I looked at 2XU and they have XL shorts and Capris. I hemmed and hawed on the shorts because I have a CW-X pair and don't really like them. (read here). I was afraid that the 2XU wouldn't hold up. I couldn't really find reviews of anyone with hip bursitis commenting on them, and I had the money, so I ordered the Elite Pair and a pair of Capris. I'll be honest. I don't like the huge 2XU plastered across my leg. The shorts only came with the white ("steel") plastering (or that's all I saw), but the Capris came Black/Nero.
|2XU Elite Compression Shorts (photo from Shoebuy.com)|
|2XU Black/Nero Capris (photo from Shoebuy.com)|
So Tuesday, I went to one of my 3 gyms for a 2 mile run. No big deal. I'll do speed work (run 5mph for 4 minutes, run 4.3 for 1 and repeat). I've been doing this for my 1.5 mile runs if I don't run outside on hills so no biggie? I went to my non-regular gym (I'd been there one other time). I got on the treadmill. I started walking and noticed my heart rate was a little higher than normal. Not a big deal (115 vs 110 to walk .5 miles at an faster than leisurely pace). I started the run. I lasted on 5mph for about 1 minute and thought I would die. I decided I would skip speed work and just do 4.7. After 4 minutes my heart rate was 155. I walked at 3.4 rather than run at 4.3. I was drenched. I did this 4.7/3.4 thing again. I barely got through it. My heart rate soared to 175. What the hell is going on? I felt like I was running up a hill. I checked the elevation and it said 0. I tried the cycle again. I had to take it to 4.5 when my heart rate hit 183. I walked for 1.5 minutes this time to get the heart rate to 160. Tried again with the same results. My arms and shoulders were really sore. I put it on 4.1. My heart rate seemed to level at 175 but really? 4.1? I finally finished the 2 miles. I could barely walk. When I turned around to get off the treadmill, it felt like it was on a downward slope. I'm definitely bringing a level with me the next time I go there. I got home and my shorts and capris were there. I was actually too sore in my arms to fight to try on the capris after trying on the shorts. The shorts fit. Yay.
Yesterday I ran in them for 3 miles at my close-to-home gym. Considering how sore I was from the day before, I was not enthused to have to run farther. I started the run at 4.5 mph. I decided I couldn't stop to walk because I was afraid I wouldn't restart. My heart rate never got above 169 which it hit in the final 2 minutes. I liked the shorts better than the CW-X shorts. They seemed a little sturdier in material. I did notice my hip in the 2.5 part of the mile, but I think that was more out of boredom than anything else. I also noticed the side tag in the shorts that rubbed my side raw. I'll have to Body Glide that area. Overall, I like the shorts and think they will last a good 15-20 pounds until I can fit back into my CW-X Capris. The one thing I did notice was a lot of seams in the crotch area. If the tag was bugging me at 3 miles, I imagine I will Body Gliding other areas of my body on longer runs.
My own review: Neither 2XU or CW-X had anything to do with my reviews except sell their clothing on websites where I could make purchases.