I dressed warmly because it was cold - running tights, a long sleeve running shirt, and I had gloves and a hat packed in my back pack in case I needed them (the back pack is a recent purchase and I'm in love with it - I may have to write a post about it in the future). I started out feeling good. I was running slowly, but everything seemed to be working and I felt like I could keep up the pace for the entire run.
By mile one, I was too warm and had to roll my sleeves up. By mile two, I had a side stitch and my lungs were on fire and I had to slow to a walk. I ended up walking for almost half a mile.
I reached the store disappointed in myself. I thought I was making progress and getting better. I guess not. I have to admit that I really haven't been running regularly. My runs have been few and far between lately, and it really shows. It is amazing that my running ability declines so quickly. I trying to look ahead and use this as motivation to keep moving forward. November's goal is to start and maintain a regular running schedule.
|This was the second time that I've been to Universal Sole for a race packet pick up. (Image Source)|
I browsed the offerings in the store, as I was given a coupon while in line. Who doesn't like new clothes? Especially discounted new clothes? Sadly, the store doesn't seem to acknowledge the existence of larger lady runners such as myself. There were plenty of smalls and mediums in the women's clothing, but very few larges and no extra larges. Yes, I may be the largest I have ever been at the moment (something else I want to work on in November), but the fact that they didn't carry my size made me feel a bit unwelcome. Good thing I have at least two other running stores where I know I can find running gear that will fit me.
My walk home was cold. My run/walk to the store had kept me warm. Too warm, in all honesty. But the walk home made me wish that I had a jacket with me. I stopped a couple places along the way (the grocery store and drug store) to run some errands and warm up.
When I was home, I checked out everything in my race packet:
|The cat was not part of the packet. Hannah just thinks that everything brought into the apartment is for her.|
There was the race shirt, my bib number, some safety pins, a map of the race route and market layout, and a couple of flyers for different businesses. I could have done without the flyers, but I was very happy to have the race map. I know a lot of folks prefer digital versions, but my phone doesn't always like to work, so I love having a printed copy to take with me to look over on my way to the race.
The shirt is a long sleeve technical shirt, which should come in handy for the rest of this fall and into the winter. I was hoping for a brighter color, but I still like the design. A lot of folks on Facebook were complaining about the shirt's quality and design, but this is a step up for me when compared to some of the other race shirts I've gotten this year (oversized pink cotton t-shirt, I'm looking at you). I do, however, feel that sizing is off. My women's large is very tight and feels more like a medium or even a small, especially when compared to other running shirts that are the same size. Yes, I've put on some weight in the last few months and all my clothes are fitting a bit tighter, but this shirt is uncomfortably tight. My other women's larges aren't nearly this small. I'm hoping that I can drop a few pounds to wear the shirt, because I do genuinely like the design.
|The front design.|
|The back design.|
|I am...La Rebu!|