|My gym essentials|
|Nike Free running shoes: sportsshoes.com*|
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 Yes, it's ancient and out of date, but it still works nicely.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.