To say I own a lot of workout leggings would be a major understatement. At last count, I had around 68 pairs crammed into my leggings drawer (yes, I have a whole drawer for them)—and that’s not counting the few ~fancy~ pairs I have hanging in my closet.
I have a lot of leggings because I work out a lot, and I really do wear them all. (I swear!) But when it comes to running, my workout of choice, there’s only one pair of leggings I’ll wear on race day: the Adidas Women’s Believe This Solid Tights.
Technically, these aren’t even running tights. And they’re not tricked out with every performance feature under the sun—like high-tech, sweat-wicking material or reflective panels. They’re just knit leggings with a high waist and some light compression that has enough stretch for you to really move, and they were designed for workouts from spin class to yoga.
But I love running in them. I first stumbled across them while I was training for the Boston Marathon in 2016, and I didn’t even realize they weren’t meant for running. I just thought, at $80, they were a steal compared to other running tights (which can ring up at $150). They were the first high-waisted leggings I ran seriously long distances in, and it only took one 21-kilometre run for me to get hooked on the stretchy-but-sturdy fabric.
The high waist is my favourite part, and I don’t think I could ever go back to running in regular-waisted leggings after running in these. The elastic on these is perfect—it’s tight enough to keep everything in your middle from jiggling (a huge no-no if you want to avoid the bathroom while running for three-plus hours, which, duh), but it’s not so tight it digs into your stomach and leaves indents.
What an incredible experience to run across the #BostonMarathon finish line! It was 26.2 miles of hills, but I flew through those last four miles thanks to the BU crowds and the Dropkick Murphys in my ears. I said I'd never run a #marathon, but I'm so proud I did—especially this one. Thank you to @adidasrunning for connecting me with the amazing women I ran with: @jessiezapo, @athletestyle, and @jocelinshalom, and for helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bobbi Gibb's iconic race. Now excuse me while I go eat all the carbs.
On Marathon Monday in Boston, the temperature was already creeping toward 21 degrees while I was getting ready. My friends and family asked several times if I wanted to switch to shorts, and I refused—this was my first marathon, and everyone had told me to wear what I trained in on race day. I had trained in these leggings. I was not switching things up hours before the race.
It was so hot I ended up ditching my long-sleeve at kilometre 14 and running the rest of the marathon in my sports bra, but the leggings were never a problem. Despite their sturdiness, they were breathable and light, and I never felt like anything—my stomach or my ass—was bouncing around during the race.
By the time I ran my second marathon, in New York City a few months later, I couldn’t even think of wearing another pair of leggings. I hadn’t trained as well as I should have, and these leggings were my security blanket. They got me across the finish line in Boston, and I hoped they’d do the same in New York. They did the trick; I crossed the finish line five minutes faster than I did in Boston.
Trying to rewind my emotions back to Sunday…. After a #marathon, my brain goes to a lot of different places: I could have run faster, I shouldn't have walked, how I did compared the other runners I know… I'm trying to focus on one thing: I ran *26.2* miles this weekend and I'm still standing (barely, but still!). Less than 3% of people can say they've finished a marathon! Finish time, speed, performance — none of that matters. I did the damn thing, and that's enough. #teamasics #tcsnycmarathon
I do wear other running tights. But when I have the choice—and a really long run on my training plan—it’s the Adidas tights I gravitate towards.
We have history now, over 83 official race kilometres together (not to mention the countless training kilometres I logged in them). These leggings and I have been through some sh*t together.
Whatever it is, these leggings work for me—and if Adidas ever stops making them, it’ll be a sad day for my running career.
Buy ’em here if you’re convinced.
This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US
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