Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Running Essentials & Confident Twosday Linkup

Spring Running Essentials
The ice is finally melted on the bike path near our house which means it's time for spring running. For the past 3 years while we went through infertility and treatments I felt like my fitness was on a yo-yo. I would get in shape only to have to stop running. It would happen again and again. Now I feel like the stars are aligned and I am ready to start training again for a 5 or 6K. So what do you need if you are looking to start running this spring? 
1. Watch
Whether you want a lower tech option like a stopwatch and timer or something more savvy with a GPS like an apple watch (on my wishlist!), you need something to time yourself. I like to use it to time my pace, do intervals, or time my overall run to see improvements. I love with running you really are your own competitor! 

Spring Running Essentials

2. A headband
Because springtime weather is notoriously fickle, I normally have an athletic headband to help keep flyaways away from my face. Athletic headbands are the best because they are nonslip. If it's a colder day, I wear a fleece headband instead.

Spring Running Essentials
3. Layers
Some days you may only need a lightweight tee like the black dry fit one I am wearing. Other days a long sleeve top or lightweight jacket are needed. Layers are important, especially for distance run. You want to make sure you are comfortable and warm enough throughout the run. In springtime, I normally wear leggings, and a long sleeve dry fit top that I can tie around my waist if needed. The pink one from Zaful that I am wearing is perfect and only $10! It has thumb holes which helps keep your hands warmer on those windy days, too. 

Spring Running Essentials

4. An armband 
If you are the type of person who loves to listen to music, a podcast, or a book while working out, an armband is necessary. Personally I can't stand having my iphone in a jacket pocket banging against my side when I run. It's much easier to have it strapped onto my arm. Listening to music helps me keep my mind of things if I am running for a long time and it helps me keep my pace up if the music has a fast beat. 

Spring Running Essentials

All too often we run as the sun rises or sun sets to either start or end our day with a run. That means for a good part of the run we are running into the glare of the sun. Not fun. A pair of lightweight, polarized sports sunglasses will stay in place and ensure you aren't squinting throughout your run. They also help protect your eyes from UV rays. 

Spring Running Essentials

6. Good socks
You may think that any ankle socks are fine, but after running 7 marathons I will tell you differently. Good running socks have arch support, wick away sweat, and feel good on your feet. Your feet are carrying you for miles and absorbing most of the shock from each step. The least you can do is invest in some good running socks. I have a few pairs of Wigwam running socks and they are amazing! 

Spring Running Essentials

Hopefully these running essentials get you ready for a springtime 5K! 

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  1. I used to run a lot more than I do now, this makes me miss it! My body just can't take it like it used to - knees, hips, ugh! I do run once a week and it always feels good while I'm doing it. The biggest thing for me is the socks. I have so many problems with my feet and if I am not wearing the right socks I can't do it. For me Balega socks work really well. I am so happy you can get back to running again and your infertility treatments are a thing of the past!!!

  2. these leggings are so cute, I love nice workout clothes.


  3. Lots of good running wear tips!

  4. These are great tips and I am so glad the the weather is finally changing for that to happen. Cute running outfit and I love the headband!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

  5. Love both of these cute workout pieces! I haven't tried much athletic wear from brands like Zaful and SheIn but this is making me think I should!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  6. I admire your dedication to exercising and running, haha! When it's cooler here I don't like taking the dog out as much - it's so much easier to get out and about when the weather is nicer! :)

    No running for me though, I have an old knee injury.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a nice start to your week! We are looking forward to the Easter long weekend here.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  7. I don't run anymore, but we do take many walks. I've only gotten good about sunglasses lately, but they are so important!!

  8. You are in such great shape so soon after having a baby! LOVE this running outfit. It makes me feel so much better about exercising if I'm wearing cute clothes. That top especially is so cute!

  9. Great post! I love running outdoors and do so a much of the year as possible and everything you list makes it better!

  10. I'm not a runner but I think a lot of these essentials are good for a lot of different forms of exercise, even just getting out and walking (something I really need to do more of!). I love that cute pink top!

  11. Good Luck training for your 5k. I haven't ran in a year.


  12. I love this workout outfit, babe- great for going for a run!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. These are great tips Laura! I love this work out look too, your top is so pretty!

    xx, Elise

  14. You make running look so good! I love that hoodies, and your leggings. These are also great tips. I'm not a runner, but will remember these if I ever start!

  15. Springtime workout wear is so important. I just bought a few new pieces too! You look fantastic! xo Jana | www.janastyleblog.com

  16. Hi Laura!
    You look great, love your workout clothes and shoes. I find that makes a difference too in motivation and practicality. I used to do some running before my sickness, but now I walk and just love the outdoors.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  17. Super cute running gear! I am not a runner, but cute workout gear motivates me to hit the gym.

  18. This outfit is so cute! I would love to wear it when I'm training. So empowering with the pink too, love it! Xx


  19. Cute workout clothes make me so much more motivated! Look how pretty in pink you are and I love headbands!

  20. Such a cute running outfit! It's so important to feel good in your clothes when you work out! Love the pink!

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  21. I am not a runner, so I will totally take your word for it. Looks like you have all the essentials covered!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  22. Girl, I would wear that on a dinner date if I looked like you in it! Holy hot tamales! Going to check out Wigwam socks with my new foot issues. I have been of the school that any ole socks will do but maybe it's time to rethink that. You are a doll, inside and out.

  23. I would add sunscreen to this list as well!! I feel like even on cloudy days, it is a must! I really LOVE this entire running outfit on you, Laura! So fun and perfect for Spring running. :) Sadly, I've been cutting back on running lately... I've been only running a few miles a couple of times a week and now I've been doing more weight training. I just needed a break from all of the running. Maybe I'll get more into it once it warms up and I can get off that treadmill! I need to check out those Wigwam running socks, I could use some new ones and the ones I have are ankle ones!


  24. Now I know why you have some fantastic legs. I must have missed it but I did not know you run marathons. Good for you. You look great in your running gear too. Wear pink ore often.

    P.S. I know you love my poetry so there is a brand-new one on the blog, right now. =)

  25. You've run 7 marathons?! Damn girl!!

    xo Jules

  26. Oh my gosh...I am so not a runner and so wish I was. My husband ran one marathon and would have liked to do more, but gave up running due to foot issues. Our son is going to do his first 1/2 marathon in April (the Music City Marathon in Nashville). Laura, you sure don't look like you have an infant. You look GREAT!!!

  27. Oh my gosh 7 marathons!??! That's amazing. I love having a good headband and great socks. I love this outfit too, the holes for thumb makes me want to buy this top.

  28. Laura, you look amazing! I agree with all of your picks, good socks and shoes are must haves in my book. =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



  29. You nailed the running essentials! I ditched the arm band though. I like to hold my phone so that I can change the song if I want! Such a cute headband, too.

  30. Great selection, I need to re-start my running, I do prefer to go to my spinning/cycle class instead. Thanks for hosting, I'd love you to join me on my #chicandstylish #linkup. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  31. Cute workout outfits dear! Love the pink hoodie.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  32. A good outfit is a running must. I always feel like being a bit stylish helps me feel more confident to take on my fitness goals. :)
    Xx, Nailil