Where did I find myself yesterday? Walking in a shopping mall, which I hate, looking at running gear. Isn’t running supposed to keep you from entering these modern monstrosities? I guess not.
We were dragging ourselves down aisle after aisle, bumping into kids, shopping carts, baby strollers, grandparents lost and confused. It was so crowded you would think that this was the last day the mall was open and tomorrow it was closing forever. The torture of the florescent lights beating down on us like we were under interrogation. We were struggling for survival. Thank goodness sporting good stores sell water and snacks. I never would have made it out of there alive!
Running is a deceptively expensive activity. I think a lot of people think it requires a pair of running shoes and that’s it, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
We really have resisted buying running gear up to this point, because we weren’t sure how committed we were to running. However, we haven’t stopped since March so it seems that it is becoming something we are in fact committed to for the long-term.
We bought proper shoes a few weeks into running. I had to buy pants to run in about 3 weeks ago, because I wore mine out (they were about a decade-old). We have been hemming and hawing about buying running shirts – you know those shirts with the latest technology of wicking away the sweat, keeping you dry and cool; basically you would think by the way companies advertise running gear that you will run better and more comfortably… I wish that were true.
My Hubs and I have tried on many different brands of running shirts – from Adidas to Nike to Puma to off-brand. We are so unsure what to buy and what will help us stay cool while we run. Yesterday we tried on sooooo many shirts and came out of the store with none. As if shopping alone isn’t depressing enough, walking away without what you came for is even worse.
Everything we looked at is basically polyester. Running in polyester is hot. We have one shirt that is like this and you feel like it’s at least a couple of degrees hotter while you’re running. I don’t understand how all running shirts are at least 50% polyester. How can it keep you cool? Cotton t-shirts are so light and they breathe, but they can end up drenched in sweat (gross!). So, I don’t know what to do or, more importantly, what to buy.
So, I need some help from some of you runners out there – men or women – it does not matter. What’s your favorite running shirt? If you can be specific about brand, model, etc.