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Lululemon Hotty Hot Short

While I was on my recent blog vacation, I acquired Lululemon’s Hotty Hot Short.  After spending some time trying them out with different activities I’ve found them to be just right for lots of things.  Here are the details!

Fabric:  I was looking for something different with this pair of shorts.  It’s been a hot, humid summer and with the dog days of August settling in I wanted a little more breathability.  The hotty hot shortloose fitting, four-way stretch fabric is great.  They are very light and I barely noticed them, even when they were soaked in sweat.  It’s not an easy fabric to damage with pins for a race number or a heavy cycle in the washer but I never put workout gear in the dryer and haven’t with these.  [All of my selfie shorts attempts failed so here’s what worked].

Fit/Feel:  With the looser fit through the legs, I doubt you’ll ever need the fabric’s four-way stretch but it’s nice to know it’s there.  The wide waist band is great for keeping the shorts in place without leaving its pattern indented on your tummy.  The Hotty Hot Shorts I purchased have a low, 2.5″, rise.  The fabric’s looseness and built in liner make you feel secure and covered even if your shorts tan is shrinking a bit.  If you’re taller there is a ‘long’ version available.  The single zip pocket in the back is convenient and keeps its contents as dry as can be expected.  The seam locations in these is different than some other Lulu shorts and I have no fear of the dreaded inner thigh chafe when rocking them.  All in all, they fit great, stay in place even when wet and almost make you forget they’re there.

Functionality:  With reflective details and a back pocket, the Hotty Hot Short is very versatile.  I’ve spent time in the gym with them, on the track running hard and on an easy long run.  For a longer run there aren’t enough pockets to hold gels so you’ll need a fuel belt or backpack.  For just about anything else from hiking to yoga they’re a solid choice.

Price:  At $58 (+ tax in most states) they come in right on target for Lululemon.  It’s an investment I’ve found is worth it.  The key to keeping these shorts long lasting is skipping the dryer and washing in cold water.

Meredith

What do you look for in workout gear?  What will you compromise on?

Lululemon Wunder Under Pant Review

I purchased a pair of Lululemon’s Wunder Under Pant a few months ago and have really liked them.  They’re different than my other Lulu pants in a few ways.  They’re a different fabric, a full length tight and have only a single pocket.  After a few wears in several environments, here are the things I like about these tights in order of importance.wunder under pant

Fabric:  Nothing matters about workout gear if the fabric is awful.  Itchy, soggy, saggy anything can ruin a good sweat session.  Thankfully, Lululemon got this one right.  Slightly thicker than some of Lulu’s other fabrics, these “Full-On Luon” pants make for great outdoor workout gear.  Indoors they can be a bit warm for my taste.  The Wunder Under Pant is a built to be both “sweat-wicking” and “four-way stretch” which will provide comfortable and dry conditions through any combination of movements.

Functionality:  A “versatile, no-fuss” pant, the Wunder Under Pant can be worn for just about anything.  What it comes down to for me is pockets.  If I can fit my gels, key and ID in my pants without any additional equipment, I’m happy.  I love the functionality of a single massive pocket that can hold up to 3 gels along with a key and an ID in front of my left hip.  Even if they’re not a running specific tight, I definitely run in them and will continue to do so.  For the Crossfitters and obstacle course racers out there, they also feel sturdy enough to survive a missed box jump or tackle any obstacle without tearing wide open.Wunder Under Pant

Fit:  Designed to give a “hugged sensation”, the Wunder Under Pant doesn’t disappoint.  Snug without being constricting I’ve never once had to pull them up after a 400M repeat or set of toes to bar.  There’s no fear they might slip down or ride up.  The length is just right for low socks in the gym or high ones for a cold weather run and with complimentary hemming available at all stores, you can always make sure they’re just right.

Quality:  I’ve had good experiences with the quality of Lulu products across the board.  When one of my bra inserts was eaten by the washing machine, they were happy to replace it.  I’ve heard that pilling is a potential problem but I have had no issues with washing the tights on  regular or heavy in cold water and air drying (as with all of my workout gear).  Without the heat of a dryer, the size hasn’t changed, seams are solid and the fabric feels the same as it did on day one.

Price:  At $98 the Wunder Under Pant is a middle of the road price point for the store.  There are definitely less expensive options out there but with all of the positives I’ve already mentioned, they’re worth it.  When I have a marathon to run, the ability to pack all of my gels without an additional piece of equipment is priceless.

Meredith

**All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.**

What do you look for first in workout gear?  What will you compromise on?

Summer Shorts: Lululemon Speed Short

Shorts are it for me during the summer.  Yes, I wear lightweight capris when I’m working 85% of the time, especially when I’m indoors, but when I get my sweat on?  The shorter the shorts the better.  I’m not one to have my rear end hanging out, but full coverage and a bit of support are about all I require.  It was time for something new and I knew what I wanted: shorts with a pocket and without groin chafing seams on the lining.speed shorts

I’m a fan of Lululemon‘s other bottoms (read about it here) and hoped I’d be able to find exactly what I wanted.  What was more important to me than the pocket, however, was the lack of a chafe inducing built-in lining.  I don’t buy or wear standard ‘running’ shorts because the built-in linings with their thin, tight elastic edges usually rub me in an awful way.  (Thanks narrow hips, short rise and small rear!)  I picked up a pair of Run: Speed Shorts and was very excited to feel a flat, edgeless lining and Lululemon’s “signature three-pocket waistband”.  They felt even better when I slipped them on: comfortable and supportive without making my groin feel like it was being separated from the rest of my body.  Sold!  I made for home with a $54 pair of Lululemon’s Run: Speed Short in black.

I decided to break them in over a long run on an early, hot and humid Saturday morning.  Go big or go home, right?  I piled my car key, my ID and a $20 bill in the back zipper pocket and took off for 13 miles.  I was a bit concerned the load of goodies resting on just above my butt might result in a rub with all the sweat and heat, but better to find out now than on race day.  Off I went!  I first noticed how the lightweight fabric and loose outer layer let plenty of air circulate through the quickly sweat soaked fabric while the lining wicked the sweat that kept on coming away and protected my pocketed belongings.  The “chafe-resistant flat seams” did a wonderful job of keeping the supportive inner lining in place speed shortswith every step, regardless of how thoroughly saturated the garment was and by Mile 8, I could tell my skin wasn’t going suffer at all.  I ran on for five more miles, barely noticing the shorts and not fiddling with them once.

After I hit the stop button at Mile 13, I reevaluated my shorts situation while I cooled down and stretched.  First I checked on my lower back.  The pocket had stayed tightly zipped despite all of the contents bouncing around for over an hour and forty minutes and there was no rub.  Just a stinky, wet $20 bill.  Excellent.  Next up, the skin around my groin.  No irritation there either.  Big win.  Finally, lots of body parts I’d like to keep to myself can accidentally see daylight when doing post-run stretching and yoga in sticky, barely there to begin with, sweaty clothes but the Speed Short keep me covered.  I checked.  I looked in a mirror from every angle in every position I could think of.  Good to go.

The Speed Short had been awesome during the run and was great after it.  The “slim fit, medium rise, 2.5″ (6cm) inseam” shorts that are made “for training runs and race day, too” are a great addition to any running gear collection and I can’t wait to race in mine.  Definitely consider adding a pair to your shorts rotation and run in secure comfort any time you head out.

Meredith

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for trying, using or reviewing this product.  All opinions are my own.

What’s most important to you in a pair of running shorts or pants?

Right Now: Wearing, Blogging, Running

It’s time for the July issue of Right Now!  This month I’ll cover something new I’m wearing, a recommitment to blogging and having a blast running for fun for a few weeks before my next training cycle kicks off.

Wearing:  The Lululemon Run: Speed Short.  I’ll be writing a full review of the new addition to my workout collection soon but until then, here’s a teaser.  I’m a big fan!  The lightweight running shorts are wonderful.  I love the pocket, just like I do in all of the other Lulu pant/short products I own but the best part is the short’s lining.  I can’t stand the wearingbuilt-in underwear in most running shorts and inside these, rather than a chafe causing, red line inducing pair of granny panties, is a flat seamed, supportive lining that’s very comfortable.

Blogging:  Well, not really.  I’ve been a little slack since my Blogging Vacation and am going to work hard on getting back on track.  I usually write three posts per week but only made it to two the last two weeks and I haven’t done a good job of reading, commenting on and supporting my fellow bloggers.  My SweatPink and Girls Gone Sporty sisters, as well as all of the other awesome bloggers I read deserve my attention and support.  I miss all the cool workouts, fun races, comfy clothes and delicious recipes other runners are doing, wearingrunning, wearing and eating and need to keep at it so I don’t get bored with my own workouts and recipes!

Running:  For fun!  I’m all finished building my base and still have a few weeks before I kick off my intense 10 week training plan leading up to Myrtle Beach Race Day.  I’ve set mileage goals and long run distances for each of the next three weeks but left the rest up to the weather and my mood.  The first of my five play weeks ended well and I’m feeling really good about where I’m headed moving into the end of July and eventually the Rock n Roll Virginia Beach.

Meredith

What’s your most recent clothing purchase?  How about your blogging?

Lululemon Run: Inspire Crop II

A few weeks ago, I realized it was just about time to say goodbye to an old pair of running tights.  That meant it was time to start shopping.  Enter tax-free clothing purchases in Pennsylvania.  I’m fairly picky about what I like to run in, especially when it comes to long runs and racing.  I like sweat wicking fabrics in capri style pants, unless it’s over 70 degrees, then it’s shorts all the way, I prefer compression, but it’s not necessary, and pockets, or at least a pocket, is a must.

In the search for new gear, I made my way to Lululemon.  I have several pairs of Lululemon tights, and like them for both running and strength training.  Other Lulu gear, tanks and sports bras, lines my drawers as well, and I am always happy to wear any of them.  With the singular goal of busy weekendleaving with new tights, I tried a few pairs on before I found something that was just right: the Run: Inspire Crop II.  I’m always excited to put on Lulu pants to see how many pockets they’ve fit into each pair.  The Inspire Crop features one back, zipper pocket (perfect for ID, key and cash) and two waist band pockets in the front for gels or other small goodies.  Yes!  A key bouncing around on my shoelace is annoying and a sweaty ID slipping around in my bra is even worse.  More than satisfied with the pocket situation, I clutched the sleek, black capri pants and cruised over to the register.

I left the store with one pair of black Run: Inspire Crop II in my bag and couldn’t wait to give them a try.  Lulu’s products tend to be on the higher end of the athletic/running gear price spectrum, but I’m willing to pay a bit more for comfort, quality and, as mentioned earlier, lots of pockets.  I first slid them on to get a feel for how they acted while filming this YouTube video.  They felt great.  Although they aren’t compression tights, the Luxtreme fabric stayed in place through the series of movements and the flat waist seam was quite comfortable.  Some running tights, notably my Under Armor ones, are loose at the waist and I find myself having to pull them up half a mile or so into a run, or after warm-up set or two.  A big plus for staying put.

After posting the clip, I threw the pants in the laundry and planned my next adventure with them.  A five mile run was the winner.  I air-dried the pants overnight, and two days later put them on for our first run together.  One big issue I have with most running tights, especially full length ones, it my tiny little calves.  I have had problems with pants being too baggy or riding up and chaffing my knee, but the Inspire Crop did neither.  The mesh behind the knee let my body breath while keeping my calves covered just the right amount the entire time I ran.  Another big plus.  Just as they had while I was split squatting, the pants stayed put for my entire run and I had no need to do the half mile pant pull-up.  Happy runner, here.inspire crop

Two successful experiences, two trips through the washing machine and it was off to Atlantic City.  I raced in the Inspire Crop because it would be my longest run for almost a month and I wanted to get as many experiences as I could in them before reviewing.  Racing doesn’t put any more wear and tear on the pants than a 15 mile run does and I already knew the Inspire Crop did a good job of wicking sweat away, so this wasn’t a concern entering Race Day.

The Inspire Crop were a great Race Day partner (new PR!).  I had my ID in my back pocket, no need to do the half mile pant pull up and sweat wicking, stay put tights that were comfortable enough I almost forgot I was supposed to be thinking about them.  The one mistake I did make was to leave the lengthy tag attached to the inside of the pants for this long run.  As I twisted and turned, the tag shifted and I knew I needed a quick adjustment at Mile 10.  Injury was avoided with a simple waistband readjustment and I removed the tag as soon as I arrived home.

I’m glad to have added Lululemon’s Run: Inspire Crop II to my rotation and might just race in them again in a few weeks.

Meredith

*These opinions are mine alone.  No financial compensation was received for this review.*

Do you like Lulu running tights?  What about other Lululemon gear?

Busy Weekend and New Things!

Phew, the weekend is over.  I never thought I’d say that!  It was a busy weekend, but lots of fun and even included a few new things.  I spent three days at Villanova University taking the USATF Level One Coaching Certification Course (more on that later) and drove up to Philly on Thursday afternoon.

I got to Mom and Dad’s just in time for dinner and an 8pm Twitter chat with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach.  I was recently selected as a SweatPink Ambassador, and am excited to be a part of the community.  The ladies on the chat were all awesome, hopefully I’ll meet a few of them at some upcoming races.  A good night’s sleep to prepare my body and mind for a busy weekend followed the Twitter party, and I hit the mean streets Friday morning for an easy four mile run that I made sure included some serious hills.  Speaking of running, my post-Shamrock training has been pretty lax.  I took Monday and Tuesday off, rowed a 5K on Wednesday, lifted heavy on Thursday (first time in almost three weeks.  Hello, sore) and had a blast running four miles of big, quad burning hills that got my legs back in gear after Thursday’s work.busy weekend

Class didn’t start until 5:30 Friday evening, so Mom and I took a shopping trip (yay, new things).  I’d been looking for a replacement laptop bag for a while, knowing mine was on it’s last legs, but hadn’t had much success.  Luckily, a visit to Vera Bradley helped me find this Messenger bag, and it’s perfect.  Plenty of room for my computer, notepads and lots of pockets for cords, pens and snacks.

busy weekendI try to save my shopping dollars for trips to Pennsylvania because there isn’t (yet) any tax on clothing and it helps the pennies go a little further.  In need of a new pair of running tights, I picked out this super comfy pair of Inspire Crop II from Lululemon and can’t wait to try them out on this afternoon’s 45 minute tempo run (yes, there will be a review).

My busy weekend really kicked into gear with Friday evening’s class session, and it rolled right on with 12 hours of class Saturday and the final 8 on Sunday.  I mentioned my post-Shamrock training had been lax, and with lots of learning to do, I was off both Saturday and Sunday.  After thanking the teaching coaches, I hopped in the car and made my way back south.  With my busy weekend in the books, here’s what’s on tap for this week’s April Fool’s training:

Tempo work (and new pants) today, heavy lifting tomorrow, a Race Pace run on Wednesday, speed work and lifting on Thursday, a 14 miler on Friday then a recovery run or light cross training on Saturday.  It’ll be nice to settle back into my regular routine for the 12 days leading to my next Race Day.

Meredith

How was your weekend?  Do you get excited for new workout gear?