– Review

So I was sent some running gear from this summer with the express purpose of supporting me in my efforts to get fit, to try and encourage me to get out there and give running a go.

Have I used it?  Erm no. *hangs head in shame*

That is the main reason why this post has taken so long.  The intention is there, it really is.  I keep thinking “I’ll do it tonight when Dave gets home” and then I get caught up in a flurry of feeding time at the zoo, spelling practice, sorting out school uniforms, baths, bed, blogging . . . and then then next thing I know I’m lying in bed thinking “I didn’t do it again today.  Tomorrow. I’ll do it tomorrow“.

When I first started to look at the SportsShoes website I was pretty overwhelmed by the choice.  What I know about running could be written on the back of a postage stamp . . . “I can’t do it” basically.  I suppose in theory you just get out there and run don’t you – but the right equipment will surely set you on the path to success (or at least help you to avoid knackered knees, bouncing boobs or being run over because you weren’t seen . . . )?

I already have some running trainers (which I erm, walk in) and a sports bra (which I learn to do crazy flash mob things in) so I thought maybe some running tights and a top would be the way forward.

The SportsShoes website is packed with brands at great prices – I couldn’t believe how much I could get for my money.
In the end I chose:

* Some fancy running tights – I figured the high waistband would be good for my “mum tum” and the “compression fit” had to be supportive for my wobbly bum right?

* A long sleeve Nike running top (which I can’t find on the website anymore)

A Nike hoodie – Yeah so I bought this more with the thought that if I don’t actually run it might be pretty comfy on the sofa . . . I’m not sure this is the attitude of a runner?

A hat – just in case I ever build up the courage to go out running in the cold (though with my stupid asthmatic lungs this seems unlikely)

When all the kit arrived I got the tights out and couldn’t see how I’d ever get them on – they’re like half the size of me.  But then they are “compression tights” – so they work a bit like Spanx.  Getting them on was quite an effort but they fit and were pretty comfortable . . . did I take them out for a test run?  Nope, took them off and had a curry on the sofa.  Oh yes.

So . . . the SportsShoes website is ace – lots of running stuff for not a lot of cash.  Me?  I’m not so ace. I now have some super running gear folded neatly in my drawer whispering to me to get my fat arse out there and start running.  I might. Maybe.  We’ll see.

*Disclaimer – I was sent these items free of charge for the purpose of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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44 thoughts on “ – Review

  1. Lol, you sound just like me. I opted for 'walking gear' so less pressure on running (I will never do running), but even with that I do need to do some serious walking other than just a walk at lunchtimes

  2. Lol love your honesty in this post. It looks very comfy though and am sure it would be great for running in too but suspect I would have started off with good intentions and not managed to go running either x

  3. You make me laugh and I love your honesty. That's what its all about. I would be the same wearing it to blog on the couch for sure!!! Lounge wear is the way forward I thought! lol haha Great review though looks great. #tried&tested

  4. I love you. I went running twice when my gear arrived and then, ermmm, stopped lol. Maybe tonight? Shall I text you when I am going so you can join me? 😉 #TriedTested

  5. Oooh, will take a peek at the website as I need some new gear. I started running/jogging/walking very fast at the beginning of the summer and managed to get to 5k in 35 minutes but over the last few weeks with the evenings drawing in I have lost my running mojo xx

  6. Haha I love this post you sound so like me I keep putting exercise off day after day. Love that you tried your exercise clothes on then had a curry on sofa. At least when you do find time to exercise you have all the snazzy kit ready xx #TriedTested

  7. Hilarious god bless you. I found it hard to start running at first but started building frm just round the block (after i had flo so just under a year ago) and building up. I ran my first 10 k back in May and my 2nd 10k in the summer for Race for Life. plus i just have a pair of leggings and a tshirt (wish i had mum tum hold in 😉 )
    If you do actually want my advice would be to book a 5 k so you have no escape 😉
    ps – I haven't ran since the 10k in the summer – naughty naughty! #TriedTested
    Kath x

  8. Nice honest review … lets face it, that’s probably where a lot of Mums running gear is languishing. I’m starting to think about post baby fitness. But the thinking stage may last a while …

  9. I highly recommend the Couch25k program. Get into a routine. I was the same, I'll do it later, tomorrow, but then when I finally started I loved it. Not always, but I forced myself. I'd drop the kids off at school and head out for a run, and that was my routine. I wish I could do it now – I injured myself pretty seriously in a boat accident 18 months ago and I'm left with permanent ligament and nerve damage and I can barely stand long enough to fold and put away the laundry without being in agony. I miss running. If you can do it – go and do it! Wishing you all the best 🙂

  10. Most honest review ever 😉 I know a few people have got into running but they seem to get a bit obsessive about it and work their lives around it. If and when I exercise it's when I can fit it in with other things, not vice versa! Nice clobber nonetheless 🙂

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