Happy MCM weekend!
I’m on my way down to DC and I thought it would be fun to “celebrate” my 3rd full marathon with a giveaway! Enjoy, and be sure to check in over the weekend for updates from Washington!
I LOVE socks.
No, really. I have all sorts of socks – Christmas socks, Thanksgiving socks, Valentine’s Day socks, doggy socks, winter socks…
I have socks for just about every occasion, so imagine my surprise when I started running a couple of years ago and realized I didn’t have any plain old, low cut, athletic type of socks to run in!
I quickly remedied this problem by heading out and buying whatever inexpensive plain white socks I could find, I mean really, socks are socks, right??
Well, now that I am older (by a whole 2 years!) and wiser (I am going back to school you know) and a veteran of 7 half marathons, and 2 (soon to be 3!) full marathons I am enlightened. I know the truth.
All Socks are NOT Created Equal.
This past summer my husband came home from a work conference with something for me (yeah, presents!) – a pair of socks one of the vendors had given him for me to try! Woo hoo, running socks!
Yes. I got that excited over socks. (Runners – you get this, right? Non-runners – feel free to think I’m nuts.)
Jason had been talking with Swiftwick about their Cut-Resistant Hockey Socks (he works in professional hockey) and when he mentioned that I was a runner they quickly pulled out a pair of socks for him to take home for me!
I went for a run in the socks and I really liked them, but I have to admit I didn’t think too much about it. Until I went for another run…in my OLD socks.
Suddenly I felt like my feet were on fire! Why the heck were these socks so warm?!? And did they always come to this weird, uncomfortable height??
So, my Swiftwicks quickly became my go-to socks, especially for long runs!
I sent Jason’s contact who gifted me these wonder socks a quick e-mail thanking him for opening my eyes to this new and wonderful world (ok, I didn’t word it exactly like that…I didn’t want him to think I was totally weird) and after chatting we agreed that my readers might just love Swiftwick socks too!
And so, I was sent a box of socks!
Fortunately being mid-marathon training there were plenty of opportunities to test all of these out!
Swiftwick offers 6 different styles of socks and they come in 6 different heights, so there are lots of different options!
Here’s what I got:
Left to Right: Aspire One, Aspire Zero, Vibe One, Pursuit One
Here’s what I think:
Aspire One – These are my long run and race winners. Light and thin with a bit of compression they are incredibly comfortable and my feet never felt hot! The Aspire’s come in 6 different heights (that’s the number after the name) from Zero (no-show) to Twelve (knee high compression).
Aspire Zero – these are the “no-show” version of the Aspire sock. I have to admit I was skeptical about these having experienced the dreaded no-show slippage before, but I really liked them! They stayed in place much better than other “no-show” styles I’ve tried and it barely felt like I had anything on.
Vibe One – these socks I just flat out didn’t want to take off. Usually after a run the first thing I do is kick off my sneakers and peel off my socks, but when I was wearing the Vibe’s I found myself keeping them on while I did my post-run stretching and foam rolling. The Vibe feels similar to the Aspire, except slightly more “comfy” (or as their website says “plush”).
Pursuit One – the Pursuit line is made out of Merino Wool which has natural wicking and insulation properties. I found these to be the thickest of the socks I was sent and to be honest I fully expected to not love them for that reason (I’m a thin sock kinda person), but I do have one pair of sneakers that I find to be just a touch big, so these socks actually worked really well with them to take up that little bit of extra space.
Here’s what else I want to tell you:
- Swiftwick socks are made in the USA!
- Swiftwick guarantees their products – if you don’t love it, wash it, return it and they’ll replace it with a pair (any brand!) of equal value!
- Swiftwick’s mission is to design and produce the best active wear products on the planet.
- Swiftwick has an awesome Sock of the Month club! Check it out HERE!
Here’s what I have for you:
So are you feeling excited about socks yet??
Swiftwick has generously offered me 5 pairs to give away to Live, Run Grow readers! The first place winner will receive 3 pairs, and 2 runners up will receive a pair each!
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite tip is to keep your feet happy during training!
- Swiftwick’s tagline is “Do what moves you”. Answer the question, “What moves YOU?”
Visit my FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY PAGE for up to 5 additional entry options!
This giveaway will be open until Thursday, October 31st at midnight EST at which time a winner and 2 runners up will be randomly selected and notified. For more information on Swiftwick you can visit their website at www.Swiftwick.com.
Disclaimer: I was sent 4 free pairs of Swiftwick socks for this review. All opinions are 100% my own, I was under no obligation to give a positive review.