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Product Review for Posto9 by Activaware4U – ethically made clothing

26 Jul

A while ago I somehow ended up on a modelling shoot – haha – me on a modelling shoot! Basically two of my friends were having some photos taken by a friend Jacqueline who launched her own fitness wear line designed in the UK and made in Brazil – Posto9- they were then going for a run afterwards and invited me along to be an extra model and to run afterwards.

I was presented with what were very bright and vivid clothes and initially the thought of wearing them freaked me out! Jacqueline pointed out some beautiful blue and black pants which I instantly loved so they were mine along with a crop bra with a gaping hole in the back! We literally had to get changed in the middle of Kangaroo Point which was interesting and trying to keep some modesty!! But anyway it all went well and the photos came out well.


Wearing the crop and leggings in the photoshoot at Kangaroo Point


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This is the back of the crop top – not me wearing it!

Ethically made clothing 

The thing I like about the brand from chatting to Jacqueline is that the clothing is not only great quality but also ethically made. An ethical clothing company ensures that either the textile is eco-friendly and/or the employees – usually women – are treated fairly and Jacqueline believes that those making our clothes should not be subjected to a life of poverty and I wholeheartedly agree and stand behind such a brand.

Clothing thoughts

The fabric I have to say is amazing quality and very very comfortable. I was surprised as I thought I would find them uncomfortable as they looked more about the pattern and fashion to me than overall usage for running. The clothing is quite versatile and great for gym classes as well as running. I wore the running pants and bra on a number of trail runs, gym sessions and a park run and I can say hand on heart they are very very comfortable. The only down side with the pants is no pocket which most running tights have these days. But I am happy to have no pocket over very comfortable pants.

One of the great things about the running pants is that the ones I tried out were high waisted so great if you aren’t skinny and have curves to hold in – and I didn’t have to worry about a muffin top! I liked the fact that they were not elasticated either – just comfortable and firm fitting.

Both the pants and top have yet to show any signs of wear and tear – usually the running pants I have (thanks to my thighs that join in the middle) start to show wear and tear pretty quickly – nothing from these yet. Crop bra is also very comfortable and firm – so suitable for running.

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The pricing on the Posto9 range is pretty in the middle of the range – when you consider high quality range products might charge in excess of $70 for a crop top and $120 onwards for running tights – the products are around $35 for a crop top and $70 for the pants which is very reasonable for higher quality clothing.




High waisted

Reasonable price

Ethically made – know that you are contributing to a brand that cares about the people making the products when you buy


No pocket in pants

Online order so can’t really see them before you buy unless you live in Brisbane and you can contact Jacqueline and have a look or look on her website as above. Ordering online is pretty normal now though so not really an issue.


You can see some of the range at http://activaware4u.wix.com/activaware4u or call Jacqueline on 0424652016 for more details. Jacqueline has just had a new delivery with new designs in so if interested order now before she runs out again!

Please note I was not paid for this review, and all opinions are my own and open and honest to the best of my knowledge.


Product Review: SKINS Dnamic shorts @SKINSAU

11 Apr

A month or so ago I was contacted by SKINS Australia to see whether I would like to try a pair of their new Dnamic Compression Shorts. I had a look at the range, and already being a compression pant lover – jumped at the chance. Below is my opinion of them. If you read right to the bottom you can also read my disclaimer. I wasn’t paid for this review.

Skins Dnamic women's 1/2 tights

Skins Dnamic women’s 1/2 tights

Look and Feel

I must admit when I first saw the Dnamic range I was a bit nervous as some of the product range designs were pretty funky and out there – awesome if you like big patterns but I tend to wear dark colours on my legs. I was very thankful therefore when my shorts arrived – as the SKINS team had sent me the most conservative of designs :-).

When I took the shorts out of the packaging I sucked in my breath wondering how on earth I’d get my butt into the shorts! I was a bit worried that perhaps I had ordered the wrong size – but after some wriggling around and squirming – I was comfortably into my shorts! One thing was for certain – there would be no falling out of these or over the top – everything felt really snug and nicely compressed 😀

As a runner that is not a stick insect I like the fact with these shorts that they are high waisted compared to a lot of shorts on the market. Often I have worn shorts and half way into my run everything has started wobbling, or I end up pulling them up because they are low risers or not tight enough on the waist – and the good old muffin top starts forming!


SKINS say that they have a unique sizing system, and as long as you have the right sizing you will get the right compression needed. Their system claims to reduce lactic acid build up for more power and less recovery time.

Like I said I found the shorts very comfortable. It is tricky when wearing shorts rather than long tights to give an exact sense of feeling with regards to compression but I did find I didn’t ache too much after my runs I ran in them – my calfs still twinged a bit – but they weren’t covered!

I also found that the shorts fabric didn’t feel like it would wear out any time soon. Being a person whose thighs rub together I am always paranoid that shorts won’t last long, and I do have a couple of pairs that have frayed and won’t be replaced. But these shorts seem pretty resilient which is a plus for me.

I did keep the shorts on for a while a couple of times after training to see how they improved the aches in my legs (if there were any) – but I didn’t try sleeping in them which a lot of people do! On the whole I found during and after runs in them that I felt good, and my legs felt fairly strong compared to when running in my normal non compression shorts in training runs.

Skins Dnamic

Post run at Kangaroo Point showing off my SKINS


  • Very comfortable when on – make sure you stick to the sizing guidelines when ordering otherwise they will be very very tight or too loose and not efficient from a compression point of view
  • Nice fit and not low rise – a definite plus for me having an hourglass shaped figure
  • Great range of designs in the range – if you like patterns there are plenty and if you are more conservative like me they have catered for those also.
  • UV protection – 50+ – excellent for when running in a warm sunny climate


Not really any major cons on this product. I have always loved SKINS and don’t really have anything bad to say about these shorts – although the cost might be an issue to some people at $95 a pair – but you do get what you pay for so they are ultimately an investment to help you in your running.


Product Review disclaimer

Please note I am not paid for writing product reviews and if there are links to the product I am reviewing in my post I am not paid for that either. If a post is a paid post or an affiliate post I will highlight at the top of the post. My views are my own and I try to be as balanced as I can. 

Product Review: 2XU Elite Compression Shorts

12 Nov

RunStopShop sent me a pair of 2XU Elite Compression Shorts to try out and the plan was to wear them whilst I was overseas on holiday. I did try them once in Macau but wanted to try them a few more times before reviewing them, and on arriving into the UK it was way too cold to run in them – and then Singapore had a problem with fires in Indonesia so it wasn’t safe to breathe all the air in outside…. so to cut a long story short I am only just writing up this review!

When I was asked whether I would like to try the shorts out to be honest I wasn’t sure as they looked shorter than I would normally run in. I am not blessed with tiny thighs so the thought of tiny shorts and my legs wobbling about didn’t appeal. I was assured by the team that they were great shorts so decided to give them ago. What you read below is my own account of how I experienced them and this is not an advertorial!

2XU Elite Compression shorts

Shorts design and comfort

When the shorts arrived I took them out of the packet and freaked out as there did not look like there would be enough fabric to cover my thighs and butt and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to review them as they looked quite short – but when I tried them on they actually were not as short as I had anticipated and felt quite comfortable.  I was still a bit worried my legs might rub but figured I’d give them a go on the treadmill at the hotel I was staying in in Macau on a boiling hot day in a gym with no air conditioning!

The shorts have a drawstring which I liked as I have worn a fair few pairs of shorts which either end up with a muffin top or pulling them up all the time so I figured you have more control with drawstring.

They also come with UPF50+ sun protection which living here in Queensland is a real plus so I figured they would come in really handy for running outside, and the compression feature seemed to be comprehensive on the information on the box so I was intriegued to see how I went when trying them out. I also liked when I tried them on how they actually held everything in – i love that about compression pants 😀

20151112_0913552Any good to run in?

So i put the shorts on and went for a run on the treadmill at my hotel in Macau and have since run in them a few times back here in Queensland and I have to say they are comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that the short is a bit shorter than I would normally go but I didn’t experience any rubbing or chafing at all. I ran for an average of 30-60 minutes each time I have tried the shorts out so far and found them to be great. I haven’t worn 2xu shorts before so all in all I was happy and that I’ve found some shorts that are good in the warmer weather as I have lots of longer pants.

Size matters!

I think size really counts on the short though as when I got back from holidays whilst I hadn’t put any weight on I was not as toned as I was and the shorts felt a bit more snug the first couple of times I wore them – so really be conscious of the size you are ordering as they may not be as comfortable if you get a slightly too small size or alternatively a size that is too big as the compression element won’t work.

There is a sizing chart on the back of the packet and on the website to help you ensure you get the right size.


So all in all these are my thoughts on the shorts:


  • They didn’t ride up my legs for me which is a major plus point. I have had a number a shorts that did just that and made it really uncomfortable to run in
  • Compression pants – I’m a big fan of these and think they are a real asset to these shorts
  • Drawstring which means you don’t end up with a muffin top and they are not low rising either!
  • There is an inside key pocket to store your key or car fob when running which is good


  • If you don’t like shorts that are well and truly above the knee then these are not for you
  • They can make you look even curvier if you are an hourglass like me, I felt a little bit self conscious to begin with but am embracing my curves!
  • They are not the cheapest shorts so if you are on a budget these are not for you

You can buy the shorts on RunStopShop‘s site and if you sign up to their newsletter you can get $10 off your order 🙂 (this was correct at the time of writing the post 12 Nov 15)

Product Review: Running Bare Sports Bra – finding a good sports bra @runstopshop

20 Sep

I don’t know about you (if you are female and reading this) but finding a decent sports bra has always been a tough one. It has either ended up being too small and cutting into me, or too loose and chafing my skin. I had one sports bra that when I was running it completely broke and there I was in the middle of a run thinking ‘ok what do i do now?!?’ – to cut a long story short I walked home and chucked the bra in the bin!

When running it is crucial to run in a decent sports bra. An article from the Daily Mail Australia writes that “Going without the correct support can cause sagging breasts, breast pain and upper back and shoulder problems”.

My friends at RunStopShop have been amazing this year and they asked me if there was anything I would like to try out and I jumped at the chance to try a new running bra – so as a result I got a Running Bare ‘Zip Me Up, Push me up‘ Crop in post as well as some 2XU shorts which I have yet to review. Below is my experience with the bra:

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  • Yes the bra has features! It has removable cups for those people that don’t need them!
  • Moisture wicking fabric
  • Easy to get on and off with the zip design

Overall look and feel  

I haven’t tried any Running Bare clothes before as they always looked a bit too jazzy pattern wise for me (I’m pretty boring most of the time but getting better!) but the crop I chose is just beautiful  in colour, look and feel – very happy. It’s a moroon colour with a kind of marl effect and has a zip up the middle. I was a teensy bit worried about the zip and it busting open when running but there is a hook inside to clip into before zipping up. It’s a little bit tricky to hook into place but having run in the bra 3+ times I’m getting used to it!


The first time I ran in the crop top I had to fiddle around comfort wise to get the to where I needed it to be but now I am used to it. it is very comfortable and you hardly realise it is there. I like the extra padding too! I need all I can get!  I was worried that it might not hold everything in place enough but it did and I find it really comfortable.

This crop comes in sizes ranging from 8-16. I think if you were any larger than a 16 that it wouldn’t necessarily be the right bra as if you are fairly ample up top you might need something a bit more structured.


The price is not on the cheaper end but is comparable to most technical bras on the market. For me and it is a personal preference I would pay more for a running bra as I have gone cheap too many times now and paid the price in the form of chafing, blisters after races and general discomfort as the fabric was not right.


I’ll definitely get another one of these crop tops and I was pleasantly surprised at my first experience of a Running Bare top. It’s not for everyone – if you are on the larger size up top I am not convinced it would be the most comfortable although with the removeable cups that might help.


  • Love the colour and fabric
  • Very comfortable
  • Removable cups for those that need it
  • Easy to put on and off with the zip
  • I had no chafing!
  • Great quality


  • Hook takes a bit of getting used to and is a little bit fiddly the first couple of times running (or maybe that’s just me lol)
  • Price is higher than the cheaper end product – you do get what you pay for…
  • Not really suitable for ladies with a lot up top I would say – but try without the cups perhaps?

Please note that I was not paid for writing this review and the opinions above are entirely my own and based on my experience with the product.

Review of Nuu Muu running dress and 15% off for every reader :-)

20 Jul

When Clara’s Closet approached me to try out one of their dresses I wasn’t too sure as the thought of running in a dress seemed quite crazy to me and I could never envisage myself doing that. I had a look at their website and the patterns were lovely so I started to warm towards the idea.

The dress came very quickly and was wrapped up like a present so I felt all excited to open it. When I did I wasn’t disappointed I loved the feel of the fabric and the pattern – I was still not 100% sure about running in it though.

We’ve had some cold and windy weather lately so I waited a while and then last week I decided let’s get it over with and try it out.nuumuudress2

The fit

I loved the fit and feel of the dress. I didn’t want something that was tight and this was nice and loose fitting and dropped comfortably on my hips. Yay for a dress that fits for a woman with curves shape!

It was cold so I wore a long sleeved running top underneath which I tucked into my running tights. I think even if it was warm I would wear shirts or tights underneath as I’m not a woman blessed with thighs that don’t join in the middle!

Here we go - me in the dress. Very comfy and I wore tights and a top underneath as it was so cold outside!

Here we go – me in the dress. Very comfy and I wore tights and a top underneath as it was so cold outside! – excuse my messy hair!

Use just for running?

I liked as well the fact that the dress was not too short and it would be great as a beach dress too or just to lounge around in. Caroline at Clara’s Closet originally brought the Nuu Muu dresses over from the USA where they are made as she has a love of padding boarding so these dresses are very versatile.

Suitable for running?

So I ventured out of the house in my dress and took to the streets. I have to say it was so comfortable – I loved it. It took a while to get used to the fact that I was running In a dress but I really liked it. I did get a few looks. The street but I’m used to that anyway as people tend to look at runners like you aren’t quite all there. A lot of my non running friends think I’m nuts for running!

The fabric didn’t stick at all so it was nice and loose and didn’t annoy me, being lightweight I didn’t really feel it. I liked feeling more like a girl when running too 🙂

Summary pros and cons


I genuinely liked the dress and I will definitely continue to wear it and love the versatility of it. It is suitable for cycling, running, yoga, beach, paddle boarding – you name it.

Would be great to take on holiday as a normal beach dress

Quality fabric and long wearing – value for money and it doesn’t wrinkle!

Very comfortable


The price is over $100 but most gym gear ie tights are over that these days unless you shop at Target and get what you pay for. The upside is the fabric is hard wearing and I reckon the dress would last for a long time and it’s versatile – and it looks great.

If you aren’t a fan of things flapping around then you might not like running in a dress. I wasn’t too sure until I tried it and did find I didn’t even notice I was wearing a dress.

Special price to The Girl That Runs readers

Clara’s Closest are offering a 15% discount and all you need to do is enter thegirlthatruns at the checkout as you go through before you pay –  so if you are interested in buying one get one now as it is cheaper 🙂

Product Review: Lululemon technical Running gear

30 Mar

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Lululemon asking if I wanted to meet up and chat about their technical running clothes to assist me with my training. To be honest I hadn’t really looked at Lululemon for running clothes before but I was pleasantly surprised at how much technical running product they have. They recently opened a store at Indooroopilly in Brisbane and it is quite a find.

I avoided the tiny miniscule running shorts that they also sell as I figured there would be a serious issue of trying to fit my generous thighs into them and I would probably look ridiculous! So they kindly gave me a trail running vest and a pair of 3/4 running tights.

I tried the outfit out both at the gym and outside in a medium length and a long distance run so what you see below is my honest account of how I found the clothes.

Technical top 

The Girl that Runs - wearing Lululemon

Just after my session at the gym wearing the top and tights – the panels on the top are fairly slimming so that’s a bonus for me!

Fabric, general style

To be honest I wasn’t 100% convinced with the material in the top before I ran in it and I was worried I would be pulling it down all the time as it felt quite shiny – but I found I didn’t have an issue once I was comfortable with the top and the way it sat. The size larger was too big so I was worried it might be too small but it just sat right. I did find I had a bit of a crinkle in the middle as I am an hourglass shape so not an up and down size but it it was fine.


The thing I liked about the top is that the arms do not come right up to the arm pit but you have a lower cut meaning you don’t have the issue of chafing – like it!

Running Tights

Tights are always an area I struggle with and post-baby I figured it might be an issue with my wobble that refuses to go away!

Fabric, general style

I figure I can’t go wrong with black. I am not very adventurous when it comes to colour on my bottom half so colour got my seal of approval 🙂 with a little bit of girly detail at the bottom – some see through black fabric and a small amount of pattern 🙂


Loved the design mainly because the tights actually came up to the waist and not to my belly button – yay – no muffin top!  They were very comfortable and they were tight but not compression pant tight so you knew they were there but didn’t have the life sucked out of you (although I love that feeling with compression pants!)

The tights also have a pocket to put your energy gels in etc which is handy.

So the main thing was actually running in them and trying them out!

Issues I have had with running gear includes chafing, ill fitting clothes – too tight, too loose, too hot, too cold – etc etc. I found once I got used to the top as I mentioned before that the clothes were very comfortable. Tights were a dream and very comfortable to wear and whilst it was a warm day I didn’t feel that they were too warm to wear. Top was great – no chafing – hoorah! Lululemon clothes

Final thoughts


Technical products, well thought out in design and clearly are effective.

Nice subtle designs – like I said I wouldn’t go for their shorts as they are not me but these clothes were right up my street!


I guess a lot of people might say the cost is an issue as they are not on the cheaper end i.e Target etc etc but you do get what you pay for and I think good quality running clothes is like having a good pair of running shoes. You wouldn’t run a race in $10 trainers ……or would you?  I have running clothes that I bought years ago that I still have and wear as the quality is so good and I would put the clothes in that category.

Note: I wasn’t paid for this review. What you are reading above is my genuine opinion. I always say read a review but then go and try out for yourself. I try to be as honest as I can and tell it as it is.

Wear decent socks when running or pay the price with blisters as I discovered!

11 Feb

I made another running mistake at the weekend.

I wore old running socks.

Lightfeet socks I was running 10km and by the end I was in agony where my socks had rubbed the inner section of the foot. I had raced out of the door as I was late getting up and I hadn’t got my kit ready properly and forgot socks. It was very early so I didn’t want to disturb the family so I grabbed some old socks!

That little mistake has led to my wearing Compeed all week on the area that rubbed to ensure I could still run so I won’t be making that mistake again.

There are some great socks on the market starting at a fairly cheap $10 per pair for Brooks right up to performance socks by the likes of Injinji, Balega and 2XU as well as Lightfeet which are in the middle and what I currently wear. (I did write a previous product review a year or two ago about Lightfeet socks with some tips to avoid blisters!).

It’s easy to forget about the importance of a decent sock when running as we often focus more on the shoe, but without a good sock as I found at the weekend it can result in pain and under performing in your training.

Anyway I hope you are having a great week of running, it has certainly been warm here in Brisbane. I’m steadily getting into my marathon training and the pain is starting to kick in now as the training runs get harder and harder – but loving every minute!

Happy Running!