Last night after work I had an amazing, mega decompressing sunset run. It was fantastic. And while I was running free around town, breathing all the spring in deeply, I thought of how joyful spring running is. The snow is gone, the temperatures are finally heating up, and you really appreciate the freedom of being outside (it’s still sunny after work!) after being cooped up all winter long. It’s my favorite time of year for running. Thus, I thought I’d throw together a short list of all my spring running essentials. Here we go!
1. A Legit Spring Jacket
This breathable, lightweight hooded jacket is designed to maximize airflow while keeping you dry during foul weather runs (after the winter we had in Boston, there is no way a downpour will keep me inside). To amp up this waterproof shell’s airflow, designers installed a cinch cord around the hips that allows the jacket to suck air into two big, closeable wind gills up front, then force it up and out big, fixed openings on the back. It’s the closest anyone has ever come to solving the chronic breathability dilemma for waterproof running shells – because nothing is grosser that running in your own sweat that is condensed on the inside of your running jacket (ewwwww). Since you can zip those front airflow pockets closed, it’s also a good wind blocker on cold morning runs. And you can use it for all kinds of things: road running, trail running, hiking, camping, adventuring, shopping on Newbury Street in a rainstorm.
2. Really Nice Running Socks
My mom got me a pair of these running socks, and they are perfect for warmer weather spring runs. My feet get too hot and sweaty in the thicker wool socks I usually reserve for cold winter runs, and these ones are thin, but wick sweat like a boss. I love them! They also have extra compression around the arch to help support your feet. And, they come in wicked cute spring colors. So dope. Everyone needs a pair.
Also, until you really start racking up the miles, you don’t realize how much of a difference nice running socks make in your long runs. I use my everyday athletic socks (you know – the ones I bought from Target! 😉 ) for my early morning workouts (like bootcamp and spin), and save my few pairs of nice running socks for my longer weekend and evening runs – it has made a difference in the amount of blisters my poor feet get. So necessary!!
If you’ve read B&B ever, you will know my love for Lululemon by now. I am obsessed with their Speed Shorts (they’ve made my Friday Faves before). I can’t resist the cute spring-y colors that they are coming out with, and even if it’s freezing outside, I will wear shorts and compression sleeves just because I can, dammit. Finally! My legs can see the sun!! 😀
4. A Rad Playlist
I cannot run on the road without music. Like cannot. Mainly because this is what I am doing in my head as I’m running:
I’ve previously posted a few of my long run playlists, you can check them out here.
A few of my new fave songs (besides the best song ever, Uptown Funk):
- Rocksteady – The Bloody Beetroots
- Cool (feat. Roy English) – Alesso
- Intoxicated – Martin Solveig & GTA
- Pay No Mind (feat. Passion Pit) – Madeon
- Don’t Look Down (feat. Usher) – Martin Garrix
Wooooo! Who’s ready for a running dance party?!
5. Solid Running Fuel
I first wrote about these at the very beginning of Bubbles and Booyah’s existence. I still purchase these, and they are still awesome. If I know I’m going for an after work run, I’ll stash one in my lunch and eat it about an hour or so before my feet will be hitting the pavement. They help me power through my evening runs when I’m tired from my day and starving for dinner without ruining my appetite for whatever super excellent creation I’m whipping up that evening. And HELLO, they come in a flavor called Peanut Butter Booyah. HOW can you even resist that?! 😀 😀
I hope you all have happy spring runs!! Woohooo!! Spring is here! ❤ ❤ ❤