In honor of our AEO Performance launch we asked a few of our fitness-obsessed Home Office Associates to choose pieces from the new collection that they rock before, during, and after their workouts.
For our first Fitness Friday, we’re focusing on the 4 a.m. runner. We couldn’t think of anyone better to talk about how AEO Performance fits their running workouts than our Social Media Coordinator, Cassie, who has been a distance runner for the past 10 years.
What are your favorite pieces from the AEO Performance line?
The AEO Performance Running Shorts are awesome – they have a zipper pocket in the waist which is great for carrying my house or car key on long runs. I love the Crossback Bra because of the back details and color. The windbreaker is great for cool mornings and makes it easier for cars to see me if I’m out running before the sun comes up.
What tips would you give people who are thinking about starting a running routine or are new runners?
Running is a mental sport – if you tell yourself you can do something, you will. Don’t psych yourself out. When I started running ten years ago, I thought a 5K (3.1 miles) sounded impossible, but now I’m running half-marathons (13.1 miles) on a regular basis.
What are your go-to running tunes?
It depends on my mood, but typically anything that is upbeat, a lot of pop and hip-hop. I have a Long Runs playlist on Spotify that I try not to only listen to when I’m running so I don’t get sick of the songs. Lately I’ve been into The White Panda, because of their really cool mash-ups.
How do you stay motivated as a runner?
I truthfully enjoy running. I’m really active and have a lot of energy, so running is my way to get extra energy out and stay focused. I love running first thing in the morning before coming into the office – it’s easier to go out and run before you’re too awake to realize what you’re doing and make excuses of why you can’t do it.