Wednesday, 25 September 2013

you feel it running through your bones..

My gym essentials
Nike Free running shoes:*

Here's an outfit post I never thought I'd do. Although you'd be forgiven for thinking it doesn't look like it at the moment, I spend quite a good deal of time at the gym. I alternate my time between swimming (which I try to do every morning before work, purely because it's quieter - see my post on pool rage, here), spinning classes, and a gym program which has been developed by one of the PTs there. What it didn't include, until very recently, was any running, as that's something I've always wanted to get into, but struggle with the motivation for if I'm on my own. Previous attempts have seen me dig out my running shoes, get to the end of the road and then think I'll just walk for a bit, which ends up being "until I get home". Fail.

I'm really not a traditional gymwear person, either. I agree with Chloe, that the most important thing is to do the exercise, not what you wear to do it in. [Incidentally, I don't know who Katherine Jenkins is, but if she wants to look good whilst running a marathon, good for her - why not focus on the running a marathon for charity part, not the lipgloss!] I don't often notice what other people are wearing, I'm usually too busy thinking about what I'm doing next, or whether I can fit in another set of reps or something.

So, a typical gym outfit? Well, I'm struggling with my body shape and image so much at the moment as it is, that it took a HUGE amount of effort to even wear these cycling shorts to the gym, let alone for pictures, but I did need something a little cooler than jogging bottoms when the weather was hot as the spinning studio tends to get to tropical temperatures when it's warm outside.

I tend to just team them with an oversized band tee, as I have lots of those, I don't wear them for anything else and it means I don't have to spend much of my clothing budget on gym clothes. Those big sportswear shops overwhelm me. I never know what kind of anything I need. The only "proper" sports thing I try and buy are sports bras, although I've found that my recent ones haven't lasted very well, so if you have any suggestions of brands to try, let me know! Also, of course, I'd be lost without my iPod. Yes, it's ancient and out of date, but it still works nicely.

I'd heard good things about the Nike Free range, and anything had to be better than my ancient pair of Kangaroos which I used to wear for college, back in the days when I wore jeans on a regular basis. (Yes, THAT happened). So, when Sports Shoes asked me if I'd like to review a pair of their running shoes, of course I said yes, and after some advice from a friend at the gym, I went for this pair.

The first thing I noticed was how light and flexible the sole is. It feels almost like you're not wearing any trainers, which is supposed to be the best for running. I've been using them for a week or so now, and I really like this about them. It makes it so much easier to run on the treadmill, and it may just be my imagination, but I feel much lighter on my feet when I'm wearing them. Plus I managed to run more than 1k on the treadmill the other day, which I reckon must mean they're magic. I won't put in for any marathons yet, but it's a start. That's the thing about exercise I suppose; there's always room to progress.

Does anyone have any running tips? I do think it's something which would give me a new focus, and I do like to change my routine a bit every now and then. 


  1. These trainers are like walking on air aren't they! Im trying my best with running, i seem ti have lost it bit from taking a break. My advise would be just push yourself i quite often think i need to stop but if i push myself i can keep going xxx

  2. I can't give you any tips when it comes to running as I'm bloody useless (try Claire from Jazzpad!), but I got some sports bras from M&S which are pretty good. They're not as cheap as Primark, but I've had them about a year (it was a pack of two), and they're holding out just fine

  3. You look really svelte in those shorts. I am awful at running, it just bores me though I did the fastest time out of friends in a 5k race for life a few years. But this was a one-off occurrence and by no means indicative of any skill or training!!!

  4. I love those shoes! I over-pronate really badly so can only wear certain types of running shoe and they're never the snazzy ones :( Running advice from me would be to try a couch to 5k programme and keep at it - you feel like you're dying at first but you'll start to see improvement really quickly - good luck!

  5. I like the cross trainer at the gym but I need to do more weights work to tone up I think. Is this typical of what you would wear to spin class? I am hoping to go next week but I don't know what to wear!

    Maria xxx

  6. Totally agree about the exercise being really important, not the gym outfit! I usually wear band t-shirts too!