Entering Retirement

I like to wear things for forever. More than a 1/2 dozen items in my closet were purchased in high school with my Cheesecake Factory paycheck. In my early twenties, my dog ingested one of my favorite running socks. I found it in his “BM”, washed it, washed it again, and wore that discolored sock for a couple more years.

You have heard about my trusty, blue visor before and Lord knows y’all have seen it on Instagram…

Trusty ole blue

Trusty ole blue

I bought this special number (Nike Feather Light Women’s Visor) over 10 years ago and it has been such a trusty friend. I bet it’s been through the wash over 500 times. Lately, when it heats up (which is every time I wear it) it gets SO stinky. Think of how your stinkiest crevice smells post workout and then multiply that stank by 10. I know, disgusting. Other than the stank, she is in mint condition though – no fading, no rips, no tears. I bet I could get 10 more years out of her, if only I could handle smelling like trash. Which I can’t.

It’s time to force her into retirement… which means the dumpster. This gal has been ridden hard and put away wet – I really cannot pass her on to anyone.

I just pulled the trigger and ordered a replacement. I’m sticking with the Nike Feather Light Visor because, well, I love it. While she is technically a “tennis visor” I think her true calling was as a runner. This time around, I opted for the more versatile black (#boring). I cannot wait to meet her in 7-10 business days.

Welcome to the family!

What is the longest that you have held on to an item of workout wear/gear?

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    natjtan
    01/18/2014 at 10:23 am

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    laydeevivi
    01/20/2014 at 12:42 pm

    You are funny, but I understand your need to hold onto these dear items. I can’t say I’ve had any piece of workout gear for 10 years as I’ve only been in the game for around 4.
    I’m a bit of a Nike whore/snob. Whilst I do enjoy wearing other brands, most of my wardrobe consists of Nike. I have a bit of an addiction to their men’s t-shirts with the funny one liners (well funny to me and that’s all that matters lol) and because most are in black they tend to fade quickly and look like crap. Most normally people would bin them but I keep them for around the house or to wear to bed, even when they’re filled with holes and look like Swiss cheese.
    I also own a pair of Nike FlyKnit shoes, I was so obsessed with them but kept putting small holes through them where my big toe is. Again, I didn’t throw them out but kept stitching up the holes which would tear again and then I would sew up again etc. I also throw my shoes into the washing machine over and over again (but that’s just my constant need to have everything clean).

    I did own a crop top that would develop that smell after a workout. Is wash it and it would be fine and then as soon as I broke a sweat it was ‘hot trash city’. I didn’t throw it out, I just wore it at home and still have it 3 years on even though it offers zero support to my girls.

    Sorry about the long winded reply. 🙂

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      hellodaynatalie
      01/20/2014 at 1:50 pm

      We have a few things in common! How do you like the FlyKnits? Im considering adding to my Free collection and those are one of my options.
      PS. do you by chance own a FuelBand?

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        laydeevivi
        01/21/2014 at 1:57 am

        The first pair of FlyKnits were great, they were from the first release, apparently 80grams lighter (sorry I only know metric) than the Free’s. The only problem was the holes I was making near my big toe. I have been a BIG Free Run lover for the past 2 years and they have been the most comfortable shoe I have worn, more comfortable than the FlyKnit (in my opinion). I just recently received a pair of the just released AirMax FlyKnits and they are quite comfortable even though they are slightly heavier than my Free’s and the stitching seems stronger with a reinforced panel near the big toe, plus they’re super cute.
        No I don’t own a FuelBand, they’re a bit too expensive and I already have a heart rate monitor that collects dust lol.

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