One of my resolutions for 2014 was to Generally Act Like a Grown-Up, something I hadn't really been successful in achieving in my 30-something years on earth. Over the past year, I've learned exactly what that means to me, including:
- Going to bed at a reasonable time and waking up more than 10 minutes before I need to leave for work (you can only sneak into the office bathroom to put on your makeup and brush your teeth so many times)
- Making regular trips to the grocery store so there are ingredients for meals (several of them each day!); Cheez-its and marshmallows are not appropriate for dinner
- Getting my sweat on once a day (at least!) -- my brain just works better when I do
I hit the gym every morning and I often walk a few miles after dinner, so I need plenty of cute/stretchy/sop-up-the-sweat pieces in my wardrobe. I've tried a lot of different brands, and by far my favorite is C9 by Champion, which can be found at Target.
The C9 line is a great bargain but more importantly, a great value. These pieces are super flattering and hold up to sweaty workouts and multiple washes (a small caveat: the hot pink items I've purchased tend to bleed; I just hand wash them because I love a bright pink, but choose any other color if you don't want the extra maintenance). And right now, they're on sale! The whole line is 10-20% off, and there are some additional coupons: $5 of a $30 purchase or $10 off a $50 purchase.
Tonight I headed to my local Target and picked up 2 favorites:
C9 Women's Seamless Tee -- regularly $25, on sale for $20
This is my favorite running top, hands down. Very similar to the popular Lululemon Run Swiftly tee for a fraction of the price. I have it in 3 colors and picked up Shadow, a really pretty pale blue color (it is actually a bit more robin's egg than it appears in the photo). Can't wait to take it for a spin!
C9 Women's Seamless Racerback Bra -- regularly $16.99, on sale for $10 (or less)
And here's my favorite sports bra. I just can't stomach paying $40, $50, or $60 for an item that is meant to be soaked in boob sweat, so the price is more than right here. Cute, supportive, and available in tons of colors -- this is a great find. I picked up the Black Heather color as a treat for myself as I'll be running my first half marathon this weekend (eek!). The girls will be well-supported for all 13.1 miles...I hope the rest of me survives!
You'll note that the total here came to exactly $30, so I used the extra coupon to bring the cost down to $25 -- a total steal. I'll wear each of these 1-2x a week for a year or more, so the cost per wear will be tiny.
January is a GREAT time to find deals on activewear -- Old Navy, Gap, and Anthropologie are running sales right now -- so don't forget to stock up on your favorites!