Friday, October 28, 2011

Marathon Mama

Marathons are often compared to giving birth, but according to Amber Miller going through labor is much harder!

And she should know, because she gave birth to her second child, only hours after completing a marathon. Amber was 39 weeks pregnant, when she ran the famous 26 miler.

It got her the nicknam 'Marathon Mama', but also some harsh comments. Some people thought it 'irresponsible' to run a marathon at the end of pregnancy.

Personally I don't see myself running a marathon at 39 weeks pregnancy.
Then again, I don't see myself running a marathon, period.

Would you run a marathon when 39 weeks pregnant?
And how do you feel about Amber doing just that?


Monday, October 24, 2011

iRun Athleticwear Hoodie: Product Review

In August I published my review of the iRun Athlectic Wear running shirt, and I'm happy to report back to you now, with my review of the hoodie!

It took me a while, because it was way too hot for anything other than a tank top.

Feminine all the way!

But this week I wore the hoodie, and I loved it. First of all I liked the fit: it's feminine, and made me look all svelte. The color is deep black, which added a touch of sophistication. And I loved the fact it didn't have any of those ugly bright stripes, you often find on running clothes. You could even wear it in your everyday life, should you want to.

Hoodie is a sweater, with adjustable cleavage

The hoodie is a sweater, with a zipper you can adjust to your liking. So if you're a cleavage girl you pull it down, and if you're more of a turtleneck girl, you pull it up! There's also a zippered pocket, which is suprisingly big. Very useful to put your housekey in, so you don't have to burgle your own house, to get in after your run. Althought in this sleek, and black outfit, you could probably pull it off!

The fabric is very supple, and feels nice. It consists of 92% polyester and 8% spandex.

To sum up

I liked the iRun Athletic Wear shirt, but I loved the iRun Athletic Wear hoodie. The hoodie has a more feminine, and therefore flattering, cut. I'm sure I will wear it often this Fall and Winter.

Because of it's neutral color, and lack of ugly stripes, I'll also be able to wear it on my school runs, without feeling self conscious!

You can get your own iWear hoodie for 29 USD at irunathleticwear.com. You can also check it out from all angles there!

P.S. The camera hates my guts, so I used a picture from the iRun Athletic Wear website to show the hoodie!

Stay tuned for my review of the iRun Athletic Wear skights!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Running with glasses: foggy and rainy

Running with glasses is not without its drawbacks! Not only do I look like a running nerd, when it's raining I can't see! And when I'm sweaty, I can't see either, because my glasses get all foggy.

So I can totally relate to the butcher in this movie, who obviously can't see a thing!

Funny video!



Do you wear glasses during your runs?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

42k on 42th birthday?

On my 42th birthday, nature and my body conspired to give me a Great Run. The sun was shining, the trees were showing off their Autumn colors, and my body felt light and airy. It was a great gift!

As I was galloping along, it suddenly hit me: wouldn't it be neat to run a marathon on my 42th birthday? It could be symbolic! I could tell people: 'On my 42th birthday I ran 42k!

I got all excited, but then I realized: 'I can't do it!'
'Why not?' you may ask.
Because my parents were coming over at two o'clock to celebrate my birthday, of course. There just wasn't enough time.

Besides, I'ld like to make it to my 43th birthday...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bitchin' headphones: Product Review

There they were: shiny and new, with ear pieces that glistened like diamonds.

For just 2 dollars they could be mine. And the packaging said: 'Earphones for runners'. I did some quick philosphical thinking: 'I'm a runner, ergo I should totally get them!'

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them

Today I wore my fancy headphones for the first, and final time. I hate them! The sound was so awful, it was amazing how bad it was. I didn't know sound could bé that bad.

Stevie Wonder effect

And they refused to stay on my head. Earbuds often tend to fall out of my ears, but this headphone managed to actually fall off my head. So I had to do my Stevie Wonder imitation, holding my ear pieces in place with my hands. And let me tell you: that's not a comfortable way to run.

Are you drunk or something?

After about half an hour I finally managed to position the headphone on my head in such a way it dídn't fall off. Unfortunately, this meant wearing it kind of sideways and having it covering only my right ear. But my arms were so tired, I didn't care anymore. I don't know how Stevie Wonder did it!

When I got home, I violently tore the thing off my head. 'It will make a nice gift for the kids!' I decided.

To sum up

Do not buy this headphone, that's supposedly for runners. The sound is terrible, and it will fall off your head.

But I have to admit: there is one good thing about this headphone: it reflects like there's no tomorrow.

Too bad it took a picture to see this.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Skipping a run is not for the faint hearted!

When I've got my period, I always feel like my pelvic muscles turn into mush. I used to welcome this as an excuse to skip my runs, but the years went by, and somehow I turned into a runner. I hate skipping runs now. Who would have thunk it? Not me, I can tell you!

Anyway, when I got my period on Monday, I knew I would be feeling it the most on Tuesday, so I told myself: 'Be wise, and skip your Tuesday run. That way your pelvic muscles get a break, and your uterus won't fall out.' Having scared the hell out of myself, I did not go running.

And it was sooo hard! As hard as it sometimes is to get myself out the door, it's even harder to stay in! All day Tuesday I felt like something was missing, and several times I had to physically restrain myself to prevent me running out the door.

But now it's Thursday, and I've got my running shoes on. The world is right again.

How do you feel about skipping a run?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Funny Footlocker commercial!

I love commercials that make me smile. This one made me frown a bit at first, but in the end I laughed out loud.

Do you ever feel like the people in this commercial when you put your running shoes on?
I wish I did!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Caught in the act

I love to get caught in the act of running! There I'll be, all sweaty in my cute little running skirt, and I'll do this nonchalant shrug and say: 'Oh well, it keeps me in shape!'

But I hate it when I'm caught in the act of taking a break! Yesterday I went for a run with some new running music, and I got all fired up by 'Is this the way to Amarillo?' and ran way too fast. I got so tired I had to walk the final mile.

And that's when I suddenly heard this voice shouting: 'Hey Jones! You gotta keep the pace up!' I looked up, and there stood my cousin Hank (50), in his soccer uniform. I gave an embarrassed little wave, and set off in a half hearted trot.

But when I ran home, I made sure 'Is this the way to Amaryllo' was playing when I passed my cousin Hank again!