Play clothes vs professional clothes

I was in a slot canyon and it was getting narrower and narrower. I looked down at my nice brown boots I had gotten at Ross for $25. They were meant more for the workplace. Hopefully, they wouldn’t get too scuffed up.

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The good news? They were already scuffed up. I’d worn these boots all winter long. They’d helped me navigate gravelly and slushy parking lots.

Usually when I work out or hike, I have very specific clothes for the occasion. You know, the usual: sports bra, underwear, leggings, tank top, trail running shoes. I don’t often wear anything outside of the norm.

When our friends invited me and Austin to go to Snow Canyon right after we’d had brunch, I was a little apprehensive. I was wearing fuzzy socks and long, brown boots that went up to my knees. Sandstone and faux-leather boots don’t exactly mix.

But I went anyway, remembering that at one point in my life, at least 2 decades ago, I was jumping on a trampoline in a pink dress. I ran around barefoot in the grass in that dress. I slept overnight in that dress. That dress didn’t stop me from having the time of my life, so why should my nice boots?

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And it was awesome. We loved Snow Canyon, and afterward Austin and I hiked in Pioneer Park, where we found the slot canyon.

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That slot canyon was narrow enough to make people who weren’t claustrophobic nervous. Austin even had to bail out because he couldn’t fit anymore.

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As soon as I reached the end, I was able to scramble up some rocks and ended up on top of the narrow slot. My shoes were just fine – I was worrying for nothing.

Here’s the thing: the clothes I was wearing were not strictly professional. I was in jeans, for crying out loud. For my day job, I have a pretty standard wardrobe: black pants, dressy shirts, some fancy flats, a few dresses. I would not hike in my nice black pants. I would not climb in some of my nice shirts. My dresses and boots aren’t conducive to quick runs.

But I do push ups in them.

I go for walks – sometimes I get sweaty on those walks, depending on my speed and the temperature.

I do midday stretches in them, although the tight pants are a bit of a hindrance.

Play clothes are easier to run around in than professional clothes, but don’t let your wardrobe stop you from being active. You can always wash your clothes.

 

 

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