Consistency. The key to training. $500 Tracksmith Giveaway!!!

Don’t miss out on the incredible giveaway from Tracksmith at the end of the post!! We will be talking about #nodaysoff today!!!!!

I’ve loved fitness for a long time now.  I can remember as a teenager making it my goal to be a fitness instructor (and I did for most of my 20s) when I saw my older sister teach a few step classes.  I tried out a few different majors in college and then decided on becoming a health and PE teacher because I LOVE sharing my passion of exercise with others.  I have written about fitness/exercise daily for over 5 years now and plan on running until I am a great great great grandma:)  Long story short I love being active and especially running.  I love the way it makes me feel, I love the emotional/physical/spiritual benefits that I gain from running and I love the alone time it gives me to do something hard and to accomplish goals.  

That being said, after years of running/working out, running has become just part of my daily schedule BUT there are still days that I have to make a choice to work out or not.   There are days that I have to convince myself to start (like what I talked about this last Sunday) or days that I wonder why I keep running after setbacks of injuries or bad races.  There are days that I’m exhausted, sore or plain old lazy and staying in bed and then visiting IHOP for some pancakes sounds like a much better idea.   For me, I know that staying consistent with my exercise is key.  I know that if I stay consistent and commit to my fitness goals and routine that I will feel better and reach some of those running dreams I have set for myself.   Staying consistent sounds a whole lot easier to me than going hard for a few weeks and then stopping only to lose my fitness and then trying to build it back up all over again.  I would much rather keep my base and then gain fitness in preparation for races throughout the year.  Even when I am injured and can’t run I love to keep up with my exercise routine because I like to stay in the habit of working out (doing things that my doctor approves) so that when I can run again I am used to being consistent still and I have a base to build upon.  

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I am pretty positive that every running coach out there would agree that CONSISTENCY is the most important part of every training program.  If we are looking to improve our running then consistency is the first place to start!

Love this quote from Hansons Half Marathon Method: 

“Physiologically speaking, inconsistency in training makes for a never-ending struggle to maintain even a baseline of fitness.  While adaptations can occur rapidly with proper training, they can also be lost with just a couple of weeks of inconsistent running.  For instance, if you train 5 days a week for 3 weeks, a noticeable improvement in fitness will take place; if, however, those weeks are followed by 2 weeks of training only 2 or 3 days a week, your fitness gains will begin to retreat.  It then requires 2 more weeks of consistent running to get back to the previous level.  In the end, 6-8 weeks of running went by just to get you back to where you were at the third week.”  

If life intervenes, modify training, but don’t skip it.  Something is always better than nothing.  To achieve this consistency, you must establish attainable goals and plan ahead.  If you set your sights too high, you’re likely to get discouraged when you discover you have too much on your plate.  Conversely, if you set them too low, you get bored.”

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A few of my tips for staying consistent with exercise:

-Don’t go hard every day!  Include a wide range of variety in your workouts that keep you mentally excited and physically able to keep going!  Including easy, medium and hard workouts will help you to avoid burnout while still gaining the benefits from exercise each day and seeing improvements!  If you are overworked, needing to recover after a race or injury/health problems then take it easy for a while until you can go again!

-Get a coach.  I love my running coach because he keeps me on track and motivates me to keep going.  Having someone to report back to about my workouts helps big time on the days that I simply don’t feel like starting my run. 

-SIGN-UP FOR RACES!!! Not that you have to be in race shape year round (I have highs and lows all year round with my training) but having some key races to work towards is huge to help with consistency.  You paid the money and you can’t let your pride down by skipping out on something you already signed up for;)

-Run with people.  During times when I am less motivated to stay consistent I make sure to plan lots of group runs:)  I look forward to catching up with my girlfriends and having people to meet helps me to get back in the habit of working out each day.  

-Lose the all or nothing feelings!  Moderation is the key and if you can’t get in your normal workout because life has taken over then go for a walk, do some core work before you go to bed, stretch out with yoga in the middle of the day.  It is hard to stay consistent with something when you pressure yourself that it has to be some HUGE ordeal each day and if you can’t go all out then why even try? Nope, just doing something to move your body is a heck of a lot better than nothing. 

-Find an example and lean on them until you get in the habit.  I started running with my sister when I was still pretty young and she was always very consistent with her running (and FIRM workout VHS tapes… do you remember those?).  Learning from her and having her as my example helped me to learn the idea of consistency and sticking with our fitness goals.  

-Fuel well.  Easier said then done, right?  BUT we are much more likely to stick with exercise when our bodies and minds feel great from eating good foods.  Breakfast is SO important to give us the energy we need to do our training!

-Strength train.  I’m just learning this one but strength training will help you to be able to stay consistent with your running so that your body is strong and less injury prone!

-Do what YOU do.  If you don’t like running (give it a fair shot though;) or the other popular forms of exercise right now then keep trying lots of different activities until you find the thing that makes you happy.  You are much more likely to stay consistent with exercise if you are doing something you love.  

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Tracksmith is all about the idea of consistency and commitment to no days off from training which is one of the many many reasons that I love them!

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I can’t help but absolutely love their logo, the incredibly soft/flexible/colors of their material and all of the details made especially for runners that go into each piece of their clothing!  Putting on their clothes feels like a treat which sure helps me to stay consistent ha… I really look forward to my runs when I get to wear this:)  

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I LOVE their 365 tank and leggings!  The Tracksmith theme of No Days Off is not about being crazy/over the top with our exercise but about building a consistent routine of being active each day.  

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It could be a 15 minute run or a 15 mile run, a strength class or a walk around the block.  I take EVERY Sunday off from running but I still love to spend a few minutes stretching, foam rolling or going for a short walk with the Brookers on my running rest days.  It’s about finding a balance with our current seasons of life and creating an everyday routine!

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I feel like it is always a million times harder to keep up with our running during the winter but if we keep with up it will sure pay off in our spring/summer/fall races!  When spring rolls around running will feel like a piece of cake after all of the hard work and habits you’ve formed over the winter!

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PS fun fact—>  Tracksmith headquarters is located at the halfway mark of the Boston Marathon! SO cool!!

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This post was sponsored by Tracksmith!  Such an awesome brand for runners and I am so glad I have found them because their clothing feels amazing to run in and I love their support for staying consistent and committed to being active—>  RUN, RECOVER, REPEAT!!!

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826 comments

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Downeaster Navy!

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LOVE the Van Cortlandt shorts (sky blue). Everything is super cute though!!

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HRG- #1 you’re the bomb. I read your blog before I go to bed so I end my day on an upbeat note everyday.
#2- I like the Van Cortlanst Singlet in Antique White :]

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I’m all about this no days off thing usually but these runs above 14 miles demand rest the day before! Or so I think :P I love all these clothes, but really like the Grayboy Tank Amateur best :)

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I love the Harrier long sleeve T’s! Thanks for showing us this site!

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I’d love the concord tights in any (every?!) color!

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Thanks for introducing me to Tracksmith! I love the Downeaster in all colors.

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Love the harrier long sleeve!

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i like the concord tights. there’s still some cold days ahead here before spring.

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The 226 soft shell looks perfect for the spring-like running weather we’ve been having!

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Digging the Downeaster in Navy, and the Van Cortlandt Shorts!

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I love the Van Cortlandt singlets! Sophisticated and retro at the same time!

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I love the concord tights!!

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How fun :) I love the cortlandt shorts! Excited to try a new brand. Thanks for sharing with us!

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I love everything! Especially the Van Cortlandt shorts in sky blue :)

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The concord navy tights look so comfy! :)

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I love all of the wine colored clothing.

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I love the downeaster in red with the run bra on red and the van cortlandt shorts in red. Which would go perfect with my red running shoes

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I actually love the 365 tank because it’s a good reminder that rest days are acceptable but don’t have to mean doing absolutely nothing (although that feels really good sometimes too)! :)

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I love the 365 tank!! Great photos in this post!

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The downeaster in navy is lovely. It would be great for running and looks nice enough to wear throughout the day.

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I like the VAN CORTLANDT SHORT and 365 TANK!

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The Downeastern in Navy looks so comfy!

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What an adorable line! The little rabbit logo is so cute. Would love the bell lap race shorts!

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I love the harrier shirt!!

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I love the Harrier long sleeve tee in Navy!

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Silk merino tank!!

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Those Waban shorts in wine! Those look real nice and would get some good use in for me (living in the south, it gets real hot…)!

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Greyboy tank 365 with the rabbit or the Downeaster in navy! Super cute!

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Wow thanks for introducing me to this amazing brand – I am LOVING the Harrier tank. What a great cut on it – this is how I usually cut my old t-shirts to turn them into workout tops. :)

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Downeaster in navy looks great!!!

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Wow! I love their stuff! So cool they are located just a few miles from where I live. It’s hard to choose by I love the Downeaster Navy pullover!

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I love the grayboy tank 365! I am from Boston so this would be so great! I am looking forward to picking out some pieces from this store!

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I like the down easter in navy!!

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I love the 226 soft shell. Perfect for New England winter running

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I love the Charles Cheater navy jacket! Everything is so cute!

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Love the downeaster!

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i’m looooovin me that downeaster ;) ;)

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I love the concord tights

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I love the Charles Cheater Gold!

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The Downeaster in Navy is right up my alley!

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Love the Boston based brand! My select would be the concord tights or grayboy tank arrow

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Love the grayboy arrow tank!

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I love the Charles cheater gold jacket!!

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I love the concord tights! All their stuff is super cute though!

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I love the concord tights! https://www.tracksmith.com/products/w-concord-tights

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definately the 365 tank!

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Super cute stuff from Tracksmith! Love the Downeasters and the 365 tank! What a cute bunny :))

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Navy concord tights and that post run robe looks dangerously comfortable!

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Grayboy tank with Amutuer written in yellow!

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Can’t choose between the Harrier long sleeve tops and the Grayboy tank arrow. Everything looks so cozy!

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Downeaster Antique White looks awesome! Their stuff is awesome!

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The red Downeaster looks great! Winter running in merino, the best :)

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I love the Concord Tights! (I signed up for their newsletter and liked them on Instagram!) Thanks!

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everything looks super lux, but the bunny tank is my fav! I have two pet rabbits and this is so super cute!

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Love the Harrier long sleeves. Such cute, retro stuff! Thanks HRG :)

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Harrier Tank for the WIN! Wow, LOVE that this is made from merino wool so it doesn’t get a permanent funky smell like most of the other fitness tops do. Would love to have one of these tops to wear on repeat!

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I love the downeasters, probably in Navy…. But I also like the tank that says amateur on it… If I win I won’t have to choose :)

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Love the grayboy arrow tank!!! Here in Florida a tank is always I need!

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I love tracksmith and have been following them since they started. Such a cool company and solid very ‘new england’ clothing. I love the Downeaster in red because 1/4 zips are my all time favorite winter running tops!

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I’d love the Downeaster in red! Cute pics and sweet giveaway!

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Concord tights and grayboy tanks in the arrow and bunny prints!

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LOVE the Charles Cheater Gold jacket. Beautiful stuff!

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I love all their clothing especially the Harrier long sleeves and the Downeaster in blue.

Great post!

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Love the Downeaster in navy!!

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I love the greyboy arrow tank! I have never heard of this brand, I’m intrigued!!

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I love the charles cheater navy! I really love the logo.

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I love the Downeaster in Navy! Cool company thanks for introducing it to those of us who hadn’t heard of it.

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Love the gray boy amateur tank ?

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Love the Van Cortland shorts and Grayboy tanks! Super classic stuff.

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Love the Charles Cheater Gold and the 365 tank!

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I love the style of the Tracksmith brand. Very cool! I hope to win…I love the Charles Cheater in gold (the logo is so cute!).

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I love the harrier long sleeve!!

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I love those leggings!

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Thanks for the intro. It’s cool that they are on the Boston course. I’m racing Boston for the first time this year… Ek! The navy half zip is my favorite. It looks so comfy!

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it all looks nice, but right now I’d really like to cozy up in the post run robe!

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I LOVE the Downeaster in Navy! Love the logo!

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The Downeaster looks amazing! I like the red:)

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I’m loving the tank with the arrow! So cute!!

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I love their gray boy tank!

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I love the harrier wine tank!

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Grayboy Tank Stripes! Tracksmith is TOO CUTE!! Keeping my fingers crossed to win.

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Wow! Never heard of this brand before, but it’s super cute. I’m loving the Downeaster in navy that you were wearing. It looks super comfy, and I have been loving half zip tops lately bc I tend to get hot even when the temps are in the 30s (I’m crazy like that). Thanks for profiling this brand!

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Signed up and followed.

I love there tanks! The cut looks perfect for summer and the Downeaster Navy looks so comfy for the colder weather!

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I LOVE the downeaster in red! I’ve been waiting for this company!

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Love the Downeaster in red!

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I love all the tanks! Especially the harrier one!

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Three words…navy concord tights! So cute!

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I love the 365 tank you’re wearing!

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It all looks awesome but the Van Cortlandt shorts in Moss are super cute.

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Love the Van Cortlandt shorts!

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Love the 365 tank!

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Loving the striped tank! Already forgot what it’s called. I love how preppy this brand is!! I’m kind of excited about it!

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Love the Van Cortlandt shorts! I could also seriously get used to using that post run robe. So comfortable looking!

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Loving the concord tights in navy and red!

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Love the grayboy tank with the 365 logo. It’s like a secret message, and reminder that only you and likeminded people get!

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I love the Harrier long sleeve T’s — love the wine color.

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I love the Varsity Runner’s cap! Some very cool photos on their Instagram feed too.

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Love the grayboy tank arrow.

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the silk merino tank

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I love the downeaster!

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I love their downeaster RED!

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The Van Cortlandt Short is lovely – especially the red and the slate one!!

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Love the grayboy tank in stripes and “Amateur”! I’m very much an amateur runner, so it would be fitting :)

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Love the concord tights in navy!

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I love the arrow tank.

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Followed on Insta.

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Newsletter, check.

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I love the Downeaster in navy and grayboy tank in light blue!

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I just love the jackets and half zips. And you can never have too much running clothes.

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I love their Downeasters!!

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I love the tank with the arrow on it! So cute.

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I think I would probably live in the Downeaster jacket in navy! Also the Van Cortland short in slate- I used to be self conscious about working out in shorts but ever since I started running I love showing off the muscles I have worked so hard for!

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I love the colors of the gray boy tanks!

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I have eyed Tracksmith for a while now and love the Downeaster and Van Cortland shorts!

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Gray boy tank arrow!

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I love the grayboy tank in black!

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This post was EXACTLY what I needed to read today! I’ve been less than consistent with my workouts and now that I’m back in the game I’ve been disappointed in my regression. I definitely have had the “all or nothing” mentality but reading this post just reinforces the fact that slow and steady does win the race! I’m committing myself to doing something everyday, regardless if it is a “big” workout or just a few minutes of stretching and core work. Will definitely be re-reading this for motivation!

PS I love all of Tracksmith’s apparel but I’m especially fond of the Grayboy 365 tank. :)

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Loved this post–I am definitely an all-or-none thinker, and this makes consistency tough for me! I often find myself thinking, if I can’t do the hardest workout ever today, why do anything at all? When often times a walk around the block or a half hour of yoga is all I need! Thanks for sharing your perspective.

All of Tracksmith’s stuff is super cute but I especially like the Concord tights in navy! Thanks Janae–have a great weekend! :)

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My favorite piece is the gray boy tank arrow! Love it!

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I love the Downeaster in Navy! All of their stuff is adorable, though. What an awesome brand!

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the downeaster looks so comfy!

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LOVE the Charles Cheater in Navy. Following them on IG and signed up for their newsletter. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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I need to have the vancortland singlet in skyblue, that is awesome!

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Love the Grayboy Tank 365. Signed up on their website and instagram!!

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Grayboy Tank 365!! Thank you!

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I can really see using the Charles Cheater Winderbreaker here in the Midwest!

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The Grayboy tanks- all of them!

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The concord tights in Navy and the grayboy tank– they have the BEST logo!

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I love the wall art!

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I love the concord tights in red! Also their shorts look super comfy and so cute!!

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I like the Downeaster tops! The white is probably my favorite

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Love the concord red tights

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I like the Grayboy tank
https://www.tracksmith.com/products/w-grayboy-tank

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I love the Grayboy Tank 365. so cute!!!

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Charles Cheater Gold!

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The Van Cortlanst Singlet in the turquoise colour is beautiful!

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This is something I am working on! Becoming more consistent with my running! I love a lot of things on the Tracksmith website! But my favorite would probably be the Downeaster tops! All of them!

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I love the downeaster tops!! I need more long sleeve running tops because we are (hopefully) moving out of Florida this summer! I also like the concord tights.

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I love the Van Cortland moss short and all of the singlets!!

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The recovery robe. I have stripped off my wet clothing after running trails in the rain. This robe would be really nice and would cover my lower half while removing my clothes.

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I had not heard of them before so thanks for introducing the brand! LOVE the Grayboy 365 tank – so cute :)

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I LOVE the Greyboy Tank 365!!!! So cute!

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Super cute stuff. Like the preppy throwback vibe. The tank with the bunny and 365 is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Thanks for giveaway and introducing me the to the brand! I love the Concord Tights in Navy.

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The harrier long sleeve tee in wine is gorgeous!

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I love that post run robe! Maybe someday I can purchase the BQ singlet :)

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I like the Harrier long sleeve ts!

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Concord tights are totally my fav!

https://www.tracksmith.com/products/w-concord-tights

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the Van Cortlandt short looks super comfy!

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