I've been "running" for 14 years with varying degrees of seriousness. It all started my freshman year in high school when I joined our Winter Indoor Track Team. For the first meet, I realized I needed a real sports bra.
"How were you working out with the team without one to begin with???"
So that I wasn't laughed out of the meet, my mom and I went to the local running store and bought a black size S Champion sports bra. This was back in the dark ages of running when choices were simple: Black, White, or Blue? Champion or Nike? There were none of these boob-separating, padded, underwire, fancy pants choices of today.
I ran that season alternating two black and one blue sports bras. I always raced in the black one. It was good luck!
The black one? Close. The blue one. Just did my repeat miles in my vintage 1998 bra. (went ok...6:40, 6:35, 6:31, 6:25 TM 1% incline, 3 mins rest. Sounds good, but it's all hearsay until I perform at a race).
I've got other running items that I've had for several years too long as well. I race 50% of the time in these baggy adidas shorts I bought in college when I was a few lbs heavier. They aren't even running shorts I don't think. But they get the job done.
I know my sports gear hoarding goes against all advice. Especially the sports bra hoarding. For example, this random article on RW says replace three of them for every one pair of running shoes? Um no thanks. That's like a billion dollars a year.
I feel like these pieces of clothing are still getting the job done, contrary to what seems logical. The shorts are still staying on, and the sports bras are still uhh....strapping those puppies down. And that's really all I want.
And I love the history and memories associated with them. Black sports bra was with me when I broke 6 in the mile, when I ran my first marathon, and when I qualified for Boston. It was also there for every frustrating workout or bad run, and those are valuable memories too.
Is it time to say goodbye to some of this stuff? Yeah sure. But I'm not ready to, so as long as I'm feeling the ...uhhh...support....they are here to stay :).
Do you have any clothes or sports stuff you've had a billion years and still use?
Do you think I'm cray-cray to still be wearing this stuff?