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Transitioning to Spring Running in Prana Style (Running Coaches Corner)

One of the most exciting times of year for us all is that transition to spring running and time outside.  As the temps rise (maybe) and snow melts (maybe, depends on where you are), we are all aching to get off the treadmill, start to shed layers, and get some real Vitamin D. As part of our March Madness prompt for Running Coaches Corner, I thought I would cover how to manage that spring transition without getting hurt, and to do so in style!

This post is sponsored by prAna via my partnership with Sweat Pink and Fit Approach. As always, all opinions and reviews are my own. Linking up with Jill for Fitness, Health, Happiness, and Nicole for Fit and Fashionable Friday.

Transitioning to Spring Running and Workouts

Today, I have the great pleasure of guest posting about my tips for safely and happily transitioning for the indoor winter workouts to the glorious and allergy ridden spring season of running and fitness. This is truly one of my favorite seasons for running, but it unfortunately also is one that is plagued with injuries as we all try to translate what we have been doing all winter (inside, on treadmills, most likely) to our new playground (outside, concrete!). Tis the season of shin splints, allergies, and overuse injuries galore. How do you avoid them? Well, take a look at my post over at Kelli’s (of Tuesday’s post on Sugar, Salt, and Electrolytes for Runners and Activity Level) blog Hungry Hobby

Transition to Spring Fitness with prAna

As you transition to spring running and activity, make sure that you check out these tips for staying comfortable and injury free! @suzlyfe

As those of you who have read the blog for some time know, I have long been a fan of prAna, from their Winter Collections to Spring and Summer. I very much connect the brand with the concept of living life fully and being your own person; I think you all know that I take great pride in being #LikeaSuz, not just #likeagirl.

The CCFA Team Challenge Inspiration Dinner for the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon was held at Mardi Gras World.

Something else that I love about the prAna brand is how completely they embrace nature–a perfect message as we get to the spring season, a time that holds all the promise of the flourishing to come. We are able to begin to cast off those layers (see my guest post for tips on managing that change) and get our outdoor activity on!

As you transition to spring running and activity, make sure that you check out these tips for staying comfortable and injury free! @suzlyfe

And, if you are running, you better find a top or bra with good support. That is why I love the Willa Top, a new addition to prAna’s tank line that has a bra with hook and eye closer built in to it, and adjustable straps to boot! 

Check out the Prana Willa Top Azalea as you transition to spring workouts! Discount Code at!

As we start to sweat for the first time, it feels, in forever, we also need to have moisture and odor control, another consideration that prAna has taken into account with the Chakara performance fabric and bluesign approved environmentally safe production processes (because what good is going to do you if you are killing the environment that you are intending to get out and enjoy?).

This also is a lovely thing if you are a personal trainer–transition between your clients and your own activities and still look professional!

As you transition to spring running and activity, make sure that you check out these tips for staying comfortable and injury free! @suzlyfe

Design-wise, I love the flattering cut, stitching, and especially the slightly lower back of the tank–keeps you from getting improperly exposed whether you are doing a triangle pose on the grass or simply bending over to lace up your shoes. 

Transitioning to spring running injury free and in style! #pranastyle @prana #sweatpink #runchat Click To Tweet

If you are looking for a new top that is a one-stop shop for everything from running to yoga to parkouring around your city, check out the new Willa top! In fact, get your own with my 15% discount code off at prAnaPSSS16SL.

I will definitely be using @suzlyfe's discount code PSSS16SL for 15% off @prana! #sweatpink #pranastyle #ad Click To Tweet

And now, everyone link up for Running Coaches Corner with my lovely cohosts Lora, Debbie, and Rachel!

HOORAY it's #Running Coaches Corner Day! Link Up with @loramarie03 @coachdebbieruns @running_onhappy Click To Tweet

But first, tell me, what is your greatest challenge in transitioning to outdoor running or workouts? 

Don’t forget to check out my guest post! Also, enter to win a Moto 360 Sport Watch and Smartypants Gummy Vitamins (last days!)

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  • Reply Tamieka

    ALLERGIES (sneeze!!)

    I am outside even during the winter and can tolerate the cold…but the spring and the pollen….ugh!

    Lots of coughing, sneezing and spitting when I run and workout.

    I take lots off steam baths for sure to help me out.

    CUUUTTTEEEE Prana…..I have yet to try them but plan on it soon!

    March 10, 2016 at 5:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My dad has had terrible sinus problems for a long time, and steam baths were his everything!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    For me, it’s definitely the heat that’s a problem. I basically transform into a camel as it warms up. Haha!

    March 10, 2016 at 5:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally a camel as well, but the heat don’t bother me none.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Living in NC, I haven’t had a huge transition since I’ve been running outside most of the time, but I would have to say less layers and more tanks 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh how I love spring! It’s been really nice here this week so I’ve been back outside. It’s been wonderful.

    March 10, 2016 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it just the best!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Margaret @ youngandrungry

    I love wearing Prana, but I usually buy their clothes for climbing and yoga. I need to try some out for running!

    March 10, 2016 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Check out the max impact ones–I ran on the Alter G in my tank yesterday and it was great!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I really need to try Prana! Their stuff looks so cute and comfortable. I guess I don’t really need to transition back outside since I’ve been running outside for most of the winter, but it’s going to be a challenge when it starts getting hot again!

    March 10, 2016 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I bet you are looking forward to not having to worry about another snowpocalypse in the burbs, lol.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    No transitioning here. I have been outside all winter 😉 Challenge with getting the clothing right here as the weather is nuts. I got the same top and same color. #Pranatwins (again)! I LOVE it. Love the fit and material and color and….

    March 10, 2016 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG we totally have to wear them together when I get the chance to run again. AND YOU DIDN”T GET BLACK???

      March 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I was expecting to see some hot photos of you in prAna but I don’t see any photos in this post?? Is it just me or did they disappear??

    March 10, 2016 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is bizarre. They should be there!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I no longer dread the spring allergy season like I used to….several years ago I underwent an extensive battery of allergy testing (for my skin and sinuses). Of the 33 (?) allergens tested, I reacted to 28 (I think) of them….basically, everything outside but the sun, moon, and stars. And, I endured two years of weekly allergy shots to help fight those allergens off. I still get the itchy eyes, and some nasal “stuff” but I’m not a miserable mess like in years past. Bring on the warmer weather!!!

    March 10, 2016 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness you got it all figured out! Otherwise, how miserable would you be!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Pam

    We’ve definitely moved into spring running here and it has been up to 78 degrees a few days this week. Tank top and shorts weather for sure. Your new tank is really pretty, love the color!

    March 10, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE ME SOME TANK + SHORTS weather. LOVE it. You know I don’t do quiet with color!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    For me it’s a mix of mental and physical…part of being in a new area means finding the physical SAFE PLACE to run, but the also the HILLS of Michigan just scare me….

    March 10, 2016 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahaha I hear you. I found GR to be ok to run in (at least where we were)

      March 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Jill

    This weather Is making me deliriously happy! I love being able to go home after work and get an evening run in outside. Welcome back into my life sunshine! PS you look cute 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’re cuter. I literally want to roll around in the sunshine. It feels so good.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Jenn - a traveling Wife

    It has been so nice to actually get out and run. My lungs can’t quite handle to colder temps so I typically stay indoors. I can make it through the temps and pollen, just not the cold.

    March 10, 2016 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You and I are on the same plane there. I almost welcome the itchy eyes when I run because it means spring!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    You just look so darn adorable in that top, I think I need it!

    March 10, 2016 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PLEASE and then we can match.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I have never tried Prana but my sister has and she really like the quality of the brand. Will have to try it out for myself.

    March 10, 2016 at 8:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally recommend them!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Dangggggg have some guns girl! 🙂
    Ive never tried any online fitness gear, simply because I have such a weird body shape! Im always afraid that the bottoms wont fit right or the top will be too snug across my back, so I pretty much only buy from Sports Authority online and stick to what I know…Nike. But some of the stuff Ive seen from Fabletics and Prana are so dang cute!

    March 10, 2016 at 8:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, they are BBs at best. I have a deceivingly wide torso. I’m petite, but I’ve got some solidity to me. I would totally recommend prAna

      March 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I can’t get over your arm muscles! They’re incredible! Pew! Pew!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I feel so weak right now!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I love PrAna clothes for hiking and Pilates! I should try them out for running also.

    March 10, 2016 at 9:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This would be a great running top.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    Love that top! And I would not want to run into you in a dark alley…those guns though!

    March 10, 2016 at 9:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, and I thought I looked tiny!

      March 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    I love that color and it looks great on you! Spring has already begun here in the south and it will be close to 80 during my run this afternoon (not cool, ATL, literally not cool). The biggest challenge will be reacclimating to the heat. Every year I think there is no way I can survive it.

    March 10, 2016 at 11:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I love the color, too. I am beyond surprised by the weather this year–we are about were we were this time in April last year. But it is freezing here today. You Mainer, you.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Having to carry water, probably. In colder months I can run 5-6 miles without needing water. I hate carrying a handheld, but once it gets warmer I need to for anything over 3-4 miles.

    March 10, 2016 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so spoiled by the Lake Front Path. Once those fountains come one, you don’t have to worry about anything. I hate handhelds.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fitnookies

    I’ve gotten in two runs outside, and from running hills- I already have shin splints back. Ugh. But, spring running is my fav because it’s just so nice to get out and get fresh air!

    March 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boo. Plus you are probably running very differently because you have Annabelle.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    See my only issue with the built in bras is that they’re SO NOT SUPPORTIVE! Maybe with the hook and adjustable straps it might be better. I’m not even well endowed. I just like the girls to be mashed and not moving while I run. Haha.

    March 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I’m always thrilled once I don’t have to layer up anymore and can wear shorts again! But then of course once it’s 65 I complain it’s hot!

    March 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha. Running wise, 65 is perfect for me. Like, beyond awesome.

      March 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Eric Nette

    I suppose if our weather keeps getting warmer it will be the heat. My first Half Marathon was in June of last year, so I should be used to it. However, I do deeply enjoy a great fall/spring run over a summer run. Yuck! I was in Phoenix Sunday-Wednesday, and I swear I took off Wednesday in AZ with lower temps than I saw in MA.

    March 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like the weather all over the country has been RIDICULOUS this year. All over the freaking place.

      March 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Hmmm. My greatest challenge? Doing it. Bahaha.

    March 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Taken out of context, that statement is dangerous, lol.

      March 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve gone right to summer this week–it was 85 today in Florida! My race in Sunday–we’ll see how I do in the heat! But I’m not complaining!

    March 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I saw that summer might have won out, lol. But You are always a winner in my book

      March 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    That top is super cute!

    My only challenge with outdoor workouts is the weather! I cannot face winter workouts outdoors but once the sun is shining and it warms up a bit, I am racing out the door!

    March 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I can’t wait for that!

      March 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Love that top!

    We have a pretty short and easy winter in Florida. I mean, for us, it feels cold and brutal, but we can still tolerate getting in outdoor miles year round.

    March 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha DAMN those 60 deg temps. But you do have long and brutal summers (in the minds of the rest of us!)

      March 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Elena

    I’m not sure I’ve transitioned yet…of if anything, I’ve backtracked. Hmmm….need to work on that.

    March 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I have still never gotten anything PrAna, terrible, I know! The tank is cute!

    March 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Love love love that Willa top! Looks cute on you especially in that color! I love anything Prana. Thanks so much for reading my blog about Boston! I will definitely run a mile for you on race day 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obsessed with the color. And thank you, Sandra–that means so, so much to me!

      March 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Coach Henness

    Uhm, that’s a great color on you. The cut of the top is very cute, also. I, however, must wait for my belly to once again fit into such things. Heehee.

    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You brought that upon yourself, lol. But I feel like it is a decent trade off!

      March 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Toni @runninglovingliving

    I love Prana! Than top is gorgeous, I love the color, it looks amazing on you. I need your arms!

    March 11, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! I love this top (the built in bra is making my life!).

      March 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Love everything about that tank! It fits you so nicely and the color is beautiful!

    March 11, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Nicole!

      March 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    I love the spring prana line. Now I want the pink tank.

    March 12, 2016 at 3:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHo doesn’t love a a bright zippy pink!

      March 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    The top is so cute! Love that its fitted, but doesn’t look too tight! Also, def will have to link up for some running posts in the future- I have some topics I want to write about!

    March 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY! I will be looking forward to your posts!

      March 15, 2016 at 9:24 am

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