Hi all! My dear friend from college asked me to put together a post about my favorite running clothes, so of course I had to do it. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’m a major creature of habit when it comes to my exercise clothes. When I find something I love, I’ll wear it forever (case in point: the purple tank top/white visor combo below). Here’s a candid, unsponsored overview of a few of my favorites… Deby, this one’s for you!
Tops: As a curvy gal, I love the fit of Athleta’s tank tops. They tend to be the only ones that are fitted but not skintight, and they come in a great variety of cuts and colors. Also, for my short ladies, it can be super tricky to find tanks in an appropriate length!! Hip length usually = a cute mini-dress. Athleta to the rescue! Just be sure to size down–I wear an XXS here vs. a 4/6 at Lulu. Unfortunately my number one favorite tank I can’t seem to find this season, but the Surge Tank seems to be the closest thing–super lightweight for hot days. I also love the Chi Tank–a slightly heavier fabric but it works for running or yoga. I swear this only fits me correctly in the varied stripe version. It also happens to be on sale–go for it!
Shorts: I’ve written in the past about my love for slightly longer shorts, but this summer as my body composition has shifted a bit (thank you speedwork) I’ve started opting for shorter and more fitted pairs. I don’t totally love supporting Lululemon, but for long runs you can’t beat their Speed Track shorts. They have the perfect mid-length inseam and enough pockets to store your phone, keys, headphones, credit cards, and Gu without batting an eyelash.
Bras: Every time a bustier runner mentions bra issues, all I say over and over again is Moving Comfort, Moving Comfort, Moving Comfort. These bras are INCREDIBLE–I never ever wear anything but the Rebound Racer! I love that this lightweight bra has relatively narrowly spaced straps that don’t cut up under my arms (short people problems), no weird foam cup padding, and super adjustable straps. This baby has nearly eliminated any chafing issues for me!
Socks: Apologies for this whole post turning into a rant about short people probz, but being a smaller sized human comes with having very very tiny feet. This means I need socks that come in a full range of sizes (one size fits all is a hoax!) I also like a good amount of padding in my socks since I’m pretty blister-prone, and a nice cotton-y feel. Enter Bombas! These babies do the trick, and they have tons of fun colors to boot. If you’re looking for a good compression sock, I love Pro Compression’s Marathon socks, although they’re a little thin so I mostly use them for recovery. I’ve been lusting after the Marathon Elites which have more padding to actually run in, but at $55 I’m hesitant. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve tried ’em!
Headwear: It may not be the coolest-looking thing, but if you’re training in the summer, do yourself a favor and get a visor!! I have this super basic one from Target and it is a life saver.
What are your favorite running clothing items?
Linking up with Patty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the run!
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I can appreciate the shorter-people problems because even at 5-foot-5, I still share some of the frustrations. That said, I’ve really been happiest with my gear since I switched to Skirt Sports skirts. The sizing is pretty consistent, the patterns match a lot of my race tech shirts and I love that the slight-compression shorts underneath don’t shift (or give me a wedgie). I am an ambassador for Skirt Sports now, but opinions are my own. Thanks for linking up!
Haha I’m glad to hear the short people problems are not just me. I’m glad you found gear that works so well for you!
I like the wearing compression socks to recover but I never wear them runing. I don’t own any Lululemon nor Athleta clothing. Maybe there will be a sale there soon.
Hey Lacey–definitely keep an eye on both company’s websites for sales. I have rarely paid full price at either! You can also find a lot of their stuff being resold on sites like poshmark.com
I don’t own any Lululemon but love, love, love anything Athleta!! Their stuff lasts FOREVER! Completely off subject here ….but I just have to say that I’m so jealous you live in Boston! My hubby and I visited last summer for the 4th of July celebration and ran with the “Freedom Trail” Tour guides…it was so much fun and a great way to see the city while getting a quick run in!
Athleta stuff is definitely the best!! I’m so glad you enjoyed spending time in Boston–I bet a running tour would be a fantastic way to see the city!
I am still trying to find a decent tank for a curvy short girl… I’ll have to look at the ones you mention.
Definitely give Athleta a try! Also keep in mind both them and Lulu hem for free in-store. #thestruggleisreal, though.