I actually made this purchase a couple weeks ago, but I keep forgetting to write about it! This spending log is taking some getting used to, and I only have two entries! Oh, the woes of a naturally disorganized person, haha.
minimal marathoner Marathon Spending Log: purchases as of 11/18/2016
Race Fee: $195.00.
The cost to officially register for my goal race, the Chicago Marathon.
Clothing to use for training
Notes: So, after hundreds of dollars and several uncomfortable summer runs, I have finally admitted the truth: I, Hanna, have a shorts problem.
No, I don’t mean that I can’t stop myself from buying shorts. I mean, I can’t stop myself from buying shorts that are uncomfortable, ill-fitted and not flattering because I continue to entertain the delusion that what looks good on other women will look good on me too.
The popular style of women’s running shorts these days is just not a good fit for my body type. I have that winning combination of long legs and wide hips that makes short shorts look like underwear on me. Not only that, but they uncomfortably bunch up on me while I run in them, and I’m constantly paranoid that my butt is hanging out. I considered that it was an issue of incorrect sizing, but I’ve repeatedly had this problem with short shorts – both running shorts and regular shorts. They seem to fit fine just putting them on, but once I become active in them, they are not comfortable at all.
So why do I keep buying them? Because they’re sooooo cute and soooo stylish, of course! The materials are amazing and I feel so sleek and, uh, runner-y in all these brand-name clothes!
But then I catch myself in a mirror or a race photo and suddenly those soooo cute shorts are just sooooo….short. Yikes. Thighs for days! And the bunching up is just awkward.
I have two pair of (expensive) Lululemon shorts. I love them – they really are soooo cute. I love the patterns, the colors, the soft flexible materials. But, my journey into a more minimalist running life has opened my eyes to the fact that cute and stylish are not more important than being comfortable and wearing things that feel more appropriate for my body type.
So, I am (painfully) getting rid of my Lululemon shorts, and replacing them with shorts that that look and fit better on me. That means a little more length and a little more room to breathe. I already have a pair of black Oiselle rogas I bought a while back, and I decided I would probably need another pair since I will be training in the heat and humidity of summer, meaning a LOT of running in shorts.
I was tempted to get another pair of rogas in a different color, because they are great shorts and I like them a lot. But then I thought of this spending log, and my journey to a more minimalist lifestyle, and the crazy amount of money I already spent just to register for Chicago. While I wouldn’t be saving big bucks by buying cheaper off-brand shorts, every dollar makes a difference toward that final total in my spending log, and those purchases we all justify by saying we would only be saving “a LITTLE money” add up really, really fast.
So I clicked out of oiselle.com, and instead of spending $46 on shorts, I went to Target and bought a pair for $16.99. And I am now good on shorts for the summer, I think.
During the colder months I’ll still be rockin’ my cute tights, but as I go through another workout wardrobe purge, shedding things I never wear and/or are not comfortable and replacing them with fewer and more practical items, it’s looking more and more like I will train for my next marathon dressed more like a high schooler in gym class than a fashionable 30-year-old women.
I think this reflects not just a shift to a more minimalist style, but also that I am not basing as much of my identity on running as I used to.
Besides, I already look like I got hit by a train when I’m running – cute clothes couldn’t fix that before, and they still can’t. Bring on my summer of plainness!