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Back when I starting running there were no GPS watches, hardly any technical clothing and no social media support group. How did I survive those conditions? Easily and not so easily. There are certainly things I welcome—GPS and technical gear—and other things I wish would go away—constant comparisons on social media and ridiculous bling—but, there are quite a few old school running things that have stood the test of time.
Of course there have been changes in the way athletes train, eat and hydrate over the years but, some of the oldest advice is still the best:
- Start the beginning of a race slower and work up to race pace
- Take walking breaks
- Running is not bad for your knees
Singlets (And Pins!)
Old school track styles have been making a comeback lately, mostly in terms of cool singlets.
The Waffle Shoe
Nike abandoned the old waffle iron long ago but, the traditional running shoe still has one foot (ha!) in the past in the way some of their soles are still crafted.
According to an article from Business Insider, “Four decades later, Nike is a global sneaker powerhouse with $28 billion in annual sales. And the company still makes Waffle Trainers.”
In the 70s it was Pre:
Today we have Droddy:
Patterned Running Tights
All the rage in the 90s, wild patterns on women’s running tights have made a comeback! Companies like Spandits and DanaLouFIT are bringing the fun back to running tights, capris and skirts with bold, colorful and slightly dizzying patterns to spice up any run.
Let’s just hope the big hair trend stays back where it belongs.