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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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Fresh Picks: Work it Out

No matter how you choose to work up a sweat and burn off those calories, one thing makes those workouts a little bit more appealing—the recent crop of cute workout clothes that goes beyond the gym and yoga studio! 

We love the whole “workout gear as everyday wear” trend not only for its comfy mobility but also for that little added motivational boost it gives us to carve out time every day to get the heart pumpin’---while looking fabulous, of course!

Check out a few of our favorite stylish gym-and-beyond pieces below:

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1. ALO "Cinder" Longsleeve Top

2. New Balance Classics WL501 in New Purple

3. Trina Turk Mid-Length Leggings

4. ALO "Goddess" Ribbed Leggings

5. C&C California Shape Loose Cropped Tee

6. C&C California Printed "Velocity" Tight

7. Nike Dri-FITPro Pool Capri

8. Hurley Dri-FITMesh Bra

9. Nike Dri-FITPro Pool Bra Top

10. Moving Comfort "Hot Shot" Bra

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New Year Workout Starter Kit

Getting back into a fitness routine can be almost as challenging as getting your car started in the midst of a polar vortex. With the recent holiday festivities and a good chunk of the country in the grasp of a record-breaking winter freeze, it may seem like the universe is conspiring to keep you on your couch! But don’t let weather, procrastination or just plain old lack of motivation keep you from your ultimate fitness goals this year. It’s time to zip up those track jackets and lace up those running shoes and keep your eye on the prize!

Start the year off on the right track by treating yourself to a fitness gear update. From women’s workout tops, men’s athletic tops, women’s workout bottoms to men’s athletic bottoms, we’ve got everything you need to get re-energized and recommitted to your health in 2014. Looking to get back into sports or trying out a new fitness routine? We’ve even got fitness accessories and sports equipment to give you that edge.

Check out some of our picks for the gym, the track, the yoga studio, or wherever your fitness endeavors may take you:

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Women's:

1. Moving Comfort “Fiona” Sports Bra

2. CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle

3. Nike Pro Hyperwarm Dri-FIT Max Hoodie

4. ASICS Gel-Kayano® 20

5. Lucy Hatha Pant

6. Under Armour Shatter Gym Bag

7. Lucy Crossback Yoga Tank

8. ASICS PR™ Pant

9. ASICS Tatum Tank

10. Manduka PROlite™ Yoga Mat

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1. Nike Team Training Max Air Medium Duffel

2. Brooks Heater Hog Long-sleeve Tee

3. ASICS Thermopolis® Thermal Hoodie

4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14

5. Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight II

6. CamelBak Podium Big Chill Bottle 25oz.

7. Under Armour UA Tech™ ¼ Zip Long-sleeve Tee

8. Nike Free Trainer 5.0

9. ASICS PR™ Pant

10. Prana Mojo Short

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Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

On July 3, Zappos joined Boys Town Nevada and the UFC for the community day that kicked off the UFC’s International Fight Week—an annual event that included a two-day fan expo and culminated in UFC 162. Volunteers helped 100 at-risk boys and girls select a new pair of Nike, Converse, adidas, Vans, DC, or Stride Rite shoes from Zappos.com.

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Once their shoes were chosen, the kids and their families enjoyed a provided lunch at the recently opened The Learning Village in downtown Las Vegas. There was even a Sno Cone truck on hand to provide some relief from 115-degree heat!

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UFC fighters Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold, Forrest Griffin, Benson Henderson, Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Daniel Cormier were on hand to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Despite going a few rounds with the heat, it’s safe to say this bout resulted in a huge win for the kids!

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Serve Up Some Tennis Style!

This coming Monday is the start of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. This marks the 127th year of the grass court tournament, making it one that no tennis connoisseur would want to miss!

Whether you’re a fan of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, we can all agree that looking great on or off the court adds to the prestige of this world-renowned sport.

Even if you can’t make it out to London for Wimbledon, you can still start the summer tennis season off right with some fresh new tennis clothing and shoes! Check out some of our picks for on-court and off-court tennis style:

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Men's:

1. Boast Love Tee

2. Nike Rally Spehere Stripe Polo

3. Fred Perry Hallam Twill

4. adidas Tennis Sequencials Galaxy Short

Women's

1. PUMA Tennis Dress

2. Nike DF Vapor Touch Tank

3. Wilson Rish Pro HC

4. Nike Ruffle Knit Skirt

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Workout Picks for Those New Year's Resolutions

After a long season of merriment, festivities, and maybe a little overindulgence, the start of a new year means a new slate for a lot of us. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve getting back to the gym and working off those extra holiday calories.

Now’s a great time to renew your commitment to your health! And what better way to get a little motivation than with some new workout clothes and gear to kick start your resolution?

Below are some of our picks for great workout essentials that will help you stay on track:

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Women's: 1. CamelBak Quick Grip 21 oz Podium Chill Bottle, 2. Nike Lunar Hyperworkout XT+, 3. Shock Absorber Ultimate Dry Advantage Sports Bra, 4. Lucy Convertible Power Legging, 5. Nathan Sonic Boom (for the Apple® iPod nano® Generation 5), 6. Puma Half Zip Pullover

Men's: 7. Ogio Endurance Gym Bag, 8. K-Swiss Tubes® Run 100, 9. Nike + Sportband, 10. Under Armour Flex Shorts, 11. Beats by Dre Studio Over-ear Headphones ,12. Under Armour Tech Long-sleeve Tee

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Runners on Your List

Feel-good endorphins. There are a couple of good ways to get them pumping; you can catch a brisk morning run before work OR you can give great gifts that make the runners on your list very happy.

These gifts should put everyone in a great mood! Now that’s a win-win situation!

Check out some of our top gift picks that’ll put a spring in any runner’s stride:

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Women's: 1. Muzuno Wave® Rider 16, 2. Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie II, 3. Newton Running Women's Terra Momentum, 4. inov-8 F-Lite 215 (also ideal for CrossFit!), 5. Nike Skapri  6. adidas Running Thrasher TR W

Men's: 7. Under Armour ColdGear® Fitted Longsleeve Mock, 8. Merrell Bare Access 2, 9. Brooks NightLife Essential Run Jacket II, 10. Tifosi Optics Radius Interchangeable Sunglasses, 11. Mizuno Wave ® Rider 16, 12. Nike + Sportband

For more running shoes, clothes and accessories, visit the Zappos Running Central page!

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Fresh Picks: Team (USA) Spirit

The big games officially started over the weekend and we can’t help but feel patriotic for the good ol’ USA. We picked a few items to help get you in the team spirit:

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1. Alternative Apparel USA Big League Ball Tee : Perfect for the ball game or any games for that matter!

2. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer London 50 Medium (available in various colors): This classic American design gets a little UK flair.

3. Alternative Apparel USA Burnout Tank: It’ll be a “party in the USA” with this summertime tank top.

4. Nike Kids JDI USA Tee: Your little one can show his USA pride in this cool tee.

5. Butter London Heavy Medal Collection: Bronze, silver and gold isn’t just for medals! They look even better on your nails.

6. Nike Lunar Montreal in Olympic Story Blue: These patriotic shoes were built for speed and performance—like a well-built athlete.