When I talk to my 2 year old niece on the phone, my favorite thing she says is…”Hey Auntie….Boo!” Maybe it’s because Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.
Unlike previous years though, I’m down to the wire trying to figure out a great costume I can wear to the Halloween event my “running” club is having. I’m not worried though; I’m pretty sure I can put something epic together in just the few days left before it’s time to get spooky. The trick though, is to make sure it’s a costume I can run in!
You may have read that I ran my first race of 2012 last weekend. The Universe must have known I was busy, because it just kept plopping writing material in my lap. I was standing in the bathroom line after warming up in shorts and a long sleeve tech-shirt on a sunny 45 degree morning. I was comfortable. Sweaty, even. One of my fellow runners looked at my apparel and said, “Aren’t your legs going to be cold?” I bit my tongue and smiled a little inside. What a great way to introduce the second major piece of running apparel we will all be choosing on a daily basis this fall and winter: bottoms!
Dressing for summer running is easy: less is more! But if you live in the northern US like me, you’ve probably realized that it’s officially fall, and that means A+ running weather! But it also means the temperature is fluctuating like crazy.
I often marvel at the differences in how runners dress for weather. A few weeks ago I was enjoying a run on a dry 50 degree morning wearing shorts and two top layers: one short sleeve and one long sleeve technical shirt. I passed a woman running in pants and a winter parka.
A thigh-length, fur rimmed parka.
I instantly felt the urge to have a What-Not-To-Wear-Style intervention. But rather than forcing a stranger into confrontation I thought, hello – Running Fashion Police: Weather Edition! Read more >>
In honor of the first day of summer, Mint gave us some great tips for staying cool. I’m here to continue that conversation by telling you to take off your clothes! That’s right ladies, we’re going shirtless! But first a little mood music:
I ran my first marathon in a white cotton long sleeve shirt from the Gap, paired with 1990’s uber-trendy fuschia Umbro soccer shorts. It was pouring rain to boot, which meant by the time I crossed the finish line, the hem of that awesome shirt (which would now be in a pre-race “throwaway” pile) was making a play for my knees. But truth be told, I don’t think that outfit had anything to do with looking cool (although I did love those Umbros) – it was simply what I had.
Times have changed since that rainy May morning in 1998, and I’ve learned a lot about running clothes. We started out with Cool-Max, moved on to wicking, got more creative with our fabrics. And somewhere along the line, we as runners and the companies that dress us turned athletic clothing into an industry that rivals – and often melds with – more traditional clothing lines. Lululemon, anyone? Read more >>
Recently, Salty reader Colleena sent me the following tweet:
Discussing how fit one’s legs should be to not be judged in a tight fitting boy short for a race. @saltyone, thoughts?
@ColleenWithAnA I think if you’re comfortable rockin’ them go for it! We can get away with a little more skin showing for races. Go #BUNZ!
After thinking about it for a while I couldn’t help but wonder if I was too hasty in my response and way oversimplifying a complicated subject. While I do believe we should all wear what makes us feel good and not worry about what those cattier among us might think, would Stacy and Clinton leave it at that? Read more >>
I did this as early as the 90’s running for my high school cross country team. We had these rad neon orange outfits and for Regionals we all spray painted our hair orange with that Halloween type spray.
For Boston in 2010 I added some fun red streaks for speed. Note this resulted in stained white clothes, hair color does bleed some times!
Think coloring your hair is just for fun runners? Think again! Miss elite Anna Pierce rocks out some of the most rad hair color for big track events to match her Nike kit!
2) Faux Hawk!
While your coach may prefer that you get attention with your speedy times sometimes it is fun to make a statement with your hair. If you look spunky you may just run spunky too!
3) Don a Tiara!
I reserved this tactic for my 30th Birthday but many runners don a tiara or a crown and let me tell you the spectators loved it! The tiara was light weight, I had fun, and I ran pretty fast!
4) Funky Headband
There are so many great headband company’s for running out there. Bondi Band, Sweaty Band etc. My gold headband made a huge splash at Columbus and Boston! Hot pink’s a good headband color too.
5) Au Natural!
Skip the pony tail and pig tails and let that lion’s mane run free! My hair is just in that middle ground space where it is too long for the faux hawk (without some serious product) and too short for pig tails. sometimes it is fun to go sans headband and let your hair fly. It makes for exciting race photos when caught at just the right moment!
Bonus: Tiny Hat.
Ok. Maybe this one’s not such a great idea.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?What fun things have you done with your hair for race day?
I raced out of the subway station and dashed across four lanes of traffic on 14th street, desperate to make it to JackRabbit before they closed. We wrapped early–8:00–on a Thursday and I had called at lunch to make sure they had the beautiful Brooks Racer STs I’ve wanted for months (but hadn’t had the money to buy). I knew they were discontinuing the color and were sold out online, but I’d made sure to have them hold a pair for me.
I bounced on tiptoes, grinning wide as the saleswoman set the box on the counter. “You sure are excited!” she remarked. I beamed back at her as I opened the lid and–
They say everything old is new again and this holds true in running fashion. Minimalist shoes: so 70’s. Knee socks (functional and otherwise): so 80’s. As in the greater fashion world, the running scene is just going back to the 90’s. Trendsetting Nike has reintroduced some of it’s 90’s styles including the Pegasus and the Huarache.
Since Salty Running is oh so cutting edge, we’ve decided to help you decide which decade’s fashions best suit your personal style. So without further ado, the latest super-scientific Salty Running quiz:
70’S, 80’S OR 90’S WHICH DECADE’S STYLES ARE SO YOU? Read more >>
Are you a skirt runner? I’ve never been completely down with the running skirt thing. I wore one when I was pregnant, but that’s only because it was the only maternity running garment I could find at the time. Otherwise, I don’t do skirts for running. They’re just not my thing. I like simple garments. The skirt seems superfluous over the attached shorts. It reminds me of that gym shorts over sweatpants thing people used to wear. (Wouldn’t shorts AND pants make your crotch hot? Don’t get it.) Plus, skirts don’t say fast to me. Maybe I’m being sexist in my garment choices, but skirts seem too easy breezy and joggy and not let’s-get-serious-and-RUN! Maybe I’m missing something.
Of course, just as I was accepting of my sexist and simple non-skirt wearing stodgy shorts-wearing self along came an even bolder trend: the running dress.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a cute dress. I’m a bit girly when it comes to that. I admittedly like to look pretty in my non-running life. Plus dresses are so easy–one piece and away we go. There’s no coordinating necessary and dresses tend to fit even with minor weight fluctuations where pants and skirts can be way less forgiving. I loved dresses when I worked in-house as a corporate attorney and I love them as a mostly stay-at-home mom. But my runner self can’t really get down with a running dress.
To me they are running skirts on ‘roids. They seem even less like something I could run hard and fast in. I’d love one to wear after a run when I’m chasing the kids around the playground, but not when running. Sorry! I must be weird though, because running dresses appear to be a big thing. Many major running apparel companies make a version and there is even an entire company dedicated to “exercise dresses.” I’m curious what you think:
Whether you’re like me and think running dresses are a strange phenomenon or think they’re the greatest thing since spandex, here’s a gallery of running dresses for your viewing pleasure:
1. The Nuu Muu Bluebell is available here. (Nuu Muu is the exercise dress company).
If you’ve been in a runner store recently you probably noticed the big trend in running shoe styles is super bright colors. My newest trainers, for instance, are a solid florescent orange. It’s a little weird slogging along at recovery pace in florescent shoes, because nothing says fast like flash. (Or should I say nothing says look how huge my feet are like florescent shoes. Ok, that’s probably just me.)
Because bold colors symbolize confidence and strength, no type of shoe wears flashy better than racing flats.
So, whether foot flash helps you run faster, flatters your feet or is just something you love this season’s bold and bright flat offerings will not disappoint!
With all running shoes I recommend you head to your local running retailer to be properly fitted. No matter how adorable a pair is, they need to fit you right or they won’t be worth much as a running shoe. That being said, here are links to online retailers for more information on each model and to buy if you’re confident you know what size and style is right for you.
1. Saucony Grid Type A5 in Blue/Citron/Light Pink is a women’s shoe and is available here.
2. Brooks T7 Racer in Color 371 is a unisex shoe and is available here.
3. Nike LunaRacer+ in Pink/Blue is a women’s shoe and is available here.
4. Saucony Grid Fastwitch 5 in Purple/Citron is a women’s shoe and is available here.
5. Newton Distancia is a women’s shoe and is available here.
6. Mizuno Wave Musha 4 in Lime Punch/Prism Violet/Chinese Red is a women’s shoe and is available here.
7. New Balance WR 1400 in Neon Yellow/Navy is a women’s shoe and is available here.
8. Asics Gel Noosa Tri 7 in Neon Pink/Coral/Noosa Glow is a women’s running shoes made specifically for triathletes and is available here. The shoe actually glows in the dark!
As always I need to add the disclaimer that I race for a team sponsored by Nike Running.
With a handle like Salty, you know there’s a part of me that loves anything a little nautical inspired. I have always loved sailor pants and boat necks. Never been an ascot fan, though. Anyway, I was perusing some spring running apparel styles and noticed that stripes are very big this year and I could not be more excited! Check out this gallery of stripey goodness!