I am putting this out there – because it needs to be said – and then released forever.
I used to be a runner – I ran a LOT. If there was a 5K, 10K, 20K, or half marathon in my vicinity, you were sure to see me there. Hell, we’d travel for the right race. We also got really into adventure racing which B and I agree were the best days of our lives before Matthew was born. You would expect an avid runner to have a decent amount of running clothes. I mean – I ran almost every.single.day.
I am embarrassed. Truly, truly embarrassed. I went down to the basement to dig out my old fitness clothes since I’ve shrunk a bit lately and I was horrified at what I found. Piles of running shorts and shirts. Those things are thin and compact, so when I opened up a tub labelled “Courtney summer fitness,” I expected to find all sorts of things (like camping and hiking gear, for example). No – the entire tub was full of running shorts and shirts.
How is that even possible? I had an obsession back then, and I bought running gear like it was going out of style. I won’t reveal quantities because it’s that embarrassing (and I didn’t count them because that would have upset me even more) – but it’s appalling. I remember waiting with great anticipation to see what the latest Ad.id.as Sup.er.nova shirts and shorts would look like each season because I thought I needed new stuff each season. I was the Ad.id.as marketing machine’s dream come true.
The only good thing about today’s finding is that I will not buy running shorts or shirts for a long time – and maybe forever. I have shorts and shirts for every “version of Courtney” and as I change shape and sizes over the years, I’ll just go shopping in the closet of “that’s too small” or “that’s too big” to get the latest running fashions (well… the latest fashions as of 2010!).
June 3, 2012 at 4:13 am
Ha! Too funny. 🙂 I have to admit I’ve never understood “running clothes.” My mom and sister buy them almost as much as you, but when I ran seriously (which I haven’t done in years and years), I used racing t-shirts and the same couple pairs of running shorts. But, then, I didn’t have any money (still don’t. sigh.).
June 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm
I used to justify these puechases by not being like “normal women” and buying shoes and regular clothes. i HATE spending money on shoes… but apparently not on running gear!
June 3, 2012 at 6:49 am
We just threw out 19 afl track suits from husband’s wardrobe. All free… But still. He still has about 13 I reckon!
June 3, 2012 at 7:56 am
Wowser! I admit that like AS, I was never into gear (see also: yoga clothes) BUT this post makes me want to confess that I am still not running again. Despite getting a jogger stroller for that expresses purpose. Despite us deciding to “do it together” via Twitter like, 3 months ago!
June 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm
ummm… i was supposed to run that half marathon this morning. i havenr been running either.
June 4, 2012 at 6:04 am
BJB and I are signing up for a 10k for the end of August as a motivator. If you sign up, you have to do it, right? Let’s do this!
June 6, 2012 at 11:05 am
we will be signing up for a 5k for July. You motivated me. 🙂
June 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Blerg. I LIED. It is a 5K. Thank God!