I've become one of those women. I'm a lycra-clad, visor-sporting, ponytail-wearing mom who struts around town in glorified pajamas. I used to look at those women and think, "Can't you do better than that? Maybe a pair of jeans or a flowy skirt?" Stretchy pants were for yoga class, NOT for the daily grind. Oh, but how misdirected I was.
Because I spend so much time training, my wardrobe has morphed into what looks like the clearance rack at Sports Authority. I now own more running shorts and yoga pants than I do jeans and shorts. In my dresser drawers you will find more sports bras than actual attractive bras, along with more workout and race shirts than actual blouses whose function is to be stylish and flatter my figure. My shoe rack sports approximately 9 pairs of running shoes - most are too worn out to run in - and just as many flip flops. My cute work shoe wardrobe, oh I have some great shoes, sits lonely in the corner collecting dust, my dark brown faux suede ankle boots, my beautiful gray faux leather riding boots, and my 3-inch black Mary Janes have all been mercilessly overshadowed by shoes that I now refer to lovingly by pet names such as Cadies (my Brooks PureCadence), Ravers (my Brooks Ravennas), Old Faithful (my Brooks Adrenaline 9, still my favorite shoes ever), and my Sweat Hogs (my Asics Gel Lyte 33 minimal shoes). I own 6 pairs of swimming goggles: tinted, clear, racers, green, blue, and purple, and I have about 15 pieces of tri clothes, including 3 full suits and multiple separates. Plus, there are the cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, swim suits, blah blah blah.
My days as of late are spent working out, writing, driving, and waiting. I quit my job to do this, and I don't have any regrets about the decision. For about 5-6 hours out of every day, I drive my children to every corner of town multiple times, and then I wait for them so that I can drive them to yet another location. Nothing I do requires me to wear my cute army green sleeveless cute cargo vest with my black ankle pants, and it is pointless to sit in a car while wearing my navy blue belted dress that always reminded me of Mary Tyler Moore when I wore it.
So here I am today with a wardrobe that has evolved out of both hobby and function. I find myself without makeup most days, hair pulled tautly back in a ponytail, and sporting very black and very stretchy yoga pants. Some days I miss playing dress up, and exchanging words with others about my cute shoes or where I found my moonstone drop earrings. But most days, I just want to be comfortable.
My new work wardrobe is that of mom on the run, wannabe athlete, and always 5 minutes behind schedule. It's life, and I'm living it every day. In stretchy pants.