Good call

May 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I think I made the right choice in skipping my run this morning.  After work, this familiar site came peeking through the trees.

Well, hello Mr. Sun.  Haven’t seen you around here lately. 🙂

Sam met up with me for a quick three-miler on the ol’ bike path.  We followed a familiar route from our half marathon training days and ran free of iPhones or GPS trackers.  It was awesome.  I read in Runner’s World a while back that you should aim for one run and make it a free, peaceful run.  Ditch the heart rate monitor, leave the Garmin behind and tell your iPod to take the day off.  I had a fabulous run today and I think it was because I wasn’t concentrating on pace or song or anything other than keeping up a slightly breathless conversation with my hubby.

Good running partners motivate you ;).  Towards the end, Sam started speeding up, then I sped up to keep up, then he started sprinting, then I busted it out full force and we tore across the “finish line”.  What a nice way to end a run.

Notice my outfit?  We all know I can be a little (okay, a lot) thrifty.  Hello, Aldi is a regular on my grocery shopping route.  My running clothes are no exception to my desire to save a buck.  When I started running regularly, the possible cost of clothes overwhelmed me.  My eyes bugged out at the price tag on a DryFit t-shirt or (in the winter months) a pair of compression tights.  I want to pass on my “secrets” to finding inexpensive running (and exercise) clothes:

🙂 Check TJ Maxx and Marshalls for good deals on moisture wicking shirts and running shorts.  I scored a NikeFit cold compression top for $17 at TJ Maxx and I know it was probably originally $50-60.  Score!

🙂 Target carries the Champion line of clothes at pretty reasonable prices.  My cold weather running tights are from Target (yes, those sexy hot-pink striped leggings — you know you’re jealous!) and they carried me through 17 degree-weather runs.  I think they cost $25.  That’s like a quarter for every run I used them.  My pocketbook loves that.

🙂 Check outlet stores.  My favorite running shorts are from the Champion outlet — $15!  Sam got a Nike top at the outlets that was basically 75% off.  My regular running socks were another score at the outlets.  Bingo.

🙂 It’s not all about name brands.  The shirt I’m wearing in this picture (from our run tonight) was bought at Walmart.

It’s moisture-wicking (obviously — check out that belly sweat!), has a shelf bra built in, a racer back that mirrors my sports bra lines (so I’ll only have ONE set of weirdo tan lines come summer ;)) AND…

a media pocket, perfectly sized for an iPod shuffle.  Now, if only I had one. 😉  I feel like that shirt is an awesome deal for $7.  Yep.  Just 7 tacos.  You can afford more than one at that price.  I bought two.

🙂 Finally, if this is something you’re going to stick with, buy out of season.  Shop those “end of the summer” clearance racks.  Grab a pair of shorts to tuck away for next year or get a cold weather top when it’s starting to feel more like spring.  It will be like Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa for you in the coming months when you open up those boxes and say, “I forgot I bought that!  AND I got a great deal!”

Just a few tips I thought I’d pass on — from my cheapskate wallet to yours.  It’s not rocket science, but it’s helpful. 🙂

Tonight was one of those nights where you come home, look in the fridge…

and decide you’re eating oatmeal for dinner.  Sorry, it’s kind of an uninspiring night food-wise.  We’ve all been there.

I ate a double batch of Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats with half a can of blueberries (rinsed of their “light syrup”) and a tablespoon of PB.  Mmm.  Melty.

It filled my tummy right up — just what I needed after such a good run.

A shower is in order (peee-uuuu) and then a little reading before bed.  I’m digging into What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell.  Ever heard of it?


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  1. Love the shopping tips! I am always looking for a deal on everything! Is Aldi worth it? I have never been, but always wondered if it is really less expensive. I always work out alone. I can’t get my husband to do what I do. He calls it jazzercise, even though it is not! Oh well, I work out to my DVR, so I guess I am not completely alone. Glad to see someone else do a double batch of oats for dinner! I do that all the time!

    • Hi there — I wrote about Aldi in my post today, but YES! It’s worth it!
      Too bad your hubby won’t “jazzercize” it up with you ;). He might be surprised it’s harder than it looks. I tried to get Sam to do yogAHHH once. He decided it wasn’t for him after about three minutes.
      You win some you lose some. As long as you’re exercising, it’s all good :)!

  2. Great tips! I’m the same way you are. I am always looking to save money any way I can.

  3. I love your shopping tips. I also found that Kohl’s has pretty decent workout wear too, at least when they are having a sale you can load up on the goods! I never buy my running gear (besides shoes) at a running store – it’s almost always WAY over priced.

    Oh and I have to agree that it’s nice to do a free run every now and then. A run that isn’t timed, isn’t distracted… it’s really freeing!

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