Hey everybody! I’m back!
This past holiday weekend was so crazy! Lots of traveling around, a parade, pool time, two days of excitement at an amusement park – with LOTS of face painting that you might have seen if you follow my Instagram – lots and lots and lots of food (some which was VERY not good for me), and a little bit of exercise thrown in when I could get to it. At least the amusement park trips involved a lot of walking! Now it’s time to get back on track and what better way to do that than a fun link up with one of my favorite new blog friends?
Erika is the pretty smiling lady right next to me on the left (also pictured here are my awesome friends Cynthia, Courtney, and Photobomb Sue). She writes an blog called MCM Mama Runs and every Tuesday hosts a great link up called Tuesdays on the Run with Patty from My No Guilt Life and April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere!
You don’t need to ask me twice. I LOVE talking about clothes. Of course I think they were thinking specifically running gear, but I can happily oblige to that too. Since last year, my running clothes have pretty much taken over my closet…and I have a BIG closet. I’m better about hanging up my tech shirts that just came out of the laundry than I am about putting away my street clothes. Just like with any other outfit that I might put on my body, I love coordinating my race attire. I spend a lot of time with my running shoes on and I want to look cute while I’m doing it!
One thing about workout clothes in general though is that they can get really pricey. I LOVE me some Athleta and would wear it all day every day if I could (okay maybe not), but I also love to be able to go grocery shopping. You can build a cute running wardrobe without breaking the bank though!
Here are a few of my personal tips that have worked for me.
Target carries a fantastic line called C9. I’m sure you are probably familiar with it if you’ve ever been in a Target, but if not I urge you to check it out. Why would I buy a sports bra that costs $60 when I can get a perfectly functional, attractive one at Target for a fraction of that price? I have one particular pair of running shorts that I get compliments on all the time:
These are C9. I think I got them for like $16. Additionally my favorite pairs of running tights that I wore all winter are C9 and they cost me maybe $22 apiece. Under Armour is like 5x that for basically amounts to the same thing. I’m a UA fan and have some of their stuff, but I also don’t feel like doing laundry every time I go out for a run.
Speaking of cute things that I get compliments on all the time, the sunny yellow shirt that I’m wearing in the above photo. That top is made by Swirlgear, a brand that I am a proud ambassador of.
As an Ambassador, I receive some cool perks such as sneak peeks and their new lines as they are released and even discounts and access to special deals. This is equal parts awesome and very, VERY dangerous for my wallet. There are very few items in the Swirlgear line that I wouldn’t wear on my body.
It pays to be a serial email list signer-upper. For example one of my favorite brands, PRO Compression, sends out regular emails with some great specials to take advantage of. And if you are going to offer me 40% off a pair of calf sleeves and free shipping, I’m not going to say no to a little extra mail in my inbox.
Up-cycle Old Clothes
If you are anything like me, you might have some tee shirts laying around that just don’t fit correctly. This happens to me a lot when it comes to cotton shirts given out at races. A unisex small is really baggy on me so what ends up happening is I take it home and it finds its way to the back of my closet never to be worn again.
Last year before the NFL Back to Football 5K I really wanted to wear a Ravens shirt, but didn’t have anything that felt streamlined enough to run in. So I took matters into my own hands and made my own racerback. The results were awesome.
I got tons of compliments on that shirt! So many people asked me where I bought it and it was cool to say that I made it myself and for nothing more than the cost of a tee shirt that I never even wore. I posted a tutorial on how to make your own right HERE!
Currently in rotation I have 4 pairs and a 5th pair that I’m selling because they didn’t work out for me. It’s kind of a lot of shoes.
As runners, I’m sure you all know how expensive shoe buying can get. The first time I purchased a pair of Brooks from my local running store I totally balked at the price, but knew it was a necessary evil. Until I realized that…it’s not. Obviously we all know the best plan of attack is visiting your local running store for a gait analysis and fitting, but this does not necessarily mean that you need to purchase shoes that day. Do your research. Look online for deals on current styles or even go back a generation and buy an older style of the same shoe that they have on closeout. This is how I ended up in my Pure Connects (2nd gen) which are my favorite shoes to race in and cost me less than $50. The only downside of this is that I really need a new pair and now they are difficult to find. (And I’ve seen some terrible reviews of the Pure Connect 3’s so I really don’t want to go that route.)
If it were not for online shopping, I would NOT have as many pairs of shoes as I do.
Now I want to hear from YOU! What tips do you have for building your running wardrobe? Do you do any of the things I’ve already talked about here? Do you LOVE Target!?