Monday, December 1, 2014

8 Ways to Afford Fitness Gear This Winter Season

There are two types of weather people: those who like the changing seasons and those who don’t. Personally, I cannot imagine living some place where the weather is steady all year round. I love the variety that comes with changing temperatures and landscapes. Call me crazy, but I’d get bored with perfect 80 degree days every single day.

 That said, it can be more expensive to live where the seasons change. In Colorado it’s not as if I can wear the same running clothes in December that I wear in July (well I could, but I wouldn’t live to see the next July). Bottom line: a change of seasons means  a change of clothes. So, how can we keep from going bankrupt every time the temperatures drop and rise? Below are some ways to make your transition from wear to cold weather run a bit more affordable.
 beth21miles

1. Pick quality over quantity (even if you have to do laundry more often). You simply need a few basic necessities for cold weather running – a good pair of tights, wool socks, a base upper layer, a windbreaker, gloves and a hat. 
2. Go with a dependable, stylish and affordable option such as Target® C9 gear.  I’ve been wearing this brand for years and find the gear to be comfortable and durable with no compromise on performance or quality. 
3. Get creative and frugal. Make your own arm warmers using a pair of long socks or use wool socks as mittens. Wear Vaseline on your face to protect your skin from the wind.
4. Use what’s already in your closet for layering purposes. If you have a good first performance layer, that is what really counts to pull the sweat off of your body (“wicking”), but keeps you warm.
5. Purchase items that have more than one purpose such as a hat that also can become a balaclava or a windbreaker with removable sleeves.
6. Make your fitness clothes last longer by letting them air dry rather than using the dryer. In the winter air drying also reduces static and can be easier on your electric bill.  
7. Visit a  thrift store. This is a great option when you need clothes to hang out in prior to beginning a race, because you can just discard them when you begin running and warm up.
 8. Shop end of season sales. While it might be a bit late to do this for the 2014 to 2015 winter season, make a note at the end of February to start keeping an eye out for discount clothing for next year’s cold weather running season. Target® C9 has some great online and in-store close out deals.

Do you have any tips for affording winter running gear? Do you prefer to live in a multi or one season climate?

SUAR

 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own.






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  1. Im a runner on a budget and i find buying things off of Ebay really helpful. I live in L.A. but it can get down to the 30s in the winter overnight. When running in the early morning it can be pretty chilly (and Ive turned into a wimp). I've found some really inexpensive but in good shape running tights on ebay. Nothing like scoring Brooks fleece lined tights like new for under $20! I also line dry my gear and that seems to make it last longer as well. Im a fan of C9 too! thanks for the great tips as always!

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  2. The REI Online Outlet has some great deals. I bought most of my Brooks running skorts and capris there for dirt cheap. It's usually last season's stuff so different colors than what's in stores currently, but I'm fine with that.

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  3. I've had good luck finding items at some of the upper scale consignment stores. Found 2 brand new, tags on, sport tanks that I wear all the time. I do love the Target gear but I have also found some very decent clothing at Meijers too. I find that sometimes, the clearance items at places like Dick's are still too expensive.

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  4. These are awesome tips - thank you Beth! And I love C9 gear - it is awesome :)

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  5. I like the end of the season sales. I just scored some awesome summer stuff at REI outlet. I'm on their mailing list, and received an extra 25% everything coupon. I won't lie, I like the name brands... Another great site is The Clymb but shipping can be pricey.

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  6. California native who has only lived in one other state - Hawaii. We like to say that seasons are overrated ;)

    I have some C9 tops and bottoms that are at least a decade old, line dried only, and they are still in great shape.

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  7. TJ Maxx! Almost all of my running and workout attire is from there. Just bought a new pair of lined leggings yesterday as one pair just wasn't cutting it anymore. I think they were $16. I did buy new base layer leggings and shirt from the Columbia outlet recently. There were still spending at $30 each but it has the omni heat and love that. Will be great for x-country skiing and snowshoeing. Would love to find a skirt to cover and keep my butt a little warmer. It was quite cold yesterday.

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  8. I think we all need to get together and have a blogger's clothing swap. I have so much stuff I've ordered that I can't wear, don't care for, doesn't match anything else, etc. It's not worth the trouble to send back!

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    1. That's a GREAT idea. We can do it at my house. I'll have wine.

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  9. I have that same jacket from last year, I wish it had thumbholes, but love it still

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  10. I use my Banana Republic credit card for a lot of my regular purchases (groceries, bills, etc.) - I earn rewards for Athleta stuff so it's like getting really awesome workout gear for free!

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  11. Target's C9 line is great. I haven't tried their winter gear, but their shorts and tank were my choice for my first half. (Summer season sales tend to hit in September.)

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  12. I often buy my running clothes at the Aldi supermarket! You wouldn't think it, but their running clothes are quite good!

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  13. I am originally from Maine. We live in layers. Makes shopping and dressing easier. As cold as it can get, I have even been known to layer socks. I now live in Virginia and find it much harder to dress for the heat. Showing skin after so many years of layers can get a little weird.

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  14. When it comes to winter running, I could care less what I look like! Its not like I am running in a fashion show...I just want to be warm! I layer whatever I have, keep the base moisture wicking and call it a day! I do hate if my feet get cold...cold toes are no joke!!

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  15. I've lived in Michigan, Iowa and now Atlanta, Georgia. This is my first year year here but there seems to be some change in seasons just not as extreme as Iowa and Michigan!

    I love Target C9 stuff. I also do the quality over quantity - I have a couple winter Lululemon shirts that have lasted me quite well. I even took a nasty fall on ice in one top and got a bruised and bloody elbow but NO HOLE IN THE SHIRT! Someone else mentioned using the Banana Republic visa and getting points to spend at Athelta - I do this too. Lastly, I browse but don't buy unless I see a good sale. Like yesterday, all Reebok running pants were half off at Dicks Sporting online so I got some of them!

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  16. I'm laughing b/c I posted a similar (but not as good) post for Women's Running early this week!

    I have to get better at air drying my running clothes. I'm always too lazy to go through the wash and so just toss everything into the dryer. :/

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  17. I had good luck finding cheap warm tights at Marshall's and TJ Max. I used Sierra Trading Post to get my Smart Wool Mid weight top on sale. That thing rocks. Can wear it for days in a row with no stink, pull the sleeves down over my hands when cold and it is warm and wicking.

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