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Champion of the Ta-Tas

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When it comes to the long haul, Champion hit the nail on the head with their Marathon Sports Bra. Made specifically for mid-to-long distance runners, this bra does not disappoint.

Silky-soft and smooth as silk, it’s light as a feather, but don’t be fooled by this pretty, little number. The Champion Marathon sports bra has what it takes to take you from start to finish, whether it’s a 10k, marathon, or longer. Continue reading

Even the Grizzlies will be Jealous!

Carol Run in my Utopia Tights. :)

Carol Run in my Utopia Tights. They told me it was a “festive” event…I thought that meant dressing up. Apparently, everyone else took that as wearing a festive hat. :)

Cinnamon sticks, the spicy aroma of hot apple cider, and the smell of a fireplace on a cold, wintry day. Get ready folks because winter is officially on its way in the south!

I spent last week, fumbling through suitcases, unpacking my winter wardrobe…er, running wardrobe, that is. I haven’t even taken a look at “work” clothing. I’ve waited all season to pull out my Brooks Utopia tights.

Look, TWINS!

Look, TWINS!

While some runners go into hibernation during the winter months or act like angry bears pummeling the treadmills at local gyms, I won’t be one of them! Seriously, the Brooks Utopia tights will keep you warmer than your wildest dreams! …and before that has a chance to settle in, let’s move on. ;)

Made from winter-weight material, the Utopia is perfect for temps below 40F. As a tight, they are fitted, so if you like things a bit looser, I would go up a size…or you could just penguin-dance your way into them like I do. :D Waddle, waddle.

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The zippers on the legs make it easy to adjust the lower fit as needed. Make sure to put the zipper flap into the up position to keep them from opening mid-run. With an inseam of 26”, they’re perfect for my 5’4” frame. If you have long legs, you might consider complementing the Utopia tights with a pair of higher-length socks. The zippered back-pocket is well-stitched and perfect for holding a key and a gel.

Hammer time!

Hammer time!

The Utopia is my winter staple when temps dip below 40. For temps higher than 40, I would go for a lighter-weight tight.

Caring for your Utopia Tights: Turn the tights inside-out when washing. Avoid placing the tights in a load with bras or any other item that has Velcro or hooks. The hooks and Velcro will snag at the seams. This isn’t an issue with the tights themselves, but an issue with any winter-weight running tight in general.

Jack Frost Nipping at your Toes: Brooks Silver Bullet (women’s)

Piece of Flair

The Brooks Silver Bullet comes in 5 flavors: Black, Nightlife Yellow, Nightlife Green, a sea-blue/green, and a deep purple. Add to that, the contoured design that follows your every curve, this jacket is definitely here to stay!

Hourglass, Spoon, Pear, or Ruler?

This jacket is fairly true-to-size. However, if you’re like me and broad in the shoulders, you should consider ordering a size up, so that you have enough freedom to stretch your arms to the back. It is semi-fitted and gently follows your curves, avoiding the “boxy” look that many jackets lend themselves.

Let’s Get Technical, Technical!

For such a light-weight jacket, this jacket really does “bite the bullet!” I’ve worn this jacket in temps as low as mid-20’s to as high as low to mid-40’s, so if you’re looking for a “TRUE” winter jacket to keep you toasty on the road or on the trail, this aluminum-lined bullet is for you! It’s truly built for the cold! One note that I need to add is that when worn in temps around 40, I strongly suggest wearing a very light layer underneath or a short-sleeved shirt, or you will become too toasty!

A neat thumb-hole keeps the jacket from moving around and allows you the freedom to move as you please. Forgot your gloves? No worries! The cuffs fold down to cover the hands, providing a mitten-like warmth that works perfectly down to the low-mid 40’s. Lower than that, and I prefer my Utopia mitts, which will be the apple of my eye in the next post!

Thumb hole keeps the arms snugly in place

Cuff folded over to make a mitt

Did I mention that it’s COMPLETELY windproof and water-resistant? I wore it to a race where the winds literally brought the temps down to what felt like the teens! While that may not sound like much for the Northern folks, it’s downright cold in the South! Brrrrr… I thought my face would freeze and break like glass; however, my mid-section did indeed stay toasty warm. As far as water-resistance goes, it holds up to a light mist/light sprinkles, so it is water-resistant; however, if you’re on a long run or dealing with heavier rain, you will get wet. That’s just a fact of matter.

close-up for back venting

The vent opening on the back around the upper back allows for air circulation, and it still keeps the elements out! No over-heating!

back view of jacket and venting

There is a chafe-free neck lining as well, so no matter how you move, chafing won’t be an issue! And for pocket lovers, there are PLENTY to choose from and quite deep too. The outside pockets are of normal depth and with sturdy zippers. I use the two pouches on the inside as pockets as well, which are quite deep and VERY useful.

chafe-free lining on the collar

inside panels as pockets too! Pardon the empty Marathon bar wrapping. :P

And for those that like to listen to music on runs, there is a moisture-proof media pocket on the inside as well. I like the little loop up near the inside of the collar, allowing you to string your cord through there. No more jostling or tangling!

moisture-proof media pocket with velcro tab

media cord loop

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While the weather is getting nippy, Jack Frost isn’t quite here yet! You still have time to catch the bullet! If you’re looking for that one jacket that will take you through the winter months, the Silver Bullet is definitely for you!

She’s going the distance: Brooks PR Mesh Skort II

“The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,

And long ago somebody left with the cup.

But [she’s] striving and [striding] and hugging the turns,

[She’s] going the distance,

[She’s] going for speed…” -Cake

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wearing the PR mesh skort II! Looser-fitting in the waistband and in the hip area than the Glycerin Skort, I believe this has to be the most flattering running skirt I’ve tried yet!

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Hourglass, Ruler, Spoon, or Pear?

PR Mesh Skort II

For you curvy-wervy women, this skort is DEFINITELY for YOU! The brief part is opaque and form-fitting, so our secret will remain just that, a secret. It’s more on the modest/conservative side for running skirts, falling right where the muffin top begins (nice disguise here!) and covers the widest part of the hips and thigh area, resting around mid-thigh or slightly above. The skirt material is loose and lends itself to a nice silhouette sure to give both your pace and you a confidence boost!

side-view of the length

Let’s Get Technical, Technical!

The silicone grippers stay in place nicely…so no ride-up, yet you don’t have to worry about cutting off your circulation either!  It’s true to size, so no guesswork needed.

silicone grippers

Running in the rain? No worries about chafing with the moisture-wicking transfer brief beneath, so you can forget the body glide and keep your mind peacefully on the trail or on the road.

Another cool aspect of the PR mesh skort 2 is the zippered pocket on the back of the skirt. I’ve used it to hold my car key and a gel! As if that wasn’t enough, there is a hidden pocket on the brief.  It’s sturdy and deep enough to an iPod, a key, an extra gel, or even some extra cash, so take your pick!

back pocket

side pocket (velcro clasp) on brief

Piece of Flair

With 6 different colors to choose from (black, teal, charcoal grey, deep purple, turquoise, and deep pink), you’ll stride in style! No time for a shower after your run? No worries. The PR Mesh looks great when running errands around town.  :)

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Whether you’re running a 5k or in it for the long haul, this lightweight, quick-drying skirt with its extra features is certainly hard to beat! I’ve personally tested my PR Mesh on a 20 mile trail run with mud, boulders, roots, and hills galore, and they’re worth every penny!

Run Happy!

Definitely NOT “Mom” Jeans: the Brooks Glycerin Skort

Mami and I just finished up a 3 mile run. I was stylin’ in my puppy shirt sippin’ on Thomas the Train apple juice while poppin’ a cereal bar. Not sure why mami was huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf…hmmm, she was only pushing an extra 55 pounds, and there were only 3 hills

Piece of Flair

Nothing says “sexy” better than the Glycerin Skort. Perfect for showing off toned legs and rock hard thighs earned from miles upon miles of running back-breaking hills, the Glycerin packs more than just a pretty fashion punch. …and with seven colors to choose from, that’s a skort a day!

Hourglass, Ruler, Spoon, or Pear?

Though it’s been in my closet since mid-July, I finally was able to penguin my way into it today! The Glycerin does run a bit smaller than the typical Brooks small (then again, I have curvy hips and a derriere to boot), which is why it took so long for me to get into it without stretching it. From the moment I put it on, there were obvious differences from the PR Mesh Skort, which I am accustomed to wearing (discussed in a review later this week).

The most noticeable difference was the fit. Though described as “semi-fitted,” it is much tighter across the hips than the PR Mesh Skort, kind of reminds me of a running mini-skirt. The brief is naturally much shorter too, falling just an inch to two inches below the bottom of the derriere.

tighter waistband, falls about two inches below the natural waistline

Needless to say, I was a bit worried. Would my tushie hang out while running? I’m way beyond my youth to run around like a Jersey Shore wannabe. A few lunges and squats later, I still was not convinced but hoped for the best and headed out with my son for a run.

Let’s Get Technical, Technical!

A mile into the run, my fears were laid to rest. The silicon grippers stayed firmly in place. A bit tighter for my liking; however, I probably still need to lose another 2-3 pounds for these to fit comfortably (currently 127), so I can’t blame the skort on this one. :P

The spandex-mesh briefs were very comfortable, lightweight, and extremely breathable. It literally felt like going au naturel! O.O

The skirt material is, as mentioned, much tighter than the PR mesh, not quite fitted but also not semi-fitted, in my opinion. I like the little pleats and slits cut into each side of the skirt, which allow for freedom of movement and prevents the skirt from riding up.

Pleated Slits

Like the PR Mesh, there are two pockets, one on the back of the skirt and a deep, hidden one on the brief with a Velcro clasp. The back pocket is a bit small; however, perfect for carrying a gel and a car key. The hidden pocket on the brief is quite large and stretchy, capable of carrying an iPod, car keys, and a gel or TWO!

The hidden pocket in the brief

the back pocket

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Overall, Brooks created another GREAT running skort that exudes confidence with a sexy, feminine touch that booms with “You’ve been Chicked!” Its’ lightweight, fast-action material makes it a perfect choice whether you’re chasing that  PR or looking for a more leisurely run.

As always,

Run Happy!