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After several months of debating whether to join the gym at work I finally did it. Other than when I joined the YMCA for the sole purpose of having a place to swim laps, I have never joined the gym. With just 3 days into my membership I’m pretty stoked at what it all has to offer. At only $19 (yes, you read that right, $19) a month it’s a steal. Quite frankly it’s pretty small but it has all the right things that are needed including a locker room with all the amenities as well.
So far I have only used the gym during my lunch hour and have yet to use any of the machines, but it doesn’t seem overly busy as well. I’m sure over time I’ll get a feel for things, but if I want to run and am unable to secure a treadmill at lunchtime I can always head to work early to get in my workout before starting my workday. I usually read during my lunch hour, which I truly do enjoy, but with my new job being more sedentary than I’m used to it’s nice to get up and moving in the middle of the day.
So if I haven’t used the machines what have I been doing at the gym? Classes! Fact: prior to this week I have never joined in a group workout class….ever. I’m a solo athlete. Even when it comes to my runs I tend to head out on my own. But with classes included in my membership fee, I couldn’t pass that up.
The first day I joined in the Total Body workout. Basically it was 40 minutes of HIIT type workout. It was rough but I’m proud to say that I decently held my own. I didn’t make a total fool of myself either. I’ll definitely do it again.
The second day I tried out a yoga session. I’ve been practicing yoga since December. I’ve even been to The Sedona Yoga Festival and Yoga Rocks The Park, but never a real class per se. One where they’ll make adjustments and all. After the session I introduced myself to the instructor and gave her a bit of my history. She provided an ego boost when she said she was impressed how solid my basics were. High five! The only “downside” to the yoga classes is there is an extra charge, but at under $4 a class that’s not an issue. The biggest reasons I haven’t been able to venture into classes was due to money and my schedule. This is absolutely perfect!
From my trip to Sedona a couple weekends ago
Today I debated on whether to head back to another Total Body session or try out Zumba….I went for the Zumba! I love to dance and people rave about Zumba, so I just had to give it a shot. Another winning class! My moves may not be as smooth as I’d like but I’ve got rhythm a solid dancing background (from many moons ago), and a passion for dance, so you bet your butt I busted a move and had a blast.
There are even more choices when it comes to the class options…cycling, cardio mix, muscle conditioning. I love it! After being in such a running rut I turned to yoga but missed the cardio high. Running will always have a place among my workouts but just like everything else in my life, fitness should be about fun, trying new things, and adventure.
I’m sure a week after last week’s post on having my blog be more personal you didn’t expect to see a review. Alas, I have several posts that I promised to deliver and I don’t break a promise. Not to mention, as I stated, I will continue to bring insight on products that I use and/or find helpful.
It seems as though monthly subscriptions boxes of stuff are popping up everywhere. I even did a review on NatureBox awhile back who offers healthy snack foods right to your door step. It should come as no surprise that one that delivers fitness apparel would pop up at some point. Enter Ellie.
Several months ago I was introduced to PV.Body through social media channels and blog posts about a company that delivers high quality apparel to your mailbox on a monthly basis for a set fee. I was intrigued. Lucky for me they contacted me wanting to know if I wanted to try their services at no charge to me. I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? I took their Style Profile Quiz which would help them choose my outfit and I patiently awaited the arrival of what I’d receive.
Soon after I received my bright pink package of two items that I loved I started reading some bad reports from fellow bloggers. Their complaints ranged from ill-fitting items, lack of quality or high-end brands they expected, and bad customer service. A few days later I began hearing “rumors” of changes that were happening within PV.Body. They were going to continue their service but under a different name and only provide their brand new, personal line of clothing. Many felt they were bait switched by having signed up under a different premise only to have the rug pulled out from underneath them. I didn’t want to pass judgement or jump to conclusions and wanted to await their formal announcement of what their actual plans were with the company.
Staying true to my promise of only presenting products I use and/or believe in, I spoke with my contact for PV.Body stating that I didn’t want to review their service based on the items I received because basically I’d be saying, ” Hey. Here’s PV.Body and this is the concept…but now it’s different…because the concept is different and this isn’t the product you’re going to get…you’re going to get their line of clothing.” Make sense? They were 100% understanding and told me to sit tight.
I don’t know the ins and outs of all of the details or whether this was their plan all along but as things began to unfold my own personal opinion developed. What I do know is that what I was seeing was a newer company growing at an exponential rate. Any company has growing pains, whether change in product or vision, but when it is thrust into motion at such a high speed it makes it that much more challenging. Most companies aren’t that well known yet for them to be noticed or criticized. With its popularity it was that much more in the limelight and placed under a microscope.
A formal announcement was finally made about all of the rumors that were swirling. Yes, it’s true PV.Body was now going to be known as Ellie and their monthly subscription would only include items from their yet-to-be released fitness apparel line. They also provided a few more details. Here they are along with my thoughts are in italics:
-Every month, Ellie will launch a new collection of 16 tops and 8 bottoms. <- Different choices each month.
-Your choice of two pieces from that months Look Book for $49.95 per month. You can choose two tops, two bottoms or a top and a bottom and the price is always the same. <- You know what you’re getting.
-You have until the 7th of each month to select your own pieces. Otherwise, Ellie will select and ship an outfit (top and bottom) to you, depending on your selected style profile.
-Ellie offers free shipping on all orders, exchanged, and return to Fit Fashionista program members - If you are not satisfied with the quality of Ellie, you can ship it back for free both ways and you will receive another free piece from Ellie’s collection. <- Doesn’t fit or don’t like it? Send it back.
-Ellie offers exclusive access to pieces available only to Fit Fasionista members. <- Want more of the pieces released this month? You can buy them.
-You can still cancel your membership at any point in time. <-Not locked into a commitment.
More from the brand:
-Ellie created their own TruFit technogology. According to Ellie, “TruFit begins with the fabric. Each piece is pre-shrunk to make sure it never shrinks again. We guarantee that our clothing will fit the same the first time you try it and the 30th time you hit the gym. We carefully design very piece to make sure it fits you in all the right places.”
-The waistband on all bottoms will be the exact same. <- once you find out what size works for you, you’re golden.
-Every piece of every collection is washer and dryer-friendly.
-All products are manufactured in the USA. <- That puts the cherry on top. Pretty rad.
Personally I think this is better than the PV.Body deal on so many levels. Upon seeing the February Look Book and making my choice of 2 pieces I was pretty pumped for them to arrive. When they arrived I immediately fell in love. The Catch Me If You Can top was so buttery soft.
I was nervous when it came to choosing the Electric Love Capris. I love bright colors but didn’t know if they’d be too bright or make me feel uncomfortable. I’m glad I took the chance because they are the perfect fit and beyond comfortable.
I loved both the look and feel of the pieces so much that I actually felt inspired to go for a run. Seriously. And they performed beautifully.
Final thoughts: I know people lost a lot of faith in the PV.Body/Ellie with all that’s gone down in the past month. Fingers crossed that they’ve pulled it together or can do so really fast, because I think they have a great concept and product. I can’t wait to see what this months choice brings.
Interested in trying out some of their stuff? Click to receive 20% off coupon off of your first order and feel free to pass along to any friends that may be interested.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Due to my financial situation and my schedule I have been limited in my ability to attend a yoga studio. Don’t get me wrong, I want to attend a studio, and will someday soon, but for now I’m a homebody yogini. As I navigate through the world of yoga I’m trying my best to find my niche and groove. Thanks to books, the internet, DVDs, and the help of friends I’m making my way.
If you’ve ever done any sort of workouts to video you know they can be hit or miss. I’ve been asked several times, “What DVDs are you using?” I’ve done some research on my own but also had the opportunity to check out some different DVDs to review. I figured I’d do a little post on all the videos I’ve tried in hopes of sharing some insight from my experiences.
Weight Watchers Yoga Starter Kit – The kit includes the DVD, strap, block, along with a 10 Week Exercise Tracker. I was pretty stoked about the block since I hadn’t picked one up yet. The DVD has 3 sections – Basics, Get Moving, And Get Strong. As you can expect, it starts with the basics of breathing and then moves into asanas with the assistance of using a strap and blog. I think it’s great how they have two women performing asanas…one regular and one showing modified versions. This DVD really is about the basics but makes practicing yoga attainable for just about everyone and it’s a great starting point for someone just looking to get their toes wet. I also like that the 2 workouts are approximately 30 minutes each.
Zen-Ga Power & Strength – The best way I can describe this is a mixture of yoga and pilates. The DVD is fast moving, almost to a tempo, like most typical at-home workouts. This workout includes the use of a block as well and is 60 minutes in length. I know most yoga sessions are 60 minutes or more at a studio, but personally I find a 60 minute at-home workout a bit too much for me. Especially when it’s something at this tempo. Sure I can do it, but I don’t find it enjoyable. I think this DVD has great substance but the length along with speed of the work really entice me.
Element – Intro To Yoga With Tamal Dodge – Once again, a DVD that shares the basics in one session and then another session at the intermediate level. Tamal does a great job breaking down each asana, explaining breathing, along with the use of a block. This DVD is calmer than the above, focusing on balance and breathing, as he leads you through a series of full sun salutations. I find it excellent that he says all asanas in sanskrit and the modern vocabulary. This helps me to learn both versions. Each session is just over 30 minutes in length.
Element – Yoga For Energy & Relaxation With Tamal Dodge – Another DVD with the same presenter as above. Just as the other DVD Tamal breaks everything down so it’s easily understood. This DVD contains 2 sessions – 1 for energy (AM) and 1 for relaxation (PM). Each at approximately 30 minutes in length. I found these sessions to be more about breathing, holding asanas, along with stretching. I’m not sure if it’s just where I’m at in my journey but this doesn’t feel enough for me right now. Once again, I understand yoga isn’t all about the workout.
Gaiam – Rodney Yee’s A.M. & P.M. Yoga For Beginners – I found this DVD to be quite comparable to the video above. 2 different sessions, one for AM (energy), while the other was for PM (relaxation), both at 25 minutes. The morning session is presented by Rodney Yee and the evening presented by Colleen Saidman. As with the other, it just wasn’t enough for me. However, for those that are just starting out with limited flexibility, this is a great place to begin.
Gaiam – Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga For Flexibility and Power Yoga For Strength – Hands down the winners for me. With Rodney Yee’s calming voice that provides just the right amount of guidance I have quickly fallen in love with the flow of power yoga. It’s the perfect pace that’s not to slow and not to fast. Just perfect. I find it calming but also feel that I’m getting my movement/workout in. It helps to know some basics, but almost anyone can be easily guided with these videos. The length of 30 minutes is perfect to fit in whenever I have a few moments and I often find myself wanting more.
Anton Mackey’s Functional Flow DVD – While at the Sedona Yoga Fest I took advantage of purchasing one of Anton’s DVDs after his class. It’s a very basic DVD with no frills but it has helped reinforce all his teachings he presented in the classes. Although it sticks with the basics he still guides you through full sun salutations so in the end you feel as though it’s actually been a session and not just going through some random motions. And at only 30 minutes in length it can also be revisited when you have a few quick moments.
So those are the DVDs I’ve checked out thus far. Have you tried any of them? Do you have any faves that you’d recommend? I would love to hear about them!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
As with any big life change, schedules are turned upside down. My previous work schedule often allowed me to have workout in the early evenings or on the opposite days I could sleep in a bit, workout, and then head to work. With my new job being 8a-5p this has been thrown out the window. In no way am I complaining. On the contrary, the trade offs are more than worth it.
With starting the new schedule and dealing with a slight bug I’ll admit I didn’t workout once last week. Nope. None. Nada. Did I freak out? No. The old Heidi would’ve gone into Buzzbomb mode, trying to do it all. My how things change. Adding more stress on to and already stressed body that’s dealing with sickness is recipe for disaster.
Now that I’ve started getting into a groove and feeling better I’ve started implementing my workouts/yoga sessions once again.
As I go through this transition with adding more yoga and less running I’ve had some challenges mentally any physically. I expected this.
I’ve had conversations with Bex and Alicia who have both provided an abundance of information I am truly grateful for. I have scoured the internet reading and researching, attempting to learn all I can about yoga. Due to funding right now I am limited to Rodney Yee DVDs, YouTube, and reading materials to educate myself. One thing I’ve been very focused on is accepting that although yoga can be amazing for fitness that’s not what it’s solely about. Yoga isn’t all about asanas (positions), or having perfect positioning, but really a way of life and the journey.
With that being said, I’m struggling to balance running with yoga. Although I feel strong and refreshed after yoga I feel that it’s not providing enough of a workout that I know my body needs. I feel the need to run in order to get my workout in but I need the yoga too. With time constraints I have to choose one or the other for my daily workouts. In addition, I feel that whenever I run it’s as though I take 10 steps back with my yoga…my muscles are tighter and I’m tense. How in the world can I mesh these 2 worlds?
Over the past month I’ve asked many questions. How long do people typically practice asanas? Is it okay to just sit and attempt different asanas to learn and perfect practices or is this a no-no? The list goes on.
Unfortunately it’s in my nature to be a perfectionist and do things “right”. What it comes down to is once again I’m over-thinking it. After some deep thought I had an aha moment. (I love those!) The thing is, just like everything else in life, there really is not right way implement or do yoga. Are there ways/techniques that are optimal? Sure. But isn’t that true about anything?
Running began as a challenge for me, then became about fitness, and in the end much more than anything I dreamed. I can only hope that I’ll have the same effect from implementing yoga into my life on an even deeper, more personal level.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
Some days I run with music, some days I don’t. Here’s what I’m currently listening to when I do!
Adam Lambert – Down The Rabbit Hole
Adam Lambert – If I had You
Adam Lambert – Music Again
Adam Lambert – Pick U Up
Adam Lambert – Fever
Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment
Adam Lambert – Strut
Adele – Cold Shoulder
Adelita Way- Invincible
Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
Akon – Beautiful
Akon – Right Now
Alan Parsons Project – Sirius
Alicia Keys Feat. Beyonce – Put It In A Love Song
Angels & Airwaves – The Adventure Final
Angra – Spread The Fire (Progressive Metal – Real fast)
Aqua – Barbie Girl
Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
Backstreet Boys – Everybody
Band Of Skulls – Dull Gold Heart
Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter (remix)
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Bell Biv Devoe – Poison
Beyonce – Radio
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Beyonce – Run The World
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Billy Joel –Angry Young Man
Billy Joel – Pressure
Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
Billy Joel –You’re Only Human
Billy Joel –We Didn’t Start The Fire
Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta A Feeling
Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Phunk With My Heart
Black Eyed Peas –Pump It
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club– Salvation
Blind Melon – No Rain
Blondie – Dreaming
B.O.B. – Airplanes
Bond Girls – Anything from them – classical strings rocking out
Brandston – Nobody Dances Anymore
Britney Spears – Circus
Britney Spears – I’m A Slave For You
Britney Spears – Will The World Ends
Britney Spears –Toxic
Britney Spears – Womanizer
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Bryan Adams – Here I Am
Cake – The Distance
Carly Comando – Everyday
Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe
Cascada – Evacuate The Dance Floor
Cascada – Everytime We Touch
Cee Lo Green – F**k You
Charlie Daniels – Devil Went Down To Georgia
Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man
Colbie Caillat – Something Special
Crystal Method – Several different songs (techno)
CSS – Music Is My Boyfriend
Cyndi Lauper – Goonies Theme
Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Through This (techno)
Danny Elfman – Anything from this composer – Planet Of The Apes Theme
Dave Matthews Band – Two Step
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Dave Matthews Band – Drive In Drive Out
David Guetta Feat Usher – Without You
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Diddy – Coming Home
DJ Sammy – Heaven
Dr. Dre Feat Eminem – I Need A Doctor
Dream Theater – (Progressive Metal) – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Dream Theater – I Walk Beside You
Dream Theater – Never Enough
Dream Theater – Panic Attach
Dream Theater – Prophets Of War
Duffy – Mercy
Eiffel 65 – I’m Blue
ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
ELO – Mr. Blue Sky
Elvis – A Little Less Conversation
Eminem – ‘Til I Collapse
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Ennio Morricone – (Upbeat) L’ Estasi Dell’oro [From the Good, the Bad and the Ugly]
Enrique Iglesias – Tonight
Enrique Iglesias – I Like It
E.S. Posthumus – Unstoppable
Europe – Final Countdown
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Eve – Tambourine
Fabolous – Breathe
Family Foce 5 – Kountry Gentleman
Flogging Molly – Devil’s Dance Floor
Florence + The Machine – Breath Of Life
Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song
Florence + The Machine – Heavy In Your Arms
Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Flo Rida – Low
Flo Rida – Right Round
Forever Thursday – How Can It Be
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Fun – We Are Young
Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Garry Schyman – Praan
Gary Go – Wonderful
Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
Gloria Estefan – Reach
Gloria Estefan –Turn The Beat Around
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces
Gwen Stefani – Hollback Girl
Hanson – Give A Little
Hanson – In The City
Hanson – Thinkin’ Bout Something’
Hellogoodbye – Hear In Your Arms
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Jack Johnson – Staple It Together
Jack Johnson – You And Your Heart
Jay Sean – Down
Jay-Z -Brush Your Shoulders (dirt off your shoulders)
Jimmy Eat World – Pain
Jennifer Lopez – Let’s Get Loud
Jerry Goldsmith – Rudy Theme or Tryouts Theme
Jesse McCartney – How Do You Sleep Remix
Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
Kanye West – Stronger
Karl Jenkins – Palladio 1 Allegretto (DeBeers Diamond Commercial)
Kate Nash – Merry Happy
Kate Nash –Mouthwash
Kate Nash –Pumpkin Soup
Kate Nash –Skeleton Song
Katy Perry – E.T.
Katy Perry – Hot N’ Cold
Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl
Katy Perry –Peacock
Keb Mo – Am I Wrong
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
Kevin Rudolph – Let It Rock
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Lady Gaga – Hair
Lady Gaga – Judas
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Lady Gaga – Scheibe
Lady Gaga – Telephone
La Roux – Bulletproof
La Roux – Tiger Lily
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Lil Mama – Lip Gloss
Lindsay Lohan – Rumors
Lionel Ritchie – Dancing On The Ceiling
Ludacris – How Low
Ludovico Einaudi – Fly
Macy Gray – Beauty In The World
Marc Anthony – I’ve Got You
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Metallica – Enter Sandman
Metallica – Don’t Tread On Me
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Metro Station – Shake It
Michael Jackson – Black Or White
Michael Jackson – Ease On Down The Road
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson – Scream
Michael Sembello – Maniac (80’s)
Miley Cyrus – See You Again
Miley Cyrus – Start All Over
Missy Elliot – Shake Your Pom Pom
Moby – Honey
Moby – Porcelain
Muse – Apocalypse Please
Muse –Time Is Running Out
Muse – Song For Absolution
Muse – Hysteria
Muse – Butterflies & Hurricanes
Muse – Starlight
Muse – Map Of The Problematique
Muse – Exo-Politics
Mysto And Pizzi – Somebody’s Watching Me
Nelly – Heart of A Champion
Nicki Minaj – Starships
NKOTBSB – Don’t Turn Out The Lights
Nuttin But Stringz – Thunder
Orgy – Blue Moon
Our Lady Peace – Starseed
Outkast – Hey Ya
Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full Of Lead
Pink – Funhouse
Pink – You and Your Hand
Pinter Sisters – Jump
Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dnace
Pussy Cat Dolls – Jai Ho
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
Proclaimers – 500 Miles
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen – I Want To Break Free
Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
Radiohead – 15 Steps
Rascal Flatts- Stand
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
Rihanna – Only Girl
Rihanna – S&M
Rihanna – SOS
Rihanna – Please Don’t Stop The Music
Rihanna –We Found Love
Robin Thicke – When I Get You Alone
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
Rocky Soundtrack – Final Fight
Rocky Soundtrack – Workout Theme
Rusted Root – Ecstasy
Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way
Salt N’ Pepper – Push It
Savage Ft. Soulja Boy – Let Me See Your Hips Swing
Savage Garden – I Want You
Scatman John – Scatman
Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
Spinners – Rubberband Man
Shrek 2 Soundtrack – I Need A Hero
Simon And Garfunkel – Cecilia
Slumdog Millionaire – O…Saya
Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life
Spider Bait – Black Betty
Spinners – Rubberband Man
Stratovarius – Black Diamond (Fast)
Stratovarius – Freedom (Fast)
Styx – Mr. Roboto
Sugarhill Gang – Apache
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Swing Kids – Swing, Swing, Swing
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
The Wanted – Glad You Came
Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
Timbaland – Way I Are
Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake – Carry Out U2 – I Will Follow
Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
Tommy Tutone – 867-5309 (Jenny)
Tony Basil – Hey Mickey
Train – Drive By
U2 w/ Greenday – The Saints Are Coming
Usher – Caught Up
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
Usher – OMG
Van Halen – Right Now
Veronicas – Popular
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
Wicked – Defy Gravity
The Wiz Soundtrack – A Brand New Day
Youngbloodz – Imma Shine
What’s on your playlist? What’s your power song?
Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)
After you’ve been fitted for the right shoes and just started moving toward your journey of running, I’m sure the chances of injury aren’t the first things that will cross your mind. But whether you’re new or old to running I can guarantee at some point in your running career you will suffer an injury. That’s not to say running will cause the injury. Something freak, like my accident last month, could hinder your training plans. You may have to take time off from running, but depending on the injury you may be able to do another form of workout that can take the place of running.
Since I haven’t been able to keep to my training 100% I’ve finally been able to implement the use of my Human Trainer that I won from Bex at Bexlife.com several months ago. I’ve been wanting to use the equipment for months but haven’t been able to fit it in the training schedule. Injuring myself gave me the prime opportunity to do so and has helped me stay sane.
If you’re ever injured you may have to think outside the box, but don’t just throw in the towel. And most importantly, listen to your body!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
For those that follow me on other social media platforms (if you’re not, why aren’t you?! ) you know that I had an accident yesterday that gouged my leg open, requiring sutures. I’m okay and will post more about this Friday.
I’ve covered several topics already in getting the fun back in my run by getting back to basics. I’ve already covered mixing it up by registering for a fun race, claiming I am a runner, and even how I chose my running shoes. Next up: What to wear.
Want to know what I wore my first time out? Plain cotton t-shirt, cotton “cheerleading” shorts, cotton socks, and 2, yes 2, sports bras.
Was I wrong in my choices? Not necessarily, but I could’ve been smarter with my choices.
Here’s the deal, there are fantastic fitness clothes out there. You’ll want them, but do you NEED them? Honestly? Nah. Personally I couldn’t imagine going back to running in cotton, but really, just to start out, you don’t need anything special. Look at me! I started out in cotton and survived.
Now, with that being said purchasing some fun, new workout clothes could be just the thing that gets you out the door. And it’s not a bad idea to invest in some clothing that wicks away the sweat. Your next question may be, “What shorts should I get? What about shirts?” Really, what it comes down to is personal preference. I went through several styles of shorts, tanks, socks, and bras before I found “the ones” And this is still changing as time goes on. Much of it is trial and error of how the articles of clothing feel and fit on you.
Something I can recommend is to hit up the clearance racks or stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshalls. They carry name brands at reduced prices and you may just happen to find a new favorite there. Another idea, check out Target. As you can see from my favorites their stuff fits the bill quite often for me.
What it comes down to is this: you don’t have to wear special clothes to run or break the bank if you do so. Don’t let this be something that keeps you from running.
Experienced runners: Do you tend to stick with articles of clothing repeatedly and known to buy in multiples? I am guilty of this whether in my street clothes or workout gear. I’ve started to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things lately such as my new Nike capris, running commando, and even trying out a new Columbia shirt. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I now have some new favorites!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I’ve brought this up in a previous post, however with the abundance of 2011 Recap blog posts some of us, including myself, need a friendly reminder to stop comparing our athletic ability to that of someone else. It’s important to realize that we are at a different stage, on a different journey, with possibly a different destination or goal. Look to others for inspiration and remember that you may be providing inspiration to others yourself!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
It’s been awhile since I’ve made a VLOG, so I thought I’d do one today. I discuss 7 tips for new athletes and how to jump start your workout program. What tips would you give a new athlete?
With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to share with you my “Favorite Things”. I’ve tried to include all of my basics that I depend on for every workout. I’m not a label whore, so name brands aren’t a must have. I’ve gone through many styles, brands, trial and error to find what works for me, and find that my favorites change as new items are produced or with new products I try….but these are my current favs. So, without further ado….
My hat of choice is the Nike Thermal Running Skullcap. It fits my head perfectly and has the sloping design that helps fully cover my ears. It’s not bulky, but keeps the wind out. In addition, it has a small opening in the back for your ear bud wires to enter. I’ve never used this feature, but it seems pretty smart to me. Unfortunately I’ve had this for a few years and I haven’t found anything to replace it when the time comes. Still looking….
For warmer weather runs I take to the Bondi Band. It’s basically a hip sweatband. They have all different patterns, fabrics, and styles. It definitely helps to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes. A must have for sure.
For rainy weather runs I absolutely love my Rev3Tri visor from HeadSweats. I never thought I’d like running in a visor, but it’s perfect when you don’t want rain falling into your eyes. I’m surprised how much I like it and am taking to it more and more.
My running tanks are so variable that it’s hard to mark down what I absolutely love. However, I have definitely found a pullover for winter that rocks. It’s the C9 by Champion® Long-Sleeve Fleece Athletic Top at Target. I’m telling you, Target has some awesome active wear. I have multiple items from there and they all rank VERY high on my items I wear while working out. I’d highly recommend checking out their selection. And then when you can catch them on sale, that’s even better!
Alright guys, you better skip this one, but I’m sure the ladies will appreciate it. Having a right fitting bra is number 1 when it comes to my wardrobe. That’s no different when it comes to workout gear. I searched high and low for a bra that would work and the Nike Pro Bra. Bras are always an issue for me. Although some may be surprised, I am a larger chested girl. Not only that, I’m also small around, which makes it that much more difficult to find bras that fit/work. In addition I have a condition where I absolutely need good support. The “experts: say I should wear an encapsulated sports bra, but one in my size doesn’t exist and doesn’t provide the support I need. This is where the Nike bra comes in. I went with the XS, which personally I think is crazy. Looking at it off of my body, it looks like it should be a kids bra. It’s an interesting feat to get into and out of. I’m now used to it, but the first few times I put it on it literally took the wind out of me. Those suckers aren’t moving. The bottom line, and I’m not joking, if it weren’t for this bra I wouldn’t be able run. When deciding what to where for triathlons I’ve also decided to go with this as my “swimsuit” too.
After signing up for my first triathlon my next purchase was a wetsuit. Unsure if doing a triathlon was a one-time deal I didn’t want to break the bank. An Xterra Vortex Wetsuit fit the bill. It was affordable and worked perfectly for what I needed.
No big surprise here, but the Garmin Forerunner 205 ranks high on my list. D calls it my crutch. Unfortunately it does tend to be. At the same time though, it helps me keep my pace and know how I’m doing in my run/ride and how far I’ve gone. It keeps everything organized, which is perfect for my OCD. In the future I hope to upgrade to something that also provides a heart monitor.
If you run outside, especially by yourself, then you need the identification. Currently I use a Road ID however, I just ordered a 1BandID. It will fit onto my Garmin band and is one less thing to worry about putting on. (Review coming later). Having identification is kind of like insurance, it seems pointless until you need it. I hope that it never has to be used, but it’s there and gives me peace of mind.
On short runs I often don’t use hydration, but when I go out for the long haul I make sure I take something along. When I started training for the half marathon I kept my options open. I finally decided on the Nathan Quickdraw Plus. It holds just the right amount of water I need and has a pouch that I often use for my iPod on long training runs.
For all of my other crap that I take out on long runs/rides (cell phone, keys, etc.) I use the SPIBelt. Just like the Bondi Band is a hip sweatband, the SPIBelt is a hip fanny pack. It’s so tiny, but being made out of spandex allows it to stretch to your needs, which doesn’t feel bulky. In addition, it stays put instead of bouncing up and down like a typically fanny pack. It’s crazy how much stuff you can put in it.
I absolutely love Nike’s Tempo Track Running Short I love them so much that I have 5+ pair. After many tries with different brands and styles this is what I have settled on. They have the typically running brief inside, but don’t ride up your crack. And they come in a ton of colors. It’s as though they are constantly introducing new colors. I’m still experimenting with tri/bike shorts, so I’ll let you know when I find my match.
The Adidas Astro Pant are my pant of choice. They’re not as tight as tights, which I also have. Not being too tight allows me to use these to wear over my shorts when heading to the gym. Or I can put on another layer under them during cold weather. At the same time, they aren’t super loose either. The legs taper but have the back zippers allowing for a slight flair when you’re not running. Out of all my pants I find myself wearing these most and grabbing for them first.
Some individuals may not understand the need for Body Glide. Body Glide is an anti-chafing product. You place it in any place where you chafe and you’re good to go. Originally I did not like the first time I used it. It made me sticky, which was totally the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Needless to say it found itself in the junk drawer. However, I have found that it is a must-have when I’m running in the gym. I’ve tried to explain the use of this product to several women and they kind of look at me like I’m crazy. Having my target area for Body Glide be my inner thighs, they look at me and say, “I don’t have that problem.” I have some pretty big thighs, something I absolutely hate, and attribute to being a bigger kid and riding horses. At the same time I never thought I’d be in the minority for having this “problem.” Heck, maybe I’m not but everyone I talk to about rubbing thighs doesn’t seem to have the problem. That aside, this product rocks and not so wet as Vaseline. But it all honesty, when you’re chafing you’ll take anything that relieves it, including straight up Vaseline.
On to socks! After Asics recently changed the design of their sock I loved I had to search for something new. By process of elimination, my new favorite running sock is Under Armour Grippy II. I think they are so awesome. Just the right thickness, enough heel coverage to prevent chafing but still considered no-show. I was a bit worried about the grippy part on the bottom of the sock, thinking it might irritate my feet, but this wasn’t found to be the case. I’ve tried other brands and they just don’t do it for me. They keep my feet too hot. Some are too thin. Some too thick. I dig these Under Armour socks.I’ll end with my shoes, Mizuno Wave Riders. I started out running in trail shoes. Looking back I have no idea how I did it. They were flat, hard, and heavy. I remember walking in and getting fit for my first official pair of running shoes. They looked at me like I was crazy for previously using trail shoes to run in. They were surprised to see that I hadn’t killed myself yet in them. Heck, I didn’t know any different. And as with everything else, shoes aren’t the easiest for me to buy. My feet are long but narrow. Nothing seems to fit just right. But when I slid my first pair of Mizunos on I knew they were the shoe. They fit like a glove. Every time I place my feet in those shoes I find why I love them all over again. I’m on my fifth paid of Mizunos and love them just as much as my first.
Do you have any favorites that I should try??
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