Running is hard but choosing the right clothes, shoes and accessories doesn't have to be.
Local runners who work at Big Dog Running Company model the shop's running attire for this month's fashion feature. The locally owned business offers individualized service. No runners are the same, so it's important that everyone gets personalized attention. Stop by the Uptown store on Broadway or run into the brand new location at Columbus Park Crossing to find the perfect outfit and gear for your workout. The store also offers Good Form Running and injury clinics and hosts free group runs.
Big Dog Running Company
Uptown: 1104 Broadway. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 706-322-2786
Columbus Park Crossing: Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 706-330-1800
The Columbus State University Soccer player runs to stay in shape for soccer and to relieve stress. She finds she is always happier after exercise. She doesn't listen to music when she runs because her earbuds fall out. She models Moving Comfort tank, $23; Moving Comfort shorts, $45; Saucony Kinvara running shoes, $99; and Sweaty Band headband, $15.
Sara's favorite place to run is on the backroads by her parents' house in Midland. She runs to stay healthy and says running is the best kind of therapy. Her favorite distance to run is 6 miles. She likes to run to fast, up-beat tempos like La Roux for quick runs and for long runs she prefers mellow music like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and John Mellencamp. She models The North Face "better than naked" running singlet, $45; Nike Pro Combat shorts, $28; Brooks Pure Cadence running shoes, $114.
The Samford University track and cross country runner likes running at Lakebottom and Flat Rock parks when he's home from school. His favorite running distance is 8 miles, but his favorite race is the mile. He says, "I run because it is a sport which most people hate, and a sport to which most people do not understand. To me, running is one of the highest ends of competition where one's performance solely depends on the amount of work put in, and I love that factor about it." She models Brooks Race Day singlet, $29; Brooks Infinity Notch shorts, $44; Saucony Hydrolite short, $30; Nike shorts, $30; and Saucony Omni II running shoes, $119.
Patrice loves running on the RiverWalk because of the beautiful view. Her favorite distance is a 6 miler. She didn't even know she could run 6 miles until she joined the Big Dog Running Company staff and says, "I run because I can. It's a privilege to be able to wake up and run... We forget we are a blessed nation and running symbolizes America's freedoms." She models The North Face 'better than naked' performance t-shirt, $50; The North Face 'eat my dust' running skirt, $55; and Altra The Torrin running shoes, $114.
The Columbus State University Track and Cross Country Runner says her favorite running distance is a 5k. She isn't allowed to listen to music when she's running with the team, but she listens to music on her solo runs on the RiverWalk. She models a D'Lite mesh tank, $23; Brooks Glycerin shorts, $39; and Newton Gravity running shoes, $174.
Katie Klein Eason
She models Nike Wick shirt, $38; Nike skirt, $52; and Mizuno Wave Precision 13 shoes, $109.