In honor of the NYC Marathon, and the fact that it's been 6 months since I've started running, today we'll check out how to be fashionable while breaking a sweat.
Since it's November, we'll focus more on a winter training program, and how to keep warm while still looking good.
From the top of your head going down to your feet, this is what you should wear:
A hat is very important, since a lot of heat is lost from the head, and in colder conditions we want to keep that heat in the body. Pick a wicking hat.
A polypropylene shirt, which moves sweat from your skin to the outer layers, keeping you dry.
If it isn't too cold yet, you can wear something like this as a first layer, or you can go for something more expensive like Capilene, which you can put in the dryer.
Cotton is usually a bad choice because it holds sweat against your back and can cause rashes.
Look for fabrics where the tag says that the garnment wicks away moisture.
This top has special pockets to hold your I-pod nano (you can only run with nanos because they are flash drives and they will not get damaged by you jumping up and down while running).
Don't forget a good sports bra underneath it all.
When the weather gets really cold, wear something like this instead.
Top it with a ClimaCool hoodie from Adidas
or cover up with a stylish jacket.
And finally a 3 in 1 jacket to protect you against the cold, wet and wind.
You don't need to spend a lot of money on the pants. These sportstights are affordable and move the moisture away from your body.
It's hard for me to find the perfect sneakers. I'm too picky about the style and the color, so it's great news that Nike let's you customize your shoe. You can pick colors and even match them to your I-pod.
Remember that you will also need thicker socks, and because of that you will probably need to buy shoes in a 1/2 size larger.
Finish it all with a pair of gloves to protect your hands.
Use a moisturizer with sunblock, and on the really cold and windy days wear vaseline on the exposed skin of your face, and wear a scarf over your nose and mouth.
And no matter how cold it gets, remember to stay hydrated.