On shins,curves and brand snobbery

Thank you all for your kind words about my friend.

Let’s talk running.

Let’s talk shins.

On Monday, I went for a trial run in my new Saucony Rides. Four stroller miles. Shin pain for the first half mile, then nothing. Great. I also got to see a vulture defeated in his evil mission to eat some baby crows by their tenacious, valiant parents. What a great life lesson for my little running buddy.

This morning, I took my old Nike Vomeros out for an early morning run. Six miles and NO PAIN. NONE!!! I was thrilled and am clearly now considering doing the Lake Chabot Half on Saturday even though I had decided to drop down to the 10k. I’ll run again tomorrow and see how my shins are before I decide. It was a nippy but glorious sunrise – I am SO excited that it’s light at 6.30 now.

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Good morning!!

I also want to talk about bras, especially for my UK readers. I recently bought a sports bra from that Mecca of UK shopping, Marks & Spencers. I was lured by its beauty but also by the fact it’s padded. My chesticles are minimal and in a running bra, I can easily be mistaken for a small boy. But in this bra? Oh the cleavage!! Oh the curves under the t-shirt!! Oh the décolleté!! Go, buy one now, flat-chested UK runners!! (Oh, it’s also really nice to wear, no bouncing – as if, anyway – and no chafing!).

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Love the pink piping and the mesh between cups

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I just love the design on this bra

I went back into my local running shop today and returned the errant Glycerins. They were sweet enough to exchange them for new Nike Vomeros. Thank you guys! The shoes are on order, my size wasn’t in. It’s been a salutary lesson for me, actually. The Nike Vomeros suit my feet. I was running well and pain free in them but I was weak enough to be swayed by brand snobbery. I don’t know if the new model will suit my feet as well as the old ones, but I’m hopeful. Let me quote my own blog on this matter and then let us all raise superior eyebrows at my stupidity and vow never to do the same ourselves!

There is also a little snobbery attached, I’ll be honest. I like Nike as a brand but it doesn’t scream ‘Runner’. I’m being honest here, but the more I type, the stupider I seem to myself. But anyway!         Cathryn Ramsden, Dec 2012

So. In summary.

* No shin pain.

* Now obviously considering a hilly, trail half-marathon on Saturday. Your thoughts?

* FOXY new sports bra.

* New Vomeros on order. Lessons learned.

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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9 Responses to On shins,curves and brand snobbery

  1. Padded bras are the best!!! And I would do the run with the idea that if the pain gets to be too tough, you can stop. Good luck!

  2. Bean says:

    Glad your shin pain is feeling better. That is always nerve wracking. I think you can handle the half. Since it is a race if something happens I am sure they will have a way to transport you to the finish. The last trail race I did they had medics on four wheelers to assist if needed.

  3. Jen says:

    Re: sports bra — ooh la la! Funny timing, I’ve recently been considering some padded support myself.
    As for the race — there are actually a few spots along the trail where a parking lot won’t be too far away. (usually, that’s where the aid stations are set up). Worst case scenario, your hubby can meet you at the parking lots? Or, if he’s not coming, then at least the race peeps will be able to drive you back to the start. I think you’ll be OK and of course I think you should definitely do the half, even if you run/walk!

    • Cathryn says:

      That’s worth knowing,thanks! Husband isn’t coming but it’s good to know there’s a rescue strategy if my shins kick off again. I’m leaning towards the half…thanks for the info!

  4. Liz says:

    Love the bra off to M & S as soon as I can! Look forward to hearing about this weekend’s run. X

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