Is there as caste system for running clothes?

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When I first started running, like so many others, I put on an old t-shirt from my husband, and some once-white jogging pants. My whole outfit screamed: 'Don't mind me, I knów I'm just a beginner!'

Real running clothes 'above my station'

At the time I felt real running clothes, the wicking kind, were 'above my station'. My station being: Beginners Central. I didn't want to be one of thóse runners. The ones who dress like the Kenyans, when really they huff and puff their way through a onemiler. I felt I had to prove myself as a runner first.

Do not apply beginner's humility to your shoes

Unfortunately I applied this humbling principle to my shoes too, which were an old pair I found at the back of my closet. Before long, my knees started acting up, so I got myself a pair of real running shoes way faster than I ran at the time! Because being humble is all very well, but as a runner you shouldn't skimp on your footwear.

Real Runner's Station

I've been a runner now for ten years, and I feel I have reached the point of Real Runner's Station. I allow myself cute running skirts, and wicked wicking tops. I no longer feel they are above my station! But I have no illusions, nor aspirations, to reach the highest running caste, that of the Kenyans.

Because I don't like their outfits!

Do you feel there's a kind of 'caste system' for running clothes?
What was your very first running outfit like?
And what do you wear now?

4 comments:

  1. Yes I have upgraded mightily as well, no more cotton shorts and tees, or sweatshirts, it is all technical now and about looking cute at races.

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  2. This is so funny and so true . . . I ran in old, t-shirts and sweatpants when I first started because I do didn't want to be a "runner," but just last week bought my first running skirt and only wear "official" running clothes now :)

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  3. Good for you! It's strange how you kind of feel like you have to earn the right to wear 'real' running clothes isn't it?

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  4. Yes, you are right, We should not apply beginner's humility to our shoes and as a runner we shouldn't skimp on our footwear. Thanks
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