Shiny New Running Outfit

2 May

There are only four days until the Flying Pig Marathon and my emotions are everywhere. One minute I’m excited, and the other I’m so nervous because of this IT band issue. Excited is currently winning out and I think it’s because of this:

My new Lululemon marathon top

Yuppers, I got myself the Lululemon no limits tank in hot, hot pink for marathon day. I ran my first marathon in a no limits tank (in a different color) and had absolutely zero issues with chafing or the shirt riding up so I think I’m safe running in the same top without having actually taken it for a long test run. I will, however, wash the shirt so I don’t bleed hot pink (though that may be cool). I think the color is perfect for Flying Pig, don’t you think?

A couple of weeks ago I got the crops in the photo. They are the run: a marathon crop, also from Lululemon. I’ve done a couple of runs in them (one long run and one short) and they were great: the bottoms of the legs didn’t ride up and the top is higher wasted and didn’t ride down. And they passed the very-important-for-all-tights-bend-over test (when I bend over the pant does NOT get transparent). Perfect!

On a side note, it will be toasty on Sunday:

Expected weather for 2012 Flying Pig Marathon

However, I can’t run in shorts. My lovely Spanish thighs engulf shorts and I end up chafing and pulling my shorts down all run. So that’s why I’m usually in tights (unless it’s my Lululemon running skirt that I can use for anything shorter than 10 miles). It’s a good thing that my shirt opens up on the sides for some fresh air. 🙂

Yesterday I read this post by Meghann of Meals and Miles and it made me chuckle. I am in complete agreement with her when she wrote “I’m a big believer that a big race deserves a new outfit, sorta like a big date requires a new dress – am I wrong?” Nope, not wrong at all.

If you’re running your first half or full marathon, I would recommend you buy your new outfit a month before your race and wear it during a shorter long run. If it passes the test (no chafing, riding up, etc.) then wear it for your longest run. It’s amazing how a few miles can alter the wear of your running outfit. For example, I have a singlet that I wore in different colors for all three of my half marathons without any problems. However, when I wore one of them for an 18-mile run, I was surprised to see severe chafing on the inside of my arms. It was so bad I was bleeding! Needless to say, those are now restricted to runs 13 miles or shorter.

I consider this running outfit quite the splurge, but I’ve worked hard the last four months (and seven months before that training for Disney) and I like that I’m at a place where I can reward my hard work with a splurge like this. In my future I’ll have kids and a home to worry about and these days will be long gone. I’ll enjoy it while I can!

What do you do for your race-day running attire? 


Yesterday morning I went for a 3-mile walk with Emily, one of my group leaders. She’s running Flying Pig with me so it was nice to catch up and do some race day strategizing. Afterwards I rushed home to start my day with some yoga. I took it easy with this Yoga Vibes class, focusing on the outer hip and IT band.

Four days until the Flying Pig Marathon!

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9 Responses to “Shiny New Running Outfit”

  1. Faith @ For the Health of It May 2, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Since I’m still on shorter distances, I don’t put too much thought into my race day outfits. A dry fit tank and some running capris are really all I need. The Lulu top looks like a great splurge though – that color is so mesmerizing!

    • Hemarie May 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      In case my group can’t find me, I’m hoping they’ll see me coming from a mile away. 🙂

  2. Jill May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    You look like Kelly Clarkson in that pic! 🙂
    Good luck at your race!

    • Hemarie May 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      Hmmm… This just reminded me that I wanted to add Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” to my running playlist. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  3. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog May 2, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Loving the top, super cute & it looks comfy 🙂

    • Hemarie May 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks! So. Comfy.

      Would it be weird if I wore the top all weekend? 😉

  4. Brandi May 7, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    Your outfit is super cute!! I’ve heard about Lululemon, but I’ve never been there. I think OKC is finally getting one, which could be a problem since I’m addicted to buying running attire.

    • Hemarie May 7, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks! Yes, Lululemon is the best/worst thing to happen to me… Great for no chafing but bad for my pocket.

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