Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Beginner's Guide to Running - Apparel

(Welcome BlogTrotters! And Boston.com Moms!  Got your sneakers on? Because yes, I am keeping this post up from Saturday instead of creating a new one today.  Am lazy busy.)

So as promised, here are some apparel suggestions if you are going to begin a running routine:

1.  Wear a stopwatch.  (The one I have is a Timex ironman.  For children.  Yes, I stole it from my son.)  When you first start running, you ABSOLUTELY will look at your watch after approximately 2 minutes and will be in disbelief that it doesn't say 20 minutes already.  You will doubt your watch's accuracy.  Unfortunately it's correct.  So keep running.
2.  Next, a good jog bra is essential.  Even if your tits resemble fried eggs.  They will still bounce.  And if your tits are more like watermelons?  You are already well aware that there is nothing more important than keeping your sisters contained.  My Sis, who is significantly more well-endowed than me, wholeheartedly recommends Champion jogbras.  I, in all my 34B wisdom, prefer full-length bras that are more like camisole tops (but with thicker straps).  I'm quite partial to the GapBody ones (but you can never go wrong at TJMaxx or Marshalls either).  Quite frequently though, when you wear these types, they tend to ride up over your muffin top while you're running.  So I simply tuck them into my pants. Hey, it may not be pretty, but it's effective.
3. Running pants.  You want something a bit tighter with a little spandexy stretch.  There is nothing worse than CHUB RUB.  My current faves are C9 yoga pants from Target and New Balance spandexy running pants (that I got at Marshalls).  As the weather gets warmer here in Massachusetts, I will address the issue of running shorts, especially because I have YET to find a pair that doesn't annoy me all to hell.  They alllllllll ride up into my crotch.  So any recommendations you may have are definitely welcome. 

4.  Running shirts.  Over my full-length jog bra, I usually wear some type of tight moisture-wicking long-sleeved top.  I have a North Face one (again, bought from Marshalls) and I recently got a great one from Lands End.  

5.  Accessories.  First of all, let me state for the record that this was the temperature today:
Yes, you are seeing it right - 32 degrees out.  At the end of March.  And it wasn't even the ass crack of dawn.  It was about 10a.m.
So due to the freaking inclimate weather, I had to add a fleece hat and Nike running gloves to my ensemble.  Along with my current running shoes, Nike Shox (make sure your sneaks are tied TIGHT - I triple knot mine!), and my iPod shuffle.  But why the lube Vasoline, you may wonder you sicko you?  For my lips.  Especially when it's cold out.  I totally lick my lips when I run.  You might too.  Just so you know.  And also?  Vasoline works well for blister prevention.  Before any race I have ever run, I have slathered my feet with Vasoline.  And have never gotten a blister.

6.  Socks.  No picture because my faves were in the wash.  I swear by Smartwool running socks.  Good socks DO make a difference.  I promise.

Ok, you're fully dressed and ready to go.  iPod on, stopwatch set...NOW GO!  Get out there and run...
..and don't stop.  I'm tellin you AGAIN.  Trudge, schlep, skip, do whatever you have to do to NOT WALK for 30 minutes straight.

And not soon enough?

You'll be done!
And even though you're sweating like a hog, your groin hurts and you are STARVING...

You will feel mentally and physically strong.  And proud.
I'll keep saying it:  If I can do this, so can you!

20 comments:

Fairly Odd Mother said...

An hour!!! Wowee! I use my regular ol' analog watch, always forget my ipod and chug along. I'll try for 30 minutes next time (5 more than the last). . .

Rebecca said...

This is so cute! I loved reading through it and saying to myself, "you can totally do this..." Yes...I know how cold it was...I was wearing my winter jacket to and from spin class this morning...yuck.

You totally burst my bubble about the full length running tanks...I didn't think the riding up was about my muffin...I really thought they shrank! Haha ;)

Tricia said...

I am also a fan of the C9 line at Target. And I'm with your sister on the Champion sports bras, too. My bazongs are giant, flappy pancakes after nursing little dude for a while. My boobs are just gross, nasty, ugly things that I wish would go away, but I digress. I want to steal your kiddie stop watch, too! I wish I could go running with you; we'd have so much fun. And I know you can probably kick my ass, so that means you'd motivate me.

Nap Warden said...

Go you! I'm running 5 miles tom:) Hey, are you going to Bootcamp Philly?

colleen said...

For summertime chub rub you can't beat this skirt: http://www.skirtgoddess.com/products/commitment

It's the only skirt I've found with compression shorts that always stay in place, no matter how far you run. They're expensive, but worth it.

AnnetteK said...

I only just started running again (if you can call it that!) and this was very timely. :)

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I lick my lips while running too, and since I am a mouth breather while I run (it's along story but my ears and nose are way too connected to make nose breathing while running possible or comfortable) my lips get really chapped and dry if I don't lube up my lips before I start.

Cortney @ evanhaslanded.com said...

I have a pair of New Balance shorts that I LOVE. Hubs got them for me last summer as a bday gift! They are short like running shorts are but they DON'T ride up.
Also an essential I have to take with me are a few tissues. My nose runs the whole time I run :-) especially in the cold months!

Michele R said...

What!!?! no stopping of the running??? Wahhh! I gotta do one minute on and one minute off, with variations!

Serenityville said...

I like this idea - it's a good way to hold yourself accountable too! P.S. you look great!! Running shorts - I wear men's shorts or real long shorts, so they don't ride. Sometimes I need spandex for the chubrub, sometimes, and I have no idea why not, I don't.

workout mommy said...

LOL! I love it! (especially the checking your watch comment)

Keep on running! :)

bedandbreakast said...

We went on a family walk/run yesterday, training for the Bluenose Run in Halifax in May. Hubby & I are running the 10k while he pushes the girls in the stroller and our boys (11 & 9) are running the 5k. I was surprised when I realized we had gone 7k (~4.5 miles?)with them in an hour! We are still dressed in layers here too- I started out wearing long pants, a tank over my bra, covered by a breathable long-sleeved shirt, then a fleece, topped by a windbreaker & gloves. By the end of our run, I had removed just the windbreaker. East Coast running can be quite the fashion statement!

Eclipsed said...

Thanks for this post. I used to run all the time before I had my daughter, but now that she's in a well established routine, I have no excuse not to get up off the couch and go running. I feel like a beginner again so all your tips are great reminders. Especially the bra one, because my boobs can't take anymore trauma.

mom, interrupted said...

A couple years back, Columbia made great short for trail running. Not sure if they still do. I'm down to my last pair which will probably vaporize when I'm out running. Love SmartWool too but the best are by DeFeet (and they're super cute!)

Really enjoyed this post. Just got back into running after hip surgery. I might have some metal but I'm sure not bionic like I had hoped. They so lied.

CaraBee said...

I'm just starting to train for a half marathon in October. While I work out five days a week, I don't run. This is very helpful, thanks!

debi9kids said...

You go mama! Getting out there & running in 32 degrees...(I might just hate you a teeny tiny bit. LOL)

You know, my husband also finds that vaseline is also necessary for his nipples when he runs. (maybe because men don't wear bras? Their nipples get chapped from the fabric???)

bluecottonmemory said...

I am so impressed. And you look so skinny that you shouldn't need to run! I started jazzercise in January. I love the work out. I was a power walker before, but I figured that since I was in a new place, I needed to meet people, too. I am slowly learning to become much more coordinated that I was!

I'm always dying for a nap when I get finished!

bluecottonmemory said...

I am so impressed. And you look so skinny that you shouldn't need to run! I started jazzercise in January. I love the work out. I was a power walker before, but I figured that since I was in a new place, I needed to meet people, too. I am slowly learning to become much more coordinated that I was!

I'm always dying for a nap when I get finished!

This Mom said...

Thank you so much for doing this series. i have been thinking of running for a few months. I have the clothes, down loaded the music now I just have to find the time and get moving. I don't know if my large but can go for 30 minutes but I will try to move for that long. Taking my stuff on vacation maybe my sis will watch the kids so I can give this a try.

skippynscoop said...

stopping by from blog trotters!

I used to run....gonna start again with my sons (10 and 6). i am totally going to use the 1/2 hour rule, so much easier for them to understand and measure than distance.

And thanks for the great tips on Watermelon size bras, mine are more like cantaloupes, but I'll look into those champion bras. I have always liked my running bra from Title 9, but it was seriously expensive. I bought it many years and a few kids ago, so it's definitely time for a new one.

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