Happy Wednesday! One of my dear blogger friends over at Finding My Forever has been encouraging me to review the new workout clothes I got for Christmas and give some tips on winter running. I live in the North East and it’s been quite chilly this winter so far, so I figured I’d give it a go!
Since I’m not made of money and I love anything from Target, most of my workout clothes are the C9 brand that Target sells. Overall, I find their workout clothes to be affordable, similar in style to more expensive brands, and great quality. So what do I own? Check out all the items below.
Power Core Running Leggings: These are a new addition to my workout wardrobe as of Christmas. I got these specifically to run in outside without freezing to death. The inside of these are very lightly fleece-lined for extra warmth. Concerns I had when purchasing these were that they would fall down or have trouble staying up. So far, they stay up very well. I do feel that the waist is a little too big in comparison with how tight it is through the leg. But I do not feel that the leg is too tight anywhere except around my ankles. Getting my feet into these is actually the hardest part! But I supposed it’s a good thing the ankles aren’t loose because that would drive me crazy too. Overall, I’m really pleased with how these fit. They offer compression, comfort and just enough warmth.
Basic Running Shorts: These are probably the most basic running shorts you can find. But I love these! They are super lightweight with mesh sides. The cut is scooped to be more flattering. It has an inside brief typical of most running shorts like this. There is also a hidden key pocket! I don’t use this currently since I keep my keys in my running jacket, but this will come in handy in the summer! I wear these shorts over the running leggings to be modest because there is no way I’d be caught dead in just those leggings alone!
Racer-back Sports Bras: I own two of these and LOVE them. If you want a sports bra that does it’s job very well, get this one. There’s several different varieties of these at Target, but I like this one specifically because it’s a racer back with THIN straps instead of big thick ones. The straps are also adjustable. I am always comfortable in this. I have it in white & grey, but they come in a lot of cool neon colors too.
Flared Workout Pants: I don’t run in these since they’re loose at the bottom, but these are my go-to workout pants for winter. They also offer compression and warmth for chilly morning walks to the gym. They are similar to yoga pants. They just don’t have the fold-down top. The like these pants because the waist comes a little higher than most workout pants too. The only downside to these is that the material is not slick so lots of fuzz sticks to it.
Bottom Line: C9 brand is great! I can get cute & functional workout clothes for many different activities from C9. The only thing to beware of is Target’s return policy. I once needed to return a sports bra, but the tag was taken off. Typically, they do not let you return something if the tag is removed, even if there is something wrong with the item (I find this so strange). So make sure you really want it before you take the tag off!
Tips for Wearing Gear
- Layer It: In addition to the power core leggings and basic running shorts, I also layer my tops depending on how cold it is. For really chilly days (32 degrees or under) I wear a tight spandex tank top (that I got from Aeropostale of all places) under my Boston Half-marathon long-sleeved Addias shirt. On top of those, I wear a running jacket from Victoria’s Secret (that I will review in a different post soon). This combo keeps my core pretty warm.
- Tuck It In: I am a huge fan of tucking everything in so that I can stay as warm as possible and not have to fuss with my clothes later. I tuck my spandex top into my running leggings. Then I tuck in my long-sleeved top into the shorts. Nothing can get loose and move about, so I can run easier with no fuss.
- Socks: Something else that’s kind of strange that I do is wear extra socks. I wear some very thin running socks, but I put some black dress socks over it. I know it sounds weird to run in dress socks, but the reason I do it is to cover my ankles. The power core leggings are great, but they don’t come down enough. And even if they did, they’d probably slide up anyway. I put my two pairs of socks on first, pulling up the dress socks before I put the leggings on. Sounds silly, but the first time I ran without the socks, my ankles were the only thing not covered and I froze! This also helps keep my feet a little warmer too.
- Hat & Gloves: I thought I would be fine without a hat & gloves a few times around. I am sadly mistaken. Hat & gloves it is. I wear a basic knit hat that covers my ears. I look super dorky, but I would so rather be dorky than be cold. I also wear very basic knit gloves mostly to keep my hands from drying out so much. When I was running without gloves, my hands looked like they were 80 years old and cracking from the cold/wind exposure.
- Be realistic: It’s awesome that there is plenty of winter gear for runners out there. It’s not awesome to freeze to death, though. A few weeks ago, I went running in 17 degree weather with a huge wind chill. Not my smartest idea ever. I actually felt ill/hurt afterwards because it was just TOO cold. Be realistic about when it’s okay to run outside because of weather conditions or temperature. And if you don’t have to worry about this problem – consider yourself lucky!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being compensated in any way to review the items above. All opinions are my own.