Race Review: Autumn Leaves 5 Miler

This is my first cross country race in who knows how long [middle school maybe?]. Who can say no to a race that’s 15 minutes away and a 5 miler, when it’s still decently nice in Cleveland. Weather today was better than yesterday- sunny, mid 50s and not as chilly. I signed up when I was on call Monday night and paid $30….if I were smarter, I would have signed up Sunday before the race fee went up $5!

Packet pick up was at Second Sole in Mentor yesterday. I should have gone then, but was sick of driving all over the place. They did have race day packet pick up, which I opted for. Long sleeved shirt that wasn’t a mesh tech shirt

Location: Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Parking: paved lot that was free. yay!

The Course: it’s a combination of pavement, gravel, grass and corn maze. Yes, corn maze. There were some hills to this course. It was made more difficult in that it rained last night, so the grass was wet and the corn maze portion was so muddy, I had to walk through it because I kept slipping, Kind of hard to run when you have no traction with your shoes! You go through the Equine Center, barns, around grass fields and have to watch for nooks and crannies on the gravel and grass. Mile markers every 1 mile with someone calling out times. 2 water stops on course. You finish close to where you start and have some post race food and water.

Time: 59:33. I blame the corn maze and the slipperiness of the grass

A decent race. Wish it wouldn’t have rained overnight because it affected the course. I was just glad it wasn’t raining and that it was at least warmer today than yesterday. Now the question is more XC races in the future or not.

BibRave Product Review: 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Also don’t forget to join us Tuesday at 9/8 CST for #bibchat!

Compression tights. I always salivate over these things at expos, but am never willing to spend boat loads of money on them. I jumped at the chance to try 2xu’s [2 times you] new compression tights, the Elite MCS compression tights. Whenever I do longer runs, the option of keep walking afterwards doesn’t always sound fun

Before you even get to trying the MCS compression tights, be sure to look at the sizing charts to get your correct size/length etc.

I ended up going with the medium sized pants, because compression tights always fit me weirdly. It ended up being a good decision, as they fit just right. They do have a pocket locked on the inside front, but no zipper for them. A bonus was they fit like a glove! They do appear small to the eye, but don’t freak out about it

One issue I always have with full length running tights is they always bunch at the ankles because I’m so short. The fact that I had none of that was exciting!

I ran in these bad boys 1-2 times, but mainly used them for compression after some of my hillier half marathons and my half with rough pavement terrain. I’d come home, shower and then throw on my tights for a few hours to get some compression. I have to say, that they really do work and do their job well. The plus is that they’re full leg compression, as opposed to only calf or only thigh. 2xu’s goal with these compression tights is to get the right anatomical mapping in order to get the most appropriate and maximal support and to increase blood flow and circulation. I have to say I agree with them!

By far a good product that I would definitely recommend. My only qualm about them is the waist band. I feel like I could never get a good position for it and it was too thin for my liking. The other thing is my preference is for pockets on the back of my shorts/pants that have zippers. I usually use them for car keys, ID, etc so I don’t feel comfortable putting a key or something in an unsecured pocket.

If you want to give them a try, head over to their website and be sure to use BIBRAVE20 for 20% off [it’s good for their entire site!]. I may have gone a little hog wild for some of their other products. Ask me about their arm warmers and socks!

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