Sunday, June 15, 2014

Running Gear (male edition) and Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the very best dad in the Universe - SD Dad!  He is awesome and I am so blessed that he is the one I get to share my parenting journey with.  So Happy Fathers Day to the man I love!

Now, you know how I go on and on about what I wear to races and events and how much #imayhavearunninggearaddiction?  Well, I wanted to see what male runners, specifically male bloggers thought about running gear and if they put as much thought into it as I do!  So for Father's Day, I bring you the male Blogger edition of What should I Wear?

Thank you guys so much for sharing your thoughts with me!  It has been fun getting to know all of you!

I start with Brian from Pavement Runner.  He is a dad and has the sweetest little girl you can imagine and calls her First Lady.  Could you die from the cuteness??  He says:

"For my long runs, I try to wear something that I have full confidence in and trust that it won't cause any issues, like chaffing. You definitely don't want to be out in the middle of an 18 mile run and have a wardrobe malfunction. I'll also try to coordinate the color of my ProCompression socks with my shoes or shirt. I have them in various colors so I can coordinate with what I'm wearing. When I wear my red ones, they make me feel like The Flash and when I wear my bright orange or neon ones, they make me feel like I'm standing out in the crowd. Colorful socks can definitely give you a sense of confidence and other runners seem to enjoy the "spirit" of them."

Brian is a Fitfluential and Pro Compression ambassador.  He even has a 40% off code for Pro Compression for you to use - PR40.

Shane IS The Silent Assassin and he blogs at Shoots Kden Aloha!  I met him at the Pro Compression shakeout run with Stuft Mama, Melissa Running It and Skinny Runner.  Check out that post here.  He has become a really good Blend!  (Blogger friend)  He is one of the most encouraging people I know and has agreed to run a FULL marathon with me.  The whole 26.2 miles way!  Here is what he had to say:

"So, whenever I go on longer runs and races, here's the basic necessities I use to assure I look as handsome and refreshed as I did at the start.  For men, definitely, gotta roll on the BodyGlide.  I have pretty thick thighs and sometimes you can see sparks when I'm running.  The BodyGlide keeps the burning to a minimum.  ProCompression marathon socks for me is the only way to go for the longer runs.  I've not had any calf or shin issues since wearing them on my long runs.  They are easy to color coordinate.  I use SpiBelt to store my beans, salt tabs, and keys.  The only belt I found that doesn't jiggle or ride up on me.  Burt's Bees to protect my lip from burning and the dry air here in AZ...and nowadays I'm always rocking a visor.  I'm Hawaiian and already have a tanned look.  Don't need to look burnt.  And lastly, I rep InkNBurn.  The fabrics are moisture wicking, light and they breathe.  It's very comfortable.  I'm a sweat monster and in these shirts, I'm pretty much bone dry when I'm done running."

Read his blog.  He approaches everything including running with a sense of Aloha!

Next up is Linzie Starr.  Never heard of him?  Yeah you have, he is See Sharp Run.  I am so excited.  He just had a giveaway on his blog for an Orange Mud transition towel and I WON!  Woohoo!  Here is what he had to say:

"I always wear INKnBURN tech tees and shorts when I run. They are comfortable, are made to last, and the best part is it is wearable art so I stand out from the crowd! I try to match with my Pro Compression marathon socks! Running active wear can be boring, but you can make a statement :)"

You can use code "LinzieToldMe" at check out at Ink n Burn for 15% off!  You can also use code ABLINZROCKS for a discount for your own Orange Mud product!

Peter at RunBlogger is kind of a big deal.  He has 7000 followers on Twitter and writes great product reviews.  Your mind will blow with the amount of reviews he has done!  Here is what he had to say:

"For big races I generally wear a Team Wicked Bonkproof shirt (TWB is a group coached by Caleb Masland'm a fan of calf sleeves for half-marathons and marathons if for no other reasons than they feel good. And, of course, brightly colored, fast looking shoes!"

He is sharing code DADSHO14 to take 20% OFF select men's running shoes (through June 12) at Amazon!

Justin is a good friend and frequent carpool buddy to races.  He has a fun Tumblr account you can read here.  He recently started running in lululemon gear and here is what he has to say:

"For the first time in 11 half marathon races, I opted to wear a tank top, the Open Air Tank.  It was very lightweight and kept me cool as the temperatures rose during the race.  The 5-inch Surge Shorts are just the right length for me on a run. Not too short to unveil that farmers tan and not too long to get annoyed by too much fabric dangling around. The material is ultra thin and feels like you’re running with a veil of air around you."

And for as long as I have known him, Justin always runs in his Halo Headbands!

Next up is Ryan from Real Run Ryan.  Ryan has a fantastic blog where he reviews and reviews running products.  It is such a valuable tool and every time I google a product, more often than not, his blog pops up!  Here is what he had to say:

"As you can see I wear calve compression sleeves so that I can keep the blood flowing and get faster return of oxygen and less soreness. I also like to carry OrangeMud’s hydration pack with Honeymaxx, Enduropacks in. And of course I always run with a hat on to keep the sun, and sweat off of my face."

He is sponsored by Runner's High Nutrition and you can use code RealRunRyan for 10% off.

Nathan blogs over at The Fotographing Fat Kid (but not for long) and agreed to help me out with this post!  Nathan has made HUGE strides in his weight loss journey and he is so inspiring and motivational.  Here is what he had to say: 

"For me, I'm all about comfort when it comes to long runs. Since I live in the humidtastic state of Florida, it's all about clothes that absorb sweat like my super awesome North Face Vapor Wick shirt. It's also important to have comfortable socks. If you're going to spring for anything, buy a pair of Balega socks and Zensah calf compression sleeves. Your feet will thank you on mile 9. Oh yeah, and pack a Salted Caramel GU Energy pack for a little boost!"

He is an I'm Fit Possible ambassador like me!

Next up is Marlon!  Marlon is a devoted husband, dad and blogs at Me in the Balance.  Here is what he has to say:

"Although I started running in 2010, I didn't start participating in races until last year.  Being a dad of two growing kids (a teen and a tween) who seem to always need new clothes and shoes, I have a pretty limited running wardrobe budget.  I pretty much wear the same thing in all of my races.  Here is my usual race outfit: Merrell Road Glove: I really prefer the minimalist type of shoes when I run and I'm on my second pair of Road Gloves.  Blue Camber Tech Shirt by Ink 'n Burn, Performance Denim by Ink n' Burn: I was introduced to Ink 'n Burn by See Sharp Run when I won a gift certificate from him.  I love the style and performance of this brand!  Injinji 2.0 OTC Compression Socks: I almost exclusively run in Injinji socks... Love them!  McDavid Knee/Patella Straps: I started having issues with my knees in 2011 and I found these provided my knees support.  One Love headband: I'm really bad about losing my headbands but when I do wear one, it's from One Love."

He even posts dietary vegan recipes on his blog like this one for GF Falafel!

I also wanted to reach out to the makers of two of my favorite pieces of running gear and see what they like to wear.  I start with Nate at Crazy Compression!  Here is what he had to say:

"I have 4 things that are a must. Comfortable & light weight clothes (fan of Nike Fit shirts & shorts), great shoes (currently running in Newtons), light weight performance socks (Fitsok F4's) and of course some Crazy Compression for recovery (Fan of black and I've made some custom designs for myself :)...going to launch some men's designs soon."

Aren't those socks awesome?  As always, use code CRAZY25 for 25% off!

And last but not least, my friend Tim, founder of Words from the Wise Running, had this to say:

"I like to go on a run in the early evening because it's nice and cool out. Of course I wear my bright yellow WFTW shirt for safety (this one is "One Finds Limits by Pushing Them"). I'm pretty simple. Nothing fancy. I like to wear a pair of Champion Tech pants and my Asics running shoes. "

Want your own Words from the Wise shirt?  Use code SDMOM for 20% off here.

So there you have it!  10 awesome runners, 10 different types of gear preferences.  I guess guys care about the same things we women do in a race day outfit - comfort AND style!  

Hope you are all having a great Father's Day with people you love and as always, I wish you Happy Feet,

SD Mom

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