3 Basic Rules for Choosing the Right Outfit for your Workout

Proper Workout Attire

With the rising popularity of athleisure plus the acceptance of wearing such things as leggings to work, we have a vast range of choices when it comes to workout garments. Especially when we are looking for pieces that we can wear from the gym to running errands or even on a night out.

From various cuts, fabrics, and fits – choosing appropriate materials that work for a sweat session and double as regular clothes can be difficult. Fitness friends, you know how much goes into mentally preparing and crushing that workout and what you choose to wear can factor into that mindset. Nothing is worse than having your workout completely ruined because of a poor wardrobe choice – Amiright? I’m not only talking to the fashion-conscience individual. In fact, I work out totally alone most of the time in my own basement or on a lonely gravel road – so we’re not talking about setting trends here. What I’m talking about is physical comfort. Being able to crush that workout without a thought of my clothing during said workout. Comfort and support in your clothing choices should always be a priority.

Here are 3 basic rules I follow when selecting my workout clothing:

1. Opt for Sweat-Wicking materials. AKA – avoid the cotton tee or shorts: Cotton absorbs sweat and doesn’t quickly release it through evaporation. Wearing heavy, damp cotton against your skin can give you the chills and cause irritation. There is not enough body glide in the world to convince me to run in cotton shorts!

Proper workout attire

2. Avoid Wearing Unfamiliar (untested) gear (at least for a major workout): those leggings may look modest when looking into your mirror at home, but it could quickly become X-rated as soon as you bend over to do deadlifts or as you become sweatier throughout the workout, not to mention unknown chafing areas (see point 1 above).

Proper Workout Attire

3. Choose items that fit: baggy sweatpants or oversized shirts can catch on exercise machines and equipment. My go-to options for most of my workouts are fitted 3/quarter length pants, slim-fitting long pants or moisture wicking shorts.

Another area worth mentioning is ensuring you have the proper base layer – aka proper undies. Comfort (for both men and women) starts with this layer and getting it wrong will almost always ruin your day, or at the very least, your workout. I usually go with a light-weight, full coverage poly-spandex blend. I like these Randies from Oiselle or Victoria Secret has some as well (I prefer the hiphugger version). For men, I have heard that these boxer briefs from Tommy John are quite comfortable.

And there you have it. I hope some of these tips help you enjoy your next workout in comfort—and maybe even in style!

Tommy John, a company that prides themselves on keeping you comfortable in any situation, created this graphic featuring the tips of experts like myself. Check it out below!

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Do you have any favorite clothing items to keep you focused on the workout versus on your comfort?

Until Next Time,
Meg

**The links that I have included in this post are NOT affiliate links, but simply links to some of my favorite things! 

Get Back Out There & #OwnTheRun

I was on a roll. I was back. I had run every single day for more than a week and I was feeling good. Even the dark scary mornings weren’t keeping me from getting out there. Then, circumstances beyond my control derailed things and I almost can’t recall the exact day that I ran last.

Whether it’s excuses or life events, we probably have all been there. And we all know what we have to do now: get back out there and #OwnTheRun

Easier said than done, right? Especially with the promise of colder and wetter weather looming as winter approaches.

Those of you who know me or have followed my running journey on my blog, know that I am somewhat of a fair weather runner. I like sunshine, a slight breeze (at my back the entire time, of course), no rain, no snow, sleet, nothing adverse. Of course, you might also know that I live in Nebraska, where those types of perfect running days don’t come around very often. You can either choose to run on a treadmill or buck up, get outside, face the elements, and take on Mother Nature no matter what she throws your way. Rather than suffer the monotony of every day treadmill runs, I choose the latter.

The game-changer for running in adverse weather conditions always comes down to the gear/clothes you choose.

My head-to-toe guide for winter running includes:

  • a stocking hat (I’m partial to my Brooks Cross Country stocking hat with a cute little pom-pom on top — sorry, I don’t have a link to this one as it was a coach’s special)
  • a wind-proof pullover (waterproof is also a plus — no link to this one either as it is a golf pullover that my sister gave me!)
  • wind-stopper running pants (my husband found these Saucony Wind Resistant Nomad Pants for me and they are the BEST!)
  • a good pair of gloves (no link because I’m still looking for the perfect pair of gloves — so any recommendations that you have, please put in the comments!)
  • wool socks (I like these Merino wool socks)
  • waterproof shoes (like these Brooks Ghost 9 running shoes with GoreTex)

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Let’s talk more about these GORE-TEX lined running shoes. Yes, they are a thing and yes, they are a-w-e-s-o-m-e! This is one genius collaboration and runners everywhere will be thanking brands for joining the GORE-TEX bandwagon. Want a chance to try a pair out for yourself? How about a chance to win an entire outfit? Our partners at GORE-TEX are offering readers the chance to enter the #OwnTheRun contest for a chance at great prizes. One lucky winner will win an entire outfit including new shoes with GORE-TEX® liner, running shorts, running pants, a jacket, headphones, and more. Head over to their website, share your #OwnTheRun story and cross your fingers!

I’m forever a Brooks fan, so I’m a little biased, but look at the details — clear down to the insole!

***Sponsored Post***
Links contained within this post are NOT affiliate links, but simply placed for your convenience. As always, all opinions are my own

What gear do you swear by to get you through the winter months? Any glove/mitten recommendations?

Until Next Time,
Meg

My New Compression Socks…and How to Wash Them

I’ve been longing for a pair of compression socks. I’m not going to lie, it’s mostly because of all the runners that I follow on Instagram and the pics they post wearing super cute socks! I’m a big fan of the fun colors and patterns, bold colors, oh, and the benefits of post race and long-run comfort that they claim to help with.

That being said, I finally got my first pair (or 3) of compression socks and I LOVE them! For all of the reasons stated above. I have now tried all three pairs out, wearing one pair in an adventure cross country race. Needless to say, they are stinky, sweaty, and in dire need of a wash. Which brings me to my guest post from SLS3. Workout wear does require a little bit of thought (and sorting) when in the laundry room and these socks are no different. After all, at approximately $30 per pair, you want them to keep their fit/tightness and last a long time. Read on below for tips from the experts at SLS3!

Plus use discount code BLOG40 for 40% off at SLS3!

Washing your Lycra containing garments

Handle with Care

You’ve spent your hard earned money on your exercise gear like Running Shorts or Compression Socks and now it’s time to put it to the test. After a grueling workout, you and your Lycra® containing gear are ready for a bath. By the way, Spandex is the generic Lycra® version. Lycra® is a brand name trademarked by DuPont.

After Your Workout

As much as we hate it, we’re all drenched in sweat after a good workout, which means our clothes are, too. If you don’t have time to wash your clothes right after your workout, or you’re too tired like me, then hang dry your workout clothes, making sure there are no wrinkle or overlaps. This prevents your gear from turning into a mildew breeding ground. Gross! It also helps prevent weird stenches from staying trapped inside your clothes.

Getting the Stink Out

The best method for remedying smelly gym clothes is to give them a prewash. Soak your Lycra® outfits in one part vinegar, and four parts water for at least 30 minutes before hand washing, or throwing them into the washing machine. Rinse your clothes thoroughly before washing them to get rid of any vinegar.

Some Dont’s to Remember

Do not mix vinegar and bleach ever! If your detergent contains bleach rinse out your vinegar soaked clothes before throwing them in the washer. Do not use vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washer if your detergent contains bleach.

Do not use heat for any of your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy the elastic properties aka the Lycra® fibers of your outfits. Avoid the dryer, ironing and the sun. Remember: Heat is bad.

Do not use chlorine or bleach. This will destroy the fibers of the fabric and you will get “bag and sag” syndrome.

Do not use Fabric Softener. These are used to soften clothes and will make sure your expensive garment will never retain its shape. Avoid the fabric softener.

In the Wash They Go

Although it is said that hand washing is always the way to go, most of us don’t have time for that. Don’t fret though! It is safe for your Lycra® garments to go into the washing machine following these steps. First, make sure that all of your zippered garments are zipped all the way up to prevent the zipper track from snagging onto other fabric during the washing cycle. Turn your clothes inside out. Put delicate items into a mesh laundry bag, lingerie bag, or pillowcase to protect them (Definitely do this for Bib Shorts).

Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Photo Courtesy of Instagram

The Set-Up

If you are worried that a pre-soak just won’t cut it for getting all the smells out, you can put some vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of your washer. This will make sure your washer will dispense vinegar in the rinse cycle. Always use cold water when washing your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy them. Set your washer on the “Delicates” setting to prevent damage of your clothes.

Less is More?

Use less detergent than you normally would for your Lycra® clothes. While detergent cleans your clothes, you definitely don’t want a build up of it on your workout clothes. A build up of detergent will trap in dead skin cells and trap bacteria into the fabric. If you want to make sure your clothes last, try a detergent designed for washing workout clothes.

Finishing Touches

After the washing cycle has been finished, hang your clothes up, or lay them down flat to dry. Never put them in the dryer. Remember heat is not friendly to Lycra® clothes. Lycra® is a fast drying fiber so your clothes should not take too long to air dry.

And now you have it! The right way to wash your compression socks (and other workout wear)! Thanks SLS3 for your expertise (and for your offer of 40% off to my readers! –use code BLOG40 at checkout!)

Are you a fan of compression socks and sleeves? I’d love to hear from you!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five features AfterShokz headphones in an effort to promote #AwareWithPink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (which, in case you live under a rock, is the month of October).

1. Tunes that inspire! As you know, I mostly listen to audiobooks during my sweat sessions (if you didn’t know, you can read about my obsession here). I also love old-school tunes such as Free Falling, Baby Got Back, and Bitch (I know, not appropriate, but the tempo is great and it’s fun to sing!) I would love to try AfterShokz new PINK headphones for a coupole of reasons: 1) they are PINK! 2) 25% of each purchase goes to Bright Pink – a non profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and education, and 3) They are safer than my current headphones, which pretty much block out my surroundings (PS: I run with only one earbud in so that I can still hear)

2. Give back!? I am hyper aware during October about Breast Cancer, but I need to do a better job throughout the year of educating and supporting #BCA. One of the things that I really like to do is research which companies donate 100% of proceeds from a purchase to an organization for cancer treatment, education, or research. I love that commitment and always try to purchase from that company. A few examples are: This super cute bra from Aerie, or this Key to the Cure Tee by Christian Louboutin, eos body lotion in Berry Blossom.

3. Be a self care advocateIt’s no secret that I am a fitness fanatic. If I can’t get a good workout in each day, I at least try and get a long walk in either by myself or with my kiddos. I lead by example in my household, always reaching for a healthy snack first (popcorn is a whole grain, right?!) Just kidding, my kids know that we expect them to eat fruit and veggies at every meal and we do the same.

4. Inspiring threads!  While these aren’t exactly inspiring, they are still my favorites of the moment: Of course, I love my Sweat Pink tank and lately, due to the morning chill, I also love my Brooks compression capris. They fall just below my knee, so they are perfect transition-wear for fall to winter. I’m also a stickler about my SparklySoul headbands. Seriously, if you have not tried them yet, you are missing out! I am ordering the reflector one in light of my recent running in the dark (find out about my skunk encounters here) and I might or might not own Every. Single. Pink. one they make.

What’s inspiring is all the pink things that are helping spread awareness for #bca…#wearpinkwednesday such as these cool AfterShokz headphones! I’m definitely a fan of the #AwareWithPink movement!

Trekz Titanium Pink wireless earbuds (AfterShokz is donating 25% of each purchase to Bright Pink!)

Trekz Titanium Pink wireless earbuds (AfterShokz is donating 25% of each purchase to Bright Pink!)

5. People who inspire! Nothing inspires me more than my little girls (who aren’t so little anymore — insert sobbing face here). I want to lead by example by leading a healthy lifestyle so that they can have long, happy, healthy lives as well.

My Material Girls … back to the 80s for Homecoming Week #80s

A photo posted by Megan (@pinkess1) on

Do you do anything special to raise awareness during BCA? Or for any other cause?

Until Next Time,
Meg

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AfterShokz in an effort to spread awareness about their new Pink Trekz headphones, in partnership with Bright Pink to support and spread awareness around breast cancer awareness. All opinions and words are my own and the links that are included in the post are NOT affiliate links, but link to the products for your convenience. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community. 

Friday Favorites 

Good morning friends! It has been a loooooonnnnnnggggg time! To get back in the groove, I thought I’d try something easy like a favorites post. The list includes many products that I’ve received lately complimentary, however all opinions are my own.

Happy Friday all!

Here are some products that I’m loving now — in no particular order.

Who knew that Cetaphil made moisturizer?! When I first went to a dermatologist at age 14, the only product that he recommended by name was Cetaphil face wash. While I’m not one to use only one product (I have to try everything) I always come back to  Cetaphil when I have issues, especially any sort of dryness. It is the most gentle product out there. As for the moisturizer, ditto. It is gentle and non-irritating to my acne-prone skin and it works really well to hydrate without the shine.  *disclaimer: I received this product from Influenster in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVE these Kushy Foot socks. I received an assortment in the mail awhile back and have managed to try out all the styles. The socks are made with a support fabric in the middle to provide arch support. I really like the dress socks and the athletic socks. I’m not wild about the yoga socks, but it could be one of two things: 1) The socks were for sizes 9-11 and I wear a 7.5 or 2) I’m not used to socks that separate my toes. The others, though fit pretty well and seemed to do the job of cushioning my run and my dress shoes.

  

Okay, with Superbowl Sunday coming up in T minus 2 days, I have to include a snack that, while not healthy, is super delicious and perfect for the big game. I received a bag of Oreida Tater Tots from Influenster and was challenged to create some recipes. One of the featured recipes was Totchos (get it? Nachos, but with tater tots?!) My husband and I crafted our one-dish Totcho recipe using black beans, jalapenos, colby-jack, hamburger, onions, and black olives. They were delightful! Later, we tried to make burritos using the same ingredients and they were equally as delicious!

PS: GO PANTHERS!

And finally, I love SNOW DAYS! We had two this week with well over a foot and a half of snow and 60 mph wind gusts. We made snow ice cream, snow angels, and lots of hot chocolate!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday. What are some of your favorite things? Who are you rooting for on Sunday?

Until Next Time,
Meg

October Coffee Date Link-up

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Thank you to CocoDeborah and Lynda for hosting this monthly link-up!

Good morning friends! It has been awhile since I have sat down for a cup of coffee with you all and I have missed it!

If we were having coffee…I would tell you that I am getting a little anxious to run a half marathon next week. I’d tell you that my husband and I decided on a whim about 4 weeks ago to go ahead and sign up and that I’m just not sure 4 weeks was enough for me to train.You would ask me how my long runs have been and I’d say that my pace has been a little slower than I’d like, but I managed to get a 12 miler in last week without incident and in under 9 minutes per mile on average. I’d be afraid to tell you that my goal is to run 8:30 pace or better and finish around 1:50. Stay tuned!

 

If we were having coffee….You would ask me about my employment situation. I’d cringe a little as I told you that I have not yet secured a full time job. But then I’d tell you that I have a BIG interview coming up next week and that I am pretty nervous, but very excited. In the meantime, I’ve done some freelance writing work for a website called Fashion Week and it has been kind of fun. A lot of work for not much pay, but fun nonetheless.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’m not ready for cold weather. I’d also complain about the dark mornings because I do not like to run in the dark. I have been lucky these past couple of months to be able to hold off on my run until after I get the kids on the bus in the morning. This allows me to run in the daylight, which I am grateful for. I did break out my fall/winter running tote this morning just to look over my gear from last season. It was kind of fun since I got a couple of new items last year.

Brrrr! It’s getting chillier and darker in the mornings!

If we were having coffee…. I would ask you what is new with you? I’d ask you if you have any new gear for the colder weather? I’d ask you for tips for running in the dark. Do you have a headlamp?

Thanks for joining me this morning.

Until Next Time,
Meg

Favorite Workout Wear

Oh, I have so many favorites when it comes to the clothes and gear that I wear to work out! I promise to reign it in and only post a few pictures! By the way, I’m linking up today with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers, who host The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday! Today’s optional topic is to show “flat photos” of your favorite clothing and gear!

Let’s start with what I am loving now (meaning, what do I run in when it is sweltering hot and super humid?). Disclaimer: I should also mention that I’m somewhat of a chicken in terms of running with vehicle traffic and I recently moved away from my beloved running trail (that was just outside my front door) I now have to run on the highway until I can get to a lesser traveled gravel road (lesser traveled, but still traveled). That being said, I like to dress in super bright clothing to make sure I’m VISIBLE! These shorts are my favorite! They are North Face and are super lightweight. I typically pair them with either this plain white Under Armour sleeveless shirt or my #SweatPink burnout tank, my Garmin Forerunner 220 (of course – see my previous post!), a Sparkly Soul headband, a FlipBelt and my Brooks or Asics running shoes.

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When the weather starts to get that chill in the morning and I can no longer wear shorts, I turn to my Brooks Equilibrium Capri pants. These pants come just below my knee (I’m 5’6″) and don’t fall down or ride up. I. Love. Them. Outside of that first crisp breath you take on a fall morning, they are my favorite part of autumn running.

Last year was my first winter where I truly embraced the weather and continued to run through (almost) anything that mother nature threw at me. I got a pair of Saucony Nomad (wind resistant) running pants as a Christmas gift from my husband, I have a windbreaker pullover in a bright orange, this Brooks stocking hat, and a neck gator when it was really cold. I’m still in the market for a good pair of gloves or mittens if you have any suggestions!

For those in-between days when it’s cold, but not frigid, I like running tights. I have a great pair of G-Fast from Gap and then the pair shown below from Aeropostale, the hot pink pullover is also from Aeropostale, a VSX sport bra, FlipBelt and multiple Sparkly Soul headbands.

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I would also be remiss if I didn’t include my favorite Aspen Yoga Mat that reminds me to stay balanced (figuratively and literally).8c54c-img_07765b15d

As I said, I could go on and on with this post because it couples my two favorite things: fitness and fashion, but I will stop. I’d love to hear about some of your favorites!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Lost: Do you have the time?

garmin So, we had a bit of a family get-a-way this week. My husband had a conference and asked the girls and I to join him. We got to stay in a great hotel (suite!!), water slides, nice restaurant, etc. We were gone for 3 glorious days and it was really wonderful. The girls and I spent most of our days school shopping and swimming, so it was kind of a mini-vacay (for us anyway, my husband was actually working)

Anyway….the reason for the title of my post “Lost” is because I left my Garmin watch charging at home for the entire time we were gone. This might not sound like a big deal to most, but I. Love. My. Watch.

I never realized how much I relied on it until I kept consulting my bare wrist All. Week. Long. Not only do I look at my wrist when I want to know the time or date (I have never been the consult-my-cell-phone type for that info), but I also rely on it to tell me how many miles I’m running.

I’d love to tell you that my run without my precious Garmin was liberating and exhilarating and that I was much more mindful of my running without it, but that just wasn’t the case. I wondered how long I’d been running, have I gone a mile yet, how about two, should I turn around yet?

Now, I’m not a runner that constantly looks at my watch. I don’t check my pace constantly or anything like that. But I like to know how far I have gone and post-run, I like to know what my pace was. Unfortunately, I’m also not a runner who can just feel how far I’ve run. I ran on an unfamiliar and unmarked trail and had no clue how far I actually ran. I also like to record runs and stats. I upload to Garmin Connect and track my daily runs through that system.

Check out my tan lines!

So other than showing off my awesome tan lines on my wrist, I did not enjoy leaving my watch behind. I am going to log today’s run in as a 4 mile tempo run (because I felt like I was really moving and hey, who knows?!)

Do you rely on a watch or cell phone tracking app for your daily runs? Have you tried a run without it lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Until Next Time,
Meg

#1MillionMinutes with Puritan’s Pride

1 Million Minutes

We are one week into the #1MillionMinutes of activity with #SweatPink. The tally is already over 138,000 minutes! To keep things fresh, here is another ad lib in honor of #1MillionMinutes!

I’m so Pumped [adj] to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan to run, stretch, and play [verb] my way to a healthier, fitter me, and I’ll need help staying hydrated and fueled during all my awesome [adj] adventures!

I will make sure I stay on track and will rely on protein shakes [noun] to keep me well fueled before, during and after workouts, and my Favorite water bottle [noun] to keep me hydrated!

I’m most excited to try Whey Protein For Her in Chocolate (product) and Whey Protein Isolate (also in chocolate) (product) from Puritan’s Pride because they look amazingly delicious and effective! (adj).

One supplement I’ve never tried but am curious about is Essential Amino Energy Fruit Fusion [noun]. I think it might make me extra energized for my morning run. [adj].

Bring it, #1MillionMinutes! I’m ready to go!

Let’s hear yours! Simply copy and past the below ad lib for #1MillionMinutes and have some fun with it!  Come back and post your link to your ad lib here and I’ll be sure and share it!

I’m so ______ [adj] to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan to ___________ [verb] my way to a healthier, fitter me, and I’ll need help staying hydrated and fueled during all my ______[adj] adventures!

 

I will make sure I stay on track and will rely on ______________ [noun] to keep me well fueled before, during and after workouts, and my _______ [noun] to keep me hydrated!

I’m most excited to try _______(product) and ________ (product) from Puritan’s Pride because they look _________(adj).

One supplement I’ve never tried but am curious about is _______ [noun]. I think it might make me extra ______[adj].

Bring it, #1MillionMinutes! I’m ready to go!

Until Next Time,
Meg

Five Things Friday

Yay, it’s Friday!! You don’t hear that often from someone that is not working a typical M-F job (Note that I did not say unemployed), but there is still something exciting about a Friday. It just feels different. Of course, that could be because this Friday is the day before a holiday and we actually have plans for the weekend that include watching our nephew play baseball and then getting to hang out with extended family for a couple of days, large fireworks displays, backyard BBQ, and relaxation (hopefully)! So Happy Friday and happy Fourth of July!

Here are a few of the things I’m crushing on at the moment…..

ViewSport Sweat Activated tank top. I received this tank and shorts complimentary for review purposes. The cool thing about these tanks is that they have a hidden message that is displayed only after a sweaty workout (a really tough workout, I might add). Mine says Do It and then with sweat it is supposed to say Don’t Quit. As you can see below, I didn’t sweat enough to activate it (though this was an interval day, and I feel like I could not have sweated any more!). The back says work hard over and over and, as you can see below, I did manage to get that to show up. The shirts come with a variety of sayings and they are always running a sale. In fact, this weekend they are running a 4th of July sale offering 40% off the sale items! Use code 40BOOM at checkout.
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Six Pack Fitness lunch bag. Mine is the Innovator Mini in PINK of course! My good friend Kiersten got me this lunch bag as a moving away gift (cue the sobs) and I. Love. it.

First of all, you all know how much I love bags of any kind.  I also always take my lunch with me wherever I go so this was the perfect gift for me. It has perfect portion control containers and ice packs (they are pink too!)

My new logo!

I have been wanting a logo for my site and also to use to make a media kit, which on my list for next week’s goals. I posted the question to my fellow SweatPink Ambassadors as well as to Fitfluential Ambassadors for recommendations of affordable and quick logo creaters. Over 70% recommended Fiverr. So I signed up and selected a designer. The designer was so accommodating as she developed over 15 different designs trying to incorpoate all the items and changes that I requested. In the end, she did not give me anything usable, but she did give me inspiration. So I took to photoshop and the internet (for Photoshop Help)

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