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Make a Run for It

Sometimes, all you need is the right gear to kick-start healthy habits and energize your New Year’s resolutions.

MEET SHANNON BEALE 

Engineer, mother of two and avid runner, Shannon Beale (above) shows MB how she gets moving! “Start slow, and don’t expect to love it immediately. Getting started is the hardest part.” For those wanting to take their jog to the next level, she suggests working in tempo runs in the middle of longer runs. After completing 12 (count them, 12!) marathons, including first place finishes in the Pensacola and First Light Marathons, she knows her stuff! You may not be up to Shannon’s 30- to 50-mile-a-week pace, but you’ve got to start somewhere. If running is not your bag, check out our top picks for yogis and swimmers, as well. Fleet Feet • Nike Breathe Drifit Tank • $35 // Fleet Feet • Dona Jo Fit Wear Exercise Tights in Geo • $72 // Red Beard’s Outfitter • On Women’s cloud Running Shoe • $120

                  

THE FAST LANE

Whether you are knocking down records or gliding through a low-impact workout, goggles with precision fit and panoramic views help you slay the lanes. Swim and Tri • Speedo Vanquisher Mirrored Racing Goggles in Horizon Blue • $22

H20 TO-GO

Stay hydrated while showing the MOB love with this custom water bottle available in a dozen colors. Fleet Feet • Run Mobile Water bottle in turquoise • $25 (photo by Elizabeth Gelineau)

HOT STEPPER

Maximum comfort and a lifetime guarantee will put a spring in your step. Cute colors don’t hurt, either. Run-N-Tri Company • Elite Running Max Cushion No-Show Tab Socks in Navy and Bermuda Blue • $16

                             

THE RIGHT SHOT

This nifty handheld has a zippered pocket to keep all your essentials close at hand. Run-N-Tri Company • Nathan Quickshot Plus Hydration Flask in fusion coral • $20

SOAK IT UP

Relieve sore muscles in a warm bath of organic olive oil, Epsom salts and pure essential oils. Soul Shine Yoga • Everyone Epsom Soak in Geranium and Sweet Orange • $13

WATCH ME NOW

When you’re ready to take your jogging to the next level, this watch tracks how far and how fast and captures every heartbeat along the way. Fleet Feet • Garmin Forerunner 35 Running Watch • $200

                           

MAKE WAVES

Grab a bold pattern or a fun color next time you hit the lanes. Swim and Tri • Speedo Optimism Silicone Swim Cap with Elastomeric Fit in Camo Forest Green • $15

STRIKE A POSE

This eco-friendly, natural tree rubber yoga mat supports both your practice and the planet, sold in cool colors or limited edition artist designs! Soul Shine Yoga • Manduka Eko Lite Non-Slip Yoga Mat in Resound Red • $64

SUCH A TEES

This tee is just what every jogger in the Port City needs! Show your hometown spirit while you beat the streets. Fleet Feet • Run Mobile T-Shirt • $25 (photo by Elizabeth Gelineau)

Resources

Fleet Feet • 3972 Airport Blvd. 461-6701. 
Red Beard’s Outfitter • 4354 Old Shell Rd. 217-7466. 
Run-N-Tri Company • 6345 Airport Blvd. 340-8101. 
Soul Shine Yoga • 103 N. Bancroft St. 225-4597. 
Swim and Tri • 3607 Old Shell Rd. 300-5928. 

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