Since I’m new to this whole “running” thing – I don’t have a lot of what other half-marathon trainers would consider to be necessities. Like cold-weather running gear, or a watch, or a way to hydrate as I train. But – I don’t really want to go out and spend money on that type of thing when I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stick with the program. It would be like me to spend $200 on gear and sit on my ass the rest of the year watching re-runs of Little House on the Prairie.
I have told myself that for every week I complete training, I can buy one running accessory. I completed week one last week with my 6 mile long run, so I was going to buy some running pants for my 5k today because it’s getting too cold to run in shorts.
I didn’t get around to doing it this week – so I went last night to Fleet Feet to buy a pair.
The second I walked in, I knew I was in trouble. First off? I was so insecure and felt so out-of-place. This is a store for runners, not for wannabes like me! I was afraid they could spot me as a novice from a mile away. There were t-shirts for 50Ks framed by the shoes (FIFTY KILOMETERS? ARE THEY CRAZY?) as well as posters signed by dread-locked trail runners (Brandon Sybrowsky) on the walls. They had a video/treadmill set-up so you could analyze your run. THESE PEOPLE ARE SERIOUS. And I felt uncomfortable, to say the least.
Of course, it was all in my head because the guy that helped me was super nice and didn’t laugh at me when I said I need running pants for cold weather and asked about the one brand I had heard about on some poster. He politely suggested that I try something else because those were for really cold weather and that around here, I’d be good with something else.
He also didn’t mock me when my jaw dropped to the floor because those pants were SIXTY DOLLARS. WHAT THE HELL? And you know? They were the cheaper of the choices. Somehow, I spent $60 on the pants Sandy wore at the end of Grease. And in case you haven’t noticed, I do not have her same body.
Oddly enough, though, they don’t make me feel as self-conscious as I thought they would. If anything, I feel more like I’m wearing an actual runner’s uniform so that I don’t feel like I’ll stick out so bad at this race. And they are comfy. And my brother swore to me that they are a good investment. The cheaper once don’t hold up as well, evidently. We’ll see how they do today. It’s cold as hell right now, 37F, so if they keep me warm, it will be worth it.
I can not believe I now own skin-tight running pants. Who am I?