fit guru follow up: running gear

This post is in response to Elle, who responded to our "ask a fit guru post", on her quest to find a great tank and sports bra that she can wear for her first half marathon.

Alright Elle, I heard you loud and clear and have called in my friend Hollis, the Assistant Manager in La Jolla, a serious runner with countless half marathons under her belt and a full marathon on deck in June.

running gear from lululemon

She is built very similarly to how you described yourself. She is 5'5, a size 4, and a C cup. She too wants things to be supportive and flattering, so I asked her to show me her favourite run outfit, particularly for a half marathon. These are a few of her favorite things and her biggest piece of advice for you Don't wear anything on the day of your race you have not already ran in and are comfortable with!

running apparel from lululemon

On brisk days Hollis prefers wearing an extremely lightweight long sleeve tank so that her body stays warm, but will not over heat. She currently loves the Run:Team Spirit Long Sleeve, but covets her closet full of Run:Swiftly Techs (short and long sleeve).

running tank top from lululemon

It is no surprise that her favourite run tank is the Run:Swiftly Racerback. This running tank is all things you asked for; long in length, lightweight, wicks your sweat really quickly, and is very flattering.

sports bra and running tank from lululemon

Having a full bust, Hollis' favourite bra to run in is the All Sport Bra, a cross training bra with thick straps, and tremendous support. Although Hollis typically wears a 4 in all of our tops and bras, she prefers a 6 in this bra because the straps are wide and strong.

sports bras for running from lululemon

Although you had mentioned you would be wearing shorts, Hollis prefers wearing crops, as she likes the supports they give her legs, and also for chafe prevention. She has literally been living in the Run:Team Spirit Crops, and brags about their super quick wicking abilities. This is a personal choice, so Hollis instructs to run a few long runs in shorts, as well as crops and see how you feel.

running pants for women from lululemon

Last but not least don't forget about your feet! I myself made the mistake of running my first half marathon in big thick socks, with big thick seams, and by mile 10 and had big thick blisters! Seamless, moisture wicking socks are to die for when running long distance. Hollis and I both love the Ultimate Run Sock.

ultimate running socks from lululemon

These socks are fitted, but not too tight, so they won't move around on you in full stride on mile 9. They also are built with compression around your arch for more support, so pay attention to the Left and Right markings.

compression socks for running from lululemon

Hollis and I wish you all the best with your race! Thank you for your questions Elle, we hope this helps!

Namaste, Whitney

Do you have any burning questions about the fit & function of our products? Any questions about activity specific gear? Shout em out and we'll give you the scoop!

Hollis' Favourite Run Gear:

Run: Swiftly Racerback (available in store and online)

All Sport Bra (available in store and online)

Run:Swiftly Tech SS (available in store and online)

Run:Team Spirit Crops (available in store and online)

W Ultimate Run Sock (available in store and online)

Run:Team Spirit Long Sleeve (available in store or through the Guest Education Centre 1.877.263.9300)

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as I read this post I am wearing the Run:Team Spirit Crops as well as a long sleeve Run:Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve. I second every piece of advice Hollis has about these pieces. They totally rock for long distance, hard wearing and heavy sweating – oh, and you look like a totally fabulous strong powerful and confident woman in these pieces. I have a hard time convincing myself to change – eventually I do for the sake of others!!!

Whitney – thanks for this post. The fit & function of these run pieces are spot on and sometimes we just don’t know where to start when it comes to the right outfit for a big race. Hollis – thanks for your input! CA looks ahhhmazing!

Comment by Kat MCourt — March 5, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

California misses you Kat!

Comment by Whitney — March 5, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

Love the advice girls! I did my first long hill run yesterday wearing the all sport bra and although I do not need as much support it was great. Excited to try out the new socks as well.

Comment by Catherine — March 5, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

I’ve been looking for a bra like the all sports, but for a smaller cup size (A or B, 36 or 38) – anything like that at Lululemon?

Comment by oana — March 5, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

I have done a dozen marathons, each one wearing a pair of Lulu Run Speed Shorts and a tech tee…I have never had an issue with my clothing. I agree with the advice for test running though…I did all my training runs (esp the long ones) in the same stuff so I knew it would perform great…

Comment by Somer — March 5, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

Hey Oana,

I am an A cup, B+ on a good day, and I actually really like the All Sport Bra. I can also run in the Flow Y bra, but if you prefer more support, I would definitely try the All Sport!


Comment by Whitney — March 5, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

I absolutely love the swiftly racerback tank, so much that I had to purchase in numerous colors! I prefer to run in shorts, but so far have not been inspired by any lululemon shorts. I will keep checking though.

Comment by Pamela — March 5, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

Love the advice! I totally agree about the run swiftly’s…they feel so good I never want to take them off. Great to hear about the bra. I’ll have to try one on next time I’m at lulu.

Comment by Jennifer — March 6, 2010 @ 7:20 am

Great post. I coach a lot of girls getting ready for their first longer distance race and it’s good to know as a guy, what works best and what I can suggest to them. Lulu also has lots of great stuff for guys to run in as well. The new Hooker shorts are my new favs.

Comment by Brian — March 7, 2010 @ 7:36 am

Speaking of fit, I have a really hard time finsing things that fit me properly and are still comfortable. I’m not exactly built like a runner/athlete. I’m 5′ tall, about 115 pounds, size 2-4 in bottoms, but am very topheavy (36C-34D depending on the brand). I hae a hard time finding amazing pants that aren’t a foot too long, fit in my thighs (I have small thighs). The tops are even harder because I’m so short, so sometimes the tops are too long, but because I’m bigger busted, I usually have to buy a larger size to accomodate that, and then the rest of the garment is too big :( And I still have yet to find a sports bra that only requires me to wear one, and eliminates all movement (from any brand!) Any ideas?

Comment by Sheena — March 7, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

These Fit Guru posts and updates on Facebook are great. I’d love to see a comparison of all your bras (me in particular I’d love to see full support showcased). Bras are difficult to purchase online and seeing bodies you can compare on is a great help.

Comment by Jean — March 8, 2010 @ 11:26 am

Great suggestion Jean,

We will try to make that happen soon!

All the best- Whitney

Comment by Whitney — March 8, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

I can’t find the long sleeved shirt on the website to leave a review. But I recently got one in yellow, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I thought the runching would maybe highlight a poochy tummy, but boy was I wrong. So cute, so easy, so comfy, please keep it in the Lulu collection!

PS It was this blog post that made me rethink getting the long sleeved shirt, and I’ve very glad I did. Thanks for blog posts like these, they’re great, since I don’t have a store nearby where I can try stuff on. :)

Comment by Elaine — March 21, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

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