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Thursday, 6 July 2017

5 Safety Tips For Running Solo | Island Feather

Island Feather Sports Yoga Training SetI'll admit, besides the obvious thoughts of technique and endurance, one of the first things to enter my mind when running and working out in general, is the fashion.  But before we focus on this drop dead gorgeous activewear set from Island Feather (swoon), let's just take a moment to consider a few safety tips to keep in mind, ready for when you're next out running off that triple-scoop salted caramel ice cream.  Mmm...
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Island Feather Medium Impact Sports Bra
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For obvious reasons!  Better yet, swap your plastic bottle for a stainless steel version.  At the very least, they look gorgeous.  At the very most, they double-up as a defence mechanism, at a time when you're unlikely to have much else on you


Take out your phone when you're running solo.  Options include arm band, waistpack and jacket pocket.  It's also not a bad idea to keep some form of ID on you


Let someone close to you know which route you're taking - and occasionally vary the route


I'm definitely a 'desperately need music' kind of runner (sorry!), and if you are too, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings.  If you find yourself off the beaten track, do without your headphones for a moment, or opt for a pair that allow you to listen to music without 100% blocking out surround sound


Try to avoid running in low-light conditions.  You'd be surprised at how easy it is to trip over a large stone and find yourself with a knee injury for a month!

Alternatively, if you find thinking about solo running and safety tips to be one big headache, partner up with someone and run with a friend!  Motivation, conversation and company.  What's not to like?!  
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Island Feather Medium Impact Sports Bra Top
5 Safety Tips for Running Solo

Top - Medium Impact Sports Bra c/o Island Feather

Shorts - Yoga/Training Shorts c/o Island Feather

Island Feather Training Yoga Sports Shorts
Island Feather Tropical Sports Bra
Okay, so, say hello to my new favourite activewear set!  Not only is the tropical print completely fitting with the waves of heat the UK is experiencing this summer, but the fit is also beyond dreamy.  The sports bra includes removable cups, meaning you can workout and keep your chest.  Magic, I know.  Also, gotta confess to having a soft spot for short shorts!  Island Feather's training shorts combine flexible lightweight technology with a flatteringly thick waistband; which makes keeping active aaaall the more fun! 
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Do you have any other tips for keeping safe while solo running?  And I'd love to hear your thoughts on this tropical-printed activewear set from Island Feather!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. I always find that wearing awesome gym clothes motivates me more to train. I love the theme of your post, especially how you mentioned to alternate your running route. I think that is one that people forget, granted I exercise in a boot camp, not by running. But they say joggers can be put at risk of an attack, especially if they run a specific route someone could notice and then stalk the individual by that route they take. Granted I've watched far too many episodes of criminal minds haha. Lovely post! I love the photos you take.

  2. Cute workout gear is such an awesome way to get motivated to get out and exercise. This set is so pretty and perfect for summer and running is such a terrific way to stay fit and be outdoors. I really want to get back into it if I can ever stop messing up my ankle. For now I'm just sticking with yoga and pilates.

  3. Great tips lovely! Thanks for sharing :) x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  4. I'm really not much of a runner, but if I do, it's alone. These tips are helpful! It skips my mind to tell anyone when I leave. I should probably remember that!

  5. I really need to start running again, I love how I feel so healthy after!

    My Vogue Style |

  6. Great tips! You hear so many horror stories of people running outside these days! I never have my music all the way up so I completely agree with you on that one! I think it’s probably the most important point.
    & there’s nothing like some stylish workout gear to get you motivated!

    TFM Life & Style blog

  7. Not exactly solo running, but I used to take our dog with me for runs in more lonely places. Made me feel safe and her walk was seen to as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. Thanks for the tips! I love that leaf print! It's so cute!

  9. Great tips,I love it <3 Nice photos :)

  10. Awesome gym clothes for some reason makes you feel better and encourages you to exercise. Great read and thanks for the tips!

  11. This is a gorgeous fitness outfit, love the print and style. You look lovely and very fit dear.

  12. Great tips! I also bring my dog with me and pepper spray. You just never know. Love your workout gear!!!

  13. Love this look! Seems like lovely pieces to run in. Thanks so much for the tips, I've just started running so this is really helpful!

    Anika xo |

  14. My goodness! What a lovely outfit you wear for running, you are going to cause a car crash if you run on the road with this! lol
    You look really beautiful with sportive clothes!

    Have a lovely weekend Gab!

  15. Oh these are great things to think about! I need music too when running or out for a PW, hahah I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do it otherwise. But so important to still be aware of what's happening around you. And love your outfit here, so chic with print! Xx

  16. Firstly can we talk about how amazing you look in this set? The set itself is gorgeous too, I love the print. I always take my phone and I tend to stick to routes where I know there'll be people/houses too!
    Amy xx

  17. Ohmygoodness that set is completely gorgeous, you look amazing! When I go running I'm gasping and sweating and these photos are just so flawless!

    I've never thought about getting a steel water bottle in case of defence, but that's an insanely good tip. The removable cups in the top also sound perfect, I don't want to be completely flat ever haha.

    Little Moon Elephant

  18. These are some great safety running tips! I'm not a runner myself by my boyfriend is and often get a bit nervous when he goes out at night! What a gorgeous kit too - exercise is always much better when you get to wear something pretty!

    Musings & More

  19. A good set of workout clothes is a must! I love these on you and I love it when they're so secure too!

    Jessica |

  20. I am so glad you have included taking ID, a phone and telling someone where you are going in this post!
    That is a really great topic! Safety should be on everyones minds all the time!
    Great post and I love this workout outfit to!
    Set to Glow

  21. what a cute work out set! You sure look stunning while running:)...I do agree with that often cited thing- that a nice sporty outfit makes us more motivated to work out.

  22. Great outfit and looks like you had a good workout. Very lovely insight
    Warm greetings!

  23. Great tips, I never forget to take my phone x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  24. This workout outfit looks perfect on you! I love going for a run by myself and I'm doing all what you said :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Your workout gear is so cute! I love it!

    Ash |

  26. What a fun set - I really like the print! :)

    Good points about safety too - it's sad we have to do it, but so important to make sure people know where we are and when we are due back.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  27. And if possible, run where there are people just to be safe.
    Love your outfit, dear. You're fabulous!

  28. You look great Gabrielle! These are all really handy tips :) xx

  29. Great tips Gabrielle and you look incredible in this activewear set! x


  30. such a great tips! love the outfit
    style frontier

  31. Nice post and great tips! (:

    CM | XIII.

  32. I love your sport's wear! And thank you for sharing some tips


  33. Great tips! How many times I've already tripped over a rock... ':D
    And that running gear is just... amazing! Love the print so much!

    xo Noor

  34. Wow, love your sportswear! It's so hard for me to find someone to accompany me when I run so all these tips really come in time! Gonna restart my run schedule this coming week!

    yanrula x

  35. I love the idea of the water bottle being stainless steel, that's such a good idea. You look absolutely gorgeous though, love this set and your figure is stunning!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  36. Safety concerns do put me off running outside, plus I live in quite a busy area, so there aren't really any good spots either. I would love to go for a run in the countryside, but I guess you need to be more careful as it can be secluded xx

    Velvet Blush

  37. That tropical activewear set is just so beautiful!!! Love it!!!

    Great tips Gabrielle!


    Seize your Style

  38. I’m not a runner but I always worry about women running, the world can be a dangerous place so these tips are helpful. I love your exercise outfit. You look adorable.

  39. Great tips! This is inspiring.

  40. Thanks a lot :D

    this is super important my dear. You look fantastic, btw!!

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  41. This set looks absolutely gorgeous, I love the print! Also, you gave great advice. I'm not one for running as I prefer home workout routines, but these are really important to keep in mind. Always tell someone you're going out running - it's sad to say that we have to take these precautions, but we're better off doing that, especially if the area isn't exactly safe!

    Julia x
    Last Post: Hiking in California |

  42. You look Great! Thanks for sharing! 👌👌👌

  43. Those tips are so useful!! I never thought about informing someone about the route! Thanks a lot dear and such a pretty outfit!! *-* You're amazing!

  44. Love the working out outfit :) Great tips x

    Pink Frenzy

  45. You look slammin' as usual, Gabrielle! Your hair looks so gorgeous curly. Running solo definitely has its perks - totally agreed to run with your phone and ID on you always xx

  46. Totally agree on everything you wrote Gabrielle!
    I'm running solo every day and follow every tip you've mentioned here: I think running solo is the best thing to recharge the batteries, but definitely better knowing some trick to stay safe, just in case! :)
    You look wonderful, dear, sporty but very chic!

  47. I have to be honest and say that I am not a big runner but these all sound like sensible tips for those that are :) I definitely need music when I am working out so I think that's great advice to make sure that you can still hear a bit of what is going on around you if you're out and about. x

  48. Thanks so much for these tips! I much prefer running with someone else but that rarely happens so I always make sure to let someone know before I leave the house!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  49. These are good ones. Thanks for sharing :)

  50. Hell yes babe, I love this post, such a brilliant idea! I've not been brave enough to run solo yet but I'm definitely going to bookmark this post for if ever I do decide to go for it :) I'm adoring the tropical print of this activewear set, Island Feather sound right up my street for sure ;) You're looking absolutely stunning as per; such a hottie and can we have a MAJOR moment to applaud how bangin' your bod is gorgeous girl, looking KILLER! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  51. Your new activewear is really cute Gabrielle. I love the safety tips you offered. I have to workout to music as well. It really helps. Just converted to a steel bottle...Swell is the company.

  52. These are great tips! I totally agree with you especially with the inform part because there are dangerous people out there, but sometimes sh** just happens like getting a cramp leg, it's great someone knows your route and know where to find you just in case your not back on time :) BTW very cute running outfit!

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  53. Loved this article! Beautiful images and I agree with everything mentioned above. Thanks for sharing it xx

    Naya //

  54. I'm not a runner but on the off chance that I do go for a solo run, I need to have music! I just get ridiculously bored if I can't run to a beat or something. (PS, I am loving your wavy hair here!).

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  55. I love your running outfit! And it's so important to stay safe when you're running alone! Great post idea!

    Simply Lovebirds

  56. Very relevant to me! Loving running at the moment and doing a lot of it. Adore active wear also, find myself buying more of it recently than any other clothes. Looking so beautiful here, absolutely gorgeous print...and I want your hair!!

  57. Such unique print for a sports wear and u look stunning your figure is amazing HOW U STAY SO SLIM!!!!

  58. I adore your workout outfit. I find that a super cute outfit really insories me to work out. Lol. One tip for women runners here in the U.S. - sadly - is to carry pepper spray. A lot of us are harassed or even chased (it happened to me!)
    xo, janea

  59. Great workout outfit. I think people should run with others. These are good tips though.


  60. Such great tips Gabrielle - I hadn't thought about a stainless steel running bottle before so I'm definitely going to invest in one those! Also I recently ordered a phone arm band so I will definitely start taking my phone with me going forwards as an extra precaution xx


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