My new running tights arrived today, so imagine how thrilled I was to hear heavy rain lashing against the window pane. No seriously! there’s a first time for everything I suppose!
I’d been researching / thinking about getting a pair for a while. On the goreapparel.co.uk site there was a guide to sizing taking into account your height, weight, build, size of favourite jeans etc which said I should be a small. On the sweatshop site it suggested that a UK size 12 would be medium so I went for medium. When I put them on the legs were long ( as all running tights are on me) and they were a snug but comfortable fit. I just hitched them up a bit over my thighs.
They are constructed from a number of panels, all of which appear to be double thickness, but the side panels are different to those on the front and back. From mid ankle down there is a coloured segment, in this case a kind of raspberry pink. They felt thick going on, but with plenty of give and flexibility.
Fashion wise I wasn’t keen on the pink flashes, for those of you into ‘ colour be beautiful/house of colour’ I’m a ‘Spring’ so it’s not really my kind of colour, doesn’t go with any of my other running clothes and clashes with my shoes! On the plus side they were well cut and there was no camel toe. Mid way through my run I looked down to find that although they were still fitting snugly around my waist they had wrinkled up a bit around my ankles. I looked like a Jane Fonda escapee, in black leggings with pink leg warmers! When I got home I just undid the ankle zip a bit so that they flared out over the top of my trainers and I thought that looked a bit better!
So how did they work? Fantastic. It was raining heavily and I could see the water beading on the surface. Inside I was toasty warm and dry. It was just a 3 mile jog so I’m going to wear them again tomorrow for my long run – the weather forecast is rain tomorrow with snow next weekend – now the bad weather gives me something to look forwards to!