Confession: I am a somewhat reformed Lululemon addict. I discovered Lululemon at the same time I discovered running, so, I built up my running wardrobe with Lulu pieces, and would go on a shopping spree about once a month.
While they are still my go-to for racerbacks and running skirts, I probably only shop there twice a year, usually for race outfits, these days. But I still follow the Lululemon Addict blog which basically consists of 2-3 daily posts about Lululemon clothes and topics.
So, I was not at all surprised to see what has been labeled as the “Runsie” when it appeared on the viral Runner’s World video. If you haven’t watched it, you should. You are guaranteed to giggle at least once (just please, don’t blame this man for ruining manhood and the world…this is so obviously a JOKE, but some people don’t get it). I can’t get the video to work in the post, but you can view it HERE.
This video generated a lot of discussion about the Runsie with most people wondering how something so awkward could even hit the market.
Confession #2: While I don’t own the Runsie featured in the video nor do I have any interest in buying one, 2 years ago I purchased the Run For Your Money Jumper from Lululemon which is also a 1-piece running outfit. I was skeptical at first (do we really need more jumpers in this world?), but then I saw a lady wearing one on the running trail, and she looked amazing in it. SO I gave it a go. The piece has even made a few appearances on the blog:
Apparently I like this outfit combo…
It isn’t an exact equivalent to the current Runsie, but the concept is similar.
Confession #3: I have to say, for the most part, I really enjoy this piece. So, I thought (with a suggestion from Cathryn the Brit that probably wasn’t meant to be taken seriously) that I would share some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of the Running 1-piece for those that might be curious.
Favorite features and benefits:
1) With built in bike shorts that DON’T ride up (my favorite thing about Lululemon running skirts), this is great to wear for long runs. No thigh chaffing! It looks like the Runsie has a liner instead of bike shorts though.
2) The “top” doesn’t ride up. This is a personal pet peeve of mine. I hate constantly having to pull a shirt down. Ride-up doesn’t happen with this jumper which makes me a less grumpy runner. BONUS: the top fits a bit looser (it looks like this is also the case with the Runsie) which helps hide the remnants of any carb-loading bloat.
3) There are less steps in getting ready for your run in the morning. Having to pick a shirt that kind of matches with a bottom can sometimes take more concentration than I have at 5:00 am on a Saturday. This piece eliminates that very frustrating step in the get ready process.
4) One less piece of laundry to fold. ALLELUIA!
5) If you are using the jumper as an outfit for a destination race, you are less likely to forget part of your ensemble at home. On the other hand, if this is the piece that you forget…you’re kind of screwed.
6) In my humble opinion, just unique enough to stand out, but not too weird to cause people to stop and scratch their heads. I really don’t think most people even notice, truthfully. A few weeks ago I got a bunch of comments on my green socks and not a single mention about the jumper. HOWEVER, I think the Runsie is a potential head scratcher since it doesn’t have the mid-section “separator ” in a different color and is therefore very obviously a 1-piece.
Less favorite features:
1) Lack of convenient “bathroom” access. This seems to be the biggest concern among consumers, and it is a legitimate one. Because it doesn’t come with a built-in bra, you are basically required to wear something on top, so you can at least know that if you do run into the porta-potty and forget to lock the door (guilty), that the unsuspecting person who opens it won’t get more of a show than they were anticipating. BUT, it does add seconds to your undressing and re-dressing time.
And if you really have to go, this may mean the difference between a successful pit stop and complete crisis.
2) Sometimes, it might be possible for someone to get their leg caught in the wrong opening which typically results in a dramatic fall to the floor. I mean, some of those holes look a lot like the others. It happens. Luckily, this rarely results in broken bones.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the 1-Piece?
You won’t hurt my feelings if you tell me that my running outfit is weird.