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Hello New You: 8 Resolution Essentials

Twelve percent of all gym memberships are started in January, and after 24 weeks, most of those new members have quit or just stop coming to the gym. Many of those who start diets on January 1 are doomed to fail; research has shown that 95 percent of the time when people “diet” they gain back the weight, plus 5 more pounds. 

 

 

 

 

Face it, diets SUCK, because the entire focus of our world becomes food — what we can’t have, what we can have, what we’re “allowed” to eat, and then … we begin to dream of all the things we would rather eat. There are all kinds of addictions and issues that people have, but we rarely hear or talk about sugar, which trigger the same areas of our brains as heroin.

My name is Franki, and I am a sugarholic. I crave sweet things, they make me happy but they don’t make me healthy. Everyone has their own path to finding their peace with food. I’ve traded in refined sugar for raw fruit and Stevia, as well as taking a look at what made me go on those sugar binges. When I want chocolate, I have dark chocolate, which has high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, as well as a good dose of antioxidants and flavanols that may improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure, and may also improve brain function. Please note that I don’t do that every day, however. 

 

 

 

 

The best solution I’ve found for a new me didn’t come from a gym or from some new-fangled diet. It came from taking a pretty major look inside, and realizing that diets don’t work, but setting a goal to be healthier does — especially when I did it for me, not for anyone else. Well, OK, there are some other people I work on being healthier for: two little people, to be exact.

I come from a family with a lot of heart issues, and where people die young. By working out, eating healthy and getting regular checkups, I increase the length of time I get to spend with my kids. By setting a good example, eating my veggies, treating fast food as a treat instead of a daily thing, and going for walks, runs, hikes and bike rides instead of sitting on the couch, I am helping my kids establish habits that will last them through what will hopefully be long, happy lives, where they can and will be comfortable in their own skin.   

One of the first things you need to establish these new and better habits is the right gear. There are a few basics that if you don’t have, you’re destined to failure because you won’t be comfortable in your new routine, whether it be at the gym, walking or running around your neighborhood, or taking a hike with your family.  

 

 

 

 

BASICS A great workout starts with the same thing a great outfit does — the right foundation pieces, specifically, sports bras that do more that squish the girls and kinda-sorta-but-not-really keep things from moving around in painful ways. A busty girl needs more support (as well as to avoid black eyes), and these bras from Shock Absorber give you the ability to do inversions in a yoga class, and NOT have anything move. Nothing kills continuing a workout plan like pain, and these bras will help you eliminate that issue.  

 

 

 

 

PANTS There are a couple of ways to go with workout pants: yoga pants, and compression. Yoga pants have the benefit of a flared leg for those who might not be so comfortable wearing something that is tight all the way down, while a compression pant supports the muscles and helps with recovery. Personally, I say tailor the pant to the activity — running or biking in yoga pants tends to be distracting, and can get caught in the chains. Remember the golden rule: you’re in the gym to look and feel better for you, and it should never matter what you think other people think you look like. Besides, if we all had perfect bodies, none of us would need to be in the gym working out, now would we?

 

 

 

 

TOPS The right top avoids chafe, and doesn’t have those teeny-tiny underarm seems that make the sleeves roll up and pinch. Nothing kills your run, or your set while lifting, like not being comfortable. This time of year warmth is also a factor, even in the gym. These great tops also have moisture wicking technology to avoid the dreaded half-moons of “boob sweat” without having to resort to wearing black.

 

 

 

 

LAYERS Whether walking, running or going for a hike, layers on your core will be your best friend. Even in cold weather, you’ll heat up fast while having fun, and being able to peel down a layer is a good thing.  If you’re in one of those areas where someone forgot to tell the weather it’s actually winter, a good layering piece is perfect for when it’s too hot for a coat, but too chilly to go out with nothing.  

 

I hope you enjoy these gear suggestions to help you craft a new you in the new year. If you’re rocking out your workout in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

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Get Moving with Active Clothing!

I had once believed that to be a runner you had to start with a perfect size 5 body and ripped muscles. Then, I met some of the amazing women of Zappos5Kers and began my own journey as a runner with their help and inspiration. 

Laura, Macy, Precious, Cody, Geenah: each one has been inspirational to me, proving that the biggest thing you need to be a runner is the desire to get off of the couch. They also gave me the foresight to recognize that my 14-minute mile was the same distance as someone else’s 5-minute mile.

Laura has gotten me through many races with encouragement and coaching, and her agreement that running oftentimes sucks, but nothing beats the feeling of crossing that finish line. 

Macy has shown me that determination, making a plan, and sticking to it pays off. She’s the “Beast Beginner” featured on our Zappos Running page, and she just ran yet another half marathon. 

Precious and Cody remind me of the reason I run, because they run for the same reason — to set a good example, and to make sure they’ll be around for their kids.  

Geenah has shown me to find joy in completion, rather than competing with anyone other than myself.

All of them are some of the most beautiful women you’ll ever meet. While I don’t think any of them are a size 2, they have all shown me that you can choose a goal and meet it, whether it is to finish, to be healthier or to be stronger, no matter what your numerical relationship with gravity or the number on your clothing tag. 

Running as a curvy girl has one challenge beyond getting up and taking that first step out the door: finding the right gear. I hope that someday companies will realize that those of us with the greatest need for technical workout gear are not a size XS. Until that time, I have some suggestions for gear that will go the distance with you as you get up, get out and chase that goal. 

 

 

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Cool weather is great for running — you don’t quite so much feel like melting. However, you’ll want some great pieces that wick away sweat to keep you warm and dry. 

 

 

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Even when its cold, I’ve always preferred a crop to longer running pants, simply because they always seem like they ride up less and cause the dreaded chafe. And a fun pattern makes it easier to be seen if you’re running in those dusk or early morning hours before or after work. 

 

 

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Do not run without a great bra — you’ll save yourself pain and breast damage. I also highly recommend a good compression sock when you’re just starting; it makes recovery a lot faster, and reduces pain. 

 

 

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Momma always said, “Safety first!” This time of year, when the sun goes down early and comes up later, make sure you’re being seen with reflection gear. Oh, and just because it’s cooler out doesn’t negate you staying hydrated. 

 

If you’re hitting the road in any of the gear you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

 

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Work, Girl: Curvy Girls Need Gear Too

I’m going to start with a disclaimer: When I say I’m a runner, I mean that I am slightly faster than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. For a while, I was very frustrated and disappointed in myself at my 14-minute miles as I did a slow walk-job combination. Then, a wise woman named Laura pointed out that my minute mile was the same distance as someone else’s 4-minute mile, and that I was still lapping everyone on the couch. 

Recently, ESPN Magazine published its annual Body Issue, each year asking the same question, “What is an athlete?” This issue celebrates elite athletes of every shape and size, and I love that they are willing to bare their bodies as well as their insecurities. For the everyday athlete, these self-doubts can be reinforced with challenges of finding the right gear to fit our amazing bodies.  This is especially true when we need and want gear that works in hot weather. 

Workouts can be a challenge in and of themselves, but when you get "the dreaded chafe" (you all know what I mean, ladies!) because your pants were soaked in sweat, or your chest and shoulders hurt because “the girls” weren’t properly supported, you’re more likely to quit working out — and that just won't do. 

Thank goodness for companies like Nike and Moving Comfort, that recognize that bodies of all sizes and shapes work out. These brands have made curve-friendly tech gear to support the chest and help avoid chafing! Moreover, these pieces have moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you as comfortable as possible (hey, 100°F is still one… hundred…degrees…) and looking fabulous during your hot weather workouts.

Don’t forget the little things that make a lot of difference, like moisture-wicking reflective headgear and a great hydration pack. Lace up a pair of cushioned shoes with support to carry you down the road, and you're ready to go! You might not look marvelous to folks around you when sweating mid-workout, but personally, that’s when I feel my prettiest. 

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1. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Bra S4490
2. Moving Comfort Maia Bra
3. Shock Absorber D+ Max Support Sports Bra N109 

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4. Soybu Plus Size Alicia Tank
5. Soybu Plus Size Reese Tee
6. Nike Extended Size Miler Tank

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7. Nike Extended Dri-FIT™ Essential Crop
8. Marika Curves Plus Size Framed Tummy Control Capri Leggings
9. Soybu Plus Size Allegro Capri

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CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz

10. CamelBak Marathoner 70 oz
11. New Balance W1080v5
12. Columbia Trail Dryer™ Cap

If you’re feeling cool while getting hot in any of the looks featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW — we would LOVE to see your style!

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The Running List: What To Pack When Traveling Abroad

Welcome back everyone! I hope all of your summers are going swell, your runs strong, and your naps mighty and long.

Summertime is a great time to relax, unwind and travel to new, exciting destinations. I was fortunate enough to travel to Southeast Asia this past June. The trip was conveniently planned five days after the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon for a few different reasons; the main one being that if I had an awful race, I would be out of the country and hopefully everyone would forget to ask me about it by the time I returned.

Luckily I didn’t have to worry about dodging any marathon-related questions, as it was actually one of the best races I had run (woohoo!). In fact, it was so good that I did not want to lose my mojo and was afraid that the next two weeks of traveling would eliminate everything that I had worked so hard to obtain in terms of physical fitness. While numerous studies have shown that it is nearly impossible to lose one’s endurance in two weeks, I am neurotic, stubborn and believe what I want. With that, I knew that even though it would be difficult to run in the countries we were exploring, I was destined to make it happen.

The amazing thing about running and, quite honestly, one of the biggest reasons why I like it is because you can do it just about anywhere. At the bare minimum, all that is required is a good pair of running shoes and socks. (Though running in the nude is often shunned or heavily frowned upon in most places, so I don’t recommend it.)

When I travel, I take comfort in the fact of knowing that as long as I have my running shoes and two pairs of workout clothes (socks included) anything is possible. I tend to take at least two pairs of workout clothes so as to rotate them and allow the inevitable sweat to dry. This is my attempt to make them feel as new and non-gross as possible when I’m ready to wear again. If extra suitcase space permits, I will take another pair of clothes; however, it is an inescapable fact that when traveling a person will reuse their workout clothes without getting to launder them. Sure, by the time I return home I may have accumulated an extra set of houseflies, but getting that run in was so worth it!

The below items are a few of my favorites to take with me while I travel as they are lightweight, dry rather quickly, and do not take up much space in my suitcase.

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  1. Lucy Workout Racerback 
  2. adidas TECHFIT™ Bra
  3. Nike Dri-FIT™ Venom Tempo Shorts

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  1. Trina Turk Laser Cut Tank Top
  2. Moving Fiona Comfort
  3. Brooks Racey 7" Shorts

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  1. New Balance Heathered Jersey Tank Top 
  2. Nike Dri-FIT™ Pro Classic Giraffe Bra
  3. adidas TECHFIT™ Capri Tights - Vibration Print
     

Until next time, happy trails, roads and any other unchartered terrains!

-Chelsea

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The Running List: Warm-Weather Running Clothes

Welcome back! My how things have changed since the last time I was here – the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and the temperatures are on a steady incline. This can only mean one thing: spring has officially sprung! Being a native resident to Las Vegas, we have the pleasure of enjoying about two months of this glorious time before temperatures reach the “don’t come out of your house our you will melt” zone. Knowing my days are numbered, I try to take advantage of these temperatures as much as I can. I insist on driving with my windows down, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on my back patio, and, of course, running outdoors as much as possible.

It is no coincidence that this will be the third San Diego Marathon that I have trained for – no, not because I am huge fan of running on freeways and large hills, but because the race is typically either the last week of May or first week of June. This means that peak training just happens to coincide with the optimal Las Vegas weather! For some reason, waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the sun shining makes it exponentially easier to roll out of bed, put on my clothes, and hit the road.

It also helps that I now only have to put on four articles of clothing rather than the 74 layers I was putting on in the dead of winter (this may be a slight exaggeration; however when you factor in gloves and head warmers, things get crazy).

Three, yes, just three articles of clothing: running shorts, a sports bra, and a running top. As I have previously mentioned, I am slightly neurotic when it comes to planning out what I am going to wear when I run. I like to have everything ready in the morning so I can literally roll out of bed, hopefully not hit my head on the nightstand (though it has happened more than once), put on my clothes, and head out the door.

Truthfully, I am usually not fully awake until two or three miles into my run, just the right amount of time and distance so that I can’t second guess my decision and crawl back in bed. With that, laying out my running wardrobe in the spring is quite shocking the first few times I do it, mostly because I feel like I am missing 71 articles of clothing. However, now that I am accustomed to only having the essential three, I am more inclined to pick pieces that work well with each other. 

Gone are the days of layering, covering, and hiding any semblance of a cute running outfit. Now is my time to shine and since I only need three, yes, just three articles of clothing to run in, you better believe that they are going to be the cutest, hottest, and most functional outfits of all my running apparel. With that, I bring you my spring-summer apparel running list:

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WOMEN'S

Outfit 1:

1. Nike Dri-FIT Balance Tank Top

2. CW-X Versatx Running Bra

3. Under Armour UA Armour Vent Moxey Short

Outfit 2:  

1. Under Armour Fly-By Stretch Mesh Tank Top

2. adidas Supernova Racer Bra

3. Brooks Infiniti Capri III

Outfit 3:

1. ASICS Fit-Sana Graphic Tee

2. Moving Comfort Fiona Bra

3. The North Face MA-X Short

Outfit 4:

1. MPG Sport Encourage

2. Champion Spot Comfort Full-Support Sports Bra

3. New Balance Accelerate Printed Capri

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MEN'S

Outfit 1:

1. PUMA PT At Cool Nov Tee

2. ASICS Woven Shorts

Outfit 2:

1. Under Armour UA coldback Run Tee

2. Brooks PureProject Woven Shorts

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The Running List: Cold-Weather Gear

post by: Chelsea B.

It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s 5:30 in the morning and I have a scheduled five-mile midweek run before I head into the office. Two months ago, jumping out of bed and hitting the pavement was no problem at all. That was when it was warm, bright, and birds were singing. 

I have to admit that as much as I love running, I hate running in cold weather. I was born and raised in Las Vegas where anything below 65 degrees is grounds for a “hard freeze warning.”

Now, despite my strong distaste and overall inability to function in cold weather, I absolutely hate running anything over two miles on a treadmill. Unless a volcano is erupting, there is a sharknado warning, or a pack of wild dingoes is on the loose, I will always choose to run outside.

With that, I know that I must suck it up and start layering up. Like any normal, slightly OCD runner, I like to have my gear laid out and ready to go the night before so all I have to do is literally roll out of bed and put them on. While getting ready for a run this time of year is a little more labor intensive than the good ol’ days of throwing on shorts and a tank, the good news is that there are tons of amazing cold-weather running products available to help stave off the frigid air that winter brings Woohoo!

From your oh-so important feet to the top of your head, Zappos Running has you covered (literally) so you can get those miles in through the coldest of days.

Below are some of my favorites in cold-weather running clothing & gear:

 Cold-Weather Gear for Running

1. Under Armour UA Qualifier Knit Pants

2. Under Armour Coldgear® Infrared Leggings

3. adidas Techfit Cold Weather Long Tights

4. Mountain Hardwear Momentum Running Gloves

5. Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra

6. Nike Running Elite Hyper-Lite No-Show Socks

7. ASICS Favorite Long-sleeve Top

8. New Balance Accelerate Long-sleeve Top

9. Brooks Essential Long-sleeve Half Zip Top

10. Salomon Active Beanie

11. Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie III

Until next time, happy trails, roads and other unchartered terrain!

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Fitness Accessories: 5 Zappos Employees Share Their Favorites!

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Well, we've made it! A whole new year is upon us, and with it comes a universally renewed enthusiasm towards our fitness goals. A few of us here at the Zappos headquarters are just as excited about all great possibility 2015 has in store—new hiking trails to discover, personal records to break, new breakthroughs in our yoga practice. It’s certainly a great time to recommit to a healthier lifestyle!

Below, five Zapponians, including yours truly, open up our gym bags to share our most essential fitness gear that help enhance and improve our favorite physical endeavors. 

Read on to take a peek inside our bags and fitness routines!

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1.  SunCloud Polarized Optics “Standby” Sunglasses – “Having sensitive eyes, polarized shades are a must! They cut glare and just makes everything around me look prettier.”

2. Columbia Arcadia II™ Jacket“This folds up nice and compact. Makes a decent extra layer in case of rain or wind—or both!”

3. Salomon XR Mission W – “I prefer trail runners for their flexibility, and this one has great grip!”

4. Thorlos Experia Socks – “As dorky as they may look, I prefer a higher-cut sock so my shoes don’t rub my ankles.”

5. Under Armour UA Perfect Headband  – “I have short hair, and this one stays in place.”

6. Mountain Hardware Mountain Abbey Scarf  – “I like a scarf that’s big enough to wrap around me to keep in warmth when I need it.”

7. Osprey Viper 9 Hydration Backpack “This holds three liters of water plus it’s big enough to hold all the necessities for a short day hike.”

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1. Osprey Verve 9 Backpack – “This one is great for trail runs and hiking. It holds all the essentials and then some.”

2. The North Face Standard Issue Ear Gear – “I love this for those cold outdoor runs. It keeps your ears warm and your hair in place.”

3. Nike Pro Indy Bra – “This offers great support and comfort. Everything stays in place even during long runs.”

4. New Balance W1400 – “I love this shoe for my shorter runs!”

5. Nike Pro Capri – “These stay put and are super comfortable!”

6. Saucony Isoseries Triumph – “This one’s my go-to shoe for long-distance running.”

7. Zensah Running Headband – “Cute enough to wear after running and keeps your hair off your face.”

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1. Manduka Go Free Yoga Mat Backpack – “I love that this backpack holds a yoga mat vertically! And it's super roomy, so it can hold a change of outfit, too!”

2. Manduka Waterfall rSkidless® by yogitoes – “When things get sweaty during ashtanga practice (and they usually do!), a yoga towel is downright essential to keep from slipping in the poses. It also helps during restorative floor poses so you're not lying down in a puddle of sweat!”

3. ALO Brook Long Sleeve Top – “Oftentimes, I have to run random errands right after class, so this cute sweater is perfect to layer over my yoga outfit.”

4. Gaiam Sol Shakti Rubber Yoga Mat 4mm – “I love this mat because it’s so durable yet light.”

5. Manduka Yoga 10’ Strap – “A yoga strap is a great tool for working on flexibility as well as stabilizing & strengthening your shoulder girdle during arm balances.”

6. MPG Sport Charisma Pants – “Printed yoga pants are not only great for on the mat, but they look great off the mat with some cute sneakers.”

7. Nike Core Hydro Flow Water Bottle – “Staying hydrated before and after practice is so important, especially when you've been doing a lot of detoxifying twists!”

8. Manduka Cork Yoga Block – “Whether it's gaining more length during half moon pose or increasing the depth of forward stretches, a yoga block can be your best friend during practice.”

9. Prana Reversible Headband  – “Focus (or "drishti") is paramount in any yoga practice, but a few sweaty strands over your face can break the concentration of even the most seasoned yogis...so a headband is always a good idea.”

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1. Nike Legend Track Tote – “This has a handy adjustable strap with a convenient two-way zip AND it’s water resistant!”

2. Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet – “The air vents on this helmet keeps you cool and I love the pink and black colors!”

3. Nathan SpeedFeed Box (Race Day) – “This is a great way to keep your nutrition source within a short reach.”

4. Nathan Icon 24oz Fire & Ice Bottle w/ SpeedLock Race Cap – “This bottle keeps water nice and cool, so you stay hydrated throughout your ride.”

5. Shimano Cycling Shoes – “These are great lightweight road shoes and perfect for spin class.”

6. Suunto Ambit 3 Sport Heart Rate Sport Watch – “This watch has everything you would need in a multisport watch and is great at logging all of your training goals online.”

7. Tifosi Optics Tyrant™ 2.0 Fotobec Sunglasses – “If you start riding early in the morning and the sun isn’t so bright, you can wear these glasses. As the sun comes up, they darken to block the light!”

8. Pearl Izumi ELITE Gel Glove – “I love the cushion these gloves offer with great venting.”

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1. Under Armour UA Gotta Have It Tote – “This holds everything I need and more. It can even go from the gym to the office or works as an overnight bag!”

2. CamelBak eddy™ 1-Liter Bottle – “I have gone through more water bottles than I can count, and CamelBak is the best. They never leak and can take a beating if you are like me and prone to dropping or tossing your bottle.”

3.  Saucony Kinvara 5 – “Lightweight with just enough support. A reliable runner for speed-work days.”

4. inov-8 F-Lite™ 240 Sneakers – “Rope climbs can tear through your road runners or training shoes. The rope tech on the F-Lites really works to keep your shoes intact!”

5. Under Armour UA Reflective Mini Headbands – “Essential for keeping your hair out of your face mid burpee.”

6. Feetures Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks – “These super lightweight socks offer great support. They are no-show socks but never slips off the heel! They’re anatomically fitted for each foot and the seams never bunch or rub.”

7. Trigger Point the GRID – “This is an essential for keeping your muscles going and off the injury list. The size is perfect for your duffel bag.”

8. Chaco Flip EcoTread™ – “Nothing beats a Chaco flip flop post workout. It offers more support than a regular sandal, and it feels like a foot massage while it allows your toes to stretch!”

9. Under Armour UA Escape Coldgear® Infrared Glove – “These are great for those cold warehouse gyms or outdoor workouts.”

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The Running List: 4 Rules for Finding Your Perfect Running Shoes

I have a distinct memory of my first pair of running shoes, mostly because up until six years ago I am pretty sure running shoes in my size only came in three colors: blue, black and/or white. Having a shoe size of 11 female makes finding any shoes, let alone running shoes, rather challenging. So when I found my very first pair of pink, black and lime green Nike running shoes, I was beside myself.

These were the first pair of running shoes that made me feel like a badass. They were sporty, and super stylish…but unbeknownst to me, they were NOT at all what I needed in a running shoe. During a training run with my old running team in Reno (shout out to NSET!) , one of my teammates spotted my spiffy kicks and told me I really needed new running shoes that supported my overpronation. My heart was broken. I somehow managed to pull myself out of my mild depression and face the cold, hard truth that my adorable running shoes were just not right for me. With that, I had to start from square one and find a new pair of running shoes.

I did, however, find a compromise by wearing my Nikes on weight training days – score!

Finding a good running shoe may seem like a simple task, but with so many options available, it can become quite daunting. Have no fear my dear friends; I have created this simple how-to guide to help you find the best running shoe for you!

Rule #1: Always remember that your feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same. I always welcome recommendations, but just because someone absolutely loves their own shoes, that doesn’t mean it’s a good match for you. This leads me to my next rule…

Rule #2: Before purchasing any shoe, it’s worth your while to have a qualified professional look at your stride. This can easily be conducted at your local running store, OR just watch the video below where one of our running buyers shows you how to determine your stride!:

Rule #3: Do not purchase a shoe based solely on aesthetic features. Sure, the pink and neon yellow, double laced, light-up sneakers with the glitter sole appear to be heaven sent; but beware, just because they look amazing does not mean they are functional or practical for YOUR feet.

Rule #4: Just like cars, go ahead and take your shoes for a test drive. It is important to try on several different shoes and walk around the house with them to see what works best for you. Remember, with Zappos' free and easy returns, you can order as many as you’d like and return the ones that don’t make the cut!

Be sure to stay tuned for my next "The Running List" post, where I will break down the best running shoes for those that need a little support, neutral runners, track athletes and trail blazers.

Until next time, happy trails, roads, and other unchartered terrains!

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