BACK in the Saddle Again…

(Who else is humming along to Aerosmith right now?)

I’m sure I speak for most of us when I say 2020 has been a rather, um, challenging year.

Mine started out on the wrong foot (pardon the pun!) when I was benched from running due to a nagging back/hip problem. Then of course, Covid hit in March.

Over the next few months, we experienced two deaths in the family, and had to re-home our puppy when I turned out to be allergic.

And now, of course, we’re trying to navigate this crazy school year with kids in three different schools. Plus, this election… need I say more?

We all know the havoc that stress can wreck on our bodies and minds, so I’m incredibly grateful to be running again after several months of physical therapy.

I’ve been working slowly and steadily to increase my time, and I’m finally back to running 3 miles several times a week.

On the one hand, it seems rather pitiful to be excited about being able to run the distance that used to be my bare minimum, but I’ll take it. It feels SO good to be back in the saddle again, and never have I needed a physical outlet and a healthy way to release stress and anxiety than I do right now.

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my running gear, so when Nordstrom reached out about partnering on a few posts with Zella, I was all in.

Zella is a Nordstrom-made lifestyle brand made with movement in mind. You already know how much I love their joggers, but they also have tons of great loungewear, comfortable workout outfits, and stylish outerwear.

I, of course, went right to their running section. I’ve been needing another good base layer for chilly days, so I picked up one of their long sleeve performance t-shirts.

This top is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, and I love the easy, relaxed fit.

On milder days, I will wear it alone, but on cooler days, I like to layer a jacket on top. This lightweight lounge jacket is the perfect topper on days when there’s a slight nip in the air.

It’s soft and stretchy with a ribbed-inset collar, and I appreciate that there are no strings flying around to slap you in the face (yes, that happens with hoodies that have drawstrings!)

If you’re not a runner, this is also a great jacket for hiking or walking, or just lounging around the house when you want to be cute but cozy.

Both the t-shirt and jacket run true to size; I have my usual small.

My leggings are the high waist studio lite ankle leggings in a bold graphic print. They have smooth flatlock seaming designed to eliminate rubbing and irritation, and they’re super lightweight. I also love the high rise fit.

They run true to size, or you can size up if in between. I usually wear medium in Zella leggings, but I ordered a small this time since that’s what I wear in their joggers, and they fit great.

Sometimes, wearing leggings too big causes them to slide down, so I try to buy the smallest size that comfortably fits.

I usually run in Sauconys, but I wanted to try Brooks, so I ordered the Brooks Ghost 13 running shoe. I chose the black/pearl/hushed violet because the black keeps them neutral, but the hint of blush is a nice, feminine detail.

These shoes are more of a neutral shoe than I’m used to, but with my custom orthotics, they offer plenty of support. They’re also very soft and cushiony. I’m definitely a fan!

When I placed my order, I also threw in a 3-pack of the Zella low training socks and this Ava t-shirt. I already have it in the orange, and I love it for gym workouts, so I added the blue to my workout wardrobe.

What to Wear for Fall Outdoor Workouts

I also added in this cali fleece hooded sweatshirt at the last minute because it goes so well with these leggings. But, ohmyword, you guys. It is sooooo soft and cozy. I did not want to take it off after our photo shoot.

It’s not something I’d run in, but it’s perfect for throwing over your t-shirt or tank top after a yoga class or gym workout, and it makes great loungewear. You could also wear it with jeans and sneakers for a sporty, casual look.

Oh, and Zella also makes my favorite fleece running gloves. These would make a nice gift — perfect for a stocking stuffer — for the runner in your life.

In fact, any of the items in this post would make nice gifts for your active friends and family members.

What are you doing to stay active and relieve stress these days?

If you need to refresh your activewear to keep you outside this fall, be sure to check out the entire Zella line at Nordstrom.

And don’t forget, Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store), and contactless curbside pickup options.

Plus, when you become a member of The Nordy Club, you can earn points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop, and enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers and events.

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photos: Alison Cornell