Zensah Compression Socks Review

You’ve probably already heard of Girls on the Run around the blog world. It’s an organization the works with pre-teens to encourage self respect through running. I’ve wanted to get involved with them for over a year now, but there is no Orange County Chapter. I met with a few locals to start a chapter last year, but it fell through.

Well, the organization is still very much on my radar and I recently got invited to buddy up for the San Diego chapter’s end of season run! Unfortunately, it’s on Mother’s Day and I already made a date with my mom so I had to decline.

I did want to pass on the information to you guys though!

Find out if there is a GOTR program near you here. Even if you don’t have time to volunteer weekly you can buddy up for their end of season race or start a chapter in your areas!


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This morning my ankles are super sore! I forgot to mention that there were a few parts of the course where the road was slanted. I think that and the hills killed my ankles.

I’m sure sitting in the car for 8 hours after running 10 miles didn’t help the situation!

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Luckily, my calves aren’t sore because I wore compression socks Zensah sent me! They have a “R” and “L” so you know which foot to put them on. “R” for your Really Big calve and “L” for your Little One.

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Last time I ran 10 miles and flew to Austin my calves were sore for 2 days! I really think it was because of the running –> sitting for so long made them tight.

At first I felt like they weren’t as tight as my other compression socks and therefore weren’t going to work as well, but they did the job!


And I did the job of looking like a weirdo wearing tall pink socks under capris.


My calves aren’t sore at all today (and considering the hilly course, that’s a WIN). They are expensive at $49.99 a pop, but if you travel a lot for races OR run long and then go sit at your desk all day – they do help with recovery.

Question: Ever tried compression socks? Thoughts?


  1. says

    I do love compression socks – have to admit, I have Zensah socks and sleeves, but feel the sleeves help during runs more, and socks as recovery.

    The CEP brand is great for running for me, since they’re a lot tighter.

  2. says

    GOTR is such a great organization, hope you get to be involved with them in the future.

    I have never tried compression socks, but after seeing how you use them in your recovery plan I really want to give them a try.

  3. says

    GOTR is such an awesome program! I ran their end of the season run last year, and it was such a blast! This year I’m an assistant coach :)

  4. Noel says

    I love GOTR! My older daughter participated int he program and now my youngest is doing it! She loves going to “track” as she calls it and I love the time at the track it gives me. 😉 I , too, would love to coach but missed the boat on when the training was…maybe next year! PS! Love my Zensah compression sleeves. I want the socks now! I actually will run my long runs in them and longer races and they feel great!

  5. says

    I used plain old boring black compression socks from CVS after my first half marathon in March and even though they were not stylish at all (old lady chic), they worked wonders!

    I ended up buying a slightly better looking pair from ProCompression for $20 via a deal. LOVE THEM!

  6. says

    I just purchased a pair of smartwool Phd compression socks and I am thoroughly impressed. I have been wearing smartwool for years for every activity and figured I would stick with a brand I know. I am in love!

  7. says

    I wear hospital brand compression socks because my ankles all the way to my hips hurt when I’m running around the hospital/clinic all day. I totally notice a difference when I wear them!

  8. says

    I have to say… while I love GOTR’s message, they overcharge for the programming. Our school did GOTR for years, but we had to quit because they raised the price so much. Our school DOES happen to be in an affluent area, but specifically where my school is, it is not. Boo, GOTR. Not too happy. Fortunately, we started our OWN running programming for both girls AND boys.

  9. Alana says

    I’m intrigued by compression socks, but wonder how much you have to run in order to need to wear them? My shins sometimes bother me, but I only run about 20km a week at this point, am going to up it soon and start training for a 10K, may have to do some more research!

  10. says

    I almost lol’d when I read this post title because Zensah web ads have been following me around online for a while now! I feel like the internet knows better than I do and I’m tempted to try them. (I’m very much a beginner but my legs are not liking this new running habit)

    I think you rock the pink socks and capris pretty well!

  11. Bethany says

    I love my Zensah compression sleeves. I had them on yesterday. I only ran a 10K but it was hilly and I had a PR so I know I really worked hard. My calves are great today, not sore at all. I do have a pair of CEP socks, but I like the sleeves better, you can still wear Toms or sandals.

  12. says

    Ooh I haven’t seen those Zensah compression socks before, I only have their calf sleeves. I like using CEP compression, though still pricey. Great job at Big Sur yesterday!

  13. says

    I am in love with compression socks and never run without them anymore. I wear CEP allsport sleeves and they make a HUGE difference in recovery. I recommend them to everyone!

    PS. Love the color of your socks :)

  14. says

    I am looking forward to getting involved with GOTR when I move to the states, I love the idea of the program and want to get involved with their mission. Being a young girl is not easy…

    Compression socks are amazing. My husband hates it when I wear them to bed…I only do it once in a while, but he always rolls his eyes. Hey, it helps.

  15. says

    i’m a big believer in compression socks/ sleeves and I use them a lot. I’m not really sold on them improving performance and to be totally honest, I really don’t feel that I run any better/ worse while wearing them – but I LOVE them for recovery. I wear them during and after long runs, hills and hard workouts, and the next day I am always noticeably less sore.

  16. says

    When I started doing longer triathlons my calves got a little fussy with all the biking then running. So I started wearing compression calf sleeves. I love them and now I have no issues with my calves.
    Love compression!

  17. says

    I use the Zensah sleeves and the pro compression socks (like SR wears). I have to say, I like the sleeves a lot more than the socks. The sleeves are tighter and I have no shin pain when I am wearing them. The socks are not as tight and I have some shin pain when I run. I feel more “supported” in the sleeves.

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