Running Shirt Dilemma

19 Apr

I got my new running duds in the mail last week. I absolutely love the skirt. It’s the perfect (modest) length, it’s nice fabric but not too heavy, the pocket on the back is big enough to actually be useful, and it’s pink.

I also really like the shirt – it’s soft and actually an extremely light teal, which makes it even cuter. Here’s my dilemma though – the medium I ordered is tighter than I’d like in the stomach. So I had the thought of exchanging it for a large. But the other issue is that the shirt is 50% polyester, 50% cotton (it says that on the website so I wasn’t surprised). I’ve never had a running-specific shirt involving cotton but Travis doesn’t think that would be good for running long distances. And since the whole point was buying a cute shirt for the marathon, I’m torn.

And I’m turning to my lovely readers. Do you have a 50/50 running shirt? Would you return the shirt for a bigger size or look for another cute, 100% polyester shirt to wear with my pink skirt?

I also just got some new sports bras. Doing a quick Google search for good running bras, I’m sure you’d come up lots of raves about Moving Comfort bras. I had ordered some last year when I was looking for a good bra to wear in my Olympic triathlon. I bought a couple of Moving Comfort bras but to be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. Just recently, it dawned on me that I might have ordered the wrong size. And since I’m still wearing sports bras that I had in college (doubled up with others I bought more recently), I thought I’d test out my theory.

So I ordered the Fiona and Helena bras from Sierra Trading Post in one cup size smaller than I normally wear. My theory was correct. These bras actually did hold the girls down. I’m not a huge fan of the Helena (so I’m going to exchange it for another Fiona) because the band size is too small (even though it’s technically the same as the Fiona?) and is doing my underarm fat no favors. It also has very thin fabric across the front, which is not good news if you tend to get cold, ahem, after running.

But the Fiona is wonderful. It’s comfy, supportive and has thicker fabric to minimize the, ahem, coldness.

It’s also cute. That’s the main reason I have refused to try Enell bras – they look like something my grandma would wear. (Sorry, but it’s true). The other thing I like about both bras is that they fasten in the back like a regular bra. The other Moving Comfort bra I bought (the Juno) still goes over your head like a regular sports bra and fastens in the back – which is sometimes tricky to do when you’re already wearing it. I use my Juno bra for shorter distances – 10K or less – but I think that’s more because I didn’t buy the right size, than anything to do with the bra itself. I definitely plan to use my new Fiona bras for marathon training.

Short story long, if you’re looking for a supportive sports bra, Moving Comfort bras are great – you just might have to experiment with sizes.

Please give me advice about my running shirt dilemma! And if you have any ideas about where to find cute running shirts, you get bonus points!

6 Responses to “Running Shirt Dilemma”

  1. gosetrun April 19, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    That skirt is adorable!

    I had to do the same thing with Moving Comfort sports bras. I wasn’t impressed until I got the right size, and now they’re the only ones I ever wear.

  2. Mel April 19, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    I don’t think my last comment posted?

    But I love that running skirt! It is so cute. And I had the same thing with Moving Comfort. I had to go down a cup size to make it do its magic. Now I have the Fiona in three colors and that’s all I wear.

  3. Lisa April 19, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Hmm, I think it depends on how you do with thin cotton in general. For me, I’ve never entirely given up running in 100% cotton shirts. I have some old ones that I still wear on runs 6 miles or less. I am acquiring more technical gear, and I also have a few of the Nike dry-fit cotton shirts that I think are great. It feels like softer tech fabric, and I think you still get all the benefits.

    I don’t chafe super easy though, I usually don’t worry about Vaseline or anything unless I’m running over 10 miles.

    If you like the shirt (which I do!) and want to keep it I would exchange for 1 size up and then try it out on a long run.

  4. Diane @ runChipper April 19, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    100% cotton shirts I only do on cooler, easy days. I agree, exchange sizes and try it out on a long run.

    I love the lululemon run swiftly short sleeve shirts for when I wear short sleeves to run in. They have some other cute ones pop up now and then too. And check out for good deals on running shirts!

  5. Becca April 19, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Love the pink skirt!!! As far as the chafing issues – I would recommend wearing both the shirt and the skirt on a run to see how it feels. Especially since they are both new you want to make sure they feel okay before you run a marathon in them. 🙂 After you go for a run in them you may know whether you’ll be comfortable in one or both for race day.

  6. specialkkluthe April 20, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks ladies for your advice! I think I will exchange the shirt for a bigger size. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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