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I recently developed a blog highlighting running apparel with the intention of assisting both beginning and veteran runners with their apparel selections. The blog includes professional photographs and is set to present information regarding the care/keeping of technical gear, how to dress for the weather, compression wear, socks, hydration systems, sunglasses, etc. It will also highlight guest bloggers and their gear decisions.
Perfect for me as I'm new to this whole thing.
(how long are you new, until your first race, until your first 5k.10k 1/2, full... just how long do I get to pay the newbee card)
I Love the skirts, but everyone I try on seems to only be about 1/2 a skirt.
Im a size 10, still have the muffin top, and the L skirts fall off the second I put foot to road.
The M slid around and are not quite high waisted enough.
The S seems to only come up to my pubic bone. That wont work!
So Um... help!
Heres a blog topic, Price$$$
I saw skirts at Sports Authority, Nike was $49.00 each, the Store brand was $39.00. Went to Kols and FILA (I think) was $34 and $22.
What’s the best brand? What holds up the best?
I have T’s from Nike that lasted 3 washings and T’s from Target that I’m still wearing 6 years later…
For the cost conscience runner, what’s the best buy or place to buy??
Thank you so much for your comments!
That is frustrating about the skirts not fitting. I only have experience with a few skirts, but so far the brand I have heard the best things about is Lululemon. While I do not personally own a skirt by them, it is on my wish list! The skirts supposedly fit well, do not ride up, and are incredibly comfortable. As for price, they are expensive: $54. I would check some of them out and see what you think. The skirt I am wearing in my blog is from Mizuno and it fits wonderfully, so that is one worth considering as well.
Price is an excellent idea for a blog post, thank you! It is a challenging thing for me to discuss where to purchase running gear because as an employee at a family owned running store, I value shopping local and ensuring that small businesses don't disappear because of the internet and big box retailers. With that in mind, the best time to purchase running clothes at a local running store is during the off-season: I buy my winter clothes in the summer and vice versa, simply because they are usually on sale. Worst case scenario, if I know the way a brand or style fits and I am in a crunch I will purchase from Running Warehouse.
As for quality, it's usually a case by case basis. I am always leery of off-brand running gear as I know the wicking material is probably not as effective. That being said, I try not to purchase something just because it says Nike or Adidas on the tag, I take my time selecting my pieces and make sure to try it on and run around the store to make sure it fits perfectly (another benefit of shopping at a running store is that they don't look at you funny when you do this). The key I have found, whether it is an expensive Nike piece or from Target, is in the keeping: When I am done with a run I lay it out to dry so the sweat doesn't "marinate" in the laundry bin and cause my gear to retain a dirty smell; I always wash it on cold; and I never-ever dry my running gear in the dryer. In doing this, I am still wearing some of the same running clothes from ten years ago. Overall, I have been very happy with my Nike Tempo Shorts and my Champion Sports Bras; they have both held up incredibly well despite being dragged through 65+ miles a week year after year.
I hope that helps! Thank you again for your comments.
I am still working hard at my running apparel blog and having a ton of fun with it! If you are interested in checking it out it can be found here or on facebook. For any Runner's World readers you will enjoy reading this issue's "Fastinistas" (running fashionistas) piece as it ties in nicely with the premise behind my blog. What great timing!