Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Victoria's Secret Sports Bra

Yay! So exciting!

I received this Victoria's Secret sports bra and socks to try free of charge. I was not compensated for my opinion but cool free stuff is still cool free stuff, and thus, I must declare it. So, yay for my free stuff. I also received a free cat-approved box, but I don't think I have to declare that. Opinions are my own.

Kitteh approved.

Awhile back, I signed up at Influenster and then promptly forgot about it. A few weeks ago, I received an email survey from them and found out that I was eligible for the Victoria's Secret voxbox. Um, yes please!

I have a long history of wearing craptastic sports bras. I used to actually wear a regular bra and then a sports bra over it because I couldn't find sports bra that was supportive enough to keep the girls from bouncing all over the place.

During the Disneyland Half Marathon last summer, I had to buy a sports bra at the expo because I completely forgot to pack any. I lucked out and managed to find an amazing one, but I have yet to find another.

So I was pretty excited to get this pink package in the mail!

The socks were a cool surprise.

I would have had a hard time writing a glowing review of this product if I didn't like it, so thank God this is a really excellent bra. I wore it running over the weekend and it was great. I won't horrify you by posting a picture of me wearing just the bra because no one should be subjected to that.

Even the picture looks like it is sweating. Welcome to the desert.

This particular model is the Incredible and I genuinely like it. The true test was wearing it to ride my horse. I will definitely be purchasing another one because good sports bras are really hard to find when you have *ahem* a larger chest. There's an underwire and I was a little concerned about that because I thought it might chafe out this one didn't. Huzzah.

I'm not a huge fan of the yellow color because, well, I just don't like yellow. I checked out the Victoria's Secret website and they have a bunch of cool colors and patterns.

The socks are really cute, soft and stretchy. I don't know if I would really recommend them for running. They felt a little slippery in my shoes, so maybe they would be better for yoga or something. (Do people wear socks to yoga? I don't even know...) They're on the thinner side and I typically run in a medium weight running sock. If you prefer thin weight socks, check them out. They come in a lot of cool colors. I have a thing for socks, especially crazy, brightly colored socks. I'll try them on another run to see if I get used to them.

Thank you, Victoria's Secret and Influenster for letting me try this bra. I love it.







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sucker For Swag

You know what I hate? Any sort of run where you get messy. I was all about doing the Warrior Dash but then the whole jumping into a pit of mud and swimming under barbed wire obstacle happened and I was suddenly not a fan. Your only options afterward are to A.) let the mud dry on your skin and try not to ruin your car on the ride home or B) get doused by icy water from a fire hose. When I did the Warrior Dash in 2011, I opted for the icy water. Not a fan...regardless of how good looking the firemen were wielding the hoses.

The same goes for that soapy run thing where you run through foam and the increasingly popular color runs. I have less than zero interest in doing one of those color runs. They look fun for about a nano second and then you're messy and gross and no one wants you in their car.

But then I stumbled across this.

That bag. I need it.

Yes, suddenly I feel compelled to do this race because there's a free bag involved. Never mind that I have a zillion free bags and would likely never use this one, but now I must have that bag.

This is not a new thing for me. I'm pretty sure that I ended up signing up for the Goofy Challenge 2013 at the RnR San Diego simply because I had to have one of the runDisney sling bags. That bag is currently in my hoarder room (you may refer to it as my guest room) and I have never used it. I ran 39.3 miles in two days because of that stupid thing that I could have just as easily purchased on eBay, which is where I found this picture.

Totally not even a cool bag.

To this day, my favorite race swag is the cool PanAm bag I got from the expo at the Inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon. They were handing them out at the ABC booth. I love, love, love this bag and still use it all of the time.

Best bag ever.

I've also become a sucker for really great race shirts/jackets/hoodies, etc. The sole reason I dragged my sorry ass out to the Hot Chocolate Race in December the morning after a crazy Christmas party was to get the hoodie. The chocolate was great, but c'mon. I was totally there for the hoodie.

I did it all for the hoodie.

I'm convinced that if I was going to actually buckle down and try to qualify for Boston, the jacket would be the motivating factor. But not in orange. Gross.

Orange. Ew.

I can just see it now:

Runner 1: I ran Boston for my father/mother/hairdresser/therapist that survived cancer.

Runner 2: I ran Boston because it's a huge accomplishment.

Me: I totally ran Boston for the jacket.

Swag. I haz it.

Anyone else know of any great race swag that I MUST acquire?


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do Or Do Not. There Is No Try.

Just trying is cool, too.

Yeah, just kidding. There's all sorts of things where I 'try' to do something, but you could also call that half assing it. I'm the queen of half assing. Or not even trying at all. Whatevs. I do what I want!

Why am I quoting Yoda, then? Because I signed up for the Star Wars Half Marathon like all of the other crazy, rabid runDisney fans out there. I managed to use restraint and not sign up for the Rebel Challenge.

After doing Goofy, Dumbo and Glass Slipper, I was #SoOverRaceChallenges. Especially after GSC. The weather was so humid and I just did not have fun. I think I'd rather try for a PR than slog my way through a challenge. I'm pretty sure I will be dressing as Darth Vader. No Princess Leia for this girl. It gives me an excuse to wear all black and not look as if I am a goth teenager in mourning. White just isn't my color.

I don't recommend googling "sexy Darth Vader" while at work. Apparently, topless female Darth Vaders is a thing.

I will NOT be wearing this.

I also found this. Hello Kitty meets Darth Vader? So weird.


I'm pretty excited to do the SW Half because the weather in January in Anaheim is perfect. Much better than the bipolar weather of Orlando.

In other news, marathon training begins for the NYC Marathon this weekend. I'll be honest, I haven't run in a month. Why, you ask? Because I still have a nagging hamstring strain and it's effing hot already. At least I won't begin training on fatigued, over trained legs. Of course, under trained legs suck, too, so there's that.

I also want to take up yoga solely because I want to buy this shirt and wear it everywhere. I don't actually want to do yoga.