Road Runner Sports Running Outfit Giveaway

You guys have made it to the end of my Runner’s World recaps! I hope you have enjoyed them, I had so much fun getting to relieve the incredible weekend with you guys. If you missed any of the posts here they all are:

If you are looking for an amazing race to enter next year I cannot recommend Runner’s World more wholeheartedly. It was the perfect first race for me and one that I will remember for a long, long time.

So you may have noticed in my last few posts that I was hinting that something was going on with my running outfit. I wasn’t trying to hint that this shirt is the prettiest color blue ever and that the pants are so freaking comfy. (Although it really is and they really are.)

I wasn’t trying to hint that I am in love with the thumb holes on the jacket. (Although they are such an awesome feature.)

I wasn’t trying to hint that I was loving running in my first pair of real running socks. (Although there really is no comparison between regular cotton socks and running compression socks.)

I was trying to hint that all three of these items are from Road Runner Sports and that I was testing them out so that I could review them for you and then give away all three of them to one lucky reader! Being new to running I know how overwhelming it can be to try and find the right gear. I am all about functionality first, I need to know the clothing will last and do what I need it to do. And then I need it to look cute. :D Road Runner Sports is the company I used to purchase my Sauconys two months ago (aka my first pair of running shoes ever). I was so impressed with their sales, support, and customer service that I started blogging about them. I’m so excited to get to give you guys the opportunity to experience them, they truly are a phenomenal company that I have so much respect for.

When talking with Road Runner Sports about this giveaway I was excited to learn that besides all the name brands that they carry they also have a line of clothing exclusive to them called R-Gear. I felt this was the perfect time to showcase that gear and how it can be used in colder weather. In the warmer months it’s easier to throw on a tank or a tee over a sports bra and go for a run. In the winter you really have to think about what you’re wearing because you can freeze (or overheat) if you don’t.

I thought it would be useful if I wrote about all three pieces of clothing individually so that you can get to know more about the gear and determine if you think it would be a good fit for you.

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First up is the R-Gear Work It Half Zip. This shirt is AMAZING! It has longer arms with thumbholes to keep your hands warm in the cold, a zippered back pocket to put keys or other small things in, and moisture wicking abilities that keep you feeling dry and comfortable as you run. It is also made of some of the softest material I’ve ever felt. I had people come up to me at the race to point out how cute my shirt was, brushed by my arm, and then proceeded to pet me while remarking how soft the shirt felt. It was pretty funny. This shirt does all it claims to and so much more. When I run I sweat a lot, but in this shirt I have to look down and see that the fabric has changed color to know I actually sweat, it wicks so well. It is far and away the comfiest shirt I have run in that is perfect for cooler races. The shirt is thick enough to keep you warm before your body heats up but also thin enough to keep you from overheating as you run. I wear it with a sports bra underneath and find myself good to go in 40-60 degree weather. I give this shirt 10 out of 10 stars, it is one of my absolute favorite running pieces.

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The pants are R-Gear Free Form Capri Tights. I was debating getting full pants but opted for capris because I like having my calves and ankles free to breathe. These pants are super lightweight but also surprisingly thick so that no wind or cold air got to my hips or thighs as I ran. They are so soft and fit snugly so that you don’t have to worry about adjusting them while you run. The pants come just a little bit past your knee and have a back waistband pocket for you to stick miscellaneous items in (one of the reasons why I chose them).

I am all about pockets but have my one point of criticism for these pants regarding the pocket. When you have an un-zippered pocket in the waistband you need to make sure that the waistband material is stretchy and supportive enough that whatever you put inside of it stays in place and doesn’t move.  The only pants I have with pockets with which to compare these to are my Lululemon Grooves, Astros, and Wunder Unders. Before I got these pants in the mail I would take my Lululemon pants outside, put my phone in my waistband pocket, and listen to Pandora as I ran. After tucking the phone into my pocket it was gone from my mind, I didn’t feel it move or hit me as I ran, it was secure and tight in place. When I tried to do the same thing with these pants I found my phone was too heavy for the waistband and that either my phone would start to slip out or my pants would start to fall down when I ran. This would be a non-issue to most people since they don’t run with their phones or wear them on their arm or in a running belt but I like the security a phone gives me and don’t have those accessory options at the moment when I run.

For the day of the race I solved the problem by using an iPod nano and putting it in the back pocket on my running shirt and leaving my phone in my car. I didn’t feel it at all and it worked great. These pants are awesome, they have flat seams, a good fit, and are really thick. I just wish I could make the waistband a tiny bit more supportive so it could hold heavier items better and then these pants would be perfect! As they are I give them a 9 out of 10.

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These socks are Balega Hidden Comfort and I love how they are fitted to my foot. All my previous socks before these were the typical mismatched cotton socks you’d find in the back of your sock drawer. Before I started running I only wore socks if I was wearing boots so I wanted them to be as thick and warm as possible. Suddenly I started needed tight socks that don’t move while I run and that keep my feet from chafing. I think these really fit the bill. They hold my foot secure, and I like how there is the additional flap of fabric in the back so that I won’t have any heel rub. The first time I ran in them I was so excited to see how I felt in them so I could share my opinion with you guys but then I finished the run and realized that I didn’t notice or think about my socks once. And I think that is exactly how it should be with running socks. I give them a 10 out of 10.

If you were to go to Road Runner Sports right now and buy all three of these items they would cost $124.98. RRSports was so kind to offer this entire outfit, picked out, tested, reviewed, and endorsed by me to a lucky reader. I know you will love these products, and I am SO excited for someone to get to win them!

To enter the giveaway:

Mandatory:

  • Leave a comment telling me why you started running or why you want to start running.

Optional:

(Please leave an additional comment for each additional entry that you do telling me you did them! For example: “I liked you on Facebook!” You can do none or all of them or as many as you would like.)

  • Like my Girl Gone Veggie Facebook page
  • Follow Girl Gone Veggie on Twitter
  • Tweet: “I entered to win a full running outfit from @RRSports at Girl Gone Veggie! http://www.herheartlandsoul.com/road-runner-sports-running-outfit-giveaway/ @girlgoneveggie”
  • OK me giving your email address (the one you comment with or a different one) to Road Runner Sports to be added to their mailing list for promotions and new product releases

The contest will be open until Wednesday, October 31st at 11:59pm. I will then be announcing the winner in Thursday’s blog post. Good luck!!

I was not paid to write this post or wear Road Runner Sports gear. I was allowed to pick out an outfit of my choice on their website to run in and review and to give away a matching outfit. All opinions and comments are my own.

Comments

  1. Danielle says

    I’ve been wanting to start running again ever since the weather started to get SLIGHTLY cooler. (I live in FL, so cool=below 85 degrees) Your posts have really inspired me to get back into it! The outfit is adorable, and you’ve been doing an awesome job, Erin! You can also add me to the mailing list!

  2. Cheryl M says

    I started running for ME! My health! To LIVE! The list could go on! It’s my own form of therapy!Some of my best decisions are made during the 3rd mile of a great RUN! I’ve lost 50lbs with Weight Watchers and RUNning! My running tag is iRUN4myMOM who recently had her leg amputated after a battle with vascular ulcers(a result of diabetes)I’d been diagnosed with hypertension and prediabetes… I decided not to fall victim to either… I’ve conquered them BOTH with dedication and determination!

  3. Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing says

    I started running because I was getting bored with walking and really wanted to increase my calorie burn. I’m still working on the Couch to 5k program, but I’ve come a long way. :)

  4. Portinho6 says

    I had gained a good amount of weight and my wife convinced me to start running two years ago. Haven’t looked back. It would be awesome to give her this giveaway as a gift.

  5. Jennifer says

    I started running when I was 12 years old because I wanted to try cross country. 18 years, two babies, and a teaching degree later, I’m still running and now I’m coaching cross country :)
    *followed you on twitter, liked fbook page, and tweeted about the giveaway! Does this make me seem desperate for new running clothes? BECAUSE I AM! Ha!

  6. says

    I really enjoyed reading your review! I started running about a year ago, under the guise of wanting to better manage my health and fitness over the long term, but also a little bit because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I knew I had it in me! My husband has been a runner for a few years, and I tried with him back about three years ago but seemed to keep injuring myself. I gave up until inspiration hit again last year. Mostly it was the discovery of Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run program, and the belief that I could do it. I haven’t looked back since!

  7. says

    I am already on RoadRunner’s email list for new products and promotions – I visited their local store here in DC for the first time on Saturday, and their selection and customer service completely won me over!

  8. says

    I started running a long long time ago to try to keep up with someone on a treadmill next to me and it stuck for a few years, then i quit and started running again for RACE BLING! and my health ;)

  9. says

    i started to run because everyone told me i wouldn’t ever be able to after having surgery to repair a torn ACL. 11 half marathons and just about to be 2 marathons later, i am a runner.

  10. says

    I run to keep myself fit — I grew up playing soccer, stopped playing in college and just felt generally… blah. And now two knee surgeries later, soccer is out of the question so I needed to find some other good way to keep with it! Running it is! :)

  11. Ashley Z. says

    I run for health and fitness. It’s pretty awesome to be able to say you can run miles and miles with no trouble. ;)

  12. says

    I actually just started my adventure into running! I have never been a runner, but I had been reading your blog entries about how you had gotten into it. Plus, one of the girls in my kickboxing class told me it had helped her with her kickboxing and endurance.

  13. says

    I started running (again) because a doctor told me I wouldn’t be able to (after two hip surgeries). I waited years before attempting it again and now I have never been happier or in better shape!

  14. says

    Wow, what an awesome opportunity for a review and giveaway! You did a great job at detailing out all the things you liked/disliked! :)

    I honestly started running after a break-up to prove to the world, I guess, that I can be independent and do somethin go my own :)

  15. melody says

    I started running because I was tired of not liking what I saw in the mirror. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started running to become a better me. I’m on my way!

  16. Joanna says

    Congrats on your 5K, Erin! And this giveaway looks awesome. The capris and shirt look great but I’m really intrigued by the socks! haha. I run to be healthy, to strengthen my bones (osteoporosis runs in my family) and to hopefully one day get to the point where it becomes fun and not a chore :]

  17. Crystal says

    I started running because I wanted to feel healthy (I use to run when I was much younger), and simply to have alone time with myself. ALSO, I “like” you on FB, follow you on twitter, tweeter about you, and give my permission to give my email to Road Runner Sports. I too turned vegetarian so I look forward to reading more about your journey.

  18. Ashley says

    I’ve always been so bad at running but would really love to get in better shape. You’ve said that you were never a runner which has given me the inspiration to start! I’m taking advantage of my company’s free gym and all the amazing equipment offered there, I feel like I will be most comfortable starting out on a treadmill and maybe then working my way outside in public. I don’t have any official workout gear so I would love to win an outfit!

  19. says

    I’ve started running for different reasons over the years, but I always fall back to it bc it is convenient (all you technically need is shoes) and you can do it just about anywhere.

  20. says

    I just started to run … for Me! I have never been a runner and so want to be one so I decided at 35 to tackle something that has always plagued me. I love the feeling after a run and can only imagine what that will feel like when I tackle a 5K race!

  21. Kim says

    I started running because I was so inspired by my father and enjoyed the excitement of all of his races! I keep running because it is my stress relief and ME time!

  22. says

    I started running because one ambitious New Year’s Eve, I made it my resolution to run a marathon. (True Story)

    A couple of months later, I realized, “Crap! I need to start actually running if I’m gonna run a marathon!”

    Less than 2 years later, I’m less than two weeks away from my very first 26.2 miler.

  23. says

    I’ve been a soccer player since I was 5- and running is essential to being able to play the full 90 minutes. I started running 5K and 12K’s when I was 10 years old and kept up through playing soccer for my college. Now as a mom, I am trying to run 15-30 minutes a day with my little one in the stroller.

  24. says

    I started running after I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer (don’t worry! totally cancer free as of a year ago!) I felt like I had lost control over my own body. So, I set out to try to run one mile… It took forever to get there… but I instantly fell in love with running! The rest, well, as they say… Is history

  25. says

    I started running because I wanted to do the Color Run. Turns out, I didn’t end up running the Color Run (seems like most people don’t). BUT, two weeks later, I did my first half-marathon! So it all worked out :).

  26. says

    I started running to get in shape when I realized I could no longer run a mile like I could in high school. I signed up for a race and got the bug, a year later I’m run 2 half marathons!

  27. says

    I started running, mostly because of a challenge. I signed up to run a half marathon–before I could even run 3 miles straight. Then I kept running because it was a release for all of my stress. Don’t know what I would do without it!

  28. says

    I’ve been running 4-6 days a week for over 5 years now, and honestly it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me. I started because I simply wanted to be healthier; plus I’m a dog owner and my pup needed her exercise! I honestly feel like crap if I go one day without running so I can’t imagine ever stopping, haha :)

  29. Penny says

    I started running after I lost 65 lbs. I was originally walking, but it was taking too long to get places! After my first 5k, I was hooked and now I run half marathons and also participate in triathlons.

  30. says

    I started running as a way to cross train for soccer, but was inspired to start doing long distance events when my housemate finished the Big Sur Marathon earlier this year!!!

  31. says

    I started running with Team in Training to bag that bucket list goal of completing a marathon and also give back to my community by fundraising for Charity.

  32. says

    I started running because I wanted to unleash my inner athlete. I’ve always wanted to use my long legs to run like a gazelle through my neighborhood. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from running; the runner’s high is a great motivator, especially through those days when you just can’t tie those shoelaces.

  33. Mecca says

    I started running in 2007 because my husband (at the time) said I’d never finish a marathon. Well I finished my first in 2008 and have run 15 since then. Ha! I’m also divorced and happily moved on with my life since then. :)

  34. Lisa McLaen says

    I’ve been on a weight loss journey since May 2011. I’ve lost 50 pounds (40 more to go) through healthier eating and smaller proportions. I just started running using the Couch to 5k program. I want to be able to say “I’m a runner!” I want to be able to run with my husband, who is in the Army. I want to be a good example to my teen daughters. And of course, I want to be healthier and fit. I don’t have any running gear except for my running shoes, so I’m crossing my fingers that I win your giveaway :)

  35. Rina Teel says

    I took up running because I wanted to do something that would get me active but I knew I was not very athletic. So I knew it had to be outside of something that takes a team effort. So I started to swim but noticed that in the winter I wouldnt do anything and so I decided to buy a treadmill and try it out. Since then I knew it was my thing, no pressure of someone waiting on you just you and the road. Then I started to go to runs and felt so good to be running for causes and for my health. Have been doing it for 3 years now and dont regret ever starting.

  36. Allison says

    I started running in January to prove to myself that I could finish a half marathon, to improve my health, and to feel better about myself!

  37. Laurel C says

    I’ve always been a runner…..my earliest running memory was doing the Santa Cruz Track Club when I was 5 years old, and I ran the 100 meters in 30 seconds lol. But not, running is much more than just physical exercise and has become a way of life for me :)

  38. Sarah H (@pharmgirl 76) says

    I started running in 2009 after my 3rd baby to get back in shape and never stopped! It’s my ME time in the morning.

  39. Amanda N says

    I started running this past April (3rd attempt at trying to become a runner) and fell in love with it in just a few short months. I run because it feels good, keeps me looking good, and is something my husband and I can share even though he is much speedier. Love that you chose their R-Gear brand to review. I’ve always wanted to order one of their pieces but was unsure of the quality. Now I know it’s worth the buy :) Thanks!

  40. Amanda N says

    I am already signed up for Road Runner Sports email and receive their catalogs too! (different email address though)

  41. Lindsey says

    I started running because I wanted to be healthier and lose some weight. I was a serious couch potato before running and now I love being active!

  42. says

    I started running back in high school but lost touch with it while in grad school, a crazy job and having my first child. I found my way back after having my little girl. It helped me lose the baby weight and continues to help me de-stress! I can’t imagine going back to a life without running!

  43. Lauren says

    I just really want to learn how to enjoy running. I find it boring and I have trouble pacing myself when I’m outside. I get so dependent on the treadmill (I think you had similar concerns before running your 5k), and I need to get more comfortable on the pavement, and learn how to pace myself effectively.

    There’s a color run 5k in April that I’d really like to do, so I’m pushing myself towards that goal right now. :)

  44. Amanda says

    I am on week 5 of an 8 week couch to 5k run program. So far I love it. Before this I’ve began running only to stop soon after but this time it just feels different. Maybe it’s the program but I feel better and healthier than ever before. I am going to enter a 5k race after the beginning of the year. I could definitely rock this outfit at that race :)

  45. says

    I started running during my freshman year at college. I was really homesick and my best friend, who attended a different school, had the idea that we should both sign up for the St. Louis Go! Half Marathon. We would train separately and meet back in St. Louis for the race. I’ve been hooked ever since!

  46. Harriet says

    I run not only because it’s healthy, but because it gives me an excuse to take in my city’s amazing sites and landmarks

  47. Kasey says

    I ran track and cross country to stay in shape for soccer in grade school, then fell away from it for awhile. I got back into running when my husband deployed a week after my dad passed away. Let’s just say I had a little extra energy to burn off during that time! So much so that I ran too much and got a bone bruise, but that’s healed. I worked on changing my running form, and have been relatively injury free and running happy since. I feel like I’m a better version of myself now. Calmer, happier, more confident, and less lower back pain.

  48. says

    I ran one marathon to check it off my bucket list back in 2000. I am trying to get back into running, even if it’s just for 3-5 miles a few times a week. I really like the way it opens my mind as I enjoy the fresh air.

  49. maria says

    I started running through Team in Training because I wanted to help raise money for the war on cancers. That was 2006 and I still run races that give$ to research.

  50. Jackie says

    I have been going to the gym on and off for a couple years, but I like running because you can’t rely on the treadmill to do all of the work and you can see and feel improvements in ability each week that passes!

  51. Kristina says

    I just recently started running because I’ve always wanted to be a runner. When I was younger and forced to do it in school I always dreaded it and hated it but I’m starting to love it!

  52. Valerie says

    I ran cross country in middle school for 1 year and didn’t really like it. I didn’t run again until my Junior year of college, when I started to try to lose weight and have been running ever since. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a running addict – I can’t go 2 days without a run of some sort!

  53. Lily says

    I started running because I wanted to do a 5k at our annual conference. I used to scowl when people said that they liked running – it always seemed so uncomfortable. But a year later I finally believe them and it feels really good to spend time outside!

  54. says

    I originally started running because my friends wanted to do a 10km race in our city, Vancouver, Canada, that is one of the biggest 10km’s in the world. I got hooked, and now I’m stuck with running for life! Tons of smaller races, 10 half’s, 2 full’s, and an ultra, I’m definitely a runner.

  55. Alec says

    I started running because I heard about runDisney races. I wish I could say it was to become healthier, but I really just wanted to run through the castle in a tutu…true story.

  56. Gabby S says

    When I was little, I was my dad’s cheering section for a race, I even made myself a bib. I always looked up to him and because of this I made myself a promise that someday I would run a race.

    At the start of 2011, after losing 35 lbs, I decided I wanted to run a 5k. The minutes before the race, as I lined myself up towards the back, I couldn’t help but get teary eyed because I was going to fulfill a promise I had made to myself. I crossed the finish line and found my husband the first thing I said to him was “I want more”. I’ve lost more weight and now I’m looking a doing some half marathons next year and eventually run a marathon.

  57. Maggie B says

    I started running again because I wanted to lose the baby weight, and I wanted to get fit after finding out my dad had colon cancer (hoping to hear he’s now in remission next week!)

  58. ChocolateOrchid says

    I started running “consistently” to see if I could do it. Seriously. I used to abhor running. And in all honesty, tried it a few times over the years but never stuck with it. Then about two years ago, I suddenly feel in love with it. Not sure what clicked but I’m all in now.

  59. says

    I started running as a way to “find myself.” I was a new stay-at-home mom and didn’t really know who *I* was with not job other than “Mommy.” I found not only myself, but my people. I have found that runners are my favorite people and that running cuts across cultures, generations and gender.

  60. says

    I am already on Roadrunner Sports mailing list. I have been a VIP for years. I used to live in San Diego where their main store is and have always been a fan. I tell every new runner to buy their first shoes there since you can try them out to make sure they work for you.

  61. says

    I started running on March 1st of this year. I found myself almost 300lbs and unable to walk across a parking lot. At first I didnt think I was going to be able to do it. But as the months went by, the weight came down and the running took over. Now I’m addicted and healthy! Yesterday was my longest run, 12 miles! :)

  62. Bridgett Birmingham says

    I started running because I always wanted to be a runner and then my doctor told me to lose ten pounds.

  63. says

    I started running to lose weight initially but then it literally SAVED MY LIFE! I love running. It’s better than any food or drug out there – it makes me happy! :) great blog! congrats on your first 5k.

  64. says

    Oh, Roadrunner Sports already has my email. I am one of the original VIPs (back when it was a $20 lifetime membership). I’ve spent a scary amount of money there over the years. So, you can give them my email, but hopefully they won’t send out duplicate stuff.

  65. runningriemer says

    I started running because I was a competitive soccer player and my dad told me it would help my soccer. That was about 23 years ago!!! I continue to run as I love the endorphins.

  66. Julie says

    I’ve done gymnastics, ballet, and tennis and while I use running as a conditioning exercise, it’s really therapeutic.

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