For the last couple of weeks I have been doing more exercise at the gym. In the foyer to the gym is a sweatshop and I can see all the lovely coloured kit, printed leggings with neon and pastel colours, it’s so tempting and I feel a little yearning to buy a new ‘outfit’?
It’s about 4 years since I started running, and I remember buying my first kit:
This is me wearing it about 18 months later and half a stone lighter. I’m shuffling over the finish line at Parkrun ( looking a bit grumpy, I think I struggled!). I remember buying it, I liked the colour but more importantly the leggings had a deep waistband which didn’t create a ‘muffin top’. It made me feel a little more confident.
In those early days I needed kit – running 3 or 4 times per week but doing laundry only once a week meant I needed 4 lots of kit and then of course there were long sleeve tops and tights in winter, shorts and vests for summer ( funnily enough 2 pairs of shorts has been more than sufficient!) so for the first year buying running gear was a regular event.
This was my second outfit. Three years later and 10lb lighter it still fits! It certainly isn’t too big😆😆 (the boy is taller than me now btw!)
I bought quite a bit of Nike kit, which is good quality. I always line dry it, never tumble dry and despite around 200 washes it’s still in good nick ( not complaining about that!)
So , I don’t NEED any new kit.
Over the years I have bought a couple of additional things, the windstopper tights for cold wet weather (fabulous – can’t wait for the winter to use them again!!) and a pair of compression tights which have been handy for long runs but aren’t getting much use at the moment.
I have actually tried on patterned leggings in the past, and come to the conclusion that black really is more flattering/slimming. So I suspect that I will succumb to temptation/ curiosity and go to the shop at some point, try on some of those lovely clothes, decide that I have enough kit and probably come away with a t shirt or vest top😆
At the end of the day I have learned that looking good is more about how you feel about yourself. Despite only losing a few pounds I feel much better – maybe because exercise gives you better muscle tone and posture, maybe because it helps you to feel more positive mentally.
And buying kit? If you buy quality it will last for years, so be choosy and pick something that you like!
So what’s your approach to running kit? Co -ordinating kit? Capsule wardrobe? Couldn’t care less? Or regularly adding new pieces because you like them? With the men, are you tempted by new tech and promises of better performance, or does fashion influence your choices?