Seems like everyone is interested in something dealing with sports these days, especially now that the year is coming to an end. New Years Resolutions to be made, gift buying for their special someone and we are no longer in the age where you have to look frumpy while dying for dear life in your favorite fitness endeavor.
Before getting so heavily engulfed into running, I struggled finding athletic wear that was friendly to my plus size frame. Either all of the cute stuff was overly priced, pretentious or not in my size. If it was cheap, then the materials might rip or some of this stuff looked so blah.
I'll do my best not to exclude smaller framed women from this post but I chose a few fitness wear and accessory questions that I received, along with a few of my favorite picks.
Other companies like Torrid offer really funky designed running and yoga attire. I recently picked up this pink running friendly hoodie from their site in a size 0 (equivalent to a 12) and it's like my best friend. I'm one of those nuts that buy it in every color. For larger sizes, Lane Bryant offers a kick ass selection by Livi, that is not only durable and tummy friendly but exceptionally vibrant if you're not afraid of colors. I wear a lot of their products in my Instagram fitness videos.
Generally, I like bras from Nike or if I'm not being a brand whore, just something that has seamless lining to prevent chafing and burning during my run, a bit of compression and something that protects my nipples. If you are a sprinter or an endurance runner, a little bit of Vasoline, A&D or diaper rash on the happy girls prior to your run is an excellent thing. I heard great things about Asics & Under Armor but I don't want to swear by something that I haven't tested out for myself.
In the meantime, my Fitbit Charge HR does everything that I need it to do. To be honest, I am a goddamn cheapskate but one of the biggest things on my wish list is a pole to practice pole dancing. I would certainly pay for a good pair of headphones and yoga mats made by Lulemon. Yes baby. Reading this back makes me sound like a cross fit girl, even though I'm not trying to be. Salomon shoes are life by the way. They are a bit pricey but so well worth it. Considering that I have clown size feet and I'm always working these poor fat nubs, I am very serious about my footwear.
4. Any advice for the broke runner who needs sneakers?
If you don't know, Amazon is life. Amazon Prime memberships is like 100.00 a year but I frequently "borrow" my husband's membership to go bananas in purchasing my running equipment and gear. This helps tremendously if you have that one tech nut buddy that will allow you purchase a thing or seven and ship it to your house. Free 2 day shipping? Baby!
Sneakers are one of the most important gear items you will need as a runner (or even in training). The last set of sneakers that I purchased were under 50.00 each. Every sneaker that are in these images were beneficial towards something in the last two months, particularly my obstacle course racing events and marathons. Generally, you don't use sneakers after 250 - 300 miles in. In turn, I go through sneakers horrifically every 2 to 4 months, depending on how many times I need to rotate or what I'm training for.
Fila sneakers are EXCELLENT for me. Although I am a woman, I have wide, caveman feet that can battle a Brooklyn sidewalk. In turn, I found that I spend somewhere around 30 - 50.00 when I'm shopping local at Modell's for them. Here in the US, other companies like Nike, Reebok and Asics are king but Fila is loyal as hell to me. I find that they have a good variety of male OCR sneakers, which is what I tend to sport. The blue/green ones in my picture are certainly one pair of running shoes that I purchased on Amazon.
If you go higher up the food chain, try Saucony & Asics are GREAT mid range prices. Try catching them on sale or buy an older released pair that has excellent reviews. Please bare in mind that you should visit a place like JackSports to measure your foot for FREE, where they can tell you what sneakers are best for you.
Overall, you don't want to go according to the brand per se, but more like how does it feel for YOU. What feels excellent on one doesn't necessarily feel great on another person. Find your sneaker personality.
Latoya Shauntay Snell
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