Gearing up for summer

Hi Everyone!

It’s officially May and I’m here to get you ready for summer training season!

If you’re like me, then the coming of nice weather means more outside training. After all these months of training in the gym, I’m usually dying to start running outside and working out in parks.

If you’re someone who likes training outside, or if you’re looking to start training outside here are some key pieces of gear that you’ll need:

1. Good shoes. 
I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to invest in good running shoes that fit properly. There are a variety of local running stores in the Twin Cities that can help you find the right fit:

The Running Room: (located in St. Paul and Uptown)
Marathon Sports: (located in Minneapolis)
GEAR Running Store:
Urban Tri:


In order for you to get the most out of your runs, especially runs outside, you want to make sure that you have shoes that gives you adequate support and motion control. Definitely have someone at one of the above stores fit you for the right shoe.

2. Moisture wicking shirts, tanks, shorts, etc.

You don’t need to go out and spend a ton of money on the latest sweat-wicking shirt that Under Armour has put out, but you should definitely look into buying some kind of sweat wicking apparel. Why? Because running in a cotton t-shirt can get really heavy if you’re a sweater like me. Sweat wicking shirts, tanks, and shorts help with keeping you feel dry and gets rid of the sopping feeling that comes with working out in a regular t shirt.

To be honest, I like training in the least amount of clothing possible. But obviously that’s not possible. The less i have on the less weight I have to haul around on my runs. I love running in a sports tank top (usually has a sports bra built in) that wicks sweat away, dries quickly, and keeps me feeling light. I also like wearing running shorts that are made of light material instead of cotton gym shorts because the sweat marks always become clearly visible! Gross…

Target has a partnership with Champion. I really like their products and they’re not super expensive. So if you’re looking for an alternative to Nike or Under Armor, definitely check out what they have at Target or Marshalls.

3. Fitness watch (with heart rate monitor, gps, and/or mileage tracker)

Investing in a watch that keeps track of your heart rate, distance, and time is a great training tool to have. Being able to track your heart rate allows you to see if you’re meeting your target heart rate to burn fat. Distance and time are important because, well, it’s important and helpful to know how far you’re running and how long it takes you!

You can find watching like this on Amazon, REI, or websites like The Clymb. Do your homework and read reviews. These watches can be pricy and you want to make sure you get one that has a lot of great reviews so you get your money’s worth.


If you’re going to run or exercise outside this summer, be sure to wear sunscreen! Just because you’re not laying out at the beach, doesn’t mean you still won’t get burned. Make sure you get easily burned places like your shoulders, your nose and cheeks, and the tops of your ears. Sometimes if it’s sunny but breezy people think, “Oh it’s not that hot out, I don’t need sunscreen.” False. The sun burns you not the heat!
You definitely don’t need to go out and buy all of these things at once, but they’re definitely things you should have eventually you make sure that training outside is comfortable and fun for you.


Until next time!,

Coach Colleen