Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running Clothes on the Cheap

We love running clothes of all kind. We love it even better when we don't have to pay a fortune for them and let's be real, running clothes are expensive. We have some running tights that are upwards of $ 90 yet I don't think either one of us has ever paid that much for a "real" pair of pants (dress pants or jeans).

We do realize the old saying " you get what you pay for" holds true sometimes but it is still nice to find a bargain!

That's why I was excited to finally see some cool running clothes at our local Walmart. They are even tech and moisture wicking material ( something that wasn't so easy to find at walmart just a few years ago. I'm pretty sure the extent of their active wear was a few pair of cotton yoga pants)!  Anyway, If you are looking for some things for short training runs or tops and bottoms to help create a costume for your next Disney race but you don't want to spend a lot of money on it, Walmart is definitely the place to go.


They have brands such as Danskin and Avia. I've been seeing some great Avia pieces at TJ. Maxx but have now started to see them at Wal-mart for half the price.

 When I want to create a costume for a Disney race, this usually means I will be sewing, hot gluing, using iron-ons or modifying my top in some way and I don't want to be doing this to one of my "good" running tops, so I usually find an inexpensive one at Walmart. It doesn't matter if I only wear it once for one race.

Here is an example of just two of the race tops I've created by modifying plain shirts with ruffles and patches sewn on. Not extremely creative, but it worked.

I recently found some moisture wicking tanks on sale for $3 so I had to buy a few in hopes of creating something for future races.  In my mind I have already created something for the Tower of Terror 10 miler in October. I'm pretty sure the result wont be half as creative as I think it is...haha!

Do you create race costumes? Do you ever wear those clothes/costume again for other races or are you done with it once the race is over?

Tomorrow we hope to talk a little about our race weekend and a BIG lesson that we learned!




23 comments:

  1. Never knew they had great running clothes there! Running apparel is so expensive huh?

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    1. Yea, Its great to buy cheap stuff when you know you are only going to wear it one time!

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  2. I like to shop Target for great running clothes on the cheap. I also scored a great running outfit at Marshalls this weekend. When I am creating costumes cheap is the only way to go since I usually won't be wearing it again.

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    1. Exactly! And I hate to mess up my expensive running clothes by adding embellishments to them !

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  3. It definitely is you get what you pay for but I still have training gear I had in college. Still fits, still in one piece.

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  4. I bought a bamboo tank on eBay last year and then sewed and added vinyl for my Briar Rose costume at PHM...now it sits on a hanger and I don't know what to do with it, because it's too conspicuous for regular training, but I don't plan to reuse the costume.

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    1. I hope you didn't pay much for the tank! That's why we try to find bargains for the clothes we plan to make as part of our costumes. We know that we probably wont wear them again!

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  5. I normally get my workout clothes from Target. I've never looked at Walmart, but may have to start! $3 tanks? I'm in!

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    1. Yes, $3 was the clearance price but even at regular price they were still a major bargain!

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  6. I've resisted shopping at Wal-Mart, but I do try to find inexpensive tanks and tees to doctor up for running costumes. I generally order from ebay and Eastbay since the quality is better than the big box stores, and if I am shopping way in advance, I can find some bargains. Also I find some really great activewear at TJ Maxx and Marshalls sometimes. And I also forget about JC Penneys - they have inexpensive yet decent quality workout apparel. ~DB

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    1. JCP is a good place for in expensive running clothes too! We got our tanks for the Enchanted 10K there last year!

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  7. I recently bought a cheap running shirt at Walmart for Robert for his Wine & Dine costume!! I hope it turns out as well as I picture it in my mind LOL!

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    1. And if it doesn't turn out then you weren't out a lot of money...lol! I'm sure it will be fine though. Cant wait to see what you come up with!

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  8. I'm not a big costume person. I think they're fun but just not for me.

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    1. Definitely only for certain races! I wouldn't dress up for every race, just themed ones!

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  9. I didn't realize walmart FINALLY had some decent tech gear. I also love shopping for running gear at Target. They have some pretty nice stuff these days.

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  10. I've never made a running costume, I don't think I would know where to start!!

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  11. great tips on how to create a costume on the cheap!

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  12. I love finding a bargain! You know it's funny because just a few weeks ago I was at Walmart and I saw some cute workout tanks by Avia there and for only $7 I figured why the heck not! I have actually been loving them, they are cute, comfy and probably the best running bargain I have picked up in years!!!
    If I ever made a running costume, I would totally go this route, such a great idea!

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  13. I can't wait to read about your race! Hope it went well! I love finding my tops at Walmart. They are inexpensive and work great :)

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  14. Great finds! My sparkleskirts are very pricey but I love how well they hold up and think they're well worth the money. I do love bargains on pretty much everything else though. Thanks for linking up with us!

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  15. I only really dress up for the Disney races (this year will be my first Tower of Terror) and I make my own for the most part, but I found a dalmatian print racerback on Etsy that I'm in love with (great quality AND I'll wear it over and over. Double score!)

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