Today I’m teaming up with JD Sports and Nike to talk about running.. one of my favorite topics! JD Sports is teaming up with Nike for Nike’s “Women’s Race Series,” which takes a look into what athletes have to do to prepare themselves for the biggest race of their lives. JD Sports outfitted me in the Nike clothing in the below pictures in exchange for a bit of my insight into how I prepare to run the biggest race ever.
I chose a dri-fit racer back tank top because these are my FAVORITE! It’s so breathable, pretty and keeps me dry during my run. Or as dry as a human sweat machine can be! Their dri-fit bras help too. Double whammy when you pair a dri-fit bra with a dri-fit tank top!
And these capris. I die! Capris are my favorite to run in, and I actually only run in Nike running capris. They work for me, so why stray from something good? I LOVE the mesh in the back. It makes these capris feel ultra-sexy and I feel bad-ass when wearing these!In my running career, I feel that I have had a handful of races that I would classify as “the biggest race of my life.” Each of these races have been a monumental race in my life; from my first 5k, to my first 10k last fall, and now to my upcoming half marathon in August, which will indeed take the icing as the biggest race of my life!
All of these races have incorporated different types of training, but all of course were important. My first few 5k races my training was literally just running and building up my endurance. When I started out running, I honestly did not care about anything like speed work, hills, HIIT, fartlek runs, etc. I just ran to ran and called it a day.
The first time that I actually followed a training plan was last fall for my 10k. I had never run more than 4 miles, so running a 10k was intimidating for me, especially since I was in the worst shape ever! I followed a couch to 10k program that I downloaded on my iPhone and followed it to a t. It’s funny how sticking to a plan will actually work and improve your running. Go figure, right? 🙂
Now that I am in Week 4 of my first ever half marathon training (OMG), I am really focused on my training by:
- Getting proper sleep & going to bed early and being okay with it
- Fueling my body with healthy meals while still treating myself to keep from feeling deprived
- Getting fitted for the shoe that is best for me (you). Your feet will thank you every step of your run
- Strength workouts to build my strength and push me up those hills
- Running hills. Don’t be a sissy. Do the work now and it’ll feel easy on the hills in the actual race 🙂
- Stretching; before and after and during if you need to
- Fueling during my training runs
- I use a Nathan fuel belt that holds 2 water bottles (water & Nuun) and a pocket to store my Gu Gels/Chomps, id, chapstick, tissue (so I don’t need to use a leaf to blow my nose.. done it several times. Verdict: not fun), my phone
- Smile at some point during your run.
- Maybe you conquered that scary hill, or you hit negative splits, or you’re fueling properly during the race, or you just feel like you have wings. Whatever your reason is, smile. It might not make you run faster, but it will make you feel happier.
What is your ideal running outfit?
Do you run in shorts or capris?
What’s the most important race you have or will run?
*JD Sports outfitted me with Nike capris and a tank top in exchange for a post for Nike’s Women’s Race Series. All thoughts, opinions, and awkward poses are my own.