*Image above via Tracksmith. They make exceptional running gear.
I got into running every other morning last August, and it took until sometime this spring for me to really hit my stride. The routes that used to be excruciatingly difficult — the ones I’d save for mornings where I felt energized and strong — are now handily accomplished. Running is interesting in that way: it reveals both the frailty and strength of the human body. On the one hand, I feel absolutely charged running up the final (steep!) ascent on one of my routine routes, as I always think to myself: “This part used to totally kill me, and I can do this now, and with strength.” On the other hand, I am more consistently aware of my body and its aches and pains now, as it is far more common for me to limp around on sore legs or massage my aching calves. I’m sure this is true of all fitness regimens: they require an attentive return to the body. Running settles me into my own physicality, roots me in it. I like the way it feels.
A couple of recent fitness finds to power through our early summer exercise routines…
I LOVE THESE SHORTS, THOUGH I WOULD SIZE UP ONE SIZE — I TOOK THE SIZE I USUALLY WEAR IN LULU AND FOUND THAT THEY RAN A TINY BIT SNUGGER THAN I WOULD LIKE
I HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH THE WELL-PRICED LOOSE-FIT TANKS FROM TARGET, AND THIS ONE COMES IN GREAT COLORS
I’M INTRIGUED BY THESE ON CLOUDNOVA SNEAKERS (THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION RELEASE FROM THE BRAND DESCRIBED AS “FUSING ELITE-LEVEL RUNNING TECHNOLOGY WITH A STREET-READY SILHOUETTE”)
BUT I LOVE THE LOOK OF THIS $25 SPORTS BRA AND JUST ORDERED IN BOTH THE NAVY STRIPE AND THE ROSE BUSH PINK
ADORE THIS FITTED JACKET FOR COOLER MORNINGS, WHICH BOASTS SUN PROTECTION!
STILL MY FAVORITE RUNNING SOCKS OF ALL TIME — ETERNAL THANKS TO THE READER WHO RECOMMENDED THIS BRAND!
GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT COAT FOR THROWING ON OVER TENNIS / GOLF / YOGA GEAR
ON MY RUNNING MORNINGS, I JUST ORDERED THIS TO APPLY TO MY CLEAN, MOISTURIZED SKIN — SPF AND A TINY BIT OF A GLOW
STILL OBSESSED WITH USING THESE FACE WIPES POST-RUN
I HAVE SEEN A TON OF WOMEN WEARING THESE NEW BALANCE RUNNING SHORTS IN THE PARK — THEY MUST BE GOOD?
P.P.S. Some tennis and golf outfit ideas in this post!
P.P.P.S. You are enough.