Running on a Budget: An unlikely running clothes find!
Sometimes you just have to be creative to support your running habit.I am currently a medical resident, which means I spent 4 years taking out an obscene amount of money from the government to pay for my school — which I refer to as my “Obama dollars.” While I do get paid to work now, there’s a lot of catching up to do.
Because of this, I have always shopped on a budget and looked for a good deal. That means most of my running clothes are race shirts or things I found on sale – big time sale.
I am also creative. Before the dawn of women’s cut race shirts, I would take those boxy men’s tech shirts and cut off the short sleeves and around the neck. Sure I would run around looking like Rambo, but it made those race shirts cooler and more comfortable to run in.
Be gone those boxy sleeves & crowded necklines!
I also have had luck finding gems of running clothes in unlikely places, like Kroger! Yes, the grocery store. My Kroger recently remodeled and added a clothing and shoe section. Intrigued, I browsed and saw a really cute purple winter running pullover jacket by Cascade Sports — not a brand at the local running store for sure.
It is dry fit with a fleece lining. The sleeves are long with thumb holes and the length of the jacket is long too, so you get butt coverage! It also has a front pocket, which I can throw my gloves in if my hands get too warm.
The only downside is that it runs small. I bought a medium, and it fits snug with another long sleeve shirt underneath, so if you can find it, I would size up.
And it was 30% off! My total was like $24 dollars and some change! Talk about kind to the budget, and it is now my favorite winter running jacket! I’ll probably be going back and picking out another one in another color….
But seriously people a dry fit jacket with a warm lining and thumb holes for less than $25!!!
What’s your favorite random running gear find?