Running Into My 40s (In Tights That Feel Nearly Naked, No Less…)

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The day after I turned 40, I went out for my first solo run in almost two years. I usually do two or three short (and slowwww) runs a week, but since Elle was born, they’ve all been with the jogging stroller. And full disclosure: They’re just as much an excuse to listen to whatever smutty YA novel I’ve got humming in my ear as they are to move my body.

But a couple of weeks ago, I left the babe and the stroller at the playground with Chris and hit the trail on my own, convinced that I could push myself to go a little faster, a little farther, when I’m not literally pushing 50 pounds of cargo before me.

Dressing the part is critical, & adidas' running gear is just the motivation I need. Think: a supportive sports bra, a light windbreaker, my fave sneakers & more.

leggings (S) | windbreaker (S) | shoes (size down half)

Running This Summer? adidas’ Performance Apparel Is Light + Airy Perfection

Turns out, I’m still slow even without the stroller. Perhaps laughably so. BUT! I did go twice as far as my usual loop takes me, and I remembered that, while running is my default form of exercise simply because it’s the easiest thing to do with a babe in tow, it genuinely remains one of my favorite ways to sweat a bit. Maybe not at the beginning of the run, ha. But most definitely by the end.

So, as a bit of a 40th birthday gift to myself, and knowing that, for me at least, dressing the part is critical to feeling the part, I’ve been slowly upgrading my running wardrobe with pieces actually intended for running. I detailed the first few pieces of this new wardrobe in this post, and adidas just keeps delivering.

Like these light-as-air adidas workout tights that hardly feel like clothes and this whisper-weight windbreaker, both ideal for summer. I’ve rotated in a second pair of Pureboost running shoes, as well, since I’ve been wearing my first pair almost daily.

These workout leggings from adidas hardly feel like clothes.
Dressing the part is critical, & adidas' running gear is just the motivation I need. Think: a supportive sports bra, a light windbreaker, my fave sneakers & more.

bra (S) | leggings (S) | shoes (size down half)

And I’m actually prioritizing what I’ll call “grown-up” runs too. We’re lucky to have great tracks at both the local middle school and high school (the high-school track even has an epic ocean view — I swear, these kids don’t know how good they have it!), so I can squeeze in a little speedwork while the kiddos play. It’s been such a treat — and, in the bigger picture, probably the most valuable gift I could give this 40-years-young bod of mine.

Dressing the part is critical, & adidas' running gear is just the motivation I need. Think: a supportive sports bra, a light windbreaker, my fave sneakers & more.

leggings (S) | windbreaker (S)


The Key To Looking The Part In The Heat: Breathable Leggings, A Supportive Bra & The Lightest Windbreaker

Up until recently, I wasn’t been super-picky about my running apparel. If I’m running at all, no matter what I’m wearing, it’s a big ol’ win. But I do notice that when I have on a pair of sleek running tights or a softly structured bra that, gasp, are actually designed to support the impact of running, I’m more likely to push myself a bit — if only to walk the proverbial walk (or rather run the literal run).

I’ve loved adidas’, well, everything for as long as I can remember, and its running gear is just as stylish and well-crafted as the hoodies, track pants and street sneaks I’ve worn for years.

I've loved adidas for as long as I can remember, & its running gear is just as stylish & well-crafted as the hoodies, track pants & street sneaks I've worn for years.

bra (S) | leggings (S) | windbreaker (S) | shoes (size down half)

1. adidas TLRD Impact Training High-Support Bra

The TLRD Impact Training High-Support Bra is one of the more structured sports bras I’ve tried, and while I usually don’t love a structured cup, I have to admit that this not only keeps things firmly supported, but it also just looks good on. To be clear, it’s not underwire — just softly sculpted to lift, smooth and support. The adjustable straps and band ensure a perfect fit (and it’s available in a range of cup sizes, too).

My photographer and I usually make a handful of jokes about my, uhhh, mismatched boobs whenever we shoot (thanks, mastectomy), and even she commented that this bra is especially flattering. Wearing a S (A-C).

Adidas' TLRD Impact Training High-Support Bra is one of the more structured sports bras I've tried.

2. adidas Optime Stash Pocket High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings

I’m falling quickly for all of adidas’ performance apparel. These Optime Stash Pocket Leggings are sleek and buttery but super-stretchy, soft and ultra-lightweight. They’re great for warm-weather runs because it feels like you’re wearing practically nothing at all — and yet, they don’t show through. Not sure how that works, but they’re seriously good.

There’s an essential stash pocket, of course. And the silvery-gray is as cool as the fabrication, almost reminiscent of the muted finish of a eucalyptus leaf. Wearing a small.

These adidas Optime Stash Pocket Leggings are sleek & buttery but stretchy, soft & lightweight.

3. adidas Own the Run Hooded Running Windbreaker

I’ve mentioned this in every activewear post I’ve shared here on The Mom Edit, but just about every outdoor endeavor here on the coast kicks off with some kind of outer layer, and this super-light Own the Run Hooded Running Windbreaker is absolutely ideal. It’s tissue-thin, but just enough to keep the chill off while you warm up or if the breeze picks up.

It cinches at the waist with two drawstrings that instantly snug things up with a one-handed tug, and another drawstring in the back of the hood cinches it cleverly around your face so that the hood becomes fitted like a lightweight ball cap. It’s a bit dorky looking worn as such, but I can attest that it’s expertly engineered to keep the hood in place, ears tucked safely within, when the wind bites or when what you thought was just morning mist evolves into a steady rain.

The price is right on this one too — especially for how often I’ll be reaching for it. Wearing a small.

This adidas windbreaker cinches at the waist with 2 drawstrings that instantly snug things up with a 1-handed tug.

4. adidas Pureboost 22 Running Shoes

This is my second pair of adidas Pureboost 22 Running Shoes, and they’re some of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever owned. Performance-wise, they’re intended for short-distance running, so they’ve been ideal for my stroller runs (which, honestly, top out at around three miles these days). But I’ve worn them for slightly longer runs too, and for hourslong strolls around town.

They’re super-light and supportive, and they’re immediately comfortable right out of the box — no hot spots or seams that annoyingly rub my bony ankles. Just an ideal pair of sneakers. And this jammy mauve colorway is so pretty. As with most adidas footwear, I sized down half from my usual.

Adidas Pureboost running shoes are some of the most comfortable sneakers I've ever owned.

Here’s to running toward another decade — or four! 😉
xo,
Em

Thank you so much to adidas for sponsoring this post. Adidas has long made up a hefty hunk of my wardrobe, and as I’ve embraced getting back on the trail and track, it’s been such a treat slipping into more performance pieces. Genuinely a collaboration I’m so excited to be a part of. And thank you so much for hanging out with us here on The Mom Edit and supporting the brand partners that allow us to keep doing our thing. We appreciate it!

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Dressing the part is critical, & adidas' running gear is just the motivation I need. Think: a supportive sports bra, a light windbreaker, my fave sneakers & more.

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