It’s hard to believe summer is almost over! So many of us are trying our best to get outside as much as possible. One great way to do that is through a brisk trail run. Instead of the usual city run, head to the mountains and get close to nature. There are so many amazing trails and hikes and this time of year can’t be beat. I’ve been consulting the Washington Trails Association website for resources and tips on where to go in my area. You can find info for your state and local areas via the American Trails site.
The best part about a trail run is breathing in the fresh air. Forget smog, honking horns and the hustle and bustle of the city – By hitting the trail the only sound you hear is that of nearby waterfalls, birds chirping and the sound of you feet hitting the dirt ground. My favorite weather for a trail run is cool 60’s with a light breeze, ah bliss! Comfortable and breathable clothing and gear is essential for a great trail run.
Before you head out on your next trail run, consider these 5 essentials:
1) Brooks Running Cascadia Trail Running Shoe ($120): Not all running shoes are the same. If you are hitting the mountains, you will want to find a shoe that can handle the demands of unpredictable terrain. Whether rock hopping or navigating through exposed roots and hill, you’ll want something that offers support while also being comfortable on your feet. And when the pressure of the down hill hits, you’ll want a shoe that keeps your toes secure. The Brooks Running Cascadia offers all of that as well as a rugged outsole for traction on wet surfaces. Side note: I have been a huge fan of Brooks Running shoes and clothing for quite some time – and if you get the chance to try them out, do not hesitate!
2) Brooks Running Uplift Crossback Sports Bra ($48): Everyone knows a good run starts with a good bra, and Brooks has an awesome offering of sports bras for every body type. Designed for shape and ventilation, the Crossback lift bra has a DriLayer® Adapt bottom band that keeps moisture away from your body so you can concentrate on your activity. I personally love this style because of the hook back closure. If you are not sure of which style or size will work best for you and happen to live near a Brooks store, you can get personalized help from a certified fit specialist.
3) Ivy Park Mesh Racerback Tank ($35): If you haven’t already jumped on the Ivy Park bandwagon, now is the time. Designed for women who move, these pieces are on-trend and fully functional – ready for the most sweat-inducing workout. Plus – Beyonce. This mesh tank has a racerback design to show off a fab bold colored sports bra or tank underneath. The white mesh fabric goes with everything and is breathable – you are on your way to a successful (and stylish) workout.
4) Z by Zella Block it to Me Crop Legging ($24.97): Nordstrom Rack is a gold mine for active wear. I found these cute Z by Zella (a Nordstrom brand) crop leggings the other day. At less than $30 and with a fun bold print, the Block it to Me Crop Leggings will take you from Yoga, to Barre and activity in between. I love the bold black and white print and the mesh fabric covering the calf area – a unique twist on the usual black legging.
5) Brooks Running Women’s LSD Thermal Jacket ($160): Brooks running gear is always spot on when it comes to little enhancements like moisture-wicking fabric and hidden pockets. Top your capri pants, tank and sports bra with their LSD thermal jacket in white. Perfect for transitional or unpredictable weather, the jacket keeps you cool while also providing a light layer of coverage against the elements. The white and grey jacket fits perfectly with the current athelsiure trend. You’ll feel equally as comfortable wearing this for a walk or run as out for a casual lunch with friends.
What are your trail running essentials?