SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery sock giveaway!

As predicted, I’ve been extremely busy getting ready for my oral qualifying exam on Friday.  So busy, in fact, that I haven’t even been able to get out for a run this week, and don’t see it happening until this weekend.  Oh well, they say a week off every once in a while is good for you.  So here you go, “they.”

I did write a new Running Shorts piece on barefoot running, so if my studying and lack of posts this week has you in NMA withdrawal — come on, humor me — you can read that one for a quick fix.

No Meat Athlete sightings!

A few readers sent me pictures of themselves in No Meat Athlete shirts after their turkey trots, which I always appreciate:

[sarah NMA photo]

[heather NMA photo]

That’s Sarah (top), a graduate student in communications at out San Diego State University, and Heather (bottom), from my home state of Maryland, whose race benefitted So Others Might Eat.  Doin’ good in an NMA shirt; can’t beat that with a stick!

Another cool NMA shirt story — Jose wore his in the California International Marathon and ran alongside running legend Bart Yasso long enough to show him his shirt!  Can you say “street cred”?  Apparently, Yasso is a vegetarian as well!

Shirts have been flying off the shelf recently, so fast that I’m having trouble keeping them in stock.  But I have two big shipments coming in, so though I can’t guarantee it, you should still be able to get them by Christmas if you order in the next few days.

SIGVARIS giveaway

[matt sigvaris photo]Since my 50K on Saturday was canceled, I didn’t get the chance to try out my new SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery socks afterward.  But I’m going to go ahead and do the giveaway nonetheless, with the review forthcoming.

So here’s the deal with SIGVARIS: they do a lot of serious, medical stuff with compression socks, so you know they’re legit.  The good news for us is they’ve recently gotten into this silly running business, so you, the NMA reader, have a chance to win a pair of their brand new Athletic Recovery socks.  And I have not one, but TWO pairs to give away!

[sigvaris recovery sock photo]SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery socks’ slogan is “because not all compression socks are created equal,” and their reasoning is that most compression socks don’t feature true graduated compression.  Looking at the sock, the fact that these truly are graduated is obvious; you can clearly see that it’s very narrow around the ankle, and GRADUALLY (that’s key, hence the caps) widens as it goes up the calf.  Theoretically, this is conducive to good bloodflow and faster recovery.  You can read more SIGVARIS features here.

So here’s how this will work.  I have two sizes to give away: size “A” is for Women’s shoe size 5-7; size “B” is for Women’s size 7.5-9.5 or Men’s size 6.5-8.5.  To enter, just leave a comment on this post.  And please choose A or B when you enter; no fair entering for both!

Get those entries in by next Monday (December 14), and I’ll randomly choose the winners early next week.  Remember: you have to specify A or B (not both), or you’ll be DQ’d!

And as always, I really appreciate links back to this post or tweets about the giveaway.  I don’t require them for entry, nor do they earn you extra points.  But they are really helpful to me, so if you’re a fan of these easy-entry giveaways, why not share the love?

Good luck!  Just imagine — this could be your leg!

[sigvaris athletic recovery sock photo]



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  1. I wish I had smaller feet…I bet the small socks get fewer entries 🙂
    Size B please!

    I hope your exam goes well. The only thing worse than a regular exam is an oral one!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..i know no one cares =-.

  2. Yay!! I need a second pair of compression socks anyway! I would love to try these and choose size B! Can’t wait for your review! Thanks Matt!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Vacation running and Shoe wear =-.

  3. I’d be a “B” 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!!
    .-= Abby´s last blog ..It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! =-.

  4. I’ve been dying to try out the compression socks! Would love to win size B. Thanks for your fun and informative blog posts and your awesome vegetarian recipes!! Keep ’em coming!
    .-= Kirstin´s last blog ..Fat Ass =-.

  5. Ow! I so want to win 🙂 A please. Good luck on Friday- let us know how it goes.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Favorite TJs Products, Vegan Asparagus Soup =-.

  6. I would LOVE to enter the contest. I am a B!

    Thanks, and LOVE hearing about other veggie/vegan athletes!

  7. I would love to win these socks. I am a B, all the way!
    .-= chrissy´s last blog ..indian samosa casserole =-.

  8. B!

  9. i have never had recovery socks and am in the market to give them a go!

    size B please!

    **fingers crossed!**

  10. B!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! i’ve never tried compression socks before!

  11. I’d like to enter! B

  12. Danielle N. says:

    Nothing would go better with my NMA shirt than a pair of recovery socks!! B is for me!

  13. Yay for Maryland! And extra yay for small feet! I’d love to enter (Size A!)

  14. Would love to have one (B) of these, especially as the temperatures keep dropping.
    .-= Yasmin´s last blog ..The hills I run =-.

  15. Size B…just barely at a 9.5 . Do they have bigger sizes for the hubby?

  16. Good luck on Friday! I’m an A for sure! And NOT just cause I’m type A…

  17. Woohoo I would love to win these! I’m a B all the way!

  18. CATIEDIDIT says:

    yay for small feet, size a, please!

  19. My dainty feet thank you, size a, please.

  20. these seems awesome!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog from the weekend =-.

  21. How exciting, I’d love a size A!

  22. Woohoo, size B! Big feet represent! 😉
    .-= Daria @ Daria Can Cook´s last blog ..Makeover! Gingerbread! Giveaway! =-.

  23. Please enter me in for an “A”
    Hope you get an “A” on your oral as well…do they grade that way for PhD candidates? Anyway, good luck.

  24. My big B feet would love to try these!

  25. Please enter me for size B. Good luck on your oral exam!

  26. Size B please! Good luck on the exam
    .-= Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)´s last blog ..Not Lasagna =-.

  27. B please 🙂 Good luck on Friday!

  28. B for me! I would love these socks!

  29. OOH great contest! Enter me for size B, please!
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..Cookbook Love =-.

  30. Hi Matt! I just found your blog via HealthyTippingPoint. I am a new vegetarian, its only been a month or so. I want to try out your recipes.
    I’m also a runner (no marathons yet, but hopefully next year) and would take the bigger socks lol.

  31. I hope everything goes well with your oral exam!

    Very exciting give a way too. With starting marathon training the “A” size would be great.
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Back At It! =-.

  32. I would fit in the B category. (Wish I was in A, though) Also wish I had these after my marathon this weekend… I used knee highs instead. =/
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Rock n Roll Marathon: Las Vegas =-.

  33. I’d love to try these!
    Size B, please.

  34. i need to get one of those shirts!!!
    awesome giveaway, too. i’m a b :]

  35. I’d love to try a size B! Thinking about ordering a shirt too 🙂

  36. Wow, I didn’t know Yasso is a vegetarian! Cool.
    I see lots of people in the B category- and now I’m joining them! I’ll be interested to read your review.
    Kick some butt on Friday! 🙂
    .-= Veggie Runnr´s last blog .."Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." =-.

  37. I hope Santa will bring me my first pair of size B compression socks!
    .-= Krista@CommitmentisLiberating´s last blog ..An unexpected morning run… =-.

  38. Nice socks! Size A please!

  39. Another awesome giveaway! I would love to try a pair of size B!

  40. A – all the way!
    .-= Hethir´s last blog ..Rainy Day Run =-.

  41. Go for A!

    Thanks for the giveaway Matt!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Creative Weekend and Over Indulgence =-.

  42. Enter me for a size A! 🙂
    And I love that your NMA shirts are so successful! 🙂

  43. I also rocked an NMA shirt in a Turkey Trot but, unfortunately, no pictures. I’d love to try the recovery socks – B please!

  44. I’d love to win one of these times! Thanks for doing these giveaways. I’d be sporting a size “B”.

  45. One of these days I’ll get picked! Size B for me please.

  46. Ooo…i’m right on the cusp in terms of size…I’ll say A please! (pretty please?!)
    .-= Betsy´s last blog ..Joe Kleinerman 10K Race Report =-.

  47. Size B please! I have monstrous feet.

  48. Would love to try some of those socks out! Size B for my girly clown feet!

  49. Good luck on the exam! Size A for me!

  50. I’d love a pair! Size B!
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Small Things =-.

  51. I would like to try, size A please 🙂

  52. I would love to win these! Size B, please!

  53. Size A! My legs need these socks!

  54. I’m so happy that you are doing this giveaway!! I love compression socks!! Size B please!! I have huge feet!!!!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Costa Cruise 2009: Barcelona, Spain and The Costa Serena =-.

  55. I’d love to win these! Size A, please. 🙂
    .-= Traci´s last blog ..I’m a Runner! =-.

  56. Would love a pair of these…size B please! 🙂

  57. Size B for me! 🙂
    .-= Nicholina´s last blog ..Book Review: Snow Treasure by Marie Mcswigan =-.

  58. Size B! Great giveaway! I totally need/want some compression socks!!!!!

  59. Thanks for another great give-away. Please enter me for “B”.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Dreaming about running! =-.

  60. Size A for me!

  61. Perfect timing on this giveaway. I have been going back and forth with good socks (especially recovery/compression ones) and would love to try these out!! I chose “A”. Thanks! I will make a link on my blog when I do another post!

  62. Nice review of barefoot running. Put me in for B.

  63. I would like to try! Size A, please.

  64. Oooh, so sexy! I’d like some size A please!
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Sorry guys… =-.

  65. Happy to hear that with two pairs I have double the chances! I’d be a B size!

  66. B I’m a size 9 (big foot!)!

    My legs are so sore I’d love a pair of these!

  67. Alisha Newton says:

    Wow! I am a size “B”. Thanks for the great blog!

  68. Size B! I keep meaning to order a NMA shirt, and it sounds like I better get on that!

  69. I’m dying to try recovery socks! Size B!

  70. These look awesome. Size B please!

  71. Size B!!!
    .-= Mary (Food Fit and Fun)´s last blog ..Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken =-.

  72. I’d need a size B! They look quite nice :-).

  73. Wahooo! Chalk me up for the size A!! (I have the smallest feet… a good friend of mine likes to tease me, asking me how I can possibly balance my body on feet so small!) 😀

    I would LOVE to try these socks to see if they help my toes not cramp up into the painful “CLAW” on my right foot. It totally makes me look like I’m giving the Vulcan sign with my toes!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    .-= Shari B.´s last blog ..I’m B-a-a-ck! =-.

  74. Size A, please.

  75. Heather Gulyas says:

    These would be great as I shovel out from this massive storm tonight! And for skating on our canal in Ottawa Canada! Size B for my pods! Cheers from the GREAT WHITE NORTH!

  76. comment.
    size B

  77. Oo fancy socks! Size B please!
    I love your blog and recipe ideas!

  78. Size B will be great for after next month’s 1/2 marathon!

  79. Size B please!
    Thanks for the give away!

  80. If I get picked, size B please 🙂

  81. Kaitlyn Gamber says:

    pick me, pick me!! Size B.

    PS – Good luck on your big PhD proposal!

  82. Size A for me. Thanks for the give away!

  83. It is so cool that you have time for a giveaway this week with all else you have going on. Size B for me!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Condiments and Sandwiches in the DVD =-.

  84. Aw shucks, there I am in my NMA shirt! Had a great time at the SOME trot and was proud to show off my veggie status!

    Those socks look so very nice – Size B! Good luck with everything you’ve got going on!

  85. Very interested to try those socks! I’m size A!

  86. size B! crossing my fingers!

  87. Hey just linked your giveaway to my website.

    I’m in for an A!

  88. Looks like the perfect pair of socks to get me started on training for my FIRST Half Marathon! Woot! Size B for me please!

  89. Size B please! I’ve been wanting to try recovery socks for awhile now.

  90. I would love to win a pair of those size B socks!
    Thanks Matt !

  91. thanks for the giveaway!

    size B
    .-= Morgan @ Life After Bagels´s last blog ..If You Could Go Back In Time =-.

  92. Awesome giveway, I’d love to try these socks….size B

  93. Wow – these look awesome! I’d love a size B!

  94. size B is for the brand new socks I will be getting this Christmas!! 😉

  95. Thanks for putting up my photo!!! I had so much fun with that race and I can’t wait to sign up for more… and please be so kind as to enter me for the size B! Thank you 🙂

  96. I am excited to read the post on barefoot running; after seeing barefoot runners in Central Park and at the gym, I’m intrigued.

    And I’m a size B. As in “Better pick me.” Holler.
    .-= Rachel @ Shedding It´s last blog ..Shed Theater: What I think About During Long Runs =-.

  97. “this could be your leg” hehe:) enter me for B!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..A Holiday Party =-.

  98. I’m brand new to the veggie lifestyle and finally recovered enough (been on IR since *May*) to get back to running ! A new pair of ‘B’ socks might make all the difference!

  99. I love your site! I would love to try these socks out. I have Reynolds (poor circulation) and I am a runner. I think this might really benefit me. A.

  100. smilinggreenmom says:

    Cool! Count me in 🙂 I love my Topricin natural pain cream so much but these would be awesome too! Pick Me!

  101. i’m going to do a barefoot run on Jan 1 2010. I’d love some size A socks to use afterward! Great blog 🙂

  102. I would love to try these! I would be a size B. 🙂

  103. Size B please! My poor legs need circulation!!!

  104. Bartholomew Henry says:

    Would like to win this! They look warm too.

  105. Yay compression sock giveaway! These would be great, I am starting to train for a half-marathon! I would need “B” for big foot..okay just kidding, but I would definitely need size B. 🙂
    .-= Katy @ These Beautiful Feet´s last blog ..Public Service Announcement =-.

  106. Choice B for this gal!! Awesome giveaway 🙂

  107. B would be wonderful if I am lucky enough to be chosen!

  108. These tired legs would love A please! Thank you!

  109. I want to win! Size B for my ‘B’ig feet!! 🙂

  110. How interesting! Size B please 🙂 Have pretty big feet haha.
    .-= Tay´s last blog ..Freeeezing Flashback =-.

  111. Ooh those would be great to try, post-running. Size B please!
    .-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Julie and Julia =-.

  112. size B please!!! i need all the help i can get training for my first marathon! love the blog! keep up the great work.

  113. Size ”B” please, I’d love to win a pair of these!
    .-= Nicci@NiftyEats´s last blog ..Not Feeling This Cold Weather =-.

  114. Hello, I recently ordered a couple of your NMA shirts and really enjoy your blog.

    Would love to win the size B compressions socks. I’m running Boston in 2010, training for a 3:20!
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Day 179: Boston Marathon, week 2 =-.

  115. These will be great as I start picking up my mileage again. Women’s size B please!
    .-= Ellen´s last blog ..So Far So Good… =-.

  116. Ooooh I want these! I just ran the Charlotte marathon yesterday and my legs would LOVE some recovery! Size B please! 🙂
    .-= Emily @ The Front Burner´s last blog ..Running with Your Heart. =-.

  117. Size B would be wonderful!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Great Week at Physical Therapy =-.

  118. I’m an A… Send them to me, K. Thanks. LOL… Seriously though great giveaway! Thank you!
    .-= Rebeca´s last blog ..Holiday Cookie Challenge: Vegan Pumpkin Whoopie Pies =-.

  119. Give me some Socks!

  120. Phil Yakish says:

    I am a sz B men’s stocking. I wear the Sigvaris cotton cushioned sole socks daily and love what they have done for my leg pain. I hope to run someday soon.

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