As a child, I adored back-to-school clothes shopping with my mother--then doing a fashion show for my mom and dad, showcasing the outfits I paired up. The flowered cords with the kelly green turtleneck or the navy skirt with the variegated blue sweater with an airplane applique on it. (Oh, how I LOVED that oddball sweater!) I'd twirl and pose as if the patio where my parents were enjoying a pre-dinner drink was a catwalk just for gangly, bespectacled me. It's no wonder I grew up to be a fastinista who wears coordinated running outfits even when my run finishes before the sun can shine a spotlight on me.
So I'm delighted Day 2 of our Back-to-School 5K Giveaway is stuff you can wear while running, presented from the ground up. We'll announce the three winners of this amazing loot in a post on Thursday, September 18.
Day Two: Get Dressed
Our daily runs are the adult equivalent of recess: a chance to blow off steam, "play" with our friends, and enjoy some fresh air. And just like we all know as moms, proper footwear makes us all safer and more comfortable. Saucony running shoes ($48-$150) are our favorites--the Guide series offers me, a slight overpronator, the ideal amount of guidance without excess weight or diminished liveliness. Dimity kicks up her heels the moment she laces up her Peregrines to hit the trail.
Clogs: the classic for most girls' back-to-school footwear choices. And now hipsters from Brooklyn to here in Portland are sporting Dansko footwear ($85-$200). But this mother runner wears them because they are so incredibly foot friendly, from the elevated heel (which makes my tight Achilles tendon breath a sigh of relief after a long run) to the amazing arch support and roomy toebox.
Like schoolteachers, runners spend a lot of time on their feet--and your dogs will bark if you don't take care of them. A simple change like swapping out the factory-installed insole for Sof Sole Fit Series insoles ($39.99) makes a world of difference in cushioning. To keep blisters at bay, slip on a pair of Sof Sole Running Select ($9.99) socks.
Not sure we'd pair these mother runner socks ($10) with a plaid parochial-school kilt, but they look mighty sassy with a running skirt or tutu. Not compression socks, these beauties are all about fashion, not function.
The gym teacher might send you to the office if you show up to class in a Tough Girl Tutu ($29.99), so save it for race day. With a wide, spandex waistband and surprisingly soft tulle skirt, these tutus are amazingly comfortable--and practical, thanks to built-in bib clips. The new limeade version begs to be part of a Tinker Bell costume (or paired with our black badass mother runner tank--talk about perfectly coordinated!).
Not sure they cover the properties of wool in science class, so we'll school you: Icebreaker merino wool apparel, like this Aero Short Sleeve Crewe ($59.99), insulates in cold or damp conditions, yet keeps you cool in hot temperatures.
Not sure who looks at a clock more--kids eager to bust out the doors at 3 p.m. or a mother runner checking (and rechecking....and rechecking....) to see when this 90-second interval will be over! A Soleus Dash ($55) offers everything you need in a running watch, including 30-lap memory and six interval timers. Plus plenty of style: We love the glossy strap.
The principal won't let you wear it inside the classroom, but pretty much every other situation is ideal for a Headsweats Race Hat ($22). Made of lightweight polyester with a reflective trim all the way around, the topper serves runners well in the bright sun, rain, and darkness.
As we mothers all know--and remind our kids--you can concentrate better if you can see things. So stop pushing damp, flyaway strands of hair out of your face while you run: Slip on a Sweaty Bands ($15-$18) to keep your attention on the miles ahead of you. Yowza! To enter today’s giveaway, please answer this question in the comments below. I admitted I'm Miss Matchy-Match when I run. How about you: Coordinated--or what's clean? How do you decide what to don for a midweek run?
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 9/9/14 and ends on 9/16/14. Three winners will be announced on 9/18/14 on this website, as well as notified via email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $$374.96-$594.96, depending on which Saucony, Dansko, and Sweaty Bands products winner chooses. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.