Being frugally minded, I approach the buying of my running clothes the same way I buy the rest of my wardrobe – thrift shopping at Goodwill or buying on clearance. I also hold onto my running clothes for a long time. The only items I need to replace every few years are the jogging bras and socks. I’m going to replace the socks anyway since I wear them with sneakers casually. I try to replace my running bras during sales, but since I don’t buy them often, I’m okay with paying full price at Target for a running bra.
When it comes to my running wardrobe, I think the most important parts are the shorts, the bras and the socks. In my opinion, t-shirts are a dime a dozen. Being small, I can often snag t-shirts from my older children if I’m really desperate. Because I’m not comfortable with my legs, I’m very picky about the shorts and pants I wear. I hate to say that I tend to go for the pants over the shorts to cover up my legs, definitely a personal issue I need to work on.
I found the shirt on the left at Goodwill and paid half price for it since it was coded with the sale color of the week. I think my cost was $1.75 to $2.50. (I’m rusty on my Goodwill prices.) I found the one on the right in the clearance rack at Target. I think I paid $4 to $6 for it.
The shorts on the left came from Goodwill and the ones on the right from Target. I decided I don’t like the ones on the right so I’m using them when I go swimming with the kids. I told you I’m self-conscious about my thighs! I think I paid full price for the Target shorts (maybe $15) because I was so frustrated with finding shorts that I liked.
The bra on the right came from Target which has several options for running bras. When I bought this bra, I found it on the clearance rack along with another, plus I bought one full price, giving me 3 bras to rotate through. All my bras go through the cold cycle in the washing machine. The cute blue windbreaker on the right is a clearance rack find from Kohl’s. I also have some cute cold weather running clothes from Kohl’s which I bought on sale in late winter; I’ll share them another time.
Since I run 5 days a week, my goal is to have 3 to 4 of each item to rotate through during the week. I throw the clothes in the cold cycle along with the rest of my family’s clothes. I do a cold wash generally every other day. Most of the time, I line dry the clothes since they dry very quickly. I also think they last longer with line drying.
Tomorrow morning, I’m running my 1st race in a long time! I’ll be hitting the trails at Linvilla Orchards to do their Pickle Run. Wish me luck since we’re officially in another heat wave starting today and going through Sunday.
How are you doing with your fitness goals this week?
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