Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

Upcoming Races 2010

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The Goods

I’m thrilled to report that a few good things have been happening around here lately:

Free is Good

About a month ago, I received an email from a marketing company, offering me the opportunity to try out a Moving Comfort sports bra of my choosing. After carefully considering their offer for about 10 seconds, I responded with a hearty “YES PLEASE!” because 1) sports bras are not cheap and 2) I already own and cherish a Moving Comfort bra that I wear for yoga and cycling, so I was confident that they would come through with a good running bra.

Disaster *almost* struck when I received an email stating that my selected bra was not available and that the “experts” at Moving Comfort had selected a comparable bra for me in a similar style…and in a size that I was POSITIVE would not fit me. When I received the Phoebe bra in cornflower color, I quickly learned how the “experts” earned their titles – it was a perfect fit. (Please note, if I was ordering this bra for myself without expert help…I would have had to return it because I would have selected a size that was too small for me.)

I wore it twice – once during a very, very humid and warm 4 mile run and then again during a less humid 18 mile run. My requirements fr a sports bra are simple: no chafing, no bouncing, good wicking, and able to be removed from underneath a shirt. The bra exceeded my performance expectations and then some.

Good Fun in the Sun

I would be remiss if I did not follow up to my previous post about the race I love to hate. I did participate in the race and survived to tell the tale. I have to admit, this was probably the ‘best’ weather out of all three years of my participation. It was hot. It was SUNNY. But it wasn’t humid, and that made the course a little more bearable.

I started the race with the mindset of “It’s just a training run” and stayed relaxed for the first 6 miles, chatting with my friends. But then my legs took over and my dreams of being a supportive runner to my partners were dashed as I just couldn’t contain my energy. They urged me to go on without them, so I picked up the pace for the second half of the race. I admit that I felt guilty for leaving my friends behind as I kept passing runners wilting in the heat. However, it was quite a boost to my confidence to be able to pick up the pace, finish strong and not feel completely wasted at the finish line. My last mile clocked in at 7:47, and that was after 18 other miles already under my belt for the day.

The best part of the day was hanging out with my wonderful friends afterwards, including this guy who flew in from Florida the night before and then spent half of the first day of his vacation baking in the sun with us. His post about the race is a Must Read.

Good Times

Finally, I’ll make a brief mention of my marathon training: It’s right on track [pun totally intended]. I’ve been able to hit my weekly goal miles and times without difficulty. [knock on wood, please]. The funny thing is – I don’t really have an actual race goal yet. My marathon partner wants us to ‘run our own races’ … so that leaves me wondering what my pace should be for Marathon #5. I may just wait until race day and see what happens. I have no aspirations for a PR this year so the pressure is off from that perspective. Luckily, I’ve got at least 8 more long runs to mull it over with my training partners.

1 comment to The Goods

  • How do I pick out a comfortable brassiere from the distinct marked brassiere makes like, triumph, sorella and wacoal, etc? As Well making the precise breasts size measurements, what else should I look at when selecting a bra? Particularly in regard to the versatile designs of the bra?

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