Lululemon’s Post-Marathon Recovery Events

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Lululemon has made an incredible investment in the City of Chicago this last year. They opened the first experiential store which showcases a full floor of men’s and women’s clothing, a café, workout classes, and even a meditation room. Opened in Lincoln Park in late summer, this 20,000 square-foot store has already found a good home with Chicago athletes.

While most of us know the incredible comfort and style that lululemon brings to athletic wear and professional wear alike, many may not be aware that lululemon also supports endurance athletes with their clothing and events. Lululemon had a full lineup of events surrounding the Chicago Marathon. From classes to fueling options, and even a cheering station at the marathon, Lululemon was out to support Chicago Marathoners. Check out their lineup of recovery events and run clubs that Chicagoans can be a part of:

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Store Run Clubs– weekly cadence

  • Tuesday 6PM: Gold Coast(930 N. Rush St) starts at the Rush store & finishes at Joe & the Juice.
  • Tuesday 6PM: Lincoln Park(944 W. North Ave) starting and ending at the Lincoln Park store.
  • Wednesday 6:15PM: Bucktown(1627 N. Damen Ave) starting & ending at the Bucktown store.
  • Friday 6:30AM: Naperville(21 West Jefferson Ave.) starting & ending at the Naperville store, lead by ambassador Jon Janulis.
  • Sunday 7:30AM: Oakbrook Center (622 Oakbrook Center) starting & ending at the OBC store, lead by ambassador Heather McCarthy.

Recovery: Lincoln Park Experiential Classes (944 West North Avenue)

Strength + Mobility taught by ambassador Dustin Hogue

This class goes back to basics and focuses on the fundamental movements of strength training. Using self massage (foam rollers & tune up balls) and mobility techniques, athletes will work through an intensive warm-up in preparation for the movement pattern of the day (Squat, Hip Hinge, Press, or Row movement). Focusing on strength, reps will be low and resistance will be high. Class will finish with muscle specific recovery using foam rollers and tune up balls, and meditation.

Flow + Release taught my ambassador Lauren Bellagamba 

This restorative yoga practice opens with a flow that will help you explore and expand your body and awareness. You’ll then transition into trigger point massage with yoga therapy balls. Bliss. 

-Strength for Runners (in partnership with our Lincoln Park run club) taught by ambassador D. Mike Kelly 

This class isn’t just for runners.  This strength training class takes place after run club to build your strength and endurance so you can perform faster, better, harder and stronger.

-Group Meditation (and solo meditation offerings) taught by ambassadors Kelly Maher and Sarah Cunningham 

Center yourself with this group meditation class that explores self-worth—how to build it, what power it holds, and how to carry it with you in everyday life.

And while you’re in the store, you can check out their newest line of soft, comfy athletic wear. Packed in my marathon go-bag was the Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew, which is great for cold weather. It’s “anti-stink” technology makes this piece a great addition to any fall running collection.

Another one of my favorite pieces is the Fast and Free Tight, which is made from lululemon’s classically soft and comfy material. My favorite part about lululeom’s tights is that I don’t have to yank and pull them mid-run! They stay up and in place, just as they should.

Since I am a shorts-runner when it comes to marathons, I had these tights ready to put on following the race. Although I always appreciate their comfort, there is nothing like slipping into these leggings after 26.2 to make a girl feel good. And not only is this comfort available for females, men can take advantage of this casual comfort as well.

I don’t have to go on about the amazing product that Lululemon produces, because most Chicagoans are already aware. I’m so thankful to have lululemon in my community supporting us as marathoners.

If I wasn’t a believer in the lululemon brand before, I am now. I appreciate any company that takes pride in their city and lululemon showed bucket loads of pride with all of its marathon support.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete

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