Fun Summer Running Gear

Fun Running GearI participate in various forms of movement and physical activity but I think I would have to say that running is definitely my physical activity of choice, or at least I am most stubborn about it.  There is something about just being outside with your thoughts, listening to your breathing or boom of super loud music in your ears, that just makes me so happy.

I have mentioned before that when I am not feeling super motivated I will purchase a new pair of running socks to get me excited about running.  Socks are my go to because out of all the running gear I could be buying to motivate myself socks are the cheapest.  But this got me thinking what are my favourite running things?  This is when I realized there are very few things besides my running watch (which I honestly feel could be any brand), orthotics and sun block there are only a handful of things I feel I couldn’t live without.

So here they are the items I feel like without them running would be that much more difficult.

Run Gear1. Lululemon Stuff Your Bra: This bra is nothing short of incredible! Not only does it offer amazing support, the bra itself has tiny little pockets for your keys, cell phone, tissue, lip gloss, tiny little sunblocks.  Sure it is a bra so you don’t want to be stuffing a water bottle in there, but for a house key or your iPod or cell phone this bra is perfect.  The addition of items to the bra’s pockets doesn’t compromise the support it offers, this bra is also awesome in the gym to carry around your music so you don’t have ear phone cables all over the place.

2. Lululemon Run Inspire Crop: another lulu gem.  I love these pants because the mesh on the back of the leg.  I am not much for running in shorts on longer runs however that can become challenging on hot days.  The mesh helps to cool down your leg while still giving you some good coverage.  Also as #1 didn’t give you enough options for storing things, these guys have a nice little pocket on your backside for keys, cards or whatever you would like to put in there.

3. Fuel Belt: The fuel belt above is from the Running Room, it isn’t necessarily my very favourite ever but it is one that has lasted me over 5 years and came in at under $25 so I really have no complaints. Regardless of the brand you choose if you are running more than 5k and it is warm out you should be bringing some water with you and for body balance reasons I find hands free is the best way to go.

4. WATER BOTTLES: as mentioned above water and hydrating is an absolute must during your day, and more importantly when you are outside in the sun being active.  Personally I have two of these little guys threaded onto my fuel belt, one is filled with straight up water and the second normally has some type of electrolyte concoction in it. I like these little bottles because they aren’t overly heavy, and to be honest running with water can be annoying but I am always thankful for it after a long run.

5. Running Hats: I am sure I have mentioned this in the past. I don’t do well with sunglasses, I get too sweaty behind them and become uncomfortable pretty quickly.  I prefer a hat, not only for the reduced sweatiness but also for the protection from the sun.  I am a ginger and therefore burn pretty easily, plus who doesn’t want to protect their face from the harmful rays of the sun?  Now there is a difference between a regular old baseball hat and a running hat.  Running hats are so much lighter and breathable than other hats out there.  To be honest I have no idea what brand my hat is, I went to a Sport Check and bought a hat for $20, the back is mesh and the rest of the hat is made of light weight material.

There you have it. These are my tired and true items, if you didn’t notice I am not much for spending huge amounts of cash on my running gear (I guess besides my slight Lululemon obsession). I find the key to good summer running gear is to make sure the materials used are light weight, breathable and whenever possible moisture wicking!   I understand that I didn’t list my running shoes here which are arguably a must have when running, however when it comes to shoes we all have very different needs and feet.  Personally I tend to buy the same brand year after year, but always try on various brands when purchasing a new pair because designs change, shoes fit differently from year to year and you never know when you might find something that is better suited to your needs.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Let me know what your favourite running gear is in the comments below, I am always on the look out for fun new running stuff.

 

Coconuts and Core

I would like to start off with saying Happy 4th of July to all of my American Pals out there! I hope your celebrations are filled with friends, fun and tasty foods!

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This morning I started my day off with a delicious smoothie make of kale, strawberries, apple and coconut water.  I initially bought some coconut water to make a refreshing watermelon beverage for Canada day. I figured it would be a great non-alcoholic option, and seeing how coconut water is full of electrolytes and we were all sitting in the sun for the afternoon I figured it couldn’t hurt. Since this success I have been obsessed with coconut water. Now I am not, I repeat not, a fan of the flavour of coconut water on its own. But once it is mixed into something, I find that it does a great job of taking on the flavours of whatever it is added to.

So I am not sure if you have guessed it yet, but yes I am going to give a rundown about why coconut water is so awesome!  There are loads of reasons why coconut water is so awesome (besides its flavour that is) but I have decided to pick just five.  So here it is, why coconut water is awesome!

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  1. Unlike coconut oil and coconut flesh, the water is naturally low in fat and calories. The water is actually sourced from young green coconuts and is just a clear liquid that lives in the middle of the coconut.
  2. Coconut water is filled with electrolytes! Commercial sports drinks are (in my opinion) gross. They are filled with sugars, salts, and various other colourings, flavourings and other weird processed wonderment. Whereas coconut water (as long as you are getting the delicious unsweetened organic stuff) is just, well, water from a coconut! Although there is some sugar it is naturally occurring and there aren’t mass amounts of it.
  3. It has as much potassium as eating FOUR bananas, and that well that is bananas. Potassium is great for brain function, muscle cramps, lowering blood pressure, ensuring healthy growth of muscles, helps your metabolism process things like fat, proteins and carbohydrates, and the list just keeps on going!
  4. If potassium wasn’t enough coconut water is full of nutrients, like complex B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates.
  5. It is also anti-viral and anti-bacterial, which means it is a good go to the next time you get sick.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest here is the workout I have been promising you all. I have been neglecting the cardio section of my workin’ it section so I figured it was about time for me to post dedicated to getting you super sweaty.   This one should do the trick and should give you that wonderful muscle ache in the core tomorrow.

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Be sure to take no longer than a minute rest between sets, the whole workout should take you about 25 minutes to complete.  For the skip rope if you don’t have one just mimic skipping rope it is just as effective. And if you are looking to kick it up a notch to the russian twists grab an 8-10lbs medicine ball or dumbbell and hold it in your hands while twisting from side to side.

Let me know what you think of the new workout in the comments below, and let me know if you have any other suggestions of areas you would like me to focus on in my next workout.

Happy Thursday Everyone!