Running In Cotton?!
For those that follow me on other social media platforms (if you’re not, why aren’t you?! ) you know that I had an accident yesterday that gouged my leg open, requiring sutures. I’m okay and will post more about this Friday.
I’ve covered several topics already in getting the fun back in my run by getting back to basics. I’ve already covered mixing it up by registering for a fun race, claiming I am a runner, and even how I chose my running shoes. Next up: What to wear.
Want to know what I wore my first time out? Plain cotton t-shirt, cotton “cheerleading” shorts, cotton socks, and 2, yes 2, sports bras.
Was I wrong in my choices? Not necessarily, but I could’ve been smarter with my choices.
Here’s the deal, there are fantastic fitness clothes out there. You’ll want them, but do you NEED them? Honestly? Nah. Personally I couldn’t imagine going back to running in cotton, but really, just to start out, you don’t need anything special. Look at me! I started out in cotton and survived.
Now, with that being said purchasing some fun, new workout clothes could be just the thing that gets you out the door. And it’s not a bad idea to invest in some clothing that wicks away the sweat. Your next question may be, “What shorts should I get? What about shirts?” Really, what it comes down to is personal preference. I went through several styles of shorts, tanks, socks, and bras before I found “the ones” And this is still changing as time goes on. Much of it is trial and error of how the articles of clothing feel and fit on you.
Something I can recommend is to hit up the clearance racks or stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls. They carry name brands at reduced prices and you may just happen to find a new favorite there. Another idea, check out Target. As you can see from my favorites their stuff fits the bill quite often for me.
What it comes down to is this: you don’t have to wear special clothes to run or break the bank if you do so. Don’t let this be something that keeps you from running.
Experienced runners: Do you tend to stick with articles of clothing repeatedly and known to buy in multiples? I am guilty of this whether in my street clothes or workout gear. I’ve started to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things lately such as my new Nike capris, running commando, and even trying out a new Columbia shirt. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I now have some new favorites!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)