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Name: Rebecca Murillo

Things I am a part of: Oiselle Volée, Salomon Run Ambassador, SFRC Bay Birds Racing, 18 Reasons Community Cooking School, Berkeley Unified School District Gardening and Cooking Program

Ways I spend time: Running (trails and roads), cooking, wandering through grocery stores and bookstores alike, eating tasty foods, drinking tasty beers

Blog: Started as a compilation of stories from studying abroad, now turning into a compilation of stories from life, runs, and consumable goods.

Note: Inconsistent posts often due to amount of fun being had.

Straight Scoop: Lux Raglan Top

Last week was filled with many opportunities:  hanging out with the Oiselle Nest, taking some pictures, seeing friends, and trying on some new clothes (all the new clothes according to Megan’s tweet). Each opportunity deserves a post, but this one will be dedicated to the last item on that list.

To be more specific, this is the Straight Scoop of everything you need to know about the the new Lux Raglan of the  Oiselle Fall 2016 line which I wore for an entire sweaty workout led by none other than Lauren Fleshman herself. There is plenty of photo evidence of this shirt going to work (which will also be featured in future Oiselle things), and I am here to back up those photos with some written evidence (and lots of praise).

First off, as soon as I put this shirt on I was sold. I own a few other Lux pieces, one being the previous version of this shirt, and the fit of this is definitely more refined, with a closer to body fit that is ready to go for any and all runs. While the top is more fitted it is definitely not clingy, feeling more like a gentle, Lux-butter hug you may give someone you have just met, with a neck spacious enough to prevent any weird rubbing/chafing opportunities. I am also a huge fan of the Shine color and am so happy it made it’s way to the lux fabric, it’s the perfect way to cheer up gloomy mornings and the color turned out beautifully on the heathered fabric without becoming too dull or too bright.

During the fartlek workout I honestly forgot I was wearing a shirt, but not in the way you would expect from shirts made of mesh, or the ever-breezy hole punch shorts. The shirt felt like a second, lighter skin, and even though every minute brought on more sweat, the shirt did not feel sticky or uncomfortable, or most importantly, it didn’t sag! I have had several occasions where other shirts will sag as I run, and end up cupping my butt by the end of it, taking my attention off my workout or race and onto the fact that my shirt has somehow turned into a diaper.

The shirt did a great job of keeping me at a comfortable temperature as well as allowing me to wipe sweat on during the working without feeling like I oversaturate it.  Even after I finished and my body started cooling down, I didn’t feel the slightest bit cold because the fabric felt thick enough to keep heat in but also handled sweat like a champ, yes it shows sweat, but that’s just a sign to you and everyone else that you are putting in some great work, own it!

Workout wise, I actually thought this shirt was perfect for fartleks, but can see myself wearing it for more fall/winter tempo workouts to keep me warm and comfortable for longer efforts, I would probably not pick it for any run over 70, as I think the fabric does a better job of keeping in heat. This could also be an excellent post-workout shirt where soft and dry are the most important attributes. Currently, I’m training for the North Face 50k this December which means lots of miles and long workouts and this shirt will definitely be a go-to item for those slightly chilly, fog-filled, Bay Area mornings or early evenings (yes, the fog is there for both).

Overall, I think Lux is truly a Fall/Winter staple, and the raglan fit gives enough room to layer comfortably underneath to feel toasty without feeling corseted, and is just close enough to the body to layer over with a vest or jacket and not feel bulky.

I had so many layering ideas that instead of writing a long paragraph of them here is a bulleted list:

  • Race day top over the Volée singlet (especially the shine!), because you don’t always need a long sleeve on race morning
  • Under Vim vest or Vigor/Wallace jacket for a wet morning or warm up, add Lux gloves for lower temps (or chronically cold hands like mine!)
  • Over any tank for a pre-workout layer
  • Underneath a puff-vest or jacket for when you need extra help staying warm
  • If using as your main workout top, underneath the Lux tech hoodie for some doubly soft goodness
  • For feeling the coziest you could ever possibly feel, underneath the Girls in Hoodie, soft fleece on top of soft lux? It actually makes me excited for cold, rainy days.


Head up, wings out!

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New Post, New Design

Like dusting off your racing shoes after finding them shoved in the back of your closet, taking out that juicer you bought to “cleanse” and gave up after 3 days, or more literally picking up the pen and putting it to paper after a LONG time, this blog is all jazzed up and ready to go.

For the third time, I am going to start writing consistently, and stick to it (trust me on this one, guys). Why is this different? Because my community has grown, my experiences have become more meaningful, and I am so darn inspired by countless other blogs that I just had to get back in the game.

Keep It Simple 3.0 is bringing you more a comprehensive view of the wild world that is my running life and how I manage to feed myself. Maybe there will be some extra posts thrown in there, but with the help of you, dear readers, I shall adjust to popular demand accordingly.

And now, a list of updates! What has happened in the last 2 years (no, seriously, it’s been two years since I touched this thing)

  1. I have moved 3 times: SF > Berkeley > Oakland
  2. I have had 3 more jobs: Bi-Rite > 18 Reasons > Berkeley Unified District
  3. I have run plenty of races taken one step into the world of ultrarunning with my first 50k
  4. I have found amazing communities through food shared, group runs, and the running teams I have become a part of: Oiselle Volée, Bay Birds Racing, and the Salomon Run Ambassadors

Alright so two years is harder to list out than I thought without getting crazy long. But we are all here now, so let’s just go from here, ok?