Monday, November 14, 2011

Aspaeris GIVEAWAY

One month ago I won a pair of Aspaeris Pivot Shorts from Run Mom Run. I've been hearing a lot about compression and the benefits of wearing compression shorts/sleeves, but I had never had the opportunity to try it out until then.

Ever heard the expression, "Once you go black, you never go back?"  Whelp, that's where I am with these pivot shorts!!

I really wanted to try these out and see how I liked them before I said anything on the blog.  I want to be sure that the stuff I put on my blog is authentic- I'm not going to do a giveaway or write about something that I don't use frequently and LOVE.  So that says something about these shorts right there.

Back to why I love the shorts...

I have two little kids.  While they are cute and loveable, they also changed my body when I was working on getting them here.  I lost the baby fat, but unfortunately a lot of the changes are here to stay.  One of those changes are hips that don't stay in place very well.

For those of you that remember, I have suffered from IT Band issues a lot this year, and I pretty much have to face the facts that it's something I'm going to have to deal with A LOT if I want to run.  My hips are the main culprit in this.  I can always tell when my IT Band is going to hit me with pain because my hips start feeling funky first.  It's hard to explain so you'll just have to take my word for it.  Wearing these compression shorts has totally helped my hips!!!!  When I wear them, they feel less fatigued after a run, and they recover much quicker.  I have felt the zing of the IT Band much less frequently as well.
I have worn my shorts while doing strength training, regular workouts and races.  The other day I commented to Mindy that I need at least 6 more pairs so I can wear them every day of the week!  (Did I just let people know how often I do laundry???)

The interesting thing is that the benefits that I've experienced are not even the main reason you should wear them.  These shorts have many other benefits, but I want you to head to the Aspaeris website so you can learn a little about them on your own.

Plus, they make you look tough.
IT Band prevention, baby!!!
Here's how you enter the GIVEAWAY-
1.  Be a follower and tell me in the same comment after you...
2.  Visit their site- aspaerispivotshorts.com- and tell me something special that you learned about these particular shorts.

Additional entry if you:
1.  "Like" Aspaeris on Facebook and add one of your confessions in a separate comment.  (Wanna know what a confession is?  Check mine out here, here, or here).

Contest ends at 11:59PM on Sunday, November 20th.  Winner will be announced Monday morning.

***If you are a regular reader and commenter of my blog- I know who you are- the odds will ever be in your favor (name that book).

98 comments:

Kelleen said...

I learned that Aspaeris shorts exist. Now I have a need that I didn't even know before reading your blog. I think it would be my new favorite running gear. Crossing my fingers...

Unknown said...

I've learned that they can help my knee AND hip pain when I run or workout!! Thanks Amylee! If I don't win I'm going to buy some :)

Unknown said...

I've learned that they can help my knee AND hip pain when I run or workout!! Thanks Amylee! If I don't win I'm going to buy some :)

Amanda said...

Dear Amylee- Just one more reason why you are amazing. Don't ask me how I stumbled upon your blog, but I love it! You amaze me. So, I want these shorts. Now that I have had my 2nd my body is a MESS! Time to get back on track with an exercise routine. I think that these compression shorts will help me accomplish that. After visiting their site, I learned that they help prevent ACL injuries, which I know is fairly common with women. Very cool. I think they could really help me, as I have extremely tight IT Bands, and as of late have also been having hip problems. Talk to you later!
Amanda Steele

Amanda said...

So, as far as the separate comment goes for a confession, I am not sure how this works... Hopefully I am doing this right. My confession: Jake and I have been watching episodes of Glee on our Roku. We aren't caught up yet, and Jake would freak out if he knew this, but I have been watching episodes without him... I just cant resist!

Amanda Steele

Laurel said...

I love your blog. Now a follower! I think those shorts are pretty awesome. I love anything that is specifically designed for our funky women bodies :) cool how there is less injury with them.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I'm a follower! I didn't realize how common ACL injuries are and I didn't realize that shorts like this could help to prevent it from happening.

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

I like them on facebook

Lauren @ The Running Cook said...

Confession: I don't always wash fruits and veggies before I eat them. I excuse it by telling myself that I'm building my immune system.

PS - I think this was supposed to be with my comment about liking them on Facebook. Sorry!

Miss Erosion said...

I am a follower:)

Miss Erosion said...

I learned from the webpage that they are actually 2 shorts bonded together - which is how you get the duel purpose.

Amy N. said...

Is it bad that I want to win these?

I learned (the first time I went) how common ACL injuries are.

Amy N. said...

I like Aspaeris on facebook.

Confession: I eat more sweets than I care to admit. A lot more. In fact, for breakfast before our race on Saturday Terra and I sat in my car and ate a cupcake.

autumn1329 said...

Following your blog!!! I learned that they actually two pairs of shorts bonded together....

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I learned that they are AWESOME! Seriously the things said about these things on other bloggities is awesome!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I feel like a rockstar when I get under a 10 minute pace. It has happened two different runs where I averaged under 10 and I am so very excited about this. I know this is slow to most but I am thrilled.

I'm not a life long follower....actually found you from Aspaeris on facebook (I like them) but I am glad I found ya!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I feel like a rockstar when I get under a 10 minute pace. It has happened two different runs where I averaged under 10 and I am so very excited about this. I know this is slow to most but I am thrilled.

I'm not a life long follower....actually found you from Aspaeris on facebook (I like them) but I am glad I found ya!

rundanarun said...

The shorts are awesome! I bought a pair to run the NYC Marathon in and didn't have any of the knee pain that I experienced in the 10 weeks leading up to the big day. I need another pair of these shorts!!!

Falon said...

I totally follow your blog because you're awesome and I am dying to try a pair of these shorts!

Ali Mc said...

I am already a follower I was JUST saying how much I wanted to win these to Christina and I didn't know they were TWO shorts combined. that is probably what makes them so awesome!

Falon said...

On the site I guess it really reinforced how vulnerable us ladies are to ACL injuries. The banding on the inside of the shorts is so cool too.

Ali Mc said...

I like aspaeris on fb

Ali Mc said...

confession - sometimes I say I'm sick to make Colin do stuff even though I'm not :P

Allyssa said...

I follow you. And I learned that the pivot shorts have two layers each with their own purpose.

MotherRunner said...

I follow, and I learned that they are two pairs of shorts. Very cool.

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

New follower here! Love your blog! I have learned that they are actually two shorts woven into one.

Allyssa said...

I like Aspaeris on FB. My confession: I often follow up a mid-day snack of veggies with something sweet. I feel like I earned a piece of chocolate for eating vegetables that I don't really care for.

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I already liked Aspaeris on facebook, that's actually how I found you!

My confession is that I bought Halloween candy the week before Halloween and ate the entire bag of Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish before the 31st. I had to go out and buy a new bag before my husband suspected anything.

Finallyfit2011 said...

I'm following you :) ANd love the fact that these prevent injuring to the ACL!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I like Aspaeris on fb :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Confession: I'm dreading waking in the dark for my early morning runs. #1 it's cold & #2 the dark scares me...but I gotta do it!!!

Cortney said...

I am a new follower!!

Cortney said...

I learned that they help prevent ACL injuries in women. I could have used that when I was in high school and tore my ACL. :)

Cortney said...

I like Aspaeris on facebook.

Cortney said...

Confession: I am a slow runner and somewhat ok with it.

ShanMall said...

I am a new follower. I found you through Aspaeris on Facebook (I like them). I've been trying to catch up on some reading =)

ShanMall said...

I keep reading such great things about what these shorts do for your body! When I first heard about them, I spent quiet a bit of time reading on the website. Quite the amazing thing they came up with!!!

ShanMall said...

Confession.......I can spends hours reading what others write about running (I mean HOURS) then I feel bad because I literally sat on my butt doing nothing but reading but then I feel better because I tell myself that I am learning something new =)

PS I LOVE LOVE LOVE your confessions!!!

Patty T said...

I am a follower.

Patty T said...

I learned that these shorts are made just for women!

Patty T said...

I already like Aspaeris on Facebook.

Patty T said...

My confession is that I think I am going to buy my new dog more presents for Christmas than for any other member of my family (well, except maybe my husband).

Penny said...

I like aspaeris on fb

Penny said...

New follower

Penny said...

confession I have to have a French Vanilla Cappunico every morning after I work out. I'm obsessed with running gear.

Penny said...

I learned that Aspaeris pivot shorts are two shorts woven into one.

Rachelle Wardle said...

Um I like really want to win these!! What an awesome giveaway and I'm pretty sure I'm your #1 stalker.....I mean follower. :)

P.S. Can you do YL on Thursday of Friday? Let me know because I'm trying to throw something together.

P.S.S. (yes this is 1st grade) You inspired me to run outside in the dark this morning and I rocked out 10 miles and loved every second of it.

Rachelle Wardle said...

I already like Aspaeris on fb. :)

Rachelle Wardle said...

Confession: I came into work late today just so that I could run 2 extra miles. Running > being to work on time. :)

Rachelle Wardle said...

Checked out the website and I like that the main priority of the product is to prevent injuries. I think these would really help my nagging hamstring problems.

kalie said...

Wow! I am impressed you are giving away a pair if you love them so much. ;) And who in their right mind would do laundry more than once a week?

And the quote is from HUNGER GAMES, of COURSE!

I had no idea that clothes could prevent injuries. That is kinda AMAZING.

kalie said...

I like Aspaeris on FB.

Confession: Sometimes I don't drink any water w dinner so there is more room for FOOOOOOOOOD! I think Erin would fire me if she knew this.

Julia said...

follower!!! and totally missed reading your blog while i was gone to a far away country. please say we can hang out soon?

Julia said...

i learned that the shorts are actually 2 different pair sewn together in order to help prevent injury...craziness!

Julia said...

liked them on FB!!!

Confession: i have been eating more candy than I probably ever even do ON holidays. and that has been my main motivation to get up and go to the gym this week...just one of those weeks i guess ;)

Suz and Allan said...

Already a follower!

Suz and Allan said...

I love that these compression shorts are made for WOMEN to prevent ACL injury!

Suz and Allan said...

Already like Aspaeris on fb!

Suz and Allan said...

Forgot my confession: I consider candy corn to be a meal during the month of October and possibly even November.

Falon said...

I follow aspaeris on fb too!

Falon said...

Confession time... along the lines of your drip pans wastefulness. I drink water out of plastic non reusable bottles... everyday. I recycle but that is such a waste! I do it because I don't drink water if I can't just buy it packaged and ready to go. Arg. Needs to be a new years resolution!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

New follower!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

the inner layer of the shorts is designed to guide your leg into correct alignment. outer layer is to compress

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I like them on FB

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Confession: I have been known to bribe my husband with sex so I can go running.

Jolene said...

I'm a follower and I had no idea it was 2 shorts in one....this might be the help I need for my left hip. Sadly, left hip issues are hereditary and even my girls (ages 1 and 9) both have the issues already. This could seriously be what I need to keep on running!

Jolene said...

I liked them on FB

Jolene said...

Confession: I am so turned on by my husband being "handy" around the house I can't keep my hands off of him while he's doing the honey-do list! A man with tools is irresistible!

Rachel said...

I am a new follower! Your kids are super cute!

Rachel said...

I learned that compression can help prevent injury. Awesome shorts!

Rachel said...

I like them on FB

Natalie said...

I am a follower!

Natalie said...

I have heard about these shorts before! I love that they prevent ACL injury, I had my ACL repaired almost exactly a year ago, not something I'd want to repeat.

Heidi said...

I read your blog regularly, but am now an "official" follower.

Mindy Kohler said...

Of course I am a follower :)

Mindy Kohler said...

I learned that their cross knit bands help to keep our funky muscles in place.

Oh and I liked them on FB.

Liesel said...

I've learned that they can help my knee AND hip pain when I run or workout!! Thanks Amylee! If I don't win I'm going to buy some :)

I hope this doesnt come up unknown again.

Liesel said...

I liked Aspaeris Pivot shorts on Facebook.

Liesel said...

I am a follower and my confession is that when I run I dont hold my farts in. I let them fly as they please.. HAHA Good thing I run at 6 in the AM so no one can smell me.

autumn1329 said...

For an extra entry, the oddest toy I have seen this season, is the hair salon my sister purchased for my niece...that seems to have real working scissors?!? I will not be going anywhere near that hair salon.....

bobbie said...

New Follower :) Found it interesting that they are two shorts made into one:)

Liesel said...

Oddest toy are these scary BRATTZ things you've just shown us. They are ugly.... Please don't buy these for sweet little Annie.

Kiley said...

I'm a follower & I learned Aspaeris makes shorts JUST FOR WOMEN!

Kiley @ DailyVitaminF

Jen said...

new follower and I learned that the double layer compression is what does the trick

Courtney said...

i'm a new follower and i had no idea they were two pairs of shorts woven into one!

Courtney said...

my confession: i really want to run a full marathon.

Les said...

I did not realize these awesome shorts were a woman-only design (did I read this right?). Anyway, I like to think that somebody out there is looking out for womenfolk who need something like double shorts to pull everything together!

Les said...

confession(s): I also hate running on the treadmill. I have a hard time turning my brain off and my husband braces himself for the worst when I say, "I have a great idea...."

I also read your blog regularly but am now OFFICIAL! Why was I not before, I don't know except that my blogging has gone down the tube too...like for the last...18+ months...so I don't follow blogrolls anymore. Maybe I'll get back to it sometime...maybe.

Bikini Runner said...

Where have I been?! I am so behind on reading everyone's blogs it's not even funny. Jessica fail. I'm so glad I caught this really quickly before it ends!!

I am definitely a follower even if I fall off the face of the Earth sometimes. And I just checked out the website and these shorts sound amazing! I thought the cross-knit bands looked cool, but then I read that they "guide your muscles into the proper position" too?! It never occurred to me that shorts could put you in the right alignment! So cool I can hardly stand it.

Bikini Runner said...

Also, I just "liked" Aspaeris on Facebook! And my confession is that I have a tab open in my browser for a CrossFit place that is literally 4 minutes from my house... and I've had the tab up for a week. I keep looking at it and debating it, but I'm still terrified of it. Maybe I'll do some pushups tomorrow and feel better about it... ha! :)

Breona said...

Yo yo amyleeee!! Those shorts are killer.. I learned that they would make me faster, stronger, and sassy. Id love me some spandies!

Breona said...

What what?? Where's my comment? I confess that Im falling asleep while confessing. Why am I up so late. Grr.

i Run said...

I like Aspaeris on FB!!!

i Run said...

Confession time: I listen to Christmas music all year long:)

i Run said...

I follow and loooooove your blog!!!! Great giveaway!!

i Run said...

Compression shorts help to stimulate lymph drainage and better flow ultimately decreasing injuries. Helps with joint stability and support as well :)

i Run said...

Confession time: I drink out of the juice carton at home when no one's looking, I never replace the toilet paper roll and run out to get the mail in my pajamas when I wake up thinkIng no one else can see me

i Run said...

Please enter me in your giveaway!!!! I actually have an incomplete tear of my ACL the MRI confirmed from a hiking injury and the truth is, it's making me very sad because I can't run for another 3 weeks!!!! Some compression shorts would help me rock my runs when I do get back to the roads. Thanks for having this giveaway!!!