Disclaimer: I am by no means a sports and fitness expert, nor do I play one on television. That said, I have gotten my sad little booty into much, much happier shape by grabbing the proverbial bull by the horns this year, and Moving More and Eating Less. And running.
I've been asked to share some of my favorites in the realm of running. Shall we begin?
I'm a big fan of Newton Running. I wear these shoes. I am striving for the midfoot strike, also known as natural running, or Chi Running, if you will. These shoes are pricey, and are light as a feather. They may not be for everyone, but for now, they are most definitely for me.
I've been slowly amassing more and more running duds. Here are some of my faves.
I can't say enough about this skirt. When I'm in it, I feel adorable. Plain and simple. End of story. Plus, it skims my butt in a more flattering way than any compression short ever could.
I have a few pairs of these basic compression type of short.
I just picked up a pair of these for the cooler fall weather.
I just picked up a few of these for fall. I love the flattering fit. Not too tight, and skims just over the muffin.
This is perfect for mornings below 50 degrees. It has great little thumb holes in the sleeves, too.
Love this jacket. It will keep me dry in the rain, and help keep the wind out, too.
I adore this hat. I have a few others by Nike, but this is my go-to hat. It has a great sweat band inside the hat. Helps keep that sweat at bay. It also hides any second day black hair dye, if you get my drift. I ruined my white Nike hat after washing that grey right outta my hair… lesson learned!
Gotta keep the girls in line, people. I have two of these and my 36Cs don't move an inch. Well, mostly.
Buh-bye boob chafe or chub rub. Anything that's rubbing, this stuff is a miracle potion. I don't run without it.
I have a 5th Generation Nano, which of course you can't buy on Apple.com. But man, I'm thinking of upgrading to the this one:
Oh, mama. Come to…mama.
Although this is not the most accurate of systems, I love Nike+. It has been the key driver to my running. Keeping track of my time, distance and pace, and helping me to at least challenge myself to continue adding to my growing number of miles.
Because I don't wear Nike brand shoes, I need a shoe pouch to place my sensor into. This one is not only cute, but works like a charm. Mine is hot pink, to match my shoes.
RUNNING READS & INSPIRATION
I don't know about you, but I like to soak up inspiration where ever I can find it. Here are a few great reads for runners.
Run Like a Mother
by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell
I swear to you, this is the book that made it all click for me. It made me realize: I am a runner. I am part of a community—a tribe of women—out there, making it happen. Plus, I heart the authors. They are both amazing, strong, inspiring and wickedly smart, funny women.
by Danny Dreyer
This book came highly recommend by many blog readers, and it didn't disappoint. It helps me to focus on my form, and to be out there, running pain free. In short, it saved my knees.
No Need for Speed
by John Bingham
I think anyone interested in running should read this friendly, informative guide by John "The Penguin" Bingham. He could be your new best support system. In fact, check out all his titles. They're all worth their price.
And that blog friends, is the list…for now. I'm sure it will continue to grow. Dan has to laugh at me, because for him? He needs shoes, a cotton t-shirt, ratty shorts and an iPod Shuffle and off he goes.
But let's be honest here. He won't look nearly as cute.