I'm also big into setting goals and treating yourself when you hit them. Going into this training cycle, I knew my biggest obstacle for me would be long runs. They've always been a big mental struggle for me, so I promised myself that if I hit all of those long runs at the half way point, I could get some goodies.
It just so happened that the halfway point coincided with a big sale at Athleta! The items that I bought were on clearance, with an additional 20% off. I've never bought anything from Athleta but heard great things, so I was excited to try out some of their clothes! I originally was planning on getting a new pair of my Lululemon Toasty Tech Tights since I wear mine all the time, but I ended up getting these three items for less than the price of one pair of tights. It was a no brainer!
I hope you enjoy these reviews! My next big milestone will be my 20 mile long run. This is usually the pinnacle of marathon training, so that's what I'm setting my sights on! See you on the other side!
Original Price: $74
I got it for: $41.59
These pants are very similar to the Lululemon Toasty Tech Tights.They're not quite as warm and don't have the fleecy lining, but these have a similar cut and pocket placement. I love having a pocket on the inside of the pants, as well as a zippered pocket on the leg.
In the Toasty Tech Tight, I have a size 6 which fit a little loosely on me. In these pants, I got a size XS which fits perfectly. I would say that the Drifter Tights fit true to size, and an XS would be similar to a Lululemon 4. Here's a comparison of the two sizes:
I really like these tights, and I think that they're a great alternative to Lululemon tights. The look is really similar, and these are a great pair of basic tights. They're not quite as warm as the Toasty Tech Tights and lack some of the extra details, but it's well worth it for the lower price. They're really comfortable during runs, and are perfect for a wider range of temperatures. I'm glad to add them to my rotation of running pants!
Original Price: $69
I got it for: $44.79
There are a lot of things that I love about this top. It's a very flattering style, since it has shirring going down the front and back, and I absolutely love the space dye pattern and the colors. There are also little plastic grippers on the bottom, which helps it "grab on" to your pants and not ride up while you run. There are thumb holes in the sleeves which is always a good thing!
The fabric is really comfortable as well. It uses REGUL8 technology, which is supposed to adapt to weather and your body temperature so that you're never too hot or too cold. I wore this on a short run when it was about 60 degrees out, as well as a long run that started at 40 degrees. In both scenarios I was completely comfortable in this top! Another cool feature is the natural silver salts embedded in the top so that it's less stinky after runs. After my long run this weekend, I went to Target and Dan didn't notice any smell in the top and wasn't embarrassed to be walking around with me, which means the silver salts must work!
The only downside that I see in this shirt is the sizing. I got this in an XS and found it to be too loose in the sleeves, and the sleeves were also pretty long on me, and I have long arms. Overall, I love how this shirt feels and looks. Even though the fit is a bit large on me, I'm still going to keep it, and I can tell why this is such a popular style at Athleta (also available in short sleeve and sleeveless!)
Original Price: $79
I got it for: $24.79
This top has a lot of the same features as the Fastest Track Top- REGUL8 technology to keep you comfortable in a variety of weather conditions, and Unstinkable technology to keep you smelling fresh. It also has thumb holes- my favorite! Other than that, this top is very different.
The top is lined with a fleece fabric which keeps you very warm, but is still breathable. I hate tops that make you feel claustrophobic because the air has no where to go, which traps in all your sweat and makes you even colder. This top kept me comfortable for my entire run. It also fits a lot smaller than the other top, so an XS was actually a bit tight. I bought this mostly for layering under vests or jackets when the temperatures are really low, so this is fine for me. I would recommend sizing up if you're between sizes or like a looser fit.
Overall, even though this shirt was a bit tight, it's really comfortable and stretchy. It will work perfect as a base layer, and you really can't beat the price for the quality! Of course, as soon as I put in this order Pittsburgh got hit with spring-like temperatures, so I haven't been able to wear this on an actual run. I'll be sure to share an update as soon as I do!
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