Fitness Friday: The Sports Bra

As I have begun a running adventure this year, I have realized the necessity of certain quality essentials, like shoes and most importantly a good sports bra! I am not small chested. The ‘girls’, as I call them, could easily poke out an eye as I go bouncing around on a treadmill. I searched, read reviews and purchased a couple of different sports bras. I couldn’t believe the different styles, for different types of exercise and I really didn’t want to have to wear 2, like some reviewers mentioned. I hate laundry and that would just give me more to do. I settled on a bra called ‘Moving Comfort Juno Bra.

Picture from - click to purchase

Picture from – click to purchase

One of the major selling points for me is the adjustable shoulder straps. Every time I get a bra to fit around the chest region, the shoulder straps are too long. It can be a pain to have a shorter stature. Technically, I am petite in height, just on the edge at 5’4″. It makes it hard to find clothes that fit, because I am also round. But, the roundness is a work in progress.

This bra is amazing! When I first put it on, I felt like I needed to be an acrobat. But, I soon figured out a system that worked, and the adjustable velcro shoulder straps are sooo comfy! And, no matter what exercise I do, the girls just don’t move. I’ve done aerobics, I’ve run, I’ve played with my kids after the gym, nothing. Ive been using this bra now for about 5 months and it has retained its shape and continues to perform well. At this point, it might outlast my shoes, which is good because the bra retails for about $56 at Nordstrom. I was tired of buying sports bras online for a cheaper price only to have to return them when they didn’t fit. So, I went to the bra fit specialists at Nordstrom. Between the bra specialist and the fitness wear expert, I was fitted and working out comfortably in no time!

P90X3 Day 1

From – click for page

I’ve started the P90X3 with a group of ladies I’ve met via twitter and now Facebook. The group gives amazing support, encouragement as well as helpful tips and motivation. That said, today was my first day trying the P90X3. I decided to try the Lean program as it uses a bit more cario and I am not trying to bulk up, but lose inches. My eventual goal is to stop shopping plus sizes in the store, but for right now, I am planning on losing 2 pant sizes.

This morning, however, I realized I forgot my P90X calendar at home and didn’t remember the workout I was supposed to start with, so I popped in the 1st video. Omergawd! Synergetics is completely craz-ay! There are these spider like push-up jump things, and a bunch of balancing stuff that makes my grade school PE teacher’s voice ring in my ears. “Hey, spaghetti legs (me) keep it together.” Needless to say, to save myself from completely feeling like I’m incompetent, I’m hitting the treadmill this afternoon too.

Oh, and even better… on the lean program, I was supposed to do a completely different workout. So yea, there is that. Well, tomorrow is another day. And, it’s not about how frequently we fall off the horse, but how quickly we get back on, right? So tomorrow, it is day one redoux.

Running, is faster better?

Lately, I have been running. Not so much over the holidays what with bronchitis and all. But, after participating in the 1st run and making it a goal to hit six (Yes, 6!) 5ks over the next year, my enthusasim has once again taken hold.

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

As I run on a treadmill, I notice – I can usually run for about 3minutes +/- if the rate of speed is set to a 5.0, whereas I can only run for about 2minutes +/- if I ratchet the speed up to 5.2. (Point of clarity: I never said I would WIN the race, just run as much of it as I could.) I am slow, and I am okay with that.

But, I have a burning question:

As I start running more and trying to aim for running during the whole 5K, what is better: running at 5.2 for 2 minutes or 5.0 for 3 minutes? Ive tried the couch to 5K and Im not sure if I should aim for the time or the speed, because frankly, if I aim for the time, I have not completed a 5K. Im that slow.

Any runners out there who can help me out with some advice?

2014 is going to ROCK

I keep seeing these posts about New Years Resolutions. Historically, my New Years resolutions haven’t been kept. I get partway, feel successful and then ride on that feeling for a couple months, then feel pretty bad I didn’t follow through. 2013 I changed things up and had ‘Wishes’ for myself and the family. This year, I don’t want to use the word ‘Wishes’. I want to use the word ‘Goals’. For me wishing is more of a “Hey, it could happen. Anything is possible” kind of scenario. Goals means I have something to measure against, something to really work toward.

I am the daughter of a mid-west farm boy. You can take the boy from the farm, but you can’t steal his work ethic. While I appreciate my downtime, I have inherited a lot of his drive. I swear, that man will stop moving only when he is dead, or sitting in his favorite recliner resting his eyes. So, the idea of a Goal vs. a Wish appeals to me.

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

Beginning of the 1st Run by Metro Parks

Last year: I wanted to catch my 6 year old in a foot race. I worked hard and even though it has taken many months, I did finally beat my now 7 year old in a foot race, well – one of them. The other 7 year old did beat me by about 20 seconds.

A Facebook/Twitter friend of mine, a woman I admire greatly, she has 6 kids and manages to keep her sanity, uses a theme for her New Year. My theme this year is simplify. In an effort to simplify my life I have come up with these goals.

Winner of the 1st Run: Sean

Winner of the 1st Run: Sean

This year’s Goals:

  1. Pay down our debt: The hubs was under employed for 7 months and un-employed for 6 weeks. We need to get the budget back on track and lose about 3 months salary in debt.
  2. I want to run (realistically: run/walk) at least six 5K runs.
  3. I want to clean out the clutter in my house, sell on craigslist 3 items a month or donate a big bag to goodwill once a month.
  4. I want to shrink 2 pant sizes.

You will notice I have put numbers on these goals. These are specific and I am clear what I expect from myself. This will be hard, especially since I am starting up a small business for taxes and bookkeeping in addition to my full time job. Hard to keep it simple with two jobs, but this should help me accomplish goal #1 that much quicker.

National Running Day – 5k?

Photo Credit: Click for link to article

Today is National Running Day. I post about fitness on Fridays usually, but since it is National Running Day – I’m branching out. I’m not an accomplished runner, in fact I only run for one minute at a time. A prior post about how I have recently decided I enjoy running talks about how it takes me 30 minutes to grab 2 miles. I run for 1 minute, and walk for 1 minute. Between warm up/cool down and my run/walk routine it takes me 30 minutes.

Normally I run on a treadmill in the gym. I have family and friends who love running trails or down pathways. My biggest challenge is finding the time where I have time outside. During the workday, the streets and sidewalks are pretty crowded and there is no real great area to run. The gym in the building where I work provides a treadmill for free and it is only an elevator ride away. So when not working out with my personal trainer, I hit the gym in my office building. On non-working days I am usually surrounded by my kids. The older kids would probably run with me, but I can’t get the 2 year old motivated. (He is sooo much like his mother!) I suppose I could break out the jogging stroller, but I really want to break him of the stroller habit. So, on the weekends you can usually find us indulging in at least one walk  to the park to get him used to going distances without the struggle of having to coax him.

Several twitter friends of mine: Heather ,  Jennifer and Holly inspire me towards better fitness. These are ladies who manage to balance fitness and family. Heather was recently convinced to run a 5K. Im told a 5K is only 1 more mile than what I am currently doing on the treadmill. I think a 5K challenge might be worth exploring. Does anyone have any experience going from the treadmill to the road/sidewalk? Any advice? Am I completely crazy or is this something I could do?