You may be wondering where we have gone or if we were washed away with the rain at Run or Dye; fortunately, that is not the case! I have been swept up in the busiest time of the year though, and have so much to share with you as we count down to the Niagara Falls Race Weekend at the end of the month. That gives me goosebumps just to see it in black and white – we are both on the hunt for PRs and anxiously preparing. My training is at its peak with only one long run left. In the midst of the insanity that is life these days, we received some very exciting mail: And today, we want to share with you one of our favourite new pieces of running apparel! Some days, we love running; other days, not so much. But what never fails to excite us is all of the shopping we get to do in support of our running – for our health, as we like to say. Such a great way to justify any and all purchases!
But this time of year can be a head-scratcher in terms of how to best outfit yourself for a run. Mornings can be cool. Afternoons can be warm. Some days, the weather seems like it can’t decide what to do. And while this tends to be the best running of the year, the simple question of what to wear on a run can become as complex and difficult to answer as some of those algebra problems I could never quite wrap my head around in high school. Of course, we are dedicated to finding the perfect running outfits for any and all seasons, weather and occasions. Everyone needs their niche, right? That is why we were so excited to try the running shrug made by Urban Running Girl, a Canadian company based in Toronto and owned by a fellow runDisney fan! First things first, these shrugs are adorable. Bright, vibrant colours and a cute, flattering fit. You might agree, but wonder what they have to offer in terms of functionality. Well, we found them to be the perfect answer to the layering dilemma runners face as seasons change.
Cool, crisp mornings are unquestionably delicious for running – but those first couple of miles can feel downright cold in your tank or t-shirt. Yet, a long sleeved shirt or jacket would leave you melting shortly after you start your Garmin. This cute, little shrug is a great way to make the transition. It is light, moisture-wicking and includes fold-over cuffs to keep your fingers warm if needed (this feature is also great in the rain if you want to protect your Garmin, as I learned at the Run for the Cure this past weekend!). As you warm up, you can slip it off and tie it around your waist – because it is short, you don’t have the bulk flapping around behind you, widening your load and making you look as if you may fly away! (I don’t know about you, but I am never a fan of making my butt look bigger.) And check this out – it holds up well and still looks cute even soaking wet. We also admit to just wearing it around the town on weekends while shuttling kids to soccer practice, grabbing groceries or running whatever pressing errands need attention. They are just that comfortable and cute. And we think you’ll agree if you give them a try!
Urban Running Girl has kindly offered a free shrug to a lucky reader in the colour and size of your choice. As you can see, we opted for the pink and purple, but they also come in a beautiful turquoise, bright orange and basic black. Sizing runs true to size for women’s technical wear and sizing charts are available on the website. If you fall in between sizes, order up. I found myself in between the Small and Medium and, although both fit, the Medium fit best because these are cuter if you have room to layer tanks, tees or long sleeves. Since you will be on the move while wearing it, you don’t want to feel constricted as you want to be able to easily remove it on the fly. But we wanted to spread the love so that ALL of you would have the opportunity to add a new piece to your running wardrobes, so we are excited to announce that Urban Running Girl is offering a discount to our readers for 20% off your order! Please visit the Urban Running Girl website and use promo code 2PRINCESSES at check-out. This special offer is good through October 27, 2013 (incidentally, the day we’ll be on the run in Niagara Falls!). You can bet we’ll be using it to stock up on some other colours! The turquoise would look darling with my Cinderella costume at the Disney Princess Half-Marathon, no? Holidays are approaching and we think this would make a great gift for your BRF too! To enter the give-away, use the Rafflecopter Give-Away link below. We’re asking you to tell us about your favourite fall running accessory by leaving a comment on this post, “like” us on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and/or tweet about the give-away. Easy as all the pie we can’t eat this Thanksgiving because we have a big race coming up, right? The lucky winner will be announced on our Facebook page on October 15. Good luck to all…may the odds be ever in your favour!