Why I love Compression Gear: Zensah Socks and Sleeves

I love my compression socks, sleeves (and leggings too!). I have about six different pairs of compression socks and three different pairs of compression sleeves.  By far, the best pair of socks I have are the Zensah compression socks that I won in a #runchat tweet chat a few months ago. I recently bought a pair of Zensah sleeves that I love, too.

Why does compression gear work? Zensah’s got a great blog post on it, but here are some main points:

  •  Compression improves circulation and oxygenated blood flow to improve performance and enhance recovery.
  • Improved circulation reduces the buildup of lactic acid
  • Enhance athlete’s warm-up by increasing the temperature of the skin and the muscle
  • Provide an extra support to stabilize the muscle tissue, reducing inflammation and micro trauma

I mostly wear socks for recovery, but I’ll use my Zensah sleeves during ballet and sometimes while running.


Chilling in my Zensah socks in my messy room

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Ballet Class Recap and General Updates

Since I haven’t posted since last week, I fee like I kind of fell off the face of the earth with this blog–even if it really hasn’t been that long.

I spent most of my weekend (starting on Wednesday, since I worked three days in a row last week) with my family and struggled to get even my homework done for the Coursera Python course HQ and I are taking. I also got in a few runs while at home since there is a nice running trail there. My legs seem to be doing super well, and I’m currently looking for a cheap-ish 5k in May/June to run.

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Beginner Ballerina Profile: Maria Lucia Violo


This week’s profile Maria Lucia Violo, a 31 year old from Rome, Italy, who started ballet back in 2010.

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

I started in 2010, when I was 28 years old.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

Yes, I’ve loved dance and ballet since my very first childhood (I used to improvise dances at home, to watch avidly every TV show about dance and even to dress up my dolls as ballerinas and made them “dance” as a play!), so I actually ended up taking lessons, which I did approximately since age 9 to 12; it was never a serious thing, however. I was living in a small town then, and we didn’t even have a proper classical training, it was more of a casual mix of modern dance and ballet. I didn’t like the classes very much, plus I didn’t enjoy them really (sadly, I felt very insecure of myself in those days). Even my family wasn’t very encouraging (sadly they believed the old doctors’ tale that “dance can do harm to the body”). So, the mix of all those causes made me eventually quit.

Why did you decide to take ballet as an adult?

It had to do with the beginning of kind of a “new life” for me. It happened when I had recently past my mid-twenties and I was reconsidering a few things about my life, making new choices and especially allowing myself to let my desires free without succumb to others’ opinions and decisions, like I had frequently done in the past. So it was kind of natural for me, I guess, to come back to my old love too (as I said before, I was very fond of dancing as a form of expression since my very first childhood). But it wasn’t easy: I knew I wanted to dance, but I didn’t know even where to start from. Italian society can be very conservative sometimes and adult ballet is not so popular here still, so I had to research quite a lot till I could finally find the right place to study and to feel myself at home.

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Anyone Can Do Ballet!