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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tall Mom Test Lab Tuesday

Welcome to the newest Members of the Tall Mom Bloggy Pack!!! Over 1,200 strong, I feel honored to have you all along for the Run.

I have not done a Test Lab Tuesday in forever.. I am super behind sharing the WONDERFUL products that I have been testing. With Christmas just around the corner this post may give you some ideas for things to add to your Christmas List.

The folks at Tommie Copper HERE were nice enough to send me a few things to TEST. I put the Women's Compression Shirt and knee Sleeve through the paces last night.
Women's Compression Shirt HERE- $44.50
First impression I love the feel of the fabric and the cut of the shirt. This would be ideal for Fall Racing, paired with arm sleeves. I love the color and fit. The only problem I had was the shirt kept riding up because of my running skirt. My solution? Next time I may use small safety pins to hold the shirt down, or try it without my Running Skirt. You will see this super slimming and comfy shirt OFTEN, I am in LOVE!

Knee Compression Sleeve HERE- $24.50
My knee has been really bothering me lately so I was excited to test this sleeve. Unfortunately the fit was not right for me. I have large quads and calves, the bands were tight in those places but the knee sleeve itself was loose. I liked that I could run and didn't notice the knee sleeve and that it kept my knee warm, I just wish it was a bit more compression on my trouble area.

Sof Sole Coolmax Performance Socks HERE
These are my FAVORITE socks right now, I scored on a few pairs at an expo for $5!! They are cushy but also let my feet breathe (yes feet need to breathe). I have had no troubles with bunching or blisters...my only issues?? I NEED more pairs!!

One Good Earbud HERE- $19.95
I love to run with music, but I am also want to be aware of my surroundings and SAFETY. I was sent the in-ear bud to test and it is GREAT! No more do I have to tuck the extra earbud in my bra strap. The super long cord makes for a comfortable fit, I put the cord under my shirt and tucked into my spandex. As a Tall gal the cords are usually an issue, this cord is perfect for me.. ONE EARBUD!! Genius!!

Auria Earbuds HERE- $33.99
Auria is all about customization and sound quality. I was not able to truly experience the sound quality of the earbuds because I only wore 1. What I did notice was the great fit in my ear and a crisp sound beyond the regular Ipod earbuds. The price is a bit higher than I would normally pay, so I am curious to know how long these earbuds last.

Chris Cooper- "Long May You Run" HERE
New and experienced Runners alike will love this book. It is hard to define the book, I would call it an inspirational reference book. Chris covers a multitude of topics with detail and flare. There are quotes from Famous runners and quit tips helpful for ALL facets of your running life. I recommend this book for Moms because it is a quick read, you don't have to read it all at once, you can pick it up to get the info you need from Relays to Marathons to destination runs.

Matt Long- "The Long Run" HERE
This book is about a New York City Firefighters amazing comeback from a tragic accident which ripped his body apart. I love books that are written in journal style, no frilly language, an easy read from the person who experienced it. Matt Long is honest about the hardships, up and extreme downs of recovery and adjusting to the limits of his new body. If you ever think you cant run a Marathon, you MUST read this book. INSPIRING!!!



Mina Samuels- "Run Like a Girl" HERE
Gone for a Run Medal Hanger HERE

SLS Butterfly Compression Socks HERE

Champions New Eco Athletic Apparel HERE

Ila Sport Security HERE

******I was sent these items free of charge for testing and review purposes. My opinions are my own and I was not compensated for my review.


Tricia said...

love the TC ankle sleeves

and looking good lady :)

A Prelude To... said...

I love that gone for a run medal hanger!

I also have bigger quads and calves and wonder if that is why the compression tights I tried out yesterday gave me some discomfort. Hmm...I'm going to keep trying them out and see if it's just a matter of getting used to them.

ok...off to check out the knee compression sleeve website to see if I think it would help with my knee issues...but I'm thinking if it isn't working with your legs and we have the same type of legs...hmmm...

Cynthia said...

How did I not know there was butterfly compression socks... I am on my way to browse and maybe buy now :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I love my Tommie Copper shirt too! You look great (as always)!

I read The Long Run last Spring and now Spencer is reading it!

fancy nancy said...

I really need to ramp up my reading since the piling continues to grow!! It's just that every time I sit down to read I fall asleep!!

Love the TC shirt and sleeve. My hubby has been looking for a sleeve for his arm...this actually might work (he has big arms!)

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

I love the one ear bud. I can only wear one at the gym because I have to listen for the daycare announcements. Like you, I hate tucking the other one into my bra. I need to check those out.

KG ProdDev said...

Thanks Mel for posting the link to One Good Earbud! Glad you like it.


Run with Jess said...

About time a company clues in on the one-bud thing. I always cut the second bud off. I can't stand it dangling or stuffed in my bra. A little black electrical tape over the spot & good to go!

I also just got Tommie Copper shirt & calf sleeves. With my recent calf injury, I was hopeful for the calf sleeves. Same opinion as too... not enough compression around the muscle... and I got big calves!

Elizabeth said...

I like your running outfit! I've heard about The Long Run. Haven't read it yet, but I'm adding it to my list!

Canuck Mom said...

I want those butterfly compression socks. You need to write a review on them ASAP!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I need one of those hanging things for my medals.

I love and must have those butterfly socks. LOVE THEM!