We’re out of several key breakfast staples (i.e. oatmeal and eggs) so I had to get a little creative with breakfast.


No raw oats?  No cereal?  Nothing a Clif bar can’t do.


In the mix:


  • Clif bar
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Banana


Two New Favorites


I am always on the lookout for great new workout gear; however, I am very, very picky, especially when it comes to tops and bottoms. 


  • Shirts:  Obviously, must be sweat-wicking.  Workout tops cannot be too tight.  I hate tops that suction onto my stomach when I start to sweat.  Also, tops cannot be too short or I end up pulling them down all the time.


  • Running Tights/Capris:   I hate capris that expand when they get wet so they end up sliding down my butt.  I’d rather have skin-tight running tights for muscle compression purposes.  Also – they have to be functional.  I prefer a zippered pocket above the butt that is large enough for a credit card, key, and packet of Gu (at least).


Happily, I was recently gifted two pieces of gear from Lululemon that are so amazingly perfect that I’d going to buy some more in different colors as soon as I have cash to spare.


First up: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve.  This shirt is awesome because it actually has threads of SILVER woven into the fabric, which reduces stank.  And it really works – my shirt felt wet, but not smelly, after a hot yoga class.  It also features patterned meshing at the neckline, under the boobies, and under the arms for maximum breathability in the areas that girls sweat the most.  It’s a long tank and would be awesome for tall girls.  Plus, super soft and flattering.


Next:  Inspire Crop.  I am IN LOVE with these tights.   First of all, they have patterned muscle compression and ‘hold in’ all of my lovely lady lumps, which really does make running more comfortable.  The cut is also very, very flattering.  There’s a big pocket in the back and a little hidden key pocket in the front.  But the nicest thing about these tights is the extra wide waistband, which doesn’t cut into my stomach at all. 


Of course, the only drawback to these pieces is the price ($58 and $86).  However, you definitely get what you pay for – these are two pieces of gear that I’ll be rocking for years.


Are you as picky as I am when it comes to the fit and feel of workout clothes?  What are your requirements for an awesome top or bottom?



  • Courtney (greeneyedrunner) March 15, 2011, 10:27 am

    The Inspire Crops were a great investment for me. I felt super cute while running, which was never an important factor until I got injured and needed to push myself through the demoralizing stages of mileage buildup…I wanted to stay out running for hours! They are so comfortable! No chafing for me!

  • Bronwyn Coyne March 15, 2011, 10:30 am

    I HATE when running crops fall down at my waist and can’t stay up. grrrr! I also don’t enjoy built in bras in shirts that much.

  • Kristyn March 15, 2011, 10:37 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my run: inspire crop! I have one pair (yes, hefty price tag), but I adore them and they work so good. no falling down, and like you said, they “hold” it all in in the right places. If I could wear them every run, I totally would. =) They would probably begin to stink it up though.lol. I bought mine at an outlet….so I definitely have to go back for some more! I paid $49 at the outlet. I’m picky, for shizzle, if they start to fall down and I have to waste my energy to pull up the el bottoms, they are outta here. And if a long sleeve top has thumb holes, I’m on it like white on rice. I’m a thumb hole addict!

  • Ashley March 15, 2011, 10:38 am

    I’ve never bought anything Lulemon (kinda cost prohibitive), but I know how high quality their gear is supposed to be. Maybe I need to spring for something small (just a tank or something?) and see how it goes. I love workout clothes! : )

  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity March 15, 2011, 10:42 am

    I heart Lulu! Too bad its uber-expensive and therefore reserved for my Birthday and Christmas wishlists…

  • gabriella @ embracement March 15, 2011, 10:46 am

    I LOVE lulu, but I really can’t bring myself to spend the money for a tank top. But I’m experiencing really bad chafing by my armpits when I run recently with a few of my “cheaper” tanks from target. Guess I gotta save up

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 15, 2011, 10:46 am

    I’m very picky, especially when it comes to bottoms. I love my Nike shorts and my Lucy pants and capris. I’m less picky with tops (just like them loose) and sports bras (because I have very little to support…sigh).

  • Lisa Fine March 15, 2011, 10:46 am

    When I look for tops, I want ones that won’t stink after wearing them, as some of my older Patagonia Capilene tops do, which is frustrating. And I like pants that fit well too, since I have capris and pants that also seem to sit too low while I’m running. Plus, pants have to stay at or above the ankle so they don’t sag against the road.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 15, 2011, 10:47 am

    Those are adorable but–yikes–so expensive. I never shop there because I feel terrible spending that much on clothes I plan to sweat all over. That, and I’d rather spend the money at J.Crew and wear an old T-shirt to the gym. 😉

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 15, 2011, 10:47 am

    I am trying to hold back from lululemon purchases, but everyone keeps raving, and I really hate spending $10 on crappy activewear that falls apart in a year. I hear ya — if it lasts, I’ll usually invest to prevent a ton of disappointing purchases! We ran out of staples today too — always makes me frustrated and creative, heh. Hurry up grocery sale day! 😉

  • Allison @ Food For Healing March 15, 2011, 10:47 am

    I need a good tank top, i’m not a fan of tshirts. I have similar crops as those and they are perfect, they stay in place and are so comfy. Lulu is so expensive so id like to be able to find something with that quality but a little cheaper, luckily ive received all my lulu as gifts thus far!

  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness March 15, 2011, 10:50 am

    For the longest time I wouldn’t buy my workout gear from Lulu because of the price. But after buying countless carpis from Marshalls & TjMaax only to spend a run pulling them up as they fell, or throwing them out after they ripped in the wash, or having to wash them after each workout because they smelled so badly (yes I admit I wear workout pants for 2 workouts before washing!) I finally invested in the Lulu crop pants.


    Best investment ever. I might get a second pair just because I literally wear them 5 times a week.

    I haven’t ever tried Lulu shirts though. I find that the dri wick shirts I have gotten from races are my favorite – the wicking is obviously great but they also seem to add a little extra inspiration to my workout to remember that I ran that 5k, 10k or did that triathlon! However, they don’t really combat smelliness. 😉

  • Karen @ Run Shop Travel March 15, 2011, 10:51 am

    I am just as picky as you! I’ve fallen hard for all things Lululemon and over the past year or two have transitioned 90% of my workout wardrobe to their products as old clothes wear out. I have to say nothing from them has ever worn out on me yet and their clothes fit me great and are very flattering. Plus all their color combos and patterns are so fun! I also love their employees – every store has the nicest people working there! It is hard to find their stuff on sale but I’ve learned to check their website periodically and also the stores have sales in between seasons.

  • Brandi March 15, 2011, 10:51 am

    I have both of those Lulu items and I 100% agree, they are awesome and completely worth the price. I’ve had my Swiftly Tech Tee over a year and it still looks brand new and the tights got me through winter marathon training! Pricey for sure, but worth the investment!

  • Andrea March 15, 2011, 10:51 am

    I am a self-aware lululemon snob! But I have clothes circa 2004 from that store that are still holding up so I’m not ashamed to say that 90% of my workout clothes are lulu! I got the Run Inspire crops for Christmas and I love them! And I have been lusting after the Swiftly Run tech series, but I’m waiting for the perfect colour in the long sleeve version! 🙂

    • Maggie March 15, 2011, 11:31 am

      It makes sense to love Lulu if you can say that you still have clothes from 2004 that are going strong! That’s proof enough! You may have paid a lot at the time, but probably spent less in the long run than you would have if you’d gone for lower quality and price.

      …that was how I rationalized spending *lots* on a winter coat from Lulu!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 15, 2011, 10:53 am

    I normally wear yoga pants and a supported tank top to work out in, but I don’t run so I am not really as picky. I do think the fit matters no matter what you do, so you can be comfortable.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 15, 2011, 10:54 am

    Mostly I just wear whatever I get from races or get as gifts (or Target). As long as I don’t chafe and there’s no bad smell (common with some workout clothes!), I can wear them. However, I do admit that I feel fitter and greater with “nicer” clothes. I’d love to try Lululemon. Maybe a graduation gift?

  • abby March 15, 2011, 10:54 am

    I don’t like running with sleeves, unless its below 45 and in Florida, that’s not a thing! Tanks are a must but I don’t like built in bras because they don’t have enough support…. So I have to find tanks (which sometimes is hard) that don’t have the built in, but are still in a cute color and the right material. For shorts, I need POCKETS. I found some nike shorts with a great pocket, on sale! Also I HAVE to wear spandex… my thighs chafe! I’ve always wanted some Lulu wear. Someday!

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty March 15, 2011, 10:54 am

    Sports bras need to come in “industrial strength”. Deal-breaker! What’s with all the flimsy little bras? We’re wearing them for a reason, people! Lulu is just way too expensive. Can’t someone come up with a reasonably priced alternative – it would be a great business niche. I hear Roots has a great yoga pant, but I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 15, 2011, 10:55 am

    I am so cheap, but I would love some Lululemon clothes. I need something that reduces stank too so I can do laundry as little as possible 🙂

  • Cindy March 15, 2011, 10:55 am

    I always buy my stuff @ lululemon, but recently have been getting REALLY frustrated… the 85$+ crops that I have bought always seem to have a ‘piling’ (term used by lulu when i questioned it, apparently its normal) on either my knees, butt or thighs.. and now the hoodie i am wearing (150$, special edition) just got a hole on the sleeve. so while i really love the styles, i have decided to no longer pruchase lulu, since the quality seems to be nowhere near as advertised…

    i really like how creative you got with your breakfast this morning! 🙂

    • Bridget March 15, 2011, 10:58 am

      Do you ever wash your lulu clothes with towels? I found since I stopped putting anything towel like in with my Lululemon gear I haven’t had any piling. Just a thought to try and stop that.

      • Cindy March 15, 2011, 11:39 am

        thanks for the advice! i dont wash my lulu stuff with anything actually, they get their own section of wash lol good thing i always buy black 🙂

        • Katie March 15, 2011, 2:16 pm

          If you go online it tells how to care for their clothing. Basically they recommend washing your lulu (or workout clothes) together on cold, no fabric softener and air drying them. They’ll last forever. Don’t wash then with cottons

  • Elizabeth March 15, 2011, 10:56 am

    That’s so funny! I’m actually wearing both of those items right now! I just did a boot camp workout and they worked perfectly. Good choice with your two items.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:14 pm

      Heheh we are twins!

  • Kelly March 15, 2011, 10:56 am

    The Swiftly tech tee is my absolute favorite! Its so light and comfy!

  • Bridget March 15, 2011, 10:57 am

    Love the run inspire crops. I have an older version, 2+ years and they’ve seen me two half marathons and multiple training runs. Plus Lululemon is a home grown company from my backyard, so I’ll pay a little extra to support them and get a good quality product.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    Love both of these, but am a huge cheapo when it comes down to it. I do need to purchase sweat-wicking tops though. I have been getting crazy bacne (gross, I know) and I’m wicked self-conscious about it. I switched detergents and plan to buy sweat-wicking sports bras and tops. Right now I am using cotton and just think it’s a bad idea.

  • Jen March 15, 2011, 10:59 am

    I’m not picky at all when it comes to workout clothes, although I have some special gear for winter because it gets so cold and I want layers I can move in. I have Nike running pants and a tight under armor shirt that’s been awesome for keeping in body heat. In the nicer weather, I’m fine with just a loose-fitting t-shirt and capris or shorts, with a lightweight jacket if necessary.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots March 15, 2011, 11:02 am

    I am WAY picky about workout clothes. I’m an overweight runner, which means that when I run things bounce and slosh all over the place (I don’t think you are ready for this jelly). I have one pair of compression capris from UA that I LOVE. And I have worn 4-5 times a week for the past year. They have a super wide waistband that I can actually pull up to almost below my sports bra to keep my tummy in check.

    I still haven’t found my perfect running top. I have a large stomach, so all the tops tend to creep up as I run. I do a lot of pulling down on shirts.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 15, 2011, 11:02 am

    As a runner with a long torso, I can’t stand when my tops ride up! The Lululemon Cool Racerback is AWESOME and I have about 8 of them! I also get really annoyed when shirts show sweat marks, but the material that Lululemon uses for these shirts is great… obviously sweat shows a bit, but not as much as your average workout top!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 15, 2011, 11:02 am

    I’ve been running in shorts and an old tank top. Obviously I’m not super picky though I know I should be. I look gross at the gym with all the sweat spots on my shirt.

  • Stephanie March 15, 2011, 11:03 am

    I’m tall and struggle SO much with finding tops that are long enough so I’m not pulling them down every 5 seconds. I recently bought a couple tanks from the Lulu outlet in Orlando (first Lulu purchase!) and I have to say it was definitely worth it! They are PERFECT.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:14 pm

      I miss the outlet!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 15, 2011, 11:06 am

    It’s a good thing I don’t have a Lululemon anywhere near me! 🙂

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 15, 2011, 11:08 am

    I’m not super picky, but there are things I like and there are things I don’t like! I need tight clothes — but not so tight that the shirt rolls up when I run. I prefer longer shorts (that don’t ride up my legs) or capris, and I like tanks vs. short sleeve shirts. The sleeves just seem to get in the way.

    I have never been to Lululemon but I’ve heard such great things about their products!

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable March 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    Love lulu even though it’s so expensive! Also, I just wanted to say, I don’t think we can have a discussion about lululemon right now without taking a moment to send our warmest thoughts and prayers out to the girls in the Bethesda store right now who are dealing with the worst kind of tragedy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/13/AR2011031303857.html Completely heartbreaking.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:14 pm

      OMG. Poor girl, and poor girl who survived. This makes me sad.

      • Katie March 15, 2011, 2:18 pm

        My heart just aches for everyone connected to this. I’m all the way out in CO and I still can’t stop thinking about it. It makes me sick. I was just in to Lulu this weekend for yoga and the girls mentioned it. (Sorry, I posted something later on in the feed about this, didn’t realize you had already covered it)

        • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 3:37 pm

          Me too… so sad.

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    wow…I would love to try those. I desperately need new workout gear (haven’t bought any since…well, I can’t remember exactly)
    Just wish they weren’t so expensive 🙁

  • Michelle March 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    I bought my first ever Lulu purchases over the weekend, and I’m officially in love. I got the Wunder Under crops, a Power Y tank and a TaTa Tamer. I have to say, I was really impressed by the functionality of all 3 items and can’t wait to save up to buy more stuff.

    I’m, um, well-endowed, and I typically hate tank tops with shelf bras. If it fits in the boob area, it is usually too big everywhere else. No so with the Power Y. It’s amazing. I paired that with a tata tamer for a run and it was perfect! I usually have to double up on sports bras, so it was nice not to have to do that. Plus, I think the power y is supportive enough on its own to wear to yoga, and I have
    *never* been able to just wear a tank bra before!

    I love my wunder under crops, too, but will look into these as well. I also love my clearance Nike dri-fit tights and capris – those rule, too.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) March 15, 2011, 11:12 am

    I have the same requirements as you. Lululemon really changed how workout clothes are made! For the better, I mean.

  • Laura March 15, 2011, 11:13 am

    I have recently become VERY picky about what I work out in. I pretty much only wear Lulu wunder under crops because they are aboslutely amazing and I feel like they made them specifically for my body. I have a ton of regular cotton tshirts so I used to always wear them, but I sweat so freaking much that my tshirts get incredibly heavy. So, I pretty much stick to Lulu tanks, specifically the oh so amazing push your limits tank.

    I know Lulu’s products are expensive but I figure I wear them at least five times a week and I know they work for my body….so why not load up on $68 dollar leggings? hahaha.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:12 pm

      I like the Wunder Unders too but I have them in grey and wish I got them in black… Oh well!

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant March 15, 2011, 11:16 am

    I’m totally with you on the need for long tops! I’m 6’0″ so I usually have to buy tops that are marketed as being extra long – regular shirts are like half shirts on me!

    My go-to brands right now are Reebok for tops (they’re super long and are true-to-size) and nike for tights. I’d love to try Lulu, but like many it’s out of my price range right now.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:12 pm

      You are so tall! I don’t think I knew that about you. Tall is sexy!

      • Theresa @ActiveEggplant March 15, 2011, 3:17 pm

        I’m surrounded by other tall people so I look “average” in most of the pics I post…my hubby is 6’5!! I was SO excited to wear heels in my wedding! and my sister is also 6’0!

  • Lauren March 15, 2011, 11:16 am

    I’m not too picky with warm weather running gear because shorts & a t-shirt are fine. When it’s cold out, I’m really picky with pants & jackets, so I tend to wear the same few things. I really wanna get some lululemon capris because they would be great for running, yoga, and other activities, and I’ve heard from everyone that they are SO worth it.

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) March 15, 2011, 11:17 am

    I have never been picky when it comes to workout gear, I used to just buy what I could on sale at Target… but now that I am really into running and yoga, I am becoming picky and investing in some more expensive and durable goods!!!!! I love Lululemon!!!!!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011, 11:18 am

    Lululemon is freakin genius! They are the only athletic gear company that makes products designed to flatter a woman’s body and they are making a killing. So smart! I love the soft fabrics and the fit of their products. I haven’t bought anything yet though, so pricey! eek!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 15, 2011, 11:20 am

    My biggest requirement for workout bottoms is a comfortable waistband. I’m an apple shape with narrow hips, so it’s hard to find clothes that are cut to that shape. I love rollover waistbands for that reason!!

  • Kelly March 15, 2011, 11:21 am

    Haha I have those tights and that shirt in the long sleeve version. Obsessed with both. Although I wish I’d gotten the tights one size smaller because they do slide down.

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine March 15, 2011, 11:26 am

    I love that LuLu top!! It looks super flattering. My biggest thing for shirts is it needs to be long! I hate having to pull it down all the time and it bugs when it rides up when I’m running. Do you know of any cheaper alternatives? Lulu can be pricey.

    • Laine March 15, 2011, 12:38 pm

      I’ve gotten most of my stuff there on sale. Check there every so often. They don’t advertise sales but they will usually have a sale rack and then they will have random colors of other stuff on sale.

      • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:11 pm

        They have outlets, too!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 15, 2011, 11:26 am

    I can’t spare a lot for running gear so I try to make due with what I can. 🙁

  • Maggie March 15, 2011, 11:27 am

    You’re so creative with your breakfast ideas! You must have a kitchen FULL of healthy seeds and nuts just waiting to be breakfast-munched.

  • Mary (what's cookin' with mary) March 15, 2011, 11:33 am

    I really like sweat wicking workout gear… I sweat a lot when I work out and its super embarassing walking around them gym with huge sweat marks. (lulu is great for that) I also like long shirts so that I don’t have to spend any time pulling them down. Also, my inseem is 34″ and its nice when I can find pants that don’t get high water on me 😉

  • Jenn @ Running Jennie March 15, 2011, 11:35 am

    I had some concerns that the Lulu crops wouldn’t stay up – I hate hate hate it when I’m running and constantly have to pull up my pants! Because of that I got a pair of Nike crops that I’m loving so far (one run in). I will keep in mind your review of the Lulu crops next time I need a pair though. I also love their tanks for running.

  • monicanelsonfitness March 15, 2011, 11:40 am

    yes. so picky and picky with price, thank god lulu gives a discount to trainers, etc. !

    tops are usually the most specific for me, but I do love these new lulu styles. 🙂

  • Brittney March 15, 2011, 11:40 am

    I think those are the same crops I have. I love them, but I’ll echo what some of the other commenters said, they do sometimes ride down in the back.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:10 pm

      Hmm I must have extra junk in my trunk, hehe.

      • Brittney March 15, 2011, 1:27 pm

        Probably not! I have a lot of junk in my trunk too (I’m not complaining though) lol. I’m thinking I should have got them in a smaller size maybe or something… I don’t care, I still love them!

  • hippierunner March 15, 2011, 11:42 am

    I have a pair of Nike shorts that I always run/work out in. For tops, I just throw on a tank top over a sports bra. Oddly enough the sports bra I’m favoring right now is one from Forever 21 I got for Christmas. It’s comfy and works perfect!

  • Sam (the neurotic yogini) March 15, 2011, 11:46 am

    I work out in yoga pants (I got on sale at Ross!) and old teeshirts!! 🙂

  • Kelly @meatlesswithaman.blogspot.com March 15, 2011, 11:47 am

    I TOTALLY agree with your requirements for a top! I HATE when it suctions to my stomach or is too short that I’m pulling at it. I also like a pocket in my pants.

    I don’t have anything from Lulu (YET!) but from what I’ve heard it’s worth the investment!!!

  • Kiran March 15, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I love random breakfast. It just challenges me to be more creative 🙂 Like today, i packed some cantaloupe for the hubby. And left with a cantaloupe bowl, so I just add some coconut milk, raw oats, a energy muffin and some granola, and it was a great breakfast 🙂

  • Kara March 15, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I am super picky about running stuff. I don’t mind tight stuff, but I hate anything too short. I can’t stand running in cotton anything either. I really like Brooks and Nike gear for running.

    I love that shirt, but I can’t stomach that price. Maybe once I go back to work 🙂

  • Gina March 15, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Honestly, I only wear lulu now when working out (and lounging, and sometimes even to work or around town!) I have both pices you reviewed and couldn’t agree more. The crops are fantastic…they smooth everything out and minimize the “bounce!” You will have to try the long-sleeve version of the swiftly tech next winter…it doesn’t even feel like you have long sleeves on, but they are definitely there, working their magic, keeping you dry and warm!

  • Beth March 15, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I’ve never bought anything at luluemon. It just seems way too expensive! The single most expensive piece of running clothing I own are a pair of CWX compression cold weather running tights. They’re lined, they’re awesome, and they’re real compression. I think they were $100 regularly, but I bought a discounted gift certificate from Running Warehouse, then I used a coupon code, so I think I got them for like $75.

    I’m big on the bargain workout clothes but I like name brands, so I’m very fond of shopping the clearance rack for Under Armour, Brooks, etc. I may not always look the cutest, but it was cheaper!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:09 pm

      Brooks does have good stuff – I have a cute pair of shorts but they are currently too small. They are great, though!

  • amanda March 15, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I’m pretty picky with shirts too – all shirts have to be a bit longer, not just workout ones. I actually don’t own anything from Lulu because of the price – even though it’s all fantastic. Maybe one of these days I’ll stop being so cheap. Not likely, but maybe!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 15, 2011, 12:22 pm

    The Inspire Crop pants looks awesome! I’m not too picky, but I might change my mind now, lol.

  • Laine March 15, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Tops have to be long enough to keep my waist covered during inversions, and have a high enough neck to keep my cleavage covered. You can actually see my “custom lululemon” that I had to make in order to keep the girls covered. http://lainesotherblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/hacking-my-lululemon-or-yoga-clothes.html I can very rarely find good tops that fit my height and my chest. (36DDD) I pretty much am always sewing in something.

    For pants, they can’t be cotton which show the crotch sweat too much. The lululemon pants work best, although I wish the waists were a little higher sometimes. I spend a lot of time upside down in yoga and don’t want to be worrying about my shirts falling up.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:09 pm

      OMG i love your crafty solution!

  • Jessica March 15, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Lululemon stuff is great and indestructable! To make it last longer, don’t put their stuff in the dryer; just air-dry it.

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:07 pm

      Oh thanks for the tip!

  • Runeatrepeat March 15, 2011, 12:36 pm

    My running crops have to have a tie waist because my butt pulls them down as I go. I’ve made the mistake of running with regular “pull-ups” and had to hold on to them the whole time. Classy.

  • Jenifer March 15, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Sports bras. I hate them! Can’t ever seem to get them to fit right.
    I also wish someone made pants in a petite length. My pants are always a little long.

  • SAMANTHA March 15, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I wish I could afford these..boo. I hate hate hate shirts that I constantly have to keep pulling down, like all my workout tanks are like this, errghghghgh. Do you have any suggestions of one that are less expensive that don’t ride up? Another thing I hate is when running tights/capri’s ride up.. ok. rant over. lol : )

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 1:07 pm

      I think Champion has some good ones at Target

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Those look great! I bet the shirt is super soft. That price though, ooof!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 15, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I am definitely picky about one thing – I need pants that stay tight around the waist. I hate nothing more than when my pants start sliding down during a run. Haha!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 15, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I am super picky with workout clothes. I seriously hate it when waistbands cut into my stomach!!

  • Orla March 15, 2011, 12:59 pm

    Oh I am super picky when I am getting work out gear – especially sports bras – I am well endowed in that area which is great at times but not when you are running!!! If I find something I like I tend to buy a number of them. I found a great Adidas Adishe bra and bought 4 of them. they are now out of production which makes me sad!

  • Mary March 15, 2011, 1:15 pm

    That shirt looks suuuper comfy! I’m with you, I don’t like anything skin tight when i work out because then I am constantly self conscious about pulling it down and adjusting myself. I love lulu, I just wish they weren’t so dern expensive!

  • Emily March 15, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I have both of these pieces. I used to really cringe at the lulu price tags but their clothing is SO worth it. My favorite thing about them is how functional everything is- cuffins on the sleeves for hand warmth, thumb holes, zippered pockets…when I run in other gear I don’t know where to store my key, credit card and whatever else I’m hauling along with me. Plus, you look da bomb in lululemon.

  • M March 15, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Could you tell me what sizes you ordered (I think I’m similar height/weight to you)? I’d like to order them online since there isn’t a store near me. Thanks!

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 3:37 pm

      Hi M!

      I wear a 6 in both. I’m usually a 4 in pants and a S or M in tops, and my bra is 34C. I’m 5 ft 4. Hope that helps!

  • Sarah March 15, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I’m picky with what I wear to workout because I hate being too hot or too cold. The most important items to me are my sports bras and my spandex. I will ONLY wear Nike sports bras. They are supportive and come in adorable colors. I also really like Nike and Adidas spandex, the most important thing is that they don’t ride up of cut into my waist (which I feel like Under Armor does). That said I like Under Armor long spandex/lights because it is actually warm unlike some other brands. Its $50 for a pair but I invest because sometimes I row in 28 degree weather! I’m a little more lax when it comes to tops, though I do really like the mesh tanks the Nike makes. In warm weather or for indoor training I usually wear one of those, a loose t-shirt with the sleeves and neck cut out, or just go shirtless and run, row, or erg in my sports bra. In cold weather I usually like to have a warm technical longsleeve and then depending on whether its cold or REALLY cold I put on more layers. I could never shop at Lululemon though, so. much. money. I Nike stuff on sale and get a lot of my stuff for Christmas and birthdays.

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 15, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I’ve also heard great things about these 2 Lulu items. Thanks for sharing…they are definitely going on my must have list. If only I could win a shopping spree at Lululemon 🙂

  • Katie March 15, 2011, 1:51 pm

    LOVE Lululemon for their products, but more-so for the philosophy of their company. The are a great community of people who strive to live a better life and greatly affect the lives of others. Their community was was hit hard this weekend when there was an attack at the Lululemon Bethesda and one of the girls was killed. This saddens me so much because EVERY lulu girl is an amazing individual and no one deserves to have their life taken short. If you’re a lulu lover, reach out to them during this difficult time.
    (Sorry to be so morbid)

  • Kris March 15, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I’m going to break down and buy something at the Lululemon outlet next time I head up that way. I walked in there last fall, but was seriously intimidated by all the super fit ladies working there. I wear something wicking, not because I sweat so much, but because I hate the heavy feel of cotton when I’m working out. I just found some super soft Pro Spirit long tanks (5’3, but super long torso) at TJM which I’m loving. Otherwise, I have to wear some kind of workout shorts, no crops. I get too hot in crops. But almost any brand stays where it should. Also, a very supportive sports bra — I like Moving Comfort.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

    I too need tight running capris with a big pocket for stuff. But I’m picky with my shirts too – the sleeves can’t be too tight or restricting. Sometimes the shoulders are cut too boxy and I can feel them when I run!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 15, 2011, 2:49 pm

    I am super picky about workout gear, so thanks for the review and headsup!! It is pricey, but it looks like it is worth it 🙂 Nice b-fast work, Caitlin

  • Amanda March 15, 2011, 3:09 pm

    I’m so set in my ways, I like what I like when I run! I love my lululemon groove crops and my nike running capris (made of dry-fit). Good rise (not low!) to hold it in while I run. For tops I like loose fitting shirts : ) Nothing tight while I run, right now I’m really loving under armour loose fitting tech tees! Great colors, fit and price.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 15, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Oh I love lululemon and just have one pair of pants from them! haha…it’s the one I wear alternating with my Target pants all the time. Yea kind of nasty, I only have 2 pairs to work out in 😛

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 15, 2011, 3:18 pm

    P.S: I used to be in xcountry in highschool then had to stop. And stopped running altogether at least like, 2 years ago? but I started running again! 😀 It feels great, and I forgot how nice it is to just pray and think while running..if I’m not dying..lol. oh question! I know that my calves were veerryyy sore for a few days and used muscles I haven’t used for a long time, but do you feel like your calves have gotten bigger or more ‘swollen’ over the years? or just more defined? I felt like my calves were a ton of swollen bricks. haha

    • Caitlin March 15, 2011, 3:38 pm

      Oh no! How painful. That doesn’t happen to me but remember to go slowly, rest, elevate, and ice!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 15, 2011, 3:48 pm

    That t-shirt sounds awesome! I’m usually more of a tank top person for working out though because I find they keep me cooler. I love my Lululemon Power Y tank. It is the perfect workout top!

  • Dori March 15, 2011, 3:57 pm

    I have the Run Swiftly Long Sleeve and love it! For warmer temps though I need to be in a tank rather than a short sleeve because I don’t like my armpits to be confined. For bottoms, I can’t wear crops like your Inspire crops because my skin is so sensitive, they make me feel itchy and like bugs are crawling over me because of the tightness. The best running specific crop I’ve found is Lululemton’s Run With It crop. I plan to buy more if they come back this year. I wish I could wear compression pants!

  • Kacy March 15, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Those look great! I’m not TOO picky, but I definitely have capris and tops that I gravitate to more often because they’re more comfy. I agree on tops – not too tight or too short!

  • Allison March 15, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Those two Lululemon pieces are my ULTIMATE favorites – I’ve worned the Swiftly Tech SS/Inspire Crop combo for almost ALL of my races! Such a great combination. I love the gel pockets in the front of the waistband!

    And I love your blog 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 15, 2011, 5:50 pm

    Love that the top is extra long… I small boned but have such a long torso, always hate when shirts aren’t long enough! Lululemon certainly does have top quality stuff. You are one lucky girl to be trying out their products!

  • Rachael March 15, 2011, 6:24 pm

    I don’t have any Lululemon pieces. I don’t fit into them (yet), but friends swear by them. The price is steep, but they last forever. They’re on my reward wish list.

  • delia March 15, 2011, 7:28 pm

    I’m not too picky about shirts, but shorts are another issue. I carry a lot of stuff in my pockets when I run, and I’m always a little paranoid about losing my keys (Yes, this is seriously happened to me on a run). As a result, I like to have roomy pockets on my shorts and a small zippered one to hold my keys. Most shorts, athletic or otherwise, don’t have pockets though. I found some perfect shorts in a Reebok factory outlet store that fit all my needs and for only about $10. I have three different colors of those shorts, and those are definitely the preferred shorts for me when I run.

  • Cara March 15, 2011, 8:08 pm

    I am soooo picky when it comes to work out gear! I don’t like super fitted shirts, because they ride up and there is nothing worse than pulling your shirt down your entire run. I love th champion tees from Target. Tights are great, but I don’t like them very tight, or saggy. These are hard to find. I really like the Old Navy fitness tights, they are the perfect fit!

  • Megan March 15, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I lovee Lululemon! If you pay attention to their “we made too much” section.. you can get some good deals. If i see something I like, I google the product name for reviews/photos to see the fit– especially since you can’t return the sale items.

    ALso if anyone is looking for gently used, even new items [past the return date] from other lulu fanatics, check out the Lululemon Exchange group on facebook:

    I’ve been able to sell some of my lulu items I didn’t wear as often to be able to afford new ones! And I’ve gotten great deals on older items that were gently used.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 16, 2011, 1:53 am

    I am always drooling over lululemon clothes. why must they be so expensive?! the fitnessista is doing a lululemon sale and all money is going to Japan!

  • Amber K March 16, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I’ll wear whatever’s clean. 🙂

  • Jackie March 17, 2011, 1:13 am

    Caitlin, I’m glad you love Lululemon gear! I’m Canadian, so I’ve been wearing their stuff for years and years. I love everything I own – the reversible groove pant and capri, their signature hoodie, and also 2 of their tanks with built in bras. I’ve owned all these items for more than 5 years and I’m dying to buy more, except the hefty price tag plus the fact that they last forever, is definitely preventing me from justifying another purchase. They also make amazing gym bags and backpacks. (I know I sound like I’m advertising for them, but I seriously love them that much. and most of my girlfriends do as well!)

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