Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Bad Runner Fashion


I’ve been called a number of things throughout my 6 or so years of running.  Fashionista is NOT one of them. (Skinny jerkface, maybe)  My running wardrobe consists of clothing that fits into a few very select categories:

  • Race shirts
  • Naked
  • Random “gym” clothes that I’ve collected over the years
  • Working in the yard clothes that I’ve had since high school
  • A very select few pairs of “real” running shorts with the fake underwear that make me feel all naked and free (wiggle wiggle wiggle!)


As an example, here is me before my most recent 15 miler on Tuesday.  I tweeted something to the effect of: “Basketball shorts, a 4 year old Chicago marathon shirt that is two sizes too big, & a grimmace? Time for 15 miles!!

Behold the sexy


Shoes? I have. Lots of shoes
For the record, I ran the 15 miles in 1:51 – a 7:30 pace.  So, I suppose you could say that my horrible fashion doesn’t slow me down too much.  Or, quite possibly, I’d be running in the Olympics if I would throw on a pair of shorty shorts and a singlet.  But, that is not something that I’m willing to commit to.

There are many reasons why I don’t necessarily care what I wear when I run.  First and foremost is that I don’t run with other people and I almost always run in the dark.  Second is that I am horribly practical and would rather spend my running allowance budget on race entries and new shoes.  Lastly though, even though I have the newest gadgets, the cool shoes, and whatever – I still like to believe that I’m a bit of an old school runner.  You know, those guys in the 70s with huge mustaches, shorts that go ALL the way up and body hair. Lots and lots of body hair.

Although, I could just  be channeling my inner celebrity.  For some reason those guys can get away with wearing just about anything.  I mean, check out Miley Cyrus “Jogging”.  I’m not sure if she is going for a run or getting to a shoot of girls gone wild.


To be fair, I have a lot of sweet matching Brooks and Pearl Izumi running outfits that I wear to races.  But day to day?  Bring on the 2008 Chicago marathon XL shirt.  Sexy and I know it.

Am I alone? Is there anyone else that runs in basketball shorts and random tshirts?



24 comments:

Jen said...

I run in tech tees that I get from races and pretty much the same 3 pair of pants that get rotated. I like looking crazy when I run, I feel less likely to get mugged - people usually want to mess with the crazy lady running around the neighborhood.

Hopefully you'll get a nice personalize tee made for one of these races so you can hear the roar of "Andy, Andy!" coming from the crowds ;) ahahaha… it's been a while.

Chelsea said...

I wear black on the bottom and a purple shirt for almost every run.

Miley's pic reminds me of two weeks ago, when I ran 1/8 mile with my 'normal' bra on (wasn't expecting to run, dog wanted to) and pulled a muscle behind my chesticles due to no support.

You're welcome.

Atha said...

Thanks Adam, now I have that song stuck in my head again. Sexy and I know it.....

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

I don't think I own any running shirts that *aren't* race t-shirts... What's wrong with pink shoes, two-tone green shorts, a red sports bra, an orange tank top, and a blue headband? (Yesterday's run outfit.)

We're running, not strutting the catwalk!

And if the cost of clothing is any indicator of prestige, I'd like to think most of my shirts cost a $70 race entry fee plus 2 hours of my time... WAY more expensive than a Ralph Lauren shirt. ;)

Ax said...

I run almost exclusively in old race shirts. I have a couple pairs of real running shorts, but most of the time, we could probably be twins.

runnerwannabe said...

Unfortunately, because of longer (for me) runs, I had to buy actual running clothes that help with chaffing issues. Don't believe me? Check out my blog! I posted a great pic of a bad chaffing rash. I think you look great, and I would love to run as fast as you!

Missy said...

I used to be the worst. I'm just so cheap....um....poor, no cheap.
But I have splurged and found the beauty of good workout cloths and now I can't be stopped.
I will spend $40 on a good pair of running shorts but not a nice dress.
So now I look pretty fab, it's relative, running but crappy not running.
Priorities.

josher hansen said...

I run in my dirty laundry. Underwear included.

avc said...

Random shirts - sure; but they always end up absorbing so much sweat that I can't seem to wash it out. Basketball shorts - no; the swooshing between the thighs is a nuisance. Plus, coming from a rowing background, spandex is near and dear to my heart. I buy everything at deep discounts online or at expos.

Crystal said...

I really need a running gear fashion makeover. I usually wear race t-shirts or old Coast Guard ones.

Andrea said...

I love me some colorful and functional running clothes. I budget one (okay two!) pairs of shoes per year and forgo the Garmin so I can run like a girl!!

Meghan said...

Being a chick - I love draining my $$ on running clothes vs work clothes.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Oopps...I'm probably the opposite of you - gym top or tank top and dri-fit shorts or running skirts. I can't even recall the last time I wore cotton for a workout. Sorry!

Lindsey said...

I follow your blog - bad outfits and all :)

The Banter said...

I'm pretty sure that if I ran in an over-sized cotton shirt for a couple of hours, I'd be blogging about the effects of wet cotton on nipples. I don't know how you do it and have the ladies survive.

fancy nancy said...

If I ran in the dark there is no telling what I would wear!! In the Summer when I get out before the world I am known to wear some yucky stuff!

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pensive pumpkin said...

i get lots of comments on my running gear from guys in my target demographic (60+) so i must be doing something right. or my clothes are too tight.

most of my gear is cheap yet colorful. for some reason i do not run in race shirts, but i'll wear them out and about. like maybe i don't think i look like a runner when i'm running, but i want to the rest of the time. now i'm over-analyzing it. thanks, adam. lol

Holly said...

I am wearing that same '08 Chicago Marathon shirt RIGHT NOW!!!

James said...

I've never cared much about my running fashion. I just go with what works and feels good at the moment. Then again, nearly all of my running clothes look about the same. Dark colored shirt and black or blue pants/shorts.

ChadisBarefoot said...

I was a basketball shorts-kinda guy after getting out of the Army (lol balloon shorts), and felt that racing shorts were feminine and horrendous.

...and then I tried some on. Wowie! Never going back, Brother. My Brooks Infinity II shorts are lightweight, stretchy, don't hold lots of water/dry really quickly, and have proven to be quite durable.

/commercial lol

Katie said...

you. are. gorgeous.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Anything less than 7 miles is basketball shorts and any technical T that is clean.

Anything over 7 miles is compression pants because of my bad hip.

Since I have to spend an arm and a leg on sports bras (don't have a runner's body and way top heavy), everything else is cheap or on sale.

Jen said...

Hahaha! I have about four running outfits and they're just running pants and the ugliest shirt or tank top I own... The older the better. I don't care what I look like. I'm sure the look on my face is the worst. ;) less is more, I don't like a lot of stuf on me when running or biking.