Running and Jumping for Joy About Compression Socks + #Giveaway

Jennifer Fisher  Jump Rope

I am a huge fan of compression socks and am hosting a giveaway for a really fun pair (of winner’s choice) at the bottom of post.  I wear this type of knee sock for nearly every race and workout and also on those work days when I’m standing for lengthy periods of time at an event expo, teaching cooking classes or otherwise running around. In fact, I’ve found that on those days when I do have to stand up all day, I still have enough spring in my step later in the evening to fit my training in or going around with the jump rope in a pair of Polka Dot Compression Socks (as above).

I never go overboard - haha!I’ve written quite a few posts about compression socks in the past (like this one about compression and running-CrossFit-yoga, so I hesitate to rehash everything – but the basic ideas is that the compression in socks (which usually starts the strongest in the foot or ankle and then moves up the calf), keeps the blood flow from slowing and giving you that lethargic, swollen, dead-leg feeling.  I like to call this squeezing, “happy hugs for your feet” – it’s doesn’t really feel as much “tight” as it does “embraced.”   Anyway, this ‘hugging” encourages better circulation and, in turn, legs will feel more energized, less achy and heavy. Some doctors even suggest compression socks may help to prevent varicose and spider veins. Oh how I wish stylish compression socks were available during my pregnancies, as I had vein problems quite bad and was forced to wear thick, full-length compression hose in an awful “suntan” color” – I was quite the sight to behold.

bright life go logoBut, today there are so many fashionable choices in compression socks that don’t sacrifice any of the function. is a great online shop that features a wide range of compression sock brands that will help you put your best foot (and leg) forward! The carry lots of great brands like CEP, Zensah and Top & Derby — of course, my favorite brands is Vim & Vigr – I am a very enthusiastic (and official) ambassador for Vim & Vigr products. I am actually wearing a pair right now as I type this up (which reminds me, while I wear compression for my active pursuits, they also help keep things circulating when sitting all day at a desk or on a plane).

vim vigr compression sock collage

VIM & VIGR socks are definitely do not have that elderly vibe that compression socks of yore had – these beauties are designed with rich colors, timeless patterns, and just enough sass to satisfy my funky style. Look at some of my favorites in the collage above! Every time a wear a pair (and I never keep them hidden under pants!) I am always stopped with questions and compliments about my socks!

If you are a newbie to compression socks, you may have legitimate questions before you shell out what is a fairly substantial chunk of change for a pair of socks – which typically run $30 – $60 per pair(although so WORTH it). has a easy to follow Guide for First Time Compression Sock Buyers that will walk you through the decision making process including identifying your primary need (from pregnancy or an on-your-feet job to maternity and travel) along with other concerns, like what grade of compression, what size and care instructions.

So, whohoo, I’m so excited that is letting me give away a pair of is Vim & Vigr compression socks (of winner’s choice) to one of my readers. They have GUY’S SOCKS also!  Check out the Vim & Vigr collection at Bright Life Go right HERE Then, see below for the entry instructions and Rafflecopter widget.

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Endorphin Warrior Bracelet, A Feel-Good Giveaway!

UNBREAKABLE! Sixteen pull ups in a row, callouses to prove it!

As part of my recent boondoggle to run the Hood to Coast Relay, I was gifted with a bunch of fabulous swag by running and fitness related companies. One of the goodies that really made an impression on me was the warrior training bracelet by

I really appreciate the fact that this accessory isn’t too ‘girly’ (in fact, there’s no reason a guy wouldn’t dig one of his own) and is ready to withstand all the salty sweat I can dish up whether running, CrossFitting, paddle boarding, racing or just sitting on the porch reflecting over the day’s accomplishments. Made from natural leather, this snap-close bracelet is developing a nice patina and proving to get better and better with age. Plus, it’s so lightweight and comfy that even a girl as fussy about stuff on her wrists as me will hardly even feel that it’s there.

But the coolest thing about this bracelet is that I get to give one to you!

You could win an awesome bracelet like this!

One of you lucky readers gets to pick from a selection of positive and powerful keywords such as focus, persevere, breathe, strength, believe, courage, relentless and more for their bracelet. The selected word is engraved on a nickel-finished metal plate and serves as a reminder of what drives and defines you. I chose the word unbreakable to be a visual prompt to keep me from going to that dark, dark place in the last quarter of a race where I am filled with self-doubt and want to give up.

Need a little motivation of your own? Just enter the Endorphin Warrior Bracelet giveaway below:

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