We’ve started running

Last month the lovely people at Sports Shoes sent us some fab running gear to wear during our adventures into running. We are both on a mission this year to get fit and change our lives, not only for ourselves, but also to set a good example to our son. We’d been putting off starting our venture into running for quite a while. But as the London Marathon applications opened and we found ourselves entering the ballot, we decided it was time to get in shape.

We’ve both been using Thinking Slimmer, with positive results, but we know a healthy lifestyle involves exercise, which meant popping on the trainers and heading out the door. Clara didn’t have any suitable trainers, so she selected a pair of PureConnect Running shoes and was really impressed when they turned up. The running shoes are lightweight, flexible, and breathable, it took Clara a while to get used to the high instep in the shoes, but this is due to her having quite flat feet. The fit was incredibly good considering she didn’t get to try them on before they arrived and they are quite colorful and  funky looking too. At £39.99 you can’t go wrong really, if you are looking for a decent pair of running shoes, you can easily spend twice that.

I already own a pair of running shoes from a previous venture into the Couch to 5K, so I selected some running clothes. When my running t-shirt arrived I was instantly in love, it sounds crazy to say, but it’s one of the best t-shirts I have exercised in. I hate feeling like I am wearing thick material when running as it makes me feel hot and sweaty before I have even started exercising, but this tee made me feel nice and cool. Not only is it made from a lightweight breathable fabric it has enhanced ventilation in the form of mesh paneling. I could see myself wearing this for most of my training. Priced at £17.99 this tee is a favourite of mine, I think the price is spot on and am already considering adding another one to my wardrobe.


The final item I chose was something I have wanted for a while. Sometimes when jogging outdoors I find I get a bit chilly, but I get too hot with a hoodie or cardigan, so this Puma running jacket is perfect. It’s made of a light breathable fabric, designed to keep the wind out, but allow you to stay at a comfortable temperature. I found the hood to be a bit big, but I think this is because I have to buy large sizes to fit my chest, therefore the rest of the jacket ends up being big. It’s really comfortable and does the job of keeping me warm during my run. I think £24.99 is a really good price for a running jacket and I love the reflective detail to help you to be seen during night runs.

(I won’t be modelling in any runners mags any time soon)

Sports Shoes website has some great deals, with a lot of products being reduced by over half price. I already have my eye on some more running gear, but I think I should finish the Couch to 5K and earn my running stripes, before I got spending more.

*We were sent these items for the purpose of this review, all views and opinions are our own.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Cariemay Reply

    Wowee – good luck in the marathon ballot – in my brief and undistinguished running career I definitely found it was the prospect of the races that got me out the door training and the London Marathon is the ultimate motivator!

  2. Shay Noble Reply

    Good luck with all your running 🙂 I started running back in 2011 after my youngest was born and haven’t looked back…so much to get out of it and not all of it is physical x

  3. Becky Arber Reply

    Wahooo! Welcome to the running club. Running is awesome!!!

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