|Fitness is a fashion show--just like life!|
I know that I don't need more skirts. I know that though I would like more dresses, I don't need them. And I know that with a little ingenuity, I can create new outfits with the clothes that I already have without spending a penny. I know all of this.
But then there's the activewear.
When I was in high school, I used to work out in old, worn-out t-shirts. I had no problem with that because I was either working out in my basement to a Denise Austin aerobics video, or I was in a 6am step aerobics class with a bunch of 40-year-olds. I had a cute little outfit I wore for physical education class (where I never actually exerted myself enough to sweat), but otherwise I just didn't need much.
Fast forward to the present day, and I'm going to run a 5k next Sunday, and my 9th half marathon the Sunday after that. I log about 20-25 miles per week depending on my work schedule, so that means that unless I want to do laundry every day (I don't want to do laundry every day), I need to have a good rotation of activewear. I also now realize the value of having well-made active wear, which means that the old t-shirts don't cut it anymore.
I need clothes that wick so it's not too heavy when I start sweating; I need clothes that don't chafe me (or at least chafe me less); I need clothes that fit well, are long enough, and don't ride up my hips; I need clothes for hot humid summer days and freezing cold winter days. Basically, it's a lot of stuff that I need.
I've got a good collection going. I can usually wash my running clothes every other week, depending on how many days I've run. The problem now is, I would actually like to look cute as well as high-performance, and Old Navy has gotten into the activewear game in a big way.
I used to just go to Target, buy whatever Champion had on sale, and call it good. It's well-made, inexpensive, it works. But they don't really have any fun colors so I was wearing nothing but black all the time, which also makes it potentially easier to get hit by a car. Old Navy, on the other hand, realizes that I not only want to look like a pretty girl instead of a goth girl, but they've come up with a line of running tops that make me look thinner by having built in panels that hold in my fat bits and make me look like I have a waist! Turns out, I love feeling pretty when I run--who knew?
Once again, it seems that this hobby of mine is draining my finances dry. Yeah I save by not having a gym membership, but perhaps I'm just using "health" and "fitness" as an excuse to buy outfits.