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It’s (un)officially summer so stay comfy out there…

With Memorial Day Weekend behind us, it is unofficially summer in NYC! Because I wanted to truly enjoy my entire long weekend upstate, I opted for a weeknight “long” run before we got on a train out of town Friday afternoon. It’s so nice to go upstate where I have an entire wardrobe and other essentials because my travel bag is almost non-existent. Yay vacation homes 🙂

A few weeks ago I wrote about my favorite running shorts and you KNOW I’ve got two pairs upstate. These shorts are all sorts of amazing – they don’t ride up, they don’t chafe, and they have the best built-in base layer (tips on choosing a great base layer for running can be found here).

Tommy John used my post (and advice from other fitness professionals) to create the below infographic with tips on staying comfortable while being active.

I love how they broke it down into 3 essential F’s: fabric, fit, and function. If you’ve got an active dad in your life (Father’s Day is just around the corner!), Tommy John has a bunch of boxer briefs that match up perfectly with the above advice.

My brother isn’t a dad but he only likes gifts if he considers them practical and functional so I’m tagging their undershirts as possible future birthday and Christmas gifts. I swear, dude only wants socks and underwear. A few years ago he requested sweatpants…

While upstate, we ran everyday and kept our runs easy paced and short at 2 miles a piece. It is so much easier to run while away when the mileage is nice and low. I can’t come up with an excuse not to run when I know it’ll only take us 20 minutes from start to finish.

Other than the post-breakfast jaunts, we spent our weekend stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, eating, drinking, and well, laying around. It was wonderful.

Summer already feels like it’s going too fast. Looking at our calendar, we have so many busy weekends coming up that it feels like I’m going to blink and it’s going to be wedding day.

In June alone, we’ve got Justin’s brother with us for a weekend, my cousin’s high school graduation (she’s heading up to BC in the fall just like her awesome big cousin *wink wink*), Justin’s lasik surgery, a weekend in the Hamptons, Father’s Day on Long Island, my bridal shower, and another trip upstate for the fourth of July weekend.

Busy (but fun!) times ahead. Stay tuned 🙂

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Running comfortably…

About a mile into our 10-mile run last weekend, I turned to Justin and said, “I need to buy another pair of these shorts ASAP, I love how they fit.” What I meant  was, “I need another pair of these shorts ASAP because I don’t like wearing underwear to run and these keep the lady parts happy.” Note: that’s not an affiliate link, I just really love these shorts. Edit: I bought two new pairs of these shorts while typing this post. #SorryCreditCard

True story: your base layer matters a lot when you run. It matters even more in the summer when you’re out there creating a swampfest on your skin.

Tips for choosing a base layer:

  • If possible, go commando. One of the biggest reasons the Oiselle Roga Shorts are my faaavorite and get washed more times in my sink than they do in the laundry is because they come equipped with a built-in base layer. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find any kind of crop/pant that comes equipped with built-in undies and, let me tell you, going commando here should be done cautiously. #LiveAndLearn
  • Avoid cotton at all costs. Cotton traps heat and moisture and one of two things will happen – you’ll chafe during the run, feel it happening, and be uncomfortable for miles or you’ll chafe during the run, feel fine, and then cry out when you get into the shower. Quick drying material is always best here.
  • Be sure the fit is snug, but not tight. When it comes to sweatpants, the looser, the better. Running attire (especially those undies)? Not so much. You want the material to fit snug but not too tight. You want a snug fit so that as you move the fabric doesn’t move and rub against your skin. You might be lucky and feel fine while you’re running but there won’t be any mistaking those chafe burns once you step into the shower. Tight can be uncomfortable and can also affect breathing (think: a too tight sports bra. #WontMakeThatMistakeAgain).
  • Watch those seams! Some underwear is fine for everyday life or even a short run but once your mileage creeps up and you’re running for hours and not minutes, the tiniest thing can cause irritation.

After all that, my only other piece of advice would be- when in doubt, use Vaseline.

Seriously, is there anything Vaseline can’t fix? Don’t answer that.

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This Saturday is the Newport 10k! Stay tuned for all the fun 🙂

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