Running Noses, Running Pants

Yesterday was gorgeous and sunny and Peach offered to take the girls even though she was feeling rough. I took her up on her offer and am glad I did, because today is cold and rainy and it’s my turn to feel rough. All my recent tiredness was indeed the pre-cursor to a brand new cold virus. I should have known.

Thankfully, I can report that I have no fever or closed up throat, and had I not run yesterday I would have missed week fourteen’s long run and been unable to review the CW-X Pro pant that came in the mail last week.

Everyone knows how I love my Lululemon. It’s not just that there is thought behind the design; the stuff performs. But still, I’ve had trouble with my hips and couldn’t resist the urge to try out a pair of compression pants to (hopefully) reduce the pain.  I will certainly continue to run long distances once the marathon is over, since I am hooked, so I was hoping I could add them to my arsenal of gear goodies.

After a visit to Raleigh Running Outfitters a few weeks ago, where I invested in a pretty pink and painful foam roller, one of the running geniuses (sincerely) confirmed what I had learned through my research regarding compression gear; they are helpful to some and could aid in quicker recovery. CW-X seemed to be the ones to try and the Pro is made to help stabilize the hips and flexors.

I wore them yesterday and had high hopes. I wanted to love them, but I’m on the fence.

The good news is that the do what they are meant to do; they compress!

From the waist through the legs and to the calves they are tight with very little stretch. It took a while to wiggle myself in and get the placement just right to avoid any chaffing. The bands that act like Kinesio tape, used by sports doctors and trainers to help stabilize and protect the muscles, are made from a material that I could only compare to the sails on boats; rough and hard.

I did notice less pain in my hips while on the road, which was my main goal. My legs didn’t feel lighter or springier, but the compression made for less bouncing, which is always a good thing.

There were things I didn’t love, though.

For starters, the compression around my waist was sort of painful. I bought a medium, since my height and weight fell in the section of the size medium graph, but the tightness left a red mark on my skin long after the pants came off. I usually like a higher waisted running pant (it helps me stay focused on form) but the elastic on these dug into me so much that and I had to gradually move them down as the miles continued on. It took about forty five minutes to feel comfortable enough to quit fussing with them and I was seriously debating a pit stop at home to switch them out for my Dash tights. I missed the stretch and snap of my Lululemon’s, the softness of their luxtreme, but like I said, no hip pain was my motivator so in that sense, job well done.

When I got back to pick up the girls, I hung out on Peachie’s porch and watched the crazies running and falling the tall grass, creating huge stains on their knees. I also watched the salt evaporate through my new pants.

I have never noticed any of my running pants do this before and I had no idea I had such sweaty knees. I suppose this could be viewed as a positive, the wicking properties were working, but who wants to walk around with their pants covered in chalky whiteness, remnants of their workout? I don’t know why, but this grossed me out worse than that stripe of wetness that the lower back and rear end gets from a good sweaty workout.

It was time to go.  I collected the kids’ stuff, buckled them in the car and drove home for tubbies all around.

I didn’t have time for a good epsom soak, so I worried that there would be pain today, but I’m happy to say that I’m feeling fine in the lower extremities. Maybe the pants worked after all?

I’ll try them next Saturday as I set out for the tip top of the marathon training mountain; the final twenty miler. I still have hope that they’ll be useful, so I’ll give them another go.

For now and the next day or two, the only running that’s happening is occurring in my sinus cavities.

If only they made compression pants for my nose.

CW-X Pro 3/4 Pant
Weird Salty Knees. They got a little baggy too (and shifted), maybe from the lack of stretch?
The knees of one of my rough and tumble girls.

9 thoughts on “Running Noses, Running Pants

  1. I’m sure glad you found me through my blog, because I love yours! I have a long list of running things to write about that I just haven’t gotten to yet, and hip pain is one of them. For me, while training for my first half 2 years ago, I finally crippled myself completely by running through pain in my hip and groin. To make a long story short, after reading every posting on running sites and health sites I could find and coming up short, I found a really good physio who understood biomechanical problems and set me on a healing and overcoming course. Also, a FB friend who runs told me about Chi Running, which has saved my running life and always me to run without hip pain. If I start to feel the pain, I just remember to align my body, feet and legs appropriately and I am OK. I don’t know if you have the same issues I had/have, but there is an answer for you somewhere. It’s just a matter of finding it!

  2. I feel you about having high hopes for new gear. Sometimes we think that they are going to be the magic that we need. Good luck in finding something that works. I swear by foam rolling for my hip pain.

    1. It’s funny you say that because last weekend I went to a yoga class and there were all these lunges, which the lady at the running store would strengthen my hips. I was pain free on my next few runs. I definitely need to try to work in more strengthening!

  3. Yeah… I’m Nominating you also for numerous awards; in “Running physiotherapy”, Mothering, Laundering Grass stains and Health JUICING! You’re AWESOME! Keep on Keeping on! xoxo

  4. Sorry the pants weren’t the best fit – I have that problem with pants too. They dig in to my stomach too much and are just uncomfortable. Hopefully they get better the second time you wear them. As always, great job on rocking out your long runs! Hope you feel better soon.

  5. Foam rollers – it hurts so good! I second the suggestion to do more “clams.” I’ve been doing them regularly and have not had any issues with hips or IT band.

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