Before we get to the good stuff I thought I’d let you know what coming home to 1.5 feet of water in my basement after the massive flooding in the northeast this week has taught me.
1. 1.5 feet is A LOT more than 5 inches when you’re talking about water in places it shouldn’t be.
2. Boilers, air handlers, central vacuums, treadmills and sheetrock do not like being submersed in water.
3. I could never live in a third world country because cold showers are indeed just that, cold.
Other than that, I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s move on to the fun stuff, shall we?
I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical of all the compression hype out there in the running world. It just seemed unnecessary to me. I don’t run marathon after marathon, a normal “long run” for me is 6-7 miles, what did I need compression for? But, since people rave about the benefits when Aspaeris gave me the opportunity to test some out, I figured why not see what all the hype is about?
From their website:
We created the Aspaeris™ brand to help protect female athletes from injury and enhance their performance with an advanced line of compression apparel. As a female-centric company, we believe that the performance demands young women are making on their bodies at an early age are unique. Our goal is to seek a deep understanding of those unique demands and create products that specifically elevate her performance while helping protect her from non-impact injuries.
I first tried these out while biking last week and loved them but was totally sold me when I wore them on my tempo run while traveling this week. The 10k race on Monday left me unusually sore for the distance. The hills made my quads, shins and glutes hurt quite a bit. The second I put these on, my upper legs felt instantly lighter. It’s almost like the compression of the shorts makes your legs feel like they are being lifted up. All you compression lovers out there are probably like “duh, that’s why they’re awesome” and everyone else who has never tried them before is probably like “what the heck is she talking about?” It’s hard to explain but let’s just say my run was way more pleasant than it should’ve been considering the soreness in my legs. I consider that a win!
From a pure vanity standpoint, they are also pretty flattering. I was worried about the thin waist band and what that might do in the stomach area but somehow muffin tops were avoided and the shorts fit really well. They also come in red, white and navy which is kind of fun.
PS- it’s awkward taking self portraits of your shorts in a hotel gym with a glass wall that looks into the lobby.
I’m psyched to have these as I ramp up my mileage in the coming weeks for the Philly half. Maybe this year I’ll actually be able to walk after my longer training runs instead of limping around the house for 4 days while the soreness subsides.
So now you all get a chance to test a pair out for yourselves!
Here’s how you can win:
1. Follow Aspaeris on Twitter.
2. Follow Aspaeris on Facebook.
Leave a separate comment below telling me you did one or the other (or both!)
Contest is open until Monday at 9pm (Eastern time). I’ll announce the winner Tuesday morning, drawn at random.