Have you ever considered the anatomy of a running outfit? I’m sure most of us have some tried and true favorites that we wear while logging our miles, but I definitely rely on certain items of apparel more than others. Let’s check out what I’m wearing.
For the most part, I rely on tank tops. It’s hot here, and for some reason, I like tanks and long sleeve shirts. There is no in between. My sleeved tops are a mishmash of wicking tees, half zips, and fleeces and I’m not incredibly attached to many of those, but we’re here to talk tanks. I prefer light-weight racerbacks, that aren’t too clingy. Old Navy and Target are my go-tos for these shirts. They accommodate my height, aren’t too low-cut, and wash really well. Plus, my favorite styles are less than $15 each, so winning all the way!
Getting The Proper Support
The right sports bra is always critical to a solid running ensemble, and I am pretty dedicated to two particular styles. I like a strappy bra instead of one with wide straps, and I prefer it not be cut too high on my chest. Anything too close to my neck or throat makes me feel incredibly claustrophobic, so no thanks. In a perfect world, I would always go for the Lululemon Energy Bra, but Old Navy makes a similar style that is about half the price. These are supportive, soft, move with me, and work great with my body.
Back in the day, I would run exclusively in capris or running skirts. However, I’ve slowly grown accustomed to running shorts, and now I wear them until it gets to cold to do otherwise. I’ve never been a fan of compression shorts, and so I go for a looser fit with about a 3″ to 4″ inseam. I have “athletic thighs” so I need something with “generous” leg holes. Pockets are great, but not essential. I’m also super happy if I can find cute patterns and colors, as well. There are three styles through which I rotate, all similar but different.
I only wear one brand of socks and that is Balega. It’s crazy how personal socks can be, but I will tell you that I love no-show socks that are super thin and lightweight. Balega socks offer a great variety that appeal to me, but also have crew and cushioned varieties for those who have different sock preferences than me. Women’s socks start at $13 on the Balega website, and I restock my collection every few months.
Check Out The Kicks
Just as I am devoted to Balega socks, I am incredibly loyal to Brooks running shoes. At the moment, the Adrenaline 21 GTS is the model that fits me best, and I am happy to stick with them. Again, running shoes are a very personal choice, but if you are looking for a stability shoe with just the right amount of cushion, look no further.
There are three accessories I always include with my running outfit: my Goodr sunglasses, RoadID and Garmin. To be honest, I don’t leave home without them. The sun in Florida is too bright to leave home without a great pair sunnies with polarized lenses. At $25 a pop, I have quite the selection.
My Garmin Forerunner 235 is a workhorse and does a great job tracking my runs. And my RoadID is a must have for safety reasons (remember, code RUNSWITHPUGS saves you 25% on your order on www.RoadID.com.)
And there you have it: the anatomy of my standard running outfit! With these staples, I’m always comfortable and confident, and that makes my runs even better.
Do you have a standard running outfit? What does it look like?
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