I’m a runner.
Okay, so I don’t jump out of bed and hit the pavement every single morning because “I can’t start my day without a run” but over the years I have come to enjoy the peace it brings me, the challenge, and the overall health and fitness part of it.
In fact, unless I am signed up and registered for race, or if my husband suggests we go out for a run together, I ain’t going anywhere!
With that being said, I have been running since 2003 when my boyfriend (now husband) encouraged me to give it a try. A seasoned runner himself, (and pretty damn fit may I add ) he taught me how to run. He even stood under an umbrella, timing my first mile run at a local high school track while I struggled to complete the four laps in the pouring rain.
Before then, I had never, I repeat NEVER been able to run more than a few minutes at a time. One year later and one week before our first wedding, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC and in April 2011 I ran the London Marathon and in true social media fashion I tweeted and vlogged along the way. It was a massive achievement for me after having had my son in January 2009 (that story itself deserves another blog post, so I will save that for another day).
So what about running in style? I have never been overly concerned with the look of my running shoes or gear, but I do like to look the part and like when I find gear that are both stylish and functional.
Running apparel can be very expensive. A technical top and jacket can cost up to $100, and running tights can go for $50 – $90. But I have found that Target sell Champion brand running clothes at a fraction of the price.
The dry max (absorbs sweat) grey top I am wearing was only $9.99 and the blue sports bra $16.99. The tights were bought in London, but they go for $20- $25 at Target. I have been wearing Champion for a few years and their range is good quality and quite varied (they have lots of bright colors but I tend to stay on the dark side).
As for running shoes, you should never go cheap on those. Noooooo! Running is free and the shoes on your feet are the most important investment. Having inappropriate footwear can make or break your run. And not to mention your knees!
Make sure you go to a proper running store and get the right shoes for your running style (you run on a treadmill and you have your feet assessed) The prettier or better looking running shoe you have your eye on may not be the right one for you.
I recently found these New Balance 890 Speed REVlite ($100) running shoes that are both light and neutral. I was lucky that they were the right shoes for my feet and super stylish! I love the grey and pink combination because it adds a feminine touch.
Now the Mr. and I are training to run the Washington DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (that’s 13 miles) in March so I am getting out there most days and I am not allowed to complain or back out of runs. Yikes! Wish me luck.
If you are thinking about stating to run (or already do), or want to know more about anything mentioned just let me know. I may not be fast, but I can make it to the finish!