On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Not unlike Hilary Duff, I am a pop sensation and actress who is married to a hockey star I have fat arms. Or so I've come to believe: at the same exact moment that I discovered arm warmers, I also discovered the existence of the arm muffin top.

So when I told you a few weeks ago that I had gotten a package from Running Skirts and I mentioned that I would review the arm warmers later, I was bluffing. Yes, it was too warm for the arm warmers. But also, in a size medium, they were too tight on me.* I sent Running Skirts back the arm warmers with a note asking for a size large. In exchange, they sent me compression socks. (I guess they were out of arm warmers? Their communication hasn't been stellar, although I have no complaints about getting free stuff.)

Not even maybe my legs. Their picture.
I'm pretty picky about my compression socks. I like them tight. Very tight. (If I was the crude sort, I would imagine there was a joke in there. But I'm classy.) I can rarely find compression socks tight enough for me to feel like they're doing anything. I was leery about these from the get-go, given that they don't come in sizes. Perhaps needless to say, my fat arms also come along with calves that are, ahem, ample. Muscular, right? Right. Ahem. But if these socks were too small, they'd just be tighter, right?

So how were they? I'm mixed. I didn't really notice anything, to be honest. I put them on after a hard 15m (I didn't run it hard, mind you, it's just that I'm weak). Would the soreness have been worse without the socks? I don't know. I would be afraid that they wouldn't be tight enough for people with thin calves.

I'll wear them. But I prefer my C.E.P. socks.

*I can give you a preliminary review: I'm not sure I like the fabric, as it has next to no give. I definitely do not like what I can only describe as a reverse thumbhole. Instead of having a hole for your thumb, they have a protective casing for your thumb. Not only does this leave your hand exposed to the elements (whereas a thumbhole allows your hand to be mostly covered and thus warm), but it was also snug on me - and I don't have fat thumbs, thankyouverymuch - inhibiting being able to push them up on your arm or take them off easily. So... I'm mixed. If you want to be very twee and have your skirt match your arm warmers, go for it.


  1. Jen went to their booth at an expo and said "I have chicken legs, will your socks be small enough?" and then looked down at their legs and was speechless, she didn't know people could have skinnier legs than she does!

  2. but the CEP socks are worth it? i havent tried playing with compression socks yet, but feel like i definitellyyyy need too. long runs have been leaving my legs achy!

  3. I LOVE MY CEP SOCKS. I think they're totally worth it. I love them.

  4. cep huh? i dont know what i have... i do not like the hearts. that i do know.

  5. I love arm warmers, but I hate how all arm warmers look on me, so I try to wear t-shirts that cover up the arm muffin top.

    And I loved reading this "review." If someone's going to send a blogger free shit, they should expect brutal honesty.