Recently, I’ve bought some new running clothes. You may have noticed in my post-run selfies I post on the Facebook page for this blog and in my end of week recaps. I’m trying to beef up my tank top collection so I have more variety in my outfits. Also, maybe you’ve noticed, but I bought some SHORTS! What-what-what?!?!?! I have large, powerful thighs and they chafe, so I have avoided anything shorter than the spandex bike-style shorts that stop right above the knee for this very reason. Last year I run a 5K in a running skirt and while it wasn’t horrible chafing, it was uncomfortable.
When I was in Oregon, I was wandering through the Walmart in my home town and stumbled upon these double-layer shorts in various colors. The one that caught my eye was blue and neon yellow. Hello Boston colors!!! I had to have them. So I bought them. I ran my run down the highway in them, 8 miles, and after I got the under layer to quit riding up, it was smooth sailing and there was no chafing. So, when I got back to Texas, I proceeded to go back to Walmart and buy a couple more pairs. I got a green and neon orangeish-red pair, a dark pink/light pink pair. And then they had another brand that was double-layer as well, so I got the blue and yellow pair and the orange and pink pair in that brand. Also, I bought some just above the knee white spandex shorts so that I could get some of the regular running-style shorts and wear them and not worry about chafing.
I notice I’m getting more comfortable with my body and wearing more…I don’t know if this is the right way to say this, but…revealing clothes when I run. What I mean by that is, when I first started running I would wear running t-shirts…so they had sleeves…and the spandex shorts. Then, I discovered running capris later that year and they came in all sorts of colors and patterns, so they were super fun to wear. Then, last year, I started wearing more tank tops when the summer rolled around, no more t-shirts when it’s hot and/or humid out. Now, this year, I’m going for the shorts and tank tops! Oh, I also bought another running skirt! It’s super cute. It’s got layers and it’s blue and white striped. If I can get my Half Fanatics Diva shirt (it’s blue and pink before my half marathon next month, I will wear the skirt (or the two-toned pink double layer shorts) with that shirt. If I don’t have that shirt in time, then I will wear my Double Agent shirt and I don’t know what bottoms yet. It’s a red and black shirt. Maybe I’ll try to find a skirt to match?!?!?! I’ll probably just try and find some shorts to match.
But, the point is, I’m getting more comfortable in my own skin and I feel more comfortable wearing less clothes that I have in the past.