A Rainbow in My Closet
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My Obsession with Running Clothes
I absolutely love living in Montana. One of the best things about being here is the change of seasons. As summer gives way to fall, I just love the vibrant gold and red leaves against the deep blue sky. Well I used to anyway, and to some extent I can still see that, or at least my memory sight does. It’s not only the subdued lighting and dynamic colors that I love, but the air feels different. It has a crisp, fresh feel to it…sweater weather.
It also smells different. With a hint of wood smoke and apples, it brings back sweet memories of raking the yard to jump in the leaves, school days, and the anticipation of Halloween.
As much as I love the change of seasons, I must admit, my running always suffers a bit. The problem lies with my running apparel. Okay I know it sounds silly, but it’s all about transitioning. One day I’m wearing my shorts and a tank top, and then, poof, the next day I’m not sure what to wear. My routine is disrupted. I usually lay out what I will wear for my run the next day as I’m getting ready for bed. This preparation the night before nearly always ensures that I will actually get my butt out of bed to run.
I have a large selection of running shorts and shirts to choose from. Oops, did I say “large” selection? Perhaps the fact that I own over 50 running tops and probably a slightly smaller quantity of running shorts and tights, qualifies me for the “extra-extra-large” category regarding my selection and variety of running clothes. Magnificent Abundance – Gotta love that.
I do have a rainbow in my closet. It’s this need to be color coordinated; I don’t know where that stems from. Okay, yes I do. I get it from my mother, who has to be matched and coordinated right down to her shoe laces. But besides my color coordination fixation, having a wide selection of colors to choose from is the way I keep myself energized and excited to get up and run. The concept of a new pair of running shorts or shirt can keep me going for a week. Sometimes months, if I really like them.
Yes, you could say it is an obsession of sorts. My friends and family used to give me a hard time about how much running apparel I had, wondering why I needed more. Once I explained that new running clothes keep me motivated, I don’t get nearly as much grief about it. So the downside of my treasure trove of choices is that I have a harder time deciding what to wear. Not truly a downside, but a consideration, nonetheless.
Eventually I get the hang of the transition from summer to the fall season, and how to dress for it. More layering is required. I don’t like to be too hot while running, but it’s better to be able to take something off than to get too cold. Getting chilled causes problems like injuries or illness, not to mention, having to cut my run short due to inadequate forethought and preparation.
Now, after writing this blog post, I’m thinking it’s time for a trip to my favorite local running store for some socks or a new running top maybe? I’m going to need to transition to long sleeves here soon. Or maybe a lightweight jacket? I’m thinking a new one in red would be a good choice.
How ‘bout it?
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