Sunday, March 4, 2012

On whining, goal races and Lululemon

No PR at last weekend's 10K. Finish time was 53:50. Long story short, my legs still felt trashed from Austin and I was ready to be done by Mile 2. Two. Not surprisingly, the last 4.2 miles weren't anywhere close to the sub-8:00 first two. Sad faces. Except not really, because unlike with marathons, I can easily attempt another 10K or two or three at any other time this year.

Moving on: You may have noticed that my posts have grown extra-infrequent over the past couple of months. That's because I like to keep the content centered around my running life, and lately there hasn't been much to say beyond the fact that I've felt weak and slow since running Houston and Austin and the nasty cold I've been fighting hasn't fared well for the running front. In other words, whine, whine, whine, complain, complain, complain. No one wants to read that, right?

I was hoping to get a 10-miler in this weekend and while my legs said "go," my lungs said "no." Attempt #1 turned into six miles and #2 was seven. On top of being sick, I've also been feeling a bit bored and unmotivated about running fast without a goal race on the horizon. Since I won't be racing (much) this summer, I may or may not have convinced Boyfriend to pace me to a half-marathon PR in three weeks. Gulp. So here's hoping I'm back in the long run game by next weekend!

On Lululemon

Confession: Until last month, the only time I'd ever set foot in a Lululemon store was when I was a recently graduated, borderline broke New Yorker. I curiously strolled into the Union Square location, flipped over one price tag and walked right out. From then on, I used to silently scoff at the Lulu-clad runners in Central Park. I couldn't imagine dropping more than $50 on one piece of clothing I was going to sweat all over.

Fast forward almost three years later. Boyfriend went and got me these shorts as part of my birthday present and I have to admit that I...love them. Like pretty much every other pair of shorts in the world, they're a little short for my liking (such is life when you've got giraffe legs). But unlike most of my other spandex-y running shorts, they don't ride up to the most unflattering degree in the back. And they have three, count 'em, three pockets!

This is not my butt. Photo credit: lululemon.com
What I didn't love: the pushy Lulu salesgirls who hovered outside my dressing room door, hounding me with questions, when I went to exchange them for size.

The verdict on LL? I'm going to have to take extra-good care of these fancypants shorts, because I'm still not sure I would actually shop there on my own. Although I'll pay ~$30 apiece for my Nikes and Under Armours, my go-to shorts are actually from Old Navy, and I prefer to splurge on my running shoes over clothes.

Faves.
PR shorts!
Other weekend finds. Old habits die hard.
Do you shop at Lululemon? Or splurge on other running gear? And how do you break out of a training funk?

-EB

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Run: Speed Shorts too, and I have quite a few pairs of them now. I always find them on sale on the website, so check often. They really are the best running shorts ever.

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  2. I find it's worthy splurging on their pants and shorts because they have pockets,they look good and the quality-fabric withstands all the sweating and washing. I have one pair of long pants, one pair of shorts (like yours) and one pair of crops - all in black so I can get the most use out of them. Also, they have these most comfortable sports bras - another good investment!

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  3. I spend way too much on running clothes. I love that lululemon shorts have 3 pockets. I always use them for races bc now i don't need to carry my ifitness belt for gels.

    You just did 2 marathons! It takes a lot out of you. You will be back soon :) That is the bad thing about marathons.

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    1. Austin was just a half, albeit a very tough half. Unless you want to say I "just" ran New York and Houston, which I'm all for, haha. ;)

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  4. I think you've earned a well deserved break after racing two marathons in a short amount of time! I felt pretty drained after NYC after doing two marathons in one year. I guess its just part of the ebb and flow of training. I say, focus on something fun about running - speed, social runs, wtv is fun for you.

    I own one thing lulu - got it at an event I went to. The ppl do kind of hound you. I think it's their ploy to be "super helpful" but sometimes I just want to shop in peace.

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  5. oh man. I'm not a lulu fan. I think their prices are just absolutely crazy and don't think I will ever shop there. that said, some of their stuff is admittedly cute. Ah well. Glad you like your shorts! And love the shoes!!!

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  6. I got under armour shorts for a steal this weekend (4 pairs at $7 each), but I've actually never worn their shorts before. My go-to pairs are from Old Navy also... why are they so comfy?! M got me Lulu yoga pants for Christmas, and I finally understand what the hype is about...

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  7. Those shots will literally last you forever! That's the best thing about Lulu - the stuff is quality! Although I am with you...I hate spending money on stuff I am going to sweat in. But the truth is that I am in workout clothes probably 10 times more than regular clothes (is that good or bad??).....so I rationalize it that way.

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  8. Ah I love Lululemon! I rarely buy anything from there though, except when I have a gift certificate! In general try not to spend to much on workout clothes- I save all my money for awesome sneakers! haha.

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  9. Totally scroll-stalking your blog right now because I wanted to find out the exact Lululemon shorts you were talking about! So, I don't want to get wooed/distracted by the salespeople when I walk in, I just ask for the "speed shorts" and they'll know what I'm talking about? The three pockets sounds perfect for me.

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    1. Yup...that may not prevent them from camping outside your door, though. And you definitely want to try them on; their sizing system is weird. Good luck! :)

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