6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pearl Izumi Review at the Track

First off WELCOME new Tall Mom Bloggy pack members...I will be touring your Blogs later this week...

Stats for 8/23:
Interval 6 x 400's
1- 1:33- 6:02 pace
2- 1:29- 5:46 pace
3- 1:31- 5:52 pace
4- 1:35- 6:17 pace
5- 1:32- 5:49 pace
6- 1:33- 5:58 pace
Track training the day after my 10K race in preparation for a speedy 5K on September 19th.

The day after my Railroad Days 10K Muscle Man and the the little studs and I hit the track for some Interval training. It was a great day to keep up my speed work and test some new Pearl Izumi gear.
Here I am sporting my new race T...my Marathon T was too big so I got a smaller size this race and it seems to fit OK..
Never heard of Pearl Izumi?? Check out any major Running magazine and look for the BRIGHTLY colored ads...this company has some great gear in Men's, Women's and Kid's for Cycling, Triathalon, Running and active outdoor wear. I was lucky to test a few items.
W's Infinity Split Short (HERE):
What Pearl Izumi Says:
Offering the same great fit and performance of our industry-leading Infinity short, the Infinity Split Short includes a side split for enhanced mobility.
•Lightweight PI Ripstop woven shell with a Transfer finish
•Seamless UltraSensor® Float liner for cool, dry, chafe-free comfort
•Zippered pocket and internal key pocket
•Reflective logos
•Inseam: 2.5”
•Content: Shell: 100% recycled polyester with a wicking finish, Liner: 96.5% nylon/3.5% spandex
Tall Mom thoughts:
I am a self-proclaimed spandex runner, but I am open to trying new shorts options. The fit for me was not 100% but I think they will be spot on after a few washings. The pocket in the back is a great size for a couple Gu's. I LOVE LOVE that the shorts are made of recycled material, THUMBS UP!!

W's Elite Tank (HERE):
What Pearl Izumi Says:
Sleek, simple, attractive, the Elite Tank uses fabric that is ultra-soft to the touch, flexible and elastic for freedom of movement. The integrated bra is designed for comfort and better fit.
•ELITE UltraSensor® -Transfer fabric
•Inside support liner and adjustable straps
•One back pocket for storage
•Reflective element on center back pocket for night visibility
•Content: Main: 87% Polyester/13% Spandex
Tall Mom Thoughts:
I would love to have this top in PINK.. The fit in nice, tighter on top and a little giving in the mid section. The cross back design and LOW back could make for some pretty crazy runner's tan lines. If you want to feel feminine while running try out this tank.
W's syncroPACE III (HERE):
What Pearl Izumi says:
MODERATE STABILITY. The perfect shoe for runners looking for moderate stability and pronation control combined with excellent cushioning.
•High Rebound SKYDEX® forefoot propulsion pad for long lasting cushioning
•New low profile SyncroFrame Stability Frame – Run Tuned Suspension System
•Seamless Race Upper
•SKYDEX® Heel crash pad
•Carbon rubber medial outsole increase stability performance
•Hybrid blown rubber and carbon rubber forefoot with carbon rubber heel crash pad
•Forefoot Flex Groves for a smooth efficient ride
•High performance dual density EVA insole for increased arch support•360° degree reflectivity •Weight - Size 7 10.7oz
Tall Mom Thoughts:
I want stability and CUSH.. I don't want to feel the road, but I want to know that my shoe is gripping. I was NERVOUS to have a shoe sent to me without first trying it on for comfort. This shoe fits me like it was made for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shoe...I want it in every color, too bad it only comes in 2 colors. The shoes are high quality and made very well. I have tested these shoes on the track, pavement and in a race. I have not tested the shoes in the rain or on a long run so the performance there is TBD. Overall these are my new go-to racing shoes. If you are interested in seeing the other shoes that Pearl Izumi offers click Women's HERE and Men's HERE and check out the amazing colors and styles.
****Stay tuned because Pearl Izumi loves you too...Giveaway at post 200..
Back to the track...look at my 3 guys...track time has become a favorite weekly family activity.
My speedy Muscle Man is working on his STRIDE..
Don't you wish you could look this COOL crossing the Finish Line?? AMAZING!!!


Alisa said...

Holy cow look at that vertical leap! I think I can get about an inch off the ground =).

Cute Pearl Izumi stuff. I have some Tri stuff from them. I really like that tank top! Funky tan lines are in, didn't you know?! JK

RunningLaur said...

Great photos! It'd be pretty hard for me to say no to a bright green pair of shoes - they look so fancy!

Being Robinson said...

those shoes and that top are CUTE! i want some ;) you have GOT to enter your little guys in a kids race someday, i bet they would blow the competition away. and nice speedy intervals! WOW.

Molly said...

hi there..I just started following your site, I love it! I'm currently training for my first 1/2 marathon, so your site is great for motivation!

Marlene said...

You ran 400s the day after a race? Go Mel! Sweet splits, too. You are SO strong!

Lovin' the Pearl Izumi gear. Looks great on you. You look so healthy and FIT! I am jealous. :)

Great track photos. Looks like FUN!

Redhead Running said...

That last pic is hilarious! I look forward to your family track outings every week! So cute!

Loving that gear!!! Work it girl!

Croughwell said...

I think I am going to try to run in spandex for my next long. The shorts I wear now are sticking to my legs by the end of the run and it feels nasty.

B.o.B. said...

Pearl stuff looks good. Can't wait for that giveaway.

And dang, hubs has ups. LOL!

Cindy said...

your kid makes a very cute hurdle!
i have one item from pearl izumi--a long sleeve top i use as a warmup layer. i like that black top!

IzzyBubbles said...

Impressive on the speedy intervals...I have decided they are putting something in the water up there in the pac NW for the runners. :)

I have some Pearl Izumi arm warmers that I heart, but haven't tried much of the gear. Again with the lack of selection for running gear in KS.

Irene said...

Loved the pictures! Yes, I wish I could look that cool, too!

I've only tried Pearl Izumi's at the store. The ones that fit me are usually the most expensive ones, and the cost is the deterrent. Some day I'll find a pair on sale. :)

Unknown said...

nice review, but my favorite part of this post is the family time at the track. cute photos!!