As many of my readers know, I decided to sign up for a half marathon that will take place in September (for details, click here). I have been testing a few different things to help in my quest to be able to run 13.1 miles without passing out or vomiting on myself.
First, let me tell you about the apps I have been using. I have been following the couch to 10K program on my iPod which has been a god send. Basically, it helps you to increase your running stamina each time you use it. You start out running for 3 minutes, walking for 2, five times a session. As the weeks progress, gradually the run times increase each week. A little bell goes off with an instructor’s voice commanding you to walk, run, or cool down when you’ve finished. This app can be use in conjunction with my Nike+ app which I love so very much. By using the Nike+ I can track how far and fast I am running. My only complaint about the Couch to 10K is I feel a bit like Pavlov‘s Dog waiting for the little bell so I can get my ever minimizing time to walk.
Second, is my new sports bra. Being a well-endowed woman, sports bras have always been an issue for me. The girls either get squished or sag depending on the bra. The thing I hate most of all when it comes to the sports bra, is that almost all of them require you putting them on over your head. Why is that? Who thought this was a good idea?
Obviously the Nike gods heard my cries for help and after rigorous testing have developed a new type of sports bra…Nike Swift U-Back Running Bra. This thing is AMAZING! The bra has a full back closure with a hook and eye, as well as adjustable shoulder straps. It comes with cup sizes in conjunction with the small/medium/large size scale. In addition, the bra is also made of dri-fit and stay cool fabrics to help keep the girls cool and dry. The best part, I got this wonderful addition to my workout wear for $16.99 at my local designer discount store as opposed to the $50 that is its suggested retail price. If you don’t believe how awesome this bra is, you can watch this video all about it. (It is actually kinda interesting to see how they research these things)