CEP review & giveaway!

I came home last weekend to find a wonderful surprise on my doorstep! My new hot pink CEP compression socks were here to try!


I originally heard about CEP socks through someone's blog (not sure who), but didn't really feel like I had the need for them at the time. Then my brother was developing some lower leg pain with training for his half marathon (I'm always his go to for injury fixing), and I thought I would look into it a little more for him.

The important thing for me to say here, is that I am a Physical Therapist. I have a doctorate degree, and I know how to use it! Evidence based practice was drilled into my head in school, which is why I am skeptical to believe a lot of gimmicks that are out there. When I went to the CEP website, there were no gimmicks. Much better, there was ACTUAL RESEARCH & medically based information! I love to see a product that instead of just saying it makes you run 5% faster (which research has shown with CEP by the way), but it actually had abstracts from the research articles and detailed information on why this was the case.


I think this video sums it up nicely, and if you want more information to back up their claims, check out the research articles they post on their site. I did. There are a few other things I want to point out. The first is how the CEP socks do what they do.  As a medical professional, I'm extremely impressed with how a medical company Medi, made the same compression tights that patients with circulation problems, blood clotting disorders, and vericose veins use, and adapted them to athletes for CEP. They are made with graduated compression, which pretty much means they are tighter around the ankle and slightly looser around the calf. This prevents blood pooling in the lower leg, and assists with the flow of blood back up to the heart to get re-oxygenated. Also, the amount of pressure within the socks, has been shown to be effective at dilating arterial walls, which means newly oxygenated blood is better able to flow through your lower leg. This means less cramping and pain!

When I first found out about these socks, I wondered when I was supposed to wear them? While running? Recovering? I found my answer on their website, pretty much I could wear them all the time. CEP recommends wearing them for training, racing & recovery:
  • Training - with increased blood flow to the legs you can work harder & maximize your training.
  • Racing- CEP socks can take 5-10 minutes or 5% off your time, which is backed up by research!
  • Recovery- The graduated compression prevents pooling of blood, and swelling, and increases oxygen levels to decrease muscle fatigue

I took them out on my 9 miler today, which I already knew was going to be a slow pace, I wasn't looking for a CEP time boost today. My right calf was a little crampy to start with, but it worked itself out around mile 1. They kept me warm and comfortable for the entire run. I love the smoothness on the interior, and of course the HOT pink color! After my run, I showered and put the socks back on to help with recovery. Last week I had a tough time getting around after my 8 miles, today has been a piece of cake. So far I LOVE them, even though I've only been able to use them once, and I LOVE that this is a company that uses medicine and research to help athletes perform better. Now, YOU have a chance to experience it for yourself!

How to win!
8 chances possible to win
make sure to post a separate comment for each entry

1. Mandatory- be or become a follower of my blog
2. Mandatory - visit CEP HERE & post what you would want if you won
3. "Like" Running to Health on facebook
4. Join CEP compression sportswear on facebook
5. Tell me what your favorite feature of CEP socks are
6. Post about this giveaway on your blog
7. Post about this giveaway to facebook or twitter (1 entry for each)

Entries can be made until November 3rd, and I'll post the winner shortly after!
Good luck!

241 comments:

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Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

I'm a follower!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

I really think I need those lime green ones

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

I really like the recovery aspect of the socks. I get calf cramps a lot after runs

Kathykins said...

My calfs ALWAYS cramp at the start of runs, so something like this might help me?

Aimee said...

I'm a follower!

Aimee said...

I like the progressive running socks in black, or the pink ones! :)

Aimee said...

I'm already a fan of CEP on FB

Aimee said...

I like how you can wear the socks while training, racing, and for recovery! They are awesome!

Jaime said...

I'm a follower!

Jaime said...

I like the pink socks and also the leg sleeves.

Jaime said...

I haven't tried compression socks yet but want to! I like how they help you after as well as during running. The recovery is the worst part!

Jaime said...

following your blog on FB too :)

Kathykins said...

I'm a follower - progressive running socks :)

track coach and adorable wife said...

I am a follower

track coach and adorable wife said...

I want the green ones, or maybe I would let my hubby get some black ones!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I follow then on fb.

track coach and adorable wife said...

I follow you on fb.

track coach and adorable wife said...

That you feel like you can wear them all day long, they never feel gross!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Posted it on fb

track coach and adorable wife said...

posted it on our blog

Courtney said...

I'm a follower

Courtney said...

I want the neon green compression socks

Courtney said...

I like running to health on facebook

Courtney said...

I joined CEP on facebook

Courtney said...

I get major calf cramps/soreness so I <3 compression socks :)

Courtney said...

I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog

Courtney said...

I posted this giveaway on facebook

Courtney said...

I posted this giveaway on twitter

momof3 said...

I'm a new follower!

momof3 said...

ok, on the website, don't overlook the "how to put the socks on". I once tried to put a pair of green socks on while standing before racing with Racing With Babes (we needed to match) and, it was entertaining, to say the least. SO, that said, I LOVE the Green ones, but would also like to see the progressive ones in person.

momof3 said...

I "Like" you.

momof3 said...

I Like CEP compression socks too. (on FB)

momof3 said...

I have only worn a pair of compression socks to race in, so I am excited to try a pair for recovery. I like things in my life that do more than one job, so I am a huge fan that these socks are multifunctional.

momof3 said...

I posted on my bloggy facebook page - Neurosis of the Stay at Home Mom of 3.

Dee said...

I am a follower

erindegroff said...

I'm a follower!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I'm a follower

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I tweeted @kovasp

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I would get another pair of sleeves

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Best thing about CEP is I have no more lower leg problems

Jill said...

I'm a new follower.

Jill said...

If I won, I would get the green or white compression socks.

Jill said...

I now follow you on FB too!

Jill said...

I already follow CEP on FB.

Jill said...

My favorite feature of the socks are the graduated compression and that you can wear them during long runs as well!

Jill said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog:
http://irunforthehills.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

canyoncairns said...

I follow your blog!

canyoncairns said...

If I won I would want either the running ones you got (hot pink!) or the same ones in white.

Dee said...

I would definitely want the HOT PINK progressive compression socks!

Dee said...

I like Running to Health on FB (Dorsey L)

Dee said...

I follow CEP on FB

canyoncairns said...

I tweeted it! (@kattehcat)

Dee said...

My favorite feature of the socks is, what they're named for, compression! I have varicose veins, have had since age 11 (damn genetics) and compression tights work great on them. I cant wait to try CEP socks to help my legs recover from runs!

canyoncairns said...

I'm slightly obsessed with the idea of compression socks. I don't have a pair but they've been on my amazon wishlist for more than a year! I love that they make your legs feel fresh, I think they're kinda cute (I remember knee-high socks were cool in athletics in high school), but secretly I'm hoping they'll make my tendons happy since the site says they help prevent shin splints and achilles issues. *fingers crossed* :)

Rae said...

I follow!

Rae said...

Definitely the hot pink ones!

RunKnitRun said...

I am a follower :)

RunKnitRun said...

I love the pink ones but green is too awesome to pass up :)

RunKnitRun said...

Joined CEP Compression Sportswear on FB

RunKnitRun said...

Linked to your giveaway on my blog

RunKnitRun said...

I've been having a tough time with shin splints and compression socks seem to have done the trick for prevention :)

RunKnitRun said...

Liked you on facebook!

RunKnitRun said...

Tweeted the giveaway (@knitterphd)

Dee said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I'm a new follower!

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I've been coveting the bright green compression socks for a while now.

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I joined CEP Compression Sportswear on Facebook

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I recently wore CEP Compression Socks during the Detroit Marathon, where they helped me to a 13 minute Pr (2:58). But my favorite feature is the fact that they kept me from feeling the plantar fasciitis I've been dealing with.

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I linked this giveaway on my blog!

Erin said...

I am a follower!

Erin said...

I like CEP on FB

Erin said...

I would get women's pink size III socks!

Erin said...

My fav feature of the socks, in addition to the fantastic colors, is the level of compression is perfect for running. Some other brands I use and love for recovery, do not work as well for running in, and can fall down.

Forward Foot Strides said...

Follower!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I'd pick the pink compression socks, or the black leg sleeves!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I think my favourite feature is that they're so versatile!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I posted this giveaway in my giveaway section!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a follower!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I would have a super hard time deciding between lime and pink. Do you think they would send me one of each?

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I joined CEP on facebook!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are linked on the sidebar of my blog!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I love CEP's versatility. You can wear them any time. Oh and they are wicked cute, which is really most important to me!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I "liked" you on facebook!

JenniferLeah said...

i am a follower :)

JenniferLeah said...

I would def get the HOT PINK ones-I have been lusting over these for a while :)

JenniferLeah said...

adding your giveaway to my blog

JenniferLeah said...

I like that they are versatile-you can wear from training/recover. I also really liked your post about CEP-very imformative and well written. PLus your credentials rock :) so they must be good!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I'm a follower!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I'd get hot pink ones

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I like the recovery aspect - I have big problems with swelling ankles after long runs

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I like Running to Health on fb!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I like CEP on fb too!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

New follower!!!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I want the lime green ones! They wouldn't match anything, but I don't care!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Like you on facebook now

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

already like CEP on facebook

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

my favorite feature - they work! I used to always have sore calves, now I don't... but my one wimpy pair gets stinky and I have nothing to wear during recovery!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

adding it to my blog in a sec.

Darlene said...

I am a follower

Darlene said...

I'd like the pink ones

Darlene said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog

Darlene said...

I tweetd it too.

Darlene said...

I like Running to health on FB

Darlene said...

I like CEP on FB

Darlene said...

I can't wait to get a pair of CEPs. I want to run longer distances and I know these will help.

Meredith said...

I'm a follower!

Meredith said...

I would love a pair of pink CEP compression socks!

Meredith said...

I like you on FB!

Meredith said...

I already like CEP on FB!

April said...

I'm a new follower!

April said...

I love the hot pink CEP socks!

April said...

I "like" running to health on FB!

April said...

I "like" CEP on FB

April said...

I like that CEP socks help with leg cramps and achilles issues both of which I have been having since my mileage has increased.

April said...

I posted a link on my blog sidebar.

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!!

Stacie said...

I would LOVE a pair of green CEP socks.

Stacie said...

I like Running To Health on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I'm a fan/like CEP on Facebook.

Stacie said...

My favorite feature of the socks is increased circulation and faster recovery for your legs. I'm loving the colors too.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog.

Stacie said...

I tweeted ~ windyrunner

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

Darcy said...

I'm a new follower :)

Darcy said...

Black...but green is super tempting!

Darcy said...

I "like" u!

Darcy said...

I joined CEP on facebook

Darcy said...

If I should win, this will be my first pair of CEP's. I wear other sleeves for recovery and I love them, but have been wanting a pair of these for a while!

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm a new follower!

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I linked this on my blog

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I'd get the hot pink socks, maybe the green if I was feeling froggy :D

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I like CEP on FB

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm having problems with calf cramps lately and would love to see if these would help. I'm also interested in the recovery benefits

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I like you on FB

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I tweeted

bobbie said...

I am a follower of your blog:)

bobbie said...

I would like the green socks

bobbie said...

I like running to health on facebook

bobbie said...

Also cep socks on facebook!

bobbie said...

Linked it on my blog

Pretend this is real... said...

I'm a new follower

Pretend this is real... said...

LOVE the pink running compression socks!

Pretend this is real... said...

I like Running to Health on FB

Pretend this is real... said...

I'm already a member of CEP compression sportswear on FB

Pretend this is real... said...

Favorite feature? How everyone who has them says they make their legs feel AMAZING! Bring it on.

Pretend this is real... said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog.

Pretend this is real... said...

I tweeted about your giveaway

Pretend this is real... said...

I posted your giveaway on FB

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

New follower!

Allison said...

I'm a follower!

Allison said...

I would get the PINK Progressive Compression! Perfect for my 70.3 training!

Allison said...

I already like you on FB!

Allison said...

I'm a fan on FB of CEP!

Allison said...

My calfs cramp BAD and I tend to get shin splints (even after new shoes)... I think these would help ALOT and make my runs more enjoyable!

Allison said...

YOu are on my blog!

Brandi said...

I'm following your blog

Brandi said...

I covet those hot pink compression socks

Brandi said...

I've linked back to my blog under awesome giveaways

Brandi said...

I like Run to Health on FB

Brandi said...

I joined CEP on FB

Brandi said...

I'm jazzed about the medical grade compression

Sheridan Lee said...

Already a follower...

Sheridan Lee said...

Already joined CEP on FB...

Sheridan Lee said...

Posted on my FB...

Sheridan Lee said...

Posted on my blog...

Sheridan Lee said...

I would choose the pink ones...

Sheridan Lee said...

Like Running to Health on FB...

Sheridan Lee said...

My favorite thing about the socks is all the cool colors...and obviously the fact that they help you recover.

Lisa said...

i'm following

Lisa said...

i'd get black recovery sleeves if i won, i think

Lisa said...

my favorite thing is taht they come in so many sizes so that they fit correctly

Trish said...

I'm a follower!

Trish said...

I'd love a pair of these babies in green! :)

Trish said...

I like you on FB!

Trish said...

I joined CEP on FB too!

Trish said...

I think these would be great on a long flight!

EricaH said...

I am a follower

EricaH said...

i would love to own their compression shorts or pink compression socks.

EricaH said...

I liked CEP on facebook.

Anonymous said...

I am a follower and I would love to own the pink compression running socks. I first learned about these socks at my 2nd 10K Run. I'm a beginner and trying to work my way to a marathon next year. I'm diabetic and I would like to know if these socks are diabetic friendly. So far what I like about these socks are that they supports the arteries and the supply of oxygen to the muscles. That sounds like it is good for me as I have high risk of heart disease and would like to do everything and anything to stay heart healthy. Thank you!

Mirella Gamino
mirellagamino@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I Like" Running to Health on facebook

Mirella
mirellagamino@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I posted about this giveaway to facebook.

Mirella

Anonymous said...

I joined CEP on Facebook.
Mirella

Anonymous said...

I would love to own the pink CEP compression running socks.

Mirella

Nicole said...

I'm a follower. :)

Nicole said...

Ooo, CEP now has green socks, do want!

Nicole said...

Aside from the obvious feature of preventing shin splints and improving performance, I like that the socks will stay up on the leg.

gmontalvo13 said...

just became a follower!

gmontalvo13 said...

i just ordered them today actually, the white women's III! if i won, i'd get them in pink!

gmontalvo13 said...

i just liked CEP Compression Sportswear on fb.

gmontalvo13 said...

i liked Running to Health on fb.

gmontalvo13 said...

i posted as a blog giveaway on my blog.

run4may said...

I am a new follower. Would you please follow me in return.

run4may said...

After checking out CEP, I would like the pink running compression socks.

run4may said...

I now like you on FB

run4may said...

Already like CEP on FB

run4may said...

I like that they prevent so many things, one being achilles issues.

run4may said...

linked giveaway on my blog

run4may said...

Twittered about it at run 4 may

Elizabeth said...

I'm a follower :)

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