In terms of running clothing, I have a few things working against me:
1) I'm cheap
2) I don't really care about fashion over comfort
I've been racing pretty non-stop since 2011 when I ran my first half marathon:
|Look. I matched my tops.|
|Bread and Honey 15k, 2011|
|Zoo 10k, 2011|
|Hamilton Half Marathon, 2011|
|Chilly Half Marathon, 2012 - a windbreaker from MEC|
|Around the Bay, 2012 - I look good here, no?|
|Niagara Falls Half Marathon, 2012 - another good look, right?|
There have been man-shorts (what I deal I got on these! On clearance for $4 and still one of my fave pairs to run in)
|Mississauga Marathon, 2012|
|Midsummer Night's Run, 30k, 2012|
So I'm sure it is no surprise to any of you to learn that I've never purchased anything at Lululemon on my own. My husband has spoiled me by purchasing me items there (because all of his friend's wives had those hoodies too), but never have I set foot in the store to buy my own stuff. When I left my old job, the going away drinks coincided with my birthday and my lovely colleagues got me a $100 gift card for Lulu. I decided that I needed a new marathon outfit and for once, I was going to be vain and get something a bit more fashionable (though I'd be totally fine in my man-shorts again. They really are awesome).
So I bought this:
|I even got a manicure to match my nails!|
My hat is my beloved Nike Golf hat which the Globe and Mail gave out at their golf tournament last year. My shoes are Brooks Ravenna 4s:
I ran in this outfit last Sunday when I did my final LSD run of 34k. I wasn't expecting to find true (running clothes) love.
But I did.
Are you kidding me with this tank and these shorts? The are seriously AMAZING!!!!!
Shorts: Sit below the belly button and stay in place. They have built in gel pockets in the waist band and a drawstring for a tighter fit. They didn't rise up with the potential to show my 36 year old mum-ass to the world and with the build in undies (and some strategic Vaseline), I had NO chaffing (none. Nada).
The top. When I tried on
a million four different tops in store, the sales girl (I can call her a girl, I've got at least 15 years on her) kept telling me that I'd love the Mile a Minute Tank (Jesus, that NAME!) because it was really supportive. I kinda rolled my B-cup eyes (in my head), but thanked her for the tip.
Never have I been more supported. I mean, I never really noticed the fun-bags flipping and flopping around in the past.
(in fact the only time I've been bothered is when I was nursing and out for a long run and had gone too long between feeds. Rocks. Man. If you've nursed, you know. If not, carry on)
Support has never been a concern for me. But.
Being properly supported with this silky, soft (stupidly named) tank top was amazing. Like the shorts, the top stayed in place and didn't chaff at all. I didn't use the internal boob key pocket, so I can't comment on that.
This outfit is so seriously amazing, that I'm considering spending $126 of my own money to go buy the exact same thing in a different colour. That's the price of shoes for the sake of John Stanton!
So, you've got a convert you
over priced reasonably priced for the value, hippy, yoga store.
And now, my fashionista running friends can freely run with me instead of just pretending that I'm a good pacer. So my friends, if you're planning at being at the finish line of the Mississauga Marathon on May 5th around 11:30am or so, look for me.
I'll be the fashionable one.
Lululemon did not give me a thing for this review. But I will take anything they have to offer.