Now that training for my summer races has officially started, I’m finding myself in fitness gear almost every day of the week! Of course, even when I have a run planned that I know is not until 6pm, I might as well spend the whole day in stretchy pants – right? All jokes aside, if I’m going to spend a lot of time in workout gear, I want it to be things that are both comfy and flattering.
I get comments and emails all the time asking for recommendations on what to wear to barre class, favorite things to run in, and which headphones stay in my ears the best. So here is a list of all my favorite stuff – the things I’m wearing these days as I try to find a good balance between running, barre classes, and even just daily walks with the kids.
Lululemon Run Your Heart Out Crops – I’ve mentioned these before, but they are hands down my favorite running item ever. I haven’t really fallen too far down the Lulu rabbit hole – the prices are just so totally outrageous. But I do have a few key pieces (all bottoms) that I love. I ask for gift cards for my birthday and Christmas so that I can get a few things without passing out at the register. These crops have big stretchy side pockets on the legs where I keep my phone, Shot blocks, etc. during training runs and races. It is the only pocket I’ve ever found that is big enough to securely hold my giant phone. They aren’t making these right now, but if they bring them back I am buying at least two more pairs!
Lululemon Run Times Shorts – I finally caved and bought a pair of shorts last summer after melting during a really hot half marathon. I ended up wearing these all the time last summer, both for running and just for hanging with the kids during the day. They are super comfortable and a really nice, breezy material. I just bought a second color for this summer since I wore them so much last year!
GapFit Motion Racerback Tank – this is my favorite workout top, both for barre and for running. I buy them whenever Gap does the Friends & Family or 40% off deals. They are super flattering and a really great long length.
Brooks Women’s Versatile Run Happy Racerback – Even though I get to test out some Brooks merchandise through the ambassador program, I actually ordered this one myself. It is super lightweight and breezy, which I love. I hate running in tight, clingy tanks!
Brooks Infiniti Capri – I wrote about these last month, and I ended up ordering a second color that was on sale. They are a really nice material and they come in super cute colors and patterns!
Brooks Infiniti Anorak – This was another sale item that I ordered and actually planned to return. And then a cold, rainy day came along and I decided to give it a try instead (because I hate returning things!). I am SO glad I kept it. I ran five miles in windy, misty rain and I stayed completely dry. Bonus – it’s seriously adorable with the ruffle top and snap neck. My only complain is no pockets, which seems strange for a jacket. These are still on sale online!
Gap gFast Leggings – These are stretchy and have a nice wide waistband that holds in all the mushy stuff at my waist. I have several pairs of the full pants and one capri pair, and I wear them to barre regularly. Various colors and prints go on sale every few weeks, so you can also score these for really cheap (especially when there is an additional coupon).
Lululemon Wunder Under Crops – There is no denying the classic Wunder Unders. These were my first piece of Lulu and they are still in great shape three years later. I don’t love them for running (because I feel too jiggly) but they are perfect for barre and yoga. Also great for a casual day just bumming around with kids!
GapFit Breathe Heathered Tanks – These are cotton, so not as good for running, but they are awesome for barre (where I don’t sweat much). They are super thin and stretchy and come in a ton of different colors. I order these during all the big sales (<—- currently 40% off online right now!).
Target C9 Seamless Sports Bras – Now that I am done breastfeeding two kids, sadly there is not much left in the boob department. I prefer a lightweight molded sports bra, and these Target C9 bras are my absolute fave. They are a bit too light for running, but perfect for barre or just wearing with a tank in the summer.
Hello Apparel sweatshirt – If you follow me on Instagram, you know I can’t get enough of Hello Apparel. This isn’t exactly workout gear, but it’s my favorite sweatshirt to throw on before and after a workout, when I’m running around town. Softest thing EVER. I follow them on Instagram and watch for flash sales to get good deals!
Brooks Pureflow 4’s – I’ve been running in these for about a month now, and I think I’m finally willing to commit to say that I like these better than my Glycerins. They are super cushy inside, and I wear them without socks (although I’m not sure that’s how they are intended to be worn). They are really lightweight and remind me of the Nike Free’s I wore when I first started running.
Brooks Chariot – I am embarrassed to admit that I now have three pairs of these – I can’t stop buying them. I wear them for all my walks with the dogs and kids, and whenever I am headed to/from barre or yoga. They have great support and are less clunky than a traditional running shoe. I never take them off.
Merrill Pace Glove Shoes – Before I discovered the Chariots, these were my to-go walking and summer shoes. I still wear them a lot in the summer because they are breathable and so lightweight. Great for the beach or a hike. I originally had these in yellow and one of my dogs chewed on up (sob!), so I replaced them in purple. Casey has them too!
That’s all I can think of for now – all my favorite things, and what you can find me wearing 90% of the time these days. As far as fitness in general goes, I decided to pause my ClassPass membership for a few months while I’m training for summer races. There aren’t enough hours in the day or days in a week to take advantage of every fun fitness opportunity.
So for now, I’m focusing on running 3-4 days a week and getting to Barre3 2x each week – it feels like the right balance. I’m up to 8 miles for my long runs and I have a 15k coming up at the end of the month. Running feels pretty good right now, but I’m definitely slower than I was at this time last year. I’ve done a lot of my runs with my friend, Lacey, which as been wonderful – it makes such a difference to have a friend there for motivation and conversation.
I’m going to shoot for 8 miles again this weekend and hope to continue to build up those base miles. I’m hoping to get out for a run tonight if it stops raining. Happy Wednesday!