The short answer is "Yes". I got a pair of these CW-X Pro Tights last year and LOVE them. They are not a "keep you warm" tight, other than being something over your bare skin. In fact during the Vegas marathon it got pretty warm for the last hour or two, and my legs felt nice and cool (the tights have Coolmax and UV protection). That said, thus far all of my marathon training and running has been in cooler weather. In December in Vegas the temps were in upper 30's or low 40's at the start and just over 60 at the finish, and in Disney in January the temps were about the same at the start and in the 50's at the finish.
Here is what I wore for both marathons
|Both feet off the ground. Yee haw! :)|
In both races I saw quite a few other people in tights and of course lots of people in shorts. I have used a second pair of tights to wear the day/night after my marathons and they feel very good for recovery. I don't really know if they help a lot or not, but they feel good (I have a pair of compression socks I like after a long run too). After both marathons I only took two days off and then ran again on the third day, and I had very limited soreness after both races. Again, I don't know how much of that has to do with the tights or not.
Josh really loves his compression socks for running and for recovery.
I plan on wearing this same outfit or something similar for the Salt Lake City Marathon in April as the temps will likely be quite chilly, however when I run the Top of Utah marathon in Logan, UT in September I may try some shorts since it will likely be quite a bit warmer. I have never run in the traditional runner short shorts as I don't really love my legs (they are muscular as all get out but they are paler than the moon and I have those icky veins on one leg). I don't want to scare my fellow runners.... Maybe I will give them a go though. I also haven't run in a running skirt. I figure I don't wear skirts normally (except for church!) so it doesn't make much sense to wear them for running. Just not my style.
So how about you? Have you run in compression tights or socks? Like them? Love them? Can't live without 'em? Hate them? Never tried them? Anything you HAVE to wear for a race?