Fall has finally arrived in Richmond and with that comes the heart of training for many runners in prep for upcoming biathlons, triathlons, and running events including the Richmond races and Turkey Trot in November. Now that the season’s changed, it’s time to change up your gear.
Set yourself apart from the hundreds of runners and get some good looks and winks from the boys by investing in this fall season’s heavy hitters!
New from Brooks Running, the “Equilibrium” long sleeve is technical enough for the run, comfortable enough for an everyday base layer. Silky and super-soft, the long sleeve is both lightweight and stretchable and will keep you warm on those brisk morning runs.
($55, selection of four colors, get it at www.brooksrunning.com)
Adidas isn’t just known for their soccer and wrestling apparel, they have great running shorts. The Response 3-stripes 5-inch shorts will surely get you noticed off and on the pavement. Classic look, the Response has back zip pockets, contrast piping and an interesting use of the 3-stripes to create a cool, breathable, and modern look made from 55% recycled polyester and 45% polyester plain weave. Adidas’ Climalite fabric sweeps sweat away from the skin, while the Climacool keeps you dry and comfortable. Formotion follows the natural movement of sport for a better fit and greater comfort in motion.
($30, selection of two colors, get it at www.shopadidas.com)
According to Asics, they threw out the kitchen sink of performance elements into this all-weather jacket. The ARD Jacket is guaranteed to keep out the elements while offering unrestricted movement, maximum comfort and light weight. The jacket is fully seam-sealed with protective wind panel behind zipper, heat sealed stitch-free velcro closures on windflap, strategically designed ventilation, articulated sleeves offer unrestricted movement, stretch mesh gaitors inside cuffs provide protection, and secure key pocket.
($130, available in black and midnight color only, get it at www.asicsamerica.com)
I couldn’t choose just one perfect running shoe, because they’re both badass. You can’t go wrong with either. Be sure to visit your local roadrunner store and test drive them out.
Newton Running’s top-of-the-line neutral performance trainer is the ultimate shoe for you neutral runners. The Gravitas (meaning gravity) has enhanced durability in the heel, new high-rebound midsole material and improved upper fit. Run naturally – faster with greater efficiency and less overuse injuries. The 9.4 oz. shoe is green with 100% recycled laces, webbing, insole topcover, recycled box packaging and 10% recycled outersole rubber. Feel the difference and be able to really go the distance!
($175, available in red, white and blue only, get it at www.newtonrunning.com)
An upgrade from the 2010 Brooks Ghost III, the universal platform weighs 11.3 oz and was deemed “Editor’s Choice” in Runner’s World’s Fall 2011 Shoe Guide. According to Runner’s World, “the Ghost IV is a lightweight shoe with a snug fit and has a fast feel and surprisingly spring midsole that supplies just a bit of stability.” The Ghost IV adds customized cushioning to its already generous comfort arsenal, plus Omega flex groove s for extra stability. Test drive them and become a believer.
($100, available in blue or red on white, get it at www.brooksrunning.com)
Finally, as for tips on the rest of your gear including socks, gloves, headgear, and even underwear, remember this rule of thumb: “cotton is rotten!” Happy trails!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
It’s that time again to refresh your iPod’s workout mix and get ready to double-time.July 11, 2011
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