I was very excited to get home from this pairing (not that I didn't have a fabulous one, one that included a sleepover at Kristen's and a lunch time run with her and her coworker) because I had a new pair of running tights waiting for me at my store! I had ordered a pair of CW-X compression running tights and I was just itching to get out and try them.
From the website:
The CW-X Pro Tights unite the major joints of the leg to offer optimum muscular support for activities with linear movement, such as running and Nordic skiing. The patented Support Web™ brings the hips, knees and ankles into proper alignment, reducing impact and load to the legs. The Support Web also creates a suspension system for the hamstrings and quadriceps, reducing workload in both the pull and push phase of the running motion. Combined with targeted variable compression to increase circulation and reduce fatigue, your muscles don’t have to work as hard over time and your legs will feel fresher.
So I set out today to test them out. First of all, these puppies are TIGHT. To put them on, you have to gather the whole leg up in your hand like you would if you were putting on nylons. If you just pull them on like normal pants, the crotch of the tight will never get high enough. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I HATE it when my pants sag a bit at the crotch and I always feel like I'm struggling to get a full range of motion when I run. So after quite a struggle to get them just right (not to mention the banding around the tights is supposed to contour your muscles so I had to shift them around a bit) I ended up having to yank them up pretty flipping high on my waist. Because they are supposed to be like a second skin, obviously the waist is tight too. I would have taken a picture but I didn't want to put you through that. Muffin top-o-rama.
Anyway, I got ready, chose a shirt that wasn't tight so I wouldn't show the world my muffin top, and set off on my run. I sort of hoped that I would be able to run forever without being tired or sore, but alas, no miracles. I had a bit of knee pain, but I'm pretty sure that's unrelated to the pants. I ran about 12 k and my knee only hurt a bit at the end, so I'm quite certain it wasn't the tights. My muscles aren't really too sore right now, which is good, but my muscles don't get super super sore after this kind of distance normally. I think I'll really be able to see a difference (if there is one) after longer distances, since it's been a while since I've gone over 12-14k. I liked the way they felt while I was running... It was almost like I had more support (which I guess I did) and I liked the tight feeling. I felt a little more aware of my muscles because of the banding, which I can't decide if I like or not. They were just there.
All in all, so far so good. We will see how it helps later on with the longer distances and higher frequency of my training. I hope!