Summer-Ready Pieces to Wake Up Your Workout Wardrobe

Spring is here and the weather is starting to heat up!  Well, at least it is where I am in Las Vegas.  Right now, we've got high temps in the 80s and it's only going to get warmer, a lot warmer, as we get into May.  I'm all signed up for Bryce Canyon Half Marathon in July and my 12 week training starts this Monday!  I'll definitely be that running early in the morning on weekends and running on the treadmill at the gym during the week.  Our gym has an indoor track, which is nice for laps but when you are trying to run a few miles on it, it can get super boring super fast!

Anyhow, with a new season, comes the need/want for a few new workout pieces!  I perused a few of my favorite brands online and found some workout wear that is perfect for your summer runs!   Click the images to go straight to the shopping ;) 

These spring floral print shorts from Lululemon will take you right into summer!  

These spring floral print shorts from Lululemon will take you right into summer!  

Pair them with this swiftly tech short sleeve shirt with it's  seamless design to minimize chafing & it's anti-stink fabric and you'll be ready for those long runs this summer! 

Pair them with this swiftly tech short sleeve shirt with it's  seamless design to minimize chafing & it's anti-stink fabric and you'll be ready for those long runs this summer! 

This colorblock chi tank from Athletica is lightweight, comes in lots of fun color options, and is made with the same Unstinkable technology that comes in handy on sweaty runs :) 

This colorblock chi tank from Athletica is lightweight, comes in lots of fun color options, and is made with the same Unstinkable technology that comes in handy on sweaty runs :) 

These running shorts from Brooks are colorful, fun, and comfy!  

These running shorts from Brooks are colorful, fun, and comfy!  

I absolutely fell in love with this adorable new design by Sweaty Bands!  Not only are their headbands super cute, they really do stay in place!  

I absolutely fell in love with this adorable new design by Sweaty Bands!  Not only are their headbands super cute, they really do stay in place!  

I've had my eye on this water belt for a few weeks now and I think it's just the thing I'll need for my long runs this summer and for the half marathon! 

I've had my eye on this water belt for a few weeks now and I think it's just the thing I'll need for my long runs this summer and for the half marathon! 

Not only do I love the color of this Pacifica tee by Athletica, but I love that it is UPF 50+ for sun protection & is made from unstinkable technology fabric! 

Not only do I love the color of this Pacifica tee by Athletica, but I love that it is UPF 50+ for sun protection & is made from unstinkable technology fabric! 

If shorts aren't your thing, check out these Under Armour compression capris with a strategic stretch mesh leg panels that dump excess heat as you get fired up! 

If shorts aren't your thing, check out these Under Armour compression capris with a strategic stretch mesh leg panels that dump excess heat as you get fired up! 

Of course, don't forget to use sunscreen when running outside!  

Of course, don't forget to use sunscreen when running outside!  

What are some of your go-to summer workout pieces? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!  

Xterra 5K Trail Run | Race 5 of 14 for 2014

So, how was your weekend?  I hope it was fabulous!  Mine started off really great celebrating my sister and brother-in-law's 23rd wedding anniversary with a Japanese hibachi dinner on Friday night.  Isn't that wonderful, 23 years of marital bliss!  Saturday we were up bright and early for the Xterra 5K Trail Run at Lake Las Vegas.  I'm not a huge fan of 5Ks but since I'm trying to get 14 races in this year, I'm totally doing a few!  I didn't really train for this race.  It was just a week after the Spartan Super and 2 weeks before Tough Mudder, so of course, post-race was all about Spartan Training, then I took 2 days off to recover.  I only ran once the week before the race and it was just a fun 2 mile run/walk with my friend & my kiddos.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that it wasn't my best run!  I really feel like I'm going to have to redeem myself on my next 5K trail run coming up next month!  I placed 4th in my age group with a finish time of 38:25.  I wish I would have pushed myself a little more, but it is what it is! 

Before the race with our friends, Jessica & Geron.  This was their first official race ever! So excited for them :)   

Before the race with our friends, Jessica & Geron.  This was their first official race ever! So excited for them :)   

As far as the race itself, it was good.  It wasn't a huge race and everything went smoothly from on-site packet pickup to the course markers & volunteers.  I had been told it wasn't a true trail run and after doing the run, I can see why.  We started off in a parking lot at the resort then ran the first mile through a golf course.  The second mile was mostly uphill through the undeveloped area of Lake Las Vegas then back down to finish the last mile and a half through the resort and golf course.  I'm assuming the longer distances of 10k and 21K were mostly trails.  The post-race area was great.  They had the usual post-race goodies of bananas, muffins, bagels, grapes, and orange slices, along with water and gatorade.  I also really liked that they printed out our results on-site!  

Post-race with my hubby!  I love that he'll be running a few races with me this year!! It makes running that much more fun :)

Post-race with my hubby!  I love that he'll be running a few races with me this year!! It makes running that much more fun :)

Did you have a race this weekend? I'd love to hear how it went for you! 

April Fitness Goals & March Update

Yet again I am late getting this post up! But, better late than never, right?   Here are my results from my March Goals:  

Food is just my nemesis, especially on the weekends and especially when my weekends are jam packed with things to do.  I wasn't 100% terrible, but I did indulge a bit more than I wanted to.  Also, didn't run 1 virtual race like I wanted to, just honestly, didn't have the time.  I'm registered for 10 races so far this year and I'm confident I will make it to my goal of 14 in 2014 even with this one missed virtual race.  And, in an effort to continue with my accountability, here are my goals for this month: 

April, like March, is proving to be a very busy month, but I am up for the challenge.  I'm ready to see some changes.  I've been flatlined for way too long.  It's time to put in some real work and see some real results.  

What are some of your goals for this month?  Did you meet your goals for March?  I'd love to hear from you! xo