Marathon Wed???If only my training could be like studying for a final exam…

So its Marathon Monday on a Tuesday , Wednesday.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you that some of these would be late.  Hey life happens and around here it seems to be happening in many dimensions.

Perhaps that’s why today is one of those days  when I wish training for an athletic event WAS like studying for a final exam.

Let’s be clear here , I am NOT talking about the way “normal” people study for a final exam.

I am talking about the good intentions of keeping up with the reading, doing everything on time, having that date in your calendar three months ahead of time and then procrastinating until you pull an all nighter  studying, and can barely keep you eyes open for the actual  exam.

Obviously I grasped the concept of a run on sentence from English 101.

Oh and I forgot to add you get a semi decent grade out of it after all. ( Most of the time)

Somehow that doesn’t cut it when training for a race.  You can procrastinate all you want but pulling an all nighter won’t help a bit.   And you won’t get a decent or even a semi decent race time.  What you will get ( if you decide to participate) is sore muscles, a possible injury and lots of self loathing.  I mean a LOT of self loathing.

So to borrow from Oprah this is what I know for sure:

  • The weather is unpredictable and I had better work around it since I don’t live where its 65-70 degrees everyday, sunny with no humidity.
  • *&#$@ happens.   I mean life happens…and it happens around here alot so get used to it and work around it
  • Treadmills are boring but better than nothing
  • Training plans should be simple and straight forward..the  rest go in the circular file
  • Everyone has the “best” training plan    NOT
  • cute workout clothes motivate me

Okay even I will admit that last one sounded a bit shallow and non athletic antibiotics sounding.   I am not a fashionista.  As a matter of fact a quick look at my closet will tell you I have more work out clothes than anything else.  And most of them are cute.  Actually I am just happy if I color coordinate..hey whatever works to get me out the door.

One more thing I know for sure.  Guys do NOT care in the least what they wear to workout in. AND they don’t care how it smells.  They might care about the right kind of shoes but that’s about it.  I speak from experience on this one.

My husband must own 1000 t-shirts.  He will wear ONE until it falls apart.  At this rate he will have to live a long time to wear out all his t-shirts .  He shocked me the other day by wearing what appeared to be a new one.  It was new in the sense that it had never been worn but its logo gave it away.  Army 10-miler  1995.  Yes a 15 year old “NEW”  t-shirt.

A couple of days ago he called all stressed out.  Someone had stolen his running clothes.  His dirty, smelly already worn a couple of times running clothes.  I asked him if he had seen anyone in a hazmat suit carrying a package at arms length? Find that person and he will have found his clothes.  Either someone at his office gym had no sense of smell or some woman walked by, got a whiff and in an act of bravery threw them out.   Darn the bad luck!

So since the fine art of putting it off will NOT work  I got on the treadmill today and will again tomorrow and the next until the weather allows me outside.

If you see me at the gym stop and say something motivating…oh and notice my cute workout clothes!

The ancestor of Red Bull...I remember it well!

The ancestor of Red Bull...I remember it well!

Keeping the “girls” in check and happy

Have you ever wondered who designs  our bras let alone sports bras?  Most women would agree that there is some conspiracy out there or maybe even a department that secretly figures out which bras are our favorites and then discontinues them at the EXACT moment we need to replace our favorite bra.

Sizing is another issue.  Oprah did a whole show on getting fitted for the proper bra and these women were just thrilled to find out they really weren’t a B cup but a D cup.  Seriously??   Having been an A as a young woman, then a B most of my life and for 3 brief periods while pregnant and nursing a D cup I can tell you that anyone who is shoving their D cups into a B cup bra either has a high tolerance for pain or loves to spill out all over the place.

My other thought is that manufacturers just feel sorry for those of us on the small size and are trying to boost our spirits.

Thanks but no thanks..it is what it is.  When I was younger, sandwiched into between two rather well endowed sisters and given our society’s fascination with large breasts I felt a little cheated.  Now, however, I feel lucky.  Having experienced the larger sizes during pregnancy and nursing I discovered that I much preferred my more manageable “B”s.

Thinking I had sort of figured out my own personal dilemma with regular bras I discovered the world of the sports bra.

Sports bras are a mystery that is yet to be figured out.

No cup sizes here..small-extra large.  Huh?   I figured I was a medium…only if I want to put my chest in a vice.  Turns out a large or extra large is what is comfortable for me…and I thought to myself , if I am a large or x-large what do women do who need larger sizes?

Turns out they either do a lot of searching, trying on or wear two sports bras at once to give them the support they need and to keep the girls happy.

Or they give up on sports that put the girls in motion.

Well that’s just not right.

A quick poll of my friends confirmed our mutual frustration with sizing and fit.

Champion was actually the brand that came out on top. At least for those of average size

Fortunately a company called Enell came out with a sports bra for larger sizes that actually fits.

www.enell.com

They even have a video of how to measure, get the right size AND put it on correctly ( instead of the usual wrestling match we all go through)

No surprise that this great product came from a woman, Renelle Braaten, who needed a sports bra to fit and couldn’t find one, so she and her mother ( a seamstress) designed one and now women all over the world can stay active AND keep the “girls” happy!

Girl power in support of the “girls”!    Love it!!!!

I will be heading over to the site and getting some for my youngest daughter. So Julie..now I will REALLY know if you read my blog or not!! Just kidding.

My favorite running shirt says “I know I run like a girl, try and keep up”

To all manufacturers of women sports apparel…We are women who run, bike, swim, play volleyball, soccer, softball and Lacrosse PLUS all kinds of other sports and jobs… WE are shaped like women…try and keep up with us  because  others like, Renelle Braaten, will  find solutions and make our lives healthier!
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