Picking out a workout/running outfit almost falls on par with picking out an outfit for a night out. Make sure it matches the weather, make sure the colors match, make sure it’s comfortable for moving around in, that sort of stuff. Although I have been known to go out in the middle of the winter in a very short skirt- not the best decision of my life. But for working out, there are a few very specific things you need to keep in mind as you decide what to put on. The last thing you want to have to be doing is adjusting your clothing in the middle of your workout right?
FEEL THE BURN
No I am not referring to a sunburn. One of the worst things that can happen during the middle of a workout, particularly a run when you are far away from home, is chafing! This time around in my training, it is an unfortunate issue for me because I still am working on getting rid of that stubborn fat that built up on my arms, legs and tummy from pregnancy. This is a particularly tricky part of my outfit decision at the moment, because you need your running pants to be tight enough to hopefully avoid that pesky chafing but if they are too tight, well then I just start to look like a sausage link. So once I find a pair of pants that are relatively clean and fit well then I will match the color top. Over the years I have acquired a very ridiculous amount of workout clothes so I have lots of color options to choose from. I would say at least half of my wardrobe is working out or being active outside related, I may have a problem.
If I end up making poor choices, the inside of my arm and, well, you know, down there, are two of the most common places to chaf. I have found two solutions for this issue, coconut oil and Honest Organic All-Purpose Balm. I know it may sound a little silly, especially if you correlate coconut oil with the kitchen, but it is being used now for tons of beauty and skin care needs. So I put some under my arms and down between my legs before heading out the door and it works like a charm. I also throw a small container of it in the bottom of the jogging stroller just in case. I have been known to be standing on the side of the road with my hand down my pants trying to avoid some serious discomfort later on! Probably had a few people driving by wondering what the hell I was doing! The Balm is great for a spot that may have developed without realizing it until it was too late and helps it go away pretty much overnight!
MOBILIZING AN ARMY
Once I have my outfit all situated then I have to get the stroller loaded up and my little guy ready to go! My necessities are water and one bottle mixed with my BCAAs, my phone and fitbit watch, chapstick and my Duduma Polarized Sports Sunglasses. These are a recent purchase and I am super happy with them, even with my small face they look good and stay nice and snug on my face. In the’ Valley of the Sun’ sunglasses are an absolute must! For my little run buddy, he gets a bucket hat and lots of Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion since he is paler than the surface of the moon! So far he hasn’t burned or even gotten a base coat, and he’s spent a decent amount of time in the sun, which is just the nature of running in a flat valley full of developments and very little shaded areas.
Now that have everything I need and we are both situated it’s time to get out the door and get my sweat on! I just completed my 8 mile mark this weekend with only 7 weeks left till the marathon! It was a rough run but my pace is getting faster and I don’t feel like I’m trying to run through jello as much anymore!