I along with Tina share a love of running in the cold. It’s gotta be the icy New England blood we’ve got coursing through our veins. (Who am I fooling? Olive oil runs through my veins. And maybe a little ricotta, garlic and red wine.) In addition to my new Newton’s, Santa brought me what I will go on record saying is the Best Running Jacket of All Time. The Lululemon Bundle Up Jacket. And it’s insanely stylish. I don’t know if I should run 10 miles in it or head to Pastis for brunch? Seriously. It’s not just cute. It FUNCTIONS. It doesn’t choke you when you zip it up. That’s the USP (Unique Selling Point). It breathes too. I own quite a few running and cycling jackets, all of which strangle me. The Stranglers weren’t exactly inexpensive either. And that is NOT what you need when you’re anaerobic or on mile 18 of a training run. It certainly doesn’t make me run or ride any faster. It puts me in a camel clutch. As much as it pains me (and Santa I’m sure) to spend a huge chunk of change on stuff you’re going to sweat in, I must admit, Lululemon does it right.
Their tag line should be: “Lululemon. We don’t bite.” There is nothing worse than finishing a long run, limping into an ice bath (Worse than the run itself. Hands. Down.) and screaming when the water hits you-not because you’re hypothermic- but because your sports bra tried unsuccessfully to saw your breasts off. Agony. You know it’s bad when you head for your annual mammogram and this transpires:
-Ok Colby. Now face me…..Oh. I’m sorry honey. How long has it been since your surgery?
-Your surgery. Those two huge scars beneath your breasts. I can see them. They’re healing nicely.
-I didn’t have surgery.
-No. I ran the Chicago Marathon three days ago.
-THAT’S FROM YOUR SPORTS BRA?!?!?
True. Story. And then I met Lululemon. And my life changed. Don’t get me wrong. Even decent, well-fitting running apparel will bite you from time to time- that is with a healthy smear of Glide. Shorts. Tights. Sports bras. Tanks. You name it. Sometimes there’s no avoiding it- especially in the heat. Oh. And don’t think you’re off “chafe free” in the cold either Pal. Pile on too many layers of crappy wicking fabric, sweat like a pig and you’ll be crying come shower time too. Trust me. But Lululemon stuff? Hardly ever. Excellent wicking ability. The hidden pockets. The incredible fabric. The beautiful fit. The flattering look.
It’s good stuff…without teeth.