stepping up the style factor

November 15, 2011

So did you know that I only signed up for the half marathon I’m running in January last week?

Yeah.. that half marathon I have been talking about for the better part of three months. The one that was 75% full… then 83% full… and then 92% full. It was at 92% full that I decided to buck up, pay the $160 (Seriously, Disney? You rob me!), and seriously sign up. Apparently 24 year olds are not allowed to enjoy Disney World with their mother unless they sign up for a race or something. That’s bologna if you ask me, but I’m just going to with it and pretend like I don’t still love the Disney Princesses. Perfect.

Thankfully, my training plan didn’t start last week. If it did, I would be in horrible shape come January 8 at 5:30 a.m. (really? why so early?).

So anyways, I’ve been going through a lot of workout clothes lately. Usually they’re really not workout clothes — old t-shirts, sweat pants — you get the idea. However, as the colder months are coming in on me, I have to be prepared because there is nothing more horrible than having to run on the treadmill for more than four miles at a time.

So when the Stephanie over at Champion contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying a few of their products, I was more than happy to oblige!

Meet my new favorite pants:

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I mentioned to Stephanie I have a really hard time finding pants that are a) long enough for me and b) don’t “cut my wait off” and make me look horrible. I’m a big fan of roll over workout pants, so when she offered to send me some of their new Shape line, I was a little bit leery. And I was even more leery when I took them out of the box and thought “there is no way these are fitting over my behind.”

These have to be the traveling pants or something because they magically fit. They are long enough. They are tight, and they are the most flattering pair of workout pants I’ve ever owned in my life. I love these babies. They come up a tad bit higher than I am used to (think: natural waist line, about an inch under your belly button), but I don’t even care. They’re cozy. They’re comfy. I love them.

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I actually wore them on my long run outside last weekend, and they were perfect. They kept me warm even though it was in the 30s!

Another item Stephanie sent for me to review was their Shape Long Tank.

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I have the hardest time with workout tops, and this one was no different. I have a fairly long torso (thanks, Dad), so even longer shirts don’t seem “long” on me. This top was a little too short for my liking, but that definitely won’t stop me from using it! It is definitely form fitting, and does “shape” your tummy area.

I was also sent two sports bras to try out — the blue colored bra is their Shape T-Back Sports Bra. It has medium support (not that I need much) and is really comfortable. It is true to size, not to mention such a fun color!

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And the last item I was sent to try out was their Double Dry Seamless Cami Sports Bra. This bra is seriously so so comfortable. It reminds me of one of my favorite ones I get from Target, but the thing I like the most about this one is that is criss-crosses in the back!

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I think I’m all set to go for the rest of my training until Mickey and I run hand and hand through the finish line on January 7th. That does happen, right?

Question: How does your running wardrobe change as the weather gets colder?

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Champion to review their products. They provided me with product to test. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I purchased the same pair of capris as above cause I heard how great they were and I have to agree! I LOVE THEM. :) Definitely one of the best running purchases I’ve ever made!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

LOOK AT YOU RUNNING BALLER!!!!

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Kit-Kat November 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hip clothes!

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Lindsey November 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I wear more capris versus shorts in the summer, but that is about that changes. Unless of course I am running outside then I bundle right up for our cold winters, yuck!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I despise running in weather freezing or below. I’m from AZ and just a whimp when it comes to cold weather, let alone running in it. During the winter, I avoid running outside at all costs. I will suck it up at times when the temps are in the high 30′s or low 40′s though. My clothes change from tank tops and running shorts in the summer to my Nike Dri Fit pants (similar to the Champion ones you’re showing) and a zip up running jacket over a tshirt or a long sleeve tshirt in the winter. I also like to wear a beanie or a headband to cover my ears when it’s cold. Cute clothes!! Love Champion wear.

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I want those pants! We’re the same height and heading you being pleased with the length makes me a very happy camper. Thank you, darling g! :-)

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Darn autocorrect on my Droid…I hope you could decipher that mess.

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas November 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Champion clothing is actually one of my favorite brands. I think it is good quality – and doesn’t cost nearly as much as something like Under Armor or Nike. With that being said, I need warmer outdoor clothes, but still don’t like the idea of forking over that money.. yeah I am cheap.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Nice score!! woooo hoooo!

I am addicted to the Target sports bras which I believe are Champion brand. I wear them pretty much 24/7…I’d love to say I was decked out in V.S. but it’s Champion and full on comfort :)

My running wardrobe as it gets colder gets even more of a hodge podge and mish mash of random stuff. I’d love to re-do it from head to toe!

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Simply Life November 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

all of these clothes look great! good luck with training! i was supposed to run a half this past Sunday but broke my toe the night before by stubbing it on a chair…argh!

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Kristin @ STUFT Mama November 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Good running clothes are KEY!!!!! :) Finding good sports bras and comfortable pants is such a hassle sometimes. Loving your new gear (and am a little jealous). :) I live in CA so not much changes when the weather gets colder. Gloves is about all I need to add. :) I’m spoiled. Good luck with training!!!

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chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I LOVE champion gear! I love all of their running pants and crop pants they are awesome! When the weather gets colder, I normally run in long sleeve running-style shirts and running pants or just plain leggings. I don’t like running in pants that are flared at the bottom because I am really short (opposite problem you have haha) and a lot of pants are too long for me!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Geez louise! I want some Champion wear!! Love their compression capris for running!

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Jessica @ Forgiving Jess November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

It is my dream to run a Disney Half Marathon but I live in Nor Cal and the races are always during school =( One day I will fly down for the race. It is worth it lol

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Lauren November 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Holy crap $160????? That’s more than most of the races I’ve done in my life. Hope it’s worth it.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

It will be. haha!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Have fun! I would love to run that one. Maybe one day :)

For cold weather, I always need gloves. My hands warm up quickly, but it’s painful starting out with ice cubes for fingers.

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elise November 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

targets (champion) sports bras are the best. the BEST!!! i wear no others.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm

i’m sure everyone has told you this, but for tall girls (i’m right there with ya!) there’s nothing like lululemon pants. i have more than made back my investment in my pairs… i have had my first for 3 years, wearing them (literally) 5 times a week and they are in perfect condition.

i also swear by headwraps, gloves, and my years old patagonia vest. so warm!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

gaaah! So many people dangle lulu in front of my face! :)

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love Champion! Their pants are awesome. For both working out and lounging like a bum. Win win!

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Bethany @Bethany's Befuddled Brain November 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I definitely start wearing longer pants and a sweat shirt. I buy all my workout gear from target. They have the best long pants that feel like leggings but are perfect for yoga and running. I try to look cute when I’m running, but it’s so hard because I have to cover up my workout tank with whatever sweatshirt I manage to find.
I also have trouble with finding longer shirts since my torso is long, but usually I just try to roll with it.

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie November 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I love Champion clothes! I am running my first half in Disney…but in February!

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Felicia November 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

im running disney princess half!!

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nicole marie November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

my exercise wardrobe changes via frequent visits to lululemon.com and REI.com.
yes, in addition to my kate spade addiction, i have a terrible lululemon and REI addiction.
i know that i have your sympathy, coach girl. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

I’ve heard of REI but never been there!

And yes.. the coach obsession is quite theproblem.

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Khushboo November 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

You need to be on a catwalk or something :) !

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Aimee November 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

You scared me for a minute when you said January 8 at 5:30 am because I’m running the full marathon at Disney on that day. I thought maybe something changed. This will be my first full marathon. We are making a family trip out of it since my little guy will be 5 in december. My son would be thrilled if Mickey crossed the finish line with me! I’m so excited. We are traveling with friends. One is running the 5K on Friday and another is doing the half. Should be a fun weekend. Good luck!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

How fun! I’m looking to form some sort of meet up while I’m down there!

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Aimee November 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

That would be great. I would love to come if you got something together.

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Kelly November 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

Hi Chelsea! I am new to commenting, but not new to your blog – been reading for a awhile and I love it! I use Champion brand clothing all the time, for yoga and running. Will definitely have to give those pants a try – although, it is supposed to be a high near 80 degrees today here in Charleston so I may have to wait a bit longer :)

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

LOVE Champion stuff. I am so obsessed with mine. And yes – those pants (but I have capris) are my all time fave workout pants ever. How do they do it? Seriously so flattering and comfy, but you wonder how they could ever fit.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

Nice! I usually just wear running shorts over a pair of UnderArmour in the cold, and a million layers of whatever tops I can find. The things I have the hardest time with are bras! They never fit right with enough support, and if they do they look like my grandma should own them. (I’m rather small yet well-endowed. I swear it’s a curse)

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Sarah @ studiofood November 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I have the worst time finding workout clothes, although Lorna Jane has saved me of late (not that I can afford to buy many of their products… but they’re so nice!)

Luckily, living in Sydney, my winter workout clothes only need to be a teeshirt and leggings, as I warm up pretty quickly and in the middle of winter its still like, 10 degrees Celcius. In summer it is a different story – running in 37 degree heat is difficult to say the least. Shorts and a sports bra was all I could manage last year, we’ll see how I’m going with my outdoor exercise come January… I might retreat to the air conditioned comfort of the gym!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Congrats on registering for your half marathon! Wow, you must be pumped!

Those sports bras look great. I’m 5’8″ and have the same issue with tops – so annoying when they ride up when you’re running!

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