Posts by Jaime:
Well my New Year’s resolutions just became easier to keep after my latest trip to the gym to try out ellasports’s new Power Capris. Pam from ellasport asked Patrick if he would be willing to review the capris, and while he doesn’t usually run in capris, they make up a good percentage of my running wardrobe.
Here’s the thing: I like capris, but I have had trouble finding a pair that stay up and that aren’t too tight. It seems that they either have a fold-over waist with no waistband and wont stay up, or they fit perfectly right except for the too tight waistband. My last 5K race was a disaster on this front! My pants kept sliding south exposing the tummy that hasn’t quite been the same since my daughter was born. I spent the race doing a funny little run, run run, hop pulling up my sliding running pants.
The ellasport power Capris are mid-rise, which means that they sit one inch below the belly button and they didn’t move at all throughout my entire run. Out of habit I found myself fiddling with the waistband getting ready to hike up my pants but then stopped and realized – I didn’t have to! These capris hadn’t moved at all!
The weight and feel of the fabric is really nice. It strikes a really great balance of slimming and providing compression, without being too tight and causing any type of muffin top. The waistband is flat and sits comfortably at the waist, and there is a drawstring if you need it. There is a nice seam detail on the leg, which made my legs look slimmer and made me feel like I could run faster. The best feature, I think is the handy little cool max pocket at the back. It’s the perfect size for a driver’s license, a gel and it saves me from having to tuck stuff in my bra or carry something.
In terms of sizing, I usually wear a 12-14 and the large power capris fit me perfectly. Exactly as the size chart on their website indicates.
I liked the capris so enough that I started checking out the other items on the ellasport website and may find myself ordering the Gramercy Racerback Tank and a Workout Skirt to match once it warms up enough for that.
That run at the gym in my power capris on the weekend made me feel so great that I kick-started my New Year’s resolutions and tried running home from work! I can’t wait for Spring to arrive so I can start running in capris again outside. And when ellasport adds full length power running tights to their lineup, I’ll place the first order.
P.S. A quick aside, while ellasport provided the capris to test, I have not been paid for this review and the opinions are my own – J.
My husband and I are very different runners. While he is happy doing his training runs alone, I have come to the conclusion that I need a crowd.
While I enjoy running on my own and having time to clear my head, I find it difficult to stay motivated and stick to my training plan without the support of a group. In fact, what first drew me to running was seeing all the fit looking runners grabbing from the Kensington Running Room in Calgary having coffee after a Sunday morning long run. I had always been interested in running, but didn’t know how to get started and the social aspect really appealed to me. That was when I signed up for my very first learn to run clinic…and from there signed up for the 5K, 10K and then the half marathon clinic.
So now that I have committed to running again and will be training for the 8K event in Philly in November, I am headed back to my local running room in search of a group. Runner’s are a friendly bunch, so I’m not at all worried about fitting in – I know that I’ll find a runner or two at about my pace and the we’ll enjoy the run and share a little small talk to pass the time.
What is your running style? Are you covet your long run alone time or do you crave the social aspects of a groups run?
This past Sunday, I ran the Army Run 5K with my sister. It was a great race, really well organized and a great course. The weather was beautiful – clear and cool.
So, how did I do? I reasonably pleased with my chip time of 36:36. It’s slightly better than what i had expected given that I didn’t get in as much training as I had hoped and planned on.
Before the baby, I was 7 seconds shy of cracking 30 min. for the 5K, and now 3 years later, I’m back up around the 36 minute mark, which is what I ran in my very first race following the Running Room Learn to Run clinic. So, while I’m back where I started, I know that I’ve done it once, so I can do it again.
So I’m shopping around now for an 8k program for Philly in November. But as well as training goals, I have some non-running goals that are part of my training plan.
1. In bed – lights out by 11
2. Eat breakfast – I often skip this meal, but it’s harder to eat right for the rest of the day if you don’t start the day off right.
2. Take my lunch to work…packed lunches are reasonable healthy – fast food options at the office are not healty and eating crap makes it hard to feel good and be ready to run.
3. Prioritize me – It’s tough balance work and family life and still make time for training. But it’s important to prioritize me so that I am healthy, have energy and set a good example for my daughter.
Do you have any non-running training goals?
For my birthday, the year after our daughter was born, Patrick looked high and low for a book for me about balancing motherhood and running. It took him a while, but he finally found ‘Run like a Mother’ by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. I enjoyed this book immensely. Their advice comes from first hand knowlege and is based on their own experiences.
The first time I picked up the book, I wasn’t quite ready to get back to running…I needed the baby to start sleeping through the night first! Now that she’s been sleeping through the night for 4 months, I’ve nearly recovered from 18 months of fractured sleep. With a decent night’s sleep it’s a lot easier to feel like goin g for a run.
So over the next week, I’ll be re-reading ‘Run Like a Mother’. I enjoyed the stories, the inpiration and the conversational style of the book the first time around, and I’m sure I’ll get even more out of it this time around.
Are you a running mom? How do you balance your work, family and running lives?