The one where I get asked out at the gym

I was asked out today while I was running at the gym. I’m dripping in sweat and this guy comes over and says “I see you girl” then fist bumps me. I’m like hey ok. Continue running. Then he comes back a few minutes later and asks me if I’m seeing anyone. I say no. He asks my name and puts his hand out to shake. I said “hey I’m Amy. Nice to meet you.” He says something like “I’ve never seen you around here before.” I told him I come all the time. Mind you, I’m STILL RUNNING at this point. I’m dripping in sweat, breathing heavy, etc. He asks for my number. I tell him no. He asks to give me his number and says his name is Donovan. I said, “Well maybe next time you see me we can talk more. I have to finish my run.”

So there’s the story of how Amy got hit on at the gym on Valentine’s Day and turned the guy down cuz she was too focused on her run.

Make your own 5k adventure (and PR)

As you may know, The Run into the New Year 5k was supposed to be “Amy’s triumphant return to running.” Earlier this week, I feared it would be “Amy’s not-so-triumphant return to running.” In the end, it became “Amy’s really effed up return to running.”

My wonderful sister Emily K. said she would run this 5k with me, even though I told her she was free to go at her own pace and just find me at the end. She said she wanted to do this with me and that it didn’t matter how long it took, she’d be there with me the whole time. Yeah, I know. *tear*

Em & Me, pre race

We started off near the back of the pack and, well, we stayed there (hello, slow running FTW). My goal was to do intervals, but listen to my foot and lungs to determine how those intervals would be. We ran the first quarter mile in less than 3 min, which was pretty fast for me, especially for the start of a race where I didn’t know how my body would handle it. We did some running, then some walking, then some running… passed the 1 mi marker at just over 14 min, which is a great time for me – normally my run/walk pace is in the 16-17 range. My lungs were burning, my foot was starting to act up but Em kept pushing me on and encouraging me along the way.

My sister, looking too beautiful to be running. WTF

We turned the corner after going around the race track and were headed down the hill toward the start/finish line… and got very confused. The race was a 10k and a 5k and they had the first loop of the course going past the start/finish point around mile 1.2. The fast 10k-ers were coming around at this point and all the course marshalls seemed more focused on directing them than helping us. We asked someone at the water table where we were supposed to go and they blew us off.

No, YOU look crazy when you run.

It sucked because the people who were only running were far enough ahead we couldn’t see them and the walkers were far enough behind we didn’t want to wait for them to find out where to go so we just continued on south just like we did at the start of the race. We started to get worried that we missed a turn or something and I looked over and saw runners about a block away. So we cut across the street to figure out where in the hell we were. Realized we were about a third of a mile from the finish so we looped back with some other runners. Knowing full well that if we finished with this crowd, our time would be a sub-30 (more like a sub-25), we did the same quarter mile loop three times, cutting across the group of runners like a couple of fools. We saw some friends pass us who gave us looks like “how in the HELL did you pass me”… we laughed and said we’d explain later, as we took another walking break.

We got so confused it was laughable. Eventually we started to goof off and take silly pictures. We knew we would be close to the 5k mark, depending on what the last leg of the race was so after the 3rd li’l loop we headed to the finish. As we rounded the corner for the final straightaway, we made sure we were running so everyone would think we had ran the whole time (duh, we’re so smart)… and came down to the finish with a flurry. I heard some friends cheer and I’m sure they couldn’t figure out how we finished in 40 min. After we got the timing chips off our feet my friend Rochelle came and hugged us and congratulated us on an awesome time. I couldn’t stop laughing and shoved my garmin in her face… I said, “look look at the distance!” “2.62 mi? what happened?” And so we had this fun story to share with everyone as we found them post race. It was a Make-your-own 5k… complete with a choose-your-adventure option.

yay! we did it!

Afterwards we had beer and caught up with some friends.

Then we headed over to Paulie’s on Greenfield with a few people for post-race libations… Em and I had the nachos and quesadillas… and a lot of beer.

Photo: Kay

Then, we went home and decided we had to fit in the rest of the 5k we missed earlier… so we ran on a full stomach of beer and nachos a quarter mile from home and back. We had to stop to walk so many times because we thought we were gonna puke… but we did it, even sprinting the last .1 like we were sprinting to the finish line. Then I really almost puked.

Good times, great people. Happy freaking new year.

Splits: 14:10, 16:47*, 14:49 (.62), 14:32 (.48)

*this is where all the race confusion was, as evidenced by the time

Oh and PS: This was a PR for me, even with the disaster of a race!

Bizarre side effects of working out

MSN just published a story about the 10 bizarre side effects of exercise.

“Researchers have been touting the healthy side effects of exercise for years. Regular workouts can help you lose weight, boost mood, and live longer. But your daily workout can also have some strange—and pretty wonderful—side effects. From exercise-induced ear popping to the, uh, pleasures of a core workout, experts explain what’s behind your body’s weirdest physical reactions.”

Here are the top 10:

  1. Yawning
  2. Farting
  3. Runny Nose
  4. Coregasm
  5. Ear popping
  6. hives
  7. heartburn
  8. cramps
  9. headache
  10. incontinence

How many of these bizarre side effects have you had? I’ve had five. Thank GOD #10 isn’t one of them.

Conversations with my trainer

John: “Do you feel the burn?”
Me: “Yes I feel the burn.”
John: “Do you really feel the burn or are you lying to me?”
Me: “Define burn.”
John: “When you can’t stand anymore.”
Me: “Ok yeah then I don’t feel that kind of burn.”
John: “Then I’m gonna pay you back for lying to me.”

halp.

Conversations with my father…

me: It’s not like I need 4-doors. I don’t have kids to get out of the backseat.

dad: What if in three years you find the man of your dreams and he has a kid. Then what? You’ll want 4 doors.

me: If I find the man of my dreams, I’ll deal with the 2-doors.

Red sauce 60 minutes pre-run = omg hell

Had another great Team Challenge mid-week group run tonight. For the first quarter mile, Jodi and I stuck with Rochelle, Karla and Kevin… but after 5 minutes, we dropped back (they were going between 10:30-12min pace and that was pushing it for me for extended periods of time).

Jodi and I alternated running a quarter mile and walking a quarter mile for the first mile. Our split was 15:20ish. Unfortunately, this is where things went down hill for me.

You see, today I had time to make another batch of homemade tomato sauce with goodies from my garden. I spent more than 2 hours making the amazing sauce (fresh tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, onion, basil, italian sausage… shall I go on?) and couldn’t resist having some for dinner before the group run.

Note to self: NEVER EVER EAT A BIG MEAL BEFORE A RUN, NO MATTER HOW HUNGRY YOU ARE.

During the first mile my stomach started gurgling and its contents sloshed about.

By the 1.25 mi mark I told Jodi to go on without me. I wasn’t gonna be able to keep running. I thought I was going to puke.

About mile 1.6 (just about a tenth of a mile from the Lake Park Bistro stairs), I had a different kind of tummy rumble. You know, the I-don’t-have-to-puke-I-have-to -oh-crap-get-to-a-bathroom tummy rumble. I started running and was honestly worried I would either puke or shit my pants. Or both.

I made it that last tenth of a mile. But then I had the stairs. Those were brutal.

I wanted to scream.

I wanted to cry.

I wanted a toilet, damnit.

I got to the top of the stairs and luckily made it to the bathroom.

Aren’t you glad I shared this story?

Lessons I learned from my first endurance race


Last weekend, I completed my first half marathon. I wasn’t first, and I wasn’t last. My time was, well, twice that of some of my friends, but in the end it didn’t matter. I checked the ol’ half marathon off my bucket list. I also learned some valuable lessons throughout training and the race itself. Oh, and I got a kick-arse medal. Let’s not forget about the medal.

Before the race:

  1. Pee. Trust me on this.
  2. Drink lots of water all week long, especially the day before and morning of the race. This is why #1 is important.
  3. Don’t drink four margaritas 18 hours pre-race, even if you tell yourself it’s okay because you’re getting top-shelf margaritas on the rocks with extra lime and salt on the rim. Margarita salt is not an acceptable substitute for an electrolyte sports drink.
  4. Go to the race expo. Pick up your packet. Make some impulse purchases you will later regret because everyone else is buying that balance bracelet. Stare at your race bib. Smack yourself in the head for thinking you could actually do a half marathon.
  5. Follow a training plan. There are so many plans out there – find one that works for you and your schedule. Mine included 3 days/week of walking and/or running, 1-2 cross training or strength training days and 1 active recovery/yoga/pilates/easy walk day.
  6. Don’t be afraid to modify the plan. I suffered many setbacks due to knee problems and a sprained foot/ankle. I made adjustments (like biking or doing the elliptical instead of walking or running because they were low-impact). I had to cut one long “run” short because my foot hurt so bad. Continue reading “Lessons I learned from my first endurance race”

Race Report: Twitter me this

Here’s my tweets from July 16-19, 2010. AKA – when Amy went crazy and traveled to California to do a half marathon. Tweets are in reverse chronological order. So, start at the bottom and scroll up.

  • Yay! On my way home. Thanks @avanhizzle for the ride!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 22:23:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: I feel like this is the last episode of the real world
    Mon Jul 19 2010 21:56:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg twitter. I love you
    Mon Jul 19 2010 21:45:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH: we can do anything for 56 minutes amy @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:35:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH something about turning things off?
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:34:46 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I’m gonna punch u in the baby maker RT @bananza: I know @amykant’s “I’m gonna OH that” face so well.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:33:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OH: its like an air shower @bananza #teamchallenge #overheardintheairport
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:32:33 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • You know, the usual RT @bananza: Just doing double blind experiments with the power balance bracelet in the airport with strangers.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:38 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • YES RT @TheBeerRunner: Haven’t even made it home yet, and I’m already super excited for the next @teamchallengewi race. #teamwisvegas
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg soooooo true RT @bananza: Traveling with @teamchallengewi is like an all-day party.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:26:23 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • #hellyea RT @Mserita: If u can’t tell by our tweets we’ve been having fun on this long travel day home @bananza @amykant @roclobster
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:25:32 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • It is so friggin muggy in the midwest. I miss nocal #sadtweet @bananza @mserita @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:14:48 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @beepthedog I’m almost home baby!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:11:49 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to beepthedog
  • I can haz internets http://yfrog.com/ng1taj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 20:02:53 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Me again RT @bananza: OH: I’m gonna overhear what she said and you can overhear what I said. #thatswhatshesaid @amykant @roclobster @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:55:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • That was awesome RT @RocLobster: OH: Aaand we’ve got Amish. @amykant @bananza @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:54:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: and then he told me I had to let go of my pants ma’m @bananza
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:49:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg chihuahua babyhttp://yfrog.com/ne4ezej
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:16:52 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ajbombers the chair @mserita @roclobster and I sat in for that picture was made by www.cornerstonesonoma.com
    Mon Jul 19 2010 19:06:46 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @jmertz1010 @vasser40 email rburris@ccfa.org for info
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:26:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to jmertz1010
  • #justdoit RT @TeecycleTim: @sharifrenno @bootyp @vasser40 @roclobster #teamwisvegas2010. Taking over the strip, one mile & 1 beer at a time.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:19:20 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Seriously. And I’m just waiting for the skeeters RT @TeecycleTim: Good Lord, has the Midwest always been this humid?
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:16:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @sawaboof oh man! You should go dec 5
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:15:00 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to sawaboof
  • Yes! RT @RocLobster: @krittabug Um, Team challenge in Las Vegas! December. You must do it! Rock n’ Roll half @amykant @bananza @mserita
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:12:15 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • So how many of you will join @teamchallengewi for vegas in december???? #fitmke
    Mon Jul 19 2010 18:10:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Mmmmmm tequila! (@ Tequileria at KCI Terminal B) http://4sq.com/chblsG
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:58:17 (CDT) via foursquare
  • OH: its almost like today never happened #fb
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:39:49 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • We have been traveling since 7am http://yfrog.com/jozilcj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:39:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @steveegg I know. 3 friggin hrs
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:35:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to steveegg
  • 3hr layover (@ Kansas City International Airport – MCI) http://4sq.com/dbshnt
    Mon Jul 19 2010 17:34:16 (CDT) via foursquare
  • Feels lonely sitting in a different row from @bananza @mserita @roclobster 🙁
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:42:04 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Enjoying the post race party with my girls @mserita @roclobster http://yfrog.com/n189968748j
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:15:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Surprise surprise @mserita is tweeting http://yfrog.com/n2f9rj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:11:02 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @CandidCarrie @AJBombers well u can financially back me for vegas!!!
    Mon Jul 19 2010 14:03:19 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to CandidCarrie
  • @dawnk777 @CandidCarrie thank you sooo much
    Mon Jul 19 2010 13:58:27 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to dawnk777
  • OH: @mserita has been lubing me up. @roclobster #moseybait
    Mon Jul 19 2010 10:27:54 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Post race injury report: foot-omg. Calves-lil stiff. Hips-stiff and sore. Voice: I sound like lauren bacall with a cold.
    Mon Jul 19 2010 09:55:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @Mserita Friendship bracelets! @RocLobster @amykant @bananza #Napa #TeamChallenge http://tweetphoto.com/33672973
    Mon Jul 19 2010 09:13:26 (CDT) via Echofon
  • Still alive http://yfrog.com/n5qutj
    Mon Jul 19 2010 08:59:56 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Leaving the hotel 🙁 bye bye wine country
    Mon Jul 19 2010 08:55:19 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Becky thinks she found a tick. I killed it. Time to google img search ticks
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:51:02 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @TeecycleTim Thanks for all the well-wishes today! @teamchallengewi rocked Napa to Sonoma. Here’s the race report: http://tcycl.es/aqfi59
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:46:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza thanks anne. Time to medicate
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:40:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • Foot didn’t hurt til mile 9.5. Now it hurts a ton. Ugh #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 23:34:22 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • OMG I did it http://bit.ly/cS0BLP
    Sun Jul 18 2010 20:17:29 (CDT) via TweetMeme
  • Thank you all for the comments. You are all amazing. #lovefest #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 18:49:40 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Go #teamwi @teamchallengewi http://yfrog.com/1x49vlj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:37:43 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Holler @bananza http://yfrog.com/mv35234938j
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:35:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Look who’s tweeting and not helping her walker http://yfrog.com/6z8oguj @bananza #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 14:35:03 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @tmgessner Check out @amykant finishing her first half marathon with her entourage! #teamchallenge http://yfrog.com/5bp61cj
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:26:01 (CDT) via Yfrog
  • Post race ice http://yfrog.com/j667958267j #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:58:42 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg I did it http://yfrog.com/jnhs5j #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 12:28:03 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • http://yfrog.com/6zorkbj
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:36:09 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Well the 10mi warmuup is done. Time to own this 5k bitches #napaorbust #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:22:22 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @tmgessner: Motivation for @amykant: http://yfrog.com/5uwllrj yea 🙂
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:17:12 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @bananza Go @amykant!!! At mile 8! http://twitpic.com/26ivys
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:49:30 (CDT) via Twitpic
  • Love it 9.5 http://yfrog.com/n4x4uj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:14:33 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 9 mi http://yfrog.com/2pobdwj #fbq
    Sun Jul 18 2010 11:08:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 8 #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:50:43 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Halfway there #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 10:23:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • http://yfrog.com/mu3f4rj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:48:14 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • 4.35 down #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:45:39 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Omg #lovefest yall
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:27:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Only 10 more miles #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:25:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Almost to mile 3 #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 09:19:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Doing this for aunt janice uncle will and grandma irene http://yfrog.com/1s945vj #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:42:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Omg its race day #napaorbust @teamchallengewi #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:37:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Dave: you look nervous. Me: stfu
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:33:36 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @Mserita omg I love you #lovefest
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:32:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Mserita
  • Oh: if you get ridiculously thirsty then reevaluate
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:31:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @jenlada @msruntheus woohoo! Have fun!
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:07:25 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to jenlada
  • <3 RT @bananza: OH on the bus: “I can put two in the back and one in the front” #moseybait
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:06:14 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • On the bus en route to the race. #napaorbust #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:05:47 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @fromfat2fit2010 thank you lady!
    Sun Jul 18 2010 07:02:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to fromfat2fit2010
  • I am doing a half marathon. Tomorrow. Omg. Also: my foot doesn’t hurt! Squeee #fb
    Sun Jul 18 2010 00:18:13 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @RocLobster Getting ready for bed. Race tomorrow. Do yourself a favor & sign up for #TeamChallenge as soon as you can. This is amazing. #napa
    Sun Jul 18 2010 00:06:05 (CDT) via Twitter for iPhone
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  • @KatieFelten you are too kind. Related: wore a swimsuit for the first time in 4 years this weekend. #squeeeeee
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:37:45 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to KatieFelten
  • @EstablishmentWI @mserita @runcarlyrun @roclobster mine is already charged
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:36:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to EstablishmentWI
  • @Sp0on I blame jim. Just ask @mserita @roclobster he’s a bad influence
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:36:10 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Sp0on
  • Um it prolly wasn’t a good idea to drink 4 margaritas the day before my first half marathon #oops #fb
    Sat Jul 17 2010 19:19:52 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Ummmm http://yfrog.com/jaomnxj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 16:06:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I have pool chairs for @mserita @roclobster @bananza. Get your asses to the pool
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:26:00 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza @RocLobster @mserita its room service onlt to the pool
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:21:44 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @bananza @RocLobster @mserita yay! You can order food AT the pool!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 15:07:56 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • My race bib! #isthisreallife http://yfrog.com/jb2l7zj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:51:01 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @bananza lol it wasn’t worth the money for me
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:47:11 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @bananza why are you offroading? To see the sites? Related: I miss you.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:16:06 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • Heading back to the hotel! http://yfrog.com/bglstij
    Sat Jul 17 2010 14:13:41 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ChristyFphoto that’s where the race starts!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:48:55 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ChristyFphoto
  • Race day expo (@ Cornerstone Sonoma) http://4sq.com/cZehFN
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:45:31 (CDT) via foursquare
  • On the way to the race expo!
    Sat Jul 17 2010 12:10:53 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Lookin good @establishmentwi http://yfrog.com/jtacfj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 11:29:36 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @Mserita @establishmentwi oops
    Sat Jul 17 2010 11:26:59 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to Mserita
  • @AgustinSantiago its like a pine tree palm tree hybrid
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:58:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to AgustinSantiago
  • @ChristyFphoto its so beautiful here. Went to flavor in downtown santa rosa last night
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:55:39 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ChristyFphoto
  • @ToddBrink @bananza thanks all my lips are much better
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:54:58 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • Lookin good @establishmentwi http://yfrog.com/jv5pimj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:51:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Its not quite ‘a room with a view’ but ill take it http://yfrog.com/0veisyj
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:50:26 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • Oh: we’re not sending these to playboy guys.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 10:44:31 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @ToddBrink we aren’t sharing room 🙁 she’s with @runrunsally.
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:43:50 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • @bananza missed you too! But I guess today ill listen to #jth. Tomorrow? Perhaps 😉
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:43:08 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to bananza
  • @ToddBrink @bananza is at a staff meeting 🙁
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:42:18 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to ToddBrink
  • Maybe I should find a cute boy with chapstick. Then I can you know “borrow” some. #willkissforchapstick #desperate
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:41:51 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • also: I would pay $10 for chapstick right now. #leftmychapstickinwisconsin
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:40:40 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • I need chapstick. Preferably with spf
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:38:28 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • @DigidivaIsh @RocLobster hilton wine country in santa rosa
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:23:37 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android in reply to DigidivaIsh
  • Did a elliptical workout 1.47 miles in 20 mins and felt good. Quick lil pre-race jaunt on hotel elliptical while the… http://bit.ly/bancoU
    Sat Jul 17 2010 09:11:04 (CDT) via dailymile
  • It wasn’t a dream. I really am here in cali! #squeee
    Sat Jul 17 2010 08:05:34 (CDT) via Seesmic for Android
  • RT @bananza RT @RocLobster: Thanks to all for the good wishes! We’ll make MKE proud:) #TeamChallengeWI #napa
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:25:06 (CDT) via Twee in reply to RocLobster
  • @avanhizzle did you know the full house house in san fran is for sale
    Fri Jul 16 2010 21:34:13 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • RT @Mserita Hi @amykant! http://tweetphoto.com/33084996
    Fri Jul 16 2010 18:58:35 (CDT) via Echofon from Santa Rosa, CA
  • My view. Jealous? http://yfrog.com/0c75078389j
    Fri Jul 16 2010 19:04:45 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • California dreamin’ http://bit.ly/a5iRRm
    Fri Jul 16 2010 16:46:23 (CDT) via mobile web
  • @SandyShores thanks jane! 🙂
    Fri Jul 16 2010 16:16:52 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to SandyShores
  • @mjburian @RocLobster @tmgessner ill bring some munchies
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:32:06 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to mjburian
  • I’m at Golden Gate Bridge (Golden Gate Bridge, US 101, San Francisco) w/ 5 others. http://4sq.com/4vTWx3
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:31:26 (CDT) via foursquare
  • Golden gate bridgehttp://yfrog.com/5clslj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:30:28 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @mjburian @RocLobster @tmgessner @sandyshores who thinks marty should hve a weeds party?
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:08:00 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to mjburian
  • Guess where I am? http://yfrog.com/bcvrrnj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 15:07:10 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @tmgessner lol actually I think there is an agrestic. @sandyshores
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:49:05 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • @tmgessner isn’t that socal?? Btw we are not far behind you
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:45:59 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • Eek! We are going to go across the golden gate bridge! #fb
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:43:12 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @beepthedog you’re gonna play with gizmo and bandit today. You’ll have fun
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:22:53 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to beepthedog
  • California baby. Squeeeee. @establishmentwi just pulled the first jackass comment “shotgun!!” There’s no shotgun on the bus silly
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:14:36 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • Omg trainwreck behind @mserita @roclobster http://yfrog.com/b5n9rj
    Fri Jul 16 2010 14:02:55 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • SQUEEEEEE @tmgessner @roclobster @mserita @bananza @teamchallengewi
    Fri Jul 16 2010 13:42:05 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to tmgessner
  • California baby!! (@ San Francisco International Airport (SFO) w/ 79 others) http://4sq.com/MTivk
    Fri Jul 16 2010 13:39:59 (CDT) via foursquare
  • In vegas. Hoping I have time to play a slot machine before boarding for san fran
    Fri Jul 16 2010 11:13:20 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • @fromfat2fit2010 thanks lady! Soooo excited
    Fri Jul 16 2010 11:12:08 (CDT) via Seesmic in reply to fromfat2fit2010
  • In case you were wondering flying is much more comfy when you’ve lost 26lbs and 36 in #fitmke #fb
  • Fri Jul 16 2010 11:10:07 (CDT) via Seesmic
  • I’m at General Mitchell Int’l Airport (MKE) w/ @mserita @lynncalicchio. http://4sq.com/56h9fn
    7:00 AM Jul 16th via foursquare
  • Um we are having problems getting to the airport.
    5:48 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic
  • @bananza oh nos!
    4:59 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic in reply to bananza
  • @plural where are y’all staying this weekend?
    4:31 AM Jul 16th via Seesmic in reply to plural
  • You should know I got maybe 2 hrs of sleep. So yeah. Hahahah #gameon #napaorbust

Exercise and Underwear: Decisions, Decisions

If you’re embarrassed by underwear talk, move on to the next blog. We’re talking about ladies underthingies and working out. Gentlemen, take a deep breath.

This is a question I’ve had for awhile, but I didn’t really know how to bring it up.

What is the best underwear to wear when working out?

The few times I’ve worn a pair of cotton underwear to work out, I’ve regretted it. So, I know that those are definitely out (I only have a few anyways, I prefer the good stuff). I’ve already moved beyond cotton socks and am slowly working on my non-cotton workout wardrobe.

But now, I’m at the underthings stage and am not sure where to start. Add my larger size to the mix and it gets complicated. Any larger ladies have this problem?

While some runners love to talk about their running clothes, they become a little more reserved when it comes to undergarments and — as a result — suffer in silence wearing uncomfortable underwear. The “synthetic material/no cotton” rule also applies to underwear. Make sure you wear tight-fitting, non-cotton underwear so any moisture is wicked away and you avoid chafing. Most uncomfortable underwear issues can be avoided by following that rule. Some running shorts do have “built-in” underwear. It is perfectly fine to wear just these shorts — you don’t have to wear another pair of underwear underneath them. Some runners, especially men, prefer to wear spandex under their shorts instead of underwear. Some female runners I know swear by running thongs and claim that they’re extremely comfortable. It’s really a matter of personal preference, so you just have to figure out what works for you. (SOURCE: About.com)

First of all, I don’t wear thongs. I don’t find them comfortable, and let’s be honest… when you get to a certain size thongs just aren’t practical. Why would I willingly let my booty hang out? This baby got back – junk in the trunk – and it just wouldn’t be right to have it go uncontained.

Perhaps I’ll change my mind once I’m at my goal weight, but in my experience over the past 4 months, I have found that the Body by Victoria Bare Ultimate high leg briefs are the most comfortable for working out. They help suck in the gut and keep everything where it’s supposed to be, without riding up my booty. The Body by Victoria seamless bikini briefs and Body by Victoria Hiphuggers aren’t bad either.

What hasn’t worked? My Body by Victoria boyshorts. They will NOT stay put when I’m walking, running or lifting weights. I’ve also had problems with the top bands rolling down.

I’ve looked into some of the “runners underwear” but I’m a little hesitant to spend $20+ on a single pair of underwear I might not like or that might not fit. I’m looking at the following options:

Do you have any suggestions? Feel free to post a comment below, or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous, send me a message using the contact form.

Ok, and because the picture of these has been cracking me up all afternoon, I just have to ask what is up with these? Are they the granny panty of workout gear? I mean, REALLY?

Oh, and don’t get me started on those shorts with the built-in underwear. I don’t get those at all.

Coming soon: Keeping the girls under control when running (aka, How do I keep my boobs from giving me whiplash?)