I can’t believe that we have just over a week until the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K weekend! Spring has come to Savannah and the race course through the city will be graced with blooming azaleas. No matter what distance you’re running on April 2, the views will be outstanding.
The race itself promises to be the main event of the weekend, but let’s not forget about the New Balance Fashion Fitness Expo on April 1. Located in the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, the Fashion Fitness Expo will host not only packet pickup, but also some incredible vendors and sponsors, offering great products and services for the athletes.
I always love checking out the latest in activewear and running gear, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!
In the meantime, I had the opportunity to try out an outfit and shoes from New Balance, in advance of the big day, and I have to say, I was quite impressed.
I absolutely loved the bright color of the NB Ice Short Sleeve top. I don’t have anything quite like it in my current running wardrobe, and it’s always nice to incorporate something different.
Living in Florida, short sleeves shirts aren’t my typical choice: I either wear long sleeves or tanks, with no in-between. However, the fabric of this top was incredibly light and the NB ICE technology in the fabric allows for fast drying and sweat-activated cooling. Perfect for those sweltering days.
The vertical vents on the back allow for two-way air circulation, and there is even a little loop (in orange on the neckline) to help keep media cords in place. Reflective trim is a nice safety feature, especially now that the mornings are so dark.
Overall, I liked the fit: not too clingy and long enough for my torso.
Now, I was a little nervous about the Impact 3 Inch Shorts.
Three inches sounds incredibly short for my long legs and tall frame, but I was pleasantly surprised to find they were perfectly appropriate with a comfortable and flattering fit.
I love the wider, power mesh waistband with internal drawstring, and the angled, zipped pocket on the back right hip: it’s great for a key or gel packet, or any other little thing I might want to carry on a run. They also sport a comfortable internal brief, which fits just as well as the shorts, themselves.
These NB 3 Inch Shorts didn’t ride up and with NB DRY technology to help wick sweat away, chafing won’t be an issue.
Last, but certainly not least, the most important part of any running ensemble: the shoes.
I over-pronate, with medium-t0-high, flexible arches, and was quite happy with the feel of the 860v6.
They are on the lighter side for a stability shoe with an airy synthetic mesh upper, but with plenty of control and just the right amount of cushion. The shoe fits true to size, with a bit of a wider and rounded toe box, leaving plenty of room for my toes to spread and grab as I’m moving. The no-sew upper eliminates any rubbing. The dual cushioning system makes the 860v6 a softer shoe than I usually wear, but that extra cushioning is great for increased mileage.
Who’s ready to check out even more at the New Balance Fashion Fitness Expo?
- Friday, April 1
- 10:00AM – 8:00PM
- Hilton Savannah Desoto (15 East Liberty Street, Harris St. Entrance off Madison Square)
Hope to see you there!
If you’re not currently registered for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, don’t miss out on the fun! Online registration closes on March 30 at 11:59PM!
And stay tuned through out the next week and a half: I’ll be keeping you up on date on all the excitement leading up to race day!