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Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

By Tim KelleyAbout the Author

I got my first pair of VFFs more than a year ago and have been using them for triathlons, hiking and running. I started with Sprints and quickly added a pair of Flows and now I am training for Ironman Florida this November in a pair of Bikilas.

A few weeks ago I got an email from Justin asking if I would be willing to test and review a non-shoe related piece of running gear. Athletic apparel company, Zensah, had recently come across BirthdayShoes.com and wanted to do a promotion with their compression leg sleeves.

The idea behind compression clothing is that it lightly squeezes your muscles and forces more blood flow to those areas, which in turn removes toxins that build up from exercise. While some people don’t care much for compression wear, I am a big fan and have tried a number of different company’s compression clothing items ranging from compression socks and calves sleeves, to shorts and full compression tights so I was excited to give Zensah a try.

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Weekend Link Love 7/4/10

BirthdayShoes Week in Review

Happy Birthday America!

This past week we updated our original, early April post on fake Five Fingers with a much-needed update on Vibram's toe shoe counterfeit problem. We encourage those looking to buy Vibram Five Fingers to familiarize yourself with our regularly updated monster list of counterfeit online retailers (Over 175 and counting!) as well as our guide to avoiding counterfeit toe shoes.

On the Vibram fan front, we blogged about Jason surviving the rigors of a DisneyWorld vacation in his Vibram Five Fingers Sprints. Also, check out Emily and her family of Five Fingers wearers.

Meanwhile, we interviewed competitive runner, Edward Edmonds, about his experiences using barefoot running for training to run a professional level marathon. Edward is a thoughtful runner and offered an abundance of advice for runners at any level.

After the jump, see links and videos related to barefoot running and, of course, VFFs!

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Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Originally posted on July 6, 2009; bumped to the top of the blog on July 4, 2010, and added a new photo from Aaron in New Jersey (see above)!

Some call the 4th of July the birthday of the United States — others, the birthday of independence. Of course, independence — freedom — has no birthday: it's just an idea that should be pursued. An idea worth remembering and celebrating.

Amidst the fireworks, celebrations, vacations, staycations, and libations, it's all too often that the message behind Independence Day is forgotten. As a refresher, that message is hinted at in the first sentence of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

No need to get into the particulars of meaning behind the above sentence. I'd rather just leave it as this: it is our nature as human beings to be free, and to live in accordance with the responsibilities that such freedom requires.

As a way to celebrate freedom, I suggested that you experience the sensation of freedom through your feet. And a few VFFers and barefoot enthusiasts did just that — and sent in photos and videos to document their experience!

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Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats

Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats
Edward on a training run through the German countryside wearing his Nike Air Zoom Streak XC 2 racing flats.

We first ran across Edward Edmonds a few weeks ago in a video of him running barefoot and posted it in our Link Love section. Later, we discovered from his blog that he trains in Europe full time as a runner with the goal of running a marathon under 2:20 and competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. We were curious about how he incorporates barefoot running into his training and contacted him for an interview. Although he does not run exclusively barefoot or in Vibram Five Fingers, he does run barefoot to improve his form and trains in very lightweight minimalist racing flats.

Below is what Edward shared with us —

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