Daily Archives: September 5, 2012

You Pick Wednesday–Running Gear Essentials

Fitness · You Pick Wednesday


A few weeks ago I ran the Run Against Traffick 5K with Angie, Molly & Heather.  After the race I got the following Tweets:



So, what was it about my outfit that gave them running gear envy?

I think it was the pockets!!  My pink Nike top has two pockets in the back which make it perfect for both running and cycling.

Or maybe it was the skirt.

Either way, Angie asked me to do a post on running gear.

I have a lot of it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of everything.  But imagine a dresser drawer so full that I can barely close it. Plus a tub of stuff under my bed.  I’ve been running since 2007 so I’ve been amassing my collection since then.

I do have some favorites, however.  And they include the skirt I’m wearing in the above photo.  And a top from the same company.


That company?  Skirt Sports!  Why do I love them so?  Because their clothes are designed by women for women.  One of the best features?  Cleavage alley!


That’s a pocket on the inside front of the top!  Because where do some women store stuff when they run?  In their bra.  So why not put a pocket there?

The Wonder Girl tank is my favorite from them and is the style I’m wearing above.  My skirt is several years old and I don’t think they sell that style anymore.  However, they sell quite a few other styles so it’s difficult to chose one that’s better than the other.

There is so much running gear out there.  You can spend from $10 to $100 or more on just about any piece.  I highly recommend trying lots of different brands, styles, and fits to find what you like the best.  Plus, the more you have the less often you need to do laundry, right?

However, my suggestions for basic running gear essentials are the following:

Running Essentials

Tank top | Hat | Arm warmers | Capris | Jacket | Visor | T-shirt | Socks | Tights | Gloves | Shorts

A combination of these items should get you through almost all weather conditions.  Plus shoes and a sports bra, of course.  Look for items that have pockets, are made out of polyester or other “sweat-wicking” material or have vented or mesh areas on them to let the heat escape.

Great brick & mortar places to buy running gear at good prices include Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, TJ Maxx/Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack.

Online options are plentiful but I prefer Running Warehouse, Holabird Sports, Amazon and The Clymb, to name a few.

Do you have any favorite workout gear?  Where do you like to shop for cute but functional stuff to sweat in?