Before our Ragnar Del Sol team left for the race, Zensah was kind enough to supply the whole team with Zensah Calf Sleeves, to help us all with recovery in between and after our runs. Now, I have to admit that I was skeptical about whether they’d have an effect one way or another, but I’m happy to report that they really helped.
I’ve run with their arm sleeves for a while, but I did it mostly to bridge the gap between short sleeve weather and long sleeve weather, never for any therapeutic effect. This weekend, I got to experience what calf sleeves can do first hand.
The Ragnar Relay is a special kind of race. Instead of just one long race to run, each team member has three separates legs of the race and those legs are dispersed over time. For instance, my first leg started at about 5:00 PM, my second leg started at about 2:00 AM and then my final leg was at about 10:00 AM. In between, you spend a lot of time standing around or cramped up in a van, fighting for room with baggage, food coolers and the random gnome (don’t ask). All in all, your legs can really take a beating. Throw three race-pace runs through the desert into the mix and even the fittest among us can end up with tired, achey legs. I know I certainly expected to walk away from the weekend limping along, with a lot of pain and soreness, especially in my calves, but I didn’t. One day of rest and I was back out there, getting some mileage in.
I’m a believer. I’d highly recommend Zensah Calf Sleeves to help you recover from tough runs, whether in the desert or your neighborhood.