If you know me, you know I'm not a huge fan of trends, particularly when it comes to running. I've shied away from minimalist shoes, adventure races, and SpiBelts/fuel belts because, well, I try to keep myself as "natural" a runner as possible.
For the record, I've also shied away from trends like Ugg boots and high-waisted jeans. However, the Justin Bieber trend finally sucked me in about a year ago. I've got to admit it: the kid is adorable and talented.
Compression running apparel fell on that list of Never-Want-To-Try It Trends for me, too. Sure, I'd heard about the benefits and saw my running pals find relief in the stuff, but something about it was scary to me.
Ok, you want the truth? The truth is that I was always afraid of donning compression stuff because I thought I'd look like a sausage stuffed too tightly into its casing.
Yeah, I'm shallow.
So when Jordan from Tommie Copper agreed to send me a few of their copper-based compression items to try out, I was excited, but nervous.
Jordan hooked me up with a short-sleeved women's compression V-neck tee, a pair of unisex compression calf sleeves, and cool fleece hat (not compression, but still awesome and cozy).
Along with the items came a very sweet card from Jordan congratulating me on being pregnant and a pamphlet outlining the benefits of TC compression wear:
It can help to reduce pain in the back, shoulders, elbows, calves, knees, ankles, and tendons
Help to improve circulatory or inflammatory conditions by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation
It's made of lightweight fabric that can be worn under everyday clothing
While I haven't been experiencing too many aches and pains lately due to a reduced running schedule, my trusty husband managed to rack up some issues while running the Chicago Marathon , so he helped me round out this review, FYI.
I took the women's V-neck on a test drive yesterday while doing a 3-mile walk/run session at the gym. Since I have a little "extra" to cover up, I ordered the tee in a medium (normally I wear a small in running clothes).