One day, when I was in the UK last month, I was about to head out for a run bundled up against the British Winter in every layer I could lay my hands on. I would be warm enough, but I looked like a dog’s dinner!
My Mother surveyed me thoughtfully and said:
‘Some girls look really good when they run, don’t they….’
The unspoken end to that sentence was… ‘but not you, my dearest daughter’.
My Mum has a point. I look at some runner girls – long, sleek, perfect highlights, decked out in Lululemon and I have NOTHING in common with them. Which is fine, I generally don’t mind. But sometimes I think it would be nice to look a bit foxier when I run.
Recently, I seem to have accumulated some very nice new running threads, more or less cost-free. I’ve not worn many of them yet as it’s not quite warm enough for them…but the time is drawing closer!!!
1) This little blue number
If you ever shop at Sports Authority, it’s worth joining their loyalty scheme as you get quarterly money-off coupons and a $10 coupon for your birthday month. So I cashed them in on this little sale item and I LOVE it. I’m not usually a fan of blue but I love this shade, and I particularly love the little key pocket in the side.
2) BRIGHT socks
I had some credit at my running store from swapping running shoes so spent it on these Asics socks. I’m not a socks snob but I really like how these feel and I love how bright they are.
Some friends of mine bought me a gorgeous, foxy Gap running outfit for my birthday but I couldn’t squeeze my calves into the compression tights. So I took them back and as it’s not really ‘tights’ weather here, I swapped them for two tops! Look how beautiful these things are! The pink one in the middle was the other part of my birthday present.
And whilst I was there, I spent some money on these shorts. They are VERY long but they fit really nicely so I’m going to have them taken up by a tailor to be shorter! I’m excited by them.
4) Oiselle Long Rogas
I wore these on my Magic Run on Saturday and as I said then, I really liked them. I like the fit, I like how they seriously don’t ride up and chafe, I like how they looked on me. They are NOT long, despite the name…but they are the perfect length for me. They are a little snug in terms of fit, but so far I like them lots.
5) Nike Vomero 7
My running shop very sweetly let me exchange the unsuitable Brooks Glycerins for the new Nikes. They are VERY purple (which I like). The Dude opened the box and breathed, ‘Wow, they’re AMAZING’. I’m not going to try them till after Oakland this weekend – don’t want to tempt shin fate.
So there you are. I’m going to look slightly less scruffy when I run now. Come on sunshine, I’m ready for you!
(And don’t forget that the coolest, bravest, most stylish runners all hang out in Tokyo!)