publix savannah women’s half marathon & 5k: running style at the new balance fashion fitness expo

I am an ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K. As a result of that partnership, I was gifted these items from New Balance for personal use and review. All opinions are my own.

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.

New Balance returns as a sponsor to the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K, showcasing styles from their spring line, as well as plenty of race-branded apparel and merchandise.


courtesy of Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

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!


courtesy of Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

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!

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21 Responses to publix savannah women’s half marathon & 5k: running style at the new balance fashion fitness expo

  1. That outfit is adorable, and the color of the top is perfect for spring. Are you wearing this outfit next week for the race?
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon RecapMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I had a different outfit planned for the race, but I might switch out and wear the shorts. I’ve never worn a t-shirt for a race, so even though I like it, now might not be the best time it to try it out.

  2. I love the outfit! Perfect for spring! One day I will start wearing shorts. I will have to add this race to my list. I always mix it up with the Publix weekend in Atlanta. Hopefully this one won’t have ATL’s hills! Have a great race!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I wore shorts pretty much all winter, except for a couple of days. I always like having some other options of style, so these were great. I *think* this is going to be pretty flat. Definitely not hills like ATL, but maybe not as pancake flat as where I live.

  3. Looks like some great gear. I really like New Balance running gear, just can’t wear their shoes.
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…Final Live Fit Trainer Results & Thoughts on the ProgramMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      Shoes are always tough – these were actually on my list as a pair to try to add into my rotation, so it worked out well. I really liked the feel of the fabrics and fit of the items, so I know that I can always look at NB for future apparel purchases.

  4. That shirt is super cool – and the shoes! I love the color!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…NYC Half Marathon Race RecapMy Profile

  5. The New Balance outfits are super cute, and I love the bright color! It’s nice to see that races are getting a lot more fashionable with their clothing. It must be exciting that your race is almost here!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Cherry Blossom Training Week 8 RecapMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I am excited. Disappointed that my training hasn’t been what I wanted it to be, but I am being positive and making the best of the situation. No matter what, it’s going to be a fabulous weekend.

  6. I love it when races have fun fashion and fitness expos! Cool swag. Good luck with the race next week
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Triathlon Pre-Season To Do List Be Ready To Swim Bike RunMy Profile

  7. How fun to get to try out some new gear! Sounds like everything was a win! It’s nice to try things you don’t normally go for, especially when they work out well!
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  8. Kim Hatting says:

    I like the color and cut of the top, but I agree with you…I don’t care for short-sleeve shirts either. I’d rather do a tank with arm warmers than a short-sleeve top….I think it’s the fabric “touching” my underarms that annoys me.
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  9. I have been to Savannah several yrs ago but never to race. That’s cool that New Balance is the sponsor. Usually it is Asics or Brooks.
    lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Rockin in at Rock n Roll Dallas Half MarathonMy Profile

  10. I think New Balance has really upped their apparel game. Lucky you got to try out such a cute outfit! Wish I could join you for this race.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…I’m having an affair…with runningMy Profile

  11. cute stuff! I just got one of their catalogs in the mail and they have really snazzed up their line! Good luck with the race!
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