When you get dressed for your run and look in the mirror, what do you see? A wall of one note only gear, a perfectly matched outfit down to your socks or a mish-mash of brands and colors?
In Kathrine Switzer's book Marathon Woman, she often describes her running apparel because she was determined to look like a woman while she was running, partly to dash the preconceptions about women runners in the '60's and '70's (she was just as much a woman as she was a runner) but also because there just weren't many options for running clothes at that time, especially for women. For her first cross country practice at Syracuse University, she wore a pair of slacks and a long sleeve blouse. Fast forward a few decades and the National Sporting Goods Association reported that in 2009 running shoe sales were greater than $2.36 billion and running apparel purchases totalled $883 million (actually, a 3% decrease from '08). While it's possible to run in just about anything, collectively, we spend a lot of money on our gear.
today's workout -
3x12 leg press
3x10 weighted side bends