My go to running outfit consists of a t-shirt, sports bra, spandex/shorts, funky socks with characters or cool colors and patterns, and running watch and running shoes. For a running shirt, depending on the weather, but usually I’ll typically go for just a regular t-shirt. They are very comfortable, and there is no chaffing. I’ve been usually leaning towards grabbing our WAR elite t-shirts, they are extremely comfortable, and lightweight, and don’t bother me while running, and I love it because of our design. If not, I’ll usually just grab any graphic t-shirt I have, unless it’s hot outside then sometimes ill grab a running dri-fit tank top.
As for sports bra, I’ll usually grab a dr-fit one as well, those are very comfortable. I like my sports bras on the tighter side, so that everything is held together, I don’t like to feel uncomfortable while running. I typically will buy sports bras with designs and colors on them because that’s my personal preference. I’m into a lot of color and designs, for just about everything. I have a variety of brands, I have Asics, Nike, champion, and underarmour, etc.
Spandex and shorts are easy for me. I usually like them super tight so I don’t have to worry about chaffing, and I don’t have to worry about them rising. They keep everything held together, and lightweight, so it feels like you practically aren’t wearing shorts. I’ll usually go for a solid color when it comes to spandex and shorts. Sometimes I’ll go for some designs and colors, but I like to keep it minimal on my shorts, I don’t like to feel like I have too much going on!
Socks!! Socks are my absolute favorite thing from any outfit! I am a huge fan of socks! I typically go for some crew long socks, with lots of colors, designs, and patterns. My socks I like to look crazy looking, I don’t mind anything. Ill wear socks that have anything from a Unicorn to maybe even a cheeseburger or donut on it! Now, sometimes if all my cool socks are in the wash I’ll wear some of my ankle socks which I have a bunch with designs on those as well, but at last if I have none left ill wear my plain white ankle socks. It makes me sad to wear plain white socks, I live for the color and designs, it’s so fun to me!
Shoes, is pretty much the running shoes I am wearing to train at the time. Right now, I am wearing the Gel-Cumulus 18. I honestly choose what kind of shoe I’m going to buy from the support and all that but then afterwards when I choose the shoe type, I’ll ask their colors, and I’ll choose the brightest craziest color they have! I like color all around if you haven’t noticed! I also throw on my running watch, which I had to buy with some color as well, so that watch is blue! I will typically wear this outfit not just for running, but sometimes just to lounge around at home or to the stores, It’s super comfortable. What is your go to running outfit??
You’re not a runner unless you run this pace or distance? You’re not a runner unless you have a certain body type? You’re not a runner unless you race?
This is False. You don’t have to be fast or run a bunch of miles a day or week to be called a runner. You don’t have to run a marathon or run a 6-minute mile to be called a runner. The distance or pace does not define who runners are. Running considers you a runner. Any one can be a runner. You can be any age, size, shape, and color, anyone can be a runner. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Check out other people running, I’m sure you’re bound to see someone that looks like you, and they run. You don’t have to be any person, to run. Just because you’re running doesn’t mean you have to be training for a race. Maybe some people like to run because it makes them feel good, or maybe just to stay in shape. They don’t have to be training for any race just to take part in our sport. Everyone’s goals are different, their goal doesn’t have to be a race. Others just enjoy the simplicity of a run.
Runners don’t need to strength train? Runners don’t need to strong upper bodies.
There is a lot of other things you must do to train for your running. Most people think you only must focus on running, which is a key part to training but it’s not the only thing we need to do. Strength training is great for boosting your performance and preventing injuries. Strength training will not only improve the power of your muscles giving you a stronger kick but will also help muscles imbalances that lead to injury. Yes, we run with our legs, so of course you’re wondering what that has to do with our upper bodies. But our upper bodies play an important role in running as well. As your body starts to become tired, the first thing to start to go wrong is your running form. A stronger upper body will help you maintain your good form and have correct arm swings.
Taking a few days off will ruin and hurt your fitness.
False. If you must take a few days off from running, maybe because you’re sick, or maybe an emergency occurs, do you really think that all the consistency and hard work you’ve been putting in will be all gone to waste? Do you get worried that you’ll lose all the endurance you’ve built up all this time? Studies have shown that there is a little decrease in VO2 max over 10 days of not running. So, if you need that rest day, or you happen to get sick, or even injured, take that day off. It won’t ruin everything you’ve trained for. Sometimes you need that rest day!
Runners can eat anything they want.
Now I won’t say exactly if this is true or false. There’s a difference between can and should. I will be honest that when it comes to eating anything I want, I do. I don’t exactly watch what I eat, but I should. Now I’m sure lots of people have been told that you must eat a lot of carbs before a race, to boost energy. That isn’t true. There are some foods that are great for your body, and great to prepare you before a race, but eating a bunch of carbs isn’t it. You want to make sure that you’re getting the CORRECT nutrients your body needs to nourish your body, so that you perform well. You don’t want to be eating McDonalds and drinking Coke. Now, I am giving this advice and I honestly try to follow it, but I don’t always.
Today’s post is going to be a little serious, but full of advice. Main point being, I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure and change your running shoes every 300-400 miles. I’ve had to learn the hard way, when I got an injury that sidelined me from running. When I first started running cross country, I didn’t know anything about what it was like and what exact equipment I needed for it. All I knew was that I needed sports bras, shorts, shirts, and a pair of shoes, that’s all. I didn’t know anything about what kind of shoes I needed, I just knew it was running shoes. When I first started running for the team I had a pair of old adidas shoes, they were sport shoes but not for running. When my coach at the time let me join the team and saw I was committed he told me to go out and buy long distance running shoes, so my dad being the sports guy that he is, took me to big 5. That’s where we got all our shoes for my sports. We picked out a pair of women’s running shoes, and that was that. I had been running in those shoes awhile, and changed them, twice. But I kept having to change running brands because I couldn’t find the one that worked best for me at the time.
After a year of running with the team, I had finally started learning the hard way, Now I honestly never exactly kept count as to how many miles per week I was running, and how often I needed to change my shoes. I wouldn’t take it that seriously, because I didn’t think that I could get an injury just for that. Well, when it came around to my shins hurting, that’s how I would know I needed knew shoes, but the first time I didn’t know that was why. I just kept using them. I told my coach and he would just tell me the different ways to get rid of the pain, but little did we know it was getting worse because I didn’t tell him how long I’d had my shoes, eventually my shins got worse and I was limping badly when running, but even when walking, that’s when I knew it was bad. Because I could barely walk. I went to the doctor and they said it looked bad, so they sent me to a different doctor, who was a marathon runner himself, so I’d knew he knew how to take care of it. He ordered me x-rays, but in the x-rays, it wouldn’t come back that anything was wrong. But the doctor knew something was up. So, he ordered me to have a bone scan, they injected me with liquid and did some exams on me, that’s when they saw. Now, because I didn’t change my shoes, and because I kept using them even after the fact, my shins had gotten worse and worse. Well, what the tests showed was that my shins had gotten so bad that I had to shin fractures in both my legs. Which usually one is likely, but I had been racing and being stubborn after knowing how long I’d been hurting, that it got this bad, to having one in each leg.
My problem was, I bought new shoes, and because I bought new shoes, I kept thinking that my shin problem would go away, but I let it go on way too long that my shins were already hurt. And because I had new shoes, I figured I would keep running and even keep racing, now that’s what screwed me, because I was so stubborn and didn’t stop running for a bit. Now, after I found out about the fractures, I was immediately told to stop running. It would take half a year to heal maybe less if I’m lucky. So that whole time, I payed the price. At first there was no running at all, then I went from no running at all to the elliptical, and from the elliptical to the treadmill, and from then to running on the grass barefoot, and from there finally to running out. At least, when we changed coaches, we had the chance to run in the water when you got injured, that was another option. But that went on for half a year, I hated it. Seeing all my teammates racing and doing so great and rising to the top, while I’m stuck on the sideline cheering them on. Doing my workouts alone while everyone else runs out. And because of my shin problems, I always had to be careful that when I would have some pain in my shins, to pull back a tad, because shins are a big problem when it comes to my body. So just listen to your body, do what’s best or you’ll miss out on a lot of opportunities as well! Take care of yourself and change your shoes when you should!
Okay guys, so for today’s blog we’re going to step away from the seriousness and I’m going to write about something that I find super hilarious because I find that it is relatively true! So, I feel as if I haven’t written about anything fashion-wise in a while. And some of you might not read my blog for that, but I’m just going to jump into it and hope you guys still enjoy this post. Let’s begin!
Now, most people as you would say don’t care at all about what they wear, or what anyone wears when it comes to running, correct? Yeah, because it doesn’t matter, well not to everyone. Because at the end of the day, what matters is how hard you train, and what your personal records are, that’s what represents you, not your clothes. But to some, it does matter. Some women or men as well, like to look good when they go out for a run. Now, I’m going to name out a few of the different kinds of people there are and basically what they dress like and then you’ll finally understand why I find this a little hilarious. Now this isn’t to bash anyone, or make fun, this is just to relate to each other, because all of us reading this will fall into at least one of these categories! And it’s funny because sometimes I find myself being all of them, not just one category! Do you see yourself?
The matchy-matchy matcher
This is a runner, who’s running clothes is head to toe color coordinated. This runner looks like they are sporting something that could be worn on a fitness model, or someone who is getting ready to be in a magazine. This kind of person makes you wonder if you should maybe start buying running clothes that match with each other, instead of what stands out to you?
The hoarder of college logos
This is someone who reps the college they want to go to, or already are attending. They wear nothing but that school’s logo, shirts, sweats, sweaters, and sweatshirts! You’d think they were running for the school for how much they wear it. This person really feels the school spirit, or they really have the love to wear it so often!
The whatever is clean, or whatever is in sight
This person has a busy life, and doesn’t have time to wash clothes very often, or this person really doesn’t care about the way they look they just grab the first pair of shorts and shirt they see in their drawer and they just throw it on and go for a run. They could be wearing anywhere between an orange shirt to green shorts, and pink socks, and they still won’t care because at least it’s clean and at least they are wearing clothes.
The race shirt collector
This is someone that has bought or saved every race shirt they’ve ever gotten or been given. This person has so many that they have enough race shirts to wear a different shirt for every practice! This person has trained hard, raced hard, and has the clothing to prove it. You name the race, and this person got a shirt for it! A little insight on my life, the picture I found for this category, made me want to start collecting all of mine and make it into a quilt as well!
The no clothes runner
This is a person who will wear the least amount of clothing possible for a run. Whether it’s a pair of short shorts and a sports bra, or a pair of shirts and shirtless for a guy, they are out there running having a great time. This person is made for the summer! These people aren’t show offs or cocky, they are just serious runners who don’t like anything getting in their way, even if it’s a piece of fabric. It’s just a plus that it also keeps them cool while running.
The layering runner
This is the absolute opposite of the minimalist. This person is read for the winter. This is the person that can’t wait for just a little hint of cold, to throw on that under armor, long sleeve, and sweater over their shirt. From the sweater wearing person to the wind and water-resistant outerwear. This person can easily run that 6-mile run when it feels like 40 degrees out without someone thinking she’s crazy.
So, today’s blog is going to be another insight on how it’s been, getting back. And let me tell you, today really had it out for me! Today was our first track workout as a team, and not only that but my first track workout in 4 years. But boy did it kick my butt! Honestly, I’ve been super realistic this whole time with my running, but I’m thinking maybe since I’ve been feeling so good that I’ve been a little overly confident with myself. I think I had way to high of expectations for myself, my body is not where it was at when it was in high school. I got to admit, today’s workout was a worse feeling than I remember. I could have also been psyching myself out, but there’s more to it. Let me tell you more about it in depth, now this is by no means a blog of me complaining, this isn’t me complaining, this is me telling you how I’ve been feeling, how I felt, and what I did wrong, and how I can try to change things and make myself better for future workouts.
So of course, the beginning of the workout starts off normal, with a warm-up run. So, we decided to just do a loop around the block, which is like a good 2. something miles. Now, the partner that I have been running with, couldn’t be at practice today, so I knew for today I’d be running on my own. There are two other girls, but I know they’ve been training, or at least been running for a while, so I knew they’d be at a faster pace than me. I’ve been building my base still, so I’m still much slower. For the warm-up, I really didn’t want to run alone, and run slower, so I decided to run with the girls, and warm-up with them. Now at first, the warm-up wasn’t so bad, the first mile felt kind of good, but that second mile was a kick in the face! That’s when I had finally realized, I shouldn’t have been running with them. Their pace was much faster than mine, so I did start to slow down, knowing that I was already going way harder than I should, especially for a warm-up and especially where I am at with my training. When we finally got back from the school, I was already breathing heavy and super exhausted, I immediately knew it was a bad decision, I knew my body would make me pay for it during the workout.
Then doing my legs swing before our strides, I looked at my watch to see what pace we were running at, it said 8:33 pace. I was like, oh my goodness, this is not good for me! On a normal run recently, I’ve been running a good 9:30 pace. I tried with all my heart not to think negatively because I was already going into this whole practice day way too nervous! When getting on that starting line, I knew it wasn’t going to go well, and honestly, I was furious at myself on the inside, because I feel like it could have been prevented. That was lesson one. Knowing what my actual warm up pace is and sticking to it. The first part of the workout was a 1600M at Tempo Pace. Now, I can tell you all that my biggest fear today was not only doing good, but to be the last person on that track during the workout, I knew that would mess with my head a lot! I tried to run at tempo pace, that first lap was the worst, I kept thinking so many negative things, and fighting with myself back and forth in my head, about whether to be negative or keep pushing. So, I did, I kept pushing, but all while having the negative tell me I’m doing bad. I did end up being last on everyone. By my second 800 of the 1600, I was starting to think positive, I was telling myself only 800 to go, I was telling myself to push. My lungs burned so bad from the inside after the 1600, but next was the 800.
Now, I’ve always loved the 800M, but today wasn’t the best. Before my 800, I had a little positivity talk with a teammate and that helped boost my confidence. I know an 800 so well, I know how to pace, and how to run it. But I kept finding myself, not being able to go faster. I felt my legs doing the motions, but my body wouldn’t push. I wanted it so bad. After the 800, was a 400M. That was only one lap, you’d think it’d feel a little better since that should be easy right. Nope. My 400, I couldn’t even feel my legs, they were going numb, and my lungs were burning inside, but I stayed positive. By the time we got to the last run, which was the 200M, I could no longer feel my legs, and my lungs were screaming at me from the inside to stop! That was my second lesson, you must stay positive and push yourself, if you don’t stay positive it will ruin you. You must have a positive mindset, or everything will be difficult, you must believe in yourself always! I know that most of my workout sounded negative, but it wasn’t all bad.
On my cooldown, I realized something. Now when I had talked to Rojas before, we knew this wasn’t going to be easy. We knew this is going to take some time because of how long I’ve been off, and like I’ve said before, coming back from a break is always hard. You must embrace it and use this as motivation to get through and get to the end to where it doesn’t hurt as bad, instead it’ll be a great kind of hurting. So, I know that realistically, I did my workout just great. This was great for me, for now. And that’s okay. Now I am not too upset with myself because I know in my heart I gave my best, and this is obviously what my best is right now, but I will get better and eventually my best will be greater! So, my cooldown was not negative at all. I kept myself away from thoughts of quitting, and of negativity, because I couldn’t be negative anymore. I knew to get better I must keep believing in myself. I knew that I made really high goals for myself, and I may not reach those goals over night, but I do know that I will reach them! The great thing about being at the rock-bottom, is that there is nowhere else to go but up! So that was my third lesson, throwing the negative out the door, and realizing that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, I did good. I’ll get better and that’s what matters!
Could an American Women Win the Boston Marathon? Seeing Shalane Flanagan win the New York City marathon was one of the biggest running highlights of 2017. After hearing the rumors that she was planning to retire after the NYC marathon, I’m super excited to hear she is planning to race the Boston Marathon. She will have a great group of American women with her. It looks as though the strength of American women in distance running for 2018 will be a huge improvement. With having such a great pack of American women racing the Boston Marathon with Shalane, even if she doesn’t win, we could have a good chance of just about any American women out of the pack being the winner! Since Shalane broke the 40-year mark in New York, it would be amazing for any one of the American woman to win because they would be the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Will 2018 be the rise for running women? We’ve seen a huge rise in women running in crews of all kinds, inclusive, competitive, and casual. Women are continuing to flood the running community, dominating road-racing, we also know that seeing women supporting other women leads to positive running results, and in 2017 we got a lot of women empowerment. It’s an amazing thing, to be getting more and more women in the running community.
Now it’s all about the customizable shoes? Many say that customizable shoes will come to a rise in 2018. Almost every major brand has that as an option, but none have been successful with making a perfect shoe without sacrificing some of the performance quality. We’ve seen some good stuff from Brooks and Salomon and some stuff from Nike and New balance, we have still yet to see a brand that can make the perfect running shoe that is made for you. Is it a gimmick? Is it really a thing that can be possible, or is this just something for marketing purposes? Let’s see how this goes, and what comes of this in the future months to come. It would be amazing, to finally have the perfect shoes, if there is such thing.
New wave of wrist wear? Smartwatches and fitness trackers will become even more accurate and skilled, they are rising from imperfect features to all-inclusive digital coaches that you can wear on your runs, bike rides, or even in the pool. The Misfit Vapor and the Fitbit Ionic watches, which were a big deal in 2017, those show us what’s to come in 2018. They both are water-resistant, they can store music, hold third party apps, measure your heart rate, and track many kinds of activities, from running to swimming etc. The Fitbit Ionic and Samsung gear sport have other abilities, like one touch payments, and the Gear Sport takes that extra leap forward and has guided workouts, suggests workouts during the day and an addition with Speedo’s new app for deeper metric on swimming. Not only that, but new smartwatch releases from Apple and Google are to come in the new year as well. That could be cool, having a watch that’s practically smarter than yourself. I prefer simple, it’s harder to figure out the smarter watches these days because of all the features built into it.
Is resting really the new racing? In 2018, there will be a wider range of runners finally understanding the importance of rest days. Runners will start to understand that proper recovery is a part of training. Rest days, are becoming the bell of the ball, and for great reason. You need rest days. Rest days are the only time your body can restore and replenish itself, and allow itself to adapt to all the hard work you’ve been putting into your body. For an example, Shalane Flanagan, noticed that a back injury in 2017 forced her to have a real long break from running, but when she had returned to running she felt revived and her workouts were among the fastest of her career, which as we saw resulted in her amazing victory for the NYC Marathon. So, give your body the rest it needs to revive itself, so you can be better than ever! Your body could surprise you!
So, I tried the whole training alone thing. I wanted to start racing but not having anyone to coach me or tell me what to do, and no one to tell me what’s right and what’s wrong made it harder that way. First off, running alone everyday and tying to be consistent and motivated was tough enough. I didn’t last training alone, there’s just so much negativity that went through my head, that I couldn’t fight off. Then when it came to be creating a racing plan, that was difficult. I didn’t even know where to begin. I felt like the training plan was one of the most important parts! How are you going to start training yourself, and let alone starting to run if you don’t know how much running is right and what pace is correct to be doing every day, then you must figure out when is the right time to start increasing your mileage, and deciding when to increase pace, also you got to get educated on when to start doing workouts. There are so many workouts to do. So not only do you have to figure out when to do them, you must figure out which workouts are best to do and when to start and how much of that workout you should be doing, and how long and so forth. It sounds overwhelming doesn’t.
So, when you’re super motivated about doing this, you’ll try it, won’t you? So, I went on the internet, and read many coaches theories and training plans for people who were beginners and barely coming back to people who were advanced. I was reading through all those training plans and started putting in random workouts, but only ones I enjoyed doing. Then I started choosing however long I felt was realistically possible. So, I already wasn’t looking at it from a coach’s side, I was looking at it from a lazy runner’s side. It was way different then someone just telling me what to do. And that wasn’t the worst of it. I didn’t even know how to sign up for races. Now I kept thinking, well I’m going to train to do the LA half marathon, and I looked up how much time it would take to train, it said I needed 4 months, and that was the exact amount of time I had to train, but honestly, I wouldn’t have done it. And even If I had, it wouldn’t have been correctly. I only knew of 5k’s, and half marathons, and marathons. I didn’t know of anything else, I didn’t know of track and field races I could run in or anything else. I would have stuck to something small.
Now, that I have joined our WAR Elite team, it may just be the beginning, but I know this team will do amazing achievements. I’ve already seen improvements from myself, just by running with them. I now feel I have a better motivation to run. It’s always easier running with someone than to run alone. You have people to help push each other, and keep each other going. You have people to train with that are trying to do the same things as you, and who can grow together. And Rojas gives us a training plan, so now there’s no stress of when and what to do. He tells us the mileage we should be doing and what pace, and all. Now, we are more mature now, I know in high school some of us had different mindsets, some of us hate being told what to do, and others must be told. I’ve been used to being coached my whole life with sports, my father was always that person. So, I honestly need someone to coach me, and to critique me and yell at me, I work better that way. Now I have someone to tell which workouts to do, whether I like them or not, and when and how to do them. Now, I’m not worried about my training. I feel confident, because our team has everything it needs. We have the coach, the plan, runners, and races, it would always be nice to have more runners. The more the merrier. We also have the running club, so that is a lot of people that can run together for fun or be social! So, you don’t have to just run alone, or maybe train alone, you can join a team or a club, and make lifelong friends. It doesn’t have to be so hard. So, think about joining a team or a club, I did and it’s the best!
Now that I’ve been building my base for running and getting back fast, I’ve been doing a lot more thinking. I’ve been thinking about mostly what I plan to do differently this time! Yes, before high school I had experience with running, and yes, I had competed lots of times before, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I would listen to what my coaches say, but I feel like I could have done so much more and so much better if I had more heart into it, and if I had taken care of my body better to have not gotten injured so often! Every day that I run, I find myself feeling more and more of my heart going into my running life. I can feel my heart growing bigger and bigger and falling more and more in love with this sport! I’ve never felt myself this good coming back from a break or a long time of not running. This is the best I’ve ever felt!
So, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to get a big head about this, just because I’m doing super good, and feeling good now doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t still think about all the negative from before. I still need to better myself each day. I’ve been looking back in my head and thinking about all the opportunities I had when running that got wasted. There are races that I keep looking back on, that I know I should have done better in. I know I gave up a lot quicker than I ever should have. I know now how it feels looking back and thinking to myself, “What a failure I was. “I will never quit. I will never compete in another race again, and not race with my full heart, and not race without putting in 110%! Because that’s how it should always be! I will not let another opportunity pass me by again, because of quitting. It’s no longer an option for me!
I’m feeling so good about the way I’ve been running, and about all the heart that I’m feeling put into running, that I know that nothing but good can come from this! I know this time will be better! How can I even know this right? I hope I don’t sound over confident, because I’m not. I know I don’t know everything, and I’m not perfect and I still make mistakes, I mean they are bound to happen, but for some reason I just know in my heart that this time is different than high school. I can think on a realistic level and still know that my body is better than this! I feel like I’ve awaken an inner part of myself that I didn’t even know was there before! Have you ever felt this way? What changed you?
Right after I had my son in February, I had to wait a good month in a half for my body to recover from having him. In April when we moved houses, I was finally able to start getting back into it again. Ruben had been telling me that he wanted to start working out again as well, so that helped me out because we could both go. I tried running my first day out and of course when you’re first running, you start feeling good. You start thinking to yourself, “Man I could go faster and longer. “, and when you’ve gotten through a little less than half of your run you remember that it isn’t like it used to be. Your body is no longer used to this, and you no longer have the same endurance any longer! Of course, that’s when it becomes harder to want to get back into things! I remember telling myself that I wanted to run 3 miles that day! Woah baby, was that a joke! I barely could get through a mile without dying out. Now, I’m sure you all know how difficult it is starting over. Now I tried multiple times after that first time to start getting back out there, but I started little by little seeing how different my body felt after having a baby.
My body reacts a different way, than before but that could be a good thing or a bad thing I won’t know yet till I fully try. That’s why this next time, I’ve finally realized that this is my second chance. I need to work harder than I ever have before. I didn’t run in college. I didn’t run much afterwards. And there is so much I still wanted to do with running that I never got to! I know I can do good this time! So, having the baby may have changed my body but like I said it could be good or bad we won’t know till I try! Now it has been hard these past two weeks trying to run consistently and trying to get through those runs without dying, but I’ve had that motivation of a second chance keeping me going every day! Now, you know that running alone is hard to some people, because it doesn’t feel the same, it makes you feel better to have someone next to you going along the ride with you, rather than trying to push yourself to strive alone. So, the motivation of that second chance is really hitting home in my heart! I know I will do better! And I will make myself proud. I am really looking at this on a realistic level, I know that I might not start out the way I want things to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have over the moon goals for myself! If I don’t think highly of my own self, then I won’t be able to succeed in the long run. So yes, there is a million negative thoughts going through my head when trying to finish my runs, but there are always a million negative thoughts to that one good thought! I will take advantage of my second chance, and so should all of you! Some good will come of this, I just know it!
There are a couple of things that come into play when trying to buy a sports bra? Now this could be your first time ever buying a sports bra or it could be just you are looking for tips. Regardless, you’ve come to the right place.
Now when, trying to look for a sports bra there are a couple of things to look for. How you want it to fit is very important, because you never want to be running and feeling uncomfortable at the same time. Finding a sports bra size sometimes could be as difficult as it is finding a shoe that’s fits comfortably. We want to minimize chafing and tightness of straps on your shoulders. You don’t want the band around your lower chest to be too tight nor too loose.
So, first things first when trying to find the correct fit, (1) what kind of exercise will you be doing while wearing it and, (2) what is your body type? Depending on the type of body you have will depend on the type of size you’ll need and how much tighter the fit will be. And depending on the type of exercise will depend on how tight you’ll want the bra to be, to support your bust area, and how much moisture management you’ll need your bra to have.
There isn’t just one kind of sports bra out there, there are three different types: encapsulated compression bras, compression bras, and adjustable encapsulated compression bras. The compression bra is best for women with small to medium chest sizes, encapsulated bras are best for women with a larger chest size and resemble regular bras. Lastly, the adjustable encapsulated bras provide maximum support for women with larger chest sizes, it has a wide adjustable band and a wide range of adjustable straps to make a custom fit of your choice.
Honestly when it comes down to picking the actual bra size, I try the size that I would usually be in clothing and try a size similar, and then try a size lower or higher if needed. To know whether the bra fits will be a little different then how you would know a regular bra fits. A sports bra will fit more fitted and snug than a regular one. You must be able to move around in it, depending on whether you can or can’t will determine the fit, and if it feels over all comfortable. Just make sure the material feels like it won’t irritate your skin.
After that it’s all fun from there! You can choose from many brands and colors, and become super creative with it! Have fun shopping! I always do! Below is one of the ones I run in!