I am enjoying learning new running tips on Runner Girl and lately the subject of chafing came up. Uncomfortable, painful, dry, itchy, chafing. So what do you wear? What running shirts? Do you go commando? What brands are your favorite? Are you a compression pants fan? I had one pair that kept sliding down (as if I needed suspenders!)
When you do yoga, do you wear yoga pants?
When you are on a spinning bike or a bicycle, do you wear padded shorts?
When you are cold do you love thumb holes? Ear warmers with headphones? (The latter was a favorite birthday gift I got this past year!)
You see, I was always a t-shirt and jeans girl. In middle school I started running long distance and joined an Athletes in Action track and field team. The coaches were incredible, my friends motivated me, and I caught the running bug. I was never fast, I was always in the back, but I learned to love it. In high school and college, we didn’t have a track team, so I stopped. I occasionally went to the gym in college but would wear old tee shirts and comfy VS pink sweat pants. In the mid ’00s my crazy friend who could run an hour on the treadmill, a Personal Trainer who wore makeup to the gym, said I needed to get a track suit. We looked at all the Juicy and Baby Phat (hot pink with gold trim) and other designer brands, but I never found one that I really loved and could afford. I kept gaining weight since this was in my couch potato days, and I just kept wearing more layers and even larger baggier clothes to hide my depressed state.
Enter the new me! In 2007 I went back to my PT Friend to take me to the gym and show me the ropes as I was losing weight with Reliv’s Slimplicity! I was slowly gaining confidence!
However, I have always been self-conscious about my under toned arms. I am attracted to sculpted arms, so therefore feel like mine are way behind and I have a long way to reach…go, I mean.
I finally joined 24 in 2009, and was still wearing my old tees (from 5ks, theatre or church or work team activities etc) and whatever comfy pants or shorts I had. Last year I tried cutting them, like a V or a ripped collar or make them sleeveless. This was my way to motivate me to tone my arm flab.
One day I needed to do laundry and found a tank top to wear. All my friends at the gym commented, noticed, said my arms were looking good, and right then and there I started really paying attention to the proper workout gear. It has been so long but finally I invested in some good cute ones from Marshall’s (more affordable for this budget deal hunting gal) and my friend said, “See?! Don’t you feel sexier and cuter?” Well, not really.
I don’t get it. I just wear what’s comfortable. My goal is not to look amazing at the gym, my goal is to feel better naked (yes I’ve read the book!) I kind of hate it when a guy notices me at the gym. They can talk to me when I’m dressed nicely on a date with my husband, but not when I’m all sweaty and gross. At work, when I dress to the nines, I get the wrong attention, from patients who like flirting and who crave female attention, so I tend to just wear the basic minimum. Work shirt, pants or skirt, usually a bun or ponytail, and eye makeup, maybe lipgloss. I think I’m way too vain! I show it by worrying way too much what people think of me…
I guess with all the mirrors, I should coordinate from the color of my headband to my socks, and just stare at my own biceps instead of caring what other people think of my arms.


4 thoughts on “Clothing

  1. If you have suggestions for good biking shorts (with padding), I’m all ears. Mark and I typically do a spin class on Sundays before church. I have the shoes with the clips, now I need the “professional” padded shorts.

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