Congratulations for winning the Title Nine Sports Bra giveaway, Kathy L!
Thanks for entering, everyone! Make sure to RSVP for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest which is still going on tomorrow (Thursday)!
Congratulations for winning the Title Nine Sports Bra giveaway, Kathy L!
Thanks for entering, everyone! Make sure to RSVP for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest which is still going on tomorrow (Thursday)!
Disclosure: I received one free sports bra — all opinions are my own.
Sure, I only went two miles, but I stand by what I said earlier about this bra being life changing! It was comfortable and with the right amount of compression. And the best part? I only had to wear one bra!
Unfortunately, while the bra was awesome, the run didn’t go the greatest. The pain in my hip that showed up during the half was still there, even after taking a week off from running. After discussing with Coach, we decided to proceed with caution and I made an emergency PT appointment as well. This week, I’ll be focusing on slow and short easy runs and lots of yoga and I’ll be paying close attention to how my hip is feeling. Hopefully I’ll be able to ease into “real” workouts next week.
Don’t forget to RSVP at 612.238.9992 or through Facebook for Title Nine Edina’s Fit Fest taking place this Wednesday and Thursday! (You could probably talk me into going with you because I want to pick up a couple back up bras now that I know how much I love this one.)
Also, there’s still time to enter my Title Nine bra giveaway! I was sick all day yesterday so I’m extending the giveaway by one more day. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning. Oh! And you don’t need to be local to enter. And if you’re not near a store, you can use the online bra genie or call 800.342.4448 to chat with a bravangelist. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a free bra — all opinions are my own.
It probably goes without saying that a post about sports bras might venture into TMI territory. But I’ll say it anyways: This might venture into TMI territory.
I’ve always felt very lucky that I’ve never had to worry about having a large chest that got in the way of running, playing sports, etc. I’m sure I’ve also taken it for granted at times, but I recently found myself in a new situation: I love my Oiselle bras (they’re comfortable and cute), but now I need to wear two of them when running or a weird combination of one sports bra + a tank with a built in shelf bra. I guess having two back-to-back pregnancies and then nursing Calvin for 10+ months did a number on me.
Ahead of the event, our Title Nine contact, Jessica, emailed and asked that we provide our current bra size and I was like “Uhhhh.” To be completely honest, I’m still wearing nursing bras and tanks because all of my old bras fit weird. Jessica assured me that it wasn’t a problem and they’d be able to find me the perfect bra.
After hitting up Tilia for a quick dinner (um, of fries and a lobster roll — the ideal meal before trying on bras in front of other people) courtesy of my bro (it’s fun to sit and harass the chef), I arrived to Title Nine Edina at 50th and France. Julia, the store manager, greeted me by name! Shortly after, Erin, Jessie, Bert, Samara and Anna arrived. So great to meet some of the other bloggers I follow, in person!
We met Molly, Title Nine’s head Bravangelist (and bra buyer) who fit us each individually. She took a few really quick measurements (and if it matters to you — you can even keep your top on) and brought me a few different options to try on. Easy peasy!
She told me I was a 32C and in some of the bras that run small, a 32D, so it’s pretty obvious that I’ve likely been wearing the incorrect size for many years. In fact, while the majority of American women wear a 36C bra, most sports bras are made for A or B-cup women.
The third bra I tried was the one I ended up deciding on — the Fits-to-a-T sports bra, made by Brooks/Moving Comfort. I love everything about this bra — it’s comfortable and extremely supportive and the racerback cut shouldn’t lead to any chafing or rubbing on long runs. OH and the straps are adjustable for just the right fit (with velcro — perfect for a nursing mom).
What I loved about all of the options I tried was that they were “band and cup”-style, which I’ve never worn before. They felt much more supportive than the typical S, M, L-type bras I’ve always worn in the past. This got me thinking that I don’t think I’ve ever worn the proper sports bra. Ever. In my life.
We also participated in a “bounceathon” in our bras where we tested out how the bras handled jumping rope, bouncing on a ball or hoola hooping. It felt a little awkward, but it was a good way to really put them to the test!
The best part of all of this? There’s a public Title Nine Fit Fest on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 at Title Nine in Edina! RSVP here to sign up for your personalized bra fit with a Title Nine Bravangelist expert. It’s a super quick process, but seriously life changing. And the staff at the Edina location is super friendly and knowledgeable (btw, good luck with your half marathon, Angela!) and they’ve got a carefully curated selection of awesome clothing and gear in addition to sports bras (for example: they carry Oiselle items, some designed specifically for T9)!
Enter to win a Title Nine bra of your choice! The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Along with the bra, you’ll get a personalized fitting, either in-store or by-phone, depending on your location.
(Note that if you’re a winner that’s located within driving distance of a Title Nine store you’ll be asked to redeem your prize at the closest/preferred retail location.)
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below about ANYTHING to do with sports bras! For an additional entry, tweet about the Title Nine Fit Fest using the @TitleNine handle and#T9FitFest hashtag. Then let me know you tweeted, with a separate comment and link to the tweet. Good luck! Enter by the end of the day on Monday and I’ll pick a winner Tuesday morning.
Stay tuned for my full bra review (once I start running again!)
On Friday we left the Cities around noon and took a small detour to avoid some slow downs on I-35. We got to my sister-in-law’s around 3:15 (after a stop at the grocery and liquor store). Since my brother-in-law was running his 16th!!!!! Grandma’s Marathon and had to go pick up his race packet, they picked up mine as well. It was nice not having to deal with the expo once we got into town.
Andrea and I stopped by the Oiselle meet up that was hosted at Tammy’s gorgeous house off of London Road! It was great to chat with some other birds and put names to faces, finally 🙂
After the meet up, we had our traditional pre-race meal of spaghetti and garlic toast. (And Andrea’s famous s’more bars.)
I decided to sleep on the couch since I still wake up if Calvin makes even the slightest noise. Even though I slept pretty restlessly, when the alarm went off at 3 a.m. I got up without hitting snooze. I ate my breakfast cookie and drank a half a cup of coffee, along with about 16 oz. of water. After throwing a few “in case of emergency”-type supplies in my gear bag (poncho, sunglasses vaseline, etc.), John, Andrea and I were out the door at 4 a.m. sharp and en route to Duluth.
We arrived and parked at the Edgewater Hotel around 4:30 and were able to get on the second shuttle. Once we arrived to the start, we sat alongside the road with a stunning view of Lake Superior. While sitting there, I ate a half a banana and my Gen UCAN snack bar.
We got in line for a final porta potty stop and were headed to the start corral shortly after 6 a.m. The corral was crowded and as I worked my way towards the 2:00 area, the gun went off and we were on our way!
Miles 1-6 – 8:59, 8:49, 8:48, 8:45, 8:46, 8:49
The first mile went by quickly and was pretty uneventful. The weather felt nice and cool still and my legs felt pretty fresh — I didn’t notice any of the fatigue I was feeling over the past week.
I had to do a fair share of weaving at the beginning, but the nice, wide roads made it a lot less frustrating than in other races in the Cities. Around mile two or three, all of a sudden I noticed that it felt significantly warmer than it did at the start. The first few miles ticked by and I tried to enjoy them by taking in the scenery.
Right around mile five, I noticed a little twinge in my left hip. I didn’t think too much of it, but by the time I was approaching the seven mile marker, it had gone from a ‘twinge’ to dull pain. My left foot was also starting to bother me and I felt the heat getting to me — I started to feel my pace slipping a bit.
Miles 7-13.1 -8:53, 9:06, 8:51, 8:40, 8:45, 8:43, 8:24
The next couple of miles were my slowest. I walked through the water stops and it took a lot of effort to pick the pace back up after walking. I tried to focus on my form and to do my best to keep a sub-9:00 pace. Lemon Drop hill came and went and like the last time I ran it, I used it as motivation that I only had 1/4 of the race ahead of me.
Right around mile 10, my friends Kate and Brian appeared and it helped me pick my pace back up! The crowds started to thicken as we made our way down Superior Street.
Between miles 11 and 12, I saw Jesse, Sara (my SIL) and Calvin! I was feeling awful by then, but I plastered a smile on my face and focused on getting the race over with.
Trying to harness my fast-finish training runs, I gave the last mile all I had left (which wasn’t much) and crossed the finish line not able to push any harder.
Official finish time: 1:55:46
I collected my medal and shirt (not a fan) and beelined to the gear bag area. There was only one person in front of me! I promptly took off my shoes and slipped on my birkies. Ahhh, relief.
I was feeling a little woozy, so I sat down in the finishers area for a little while before heading over to the family meeting area. I got a text from Andrea that she had finished already — MAJOR PR for that girl!
Shortly after I got to the finishers area, Andrea and John and Sara, Jesse and Calvin arrived. The moment I squeezed my little guy was one I’ll never forget!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Since we found out our car was basically being held hostage at Edgewater until the marathon was over the roads reopened, we took the shuttle to Proctor where Jesse picked us up. After a short nap, some lunch and an amazing shower, we drove back to Duluth later in the day to pick up the car. Once we arrived back to my sister-in-law’s, we celebrated with some champagne, a beer or two and juicy lucys!
I went into this race hoping to break two hours. My 10 mile race a few weeks back gave me the confidence that I should be able to do that relatively easily, but given my low weekly mileage totals and the crappy runs I’d had recently, there was not one part of me that thought a PR was a possibility. This was a wake up call that I’m probably not training at the proper paces and was further validation that working with a coach is the right call for me. (I’ve already started working with my new coach and I’m SO EXCITED!)
Fuel: I felt like I fueled properly for this one. I took water at every stop except for the first and last one. I also took a second cup to pour over my head at a few stops and I know that helped keep me cool. I took a total of four Shot Bloks starting at mile 6 and through the end of the race. I probably could have had an entire package, but I didn’t train much with them and didn’t want to upset my stomach.
Gear: I went with Stride shorts and my Oiselle singlet as well as compression socks. I felt a bit warm with the socks, but I’m still happy I decided to run in them. My Stride shorts stayed put the entire race ❤ I could’ve used sunglasses, but was fine without.
I’m so grateful I had such a great place to stay with the best hospitality (thanks, Tim and Sara!) and great training partners throughout this cycle (s/o Andrea, Kate and Kristen!) and a huge congrats to Tim for completing his 20th marathon, all of the amazing Oiselle women who raced over the weekend and to everyone else who raced!
This week is all about recovery and I’m already feeling much better after the race. I did some major foam rolling and saw my chiropractor for an adjustment. As long as my hip feels OK when I run on Saturday, I’m considering myself as good as new!
So what’s next? Not 100 percent sure, but talking it over with my coach and thinking that it’ll be a fall 10 mile or half.
What’s up next for you? Any fall races planned?
It’s officially race week! Last week was a very “meh” week of running:
Neck was still sore so I skipped lifting and just stretched and foam rolled
Tuesday: 5 miles (9:24 pace)
AKA New Garmin Day! The wrist band on my old Garmin came apart and since it’s still under warranty, Garmin offered to send a replacement band. In the meantime, I’ve been wanting to upgrade, so it was the perfect justification 😉 I headed to Mill City Running over my lunch hour and met up with Sara and left with a brand new Garmin!
The run later that evening was just OK. Legs continue to feel tired.
We decided to make the 5.5 drive to my parents’ house at Calvin’s bedtime so he’d sleep in the car, so we left Minneapolis around 6 p.m. It worked great minus the fact that it was midnight by the time we got there and I was SO TIRED!
Friday: 3 miles (8:50 pace)
Calvin woke up at his grandparents’ house, bright and early at 5:40 a.m. so I got up and get ready to run once Jesse got up. I headed out around 7:30 and it was already hot and sticky (the temp eventually rose to over 90 degrees later in the day!). I love running in my hometown — it’s a great change of scenery and you can usually run (no sidewalks) down the road for awhile before meeting any cars. The only downside is pretty hilly terrain. My legs were feeling this one for the next day or so!
I gave my legs the next day off and we continued to relax at my parents’ house. We headed to my aunt and uncle’s place in the afternoon. They live on my grandparents’ farm and Calvin and Cole got to meet goats, baby chicks, a large dog and some cats. They were both pretty tired afterwards from all the excitement and all the fresh air and all the grass and trees and nature!!!!
I caught up with some high school friends over a beer and a brat (because, Wisconsin) later that evening.
Sunday: 6 miles (9:05 pace)
I decided to wait until we got back to Minneapolis to get my “long run” in. We left Wisconsin around 9 a.m. and got back to MN around 3. It was a stressful ride back with traffic and Calvin being pretty unhappy about being in his carseat.
Once we got Calvin down to bed, Kate and I headed out for our run. There was a breeze and the temperature had cooled from the previous two days, but it still felt sticky and I never felt like I ever warmed up. The entire run was hard. Not the run I was hoping for less than a week out from the half, but that’s what happens!
Focusing this week on rest and eating right. I’m not off to a great start since I haven’t been sleeping well, but I’ve been eating pretty well and cutting back on the mileage in a big way. Next update will be post-Garry Bjorklund Half!
20 minute arm toning circuit and some stretching and foam rolling
Tuesday: 5 miles (9:30 pace)
Did my PT exercises and some pushups and planks.
Did this, instead of running:
(Not pictured: A couple of delicious glasses of wine.)
Friday: 5 miles (9:20 pace)
Even though the forecast called for morning thunderstorms, I woke up to clear skies. I decided to hit up Flapjack Friday again and had a lovely five mile run with Sara! Bummer though, not even a half a mile into the run, I felt a sharp pain shoot through my neck and shoulders. It was uncomfortable through the rest of the run, but it wasn’t until I stopped running that the pain really set in. I’d experienced something like this a few times in the past, moving wrong in the shower, etc. but this was by far the worst pain. So I found a chiropractor with an opening and carefully drove (without being able to turn my head) to his office for an adjustment. I left still in pain, but slightly looser.
I spent the next 24+ hours laying in bed, icing on and off. Thank goodness for J who took the lead on Calvin duties, especially since Calvin is in a “crawl all over mommy” stage.
Saturday: REST (still in a lot of pain)
Much of Saturday was spent in bed, icing on and off, but I did make it to C’s last swimming lesson (he LOVES the water now!), which made me decide I NEED to get back in the pool to do some lap swimming again.
Sunday: 11 miles (9:29 pace)
This was rough, but we powered through! Andrea and I met at Lake Harriet and ran the three lakes. It loosened up quite a bit, but my neck/left shoulder bothered me the entire time. Also, was feeling some soreness in my knees.
I need to find a better water bottle to run with. Any suggestions? Luckily, there are plenty of water stops around this route, but I’d still like to hydrate more regularly on warm days.
After we finished, we hit up the Rose Street Patisserie. I tried their chocolate chip cookie (it was OK, I think this batch was overdone) and an unpictured feta and spinach croissant (YUM).
I’m getting anxious for race day to get here already! I’m still not setting any goals — if everything falls into place like it did on the day of my 10-mile race, I could be looking at a really solid half, but if it’s like my day on Sunday, it could be a struggle. We will wait and see!
Favorite post-run treat?
Tuesday: 5 miles (9:40 pace)
Pretty much everything was working against me for this one — my calves were in knots still from mowing the lawn over the weekend and I was SO HUNGRY after a busy day of meetings that I scarfed down some food 45 minutes before we headed out on our run. But after a slow and sloggy start, I felt a bit better and then started to hit a wall with around a mile left. The heat and humidity didn’t help.
Friday: 4 miles (9:30 pace)
Andrea and I finally checked out Mill City Running’s Flapjack Fridays! The run starts from Mill City Running in Northeast Minneapolis at 6:30 and there are 2.5, 5 and 7 mile loop routes. We only wanted to go about four miles, so we did an out and back. I never get sick of running across the Stone Arch Bridge. Once we got back to the store, we got in line for pancakes. There were a variety of toppings (um, hello Nutella), but I opted for good ol’ maple syrup and butter.
The rain started just as we dug into our pancakes. It actually felt pretty good after a slightly humid run.
I headed home to shower and get ready for the day. Since I was working from home, it was pretty easy to ease into the work day!
That night, J and I met up with my co-workers to see Tracy Morgan at Mystic Lake:
It was a great show and felt good to laugh. SUPER inappropriate, but funny.
We hit up Sea Salt for lunch (Calvin’s first trip there!)
Afterwards, I went with Andrea to see Book of Mormon (erm, for my fourth time). I might have a problem.
Sunday: MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler (1:29:55)
Hooray for a new 10 mile PR!
I knew I was going to like this race, when I realized the start line was in the middle of a downhill. It was a small field, but I still lined up middle-back of the pack. I made a rookie move by not starting my Garmin until I was about to cross the start line — it took almost three miles for it to finally catch up and find my location.
The race starts on the trails in Crosby Regional Park and as you come up to Shepard Road, you hit the first water stop — around 2.5 miles. I took water, but soon after that, while I was still feeling good, I started to feel kind of chilled and realized I had stopped sweating. The next water stop wasn’t until five miles, but I took two cups of water and also had half my GU. I started feeling a little better, but was still looking forward to the next water stop at mile 7.5. This could have ended up as a disaster, but since it didn’t, I’m just going to learn from it and make sure to better hydrate pre-race next time.
I think my favorite thing about this race was that since it’s an out and back, we got to see the leaders on their way back to the finish. And I’m not kidding, 90% of them actually smiled and said things like “great job” and “keep it up” as they passed us mortals who hadn’t even hit the turnaround point.
I started to pick up the pace around mile five and was keeping it right in the 8:40s. There were some challenging hills on the course, but the downhills made them worth it. I was still feeling good after mile 9, so I decided to try to go sub-8:00 for the last mile. I crossed the finish line and couldn’t stop smiling for the next 24 hours. Everything fell into place and I was really happy how this went. I also learned a lot about where my training has brought me and how I should approach the half in just a few weeks.
I’d definitely recommend this race! It’s well organized, small and a great course (even though it’s an out and back).
Pre-race fuel: Breakfast cookie
Race day outfit: Distance shorts and Oiselle shimmel
Splits: 9:45, 9:04, 9:20, 9:17, 8:40, 8:45, 8:45, 8:42, 8:10, 7:59
28th female, 13th AG