Friday, April 26, 2019

What I thought I knew about Running Clothes

If you were to ask me a year ago what my favorite race shirt was, I would tell you they were my shirts from the Disney races I've done.  Those who know me, would understand. Those shirts are tech shirts ( which runners are suppose to wear), are always colorful,  have Disney characters on them, and represent a fun race ran with family. Also, getting a Disney race shirt eliminates the need to purchase an additional Disney souvenir shirt during our trip.


However, I noticed this past year
when it was time to throw on a shirt for a run or a workout, or just to hang out at the house, I gravitated to shirts other than the Disney shirts. 

I would like to call 2018 "The year of the shirts" because I received some really awesome race shirts. What made them so awesome was the fact that they were SOFT!  And I actually wanted to wear them!



My favorites from last year include, The Lucky Charm shirt, The April Fools shirt, My first Triathlon shirt, and the Lewisburg Lights Shirt.   I feel that as I get older, my body has become more sensitive to the fabric I put on it.

For that reason, I can no longer stand to wear tech  t-shirts ( tech tank tops are okay).  Not only that, but I realized how cheaply made the Disney shirts were. Even though I got my appropriate size, I never really felt like they fit well and the material didn't seem to be that "breathable".  Very "cheap" in comparison to other tech shirts I've received from other races ( like Hershey and Baltimore to name a few).

 I cringe at the thought of wearing compression pants too. They just feel so cold and uncomfortable on my skin and the thought of putting them on to go for a run was enough to make me unmotivated. I have to wear pants that are some sort of cotton or polyester blend.  Same with socks.  I've tried all pairs and and it really is just hit or miss whether I get blisters or not. I think it boils down to the distance I run and not the type of socks I'm wearing so why not just wear what is comfortable.


What running apparel did you start wearing (because you thought you needed to) that you don't wear anymore? -M





23 comments:

  1. I really dislike getting "unisex" shirts from races. They don't fit well at all and always go right into the Goodwill pile. My one and only Disney shirt (from 2011) was a long sleeve unisex shirt. I still have it--just because it's Disney. Rock'N'Roll gives gender specific shirts but they are ugly!

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    1. I dont think I've ever done a race that gave unisex shirts. I probably wouldn't wear them either!

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  2. Although I often like the graphics on race shirts (#artgeek), I seldom ever wear any of them. I hate crew necks, even on tech gear. Give me a 1/4-zip and I'm more content (though I've amassed quite a few of those in recent years and really don't need any more). I sometimes cut the t-shirts into tank tops, and then I get a little bit of mileage out of them. I have started saving the prettier ones, or the ones that have sentimental value, for a blanket.

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    1. Cutting them into tanks is a great idea! I should do a quilt too.

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  3. I ran in cw-x for a while when I was struggling with IT issues but then I discovered tape. ��

    That’s so interesting that the Disney shirts are cheaper considering how much you pay for the races!

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    1. Of course that is just by opinion. Maybe next time I will order a size up and see if I feel the same way. Regardless, the material does feel cheap.

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  4. I rarely wear any of the race t shirts I have. They usually don't fit correctly and they are just not comfortable. I do love to wear compression tights and find they are essential to wick away moisture.

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    1. Maybe I will eventually change my mind on the compression tights but this winter I just couldn't do it!

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  5. I have been saving most of mine, with the exception of the 1/4 Zip pull overs, for a quilt. I have a few that I will wear to actually run in, but mostly I have them all saved for the quilt. I have never owned a pair of compression tights, I just buy cheap running tights from Walmart.

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    1. Actually some of the running tights from walmart are kind of soft. I want to do a quilt too but I dont want to give up some of the shirts I still wear, like my marathon shirt. However I would feel bad if my marathon shirt is not part of my quilt because that is part of my running story...lol

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  6. I go through stages with my shirts... the tech shirts, sometimes I like them, sometimes the material gives me shivers....
    I'm weird now too about compression pants. I'm picky about little pockets in them too.
    I loathe HARD STIFF material for race shirts. WHYYYYYY!!!!!

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    1. Yea, ain't nobody going to be running in a stiff shirt...lol

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  7. I have a few really soft race shirts too and I love them! They also feel nicer when I need to use them to wipe my face. :-) I can't think of anything I used to wear that I don't any more.

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  8. I've been gravitating toward the softer race shirts, too. I like the tech ones that are breathable and fit well. I love tights with pockets for winter and I'll miss them in summer. I do have some compression-y shorts with pockets that I like. I don't wear ill fitting Nike Tempo shorts or Race Readys like I used to ;)

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    1. Yes, love having pockets. I can do the compression shorts, just not the full length pants for some reason.

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  9. I'll wear the race shirts around the house, until I have enough for a t-shirt quilt. It was weird at first when I didn't have any of my last batch, but I like lounging in other shirts. I do wear my runDisney from a couple months ago, and it will have a good spot in the next quilt.

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    1. I often thought of doing a quilt of Disney race shirts. I wonder how many I would need?

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  10. I have that same Lucky Charm shirt! I didn't realize you did that race. I liked the race and the shirt. I would definitely do it again!

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    1. Yes, isnt that a great race? I did the 10k. My race was definitely not the best because I did not train properly but the race itself was nice. I wanted to do the 5k this year but I didnt.

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  11. I used to wear the Nike Pro spandex shorts and transitioned to skirts with pockets and finally Lululemon shorts. I really like the Lulu shorts better because they aren't as tight but they aren't loose either. It's hard to explain haha. The Pro shorts used to ride up every time I ran and were really uncomfortable but since other young women runners wore them I thought I should too!

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    1. I use to love Running Skirts because of their pockets. Gotta love pockets! However, I've been using my flip belt more often so now I feel I can wear just regular running shorts!

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  12. Hmmm I'm not sure if there's anything that I "thought" I should wear but I will tell you I do not like the really thick tech stuff. I like thin tech, but not cotton!

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