When you are a fitness enthusiast, you amass a lot of activewear. Maybe you’re even like me and buy more activewear than any other type of clothing (even if you aren’t a fitness instructor). With all the different kinds of fitness activities available, the clothing options available are plentiful (and some are even reasonably priced) but we all have our favorites, the pieces of activewear that we keep no matter what. Even if we don’t use them, we have sentimental favorite pieces of activewear and today, I’m going to share mine but I’d really like to know about the one (or two) pieces of activewear that you’ve had the longest and why.
My two vintage pieces of activewear are my IronGirl cap and my Hind Leggings. Both of these items are over 15 years old. They were integral to training and completing my first and only 26.2 in 1999 (as you can see below) and I can’t bear to part with them.
I remember buying that Iron Girl hat and feeling like I was finally a runner. Iron Girl was not the brand it is now but just seeing the name “Iron Girl” made me feel powerful. Training for a marathon was hard work. I did it as a bucket list item and rationalized that running a race for charity was a good way to get myself in shape. My heart was in the right place but my head was not. I did not love running or training but I was determined to finish what I had started – even if it was 26.2 miles (and all the miles beforehand during training). I keep my Iron Girl hat to remind myself of the time, energy and effort I put into that marathon. You really do give up a part of your life when you train for a marathon. That hat is also a symbol of how far I’ve come not only as runner but as a person.
The Hind leggings were a gift and they were more expensive than I ever would have spent on my 29 year old self. My very thoughtful friend, however, knew I was training during the winter and she always knew how to buy gifts for the people she loved most. These cold weather leggings don’t get much use in Los Angeles but they stay in my activewear drawer because they remind me of that very special friend and our friendship.
Like the word “vintage”, the quality of these pieces of activewear have gone beyond their intended lifespan. Maybe it’s bizarre to allow these pieces of vintage activewear to take up room in my overcrowded drawer but even after a cross-country move (and current clothing purge), they are not going into storage or anywhere else. I’ll continue to buy more clothes for my #fitnesscloset (PavementRunner did a link-up last year about What’s In Your Fitness Closet and it inspired this post) but these vintage pieces will always have a special place in my heart.
I’d really love to know what your favorite piece of vintage activewear is and why. Please either let me know in the comments or write a post and maybe I’ll start a link up.