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Galaxy prints and brights - new running gear

I am a great advocate of not caring what you look like whilst exercising and having watched a girl at the gym last week in full make-up, sat on the exercise bike in a hoodie whilst cycling at a snail's pace and texting, I have to say if you're still looking like you just left the house after a workout or a run then you're probably not doing it right.  I end up sweaty and tomato-faced when I come back from running club at work on a Tuesday and I know I make some pretty interesting noises (a sort of groan-grunt) so I fully accept that I am not at my most attractive when running (and frankly, who cares).  

However, there is a lot that can be said for new exercise gear when it comes to renewing motivation. Packing a new pair of trainers, vest or trousers in my gym bag always gets me excited for a workout and the transition from warm summer-y mornings to misty autumnal chill-in-the-air type runs has given me an excuse to pick up a few new bits.

I get most of my running gear from SportsShoes, who have a really good selection and the best prices I've found.  I actually came across them when searching for a guide as to the right sorts of running shoes for me and they have a really good guide on their website of how to find out what kind of runner you are based on your footprint which I always recommend to people. As well as being a massive fan of SportsShoes, I'm also becoming a bit of a Nike trainer collector so you can imagine how excited I was when they got in touch to ask me if I wanted to road-test some new running shoes, with a particular emphasis on their awesome Nike range.

I need a cushioned running shoe as I have really high arches so I picked these Nike Lady Zoom Vomero+ 8 running shoes (£89.99).  They have the added advantage of being so ridiculously bright I'm guaranteed to not be missed when running at night!  I teamed them with my new galaxy print Adidas leggings for a very *ahem* subtle running look.




This is me pre-run when I'd got home from work one day, hence the fact that I'm wearing make-up and don't look like a wet tomato (post-run photos are not making a regular appearance on the blog!)

trainers: sportsshoes.com £89.99* // leggings: adidas £28 [sold out]

In the same order as I ordered the top I also got a Shock Absorber sports bra for £15 which I was pretty impressed with as sports bras in my size tend to be £30+.  My washing machine ate the hooks on one of my other ones so sadly it was time for a replacement.

I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into my new running wardrobe - I'll probably be posting about running and fitness more often on the blog (I hope you don't mind!) so you might be seeing more posts like this in future.  I need to atone for a weekend of eating cake and sweets so I'll be out on another run tonight and possibly a gym session afterwards if I can keep my tiredness at bay!


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21 comments

  1. I LOVE the running shoes Rosie. I'm getting really into running lately and love having lairy sports gear.
    Sophie
    x

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  2. I absolutely LOVE those leggings, as I've already said when you Instagrammed them, and will be crossing all my fingers and toes they come back in stock! You look great in your running gear, and I love the trainers too!

    I'm another advocate for not caring how you look at the gym (and I'm a fully fledged member of the tomato faced and grunting club, ugh!) but you're right about new clothes giving you a bit of extra motivation. There's two girls who go to my gym every night at 8pm, and I've seen them in the supermarket after the gym a few times, make-up still flawless and not a drop of sweat in sight. Madness.

    I went to Sports Direct and picked up a load of cheap work out gear when I first started out, not wanting to spend much money incase I never stuck to it, but I definitely think it's time to splash out on some nicer (and better quality) gear now! The SportsShoes website looks great, I hadn't heard of it before so thank you. :) xx

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  3. You look absolutely awesome! Please tell me those trainers arent Nike Free runs? Ive been looking for them online for forever and havent been able to find them!

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    1. Hello Lucy, they're not technically Free Runs but Sports Shoes have an amazing range of Free Runs here if that helps: http://www.sportsshoes.com/products/?q=free+run. I have some Free Runs I wear to the gym and they're really comfy xxx

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  4. I just got a pair of new running shoes and started jogging around in the evening. It feels so good, but I end up looking like a tomato too :)

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  5. Love the running gear ^_^ I just usually wear all black - boring I know! Maybe I should be a bit more adventurous! I find it funny when you see those girls in the gym who are obviously not working out very hard and are just there to 'be seen in the gym', it makes me laugh :) There is one in particular at mine who comes in with her hair all down, and she goes really slow on the cross trainer, admiring herself in the mirror at the same time - at least it provides some entertainment for me I guess!

    Belle Michelle

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  6. Oh no. I'm not going to be able to resist buying some crazy leggings now. Those are amazing. The colour of your trainers is lush too!!! I've just bought some new running shoes but have gone and messed my knee up, so I look at them longingly in their box. Purple asics with neon green laces. They sound gross :P

    And I may not be a grunter, but good lord do I sweat!!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  7. Oooh these are fab! I have a similar pair of galaxy print leggings from Primark, but the curse of Primark means that they're not meant for any form of exercise and have gone super baggy. Printed leggings are totally acceptable at roller derby too. Maybe Adidas would like to give me some.... #shameless

    But yes, a set of new work out gear really is a good motivator! I know of some people who wear clothes that are a little bit too small to encourage them to lose weight, but that sounds awful in my opinion!

    I've seen girls fully made up at the gym when I went at uni, and it was a bit ridiculous! Although my friend used to get asked out loads at the gym, so clearly it was for that reason. Strange!

    x

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  8. I love the shoes and leggings. Thanks for the headsup about the website I am having a look now! Please write more about fitness and running I love these posts! You look great post-workout btw, much better than me haha!

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    1. Hello! Oh those photos are PRE-workout, trust me I do not look like that post-workout! But thankyou :)

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  9. Wish I looked as fab as you before going for a run Rosie! x

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  10. The leggings are really cool. I just got some new trainers and it's making me want to go to the gym!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  11. Those leggings are awesome. Not sure I'd have the guts to wear them out in public but I can at least admire them via you. Loved your comment about people at the gym. Sometimes I think I'm the only one that looks red after exercise so glad to hear I have some company!
    Lau

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  12. Oh my god, those leggings are everything I need in running gear. I've got some great purple patterned ones but galaxy print blows them out of the water.

    Having cool running gear is less about how you look and more about how it makes you feel.

    I am also a tomato face post-run.

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  13. That's a cute workout outfit! I love how it's not the typical plain clothes that people usually wear!

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  14. Oh my god those leggings are so cool! I'm desperate for new gym gear. Lucy xx

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  15. I have to say Rosie, I recently joined a running club because of you! I loved your 'I ran to Nottingham' post and have been kind of keeping up with your progress over the last year or so. I have only been going for the past few weeks but I have actually (gasp!!) started to enjoy it!
    If it wasn't for you I don't think I'd have dared to turn up and I wasn't getting anywhere trying on my own! So thank you :) Going to try a local park run when I've finished the 10 week programme!

    Keep up the good work :)

    Ashley x

    http://tickytales.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Love, love, love the leggings - can't believe they only cost 328 - I spotted a similar pair in Sweaty Betty for nearly triple the price x

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  17. Noooooo, can't believe the leggings are sold out! They are my perfect ideal dream leggings. You lucked out!
    These running outfits/trainer shoots are making me want to replenish my workout outfits for the winter. I deffo need long leggings.And trainers. xxx

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  18. How would you say they compare to Free Runs?

    Buckets & Spades

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  19. In regards to present day fashion, the fitness world has created a craze of certain items such as gym tank tops and yoga pants that are worn as casual wear by many people on a daily basis, whether they attend a gym or not.
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