Brooke missed the memo for a picture and went in for a big ol’ smooch on Andrew’s cheek. I have a few neighbors that we switch off with for play dates and Brooke had one yesterday so we dropped her off and we went to my favorite canyon for a run.
Leave it to Andrew to take breaks any time we come across a dog (and owner) that looks like they want to talk:) I think he now has a lab doodle on his wish list after meeting this pup. Beretta wasn’t too happy when he came home with a different dog’s scent on him;)
It was jacket weather for me for the first mile of the run but that is the beauty of overdressing for a run, you can always take off any layers you need to along the way (and make sure to hide them really well and pick them up again on your way back to the car;)
We went out for 8 miles and when we got to our favorite part of the trail it was CLOSED. Andrew has his upset face on below.
It’s okay though because that meant we added in a little bit of trail running to the eight miles which is always good for one’s soul.
My favorite canyon. Nineteen years of running in this canyon (with some breaks in those years too) but I’ve always loved it. When I was younger I used to run this canyon by myself often but you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to do that anymore. I run where there are cars going by and where I can be seen and heard when I am running by myself.
Once we picked up Brooke Andrew had the idea to go to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Somebody that wants to run with me and then eat two large plates of salad and bread twists, I believe in soul mates;)
This is her ‘mom, I’m so happy to see you and hang out with you’ face:)
Maybe our whole family is turning into Brooks Launch fans? I wouldn’t hate that. PS I get asked if I named Brooke after Brooks and maybe I did a little but it was also a name that I put on my name list when I was 16 years old and coming up with all of the different names I wanted for my future children:)
We made it over to the park yesterday afternoon.
And for dinner we had turkey burgers! I’ve used these burgers from Costco for years now… they are my favorite.
And then we spent some time with my parents.
Somebody has been partying too hard these days.
A question that I have gotten asked recently is about my favorite running clothes! I’ve been asked where I think it is important to spend mula on some really good gear and where to save! For me, it’s more about brands and different pieces so I don’t necessarily just buy cheap shorts and more expensive sports bras… I have different brands that I love at different price points that I think meet my function and looks needs for gear! I usually spend more for pricier shorts than tanks though. A good pair of shorts that lasts forever is gold to me and with tanks I just want a bunch of different styles, colors etc and I don’t mind if they don’t last forever!
Let’s get started.
Sports bras. When talking to the Brooks sports bras designers they gave us this important piece of information…
Ever had a sports bra for YEARS and years and notice how awful it feels? Yeah, me too. Unless you have a trillion sports bras so you don’t wear/wash each one very regularly… then make sure you are getting new ones when you need to! Our sports bras lose the support over time/use so make sure that once one does, you swap it out for a new one again!
Sports Bras: My top three favorites are THESE (they used to be the brand Moving Comfort… talk about the BEST support you can get), the Vera and this one! I’ve also gotten a few sports bras from Target that I loved using especially during times I didn’t need as much help in the support area (and they are an amazing price).
Shorts: The shorts that I wear the most are the Rogas, they last forever and I love how they fit. I also love these Nikes (fun colors and I love thick waistbands), these Brooks. (Going to try some Old Navy active shorts soon… just haven’t gone there yet to try them on but I’ll let you know).
Tops/Tanks: LOVE this tank, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one and this one! (PS this post is not sponsored but I do have some affiliate links in here) thredUP has amazing workout tops/tanks for killer deals!
Leggings/capris/tights: For these I just stick mainly with my Brooks tights and Old Navy tights. I have some Brooks running tights that have lasted me YEARS and did the best job keeping me warm. I also have about 10 pairs of Old Navy tights/capris that I really love because they are so adorable and such an amazing price. They wash well and work great on the run. These are my current most worn running capris. I also have a pair of tights from Tracksmith (but they are pricey) that I really love too.
Shoes: Brooks 4 life. I think that it is definitely worth the $$ to buy the right pair of running shoes for you. They will make your run feel happier, keep injuries far away from you and you will feel a whole lot better during and after your runs.
Summary about where to spend money and where not to when it comes to gear… I think sports bras and shorts are the things I spend money on the most. Tights you can find a lot of great deals on and the same thing goes for tanks so I don’t spend as much there. I guess it all depends on how long you want the item to last too… I don’t mind going through tanks fast but I want my bottoms to last longer if that makes sense. I’d love to hear your opinion on all of this!
Do you ever use tanks that have a built in sports bra?
-I used to more than I do now but I still have an old one from Lululemon that I wear all of the time.
Where are your go to stores for your different pieces of workout gear?
How often do you run on dirt or softer surfaces?
What is your workout today?!?