Day 5: Collabor Active Wear
There’s this time I left the house at 5:30am in a resplendent green Under Amour hoodie, ankle length tights and Adidas Cloudfoam sneakers. It was freezing cold with a possibility of a cloudburst so I had to be warm, much as I don’t like dressing up in heavy gear while running. Usually, I end up exuding heat by the second kilometre, so I find myself having to take off whatever warm thing I am wearing and tying it around my waist.
This particular morning, the script was not any different. I was doing my run in the neck of the woods. By the time I got to the Shell at the arboretum which marks four kilometres into my run, I was giving off excessive heat enough to light up Kiambu county. I was also sweating profusely and the hoodie was so wet like I had just stepped out of the shower and used it to wipe myself. The fabric of the hoodie was this desperately absorbent kind which would do well as a floor rug! Worse still, it was somewhat tight around my armpits and whenever I moved my arms (of course we all move our arms when running) it would rub against them and the friction left me sore.
The reason I still had it on is because all the way from kilometre one, I struggled to remove it as I continued running with no success. The neck area was quite narrow. I didn’t want to stop and mess up my momentum because it was one of those days I was on fire and doing a long run. I persevered the entire 16 kilometres but by the time I got home, that run had done me more harm than good. I was overly dehydrated, dizzy and one of my armpits was bleeding. All because of a gorgeous green Under Amour hoodie.
I have had my drama with running shoes as well before I figured out that I needed to buy shoes that were a size bigger than my normal wear. I am a size 5/38. I ran my first half marathon (Stanchart 2016) in a pair of New Balance sneakers size 5.5. By the time I got to 18 kilometres, I felt like my big toes were bleeding. They were not, but the pain was unimaginable. Two weeks later, both big toe nails came off. The horror! If you intend to take up running seriously which means you will be running at the very least every week, you have to invest in brand new shoes specific to your running needs. Shortcuts will always cost you injuries, including the infamous runners knee (which I also suffered from) where the knee constantly hurts while running. Save up and buy proper running shoes.
Through tough experience, I have learnt the importance of investing in comfortable running gear. I used to buy them second-hand but with time, I realised there’s a reason the initial owner had given the clothing out. While some of them look fashionable and well maintained, you end up getting disappointed after wearing them a number of times. The fabric is no longer rich and the pants or tops lose their elasticity. Also, if it means paying an extra buck for something new and cosy with the perfect fit then why not? You don’t have to spend so much money on the really famous brands which I have come to realise are sometimes unnecessarily overpriced just because of the logo. There are numerous fashionable and good quality but less hyped sports brands out there. You just need to do your research.
So now comes the big question that I get asked every so often. Where can one buy affordable running gear in Kenya? I came across Collabor Active Wear (CAW) mid this year through one of the many friends I have made in my running journey. At Karura, we met at the parking lot and she seemed ready to set off alone. I had seen her run at impressive speeds in the past so I asked her to join us. Afterwards, over breakfast, I was whining about how my package from Amazon had taken over a month to arrive yet I was hoping to have new gear for the marathon. She told me about CAW. I have since tried their tights, capri pants and tops and they are amazingly snuggly, with this velvety feel that makes you want to pile them in a lump and cuddle them on lonely nights. I kid you not. I don’t own any clothing, fitness or otherwise, whose fabric is as rich as the items I have from CAW.
They are currently running a Christmas sale until end of December. Ladies, you can find shorts, tops and capri pants for as low as Ksh 500 which really, if truth be told, is how much most people buy the second-hand ones for, if not more! Gentlemen, this store also has your back with jerseys for as low as Ksh 750 and joggers for Ksh 1,000. You really have no reason to not look your best at the gym and on the trail next year!
We have partnered with CAW to award one of our readers today with a Ksh 5,000 voucher from their store. All you need to do is drop a comment below telling us what sport you are passionate about and why. If you are those always planning to take up a fitness activity but is yet to, you can also drop a comment and tell us your struggles. As usual, make sure you are subscribed to this blog, following my Instagram account and that of Collabor Active Wear.
I am sorry that this post did not go up at 6:00am. We spent the entire afternoon shooting yesterday, got home at 9:00pm and I had no ounce of energy left in me to write. I will also read your comments on Day 4’s giveaway and post the winner at midday today so look out for that.
This shoot took place at the gymnasium and poolside of Eka Hotel who by the way will be giving away something incredible to one of you guys next week so stay tuned. Just when you thought the #limissbelle12daysofchristmas giveaway had reached its climax we reel in more fantastic sponsors. We are those guys hehe. Thank you to the management of Eka Hotel for opening up their establishment to us yesterday and treating us like the royalties we are not but pretend to be 🙂 They will also be giving you guys a chance to win something incredible next week so stay tuned.
See you here tomorrow at 6:00am!