Yay for Friday! And yay for a three day holiday weekend. I’ve had a crazy busy week with ONE LIVE last weekend and then a visit from my grandparents from California. I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to sit down and relax. Luckily, both girls are sleeping for the moment and bah…. writers block. What the heck to write about today?
I thought I would share with you a few of my fitness favorites: gear, accessories and clothes.
Let’s start with some fabulous head bands. Once upon a time, I had long long hair. My hair would stick to my sweaty shoulders during runs and teaching class.
Then like most women, I chopped my hair off after I got married and it’s been chin length or shorter ever since. So as an active person, I had to find a way to keep my hair off my face. Headbands seemed to be the easiest option since they are quick but some would slip right off. I tried Bondi Bands and haven’t worn any other head bands since. The solid sweat wicking style is my favorite because they really stay in place. The printed styles are cute but they don’t seem to stay on my head. I have a dedicated drawer in my closet for my headbands. It’s an addiction.
Here’s a side question: How the hell do you grow out short hair? I always say I’m going to grow it out but I get frustrated when it gets to that awkward stage. You know what I’m talking about. When it’s too short for a pony tail but too long for my head band to control. Dave always rolls his eyes when I say I’m going to grow my hair out. He knows better. I’ll cut it. Grrr.
Let’s talk shoes. I’ve been a runner for awhile that I’ve run in lots of running shoes. I was an Asics 2100 series for a couple of years when I needed more stability to a running shoe. Then, I tried the Brooks Pure minimalist type shoes. These were lightweight and felt amazing to run in.
My last two marathons were run in the Adidas Boosts. You know the feeling of running in new shoes? That feeling as if you’re running on air; lots of bounce and cushion. That’s what these shoes feel like even with over 300 miles on these shoes.
They are designed with a patented foam that returns energy as you push off and the upper form of the shoe allows for maximum flexibility for flexion of the toes. The toe box is really wide which is really great for me since I’ve got a major bunion on my left foot. Ouch. It stinks.
Music on the go! Music motivates me so when I’m not rocking out in a class at the gym, I’m running with some tunes in my ears.
But dang, it took me awhile to find headphones that stayed put in my ears. Forget those Apple headphones. Those are terrible. I finally found some that DO NOT move and I love them. Find them here but I found them at Best Buy. They are slightly pricey but worth it if you do a lot of activity with headphones.
I live in workout gear. In fact, I don’t really remember the last time I bought regular clothes that I couldn’t sweat in. As a Les Mills instructor, there’s an unwritten rule that we should wear Reebok clothes to teach in. So my Reebok wardrobe exploded with their recent partnership with Les Mills.
But I haven’t run in Reebok. My favorite running brand is Oiselle. They are a smaller brand found in most running stores. I like them because they aren’t a mega brand and they give back to create a sense of community. They are about real women runners, supporting causes like maternal health. It feels good to wear there gear.
I love these shorts. They are so soft and not restricting around the thighs. The waistband is wide and soft. There’s a zipper pocket on the butt for securing a key or fuel gels. And there’s an inside pocket in the front too.
What is some of your favorite workout gear?