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!).