I made a pledge at the start of the year to not purchase any items of clothing for all of 2017 (with a few exceptions). At this point in the game, I hadn’t signed up to run a marathon yet, so I made a few more exceptions once I was enlisted in this endeavor and had miles of training in front of me. I wore two particular articles of clothing for every long run and during the race. They were perfect and I have no complaints about either item of clothing. Since I loved them so much, I want to tell you about each piece. I will definitely be buying a second pair of each once my purchasing ban is lifted and I start summer training again next year.
The Perfect Running Bra
It does exist and it is made by Lululemon. I have squeezed myself into sports bra after sports bra but this is the one y’all: The Enlite Bra.
I’m lucky in that I don’t have to contend too much with my girls and their bounce or weight when I run. And I’d honestly never really thought twice about a good sports bra, until I wore this one. It made the days I wore other sports bras seem restrictive and uncomfortable.
I love the Enlite because it has individual cups for each gal. Turns out I don’t really love having them smooshed into a uni-boob. I also love that it hooks in the back in addition to the usual elasticity of sports clothing because that helped eliminate some of the bounce that happens when running (again, I don’t have much to contend with here, but I did notice). The criss-crossed straps in the back also helped me feel tucked in and tight. The best part though was probably the fabric. It is SO soft. And there’s something magical about it that doesn’t collect sweat (and man were there some sweaty days in July gearing up for that race). I remember wearing a different bra on a humid night run of way less than half the distance of some of those morning long runs and I had to wring it out it got so soaked in sweat. I never had to wring out the Enlite, because of the magic fabric.
The Perfect Running Bottoms
When I first started running, I wasn’t too picky about the kind of clothing I had on. I didn’t know any better. It only took one run over 5 miles to learn that shorts are not a good option for my legs for that many miles. No thigh gap there. So for years, I’ve run in mid-length tights all through the summer months for runs over 5 miles. When the temps started to climb in Oklahoma on this marathon training cycle, I knew I needed a different plan.
I bought my favorite pair of running bottoms to date. They are the mid-thigh tight shorts that remind me of biker shorts. They’re amazing for a few reasons:
- They are way cooler (as in temps) than tights just a few inches longer.
- They are way more comfortable than traditional shorts and I can wear them for miles and miles without a concern of chafing.
- THEY HAVE SIDE POCKETS
I’ve written about my love for side pockets before but I’ll reiterate again. As a digital runner who uses her phone for music, run tracking and instagramming on the run, side pockets changed the game for me. There is less sweat there than at the normal small-of-the-back pocket and the bounce from the large device is minimal when it’s snug against your leg. There’s also plenty of room for hours of snacks and mid-run essentials like salt tablets and Aleve. I’ll never buy pants or shorts intended for running without side pockets again. Ever.
Unfortunately this version of the shorts is no longer in production but I’ll let you know when something similar is available for purchase. I’ll definitely be buying another pair when they come back around!