It Takes a Village, but Just One Fish
“Are you Obsessed?”
That’s what I heard from guest dude Frank during a recent run after I had been talking non-stop about running tights with Deborah, Lisa, and Sandy for at least half of our 12 mile Saturday morning run. This took me aback. Of course I was not obsessed. How could I be obsessed with something like running tights?
Frank has some serious learning to do. No, I actually just needed another pair of running tights, was having trouble finding the “right” ones. And anyway, this is what we DO. Talk about fun stuff like quests for the perfect running tights! That’s not obsession. Is it?
So, after all that chatting and consulting, what did I end up with to complete my winter rotation with my Athleta Be Free and Reflective Relay tights? Well . . .
Keep in mind, I LOVE the Athleta Be Free tight, but the colors and patterns were not working on my not-skinny legs.
So, I turned to Lululemon. My Lulu purchases are rare (because everything costs at least $20 more then Athleta), but the Speed Tight II *Full-On Luxtreme (Brushed) in a gorgeous cranberry red color and with all the required pockets grabbed me and would not let go until I tried them.
I got them in my normal Lulu size 4. Problem. These tights are so thick & compressive that I could hardly get them up over my legs – like a scuba suit. And when I finally did get them on, all of the thick fabric bunched up behind my knees, keeping me from bending them. Not good when you’re running. (Lulu does not have any mesh fabric relief behind the knees like Athleta does, you’d think they would at that cost, but . . .)
So after showing them to Deborah, who when hearing the noises I made trying to get them on said, “no way you can get those. It will take you far too long just to get dressed in the morning,” I tried the non-brushed version. They felt great, still bunched a bit behind the knees, but not terribly, and while none were cranberry-colored, there was a pair with a cool silvery/white pattern on the front.
I showed these to Lisa and KB, and both told me that they were awesome! Then, I made a mistake. My husband saw me. He gave me, you know, that look — the “what-the-heck-is-she-wearing-is-this-the-person-I-married “- look. Then he said words. Words:
“That’s a crazy get up you’ve got there. You look like a fish.”
A fish? Seriously? A fish? So, my gal-approved tights were ruined with one word, “fish.” Once words like that are said, they never go away. They would forever be the “fish tights.” (Oh, and after texts to the village to see if he was right, all the other males agreed.)
So, I did what I should have in the first place – I tried on the cranberry tights in the next size up. And . . . I love them. LOVE. The color is just what I wanted, the fabric is a bit warmer than my other tights, and the pockets are awesome. They still bunch a bit behind the knees, but it’s not uncomfortable.
So Frank, the obsession is over. I don’t need any more tights. But don’t worry, next time I’ll make sure we talk about sports bras!
Check out our updated tights reviews here, and let us know if anyone else has ruined a potential purchase for you!