My Running Essentials

     One thing that I have not shared with you all is that I love to run.  I used to run daily but over the past year or so I have given up that habit due to a lack of spare time, excess homework, and, well, utter laziness.  With the start of summer and abundance of spare time on my hands, I recently began running again!  I’m not even going to pretend I’m a long distance runner, but a good 1.5 mile run in the morning is definitely better for me than rewatching Gossip Girl.  I love the adrenaline rush I get while running and the feeling I get afterwards, accomplishment.  Just knowing I finished a run makes me feel great.  I have used an app to track my running, and so far I have run a total of 45.98 miles this summer!  So, since I have loved running so much lately, I decided to share my running essentials with you all.  Here goes!

1. A Good Stretch

     The first thing I have to have before I run is a good stretch.  My stretches include lunges, toe touches, straddles, splits, and more that I don’t know what to call..  I’m always sure to stretch pre-run so I don’t pull any muscles or hurt myself while I run.

2. A Headband

     I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of hair beating against my back or flying into my face while I run, so I’m always sure to have a hair elastic and a headband.  I absolutely adore this green monogrammed headband from Just Beccause Monograms‘ Etsy shop!  Be sure to check out her shop and get one for yourself, there are so many colors, fonts, and patterns to choose from!

3. A Good, Upbeat Playlist

     Another thing that I could not run without is my music.  I always start my run with my favorite upbeat song.  One thing I’ve noticed about myself as a runner is that my pace tends to increase with the beat of the song, so music is definitely a must have for me while running (and in general.)  Some of my favorite songs to run to were featured in my July Playlist post, go check them out here!

4. Runtastic Pro

     My next running essential is an app that I discovered recently and I have absolutely loved using!  It’s called Runtastic Pro and it tells you everything about your run, walk, or bike ride, from dehydration to your elevation gain/loss.  It encourages you in a Siri-like voice and keeps a running total of miles you’ve run/walked/biked over the period of time in which you’ve used the app.  You can even challenge your previous times!

5. A Cute Workout Outfit

     In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of cute clothes and the color pink, so it’s no surprise that this is my favorite running ensemble.  This Jadelynn Brooke shirt is so bright, it makes me happy even in the most tiring moments of my run, not to mention it makes it really hard for a car to overlook and hit me.  Plus, 100% of the net profits from this Project Happy tee go to The Young and The Brave Foundation to fight against childhood cancer!  My tempo shorts and running shoes are both from Nike.

6. Water & A Post Run Snack

     After my run, I need water!  I also love a light, cold, sweet snack, so I usually reach into my refrigerator for a Yoplait Light yogurt in Vanilla, Boston Crème Pie, or Red Velvet Cupcake.  Yogurt is my go-to snack because it’s sweet but not terribly unhealthy plus it’s so refreshing after a run!

7. A Bath Fizzie & Anti-Residue Shampoo

     I’m a clean freak, so post-run showers/baths are a must for me.  I love relaxing after my runs with products like this Watermelon Frosting Bath Fizzie from Frosting Company when I have extra time, and without this anti-residue shampoo from Neutrogena, my hair would be an oily mess!  You can get your own Watermelon Frosting Bath Fizzie here 10% off by using my code “ShopFaith” at checkout!  After my bath or shower, I can go on with my day feeling accomplished, clean, and productive.

I hope you enjoyed this post, happy running!

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The tee from Jadelynn Brooke as well as the headband from Just Beccause Monograms‘ and bath fizzle from Frosting Company featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

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