On Black Friday I went to Road Runner Sports to finally buy some new running shoes and maybe some higher end running gear. I am a firm believer in buying the correct running shoes regardless of price. I love RR and I love that you can return the shoes (even used) up to 90 days.
I ended up with 2 completely different shoes (thanks to the return policy). I want to get into barefoot running and I need a flat shoes for kettlebell training so I went with the New Balance Minimus. But since my half marathon is a mere 9 weeks away and long distance is not recommend with barefoot shoes and beginners I went with the traditional but very light Brooks Ghost. I did a 3 mile walk / run with both and so far I love the NB. I am not sure about the Brooks (possible return).
Onto to some clothes. I have mentioned before that I look like Humpty Dumpty. I am not being hard on myself, it’s my reality. I carry 85% of my weight between my collar bones and hipbones. I have very little excess weight on my hips, butt, thighs, calves and arms. I have a man belly. Seriously I am not exaggerating, it is a man belly for sure. My love handles are about 2 inches wider than my hips. Big belly.
I steeled my will and set into the dressing rooms armed with L and XL exercise clothes. I was able to put everything on but it wasn’t pretty. I tired some compression capris and shorts. I didn’t feel enough compression with the XL so I went to the large, Oh crap when I pulled them over my man belly I pulled the drawstring out. Great, now I am in the dressing room trying to fish out the drawstring out of the waistband. Fantastic. Nothing felt right.
HELP! Who carries bigger girl but higher quality exercise gear. I am looking for wicking, compression, non cotton materials (sweat). I am considering going back and trying the men's shorts. I want to go to stores because so many online stores charge for return shipping now.
I just want something that fits, keeps my bits and pieces in, keep the sweat off me and I don’t feel like a sausage in it.
** I have a whole post just dedicated to wicking underwear experience at Road Runner, stay tuned.