We all know I'm a fan of compression wear. When I was given the opportunity to review Tommie Copper's compression shorts, I jumped at the chance. I already use their knee, calf, and ankle sleeves on a regular basis and love them all. My friend, Jen (Running With The Girls), owns a pair of the shorts and I have to say I was always a little bit jealous every time she wore them.
As soon as they came in the mail, I tore open the package and put them on. I immediately noticed how silky smooth the fabric is, very cool to the skin. They are easy to get on and I have no issues fitting my "thunder thighs" into them...I definitely don't feel like my legs are in sausage casing. The waistband is just the right size and has a soft, fuzzy underside so there is no uncomfortable elastic against my skin.
They came right before my the Rail Trail Half Marathon and I had intended on trying them out for my recovery afterwards. While driving to the race, I realized the skirt I was wearing didn't have any pockets for my fuel, so I changed into a different skirt (with pockets) and my Tommie Copper compression shorts. I know it is recommended not to wear something new on race day (I had yet to even run in the shorts), but I had been wearing them around the house for the last two days and had a good feeling about them.
|Rocking the TC shorts in my second half marathon!|
And I'm so glad I wore them! I had absolutely NO riding up of the legs while I was running and more importantly, because of their length, NO CHAFING! It was a hot day to run, but the fabric isn't thick, wicks away moisture and also dries quickly. In the days following the half I wore them and my glutes, hammies, and quads felt amazing. I had a super fast recovery after those 13.1 miles.
In the next couple of weeks, I primarily used the shorts for recovery after my training runs and wore them to bed. I particularly like wearing compression at night while my legs are elevated. It definitely helps reduce the swelling in my legs.
This past weekend, I had a sixteen-miler on my training schedule. The furthest I had run prior was fourteen miles. Because of the success I had with the Tommie Copper shorts during the half marathon, I wanted to try them out once again to see how they faired on a long run. I am happy to report that they passed with flying colors! It was a warm run and just as during the race, the legs didn't budge a bit, I had no chafing, and my recovery time was very quick. I work as a restaurant server on Sunday nights, so on top of running long in the morning, I am on my feet and running around for several hours at night. By the time I got home, my legs felt extremely fresh - like I could have easily have run several more miles at that very moment. It was an awesome feeling! Needless to say, these shorts are going to be with me every step of the way through the rest of my marathon training!
|That's a doorknob, not a weird growth on my butt.|
The compression shorts are available in black in women's and men's sizes from Small to XX-Large. I wear a size six pants, so I ordered a Medium in accordance to their sizing chart. They fit perfectly all around. They are just snug enough and the waistband doesn't roll over.
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