Lately I’ve started running again and have noticed a wide range of outfits worn by other runners. One woman commented to me, as I took off my outer jacket on a particularly warm day, “you can never know just what’s right to wear”. No truer words have been spoken to me when it comes to deciding what to leave my house in when I’m off on a running adventure. It could be warm by my apartment so I leave in shorts and a t-shirt, but then realize the wind has picked up closer to the lake and I’m missing my long stretch pants and a longer sleeved shirt. But I stick it out for the sake of burning off as many calories as I can. Maybe if I run fast enough I will warm up and burn more? Probably not, but it’s still a good incentive to keep running. It’s this uncertainty of what to wear when I go running that has prevented me from actually going on occasion! Well, I’ve had just about enough of that and am here to offer some pointers on how to keep your motivation up when you have no clue what to wear to work out.
My first step was to get organized! I put together all my old t-shirts, ones that I wouldn’t be caught actually wearing in public, say to work or out with friends, and gathered up my stretchy pants and sweat pants that are comfortable for working out in.
My shirt options were not so bad, I had:
* three (yes three) CSI T-shirts from my college days,
* one shirt my mom had in the early 90s referencing a bowling league to “strike” out RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa),
* the tie-dyed T-shirt I made in 10th grade Chem class (thank you Mrs. Anderson!),
* and a super comfy purple shirt I enjoy lounging in.
Bottoms were a different story. At first I only had:
* a pair of pink shorts that showed off WAY too much booty for public,
* my heavy blue U of MN sweat pants that I got from a clothing exchange, and
* a pair of stretch black exercise shorts which got too warm when I ran.
None of these really fit the bill for the varying weather we have her in MN so that led to my second step.
Shopping! This was very motivational to get me pumped for running more! I found
* a pair of stretchy yoga capri pants,
* another pair of long stretch pants,
* and a good pair of actual running shorts–All from Target!
The other big ticket item I recommend ensuring you have of course is a sturdy pair of running shoes. I found mine in the clearance section at DSW–Nike Marathon 10 running shoes in a fun fushia/white/silver color. If you’re looking for a bit more guidance on what’s the perfect shoe for you, the might I suggest Marathon Sports on 50th and Penn. Check them out-they’re worth every penny!
Back to my closet with all my gear, I separated my shirts and bottoms and now have them at my fingertips when I’m ready to go out running! All I have to make sure I do now is check the actual weather to know if a light jacket is necessary or if it’s warm enough for shorts! The main idea is to know that you don’t need any fancy outfit to go running. Find what makes you feel great and is comfortable to wear and you’re good to go! Remember to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Silly) and you’ll always find your fashion motivation to get out there are achieve your goals!