Monday, March 7, 2011

CEP Compression Socks review and giveaway!

I have long wondered whether or not compression socks really work. I've read reviews on other blogs and seen people wearing them at races but still I wondered. Are they worth the money? Should I splurge?


Well, now I have my answer. I was contacted to try out a pair of CEP compression socks recently and I've worn them several times. My overall opinion is that they work! Totally worth the splurge.


CEP stands for Compete, Endure, Perform. I like it! I mean, when I compete I have to endure (some pain) to perform (well). What's more, CEP claims that they are "clinically proven to increase performance by 5%." Sounds good to me!


Here's a little information on compression and CEP socks:

The Science Behind Compression:1. Arteries with normal blood flow - Arteries are blood vessels that transport oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the organs and muscles. Veins transport de-oxygenated blood back to the heart.
2. Arteries extension - The compression of the CEP compression sportsocks expands the diameter of the inner arterial wall thus improving blood flow to the muscles.
3. An increased arterial blood circulation and supply of oxygen to the musculature - The arterial blood circulation increases by approximately 30% while at rest and by approximately 40% under physical strain. The special compression profile of the CEP compression sport socks* is a decisive element in ensuring these results.
CEP Prevents:
  • Shin Splints
  • Cramps
  • Achilles Issues
  • Fatigue
  • Micro Muscle tears
  • Vibration trauma
  • Blisters
  • Blood clots from travel
Read more about CEP's products on their web site HERE.


Since I'm training for a half marathon I've been able to give the socks several good workouts: I've worn them on all of my recent long runs (an 11 miler, my 9.2 mile race, a 12.5 miler and a 13 miler) and I've worn them for my speedwork (mile repeats). I've also worn the socks after my runs to enhance and speed recovery.


Check out my flashy green gams:



I know, weird angle. It was the best I could do!

The socks are a little tricky to get on, because they are tight (compression, you know). But, I like how the socks feel when I'm wearing them and I especially like how I have felt during my runs while wearing the socks. In fact, while wearing them I have run faster than expected in my 9.2 mile race and in my recent 13 miler. Now, I'm not going to give all the credit for my recent awesome runs to my CEP socks (I've been working hard!) but I think they may be contributing to how well my runs have been going. 

Overall, I really like the socks. I plan to wear them for my half marathon and I'll most likely be sporting them for the rest of this year's upcoming races. Hmm . . . I have a bunch of races on the schedule so maybe I should splurge on another pair!

To buy:

CEP Compression Socks retail for $60. You can buy them at various online retailers. 

Lucky for you, CEP has given me a discount to share! Visit Sports Compression and input the code BLOG15 for a 15% discount on your order! 

To win:

Would you like to win a pair of CEP compression socks? Sure you would! Well, that's what going on. One lucky reader will win one pair of CEP compression socks. 


To enter:


Here's what you need to do: Become a follower of CEP on Facebook AND their blog (REQUIRED) and then come back here and leave me a comment.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain extra entries. Remember, though, you must complete the required entries first! (Leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Follow my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Let me know what your favorite socks are (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment  each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment with the url)
This giveaway will run through Tuesday, March 15th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.

Good luck!



Review/giveaway disclosure: I received one pair of CEP compression socks to try out. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are entirely my own. You can read my disclosure statement HERE.

223 comments:

  1. I followed CEP and the blog.

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  2. I follow your OTHER blog. :)

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  3. Right now I am using Adidas wicking dual-layer cushioned, in men's because women's are never big enough. I have had some blistering, though, and am considering trying others.

    I also use Zensah compression sleeves (major shin splint troubles and shin stress fracture laste year) and would love to try out the full compression sock. The sleeves leave a funny looking gap.

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  4. I followed CEP on Facebook and their blog

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  5. I am already a follower of your blog

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  6. I follow your other blog (check your link... it is broken)

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  7. I am a fan on Facebook as well (may want to check that link too - sorry!)

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  8. I followe CEP on Facebook and their blog

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  9. I already as you know follow your blog.

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  10. I follow your other blog too

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  11. I like The Happy Runner on FB.

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  12. I follow CEP on Facebook, Twitter and their blog.

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  13. Right now my favorites are Thorlo's Experia but it could be CEP if I win. Hint hint.

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  14. I follow The Happy Runner on facebook.

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  15. I posted this giveaway on my blog.

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  16. I follow the Happy Runner blog and am participating in the HRHMC.

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  17. Liked CEP on Facebook and followed their blog.

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  18. My favorite winter running socks are Balga (I think is the brand name).

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  19. I posted it on my blog...

    http://running4two.blogspot.com/

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  20. Like CEP and follow the blog :)

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  21. Would love some pink socks! I have seen them everywhere and, like you, wondered if they were worht it. I have tried leg sleeves but think the socks might be more practical.

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  22. I followed CEP on their blog and liked them on Facebook!

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  23. Oh how I love CEP! Already follow their blog and like on FB!

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  24. I also follow your other blog!

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  25. I'm a fan of THR on Facebook!

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  26. My fav compression socks are my hot pink CEPs!

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  27. I follow the CEP blog and CEP on facebook!

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  28. I follow your other blog too!

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  29. I am fan of Happy Runner on Facebook too!

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  30. My favorite socks are my black compression socks but I really want a pink or green pair too!

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  31. I follow them on blog and FB!

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  32. I already follow you!

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  33. I follow your other blog too!

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  34. I already "like" you on FB too. :)

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  35. I have two pairs of favorite socks - my Thorlo Experia ones and some Sof Sole ones as well. :)

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  36. I follow CEP on FB and their Blog

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  37. I follow your other blog too!

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  38. I follow CEP on facebook and also their blog

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  39. My favorite socks are adidas with arch supports, but I'd LOVE to try some CEP socks... especially the cool green ones!

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  40. I linked you on my blog here: http://kansasrunnerblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/finally-good-run-and-my-attempt-at-core.html

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  41. I liked CEP on Facebook and am following their blog

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  42. I am a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook

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  43. Favorite socks are smartwool

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  44. I liked them on FB and follow their blog :)

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  45. I follow this blog (thru Google Reader)

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  46. I already follow your other blog (love it!) thru G.R.

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  47. I have these cheap socks from Marshalls that have no name brand but are the best for running as they keep my feet dry and are super cute :)

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  48. I'm a follower of CEP on Fb and their blog.

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  49. I'm a follower of your blog.

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  50. Im a fan of The Happy Runner on FB.

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  51. My favorite socks are smartwool for winter running. I have never run in compression socks.

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  52. i am a follower of their blog and fb! :)

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  53. I follow your OTHER blog too ;)

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  54. right now i use nike ankle socks but i would LOVE to be able to try a pair of CEP socks!

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  55. I posted your giveaway on my blog :)
    http://zanetaruns.blogspot.com

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  56. I like CEP on FB and I follow their blog.

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  57. My favorite running socks are Smartwool socks with light cushion!

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  58. I'm following your other blog too now!

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  59. I'm following CEP on Facebook and their blog.

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  60. I posted this giveaway on my blog's sidebar:

    http://chasingatalanta.blogspot.com/

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  61. I follow Happy Runner Reviews on Facebook

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  62. Linked this giveaway on my blog!

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  63. I follow CEP on their blog and on facebook.

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  64. I am a follower of the blog and facebook!

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  65. I currently am wearing some running socks from Academy, but just recently I wore some compression socks from running skirts for my last half marathon! I loved them and have been wanting to try other brands of sock!

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  66. I've been wanting to try these! I have Smartwool ones that I love. I liked them on FB and am following their blog in Google Reader.

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  67. ...and I follow your other blog too.

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  68. OH, and I misread the rules. Current favorite socks= Smartwool! But I would love to be convinced otherwise. Especially with bright green! (Nice color choice.)

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  69. I follow your blog

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  70. I follow your other blog

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  71. I'm your fan on facebook

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  72. I JUST started following this blog!

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  73. I already follow your other blog!

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  74. I LIKED the CEP on FB and am now a proud follower of their blog!

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  75. I don't have a FAVORITE tpe of sock - I need guidance in this area! I usually try to throw on a pair of knee-high socks (ya know the cutsie ones from Target) after distance runs.

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  76. I like CEP on fb and follow their blog

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  77. I am a fan of Happy Runner on fb

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  78. My favorite socks are Balegas. I haven't run in anything else for two years....not even the super cute running knee highs that I have. Just haven't convinced myself to do it yet! Maybe for my next race....

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  79. I followed cep and their FB page!

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  80. Now I'm a follower of your blog! I really enjoy your posts- I have little guys running around my house, too!

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  81. Now following your other blog!

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  82. Oh, I love compression socks and sleeves! I haven't tried CEP yet but definitely need to add a pair to my collection!

    I've liked them on facebook and followed their blog.

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  83. I like the happy runner on facebook!

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  84. Currently my favorite running socks are the single-layer WrightSocks. I love my OxySox compression socks and Zensah calf sleeves, too!

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  85. I'm a follower of their blog and I like them on Facebook. :)

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  86. Oops, I mean, I follow your other blog too.

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  87. I buy Adidas running socks in "bulk" at Costco. 6 pairs for $10! But I love my RunLove Swift socks from RunningSkirts.

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  88. Posted to my site:
    http://www.runzoerun.com/p/giveaways.html

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  89. I follow your blog!

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  90. I follow you on facebook too

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  91. I like zensahs, but that's all I have, i'd love to try something new!

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  92. I'm a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook.

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  93. I love the pink socks, but the green ones in your pic are perfect for this week!

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  94. I'm a follower of CEP on facebook and on their blog!!

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  95. I'm a follower on your "other" blog!

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  96. My favorite socks are.... the pink ones!!!! I love the hot pink ones.

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  97. I linked to this contest on twitter (chickrunning)

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  98. I linked to you on my blog!! http://feetdominatingpavement.blogspot.com . Look to the left hand side.

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  99. I follow your other blog and on FB too!

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  100. My favorite socks are my white CEPs but oh how I'd love some green ones!

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  101. I like CEP on FB, Twitter and follow their blog

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  102. Awesome giveaway! I liked CEP on FB and I follow their blog!

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  103. i "like" the happy runner on FB

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  104. I tweeted again about this giveaway. (Chickrunner)

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  106. I didn't read the rules properly to post one comment for each entry! so here we go.. I follow this blog

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  107. I tweeted about this giveaway (bumppity)

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  108. I liked The Happy Runner on facebook

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  109. my favourite compression socks so far are by running skirts - the hot pink CEP ones are catching my fancy!!

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  110. I follow happy runner on facebook.

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  111. I love runningskirts.com compression socks!

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  113. I like Injinji toe socks. They keep me from getting blisters on my toes.

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  114. I posted a link to this giveaway on my blog.

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  115. Sorry the comment should have read "I posted on twitter AGAIN @Chickrunning"

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  116. i'm a follower of both and really want a white pair!

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  117. I also follow your other blog. :)

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  118. Like the Happy Runner on Facebook...

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  119. I haven't tried any yet, so I'm a newbie!

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  120. Linked to my sidebar of my blog...

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  121. I like them on FB and follow their blog

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  122. I follow CEP on Facebook and follow their blog.

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  123. My favorite running socks are SmartWools, but I haven't tried the CEP socks yet!

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