I would love to try the compression shorts

  19. Dclugston says:

    I liked CEP on Facebook

  20. Dclugston says:

    follow you on twitter

  21. Sara Kent says:

    I am a follower!!

  22. Sara Kent says:

    I would love to try the CEP Compression sleeves!

  23. Sara Kent says:

    I “like” CEP on Facebook!

  24. Sara Kent says:

    I have been voting for you religiously for the Refuel with Chocolate Milk! I hope you get it!!

  25. Clairejustine says:

    The socks look great,I’ve always wanted a pair too…

  26. Laurieb27 says:

    Liked on Facebook.

  27. Laurieb27 says:

    Voted for you today on the Refuel Chocolate Milk site. Good luck by the way! 🙂

  28. Laurieb27 says:

    I follow your blog!!

  29. Laurieb27 says:

    Posted to my blog: lcbilovesky.blogspot.com.

  30. I’m a follower!

  31. I’d love to try the shorts but I’ve been comparison shopping socks as well. The CEP socks look great!

  32. I would love to try the socks. I hear so much about them

  33. I am a follower

  34. I like CEP on fb

  35. I voted today. Thanks for the reminder.

  36. I am a follower!

  37. I follow you

  38. I voted for you on Team Refuel a couple of times now

  39. I have been wanting a pair of compression shorts so bad!

  40. RunningMandy says:

    I am a follower! (and typing one handed since Avery was crying. lol)

  41. RunningMandy says:

    I like CEP on Facebook!

  42. RunningMandy says:

    I visited CEP compression. If it weren’t for budgets, I’d try a lot of their stuff! I’ve already tried the sleeves…love them. Want to try their socks, shorts…and someday in the next year or so…the triathlon compression skinsuit. 🙂

  43. RunningMandy says:

    I voted for you for team refuel! 🙂

  44. Run Boise says:

    I follow your blog.

  45. Run Boise says:

    I follow you on twitter (@sophiescholl)

  46. Run Boise says:

    I am following @CEPCOMPRESSION on twitter.

  47. Run Boise says:

    I think I would be happy with the CEP compression socks, but the clone tights would be awesome!

  48. I follow you (duh)

  49. I actually want to try the shorts. I hear they’ll keep my uterus nice and tucked in.

  50. Follow you on Twitter!

  51. Following CEP on Twitter.

  52. Tweeted.

  53. Voted for the Refuel thinger.

  54. I follow your blog!

  55. I follow you on twitter!

  56. follower

  57. I would like compression sleeves

  58. Of course I follow you.

  59. posting about this giveaway on my blog now!

  60. I voted for you August 15th

  61. I voted for you August 16th

  62. I voted for you August 18th

  63. I voted for you August 19th

  64. I voted for you August 20th

  65. I voted for you August 21st

  66. I voted for you August 22nd

  67. I voted for you August 23rd

  68. I liked CEP compression on FB

  69. I would love to try the socks or calf sleeves.

  70. following @wordstorunby on Twitter

  71. Following @CEPcompression on Twitter.

  72. Tweeted!

  73. Laurieb27 says:

    Voted for the chocolate milk team today!

  74. Kris Olsen WordsToRunOn says:

    Tweeted today!

  75. Kris Olsen WordsToRunOn says:

    Voted for you today for Team Refuel

  76. I voted for you today, August 24th

  77. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I’m a new follower!

  78. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I would love to try the socks and the shorts!!

  79. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I like CEP compression on Facebook

  80. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I’m following you on Twitter

  81. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I follow CEP compression on twitter

  82. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I tweeted the giveaway

  83. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I posted a link to the giveaway on the sidebar of my blog: http://www.therunningcook.blogspot.com

  84. I’m a follower of your blog! yay!

  85. I liked CEP on facebook! Wahoo for social networking!!

  86. Tweet tweet, I’m one of your followers on Twitter.

  87. And I voted for you because I totally support what you are doing and think you are the BOMB DOT COM!!

  88. Laurie Bilovesky says:

    Voted for you today!

  89. I voted for you today August 25th

  90. Sarahkayjordan says:

    I follow you!

  91. Sarahkayjordan says:

    I like them on facebook!

  92. Hey. Sara. Voted for you today. August 26th

  93. Laurieb27 says:

    I voted for you twice today for the Refuel team! Two IP addresses: 2 votes! Woo hoo!

  94. Megan Landry says:

    I’m a follower!

  95. Megan Landry says:

    I would love to try their compression socks.. FO SHO!

  96. Megan Landry says:

    I like CEP on facebook!

  97. Megan Landry says:

    I follow you on twitter! (i’m fitcraftyteach)

  98. Megan Landry says:

    I follow CEPCompression on twitter!

  99. Megan Landry says:

    Tweeted the giveaway, mentioning both of you!

  100. Megan Landry says:

    Voted for you!!

  101. Hi Sara, voted for you today, August 27th.

  102. Laurieb27 says:

    Voted for you today!

  103. Voted for you today, August 28th

  104. Lauren @ The Running Cook says:

    I voted for you today!

  105. Laurieb27 says:

    Voted for you today too!

  106. Sara, voted for you again today Monday August 29th

  107. I voted for you again today 🙂

  108. Follower

  109. I’d love to try their cycling bib

  110. I follow your blog by email!

  111. I would love to try the RxOrtho Ankle Support! Holy cow that would probably help my tendonitis a ton!

  112. I follow you on twitter!

  113. I follow @cepcompression on twitter!

  114. I tweeted about the giveaway & included u!

  115. I tweeted & included @cepcompression!

  116. I voted for you!

  117. Jennifer Roe says:

    I have voted everyday since learning of the contest for you!

  118. Laurieb27 says:

    Voted today!

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