Color Stripe Workout Pants

On Friday I mentioned that for the races I’m doing this weekend, I bought a new pair of running tights from the Gap.

Here they are:

picture4These striped leggings caught my eye due to their retro appeal. The fabric also features blackout technology, which is designed to be opaque and avoid the dreaded see-through Lululemon effect.

What I liked the most about these pants – aside from the fact that they look cool – is the rear zip pocket, which is critical for holding gels, lip balm, hotel keys and other necessities for running a destination distance race.

Since I got these for 40% off (during one of Gap’s nearly ubiquitous deals), I added a matching space-dyed half-zip pullover.

picture5(As I was putting this post together I saw that this pullover was listed as one of Oprah’s Favorites for 2016, which apparently means I have excellent taste. Ahem).

These pants retail for $64.95, but since Gap routinely runs deals ranging from 25-40% off, you could realistically get them for a lot less. I paid about $39, which was an acceptable number to me.

An added bonus is that these pants have a similar feel to these Tory (Burch) sport ones:

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The major difference (besides width) is that the Tory sport pair retails for $135, which is a price I equate more to items in my work or special occasion wardrobe than things I will get sweaty.




Ok, I bit the bullet and decided to (temporarily) try Fabletics.

The way they suck you in is that the first outfit you purchase is only $24.95, with free expedited shipping.

Thereafter, expect to pay $49.95 a month.

I plan to give it a 3-6 month trial.

Here’s the first outfit I got:

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The tank is baggy and the capri pants (tee shirt material) are generously sized, so I am using this strictly as a lounging/sleeping ensemble.

However, the quality is better than expected and their website has a lot of other intriguing options:


I really like the baseball jacket. The gym bag is also cute and garnered good reviews elsewhere.

I’m going to give it a go! Let me know if you try Fabletics, too!

Race Essentials

Last weekend I ran a half-marathon (my fourth this year!) sponsored by my workplace.

The fact that it was a local event meant I didn’t need to do any significant travel, and at one point the course was less than a mile from our house. I briefly contemplated detouring right back home, since the humidity topped 90% at race time, but instead I kept plodding.

Even without travel, there’s still some prep work to do before a race. (I’ll post separately about packing for a destination race. I’ve got it down).

When racing there are two ways to go: minimalist or maximalist. I’d suggest the former.

Many times I see runners in elaborate costumes at races, but I’m not one of them. I need my energy focused on running, not adjusting a rainbow clown wig (an accessory I have noticed many, many times).

I also usually won’t debut any new clothing items, lest I discover unfortunate scratchy areas mid-race. Ditto new shoes.

What I bring with me:

  • GPS watch, on wrist
  • iPhone
  • Armband for phone, secured on upper arm
  • Sport earphones (currently these)
  • Lip balm, zipped in pocket of shirt or shorts
  • One nutrition gel (half-marathon or longer distance; I usually bring Gu since that’s what I’m used to from training), also in pocket

And finally, the most important item: a $20 bill folded into a tiny plastic zip-lock bag.

One like this:

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Sometimes the pins that you’re supposed to use to secure your number to your shirt come in bags like these, which you will discover upon picking up the race materials ahead of time. That’s a huge score, as these small bags are perfect for holding a folded bill. I’ll also occasionally get them with new jewelry or extra buttons, and I always hoard them for just this purpose.

The plactic bag keeps the $20 dry, and in my experience, it’s critical to have a small amount of cash if, say, you’re suddenly craving donuts on the way home or you need an emergency cab ride back to your home or hotel. That $20 is a life saver.

For me, that’s usually all I bring to a race. If I have to drive, I’ll securely tie a car key to my shoe.

If you are more of a maximalist, other items that are not necessary but may be nice to bring:

  • Clean, dry shirt for after the race
  • Compression socks or sleeves
  • Flip flops
  • Small towel to dry off, or even a beach towel to place on a car seat for the ride home
  • Extra water or your favorite sports drink
  • Post-race snack
  • Brush or comb to fix hair, particularly if you are vain about post-race selfies
  • Band Aids
  • Face wipes, baby wipes or both
  • Hand sanitizer

Many races allow you to check a bag ahead of time, and all of the above can easily be stashed. I usually don’t bother since bag drops can be pretty crowded but occasionally I will take advantage of this service. Just don’t put anything of major value in the bag! Keep your car key tied to your shoe, or you still may need that $20 to get home after all.






The workout clothes from Lole are almost too pretty to actually work out in.


Lole is a Canadian brand, and the name is an acronym for “Live Out Loud Everyday.”

They first grabbed my attention with this vest, a purchase from last winter:



Some cute items for running:

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Their White line is really special:

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And how about this cute water bottle that says “Run in NYC?”






Workout Bling

I like cute workout clothes, but honestly, the most important qualities in exercise attire for me are to not be itchy/chafe-y and to not stink. (See this for the backstory on the second quality).

But there’s always room for a little sparkle.

These headbands came on the scene several years ago and now are ubiquitous at many of the races I’ve done.

Sweaty Bands promise not to slip during your workout, and overall I’d say they live up to that hype. They also come in dozens of cute designs, including some glittery ones that are particularly suited for Race Day.

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I also purchase running shoes by function, not style, but these are really cute: