I am a runner. I run 5k (3.5 miles ish) 3 times a week. Not a big deal? Actually it is.
Two years ago I couldnt run for 5 minutes. And 5 years ago I was more than 90lb heavier than I am now. So to me its a huge deal…and I’m very proud of myself.
I run obsessively. I rarely miss a run and run regardless of weather, illness or date (I even ran on Boxing Day). Me and my fiancé even do runs on our holidays – we’ve done runs in France, Spain & Denmark so far!!! It has changed my life…as well as my body – in the last year my weight hasn’t changed much but I’ve gone from a UK 12/14 to a size 10. My anxiety (which I’ve suffered from for as long as I can remember) has pretty much disappeared and I feel for the first time, totally in control of my body and health.
But today lets talk clothing – what to wear for running when you love your clothes. Fashion is one thing but running gear needs to be fit for purpose, so I stick one one brand – Karrimor. I buy it via Sports Direct where it is greatly reduced and in my opinion its just great – many runners swear by the brand. Its tight fitting but great!
On my feet I wear Puma Descendent’s – I have 2 pairs I alternate, one older black and pink pair and a newer white and pink pair (more for summer) plus supportive/padded running socks.
Fitted long sleeve running top – this is great as a base layer or as a top when its a bit colder. For summer, short sleeve versions are available (plus vests for the 3 days in the year its hot enough 😄). Whats great about them? Bright colour and reflective stripes for visibility, mesh panels to help the body breathe and a tight fit that wont stretch or go out of shape.
Running tights – yes they are a bit scary if you have a few lumps and bumps you want to hide, but my view is, if anyone dared to make a comment youre the one running and theyre the ones sitting on their lardy asses! They are strangely flattering actually and where they are tight they act like shapewear. Whats great about them? Zipped back pocket, reflective details, zips at ankles.
Hat and headband – whether is cold or hot these do the job. A hat is imperative in the winter and I love the headband to cover my ears on windy days when my hair is tied back. Whats great about them? Reversible hat (pink is great for visibilty), a tight fit that wont stretch or go out of shape.
Underwear – you definitely can’t start running without a sports bra! That and trainers are the two things you can’t do without. I personally find Berlei bras really good and use a non wired version that you can also wear as a crop top. High impact is definitely the way to go. Obviously depends on your bust size but as I’ve still got D cup boobs I need them contained! Pants wise I’m still working on finding the perfect solution LOL. Some runners adocate going commando but I’m not so sure. My view currently is to wear seamless high waist pants that wont ride up or be too fussy – not sexy but hey, youre working out. Plus your bum is going to look a lot sexier in the long run!!!
Vest & cropped leggings – in the summer I go lightweight as I can’t stand being too hot. Capri leggings or shorts are perfect and a vest replaces my normal runnung tops.
Whats great about them? Breathable panels, zipped back pocket.
Fitness clothes do not have to be expensive – my last pair of trainers cost less than £20 and the running pieces start from around £4 at Sports Direct. A word of warning though, once you buy a few bits you just cant stop building up your running wardrobe!
If I’ve inspired you to try running at all I’d recommend the c25k app which trains you from walking to doing a full 5k run (and beyond). I was terrified but it really works. Give it a go, it might change your life!
All clothing – Karrimor via Sports Direct
Sports bra – Berlei
Trainers – Puma