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What to Wear Running

Quick reality check: I’m out of shape, overweight, and I’m running out of clothes that fit me! (And this is after I bought new clothes a size up a few months ago)

This is frustrating and upsetting but we all have the power to change our lives.

I want to live a long and healthy life so that I can spend as much time as possible with the people I love. That means I need to make some changes.

Today I’m tackling the topic of running, more specifically what to wear when you run.

Running is already super challenging (It still feels like torture to me!) and making the wrong outfit choices will only add to your struggle!

Below you’ll find my honest advice on why to avoid shorts for running, the best pair of running shoes I’ve ever tried, and a few other tidbits I’ve learned!


DISCLOSURE: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Pants Over Shorts

Real talk here girls, if you already struggle with chub rub, like me, then you’ll want to avoid running in shorts. It’s going to make this new activity extremely uncomfortable. Yes, you can opt for longer shorts but they tend to roll up on my thick thighs and can feel overly constrictive.

*Bonus Tip: Pick pants/capris with mesh details. Yes, they’re super cute but the mesh also helps you stay cool! You can also pick up warm weather running pants but the mesh trick is another way to help you find workout clothes you feel good in!

Here are a few options:

Medium to High Impact Sports Bra

Honestly, I didn’t think this would be an issue for me but when you’re pushing yourself to run faster and further or more often, you notice all the little pains and areas of discomfort in your body.

Make sure your boobs have all the support they need before you start running!

Here are a few options:

*Budget Tip: Try pairing your low impact sport bras with one of your tighter workout tanks. It’ll compress your chest and works well for short runs (especially if you have a smaller chest).

NEW Running Shoes

I never tell women to spend more on an item, in fact I usually share more affordable alternatives.

Running shoes are the one exception to the rule!

I’m a wifey on a budget and I tried running with my regular workout tennis shoes and all that did was cause me a lot of knee, shin, and foot pain. I had to ice my legs down after a week of using my old shoes.

You need new, quality shoes with plenty of cushion and support if you want to turn running into a regular part of your workout.

I adore my gel kayanos from Asics. They let me focus on my endurance and breathing instead of the stabbing pain in my knees or shins!

Since Asics are an investment, I suggest you head into a store and try them out on the in-store treadmill! This will ensure you find the best fit and style for you.

Here are a few options:


Soft, sweat wicking undies are ideal. Don’t run in lace – TRUST ME! I picked up my workout underwear from Under Armour and they are perfect!


Baseball cap – I know most of us have baseball caps already but this one is going to get sweaty and gross so I recommend picking choosing one you’re okay ruining.

Night Reflecting Gear – Late nights and early morning can be dangerous for street/city runners. Luckily you can add reflective gear to your outfit in a variety of ways: Jacket, shoes, hat, arm bands, or you can even buy a light up vest like THIS ONE.

Phone Arm Band – I didn’t have an arm band when I started working out and use to carry my phone in my hand. Bad idea! I dropped it once and it hurt my hand to keep it clenched for 40 mins. You can find super affordable arm bands on Amazon.

Feeling ready to get started?!

I hope this post helps you avoid the mistakes I made! I know how hard it is to balance work, home, and fitness but I know you can do it!

Let me know if you have any questions about the items above and if you can only buy one thing right now, BUY THE SHOES!.

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