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 Nordstrom.com - click to purchase

Picture from Nordstrom.com – 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!

Catching back up

Haydens Heart 5KLife has certainly been busy the last month or so. Tax season for a CPA like myself is always crunch time. A few injuries kept me sidelined on my running schedule, but I am easing back into things. Im really trying to focus on my form. I injured my knee by trying to run too fast. After my 5k, (yep, I completed one), I realized running on a treadmill is a LOT easier! The road already moves under your feet, you just sort of bounce along it. So, now I am trying to be more deliberate with my stride and focus on how I land as well as how I move my foot. I have this weird pain on the ball of my foot, right behind my big toe if I run a certain way.

Got the husband back to work, the kids are back to school after spring break, so it is now time to get back on this horse. Tax season, too much wine, my mom’s cooking has made my clothes start to shrink, so watch out world, it is time to hit the re-start button!

New Years Goals – Feb Checkup

My goals for 2014 are:

  1. Pay down our 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.

Well, this is my update:

  1. We were able to pay an extra $500 towards debt this last month. That is exciting!
  2. No 5k this month, but we did manage to run a 1 mile on Jan 1st. However, I have managed to run an average of 6-8 miles per week on a treadmill in the gym. Not really the same as running outside, but it is something at least.
  3. Over the last month we have managed to sell some of my kids old toys they don’t need anymore and some unused clothing and shoes. We made about $250 that we were able to put towards our debt.
  4. Not down a pant size yet, but I just was able to move the lever down on the scale. This is a good thing. Its amazing how good it feels not to have to move that big weight on the bottom to where it was.

 

How are you doing?

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.