Isn’t it kind of a silly, stupid wonder that I’ve never talked about my favorite running gear and workout clothes with you all before?
Yeah, it really is. Ever since I’ve started running, the amount of fitness related clothing in my wardrobe has nearly quadrupled. Before becoming one of the crazy ones (AKA a runner), I used to workout in old t-shirts and baggy gym shorts.
Example A: The red mesh track shorts pictured above. No they are not the worst, but I think they were probably one of three pairs of gym shorts I owned, which meant laundry needed to be done frequently and you could catch me running in them all of the time. (Which you will soon come to learn the irony of.)
And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working out in old, baggy clothes, there’s definitely something more fun about running in clothes that were made for well… running! Plus, clothes made for running also happen to make the sport much more comfortable. Two reasons good enough for me to swap my old, raggedy t-shirts and mesh shorts for a few pairs of running capris and some fitted moisture-wicking tanks.
After I started running 3+ days per week and working out with a personal trainer, it eventually became inevitable that I would need to invest in some more workout clothes. Maybe this is weird, but I actually remember some of the first pieces of exercise attire I ever purchased. One shirt in particular is a grey and orange fitted racer-back tank from Old Navy. I bought this thing at least two years ago. I still wear it ALL OF THE TIME. In fact, it may be my favorite workout top ever. It fits perfect, it never rides up or gets all fussy while I’m running, it’s cute (hopefully I’m under the right impression here), and clearly it’s durable because I’ve worn it through many workouts over the past two years.
Here I am wearing it after a run across the Brooklyn Bridge this past September.
And oh look, there I am wearing it again at the top of a mountain with Bobbi and Kristen in Colorado at the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference back in May.
Oh my gosh, what a coincidence. There I am wearing it again after a yoga class with Breanne.
Maybe you can’t tell because the above picture doesn’t have the best lighting, but that’s me in the middle and I swear on my blog, underneath that black shirt is yep, you guessed it, my favorite Old Navy tank. See it peeking its bottom seams out from underneath my layers after my first ever run in Central Park back in November?
And just so you know, this is only about half the proof of how much I love this timeless tank. If you’d like, you can go and scroll through my Instagram profile. Count how many more pictures you can find of me wearing it. My guess is there’s at least a dozen. (P.S. if you actually do this and comment with the correct answer, I will dub you the Best Hungry Runner Reader of All Time.)
What can I say? When I like a piece of clothing, I like a piece of clothing. And if it’s not dirty I’m gonna wear it! (Yes, that is a Jack’s Mannequin reference. If you did not spend your adolescents in the 2000’s then you have no idea what I’m talking about.)
Anyway! This silly shirt is the reason why when I was offered the opportunity to blog about Old Navy’s activewear line, I was all over it like cheese on pizza. I was headed for the store faster than you can say, “Get a new shirt.” However, what I found unfortunate is that the grey and orange racer-back is no longer a part of the line. Had it been, you know I would’ve purchased 10 or so more. However, I’m not mad because they do have a rather large selection of new workout attire to choose from.
Here’s are a few new pieces that you might catch me donning as I run around New York City in the days ahead. (That is if I’m not wearing the grey tank that day. :P)
Higher Impact Molded Support Bra in pink.
- Features: GoDry moisture-wicking, removable pads, designed for support.
- Price: $16.50.
- On sale for: $4.99!
Seamless Tank in aqua.
- Features: Seamless, nylon material, GoDry moisture-wicking.
- Price: $19.94
- On sale for: $10
Fitted Capris in black.
- Features: GoDry moisture-wicking and flatlock seams to prevent chafing.
- Price: $29.94
- On sale for: $15
P.S. Yes, that is a security tag that the cashier left on these pants. No, I did not have time to go back to the store and have it removed yet. Yes, I still wore these during my run on Sunday because I really just couldn’t wait to try them.
Fitted Capris in pink and grey.
- Features: Compression; smooth, supportive, and GoDry moisture-wicking.
- Price: $22.94
- On sale for: $15!
Reversible, Boot-cut Compression Pants in purple and black.
- Features: Reversible, interior pockets, compression, & stretch material.
- Price: $26.94
- On sale for: $18
- Price: $10
- Features: Leggins are better for yoga than yoga pants. Also, leggings are better for everyday life than all pants. Jeans or any article of clothing that a normal person would accept as pants are like straightjackets for legs and I refuse to subject my lower limbs to such suffering.
Aside from the fact that Old Navy’s active-wear line is much more affordable than basically any other brand out there (yet still stands up to the test of time!), my favorite part about the clothes is that they come in so many bright colors. Hence why as previously mentioned, they are more fun. (And safer for running in traffic!)
Here’s me wearing my new bright-blue tank for the first time on Saturday. (OK, well it’s under my jacket. It was nice out that day, but not that nice.)
I ran 5 miles to Trader Joe’s and then went food shopping. I had originally planned to wear my new black Old Navy capris on Saturday, but like I mentioned before, the cashier left the security tag on them. In fact, I had actually considered running to Old Navy in them so I could have it removed. But I figured it might be awkward when it came time for me to stick my sweaty ankle up on the counter so they could take it off. Yeah, no… I just can’t really see how that would have worked out well.
However, yesterday I couldn’t wait any longer to go for a run in them. (Yes, they are that nice.) So even though I had no time to bring them back to the store yet, I ran in them anyway. In my mind, these things are the equivalent of a little black dress. Just the perfect thing to wear for any workout. All of Old Navy’s active-wear is on sale until January 16th, so I may have to go back and pick up a few more pairs… Minus the security tags, please!
And, oh look! Can you guess which tank that is sticking out from underneath my bright pink long-sleeve shirt?
You know after writing all about it I just had to wear it yesterday!
And in non-running related purchases that I can actually relate to running (because everything relates to running): Moccasin slippers. (Only $10!)
Because resting tired legs and feet after a run is just as important as the workout itself. And because my sister has the same pair that I steal from her whenever I go home and now I won’t have to do that anymore. 😛
What’s your absolute, number one, favorite piece of activewear that you would wear every single day if you could? (Tweet me a picture of yourself wearing it if you have one! Tag it with #GetYourActiveOn.)
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