It finally is cooling down a bit in the hot state of Texas and I couldn’t be happier. The longer the summer, the more welcome is the first breezy run of autumn. The flavors, the clothes, the crisp air outside, etc. – everything about fall warms my heart! In honor of the best season ever, I put together a guide of my favorite running gear and active living items to help you celebrate in style.
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While I myself am relatively frugal, I feel investing in certain high-quality items you will wear for years is also a wise decision. That’s why this vest is on here. I recently purchased this vest and I love that it’s warm, lightweight and folds up into one of the pockets for storage. How cool is that? Wear it for running or running errands, as it looks great for both. And this print is so fun!
This headband strikes the delicate balance between having enough fabric on your forehead to keep the sweat out of your eyes and so much fabric that your head gets hot. Plus, it stylishly keeps your flyaways in check after you leave the gym or the track, so you can run post-workout errands without feeling self-conscious.
Cute and versatile, these items will keep you warm (and reduce chafing due to the flat seams) on a cooler run, or lounging around at Thanksgiving. I love how the color is bright without seeming springy. The sports bra especially is versatile and can be worn year round, with two different ways to wear the straps (hello, summer racerbacks). The soft long sleeve has odor-fighting fabric, which is all-too necessary any time you sweat.
I was looking to include the Espresso Love energy gel in this guide, but I had to include these when I saw them. Such a strange combination, but it sounds yummy! Like bacon dipped in pancake syrup… a sweet and salty flavor explosion.
These are awesome for going to and from yoga class, or wearing out to a football game. I wanted to show support for my Aggies, because fall = football, but unfortunately this is the only technical item adidas offers for women (sigh), and they’re not for actual running. Still, I would wear them often with leggings, jeans and anything comfortable.
Ah, the perfect pre-run snack. I’ve been on a biscotti kick lately because it is a quick, easy snack without making me feel super weighed down. The pumpkin flavor is present and slightly spicy, without overpowering my taste buds with saccharine syrupy-ness (I’m looking at you, pumpkin spice lattes). It’s also a great way to add in some extra carbs during carbo-loading. Pick it up at your local TJ’s.
I don’t wear lipstick or gloss very often; just the balm for me, please. Burt’s Bees lip balm is my favorite. When my lips get cracked by the drier air, I need a medicated version and this hits the spot. No one wants to be fighting cracked lips on the run, and this helps.
I ran my marathon in these capris – they are so comfy! The fabric feels more like cotton leggings than shiny thick tights and I like that they are matte, too. The panels are sewn in a way that’s really flattering, and the length is just right. There is a nice drawstring to keep them from riding up or down, and a decent-sized pocket in the back conveniently stores Gu’s, keys, or whatever else you want.
What would you add to this list?
Cheers and happy fall, y’all!