On your next run, go the extra mile with a mantra proudly stated on a cute top. Created just for runners, these cheeky tanks and tees depict our love for the sport and inspire us to keep going. Whether you run for passion, friendship, or strength, wear your sport proud, and when in doubt, just keep running!
So long sweltering Summer, and hello crisp, cool Fall! I find that the drop in temperature this time of year inspires me to get back on track with my morning runs. Problem is, seasonal weather changes can make it tricky to dress appropriately. For a smooth transition to Fall, here are some gear tips to keep you dressed for running success.
- Dress like it's 20 degrees warmer. The actual temperature when you start your run is going to feel quite warmer once your heart rate rises, which is why it's important to factor in an extra 20 degrees. This way you'll never overdress. And you can always use this handy tool on Runner's World's site, which tells you the right running clothes to wear for the current weather conditions in your city.
- Layer up. Layering is key during the Fall season. You don't want to be freezing as soon as you start your run, so wearing the proper clothes will prevent this. As soon as you start heating up, you can undo zippers, roll up sleeves, or tie your windbreaker around your waist (I like fairly fitted ones so they aren't a pain to keep tied on my hips).
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Slightly obsessed with tracking your workouts? Grab your iPhone and discover the wonderful world of free running apps. The built-in GPS allows you to track your run no matter where you are: on trails, busy neighborhoods, or dirt roads. Whether you want an actual Google Map of your route, a calendar showing off the days you worked out, or to share your workouts with your pals on Facebook or Twitter — there's an app for that. If you're new to the running app scene, here are six free iPhone apps you'll want to check out.
Britain's most eligible bachelorette sure loves to run! For her morning jog, Pippa Middleton donned a pair of Lululemon shorts that she previously wore when competing in a triathlon last month (the Groovy Run Short, currently sold out), Ray-Bans, and New Balance sneakers for a pastel layered look. Want your own royal-worthy gear for your workout? Check out how Pippa does it below.
Clockwise from top left: Puma Mahanuala Convertible Pant ($50), Nike Essentials Filament Capri Pants ($45), Stabilyx Tight ($86), Salutation Crop by Lululemon ($78), Pearl Izumi Superstar Knicker ($80), ALO Women's Workout Short Capris ($55), Nike Twisted Be Fast Dri-FIT Cotton Capri Pant ($45), Jillian Michaels Collection by K-Swiss Women's Favorite Capri ($78)
If you like lacing up and going for your daily runs in the early morning or late in the evenings, you should consider wearing reflective gear to increase your visibility and ensure your safety. Check out my picks for reflective apparel:
Clockwise from top left: REI Airflyte Running Capri Pants ($42.50), Nike+ Air Max Moto+ 8 Road-Running Shoes ($95), Pocket Model Pepper Spray ($10), New Balance Reflective Jacket ($40), Petzl Signal Flasher ($15), Nathan Reflective Running Sleeves ($25), Nightlife Mesh Cap ($24)
It's Spring! Time to rip off that Patagonia down jacket and throw on a lightweight hoodie and a tank instead. Check out what we'll be sporting on our Spring hikes, runs, and bike rides (clockwise starting from the top left): Athleta PR tank ($59), Y-3 Cut-Out tank ($47), Lululemon scoop neck tank ($52), Zobha Amelia tank ($62), Lucy Propel tank ($35), Lucy Karma racerback tank ($30), Athleta Nadi tank ($59)
On your mark. Get set. Go! When the leaves start changing colors, I know it's marathon time. Long-distance runners are getting fired up for Washington DC's Marine Corp and New York City marathons. As they quickly approach, participants are fine-tuning their last lengthy runs and stocking up on their gear. Lend your running friends a helping hand and make sure they are ready for race day with these five essential items.
When running, whether practicing or racing, you want to make sure that you're wearing moisture wicking material so that you aren't soaked in sweat with clothing that is sticking to you the entire time you're working out. Here are my top picks for race day: the Nike Dri-FIT Pacer Women's Running Tank Top is perfect for running on a hot day. I can barely tell that I'm sweating while I'm running; but best of all, it doesn't have a built-in bra! I hate sports tops with built-in bras, because they very rarely give you enough support. For shorts, I really enjoy my Run: Speed Shorts from Lululemon. You can barely feel them when you're running, and don't ride up. Also, they have three pockets so you have somewhere to put small items that you may need to carry on you while running. And for socks, my favorites are my WrightSock CoolMesh II Double-Layer Lightweight Ankle Socks, which help prevent blistering. These are a polyester/nylon blend and are also moisture wicking; they are the only socks that I can wear without having stinky feet after a run!
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It says "Breathe Deeply, appreciate the moment" and I love every little thing about it. Why? Because it's awesome, that's why!
Okay, for real, I love this shirt because it is so lightweight, I hardly feel like I am wearing shirt. Especially important in the hot weather. It is made with Silverescent which is an anti-static and anti-stink fabric so it won't smell stinky after I run in it a dozen times. There is a little cinch cord around the waist so you can let it hang loose if you want, or you can cinch it like I do so it doesn't flop around while you run. I've also worn this shirt during Bikram yoga and it is AMAZING for that too! I didn't get heated like I did when I wore other shirts and the cinch cord came in handy during some of the poses so my shirt stayed where I wanted it to; none of this fiddling with my shirt to get it back to where I wanted. I am also a fan of the larger arm holes and the flat seams because I feel like I have full freedom to move and no chafing! Chafing hurts!
At $58 it certainly isn't the most affordable, however, with the amount of times I have worn it and will continue to wear it I think it is a great investment. I currently have two, the one in the picture and a bright green one that says "Push Yourself, Run, Do it Now." That one I got lucky and snagged it from the loot! section of the website.
The review for the other half of my go-to running outfit will be posted next week!
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