Meet #teamsparkle – @matmilesmedals travels the world running

March 21, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic are the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Briana, aka @matmilesmedals on social media!

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Briana: I am an adult-onset runner… after years of being a road warrior with a sedentary lifestyle, I started walking for fitness. A friend asked me to walk the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon with her… the distance seemed daunting, but it also felt like a cool goal with a birthday looming around the corner. My first race was a half marathon! We power-walked the whole way, and I loved it! I saw people of all ages, shapes and abilities pushing themselves and it was inspiring. I then set a goal to finish a half marathon in under 3 hours and started running intervals… now I run races! A year later, I finished Rock n Roll San Diego over an hour faster, which remains one of my most memorable finishes! I used to travel extensively for work. Now I’ve swapped my work travel (mostly) for race travel! I’ve found running helps me experience places in a whole new way, whether I’m racing or taking a morning run. When a work trip took me to London a couple of years ago, I explored a lot of Hyde Park on a long run… more than I ever would have if I were just walking around the city as a tourist. Because I’ve decided to make racecations part of my running strategy, I’ve traveled to many new-to-me places, including Vancouver BC, Virginia Beach and San Antonio, TX. My first year of racing (2013), I finished two half marathons. I’ve steadily increased the number each year… in 2016, it was 18 half marathons (15 of which were Rock n Roll races, qualifying me for “Hall of Fame”). I'm excited to run my 50th half marathon in 2017.

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

B: I joined #teamsparkle at my first race (Rock n Roll San Diego 2013)! I had never seen anyone run in a skirt, but my friend was insistent that we would have more fun wearing Sparkle Athletic. I bought a pink skirt so we’d match (she already had one). She was totally right… racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt always makes me smile! 

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

B: I used to travel about 90% for work. I was overweight and uncomfortable in my skin. In addition to improving my level of fitness and health, running has given me a new confidence, more energy and a better outlook on life. I run to continue to improve on the person I’ve become personally and physically. 

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

B: I’m a big foodie! One of my favorite things to do is eat cuisine local to the area I’m visiting (poutine in Montreal, deli in NYC, lobster rolls in New England, breakfast tacos in Texas, etc.) I’d have to say my favorite is chicken and waffles… love the sweet/savory combo!

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

B: I’m all about the Sparkle Athletic skirts… both the specialty/patterned and the classic skirts. I’ve created so many fun ensembles with them and mixed & matched them in a myriad of ways. I get to dress up with my friends… they say when you feel good about what you’re wearing, you perform better. My 5K, 10K and Half Marathon PRs were all set in Sparkle Athletic skirts.

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

B: I always know I’m a part of a community when I wear a Sparkle Athletic skirt. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with people during races because of my skirt. We cheer each other on. Even if I’m running by myself, if I’m wearing Sparkle Athletic, I’m never alone.

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & everyone of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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Favorite Run – Lewisberry, PA: Gifford Pinchot State Park

March 16, 2017
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There are so many amazing places to run that we want to help spread the word about some of your favorites. Maybe you will be visiting a new area and looking for a great running trail or in search of your next racecation. Whatever the case, we hope to highlight some of the best places to run around the world! Up next to share her favorite run is @tinythunderr.

Favorite Run: Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA

Runner: Jodi Location: Lewisberry, PA (about 30 minutes from Harrisburg) Address: 2200 Rosstown Road  Lewisberry, PA 17339-9787  or Lat. 40.087  Long. -76.888

Fun Fact:

There are two entrances to the trail, one is called Conewago and Quaker Day Use. If you start at the Quaker side in the summer, you can go for a swim after to cool off!

Distance:

You can really run whatever distance you want. If you run a full loop around, you can get anywhere from 8.5-9 miles depending on what paths you take. You can also do smaller out and backs of whatever distance you want.

Difficulty:

Relatively easy trail.

Why You Love It:

I love this route because a) it’s trail, b) it’s within a half hour of home so easy to get there even during the week for a longer run and c) it’s beautiful year round. There is actually a mid-winter half marathon held here called Squirelly Tail Twail Wun that is quite a fun challenge as well.   Parking:  Both entrance areas are well equipt with parking. This is a state park so there’s plenty of space to park. Favorite Place To Eat Post-Run: There is a local ice cream place called Reeser’s that has burger and fry type options plus delicious ice cream. This is a great place to hit up after a nice, hot, sweaty summer run as well! A big thanks to Jodi for sharing her favorite run with us. We hope that this series turns into a list of super cool runs across the country and even internationally - that way if you are ever in the area you know of a recommended route from a fellow #teamsparkle member. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Favorite Runs” post, please email us at favoriteruns@sparkleathletic.com.
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San Francisco Giants Running Costumes

March 15, 2017
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San Francisco Giants Running Costume

San Francisco Giants Running Costume Essentials:

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Meet #teamsparkle – @run8va is a founding father of #menofteamsparkle

March 14, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic are the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Joe, aka @run8va on social media!

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Joe: I started running in 2011 after auditioning to join the U.S. Army band and needed to lose weight. I began with a 1-2 miles every 2 or 3 days. After a few weeks I thought to myself, “If I’m out running anyway I should sign up for a 5k.” Which became if I can do 3 miles then surely I can do 6… then 13.1… then 26.2. I went from running my first mile in September to running my first marathon in January just 4 months later. It’s not a path that I recommend people following, but it was the path that put me on the road. (Both figuratively and literally). In 2012, my first year of marathoning, I completed 5 marathons. It was during this year that I decided to set a bucket list goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states. Something that seemed daunting at the time, something that was a long shot and unobtainable. Since then I have completed 40+ marathons in 18 different states with 5 new states on the calendar for 2017. I have run back to back marathons in a weekend before, completing the Mitten Challenge in 2014 at the Wisconsin and Kalamazoo Marathons, and in 2015 I completed the Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon on 4 consecutive days. I have been fortunate enough to join with pace teams at marathons around the southeast U.S. and help lead others to their goal race times.

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

J: I was fundraising for St. Jude as a participant in the 2014 Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Disneyland and reached out to Sparkle Athletic as part of an idea to push donations. The idea was simple, after reaching my fundraising goal I would commit to running the race in a Sparkle Athletic skirt, visor, and wings and I would let one person who donated choose the color. The donations rolled in and I met my goal in under a week! The first skirt that I wore was gunmetal, along with the visor and wings.

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

J: Since 2012, I have been committed to fundraising for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and have always strived to make an effort to utilize running as an outreach to do good stuff. I have run in over a dozen races through the St. Jude Hero program and have been fortunate enough through the goodwill of friends, family, and supporters to have raised over $12,000 benefiting the patients St. Jude.

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

J: It is a challenge every day to balance out my love of running with my love of Oreos. But on race day, it’s the mid-race and post race donuts that I love to get my hands on.

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

J: My visors! Everyday, every mile. I have over a dozen Sparkle Athletic visors that I wear. You can imagine the looks I get running around in small town, MS.

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

J: As a self proclaimed founding father of #MenofTeamSparkle, wearing the skirt on the race course creates a statement of self confidence. It speaks to the world around you that the run is what’s important and the little bit of joy you can spread to the people you encounter on the run.

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & everyone of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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runDisney Star Wars “Dark Side” Half Marathon Weekend Running Costume Guide

March 10, 2017
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Just because you’re a runner, doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, wearing costumes for running. Especially when you are running any (or all) of the runDisney races during the Star Wars "Dark Side" Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World. Luckily for you, we have plenty ideas that are easy to run in and are perfect for the Star Wars 5K, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars Half Marathon, and the Ultimate Darth Vadar Challenge. Consider this your very own running costume guide.

‘Dark Side Lord’ Running Costume

‘Dark Side Lord’ Running Costume Essentials:

‘Dark Side Bounty Hunter’ Running Costume

‘Dark Side Bounty Hunter’ Running Costume Essentials:

‘Dark Side Officer’ Running Costume

‘Dark Side Officer’ Running Costume Essentials:

Assembling any of these running costumes is pretty self-explanatory… but once you’re dressed, voilà! A quick & easy Star Wars "Dark Side" inspired running costumes DIY style.

And if you are looking for a "Light Side" inspired running costume, don't worry, we have you covered on that side as well - check them out here.

Have fun creating your own costumes for running! For even more costumes for running ideas, check out our entire running costume guide.
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Race Day Running Essentials – Angela’s race day running essentials

March 9, 2017
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Laying out your #FlatSparkle prior to a race (or even a training run) can help calm some of the pre-run jitters by helping to make sure you have everything you need when the starting gun goes off. Today Angela is here to share with us some of her race day essentials…

Angela's Race Day  Running Essentials

Like most runners, I start preparing for RACE DAY a week or so in advance! I begin by grabbing my favorite sparkle skirt, and piece it together from there! I've used two other brands of running/athletic skirts prior to finding Sparkle Athletic. I knew I had found the perfect skirt after my first run! I could have done jumping jacks or even jump hurdles and the skirt wouldn't budge! I love that the fabric is soft, doesn't scratch and has the perfect length! I've used both black compression shorts and black capris under the skirts, and they always compliment the ensemble! My sparkle visor just recently made its debut and it's a keeper! The visor is comfy, stretchy and a show stopper! 
I pair my race day outfits with a few essentials that make every race day Sparktacular!!
 A must for me is my Apple watch for tracking my race stats with the Nike+ app! After using Garmin watches, I've switched over to the Apple Watch! I LOVE this watch because it provides TWO options to track your run! It has a built in workout app that allows you to customize your screen while running. I also have the Nike+ app (free*) because I've been tracking my miles for years on it.
I also use the Nathan hydration belts and single bottles to stay fueled throughout the race. Yay for their hydration belts, vests and bottles! I always use Nathan brand because of their durability and accessibility during my run! Rain or shine they hold up well! The belt offers 3 bottles, in which I fill two with water, and one with Gatorade. I also slip some energy blocks in the zippered pouch!! This provides me with all the fuel I need for my longer runs, including marathons! I stay well hydrated before, during and after my longest of races! Your local running store should sell a variety of Nathan gear, along with other hydration devices!
I'm so glad that running has become more popular with every year that goes by, because there's more gear to choose from! A GREAT race means being well prepared!

A big thanks to Angela for sharing some of her race day essentials with #teamsparkle.

As we all know, race day can be a stressful time. One way to relieve some of the pressure is by making sure you have everything you may need when the starting gun goes off. Whether you are traveling across the country for a racecation or down the street for a local race, having a list and checking it twice to make sure you have all of your necessities can be the difference between a successful race and a stressful race. Everyone is different when it comes to what they need or desire on race day, which is why we thought asking the amazing #teamsparkle community about their race day essentials could be a great resource for us all. Maybe it will serve as a reminder of something you forgot to pack or tip you off to a new product you’d like to try. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Race Day Essentials” post, please email us at raceday@sparkleathletic.com.
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‘Light Side Master’ Running Costume

March 8, 2017
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'Light Side Master' Running Costume

'Light Side Master' Running Costume Essentials:

          • * {one} Lime Green Sparkle Headsweats Visor (we embellished the visor with ears)
          • * {one} tan tank top, or make (or buy) Yoda inspired shirt
          • * {one} pair of Neon Lime Sparkle Sleeves 
          • * {one} Lime Sparkle Athletic Running Skirt * {one} pair of Silver Wing Shoe Shwings

            'Light Side Master' Running Costume

            Assembling the 'Light Side Master' running costume is pretty self-explanatory. But, if you want to make it even more realistic, or if you want to add a little umph! to your costume for running, think about including one or more of the following running costume accessories...

            'Light Side Master' Running Costume Accessories

            * {one} pair of lime green running shoes * {one} pair of lime green compression socks Get NEARLY everything you need for the 'Light Side Master' Running Costume here.
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Meet #teamsparkle – @runtheimpossible uses running to express her creativity

March 7, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic are the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Katie, aka @runtheimpossible on social media!

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Katie: Living near Walt Disney World, I had always wanted to participate in runDisney events.  In 2016, I made the choice to run the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon and never looked back!  We made it a goal to run every Disney race there is!  We are currently running every race between Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2016 and Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend 2017. Next up is Disneyland Paris!  Running is a wonderful outlet, great exercise, and a super fun way to express your creativity.  As a former cosplayer and gym-goer, I realized I could combine the two and make fun running costumes!

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

K: I joined #Team Sparkle in February of 2016!  I had borrowed a few skirts from friends for local races and I wanted my own!  My first one was my Neon Pink Specialty skirt for my R2-KT costume.  It is still one of my favorite skirts because it is so vibrant.  I have well over 30 skirts now because I like being able to have a skirt for every costume that pops into my mind.

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

K: I really love to set challenges for myself.  I am inspired to keep running to keep improving.  Running is incredible because even if your time is 5 seconds better than the last one, it is still a huge personal achievement.  I may not be the fastest runner, but I have an amazing time on the course.  Running is a wonderful blend of physical endurance and mental strength.

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

K: Ice Cream is my favorite treat!!  I love to have a cold bowl of Ice Cream after a long training run.  Training in Florida can get super hot, even year round!  Ice Cream is the perfect treat for a long run.  My tradition after a Disney Half Marathon is to get a bag of Cheetos and walk around the park.  I tried to think of something I don’t let myself eat very often and decided I can cheat after 13.1 miles.

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

K: For the last few months I’ve been relying heavily on my Pretty Cosmos skirt.  It has just a little bit of Sparkle in all the right places so it looks amazing in photographs.  It also has so many colors it is easy to pair with any solid color running top.  It is also fantastic for a rainy day run, the rain blends right in with the galaxy print and it sparkles even more!

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

K: I feel faster in a Sparkle Athletic skirt.  I like the way they swish and move when I run.  I LOVE the way they look in photographs. I also love that I can wear any bottoms I like with them.  If we travel for a run, sometimes I’ll pack two or three different bottoms if the weather is changing.  It’s an easy switch the morning of the race and my skirt looks great with everything!

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & every one of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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Favorite Run – St Louis, MO: Forest Park

March 2, 2017
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There are so many amazing places to run that we want to help spread the word about some of your favorites. Maybe you will be visiting a new area and looking for a great running trail or in search of your next racecation. Whatever the case, we hope to highlight some of the best places to run around the world!
Up next to share her favorite run is @emilytravels. Although she loves to travel the world and is a native Seattleite, she is now residing in the Midwest and thought it best to share a route from that neck of the woods.

Favorite Run: Forest Park in St. Louis, MO

Runner: Emily Location: Forest Park (St Louis, MO) Address: 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112 (Visitor's Center)

Fun Fact:

It was host to the 1904 World’s Fair and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States.

Distance:

It is approximately 5.6 miles around the perimeter, however there are a number of paths within the park, plus the neighborhoods surrounding the park.  I like to start near Turtle Park, head east by the zoo, circle around the Jewel Box and catch back up with the perimeter path and follow it to the Visitor Center.

Difficulty:

Moderate – it is relatively flat, but you can easily find hills!  For an extra challenge, you can often find people running Art Hill or the steps to the World's Fair Pavilion.  The trails are a mix of paved and gravel roads.

Why You Love It:

I love watching the seasons change within the park.  The frost melts into spring blossoms which fade to summer blooms before giving way to autumn leaves.  The view looking up Art Hill is one of my favorites in St. Louis.  Plus there is always something happening in the park and so much to do besides running – from the zoo to the museums to the different festivals throughout the year.  There are water fountains and bathrooms throughout (although not all are open during the winter).

Parking: 

The visitor center has a large parking lot, however there is abundant street parking throughout. 

Favorite Place To Eat Post-Run:

half & half (in Clayton) has delicious French Toast (but plan ahead because they get busy!). A big thanks to Emily for sharing her favorite run with us. We hope that this series turns into a list of super cool runs across the country and even internationally - that way if you are ever in the area you know of a recommended route from a fellow #teamsparkle member. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Favorite Runs” post, please email us at favoriteruns@sparkleathletic.com.
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Meet #teamsparkle – @plaidtink runs for the kids

February 28, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic are the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Christina, aka @plaidtink.

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Christina: I was always that kid that dreaded PE especially the day we had to run the mile. Flash forward to 2014 and I decided I wanted to run a half marathon but not just any half marathon - a Disney one. I was a Cast Member at the time and I'd worked countless races, and I wanted that bling! I discovered I'd missed registration for the Disneyland Half 2014 and it was sold out. I started checking out the charity partners and found Team Muscle Makers for UCMD and the rest is history! I've now completed 7 half marathons, 3 10ks, and a few 5ks.

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

C: I discovered Sparkle Athletic at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo in 2014. I was looking for a fun shirt to run my first half in and got myself a "Blood Sweat Sparkle" tank. My first skirt was the black sparkle because black goes with everything!! 

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

C: My reason for running is twofold. I run for the kids who can't. Team Muscle Makers helps fund a muscle disease clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA. My teammates and their families have become family and it's an honor to join them to do so much good.
My other reason for running is to be an example for my kids. I want to be around for them for a long time and leading a healthier lifestyle is going to help me do that. My oldest son has caught the running bug as well and is training for his first 10k.

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

C: I can only pick one?! If it's sweet I'm in. Cupcakes, donuts, macarons, I could keep going...

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

C: Skirts are definitely my go-to! I wear them to the gym, races, spectating. There are so many colors and they pair perfectly with my TMM shirts. 

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

C: Besides looking awesome, the skirts are perfect over my shorts or leggings. They don't slide or bunch up. I get tons of compliments especially from the kids at my kids' school!

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & everyone of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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“Strong Ladies That Move” Running Playlist – @sharpendurance

February 22, 2017
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Looking for some tunes to get you pumped for your run? Never fear, Sparkle Athletic is here and we’ve got you covered!

Next up is a running playlist from Linzie, aka @sharpendurance on social media.

"Strong Ladies That Move" Running Playlist by @sharpendurance

Hey Team Sparkle also known as Team Awesome! I know there are lots of people that may need a hand in building the right playlist for the right moment. If you are anything like me, music drives you. It is truly part of who I am at my core. When Sparkle asked me to lend a hand a curate a playlist for the blog, I couldn't resist. They gave me full control (which is always dangerous you never know what the heck I will do) to create something that keeps people motivated and moving. The first thing that came to mind was strong women in entertainment. Women that work hard and inspire other women to do the same. This is how the "Strong Ladies That Move" playlist was born. I tried to build the playlist in such a way that it started easy, progressed into a faster pace, and relaxed back into a nice groove as you celebrate your accomplishment. It's an hour of pure fun and high energy and I hope you enjoy it. If you don't listen to music while you run, that's totally cool. This playlist is great for the car, walking the dog, making dinner, doing Sudoku, whatever floats your boat! ‘Independent Women, Pt. I’ by Destiny's Child ‘What About Us’ by Brandy ‘Can't Hold Us Down’ by Christina Aguilera ‘If’ by Janet Jackson‘Lose Control’ by Missy Elliott, Fatma ‘Circus’ by Britney Spears 'Gimmie Dat' by Ciara ‘What About Your Friends’ by TLC ‘Fantasy’ by Mariah Carey, O.D.B. ‘Focus’ by Ariana Grande 'Lady Marmalade' by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink 'Play' by Jennifer Lopez 'All Hands on Deck' by Tinashe 'Freakum Dress' by Beyonce 'Part Of Me' by Katy Perry We may be a little bias, but we think the song choices Linzie made will help kick your running playlist up a notch. No matter your distance or speed, these songs are just the tunes to get your feet moving as you head out the door. We all know how music can effect our moods and even our workouts. As runners we often turn to music for motivation and, at times, to take our mind off of the miles. Having the perfect song at the right moment, whether it be when you are conquering a long run or tackling a fast interval on the treadmill, can be the difference between ending your run on a high note or simply finishing flat. The #teamsparkle community is such an amazing resource that we want to hear from YOU to find out what you are listening to, what is helping you to rock your runs and what is a must on every runner’s playlist. The best songs have the ability to keep us going mile after mile and we want to be a resource for one another so that we can run longer, run faster, but also run happy. Some songs may be old, some songs may be new, some songs may be trendy, some songs may be underground, but as long as the beats are pumping and inspiring us to put one foot in front of the other, then it is music to our ears! If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Running Playlist” post, please email us at runningplaylist@sparkleathletic.com. We’d love to hear what songs made your cut and which ones we should add to our ever-growing playlist. **Please remember to use caution when listening to music while running, especially if you are pounding the pavement outdoors. A few suggestions would be to run with one earbud out or to do your best to keep the volume low enough so you can clearly hear your surroundings. It may be hard, especially when you want to rock out to your favorite track, but safety first!** [post_title] => "Strong Ladies That Move" Running Playlist - @sharpendurance [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => strong-ladies-that-move-running-playlist-sharpendurance [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://sparkleathletic.com/team-sparkle/ [post_modified] => 2017-02-22 11:45:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-22 19:45:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://sparkleathletic.com/?p=41568 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Meet #teamsparkle – @jennmascari runs for so many reasons

February 21, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic is the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is the amazing Jenn, aka @jennmascari.

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Jenn: I started running in 2011 on a complete whim because my dear friend/teaching partner (now my BRF) came up to me after school one day and said, "Hey, we're going to run the L.A. Marathon!" We weren't even runners yet. We then joined the local YMCA and started a "Couch to 5k" app on the treadmills. We slowly but surely started completing our runs and started entering races. We did a local 5k in 2011 (our "graduation" from the Couch to 5k app). The Disneyland Half Marathon in 2012 (our first half). And then in 2013, we completed the L.A. Marathon. Since then I have completed hundreds of training runs and runs for fun and runs for me. To date, I have completed 14 5Ks, 14 10Ks, 18 half marathons, and 2 fulls. The half marathon is by far my favorite racing distance and my goal is to one day break 2 hours.

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

J: My first race with #teamsparkle was my first half marathon, the 2012 Disneyland Half. I wore the purple skirt since purple is my favorite color. I did a Google search for "running skirts" and found Sparkle Athletic. I read about the company and found out it was started and run by three ladies/moms and I knew I was in. I love everything that they stand for.

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

J: I initially started running to possibly lose some baby weight and "get into shape." It quickly became something much more. Our 10-year-old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and Anxiety when he was 6. During this time was when my running began. In training for that first marathon, I learned to love running. It wasn't just about the running itself but the escape. Running became my break from the craziness at home. It became my therapy session. And it still is, but now I am running to raise money and help raise awareness for Autism. I have been a charity runner twice with Autism Speaks. The first time was for the 2014 Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. I raised almost $2000 then. I then was a charity runner again for the Los Angeles Marathon in 2016 raising almost $1500 for Autism Speaks. I also use the app Charity Miles that I log all my runs with and always mark Autism Speaks as my charity of choice. It's my goal to fundraise again in 2017 for Autism Speaks. Lately, my mother has been my inspiration. My mom unexpectedly passed away on October 28, 2016. My mom was my BIGGEST supporter and fan when it came to my running. She knew every race that I was running and would track my runs through the RunKeeper app. She was the first to like any of my running posts and would always call me so I could tell her about my runs. She knew about me running the Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon, and that it was the last race in the Cali Combo. So, 2 days after she passed away, I ran that race. My family and friends (especially the ones in the running community) were totally supportive of my decision to run. That was the hardest run I had ever done. My BRF was with me and we ran, talked, and cried the entire 13.1 miles. Losing my mother has been devastating but I know she’s always with me, especially when I run.

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

J: Ooooooo. I have a few favorites. My favorite post-run breakfast is an amazing breakfast burrito because who doesn't love eggs, potatoes, and bacon all wrapped up in a tortilla with pico de gallo and guacamole! I also love drinking chocolate milk after a race. As far as sweet treats, I love them all...donuts, cupcakes, cookies, cake. You name it.

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

J: Hands down the skirts and visors. I have worn a sparkle skirt for every single race I have run and can always find one that will match what I wear to race in. The visors are something that I can wear on race day and every day. I especially like wearing my sparkle visor for early morning runs when it's still dark because they are reflective and let cars know I'm out there!

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

J: I love that my 7-year-old daughter wants to help me pick out my race outfits and skirts. She has her own skirts now and will wear them to her annual jog-a-thon at school and to local 5K's (when I can convince her to join me). She tells me she loves the skirts and wants to me just like me.

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & every one of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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Favorite Run – Boston & Cambridge, MA: The Charles River Path

February 16, 2017
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There are so many amazing places to run that we want to help spread the word about some of your favorites. Maybe you will be visiting a new area and looking for a great running trail or in search of your next racecation. Whatever the case, we hope to highlight some of the best places to run around the world!
Up next to share her favorite run is Kelly, @wings_and_fur. She hails from the Boston area and has spent many miles and countless hours along the Charles River Path, so of course it was the first spot that came to mind when deciding on her favorite run to share with the #teamsparkle community. If you are ever in the area, Kelly strongly suggests that you make sure to get in a few miles along this path.

Favorite Run: The Charles River Path in Boston, MA

Runner: Kelly Location: Charles River Running Path - Boston & Cambridge, MA Address: Storrow Drive (Boston side) and Memorial Drive (Cambridge side)

Fun Fact:

If you run on this path in the early mornings on the week leading up to the Boston Marathon, you will have the elites for company. I’ve even spotted Meb.

Distance:

Choose your own adventure; typically 5 - 8 miles. I like to start by the Hatch Shell (home of the July 4th Boston Pops concert) and loop over past the Museum of Science to the Cambridge side of the river and back via the Mass Ave Bridge (gives you a great view of the Fenway Park Citgo sign from the bridge).  (the map below starts at a local gym. I typically run down Cambridge Street to the Hatch Shell and go from there).

Difficulty:

Easy and flat.  You’re running at sea level (and sometimes below!)

Why You Love It:

I work in Boston and this path is not only easy to get to, but scenic.  The cherry blossoms in the spring, the foliage in the fall and I’ve spotted great blue herons and hawks during runs.  It's maintained year round too, and its fun to see other brave souls out on cold wintry days.

Parking:

Limited street parking on the Boston side, but there are a couple of lots on the Cambridge side.  Its also easily accessible by mbta subway. Red line Charles/MGH stop and Green line Science Park stop.

Favorite Place To Eat Post-Run:

I’m a Dunkin Donuts girl - there’s nothing like grabbing a coffee (or much needed donut) after a run from any of the multiple locations.  A big thanks to Kelly for sharing her favorite run with us. We hope that this series turns into a list of super cool runs across the country and even internationally - that way if you are ever in the area you know of a recommended route from a fellow #teamsparkle member. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Favorite Runs” post, please email us at favoriteruns@sparkleathletic.com.
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Meet #teamsparkle – @jedijen11 continues running as she becomes a mom

February 15, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic are the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is the new mama @jedijen11, aka Jennifer.

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Jennifer: Before 2010, I hid from activities that required any type of physical activity. When I was a band director, as a part of summer conditioning, we required the students to run. I could not keep up... at all! So, over spring break in 2010, I started the Couch to 5k running plan without telling anyone. (In case I failed, ya know?!) By the time I got to the sixth week of training, I decided to tell people about my new running hobby. I was encouraged to run a 5k race, and a whole new world opened up to me! I had no idea these races existed, I just wanted to participate in summer conditioning with my students! It's safe to say I was bitten by the running bug. I have now completed 1 30 mile run (for my 30th birthday), 11 full marathons, the Dopey Challenge, 24 half marathons, several Disney challenges, and too many 5 and 10ks to count! (Fun fact: my husband and I eloped in January 2015 during WDW Marathon weekend. He proposed to me after the WDW 10k and we got married later that day. It's normal to run a half and full marathon for your honeymoon, right?!) My biggest achievement in running, though, is running through my pregnancy, especially when some doubted me! Baby Hilger and I ran 4 half marathons, including two Disney 5k, 10k, half challenges, and several shorter races!

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

J: I first found #teamsparkle on instagram and will be forever thankful for social media because of that! I had already completed races in tutus, but the sparkle seemed extra empowering to me. (And I was right!) I trained really hard for my 4th full marathon and wanted some extra motivation to achieve my goal. I was planning to run the Nike Women's Full Marathon in 2013, so I chose the turquoise Sparkle Athletic sparkle skirt and visor to help me stay motivated to receive my little blue Tiffany's bag at the finish line from a handsome fireman! I am pleased to report that I achieved my goal of running a full marathon under 5 hours, 15 minutes and set a marathon PR by more than 15 minutes! Sure, I trained hard, but I'm convinced that sparkle gave me the confidence I needed to never give up during the race!

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

J: Wow! I have so many answers to this question! The social media community constantly inspires me!  I am able to stay connected and motivated by runners from around the world. My local running community also inspires me! I have been lucky enough to serve as a running coach for the last three years (including during my pregnancy) through a local running store, Red Coyote Running & Fitness. Helping others achieve their goals inspires me on a level that's hard to explain. Also, I'm very goal oriented myself! Working to achieve what I think might be unachievable goals, inspires me to get out there and train, even when I would rather stay on the couch! Lastly, I'm inspired to run because I'm able to run. I truly value every mile, whether I'm alone or with my best running pals, I'm most at peace during a run. I also learned how important being outside is for my spirits when I ran during my pregnancy. Obviously my pace and distances were not what they were before pregnancy, but getting out there and moving was such a connecting time between me and my baby. (And my husband who always takes care of us!) I'm inspired by my son who just entered the world, to keep running to be a good, active, and happy role model for him. Running through pregnancy reminded me of my love for simply running, no matter the pace! 

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

J: I have the biggest sweet tooth, but my favorite indulgence has to be DONUTS! During my pregnancy, my husband and I went on a "donut date" every week. I was so thrilled when the donut Sparkle Athletic skirt came out and bought it immediately! (And thankful for that stretchy waistband so I can still wear that skirt now!)

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

J: My friends tease me that I have a sparkle skirt in every color, but I still have many more to add to my collection! But if I had to choose one product, it would be the Sparkle Athletic visors! They are unbelievably comfortable and perfect for any run. My ultimate favorite product combo would be my rainbow Sparkle Athletic skirt, rainbow checkerboard visor, and rainbow Shwings. I wore these for my 11th marathon, which was the NYC Marathon in 2015. I set a lofty goal (for me) to run a sub-5 hour marathon after a few previous attempts. Having a marathon time that started with a 4 was a "pre-motherhood" goal I had for myself. I trained on a new level with the support of so many around me. I thought the rainbow theme was a perfect reminder as I ran through the streets of NYC of many things coming together to help me achieve that goal. (I'm happy to report that I ran the marathon under 5 hours, with more than 3 minutes to spare. I ran it with a negative half split AND set a PR of more than 12 minutes. Oh, and I welcomed my son in to the world six weeks ago!)

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

J: Feeling empowered! Most of my life I have struggled with just being myself. I let people dull my sparkle until I gained confidence through running to just be myself. Adding a Sparkle Athletic skirt has only helped my confidence! When I ran through my pregnancy, I started wearing a sparkle skirt for most runs instead of just for races. Even though I knew everything was normal, sometimes it was a mental struggle when I started to gain weight and my pace slowed down, what used to be a warm-up was now my long run. Sparkle Athletic skirts made me still feel empowered with every mile! 

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & everyone of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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Race Day Running Essentials – @runnerchick29’s Authentic Athens Marathon

February 9, 2017
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Laying out your #FlatSparkle prior to a race (or even a training run) can help calm some of the pre-run jitters by helping to make sure you have everything you need when the starting gun goes off. Today Kristin, aka @runnerchick29 on social media, is here to share with us some of her race day essentials…

@runnerchick29's Race Day Running Essentials

 This #FlatRunner was for The Authentic Athens Marathon. You know the run that started it all, from Marathon to Athens?! It is extremely safe to say that this is the furthest I’ve traveled for a race and since it was out of the country I was extremely nervous that I was going to forget something. When I first started thinking about what my outfit was going to be for this race, I knew sparkle was a MUST. So I was able to pick out some great pieces to take with me to run in. I was keeping an eye on the weather so I had both cold and warm weather outfits picked out but luckily the weather was on my side and I knew I would need my warm weather outfit before I left.
 
 I was careful to lay everything out at home and make sure that I was not forgetting anything. I mean, come on, I arrive in Greece and don’t have something essential for the race. Yikes, No thank you. I packed my outfit in a gallon zip lock bag and put it in my carry on. I could just see myself arriving in Greece and seeing that my luggage did not make it on the correct flight or it got lost. So, I made sure that on the way over it was with me the entire time. 
 
 If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you know that I typically have the same outfits. Sparkle Athletic skirt and visor, PRO Compression socks, a tank top, Momentum Jewelry wraps, and my Garmin watch, RoadID and Brooks running shoes. Those are my go to make my outfits fun and exciting. Because why not? 
 It’s taken some time to figure out what works for me and what does not and I’m still trying out new things to see if they work.
 

A big thanks to Kristin for sharing some of her race day essentials with #teamsparkle.

As we all know, race day can be a stressful time. One way to relieve some of the pressure is by making sure you have everything you may need when the starting gun goes off. Whether you are traveling across the country for a racecation or down the street for a local race, having a list and checking it twice to make sure you have all of your necessities can be the difference between a successful race and a stressful race. Everyone is different when it comes to what they need or desire on race day, which is why we thought asking the amazing #teamsparkle community about their race day essentials could be a great resource for us all. Maybe it will serve as a reminder of something you forgot to pack or tip you off to a new product you’d like to try. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Race Day Essentials” post, please email us at raceday@sparkleathletic.com.
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Meet #teamsparkle – @stephjspeer got goosebumps when discovering running

February 6, 2017
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We think THE best part about Sparkle Athletic is the AHH-MAZING people that make up #teamsparkle. We are so incredibly lucky to “meet” (IRL and virtually) so many team members, but we thought it’s about time we introduced the people that make up this inspiring & motivating community.

With that being said, it's time to meet a member of #teamsparkle. Up next is Stephanie, aka @stephjspeer!

Tell us about your past race/running experience:

Stephanie: Running was never on my radar. In fact, exercise, in general, wasn't. In the early hours on a Sunday morning in January 2012 that changed. At age 51, out of shape and feeling the empty nest blues as my 3 children were now young adults I turned on my computer and did my typical Sunday morning routine. Check email. Facebook. CNN. Twitter. Across my twitter feed, I saw a post about people running through Disneyland. Wait, what? I had just discovered runDisney. Goosebumps. BUT there was NO way I could ever run a half marathon. Or even a half mile. Or could I? My first half marathon was the runDisney Tinkerbell Half one year later in January 2013 and I was blessed to be able to do it with my two daughters and my sister. I had discovered something I loved and it's been part of my life ever since and will be for as long as my body allows. first-half

We are so glad you are a part of #teamsparkle. When did you first join and what color was your first skirt?

S: Throughout my first year attempting to teach my "mature" sedentary body to actually get off the couch and exercise I did a lot of online searching for information and motivation. These adorable running skirts from this company called Sparkle Athletic caught my attention but my first thought was I'm too old to carry off such a young "hip" look. (Does anyone say "hip" anymore?) I kept going back to the website and finally threw caution to the wind and bought one not only for myself but for my daughters and sister to wear at the Tinkerbell Half. I have never looked back and have worn a #teamsparkle skirt in every running event I have done since. My first skirt was the turquoise and to this day it is still my favorite and I get this sentimental feeling when I wear it remembering how proud I was crossing the finish line at my first half. Looking young and hip, you know. the-girls

What/Who inspires you to continue running?

S: All of you in the running community inspire me. Juggling real life, families, relationships, careers, illness, injuries, and the hustle and bustle of daily life but STILL lacing up your shoes and stepping outside is so inspiring to see. Everyone has a story and even if I don't know YOUR story, I know you have one but still move forward in a positive way.

We all know how much #teamsparkle loves their treats as much as they love running... What’s your favorite indulgence?

S: I'm not a sweets fan (Wait, what???) but give me a big plate of cheesy black bean nachos and a Bloody Mary and I'm good! nachos

Which Sparkle Athletic product is your favorite "go to"?

S: Skirts! I have 20 and it's always fun to decide which one I'm going to wear for an upcoming event! Of course, I've been known to change my mind last minute when I get to an expo and the girls have introduced a new one that I HAVE to have.

What is one of your favorite parts of racing in a Sparkle Athletic skirt?

S: It's FUN! I remember the first time I did a non-Disney race where people don't generally dress up and I thought other runners might think it was weird I was wearing a sparkle running skirt but I didn't care because I loved it. That wasn't the reaction I got at all, I received so many positive comments, even having other runners ask where to get one. Running in a Sparkle Athletic skirt makes me smile and relax and enjoy the course. Of course, there is always that young and hip thing. seahawks

Thank YOU so very much for "joining the team." Individually each & every one of you is amazing, but as a "team" we ROCK.

Everyone has a story, and we want to hear YOURS! The #teamsparkle community is such a loving and inclusive group, but often times we are tackling our runs solo. Knowing your teammates can help you to feel more a part of the running community. If you would like to share your story, whether it is about how you got started running, what motivates your running, why you love running, or how running has changed your life, please let us know! We would love to feature you on an upcoming “Meet The Team” post – so email us at meettheteam@sparkleathletic.com!
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Favorite Run – Oceanside, CA: The Strand

February 2, 2017
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33291 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-02 12:24:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-02 20:24:42 [post_content] => There are so many amazing places to run that we want to help spread the word about some of your favorites. Maybe you will be visiting a new area and looking for a great running trail or in search of your next racecation. Whatever the case, we hope to highlight a few of the best places we have found to lace up our running sneakers and head out for a few miles! First up to share her favorite place to run is Carlee, aka @CarleeMcDot. She loves running along the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside, CA (and from her recount of the area, we can totally see why). The laid back vibes, beach town feel, flat elevation and serene views make for a perfect place to get in a run.

Favorite Run: The Strand in Oceanside, CA

Runner: @CarleeMcDot Location: Oceanside: The Strand Address: 750 S The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054 Rocks

Fun Fact:

At 1,942 feet, the historical Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast. 

Distance:

You can make this run anywhere from a short jog to a 8 mile route without having to do much doubling back or weaving. I normally start at the south end of the Strand (at Wisconsin Street), will run northbound along the Pacific Ocean, up onto the Pier, back onto the Strand, towards the Harbor, around the west side of the Harbor and then around the east side before heading back towards Wisconsin Street on the Strand. OceansideTheStrand

Difficulty:

There is very little elevation gain or loss along the Strand (unless you run up onto the Pier), so I would consider this an easy route with plenty of drinking fountains along the way (in the summer there is even a snack bar and shaved ice stand, along with food carts near the Pier).

Why You Love It:

Not only are the views amazing (I mean, it is hard to beat the Pacific Ocean, no matter the time of year), there is a large bike/ pedestrian lane along the beach. There are no stop lights along the route and the vibe is very 'beach town chill'. I try and run by the beach at least twice a week. The sea breezes, stunning scenery and relaxed vibe are a must when you are overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of life. Sunset

Parking:

Since I normally start the route at the south end of the Strand, I park along Pacific Street as close to Wisconsin Street as possible (watch for the Street Sweeping hours on Mondays). There is normally plenty of parking and there are stairways along Pacific Street down to the Strand if you have to park a little further away. Parking near the Pier is also an option, but most of the lots now have a fee.

Favorite Place To Eat Post-Run:

One of my favorite places to eat after a workout is at Swami's Cafe which is right up the street from the Pier. I love their Pitaya Bowls and also appreciate that they offer vegetarian options for a lot of their sandwiches (mock bacon, chicken, turkey, etc). PitayaBowl A big thanks to Carlee for sharing about her favorite runs with us. We hope that this series turns into a list of super cool runs across the country and even internationally - that way if you are ever in the area you know of a recommended route from a fellow #teamsparkle member. If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Favorite Runs” post, please email us at favoriteruns@sparkleathletic.com. [post_title] => Favorite Run - Oceanside, CA: The Strand [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => favorite-run-oceanside [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-02 12:25:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-02 20:25:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://sparkleathletic.com/?post_type=blogs&p=33291 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

What To Wear Under Your Sparkle Running Skirt

February 1, 2017
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 40793 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-02-01 13:26:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-01 21:26:24 [post_content] => It's a question we get all the time here at Sparkle Athletic: "What should I wear under my sparkle running skirt?". Our response: "Whatever you'd like." As you've probably already realized, our sparkle running skirts do NOT include shorts. The reason for this is simple... we know what it’s like to have a favorite pair of running shorts, compression shorts, or leggings that you prefer to wear while running. We designed our skirts with this in mind, which means you can wear our sparkle running skirts over everything (& anything)  you already love to run in. We want you to be comfortable. And sparkly! Why sacrifice one when you can have both? Some #teamsparkle members swear by their lucky leggings, while others rock their favorite running shorts (or even running skirt) underneath. That's the beauty of our skirts, you don't need to wear anything "special" to wear underneath...  whatever you normally wear, whatever is already in your closet is most likely perfect for wearing under our skirts. Our lightweight sparkle running skirts will help you shine, whether you’re running to win or just running for fun. So run like a girl. Be loud. Be confident. Be noticed. Be Awesome. Join #teamsparkle. [post_title] => What To Wear Under Your Sparkle Running Skirt [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => what-to-wear-under-your-sparkle-running-skirt [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-06 14:04:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-06 22:04:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://sparkleathletic.com/?p=40793 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )