After running a few half marathons the past couple of years, I finally took the plunge and ran my first full marathon last October. Over my time of training and racing I’ve tried all sorts of gear and goods to … Continue reading
Looking back on 2017, I did a good job of setting yearly and monthly goals. I’ve found that writing out goals, making a plan, and reminding yourself of the plan helps hold yourself accountable. It’s so easy to start out … Continue reading
As winter hits in Minnesota, I’ve struggled with getting my outdoor runs in— especially long runs! The sunrise is so much later now than it is in the summer, so it’s not as easy to get out for a run … Continue reading
One of my favorite rooms in my house is my home gym that I created as a part of my basement remodel. It has become one of the most used rooms in my house and helps me stay healthy during … Continue reading
Over the last year, I’ve been working very hard training for my first full marathon, the Twin Cities Marathon in my home town of Minneapolis. The training has been pretty intense– especially the past few months, but I am proud … Continue reading
I received a few questions about my meal prep routine after sharing on Instagram. Before I became a runner I used to eat a lot of not-so-good food during the week, because I was terrible at packing breakfasts and lunches. … Continue reading
I’ve been trying to make healthy choices when it comes to food to support my running. I’m not a very good cook but I do what I can! After pinning lots of ‘healthy cookie’ recipes, I came up with my … Continue reading
A little over a year ago, I picked up running as a way to relieve stress and fill my free time after I was laid off from my job. The good news of this story is that I went back to my job shortly after and all this time later, I’M STILL RUNNING! It was a pretty slow transition for me into a healthier lifestyle, but the more I ran, the more I wanted to be healthy all around.
I’m also so proud to say that I just finished my second half marathon and finished in under 2 hours! Over the course of my training, I’ve tried a lot of gear and thought I’d share my favorites to save you the hard work (or blisters).
Best Shoes: Nike Pegasus 32 (or the *new* 33’s)
When I first started running in cheapie DSW Nikes that weren’t even running shoes (#fail), I experienced a lot of foot pain that actually sidelined me for a while. A friend recommended these as a supportive running shoe and after I got a pair, I have never looked back! I’ve tried other shoes here and there but the pesky pain comes back. In the winter, they offer a water-proof and reflective version Nike just came out with the new model and I love it just as much. I start to change my shoes out around 300 miles because I can sense they aren’t as supportive. Getting me to buy a new pair of shoes is not difficult though..
Best Sports Bra: Nike Pro Indy
These are the comfiest sports bra I’ve found and they are great for running. Or wearing pretty much every day like I do. They wash and wear really well too.
Best Phone Holder: Shockstock from Amazon
It drives me crazy if anything moves around when I’m running and I’ve tried quite a few arm bands to hold my iphone 6 while running. This cheapie option is the better than ones I’ve bought for double the price. It holds my phone in place and is super comfortable. It even has a secure slot to put my key!
Best Running Pants: Champion from Amazon
This has been my little secret for a while, but these $20 pants from amazon are AMAZING. They stay up while running (which is my biggest problem with pants) and they last way longer than pricer options that I have bought. They’re super basic, but work well for running or any other workout.
Best for Winter: Nike Pro Hyperwarm Collection
I live in Minnesota and run outside most of the winter. Nike makes a great line of gear that keeps you warm during the freezing winter. I have a collectin of pants, base layer shirts, and jackets that I layer depending on how cold it is. I love their zip ups so that I can unzip if I start to get warm. They also include a lot of reflective elements which is helpful when its dark in the morning and evenings. I’m still on the hunt for the best shoe spikes for icy roads.
I’m still searching for the best-ofs for wireless headphones and socks. And for spikes for winter, ones that ACTUALLY stay on. Any suggestions? What are your favorite fitness products??