Hey y’all! I’ve never been the exercise-consistently type, but I do really enjoy feeling fit and like to keep in shape enough that I can do the tasks at hand. Living on a “farm”, I never know if I’m going to need to be able to run after a pig or a cow for a great distance at a moment’s notice. So, when a bunch of my friends decided to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, I thought it’d be fun to do it too!
Even though I hadn’t gone running for over a month and there were no actual turkeys at the event. 😛
I wasn’t sure if it was going to be freezing cold or on the warmer side, so I dressed in lots of layers. 
On top: 
Columbia brand short sleeve running shirt
Fresh Apparel hoodie
Puma track jacket
On bottom: 
Calvin Klein yoga leggings
Fleece lined leggings
Uja running skirt
Two pair of socks
Rocket Dog boots
It ended up being pretty chilly and I stayed warm enough that I did take off my jacket by the end. 
Yeah, I ran in boots. I didn’t have a nice pair of tennis shoes (my Champion brand is finally giving out after 6 or 7 years, pity) and I figured I usually am chasing animals wearing boots anyway, so the added weight was a good test of my fitness level. Andddd they were nice and warm. 
I’ve been slowly collecting various exercise outfits from ThredUP this year. I’ve found that a lot of running skirts are actually long enough for my 5’2″ height which is super handy. 
We made it though the 5k jogging/ fast walking just fine and have plans to do another run here in a couple weeks. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that my right knee has scar tissue from a cow-chasing incident several years ago and the chiropractor says it hyper-extends when I run. So, I’m wondering if any of y’all have experience/advice about hyper-extension? I bought a fancy hinged brace that will hopefully help my muscles strengthen around my knee, but otherwise I’m kind of at a loss for what to do. This is a problem for me whether or not I run. :-/

I know it’s kind of the off-season for exercise outfits, but I thought I’d share anyway! What do you wear to exercise in the colder months?

32 thoughts on “Active | What I Wore To Run A 5K”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Olivia! And, wow, you have guts to run in boots! Our family has been running together a lot more recently, so I appreciate you sharing these ideas of how to creatively piece together active outfits. Blessings!

  2. I usually ride my bike for exercise so I don't need a lot of warmth on my legs. What I have been wearing recently is a pair of exercise leggings with a homemade short skirt on top for modesty. On top I just wear an exercise tee, a light second layer and a wind breaker. And sometimes a beanie hat under my helmet, depending on how cold it is. Thanks for the post!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Olivia! Love the active outfit, its really lovely yet very practical, I like how you layered them! So handy! This has given me some good ideas, so thanks for sharing! I love the Fresh modesty hoodie, its lovely, as well as the purplish skirt! Wow..boots! never tried that before! Do you have any suggestions for exercise routines or what you do for that, and also.. Devotions in the morning? I've been meaning to have a exercise routine in place..but just can't piece anything together or with my devotions, I forget or something, so any advice would be good haha! Hope your knee gets better! Oh..I just remembered, there's a all natural cream called 'Deep Blue Rub' that helps with joints, muscles, and things like that, I've used it before for injuries and that, its extremely good! and helps a lot, it might help with your knee, maybe not in the long run but I think it might help! Tell me what you think! 🙂 Just search it in google!

  4. Hi Olivia. Scar tissue in tendons, ligaments, and muscles does not allow hyper extension of a joint, in fact it doesn't stretch at all. This can lead to more tears which can become more scar tissue, and leads to problems where one joint in a pair doesn't move like the other. You should see a real doctor who specializes in sports medicine if you think it is injured, otherwise the joint is probably just weak.

  5. Fun exercise outfit! I don't think I've seen anyone wearing a skirt like that before. Running in flat boots sounds scary to me, but if that's what you're used to, I guess not! 😀

  6. I am a ballet dancer, and hyper extension is common among us dancers. This is all I know about it. Whenever you are standing on the hyper-extended leg, keep the knee ever so slightly bent; never sit in it, letting it sway back as far as it will go. The muscles on the back of your knee are in danger of becoming over stretched.
    Strengthening the stabilizer muscles will help a ton too (you can feel some of the stabilizer muscles if you were to balance on that leg on something squishy or wobbly and then bend your knee). I would focus on strengthening those.
    Hope that helps! That's all I've heard about hyper extension. =)

  7. I had a similar thing going with my left knee for years (injured it in Middle School). To be honest, I just did what you did (based on what the doc told me)… Knee braced it, especially when running. I also played basketball and tennis. Eventually (mid-20's), it got better. Now I don't need the brace at all. But it really does depend on your body and def. recommend going to the doc.

    Thanks for the cute outfit idea!

  8. Cute outfit! Love that you managed to stick to your modesty standards without inhibiting your run. Love the Fresh Apparel hoodie too! My shirt has been awesome, can't wait for the skirt!
    Praying that your knee heals quickly and doesn't give you anymore trouble!
    Blessings!
    ~Abby

  9. Oh man, do I miss running! I stopped exercising regularly sometime in November due to the frig-GID temps and have been really feeling it emotionally. 😛 This was one of the most creatively modest outfits I have ever seen put together for running a 5k!! Well done. 🙂 You look like you must have been pretty warm, too! Also, go you for doing it despite it being, uh, November, Thanksgiving, and having not ran in a while. 😀 In late October before I stopped for the winter I just started wearing regular ole baggy sweatpants and a fleece jacket (it was the first fall that I was running during) over a cotton or active t-shirt to run, which sort of worked, but I got hot and it was not the most flattering thing, so I hope to get good thermal running gear for next year.

  10. Cool! I like your outfit 🙂 I am usually not picky about what I wear for exercise, though it does have to be actual exercise clothes and not jeans . . . otherwise I don't feel like I'm actually working, and the added weight is too cumbersome.

    I've never had any problems with hyper-extension that I know of, but I do have hip issues, so I very very rarely run, only walk. What's helped me (even with walking) is to alternate what side of the road I walk on, to even out the weight in my hips (because the roads slant on the sides, you know?). But I'm not sure if that would help with hyper -extension issues because I'm not sure how hyper-extending works (is it just over-extending? or something else?). Anyway. I hope you figure it out!

    dance a real

  11. Hello Olivia,

    I've got hyper-mobile joints which means they over extend. Strengthening is the best thing. You need the muscles to be strong to stop your joint from over extending. When it overextends it is relying on the tendons to do the work instead of the muscles. I've used a hinged knee brace, to keep from over extending until I got it strengthened enough.

    Hope it gets better soon!
    Sarah H.

  12. Hi Olivia! Love the outfit and so glad to see that other ladies run in skirts too!
    I run cross country and also have knee issues (hyper mobility). The one thing, other than a brace, that has helped me is to make sure you have good running shoes with arch support. That has really helped the alignment of my knee and made running easier. 🙂

  13. Hi Olivia! Will those hoodies be available soon? I love your outfit. Running is one of my favorite hobbies. I hope your knee gets better.
    -Grace

  14. I love the outfit, but you need good running shoes. Boots won't give you the alignment, arch support and shock absorption you need. Proper shoes may help your knee, as they'll reduce the impact on your joints. 🙂

  15. Hi Olivia,
    Glad you enjoyed your 5K. As a seasoned runner, I recommend investing in a nice pair of running shoes and insoles. They can help prevent injury and still look stylish!

  16. I have hypermobile joints which is what causes hyperextension. I saw a physical therapist who taught me strengthening exercises and how to tape or.brace my knees for stability. I would HIGHLY recommended a good pair of all purpose sneakers or running.shoe (if you plan to take up running). Please consider the advice of someone a little older who now suffers the consequences of not protecting her joints at a younger age. Running in boots made me cringe. Hard. You may want to Google joint hypermobility, benign joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Those searches should yield lots of information on how to care for your knees (and other joints?)and help you decide if a consult with a doctor is needed. I love your blog but rarely comment since I don't really fit your usual demographic.I just saw the knee thing mentioned and thought I might be able to help prevent some pain down the road.

  17. Really? Running in a pair of Rocket Dog boots. I wouldn't wear those to walk around the house much less participate in a 5K. Stop wasting money on thrift store finds and buy some appropriate running shoes.

    FYI: Running shoes should be replaced about every 6 months or sooner, depending on the number of "miles" you put on the shoes. I workout 5 days a week. I replace my shoes every six months.

  18. This makes my feet hurt just thinking about it. How about a pair of actual running shoes with some track pants and a tunic-length "exercise shirt" over them? You look ridiculous.

  19. Hi Oliva,
    I second previous posters suggestions on not running in boots especially if you have a preexisting injury. I wore the wrong shoes and got runner's knee as a result and it caused me a lot of pain and prevented me from working out for months. I'm planning on going to get fitted at a specialty running store when I start running again later this year. Even though it is very expensive, I feel it is worth it to prevent a lifetime of pain and damage. As far as strengthening your knee, I bought the "Strong Knees" dvd on Amazon and it has helped a lot. I did it a couple times a week for 3-4 weeks and I haven't had any problems since and I could tell a difference within the first week or two. The lady who does the video is a physical therapist and basically shows you the exercises that a therapist would have you do.`

    1. I am taking a self defense class and really need something an idea on what to wear. Thanks for your post. You answered my thoughts.

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