The Perfect Running Shorts

One of my favorite places to run is at a vacation destination. It’s a great way to explore the area and an invigorating way to start the day. I tend to eat more rich food than I’m used to when I’m traveling, so making sure I get my exercise in is key to maintaining my weight while I’m away. Plus, it just feels good to get those endorphins flowing!

I was especially excited to run while we were at the Hyatt Chesapeake last weekend because I had some new running gear to put to the test.

Summer Running Outfit: Zella Racer Tank with Zella Sassy High Rise Shorts

These Zella Sassy High Rise Shorts are now officially my new favorite running shorts, and I plan to buy them in the other colors. During the summer months, I always run in shorts. It’s just too hot to run in the capri-length pants.

These Zella shorts stayed put and were sooo comfortable when I ran in them last weekend. The high rise is great for smoothing out the belly area, and they don’t slide down at all. With my other running shorts, I find myself always tugging them up in the waist area as I run, but not so with these. Plus, the moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry.

They are short enough to keep you cool and comfortable when you work out, but not so short that anything important is hanging out, ha! They are also highly recommended for hot yoga workouts, and I am sure I will wear them for weight lifting as well.


My sneakers are the Saucony Guide. I really love them for a stability sneaker. These are actually the sneakers I run in. I also love and recommend highly the Zella Tab Back Running Socks. They stay in place, and their moisture-wicking material keeps my feet cool and prevents blisters.

I paired my Sassy High Rise Shorts with this pink Zella Racer Tank. It is fitted and flattering, and the flatlock seams don’t aggravate my skin at all. If you like longer workout tops, this one has plenty of length to keep you covered. It is actually a bit too long for me, as I’m short-waisted, but I was able to scrunch it up a little bit to keep it at the right length.

zella high rise shorts racerback tank

Here’s a view of the back. I don’t wear a ton of racerback tops, but they really are convenient for running, especially in warmer weather. The racer back sports bra I’m wearing appears to be no longer available (I got it at Nordstrom a few years ago) but they have several new racer back sports bras to choose from. I buy all of my bras there because their staff is well trained and knows how to fit you correctly.


I got up early Sunday morning for a run. It was only 50 degrees, but these were the only running clothes I brought, so I made do. Once I got moving, it wasn’t so bad.


No, I don’t usually run in makeup and jewelry, but when we took these pictures, I had already been dressed for the day. The next morning, when I actually ran, I assure you, I was not accessorized.


Zella Racer Tank // Zella Sassy High Rise Shorts // Saucony Guide // Elisa Pendant

I’m a huge fan of the Zella activewear at Nordstrom. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. The styles are cute but functional, the quality is top-notch, and you get the benefit of Nordstrom’s free shipping both ways and generous return policy. It’s a win-win!

By the way, I realize that has been a bit wonky lately, but I think they’ve finally fixed it, and the links should be working again! Find out more about here. 

Here are some other Zella products I love and recommend if you’re looking to update your summer activewear.


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