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The Diary of a Running Mum: What to Wear

August 5, 2016 at 11:48
Posted by Rachael Woolston

At the beginning of 2016, Fitbitch runner and mum of four, Tanya Taylor took on the challenge of running every day. Perhaps not surprisingly, she’s become an expert at what to wear.

Missed Tanya’s earlier despatches? catch up with her first and second despatches here

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Running through poppy fields with my daughter, Romy in July. Miles run this year: 836 Number of feet climbed: 46,988

 

I want to take you back to the year 2007. This was the year I first started to run. I had given birth to my fourth child six months before, and had recently stopped breastfeeding. I was horrendously self-conscious of my body and felt at a total loss with my identity. I was worn out and could hardly string a sentence together without punctuating it with “I’m SO tired” every other second. I felt dull and unattractive. Having four children under the age 9 was all consuming. The frustrations of not being able to fit into the clothes I wanted to wear, in order to feel like the person I knew I was, had found me, in a roundabout way, standing at my local park about to attempt to run for the first time since school. I had signed up for a 10k race in Bournemouth with some of my friends, and training was about to begin.

 

Now at this point, I need to tell you that clothes and fashion have always played a huge part in my life. For every significant moment in my past, I can tell you EXACTLY what I was wearing and probably where I bought it. My grandmother used to style Princesses and movie stars back in the 1950’s, it’s in my blood. So when I think back to this day, I don’t remember how the run went, or how I felt afterwards. I do rememb
er the ridiculously inappropriate ‘Leroy from Kids from Fame’ running ensemble though – men’s cotton Carhartt tracksuit bottoms, vintage Nike Windjammer and an old pair of vintage Nike trainers that I had bought in NYC ten years before. NOT an outfit I can recommend!

Nine years on and I officially suffer from running kit OCD. I can now browse endless rails of lux-sportswear and know exactly what will work and what won’t. I can touch a fabric and know whether it will be gentle on my weather beaten skin or cause multiple unsightly chaffing sores. I can assess a neck line at the blink of an eye and know if I’ll look more Jeff Capes than Jessica Ennis. I need my kit to look good, feel comfortable and to ‘perform’.

More and more high street stores are now meeting the demand for women’s technical sportswear, and if you shop wisely, you can get some bargains. H&M have a great range (which my daughter also loves), and Topshop’s collaboration with Beyonce, Ivy Park, has some great pieces which I’m desperate to sample. Sweaty Betty and Lululemon always drop great prints in their collections, and their products perform well if your budget allows their above average price tag. TKMaxx is brilliant for a bargain, and is pretty well organised, so don’t be put off by the volume of stock.

Wearing good kit really does enhance your running, if you feel good from the off, then your run will start (and hopefully end) well – trust me!

Here’s my guide to the perfect capsule running kit for Autumn

  • Nike Epic Lux, £70

  • The best running leggings I’ve found so far. You can buy them cropped or in full length, and although I prefer the basic black, they are also available in seasonal colours and patterns. The waistband is high (and VERY comfortable) so there is no danger of the dreaded muffin top spoiling your instagram snaps. Try not to baulk at the price, they last for ages, I promise.
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  • Zoot Women’s West Coast Singlet, from £30

  • Light, breathable, well fitted and stylish, my favourite new find. Feels great on and has reflective details for night running. It also has UPF 50+ sun protection so great for hotter runs, holidays or the Girls Run the World trips. Available online from The Triathlon Shop.

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  • Nike Dri-Fit Knit long-sleeve, from £41

  • A brilliant layering piece for cooler days, I’ve had mine for two years now and it’s still going strong. The Dri-FIT fabric keeps you dry and comfortable, whilst the knit-in mesh fabric allows breathability. Thumbholes help to keep your hands warm, and the seamless construction gives enhanced comfort. These tops nearly always get reduced in Net-a-Porter’s end of season sales by half price.
  • OMM Kameleika Race Jacket, from £128

  • A favourite amongst Fitbitch runners, although it doesn’t come cheap. The jacket is waterproof, breathable and has a 4-way stretch making it perfect for running without restriction. It is superlight and has taped seams and lovely big pockets. The price tag reflects the technical detail of this running jacket, and it is an investment piece. Worth it if you run a lot or are thinking of taking up adventure races.

    Muji Hairband

  • If you have long hair that needs tying back, you will understand the frustrations of running with your hair falling out of your topknot and into your eyes. I have used these hairbands for many years. They are THE BEST. You will thank me for this nugget.

    Balega Enduro Low Cut Sock, from £10.56

    Great colours, well cushioned without over heating your feet, and the top of the sock doesn’t dig into your ankles to give you ‘cankles’. I love these socks! Available from Wiggle.

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  • Sweaty Betty Stamina Bra, £35

  • Hmm…this is my biggest struggle as I have quite a broad back (swimming), but smallish boobs (breastfeeding four children.) I find the ease of an overhead bra with no fastenings preferable. Try Sweaty Betty for this style. Lots of my more well endowed running buddies swear by Shock Absorber. Be aware that when you run your ribs expand with your breathing, so you don’t want the band to feel too tight.
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  • Flip belt, £25

  • This tubular running belt fits snuggly on your hips without budging and you can choose between small, medium and large. The slits are perfect for your iphone, keys (there is a key attatchment for extra security) and gels. Although they now do one with zips, the one without is perfect – it’s comfortable and there are no buckles to rub. Available in a choice of colours and machine washable.

My top tracks to get you running this month

 

Arctic Monkeys – Do me a Favour

 

LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous

 

Britney Spears –Womanizer

 

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

 

Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries

Don’t miss Tanya’s next report coming in September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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The FlipBelt, £25

May 7, 2015 at 2:01
Posted by Rachael Woolston

There are few things more annoying than a jingling bunch of keys bouncing  in your pocket when you run. And who EVER manages one of those arm bands which are meant to hold your phone? Here we put the FlipBelt to the test…

 

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Forget the need for zips, this wide piece of elastic sweat-wicking fabric has slits in one side. Slide any objects that you want to carry though the holes and then flip the belt over to keep them safe.

It also includes a key chain so that you can attach them to give you total piece of mind that they won’t somehow jiggle free. So, how did it perform?

I’d been wary of this not sitting properly and moving up and down lots but this was completely secure, even though I managed to squeeze in my IPhone 6 encased in a Survivor case, making it even more bulky. Best of all, it’s so comfortable because it sits around the hips not on the waist for a ‘barely there’ feel.

But how does it fare in races?

I wore this for the London Marathon, but it was a last minute decision as The FlipBelt does not have specific loops or a place for sports gels and so I’d bought a typical waist belt variety.

But one of my friends on the start line showed me how she’d threaded her gels into the openings and just hadn’t flipped it so she could gain access easily as she ran.

‘Don’t they fall out?’ I was dubious but I decided to give it a try, committing the cardinal sin of running 26.2 miles with untested gear (then again, I’d not used gels either but that is for another blog post).

I am so glad I did, because it was brilliant. It was so comfortable, there was no chafing and accessing the gels was easy. The only troublesome part is having to move the belt from back to front to get into the other access points but this was a small price to pay.

I’m now a total convert to this belt. Not only is it functional and performs well in race situations, it comes in a range of colours and looks more like a funky waistband of your clothing than a geeky running belt.

Available from www.theflipbelt.co.uk

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New Balance Spring-Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 at 9:43
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We may just be heading into winter but here’s a sneak peak at New Balance’s sports performance range for next season

Consider yourself a speed queen? Then you’ll love the W1500v1, which feels as light as a feather at just 175g. It looks and feels like a minimalist shoe but actually has a 6mm heel drop. We love the look and the feel though and can’t wait to try them out.  Aimed at those who need a little bit of stability. Which is most of us, right?

 

WI500v1

 

If  you are not a minimalist or neutral runner, there is plenty to choose from in the NW Spring-Summer 2015 offerings. Their stability shoes have a 10-12mm drop but feel light in the hand rather than being clunky despite a chunky looking heel in some of the shoes.

 

Pick N’ Mix your performance running shoe

Here at Fitbitch, we are a lover of trail running, so what of their rugged shoe offerings? The shoe below might look like a hefty tractor but weighs 228g and has 4mm heel drop. It looks good but only time on the feet will tell us if it performs AND looks good.

 

980v1 Trail

 

Their shoes look great but we LOVE their performance clothing for Spring-Summer. It feels beautiful to touch, has all the quality that you would expert of performance wear combined with great style and colour. Roll on Spring we say!

 



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Review: Brooks Running & Moving Comfort UK

May 26, 2014 at 5:41
Posted by Rachael Woolston

OK, so we haven’t quite yet reached summer but at the press launch for Brooks Running and Moving Comfort UK, there is LOTS to look forward to

Fantastic, stylish but effective sports bras from Moving Comfort UK

Brooks have a special place in our heart, partly because of their good running logo, #runhappy, and because their offices in Steyning are quite near Fitbitch HQ.

When we go to a Brooks and Moving ComfortUK press launch, there are no expensive DJs pumping out the coolest of tunes, just people who are passionate about their running not just selling shoes.

And what a great range they have for us coming up in Autumn-Winter 2014-2015.

Our pick of the collections are the PureGrit trail shoes, which have been redesigned for this year with the help of running ultra supremo, Scott Jurek, as well as their Sprint Jacket. And we LOVE all of the fab, stylish AND effective sports bras from Moving Comfort UK (here’s hoping that they increase their range of UK sizes over the next few years).

Watch out for our individual reviews later in the summer.

PureGrit trail shoe

New improved grips for the PureGrit

rainbow colours from the Pure Project range



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Brooks Running Apparel AW 2013

June 28, 2013 at 6:28
Posted by Rachael Woolston

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While we HATE mentioning the W word when we are only in June, we only do so here because the Brooks Running new Autumn-Winter range looks so fantastic.
From wind proof, shaped running jackets for women to these fab base layers (which we’d be happy to wear on top) the new range impressed us when we visited their recent press day.

Brook’s slogan is Run Happy, and it is certainly a philosophy echoed at their headquarters surrounded by stunning Sussex countryside.

Do the products stand up to performance scrutiny? Check back here for our reviews over the upcoming months.

Pure range running shoes



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