Well, that was easy.
Yesterday, I went to the running store where I bought my shoes to find something to hold my phone while running (since I no longer wear big baggy pants with a belt). I found a great armband phone holder, and I like it much better than my current iPod armband holder, and I decided I would just transfer all my running songs to my phone (an Epic) and ditch the iPod.
While I was there, I asked the very helpful store worker if he had any advice regarding my Under Armour problem, where my top kept riding up while I ran, exposing my bare belly to an embarrassing extreme. It turns out that store doesn’t sell UA compression gear, and the guy (who seemed like a very experienced runner) said he personally doesn’t see what all the fuss is about for “compression” gear. I can’t deny that I don’t know why it’s supposed to be great, but I hear that it is. He didn’t have any suggestions (other than to buy a new, looser shirt), so I left without answers.
This morning I got up and determined I would do the only thing I could think of:
Yep, safety pins. I put seven safety pins around the bottom of my top, pinning it to the waistband of the pants. I was worried it would stretch my top and/or put big holes in it, but guess what?
I totally forgot about the problem while I was running, and there seemed to be no real lasting effects to my outfit. It was honestly quite an easy solution, and thankfully, this means I won’t have to go spend money on another workout outfit for the time being. Here’s a shot of me in the whole outfit:
Here’s a close-up of my makeshift wardrobe correction.
I realize this is obviously not the company’s intent for their product, so I think I will still write them a letter and ask for advice. I do like the stuff my husband bought me (it really does help you stay cool even when you’re sweating profusely!), and I think I’d like to buy a “summer” outfit (shorts and a short-sleeve t-shirt) in it soon.
I surprised myself by getting up at 6:30am to run. I knew DS#2 had a t-ball game at 9am, and I really wanted an hour or so to cool down after my run. I hate that I always seem to be rushed after my runs. Still, for me, getting up that early without a reason other than exercising was ridiculously out of character, so I was quite proud of myself for doing it. 🙂
I started out actually kind of fast, with a sub-10 minute pace, and I realized right away that was too fast. I slowed down, but then, because my competitive nature kicked in, I started wanting to try for a sub-10 minute pace overall. Ha! I did try, but I think my first 2.5 mile run was not the time to try for a new PR pace. I got tired around the 1.5 mile mark, so I had to slow down. I did bust it toward the end and ended up with a sub-10 pace for my last half-mile, but my pipe-dream of having a total run that was sub-10 was just that–a pipe dream! 😉
I was kind of excited, because my 1/4 mile increase from last week meant that this was the first time I have crossed the “main” road. I pretty much just crossed it and then turned right back around to go home, but still–I had to dodge a big gravel hauler when I got to the intersection, so I consider that a major feat! :p
I really enjoyed the 7am run. It was neat to be out before pretty much everyone else. I may be an extrovert, but even I know there is something to be said for solitude. 😉 Some of my neighbor’s horses saw me running while they were having breakfast and stopped to watch.
I also saw some really pretty flowers down the road from me at one neighbors’ houses.
Yes, I did actually get in my car and go back to take those pictures, lol!
The rest of my day was spent with a different kind of running–running between baseball and hockey for both kids. :p Tomorrow I will do a long-overdue hockey photography post (that’s how my blog started, so I feel I need to get back to my roots every once in a while!). I’m very excited to share it. 🙂
Thanks for reading!!