I was recently sent a pair of the Asics Gel-Noosa FF sneakers and CEP Compression socks and calf sleeves to review. I was especially excited about the CEP products because I love compression socks and wear them often during and after long runs, but I hadn’t tried the CEP brand yet.
The compression socks and sleeves were amazing! I preferred them to the other brand I’ve tried. The CEP socks are soft while still being compressive, and the calf sleeves didn’t chafe my ankles when I ran in them. The socks are great for cooler days and long runs, while I prefer the calf sleeves for warmer days because you can pair them with lightweight running socks.
I wore the compression socks when I ran a few miles of the Paris Marathon last weekend, because even though I wasn’t running the full race, 7 miles was longer than I’d run in a while and I wanted as much support as I could get. I paired them with matching KT tape on my IT-band injury.
My friend María Laura also wore the CEP compression socks after the marathon, and she said they really seemed to help with recovery. She liked that they weren’t too long like the other brand she’s tried, and she agreed that they were surprisingly soft.
I was also really excited to try the Asics Gel-Noosa shoes…because who doesn’t love new shoes?! They’re lighter than what I’ve been running in, so I wanted to see how that felt. They felt supportive despite being lightweight, and aren’t as light as racing shoes or track shoes, but are definitely on the lighter end of stability shoes. They seem like they’d be great for speed workouts.
However, I don’t think they’re supportive enough for me as I recover from my IT-band injury since I really need a strong stability shoe, so I’ll save them for when I am fully recovered and ready to run fast again!
I’m hoping to be able to use the shoes for speedwork and the socks for long runs again very soon…fingers crossed!
I received the Asics Gel-Noosa FF shoes and CEP compression socks in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own!Follow Marathons and Macarons: