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I'm going to keep it totally real here... as I've said more times than anybody cares to hear, I'm a divorced mom, with shared custody of my son, so I'm on my own for all expenses for both of us. We are not starving, but you won't see me running to a Lululemon store anytime soon, or to many other expensive stores for that matter.
Running can get to be pretty expensive solo sport, starting with shoes, fancy *blister preventing* socks, compression socks, race registrations, tech shirts, leggings, Nuun, sport bras... the list goes on, and prices add up. But I don't agree with needing expensive stuff to run. Running in Walmart shorts is just as efficient as running on Lululemon shorts.
Here are some of my favorite places to buy gear for running, zumba and weigh work outs.
FavoritesUnder Armour Outlet- The Clearance Rack-
There is an Under Armour outlet store in Hershey PA, one that we have to stop at whenever we are near it... like 20 miles near it. I have bought some pretty awesome layered leggings, socks, shirts, pants for my son and lined light jackets for very cheap prices. The truth is that I can't go there without buying something.
|My $20 running layered leggings|
I like their sizes, and their fabrics. I don't have to second guess if something is going to fit me, unlike other stores.... I'm looking at you Target... or if the fabric will fray or fade.
|My $20 Nike Free sneakers|
|$30 first pair of Nike Free and $5 compression sleeves|
Another store that I can't go in without buying something. It happens EVERYTIME ! Last summer we went in to *look* at sneakers for kids, and ended up finding what would become my favorite running shoes, Nike Free, for $30! Later that year, I found another pair of Nike Frees for $20!
TJ-Maxx and Marshalls
I put them together, because they are almost the same store. Some days TJ has more selections, some day Marshalls has more stuff in clearance. I would say 60% of my work out gear comes from there.
Fleet Feet Mechanicsburg
There are things that despite the price, I will only get a Fleet feet. The owners, Fred and Shelby are very nice to everybody who comes, and always supportive of everybody in all running levels. Sometimes I mostly go there for the extra support. Things I buy only there : Nuun, lock laces, fancy anti-blister socks.
Hit or Miss, but Love their prices
For me Old Navy is hit or miss, but the few things I have from there are favorites. Their leggings are comfy and durable, their sports bras come in really cool colors.
|My favorite Old Navy Leggings, very light and comfortable|
I love Target, I have said before that if Target doesn't have something, I don't really need it. But when it comes to their Sports apparel, the women's section is always lacking. Their sizes change from one color to the next, their fabric can be great for one items, and sucks for another. But their prices keep me checking back for sales.
|My current favorite light tech shirt from Target|
|I wear this shirt to work, under by jacket|
Their women sizes don't fit me, but I've found some pretty awesome shorts in the Girls section, for great prices. I'm going back to stock up on shorts!
|My $5 shorts from Walmart are my favorite pair|