Tag: Running

Spandex & Tumbleweeds

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It’s been awful quiet around here. For the past several months I’ve been focusing on rebuilding my health, training for races, and my first marathon, in Paris (I’ll post on that over on my travel blog). Hence the over-saturation of health-related posts on my Twitter timeline! But in immersing myself in the world of health and fitness, I had forgotten about my love of fashion. No doubt working out has caused me to lose tons of pounds and inches (over 40!) but my weight loss and lifestyle has relegated me to a sea of spandex and running shoes – both out of fear and complete confusion.

A recent glance at my closet had me realizing that I had nothing to wear. All my clothes were just too big, unflattering, or just not my taste anymore. So I’ll be taking the next few weeks to gather some Instagram and Pinterest inspiration, while I find my new style. Nothing like a fresh start.

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You Should: 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Engage your inner entrepreneur with the Founders of Miss Jessie’s hair line, Miko and Titi Branch
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Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally, $19, Barnes& Noble

Train and run a Race

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God help me, but I am running my first half marathon on Sunday. I started running in December of last year, and though it’s been a tough road, there is nothing like the feeling of wrapping a medal around my neck after crossing the finish line. 

Black Thought from the Roots is hosting his own 5k in Philly on May 30 before The Roots Picnic concert, and it’s for a great cause.

Purchase a stock

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For as little as $10 you can own a full or split share. Loyal 3, and its subsequent app make buying stocks as easy as pie.

It’s the merry month of May! Smile and throw on a bright shade of lipstick. I like the Rouge Volute Shine by Yves Saint Laurent.

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If it’s in a local theater, see the independent movie Blackbird, a tale of a gay male living in the deep South

Lavish Body: I Want To Run. What Do I Wear?

I have been lurking on the Black Girls Run page for quite some time before I decided that I would actually give running a serious try. I’ve never liked running. When I was a member of Equinox gym, some of my classmates tried to convince me to join their running club. I gave it a shot, but ultimately quit after a few painful excursions because I just couldn’t get into it..
Fast-forward to now. I’m really getting serious about being fit again, and committed myself to a few races so that I stick to the plan. And with this commitment, I know that I needed the right gear to get started. After scouring several articles about what I would need, I went out to CitySports in midtown NYC to talk to a professional about the type of sneakers I should wear. From what I’ve been reading, this is a must. The right sneakers can make or (literally) break you. After walking and jogging in the store a few times, the associate offered me a few recommendations on the best sneaker for my foot. Next, I asked him about all this terminology concerning socks. Things like wicking and dri-fit eluded me, and I found out that I needed to look for non-wool socks that handled moisture well to prevent chafing and blisters. 
On to clothing. Now, you can assume that this associate was trying to up-sell me, but I honestly just wanted to know what I would need if I decided to run outside in the cold. The cold is a huge deterrent in keeping me from accomplishing anything, so I needed an expert. He basically told me that I should layer up with a base layer, a mid layer, and a top layer, all of which should absorb heat and sweat while running. Learning all this, I scoured the web once again. Surely some blogger had put this into a nice, neat diagram that would allow me to do a check-off of the items I needed. God-forbid I have to do research for this running thing. 
Well, I never found that golden diagram, so I made this non-expert beginner runner must-haves list. I’m not saying that you need everything, but there is a nice mix of must-haves and nice-to-haves, must-haves being good sneakers and socks, and nice-to haves being a fancy body monitor. I purchased a few items myself, and will gradually add to my collection, if I do, in fact, become a running addict. 
 

Nathan Quickshot Water bottle
Brooks Ghost 7 Sneakers

Fiona Sports Bra, $27 Moving Comfort
Bluetooth Ear Warmers, $22 180s

Compression Leggings, $30 Old Navy

Running Jacket, $36 Old Navy

Fast-drying sports top, $25, H&M

Mid-layer top, $30, H&M

Organic Shea Butter, $8, Now

Flip Belt, $29, The Flip Belt

Fitbit Zip, $60, Fitbit

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