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Thanks criscat.

That was actually more of a "I can't believe I made such a rookie mistake" post. It's sad to say it, but I really should know better than to buy a cheap running bra. I'm not that new to running or high impact exercise. [Never run with such success before, though, all thanks to C25K.]

What I don't think I conveyed too well — and what I wanted to warn others off from — was that I was suckered in by having been really impressed with the quality of other Champion items from Target, the quality of which rivals other athletic wear I've purchased at 2 or 3 times the cost.

The Champion jog bra I wore for that run has been relegated to be worn doubled up with my other one once it starts to break down. Or as an at-home yoga top [a little too risqué for the studio, a topic which was covered quite thoroughly in another thread!] The unworn one is going back to Target.

I promise my run was "excruciating" [yes, I was being a tad melodramatic] only from that standpoint. I have a newfound love for it, and it feels great. Ten years of yoga have taught me very well to listen to the body. Always good advice.

Last edited by wild~hair; 05-10-2008 at 10:05 PM.
I've been walking a bunch, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Last night I did Week 7, Day 2 of W25K. It was excruciating, but only because I had purchased a new running bra and let's just say it was inadequate to the challenge! Between physical discomfort and [real or imagined?] male stares, it was a difficult run. I kept thinking of the "male gaze" thoughout the run and even came up with a T-shirt concept around it. Hey, what else are you gonna do while you're running and hiking up your boobage every 50 feet?

For the record, it was a Champion jog bra from Target — their "top seller" — that let me down. [haha] I love Target and I actually really like the line of Champion sports stuff they carry, but this one's a dud.

I hope women aren't regularly running around in bras like that. Well, who am I kidding, I do see them from time to time. Hopefully they're like I was yesterday and never repeat the experience. I know I won't.

I'm looking forward to my next run, in my Moving Comfort jog bra, which I know will give me the support I need!
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Hey wild hair,

Congrats on your athletic progress!
A good sports bra and running shoe is a must as your runner career unfolds. You might want to try to wear two bras, if you feel one is not enough.

Also, I'd like to share with you (if nobody has yet), the importance of the running shoe. I wish somebody did when I started, it would have probably saved me some blisters and injuries.

First and foremost, your running shoe needs to be one or 1 1/2 sizes bigger. Your toes need to have enough space so they will not touch the front of the shoe while running. So, my foot is 6 1/2 or 7, but my running shoe is 8! I put on two socks: one thin running sock and a normal sock over it.

Next thing, be sure your shoe is appropriate for your foot type (neutral, overpronator, underpronator). There are some stores where you run over a treadmill equipped with a foot type detector, which can be helpful to fit you. Running with the wrong shoe is hell.

And finally, running while challenging, is supposed to be fun. So, listen to your body and take time to adapt. You can do two or 3 times the same week of the program, if you feel the need. Each individual is unique, and these programs are meant to be guidelines.
Originally Posted by criscat
Oh yeah, that shoe thing is a biggie. I have been having problems with the bottoms of my feet and knees hurting. I knew it was time for new shoes, I just didn't have time to get to the store. I go to a high end running store where you take in your old shoes, they look at them, look at your feet and arch and then pick a shoe. A top quality, built-to-last shoe, not mass market shoes. They aren't open early/late like mass market sports stores. I finally got there on Friday. I bought 2 pairs...one for step class and one to run in. Apparently, your shoes need 36 hours to bounce back...if you wear the same pair every day, they won't ever bounce back.

I also wear a 6 1/2 to 7 and my shoes are 8's as well. I wear Saucony, I've NEVER had a pair of them that hurt my feet.

ETA: Most sportswear/shoe companies divide up their offerings by market level...the things that you get at Target are less expensive, because they are made that way. A good running bra is going to be expensive...and totally worth it. Mine do not move at all when I'm running and I'm a D cup.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
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Today I did Week 7 Day 3 of C25K. I took it as a good sign when Robert [podcast dude] broke into the music to say it was the halfway mark and it barely registered. I was like, "Did he say something?"

It was a good run.


ETA: Most sportswear/shoe companies divide up their offerings by market level...the things that you get at Target are less expensive, because they are made that way. A good running bra is going to be expensive...and totally worth it. Mine do not move at all when I'm running and I'm a D cup.
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
I know I keep saying this, but I already have a great jog bra that cost me some cha-ching — it's what got me to C25K Week 7 intact! So I know what it's supposed to be like. I was just being a big dummy in thinking I could skimp there. A moment of temporary insanity.

I actually find Target to generally be hit or miss on the clothing quality. There are the aforementioned Champion pieces I have that perform just as well as much more $$$ Lululemon and Shiva Rea yoga wear. Some things last freaking forever and others just a few wearings. All at similar price points. It's a mystery.

As for shoes, I had good results with Asics before and the ones I recently bought are no exception. If the running sticks, I will investigate more conscientious shoe shopping.

I'm not always giving them 36 hours to recover, though. They only get as long as I do! Surely distance covered factors into that recovery time? I'm barely doing 2 miles a run a this point. Aside from my occasional spontaneous sprinting, I'm SLOW.

Last edited by wild~hair; 05-12-2008 at 03:02 AM.
Today I did Week 7 Day 3 of C25K. I took it as a good sign when Robert [podcast dude] broke into the music to say it was the halfway mark and it barely registered. I was like, "Did he say something?"

It was a good run.


ETA: Most sportswear/shoe companies divide up their offerings by market level...the things that you get at Target are less expensive, because they are made that way. A good running bra is going to be expensive...and totally worth it. Mine do not move at all when I'm running and I'm a D cup.
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
I know I keep saying this, but I already have a great jog bra that cost me some cha-ching — it's what got me to C25K Week 7 intact! So I know what it's supposed to be like. I was just being a big dummy in thinking I could skimp there. A moment of temporary insanity.

I actually find Target to generally be hit or miss on the clothing quality. There are the aforementioned Champion pieces I have that perform just as well as much more $$$ Lululemon and Shiva Rea yoga wear. Some things last freaking forever and others just a few wearings. All at similar price points. It's a mystery.

As for shoes, I had good results with Asics before and the ones I recently bought are no exception. If the running sticks, I will investigate more conscientious shoe shopping.

I'm not always giving them 36 hours to recover, though. They only get as long as I do! Surely distance covered factors into that recovery time? I'm barely doing 2 miles a run a this point. Aside from my occasional spontaneous sprinting, I'm SLOW.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
I have to keep mine tied down. I get sore during my PMS. MY DH doesn't understand why I can't just buy the cheaper ones that he sees at Target. I am sure that distance probably does factor into it. The lady at the shoe store and I were talking because I bought 2 pairs of cha-ching shoes, but I don't like to wear my running shoes for anything else. She said that you really should have 2 pairs and alternate.

Wild Hair, when you start training for your 10k...or 1/2 marathon, you'll have to have 2 pairs. HA! (I can't EVEN wear nike's) I highly recommend actually running a road race...they are SO much fun and addictive. I find that they answer the question: "And why am I doing all this running?" "Oh yeah... to run the race."
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
hopetocurl says:
"... HA! (I can't EVEN wear nike's)..."


Interesting you should say that. As of today I'm swearing off of nike's forever. I've been walking/running now for about 2 months, and for these 2 months it's been nothing but pain.

I should own stock in Johnson&Johnson for all the band-aids I've gone through in covering/cushioning all the blisters I've had lately. I switched to a bigger shoe, but the number of blisters increased inspite of wearing 2 pairs of socks.

I thought nike shocks would be good for me b/c I have bad knees and need extra shock absorption. Granted, my knees don't hurt after a workout but my feet are killing me. After today's workout and fresh new blisters, my motto for nike is "can't do it".

My husband seems to be having good success w/ his Asics, but he doesn't have knee problems like I do. Can anyone here recommend a good shoe that has good shock absorption and won't break the bank?

My husband seems to be having good success w/ his Asics, but he doesn't have knee problems like I do. Can anyone here recommend a good shoe that has good shock absorption and won't break the bank?
Originally Posted by vegas_curls
Hey vegas_curls,

I like the nimbus VI, but I am an underpronator.These are very popular shoes among runners, and they cost around 100 usd.
Mizuno has good shoes too. Also, I always go with the previous model of the Nimbus, which is basically the same shoe, but much better priced.
Thanks criscat.

That was actually more of a "I can't believe I made such a rookie mistake" post. It's sad to say it, but I really should know better than to buy a cheap running bra. I'm not that new to running or high impact exercise. [Never run with such success before, though, all thanks to C25K.]

What I don't think I conveyed too well — and what I wanted to warn others off from — was that I was suckered in by having been really impressed with the quality of other Champion items from Target, the quality of which rivals other athletic wear I've purchased at 2 or 3 times the cost.

The Champion jog bra I wore for that run has been relegated to be worn doubled up with my other one once it starts to break down. Or as an at-home yoga top [a little too risqué for the studio, a topic which was covered quite thoroughly in another thread!] The unworn one is going back to Target.

I promise my run was "excruciating" [yes, I was being a tad melodramatic] only from that standpoint. I have a newfound love for it, and it feels great. Ten years of yoga have taught me very well to listen to the body. Always good advice.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Heh, that's what I do, I have the simple tops that I wear doubled. I have a champion one, a very common navy model, which I like a lot even, but always doubled.
Tuesday I did Week 8 Day 1, which is the first 28 minute run.

Because I stretched Week 7 out well over a week's time, I began the run telling by telling myself I could stop at 25 minutes if I needed to take it slower. It was a challenging run, to be sure, but never so much that I felt the need to stop, and I did do the whole thing.

Today was a .5 hour walk followed by 20 minutes of restorative yoga. Feeling a little low energy today and having some tension around my left rotator cuff and neck, so I wanted to work through that very gently. It felt really good.
Thursday was a longer walk and 20 minutes of yoga. Today was Week 8 Day 2 of C25K.

Wild Hair, when you start training for your 10k...or 1/2 marathon, you'll have to have 2 pairs. HA!
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
hopetocurl, I wish I was as ambitious as you make me out to be!
I was on a mini-vacation last week, so I only did:

Monday: Step and Pump
Wednesday: Pump

Last night I did, Step and Pump.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
I did a lot of heavy lifting with those retaining-wall-type bricks on Monday.

Today I did a 20 minute run. I decided to go back to Week 5 Day 3. I've not been terribly consistent lately and I'm paying for it in progress. I'm not sure where I'm going from here: re-do the weeks or do that plus mix in some 20 min runs too. I'm just going to see how I feel each day. I'm pretty happy that I can run as long and as far as I am lately.
I did a lot of heavy lifting with those retaining-wall-type bricks on Monday.

Today I did a 20 minute run. I decided to go back to Week 5 Day 3. I've not been terribly consistent lately and I'm paying for it in progress. I'm not sure where I'm going from here: re-do the weeks or do that plus mix in some 20 min runs too. I'm just going to see how I feel each day. I'm pretty happy that I can run as long and as far as I am lately.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Hey wild-hair,

Here are some suggestions about follow up programs on the C25k:

http://www.halhigdon.com/beginrunner/novicesupreme.htm

http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/5k.html

Or, you can use the smartcoach on http://www.runnersworld.com

Got an ipod?
Thanks criscat.

Today I did a 90 minute walk, interspersed with picture taking. Everything is in bloom around here, it's gorgeous!
Thanks criscat.

Today I did a 90 minute walk, interspersed with picture taking. Everything is in bloom around here, it's gorgeous!
Originally Posted by wild~hair

I tried to run but it was so hot (30c) I walked too
Its fall.... weather is crazy.
A 20 minute run tonight. Just going to stick with this length run until it feels more natural, like the Week 4 and Week 5 interval runs felt when I was doing them, which was awesome. Then I'll dive back into the training again.
A 20 minute run tonight. Just going to stick with this length run until it feels more natural, like the Week 4 and Week 5 interval runs felt when I was doing them, which was awesome. Then I'll dive back into the training again.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Hang with it. 20 minutes should be about 2 miles...

I went to my step/pump class today. I'm itching to try that Wii fit... but I need a wii.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
A 20 minute run tonight. Just going to stick with this length run until it feels more natural, like the Week 4 and Week 5 interval runs felt when I was doing them, which was awesome. Then I'll dive back into the training again.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Try to watch your pace, and keep it steady during the whole jog. You should aim for a slow jog, as slow as you can go. Then, progressively do slow jog/ jog, just like you did walk/slow jog.

If you are feeling tired or out of breath, you might be going too fast in the beginning.

You might want to consider buying a heart monitor with GPS, this is a great device and you will need one anyway...

I got the Forerunner 301, it's about 100usd, but you can get it cheaper in e-bay.

Couldn't live without it
Yesterday I tried and RPM (spin) class since it was a holiday and there was no step class. I also did Pump...MAN, I could barely do those squats since I had just come from RPM. However, the only place I am sore today is where I got sore from the bike saddle. HA!!!
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
I’ve been sick. Poop.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Sorry to hear that you have been sick. I know that throws your routine off...you'll get back into and more quickly than ever before. Get well Soon.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl

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