For me, when it comes to working out, nothing is better than running. Yoga and Pilates are a very close second.
I understand that appearances (technically) should not matter during workouts. However, as a petite woman, I tend to look significantly younger than my actual age. While a youthful appearance will hopefully serve me well in the future, in the present day, I can’t help but feel like I resemble a pre-teen when walking into a fitness center sporting a t-shirt and basketball shorts from the last decade. Not to mention, while training with some friends for a marathon, they enlightened me that my old-school cotton tank tops and baggy shorts did little to wick away the sweat during hour-long training runs…
Enter my obsession with lululemon.
What started as a yoga company, lululemon has expanded to offer running, cycling, dancing and, more recently, swimming gear, with a focus on technical athletic fabrics. Much of lululemon’s running gear is made of a form of Luxtreme®, a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric that shames my former cotton running attire. Although the prices are a bit higher than I would like to shell out for workout gear, the technical materials and thoughtful construction are effective, and my purchases have lasted me for years.
With that said, I have gradually replaced my much worn out running attire with some lululemon gear, starting with the basic running crop and shorts:
Pictured above: Run: Inspire Crop II; Run: Speed Short.
The Run: Inspire Crop II (also available here) is my go-to running crop. The length is right; it hits me about an inch longer than on the model. The zippered pocket in the back waistband is surprisingly spacious. I have been able to fit shot blocks/gels, money, a credit card, keys and a small music player. The two pockets in the front waistband easily fit extra gels. Even with the pockets fully filled, I have had no issues with the waistband sliding down. You’ll find shorter, more summer weather-friendly versions available here, here and here.
For running shorts, I recommend trying the Run: Speed Short. Coming from knee-length gym shorts, I admit the 2.5 inch inseam took some adjustment. In fact, I was so nervous wearing them the first time, I kept asking my friends whether anything inappropriate was showing. They assured me I was covered. Having since seen myself in a few photographs wearing these shorts, I can breathe easily that, in fact, is the case. As with the Run: Inspire Crop, the handy back zippered pocket and front gel pockets are extremely useful and do not detract from the fit of the shorts. Fast forward a few runs, these have become my favorite shorts. I haven’t raced in anything else.
For sizing, the size 2 in crops and shorts fits me similar to a size 24 jeans.
Unfortunately absent from my recommendations on lululemon basics is my favorite running tank, the Push Your Limits Tank, pictured below, which appears to be currently sold out online. I have this tank in sizes 2 and 4. The size 2 fits snugly around the waist; the 4 has a little breathing room, which is much needed on a hot day. If you can grab this tank in one of the lululemon stores, I would suggest not letting it go! A few other currently in-stock options are included below.
Pictured above: Push Your Limits Tank; Run for Your Money Tank; Run Swiftly Tech Racerback (this runs a bit larger, so if you can wear a 2 or a 4, go with the 2).
In addition to lululemon, as evident in this post, I am a huge Nike fan. Stay tuned for my Nike running attire selections. In the meantime … happy running!
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