This week, Maggie's Runner Photo Challenge focuses on running fashion. Ooh lah lah!
I'm actually not the most creative person on the block when it comes to running clothes. I tend to stick with the tried-and-true favorites.
|Mullets and an 80's themed leisure suit? I'm on it.|
|Headphones that could wire Mars and a grey sweatshirt that lives up to its name? Count me in.|
|Lime-green Zentai suit (full-body) that is two sizes too small? But of course!|
In all seriousness, here's a picture of a very typical running outfit that I might wear on any given day. A basic tech shirt, black running shorts, and running shoes du jour. (The running shoes are a whole other story.)
Here's another; this outfit would be worn if the temps are slightly cooler. Notice once again the black bottoms with white trim, and the solid-color top in a jewel-tone hue (I do love jewel-tone colors).
Once in awhile I might spruce things up a bit and wear dark bottoms with a nonwhite trim and/or a top with some visual interest on it. I am really, really loving all of the brightly colored running shoes that are out on the marketplace right now, too.
I'm a relative newbie to running skirts, so of course the first two running skirts I bought were also black. But as I'd mentioned here, I recently decided to live dangerously, embrace my inner tennis player, and buy a white running skirt. I also decided to take a go at the sparkly headbands that I've seen so many women wearing - so I got these headbands from Amazon.
With all that in mind, here is an outfit that I'll wear someday to a fun and SHORT race (only bad things can happen if I wear white clothing to a mid- or long-distance race).
Other random running clothing notes:
- As much as I love warm weather, I don't particularly like wearing running shorts due to the chafe and ride-up factors. From a comfort standpoint, I prefer tights or capris.
- I think that compression socks and sleeves can look really cool and add a lot of personality to a running outfit. But, I find it uncomfortable to wear compression gear while I am running. My compression gear is reserved for post-run recovery (in combination with sitting on the couch).
- I have never worn arm warmers, but runners that do wear them look really hard-core, in my opinion. After hearing so much about how versatile they are, I just bought my first pair from an online end-of-season clearance sale. I look forward to giving them a go later this year - and maybe I'll even be able to absorb some hard-coredness (?) by association.
- I don't have any particular brand loyalty, but I have really liked all the running clothing I've gotten from Reebok and from a JCPenney brand called Xersion. If anyone from either is looking for an unassuming, local, "runner next door" brand ambassador, please contact me! Will work for tights. =D