It’s no surprise that we spend a third of our lives in bed, yet it sort of catches me off guard every time I stop and think about it. As runners, we are so focused in our mileage, routines, and groups that it’s sometimes easy to forget that we should really be investing on making sure our sleep is as solid as we can make it. There are so many articles and posts out there about runners needing good sleep to optimize their performance – and just generally feel better all the way around. Runner’s World has an old article that said this:
It’s during the third and fourth stages of a typical sleep cycle when a body heals itself. That’s when the human growth hormone (HGH) is released from the pituitary gland. Although it’s gotten notoriety as a performance-enhancing drug, in its natural form it plays a key role in building and repairing muscle tissue and bones, as well as acting as a catalyst for the body to use fat as fuel. Without the right amount of HGH in the blood, recovery from workouts is hindered, prolonging the time it takes the body to build a strong aerobic engine.
But what if you’re not getting to those stages appropriately? Obviously, your performance will suffer.
We recently received a few tops from rabbit’s new Run Fast Lounge Hard line to try out.
Matt: One of the key components I find for my own sleep is not only having a good mattress, but ensuring that I am comfortable and relaxed in the evenings. As a historical basketball shorts and tee-shirt wearer, it sort of did the job, but not all that well. Long shorts and uncomfortable cotton tee-shirts didn’t really make me feel like I was doing the best job at putting comfort and relaxation at the forefront. And since I am now up at about 445a most days to run or workout, I need to make sure that I am doing everything in my power to make sure I am at the most ready for bed.
The rabbit polka shirt is a perfect top that can be utilized for comfort. However, it’s design isn’t too casual that you couldn’t wear out for a late night store run and feel like everyone is staring because you are wearing pajamas in public. At first glance, it looks like a simple polka dot shirt, but real runners in the know will see that they are in fact miniature rabbit logos that we know and love.
The soft cotton/poly blend construction is nice (and has seemingly gotten softer with some washes under its belt) and the relaxed fit is perfectly made. It’s not so big that it feels like a draped sheet, but not so tight that you feel self-conscious about yourself at bedtime. It seems to occupy that nice middle ground. As a taller runner (almost 6’2) I was pleased to find that the shirt sizing appeared true (I tried a Large) and that it was long enough for my torso. Sometimes I find athletic shirts aren’t necessarily designed for my body shape and they run small, causing my stomach to showcase itself every time I raise my arms. Not the case with this top.
I am a fan of rabbit and their gear and, while not completely running related, the rabbit polka tee, and the rest of their new lounge line, seem like perfect additions. I’m gonna go take a nap now.
Nikki: “Loungewear,” by definition, is clothing that’s meant to be worn at home. But if it’s comfy enough and passable outside the house, I feel it can serve a dual purpose to this busy mom who sometimes forgets to brush her teeth. The long sleeve women’s shirt is definitely cute enough to wear outside the walls of my home without raising eyebrows, and cozy enough to wear to bed when I get home.
From the very first time I put this shirt on, it felt super soft against my skin. There are no itchy seams or tags and the material feels great immediately. Picture one of your favorite shirts that has been worn for years and feels comfortable in all the right places, except it’s not all stretched or worn out yet. Some shirts with graphics on the front feel stiff in places and the lettering gets all raised and cracks over time. This is not the case here. The shirt says “born to run free” across the front and you wouldn’t even know the lettering is there based on feel alone. This shirt is not cheaply made and I love that this company manufactures their clothes in California rather than overseas.
I sometimes wear a size small, but I received this shirt in a medium. I think a small would have fit fine, but the medium is not bulky in any way. It’s long enough to cover everything well, which is appreciated by someone like me who is longer in the torso, but it’s not awkwardly long like some shirts are. It’s a relaxed fit and it’s very flattering.
I love that the shirt will continue to get softer the more often I wear it, as I plan on wearing it a lot in the future.
Company: rabbit (Facebook)
- rabbit polka ($40)
- 62% polyester / 33% cotton / 5% spandex
- long sleeve ($40)
- 62% polyester / 33% cotton / 5% spandex
More about rabbit:
At rabbit, we believe in ethical, sustainable manufacturing. That means that all of our running apparel is manufactured in Los Angeles, just 100 miles south of our home in Santa Barbara. This gives us access to advanced manufacturing facilities while allowing us to keep a close eye on all aspects of production.
When we want to make something new, we don’t have to ship samples back and forth to Asia or try to do design by video conference. No, we just drive down to the factory and talk to the people who make the product. It works really well. Most importantly, we know for sure that all of our apparel is made in conditions we approve of by workers who are treated well and fairly.
We make running apparel that we want to wear, and we do it in a way that we can feel good about. That’s the rabbit difference.
Thank you to rabbit for providing us with sample items. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.