When I first got into running I saw it as a shopping opportunity, it was an area of stores I’d not ventured into before. I’d basically buy stuff because it looked nice – not really paying too much attention to performance. Over the last few years I’ve hunted out a few personal favourites and discovered there is a happy medium between function and fashion. As my (running) wardrobe is #instagramgoals I thought I’d share some of my favourite items to get sweaty in.
They say an average womans boobs travel 3.77 miles in bounce when running a marathon!! Eeek. Being quite ‘large’ up top I really struggled finding something supportive and used to wear two bras to run in. This worked fine for a few years until I saw an advert for Victoria Secret. It declared their sports bras ‘The World’s Best’, I figured it would be incredibly rude of me not to put one to the test. I was so happy with them I bought one in every colour.
There are a few things to look out for when purchasing sports bras:
- It wants to feel snug, yet not restrict your range of movement, so check you can swing your arms.
- Check that you can fit no more than one finger under the band.
- Make sure the back band is at the same level all the way around and isn’t riding up at the back.
- Look for any seams and joins in the fabric that could chaffe.
- Jump up and down a few times in the fitting room to assess the bounce factor.
My favourite style of leggings are the 3/4 length ones. I seem to overheat too quick in full length bottoms. Nike Dri-Fit are the best for my shape and have a tie string waistband so you don’t spend your entire run hoiking them up! They also have a zip up pocket in the back – which is essential for storing my house key.
Another good buy I’ve found is H&M. Theirs are a little bit cheaper yet they perform and wash well (I’ve turned into my Mother). I’ve also had a very good pair from Primark too.
For bottoms that don’t have a zip pocket at the back a flipbelt is a great investment
Top tips for buying bottoms:
- Check the opacity – no one wants to see your underwear when you’re stretching.
- Make sure they’re not too tight no one wants a camel toe or a mid run wedgie.
- Pale coloured leggings accentuate your sweaty bits – stick to dark colours.
If there’s one area where you can skimp on, or buy twice as many because they are cheap! I prefer the fit of the Nike tops they are a flattering fit as they aren’t too clingy around the tummy area – yes they hide that pasta belly!!!!
On the cheaper end of the scale H&M come up trumps once again. They have a great range in lots of bright colours and designs for less than a tenner.
Top tips for tops:
- Look for breathable fabrics that wick awway moisture.
- Pick lighter fabrics over heavy so you don’t overheat.
- Check for seams in areas that could chaffe.
You can find links to all my favourite clothing purchases on the shop my style page of my website.