After some thought and consideration, I decided to buy a pair of compression sleeves. Like the Vibrams debate, I feel like people are either 100% for them, or 100% against them (as in they do not help and are a waste of money). My brother is on the against them side, saying they are just a glorified sock. Your body recovers just fine on its own if you treat it properly. He's training for his second 100-mile race and runs a lot (makes me look like I don't run at all), so I feel like he has a valid opinion. However, I know many more people on the other side of the fence.
After the hilly Bix race I did last summer, my cousins were wearing compression sleeves. They were training for a few marathons and did long runs often. It was their belief that the sleeves greatly improved recovery time and always wore them. Likewise, I have a friend who strongly believes in them as well. I read some articles online and decided to buy myself a pair and see if I noticed a difference.
To be honest, I am not sure if I notice a difference. Right now I am running really well and I've been putting on my sleeves after my workouts. Do I notice a large difference? No, but I do believe they are helping me some. I've been doing quicker runs, partly because I'm getting faster but also because I believe I don't need significant recovery time. Would I recommend these socks/sleeves to other runners? Yes, I would because they cannot hurt you. Anything that can help me run better is something I am open to purchasing or trying. Plus, they serve as excellent leg warmers when the temperature is in the single digits and you are always cold.