Today was week 4, run 2. I felt so-so running today, but I had a little boost from an unexpected source.
As I mentioned in previous blogs, I have lost quite a bit of weight lately. Over 43 pounds since October. I am not even close to my goal weight yet, so I am reluctant to shell out a lot of cash for clothing, but I have shrunk enough that I really cannot wear the same clothes anymore. They won't stay up, let alone support me comfortably. (I lost about 11" around my navel, and lots more elsewhere besides.)
With exercise-type clothes, there is a fair amount of leeway for size, since they are so stretchy, and I started taking in shoulder straps and waistbands here and there, but I am not any good as a seamstress. I didn't want to have to spend a lot on "transition" clothes, and felt silly anyways spending much on clothes for running when I have only been at it a few weeks.
I was in a second-hand clothing store looking for a camisole, and stumbled across a *treasure trove* of quality workout clothes. I mean good stuff, from major brands, in excellent condition. There were more running shirts and running tops than I could possibly want or need. There were dozens of exercise pants. I had my pick of all of it, and ended up with 2 "new" pairs of pants and 4 tops. Now when I dress for my run in my official running gear (as opposed to my old ratty t-shirt that reaches mid-thigh and hole-riddled pants I have to cinch extra tight to keep above my hips), I feel like a real runner. And the entire collection was only about $35 dollars (under 20 pounds sterling).
Maybe others here will have a similar experience. A couple observations about thrift store workout clothes, however.
*There were more workout clothes in smaller sizes - less in the larger sizes. Possibly small people stop working out, become big people and donate their clothes...
*Finding really quality stuff takes patience, luck and discrimination. For every true running top, there were a dozen "wannabes" that looked sporty, but were poorly made, made from the wrong fabrics, or were only designed to look like running gear, rather than be running gear.
*Timing is everything - some weeks, your local thrift shop may get a donation from a generous runner in your size, and sometimes they may have nothing useful. It could take a few trips.
*Finally, there are three things I didn't even hope to find at the thrift shop: good running shoes that fit, running socks, a proper sports bra. The last would depend on your personal needs. If all you need is a light shelf bra, there will be plenty. I, however, am rather buxom, and need a solid, supportive, running bra. Unsurprisingly, I had to get mine new from a shop.
Happy treasure hunting to anyone else looking for cheap duds!