Pro Compression leggings review – with discount code!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but I was provided with a discount on Pro Compression’s leggings in exchange for a review. 

Hi friends!

I have exciting news – another review! Not sure how many of you are familiar with Pro Compression, but they have gained considerable notoriety for creating a really awesome collection of quality compression products. They are probably best known for their marathon socks and calf sleeves in a wide variety of fun colors and prints. I own a couple of pairs of compression socks from Pro Compression, and I can definitely attest to the quality of their products. They made recovery easy and pain-free!

Some time ago, however, they expanded their repertoire to include leggings. Naturally, I was very curious. This was the first activewear I had seen from Pro Compression. I couldn’t find too much info out there about them, so I decided to contact the company directly. They were extremely cordial, and offered me a pair of discounted leggings in exchange for a review of the product on my blog. Naturally, I agreed!

My present come in the mail!

My present comes in the mail!

I didn’t just open these up and put them on immediately to review them. Ok, I did put them on immediately because I was so excited to wear them, but I test drove these babies. Like, really test drove them. I wore them on errands, while circuit training at the gym, while running… I took this review thing very seriously!

The verdict? Dang. Even just putting these on for the first time, I was shocked at how comfortable and how darn flattering they are! They are the perfect legging length, and they come in three varieties with different piping colors along the sides. I chose black, just because I wanted to be safe. The waistband fits beautifully – it stays firmly put while working out, but doesn’t squeeze. In fact, it appears to naturally contain everything, without giving the feeling of being awkwardly encased in spandex. To top it off, they have super cute striped lining in both the waistband and the cuffs of the leggings – cuffs that can be rolled up for extra cuteness!

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One rolled, one unrolled – plus a shot of the interior waistband.

It’s definitely worth noting, too, that the waistband contains a little elastic pull to keep them in place – not that I had any difficulty whatsoever with this, which is rare for me! There’s also a tiny pocket along the inside of the waistband to hold keys, cash, etc.

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A good view of the approximate length and height of the leggings – they hit mid-calf unrolled, and just below the knee rolled.

 

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A look at the subtle Pro Compression logo, as well as the overall fit of the leggings.

It was hard to stop testing out these leggings because, honestly, I never wanted to take them off. They are hands down my new favorite piece of active wear… heck, even just lounge wear! They are the most flattering leggings I have ever owned, and they definitely perform like a Pro Compression product. They wick sweat like nothing else, and they adapted to every exercise I tested them with. No tugging, no fiddling – I would have forgotten I was wearing pants if they weren’t so darn flattering.

Now that I’ve talked them up so much, it would be cruel if I didn’t give you all some sort of incentive. Use my coupon code “LEGGING” to get an additional 40% off the current price of these leggings! Trust me, they’re worth it. In fact, I might just buy myself another pair after having convinced the girlfriend to buy herself a pair.

While you’re at it, make sure to follow Pro Compression on Twitter and like them on Facebook. And if you are a fan of deals (who isn’t?), be sure to sign up for their email list in order to be alerted of any new sales/products! They have a great sock-of-the-month club that gives 40% that month’s marathon socks and calf sleeves.

Now go out and get sweaty in those new leggings!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

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Thrifty, busy, and moving forward

Hi friends!

Sorry it’s been so long. I have, of course, been super busy. I’ve been nannying or working late at the restaurant, so I feel like I haven’t had a chance to have much “me” time to blog, relax, sip tea (and wine)… And finally today I get to after a busy weekend! Thank goodness for a free evening – I just want to go to the gym, blog, watch a little TV, and go to bed early. Because I am an old woman.

This week has also been kind of crazy because *drumroll please* I have finally sorted out law school stuff! I am very happy to say that after careful consideration, I have decided to move forward and officially become a member of Boston University School of Law’s class of 2017! 

The decision makes sense for me, for a number of reasons. Staying on the waiting list was an uncertainty I couldn’t afford – I am not willing to sacrifice decent housing at a very slim set of chances. I want to start off my law school career with stability – no couch-surfing or juggling things last minute while I’m in that crucial first few weeks. Logically, BU Law makes sense. But emotionally, it also makes lots of sense. I don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere in Ithaca, and BU Law means I will be able to live with my girlfriend in an apartment in the city that many of my friends (from Wellesley and elsewhere) call home. And I am not far from my little brother and even parents!

So. obviously, this is exciting… But it also means that I have gone into full manic planning mode. And I love planning. But it is also my weakness.

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But in the midst of setting up last-minute doctor’s appointments and contacting Boston realtors, I am so glad to come home to my teensy corner of the webiverse. It is so cathartic for me to write here and share the little things in my life that make me happy… And read those things that make others happy!

The past few weeks I’ve allowed myself little treats while working hard to save up for this next year. As you know, I am obsessed with bargains! Thrift is my gift 😉 *eyeroll at myself*

I signed up for the City Sports “Insider” program months ago, and it’s great because I get a little chunk of change back at the end of every period. This time around I bought myself some replacement straws for my Camelbak and some cute hairbands from Moving Comfort with the couple dollars off I got (because who likes wearing just the plain ugly elastics on their wrist? not me!).

How do you treat your self (it doesn’t have to involve retail!)?

Looks much nicer on my wrist when I'm trying to look nice but still have access to an emergency hair tie!

Looks much nicer on my wrist when I’m trying to look nice but still have access to an emergency hair tie!

I also couldn’t resist a Lululemon visit when I was in the area – I just can’t help myself from checking their “We Made Too Much” section (fancy way of saying “sale”).Found a 105 F singlet discounted in this bright pink color. Fun! The sales girls told me I could buy a size larger than I normally take (I’m a 6 at Lulu and there were only 10’s and one 8 left), so I did. It’s a bit looser than I’d like, but it works just fine. It is very light and breathable – necessary for a sweatball like me :3

Image via Lululemon.com

Image via Lululemon.com

I was able to put my new singlet to the test recently when I embarked on my longest-ever run yet this past Saturday! I was working until late at the restaurant, and didn’t come back home until well after midnight, dead tired and sore from being on my feet for 6+ hours. I wanted to run in the morning when it was cooler, but I was just too tired! I let myself have an easy morning, a little nap, and set out for my run around 11.

So it turns out that running around noon – the hottest part of the day – is not my favorite. Don’t advise it. Nope. Especially if you sweat like an out-of-shape 45-year-old man like me. Two miles in, I had to stop in the shade for a minute and desperately chug from the little bottles of my hydration belt. This was my face:

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Definitely wanted to skip this run altogether. Definitely wanted to turn around from that point and just run 4 miles. But wanted to finish what I started more. So I braved the New England humidity and hot summer sun and sweated out those 8 whole miles. At the end, I looked like I had taken a shower and then immediately put clothes on, but I was proud. My longest run ever! I took it slow and steady (especially with the heat/humidity), but still clocked in at just over 11’00” – not as bad as I thought! I’ve definitely got to give a shout out to the amazing volunteers on the East Bay bike path of Rhode Island – they had a free water station that saved me on those last two miles. I was super dehydrated despite the presence of my hydration belt – two 10 ounce bottles weren’t enough on a day like that!
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2014-07-12 12.49.44A very busy, thrifty, productive, but victorious week indeed!

What did you accomplish this week? This weekend?

Peace, sweat and love,

G

 

A post of gratitude

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Look at that! 363 of you read my post about the Wellesley sleepwalker. THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE. My blog started with a grand total of about 7 views.

More important than just clicks, of course, are the reactions that I got to my piece. People called me, sent me messages, with a spectrum of positive reactions ranging from tears to (unfounded) apologies. I even had one fellow survivor come out to me and tell me that my words had validated her own feelings about this debacle, and thanked me for sharing them. I was scared to do so, but I am so glad that I did in fact share these words.

This, then, is a post of gratitude and of humble admiration for you all. Thank you for your kindness and your support. By telling me that you appreciated my words, you made me feel appreciated and validated the complex set of emotions I’ve been dealing with all week. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am simply overjoyed that at least one person found peace in my writing.

In other (good) news, I have started running again! Another thing to be grateful for 🙂

I am about 4 weeks from my next 5k and really want to beat my PR. If I can, I would also like to come in under 30 minutes (about 9:40 pace). It’s definitely doable for me –  I just need to work on those hills and get off the treadmill… But the crazy amount of snow has totally been messing up those plans, in addition to my sad little shin splints! Finally ran yesterday, easy 3 mile tempo run, and felt AMAZING.

ah-mah-zing I practically leapt off the treadmill beaming with joy. I’m trying to be more conscious about how I land, and so far the pain in my left shin is better, but unfortunately still present at times. I’ve already done the responsible (and expensive *sadface*) thing and invested in some Pro Compression socks in the cutest Valentine’s day print that Run Eat Repeat included in a recent blog post. Also, because it’s me, I bought them 40% (saving a significant $20 off the hefty price tag of $50 – nice!).

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I love them already! Can’t wait to wear them 🙂

I also made another recovery investment in a foam roller. Groupon was offering a discounted Trigger Point “The GRID” mini foam roller at about 30% off, so I snagged it at its sale price, because these things simply don’t go on sale. The mini size appealed to me as a beginner, and because of how travel-friendly it is.

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I bought it in pink because, duh.

Reviews to come soon!

I’ll definitely have to look into different running shoes – likely my old sneakers are the cause of my newly problematic shins. I’m not complaining (well, except about the price tag…), but I just need to do some research on good, stable running shoes for novice-intermediate runners with absurdly flat duck feet. Any suggestions? I’ve been using the Nike Lunar Glide 4, and have really loved them to what appears to be their death.

xoxo,

G

New year, new gear

Hello!

Sorry I’ve taken a while to post again, I’ve been pretty busy with the commencement of my last first week of classes (ack!) and health educator training. It’s nice to be back at school, but it’s also absurdly terrifying.

I have both good and bad news, so I’ll end with the good news to get the bad news out of the way.

BAD NEWS: I have my first-ever injury! I know, I know. I’ve never even broken anything. I’m just not used to things going “wrong” with my body, something for which I realized I am extremely blessed. So I was totally dumbfounded when I asked my former-athletic-trainer-GF about the slight pain I had been experiencing in my left lower leg and she replied that it sounded like I had shin splints. I kid you not, I’d never actually heard of shin splints. It’s not exactly something that affects horseback riders and kids whose high school careers were spent in libraries and theaters as opposed to tennis games and track meets. But I guess with my running I am only just running into a (slight) problem – huh!  A good warning to stretch properly (something I always skimp on – I KNOW IT’S TERRIBLE I KNOW) and possibly replace my sneakers soon. I have been eyeing those leopard print Nikes after all…

My friend teased me about being shocked that I got a minor injury and laughed that I was like Rob Lowe's character on Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger. Can't say I mind the comparison!

My friend teased me about being shocked that I got a minor injury and laughed that I was like Rob Lowe’s character on Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger. Can’t say I mind the comparison!

So I’ve spent this past week taking a break from running and instead cross-training on things like the bike, elliptical, and *bleh* stairmaster. I add in that sound effect not because I hate the stairmaster exactly, but because it is so freaking hard. I’ve also been kicking my own butt doing some of the workouts from the Nike Training Club app – they are shockingly incredible and also killer! Especially upper-body focused workouts… Totally not a strong point of mine. In fact it’s my weakest point physically. But I’ll need to work on it if I want to compete in Tough Mudder!

GOOD NEWS: I ordered myself an après-Xmas present (you know, the whole “get what you really wanted” thing?) once all the holiday deals started rolling in. I managed to snag some pretty great deals from the notoriously overpriced Lululemon. One thing you must know about me is that I love nice, fancy things but I hate (and, also, can’t afford) to pay full price. Even Lululemon on sale is a biiiiiig stretch for most of the world – I recognize that! I just couldn’t resist buying myself a little belated Xmas present.

Forgive the crappy iPhone pictures- but I wanted to model the 4 new tops I got on “We Made Too Much” (Lululemon apparently refuses to let things go on “sale” or whatever, because it’s too plebeian I suppose). You can eyeroll, but this is my own blog and I will take bad selfies if I want to!

 

I'd been wistfully eyeing this color combo in the "Power Y tank" - and to my delight it went on sale! It's a really pretty purple stripe with a different deep purple "Baroque" pattern on the straps. It comes with built-in cups which is something I love!

I’d been wistfully eyeing this color combo in the “Power Y tank” – and to my delight it went on sale! It’s a really pretty purple stripe with a different deep purple “Baroque” pattern on the straps. It comes with built-in cups which is something I love!

This multicolored scoop neck top is extremely flattering, and the black panels down the sides make it highly slimming as well. The back is also really gorgeous - almost too pretty to wear to the gym! My only complaint is that it didn't come with removable cups. At least I had my own to throw in - no headlights for this gal!

This multicolored scoop neck top is extremely flattering, and the black panels down the sides make it highly slimming as well. The back is also really gorgeous – almost too pretty to wear to the gym! My only complaint is that it didn’t come with removable cups. At least I had my own to throw in – no headlights for this gal!

 

I was least sure about this particular top, and I think I'm going to end up loving it the most. It is SO. PRETTY. The black fabric is flattering and moisture-wicking - perfect for yoga - and the pattern is delicate and totally gorgeous. It's also got a beautiful crossback and flattering ruching at the bust, as well as a rounded hem to cover your bum.

I was least sure about this particular top, and I think I’m going to end up loving it the most. It is SO. PRETTY. The black fabric is flattering and moisture-wicking – perfect for yoga – and the pattern is delicate and totally gorgeous. It’s also got a beautiful crossback and flattering ruching at the bust, as well as a rounded hem to cover your bum.

The least "cutesy" top I got will likely end up being a total workhorse. It's a bright, cheery yellow fashioned into a super lightweight singlet with an open back. Perfect for summer runs/just me being the sweatiest girl alive. Modeled with my beloved Hard Tail yoga pants (which I also never pay full price for, duh).

The least “cutesy” top I got will likely end up being a total workhorse. It’s a bright, cheery yellow fashioned into a super lightweight singlet with an open back. Perfect for summer runs/just me being the sweatiest girl alive. Modeled with my beloved Hard Tail yoga pants (which I also never pay full price for, duh).

That’s all for now! In the meantime, wish me luck in my running recommencement next week! I hope that my annoying little shin splints will be gone by then so I can start working on beating my PR in my upcoming 5k. We’re 5 weeks out next week – so I hope so!

xoxo,

G