I’ve been doing some running lately. I mean….I’m always doing a little bit of running, but I recently broke through my 2 mile barrier – the one I’ve been struggling to crush since chemo, three years ago. It started with a (slightly threatening) text from a dear friend: “Wear running shoes to drop-off today. DON’T ARGUE.”
So I did. And I was met by a small posse of friends. “We’re doing this,” they said. “SLOWLY.” And we did. I’m not clear on the exact number of miles, but I heard whispers about almost four.
God, I hope so. By the end, my legs were shaking and I was totally exhausted yet completely exhilarated in a way that only comes after a good, long, satisfying run. Motivation lately? HIGH. (Girlfriends are the best.)
So when Lululemon reached out, wanting to talk about layering for workouts in colder weather, I was all YES YES and OH HELLS YES. Lululemon, unlike many other workout brands I’ve tried, makes workout clothes that can be washed a zillion times without changing shape or getting worn out….AND….they never smell. I’m not a big sweater, yet am always disappointed to find that most technical clothing stinks after one workout. A smell that doesn’t always come out in the wash. Lululemon? No. Smell.
I also managed to find a workout uniform that I can use for running, yoga and pilates. The key was layers – without being super tight across my stomach.
Top Layers –
base: Swiftly Tech Racerback (size 4 for reference) – this tight base layer is sweat-wicking, comes in a zillion colors (to provide a little pop under whatever else you are wearing), and not only keeps me warm when running outside in the cold, but covers my stomach when I’m doing upside down yoga poses or Pilates. I would never wear this top by itself, however (just personal preference), so…..
mid layer: Lululemon Cardio Squad Tank ii(size 4 for reference) – this is the lightweight layer that allows me to workout in tank tops, without feeling insecure about my softer stomach. It also looks cute with just a sports bra in warmer weather. I have both the heathered plum (shown) and heathered desert teal.
outer layer: Lululemon Restless Pullover (size 4 for reference) – I’m obsessed with this top. Thumbholes, and a banded bottom so the fit is slim, without being skintight. It’s a thicker fabric than Lululemon’s long-sleeve running tees (warmer, too), and can even be used this winter for skiing. Yet it’s lightweight enough to be tied around your waist if you get hot while running. The green seems to be sold out, but a gorg charcoal gray or white are both available.
Leggings: Lululemon Sleet Sprinter Tight (size 2 for reference) – quite possibly the most comfortable workout leggings I’ve ever worn. And they’re made from Softshell, a fabric designed to repel rain. I can’t get over the leg pockets – perfect for holding my phone during a run.
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Isn’t Philly a gorgeous place to run? Urban, sure, but so inspiring – especially in early morning light.
A big, huge thank you to Lululemon for sponsoring this post! I couldn’t be more thrilled to find pieces that have so effortlessly blended performance, practicality and style….and I also appreciate that the Lululemon stores are so welcoming to kids (often bringing out toys, books, etc.). As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are completely my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.