Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dear Target,

I love you.


I'm taking the advice of chic runner, and I'm trying to make this running thing even more enjoyable by accessorizing/dressing myself in functional and fun stuff.

I had a great run this morning. I know we're talking baby steps still, but this was the first time when I didn't have to stop to walk at all. That's huge for me. I believe it represents overcoming a mental block as much as anything else. I didn't think I could keep running, so I had to convince myself that it was possible. When I started this crazy running jag that I'm on (last Monday, April 13), I couldn't run a quarter of a mile without having to stop. So you can imagine how I was practically doing cartwheels when I got home this morning, I'd gone 2.3 miles, and I hadn't stopped to walk even once. Slowed, yes, shuffled a few times, definitely. But now I have it in my little brain that it's possible. I want to do it again. I feel great.

Dang, I guess this must be what all those healthy people are always talking about. You know, psychological benefits of exercise, blah blah blah. I feel like this is going to have long-term mental benefits for my anxiety issues. Yet another reason to stick with it.

I've only gotten in three days this week because I was sick, but I did five last week. I'm almost to the two week mark. I'm not noticing any visible differences in how I look, but I do notice that it is much easier to breathe as I run. Today I could have had a conversation, were I not alone, which is what they say you're shooting for.

Back to Target fashion, which is I'm sure hilarious to those of you, 21 and under, who are reading this. I remember how through high school, I was so embarrassed that most of my clothes came from Mervyn's and the like; now when I have to go to Target or Wal I'm excited to see what new stuff they have so I can peruse. Of course I love me some Express too, but I'm glad that arbitrary allegiance to brand names is something that I've shed with age. I never had the money to be in style anyway, and What Not To Wear has shown me that there's a greater sense of self that comes from dressing the body you have, well, and favoring shape in your clothing over trend. I can't imagine life if I was a slave to Coach or Ed Hardy or Abercrombie or any of the 800 other brands I see teenagers plaster across their bodies everyday; meanwhile their clothes fit poorly and their souls seem to be as empty as their bank accounts must be to keep up that lifestyle. That's a battle you'll never win anyway--you will not ever have what the next guy has.

So here is some cheap junk that I like, y'all.

(All of the pictures in this post are straight from They are not pictures of me. Don't ask. You think a high school teacher is dumb enough to put pictures of herself on the interwebs in an undergarment? Um, no. Yay Target.)

Stuff I bought at Target today, by PDawg

Best find at Target: This sports bra. As uncomfortable as I feel blogging about the girls, it's worth it to share this little beaut with the world. (Okay, and I didn't actually let myself buy anymore of these today, but I own a bazillion. Damn. I just negated my own title.)

The C9 by Champion Seamless Cami Sports Bra. $16.99 (cheaper when you can find them on clearance!)

I can't quit you, C9 Cami Sports Bra. Unlike all sports bras before you, you must have been crafted by a dancer or by, I don't know, an actual woman. Now let's be clear. Baby-growing and breastfeeding have left me with a lil' sumpin' sumpin' (a sad lil' pair, actually), but I am not what you would call gifted in that area. I can only speak about what I know. Which is that after serving as a milk factory for two kids, even if you were at pancake status before, you need some serious bizness holding things in place. This little friend does the job. It's two snug layers, adjustable, breathable as all get-out, and the cami straps are nice because you don't get any of that bulky tight feeling on your shoulder blades when you move. I discovered these when I was dancing with CORE, and I fell madly in love. Perhaps that has something to do with my now owning one in every color of the rainbow.

Up next: Following in the same vein, this Yoga Cami

Okay, I am seriously never doing any Yoga... that stuff is sooo boring to me... but I'm gonna run around my neighborhood in this Yoga Cami, also $16.99, and try to look like a buffoon. I used to see these in Target all the time and I never bought them because I was afraid they'd ride up and my post-baby tummy would show. (As a former ballerina, it's still difficult to wrap my mind around dancing in anything but a leotard and tights.... my security blanket.) But I tried this one on and it seems to be the appropriate soccer-mom length. I like the pattern, and it has the same inner support system as the sports bra. I'll have to let you know how it does on a run. It feels good on. I needed something more breathable. The cotton stuff has been fine when it was mild, but that day when I ran and it was 85-90 degrees, I thought I was going to die. Okay, I barfed. Once. So that wasn't good.

Because I want to look like I mean business: The Singlet

What the hell is a singlet? Yeah, I don't know either, but it was comfy and it was $9.99. Looks like a tank top to me, but apparently if you want to be cool and act like you're a runner, you go around being all oh so the other day when I was running in my singlet... So here I go, buying one. It's nice and light and it has a cute white mesh stripe down the back and I think it will be really good to run in. I just don't really get why it's a big deal. La ti dah, me and my singlet are like so awesome. I'm willing to bet those hard core runners aren't talking about some crap they picked up at Target along with a hairbrush and some laundry detergent, but I am. Again, I'll have to road test it. Barring any unforeseen snowstorms, I'm guessing the review will be a good one.

Finally: Awkward-looking running leggings and this running skirt.

Be cool, Internet... be cool. Before you go telling me that leggings are not okay, let me just say I'm giving them a try. I ran today in some jazz pants (don't worry--the cotton/lycra kind, not the sparkly kind... no sequins) and it was nice. It felt kind of light. I thought it would be nice to try some real ones. We'll see. The skirt? Just looked cute. It's really a set of booty shorts with some fabric stretched over it, so the jury's still out on that one too. I don't really want to run into any of my students if there's free-range cheekage. But again, we're looking for non-cotton options here. Mostly I've been running in cut-off sweats, but they're feeling a little bulky. Anyway, the leggings and skirt were $17.99 and $19.99, respectively. I think. I'm not really sure--I'm going by Target's website but I think all this stuff was on sale when I was in store.


Wow, back in January when I started this blog, I was in a total pit--emotionally, physically, relationship-ionally (?). It's just nice to be excited about things again, even if it's a poly-lycra blend from a big box store. I hope you're all having a great weekend.

I'm off to find a margarita.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tips on running clothes. I have been to some running stores, but I haven't found anything good. Let us know how they do during your run. -kayda