Monday, April 22, 2013

Cover Your A$$

I got to mile 15 of my 16 miler yesterday and was SAVED because this song came on (I have to remember to put it towards the end of my marathon play list).

Sometimes I like to be yelled at so that I can push harder. The tempo is FAST and guaranteed to get you going (that is, if you don’t mind a little mild profanity. I think a$$ is tame compared to things like “I’ve got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it,” but I like that song too).

As long as we are on the a$$ theme, I purchased a new item the other day – the CYA skirt. Know what CYA stands for, right? Cover Your Ass. This skirt has no panties/shorts built in, but is just to wear over things. Everyone at Starbucks, the grocery store, the gas station, etc. will be thankful that I have finally agreed to CMA (Cover My Ass). Tights on a 20 year old may be fine while picking out bananas, but not sure people want to see tights on a 46 year old while picking out bananas. Unless they are very desperate.

Today I am wearing my CYA over my compression tights for recovery and I think it makes for an outstandingly tacky outfit. Slippers are the key. As is a shiny face and a bad hair style.

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Speaking of the CYA skirt – I got the BEST deals the other day. Skirt Sport’s headquarters is about 15 minutes from my house. They had a warehouse sale and about 95% of the stuff was small in size. Score for me. Every item was only $20. I CLEANED up. Who cares if I really don’t need any of this. I cannot pass up a good sale. My favorite is the Marathon Chick blue skirt with matching headband. I also got a pair of running tights, but I wore them today and they’re gross with sweat and not picture worthy.

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2 running skirts, one pair of tri shorts, two cycling jerseys

I cannot believe I only have four weeks until my marathon. Next week is my last BIG long run of 20 miles. With the exception of tweaking my hamstring a couple weeks ago while in boot camp (it is now FINE, but I was freaking out), this training cycle has gone really well. Fingers crossed for a solid race.

And, you will be happy to know, I did not make ONE pit stop over 16 miles. Not one. That might be a record. Speaking of pit stops, if someone makes marathon greeting cards, this should be on one of them:

Where do you buy the bulk of your running clothes? I am all over the place – usually wherever I can get the best deals. Sometimes The Clymb online has some great deals (this week they had both Running Skirts and Sports Skirts skirts for half price)

What’s that song on your iPod that you skip a million songs to get to because it gives you that perfect boost? Anything by AC/DC or Pitbull (do you think they hang out?), Die Young by Kei$ha, Pain Lies by the Riverside by Live, and Let’s Go by Calvin Harris.

SUAR

54 comments:

  1. Those running clothes you got are the cutest! I love to wear fun running clothes...sadly, it has been so cold this spring, I'm still wearing my long sleeve pullovers and tights. I buy my clothes wearever..TJMaxx, Marshalls..this week I got a really cute Oiselle running skort from the Clymb, such a deal! Now if it would only warm up, I could wear it....

    I do love that song you suggested, Let's Go, but I'm not a big fan of pop. I veer more towards rock...anything by the Foo Fighters works to get me moving. And some guilty pleasures (ie Ace of Spades by Motorhead, There and Back Again by Daughtry--please don't judge me) and some more tasteful rock, ie Lonely Boy by the Black Keys and Salute Your Solution by the Raconteurs (hopefully I redeemed myself sharing these selections...)

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    1. I'm working on finalizing my playlist for my first half in two weeks -- Everlong and Walk are on it already.

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    2. My Hero is a good one too!

      Good luck on your half! I have one in 2 weeks as well.

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    3. Foo Fighters "Pretender"!!!! Kick-A$$ rock in' beat.

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  2. my pals from claim your journey's "run louisiana" -- seriously, i listened to this song for an entire 19-mile run (no other song). it's the perfect running song (and the video is hilarious): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bhgvPh0VrQ

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    1. I looked it up. The Video was hilarious, but If I listened to this for an entire 19 mile run, I would go bonkers!

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  3. I buy most of my running clothes from Target and even recently found running skirts at Walmart (with a zipper pocket in the back and pockets in the front-SCORE)! I do have two running dresses from Skirt Sport and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them both. I know it seem odd running in a dress but it keeps me super cool. They do not have attached shorts, so I just wear my short biking shorts under them. I also love that I look sort of put together if I am running errands in them. I would go crazy if I have them a Skirt Sport store close to my house!

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  4. I've gotten a ton of microfleece bright colored shirts from Kohl's; all under $10 with the multiple discounts. They have been my workhorses this cold winter.

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  5. Tegan & Sara (David Guetta) Every Chance We Get We Run. gets me every. single. time.

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  6. My CYA Skirt is my #1 favorite go-to running wardrobe staple. Love it!

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  7. I get most of my clothes at Running Free because I get a discount, ha ha. Or I get them from my friend who is a rep for Zoot, again because I get a discount.
    As for songs: I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor by the Arctic Monkeys. Always gives me the kick in the pants that I need at the end of a race.

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  8. I have a CYA skirt too that I wear with everything! No one needs to see my 43 y.o. "A". Lately I've stumbled upon some really cute stuff at JCP. Shock, I know!

    All this running conversation is great but what I really want to know is how you keep your house so clean?!?!

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    1. My kids are my slaves. I lay around and order them to clean and rub my feet.

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  9. I get a lot from Road Runner Sports since I can't usually get out to try things on, and with their VIP program, I can return if things don't fit. Also, sadly, amazon with prime has free returns. But my issue with running shirts is that the tights under never have tight enough legs and I get chafed on my thighs as they ride up. I like the idea of the CYA, and am trying to make my own skirt to button or sew onto the tights I prefer.

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  10. Great music advices in a place where I wasn't expecting them. And to cover the other theme - I don't think you need CYA skirt that much but I see what you are doing and I think it's great that you are so thoughtful. Big fat asses are not always the perfect view when you're enjoying a muffing and a cappuccino.

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  11. Dying over the skirt and bananas up here (Canada). If we were talking embarrassing running songs I'll have to pitch in Prodigy's "smack my bitch up" or "breathe". I'm going to check out some others. I, like most Canadians,Meitner buy my running gear on cross border trips in the USA or @ my local hideously overpriced running stores. Oh, and I adore running in wool which ups the price even more. Damn.

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  12. "Bad hair style"? That is my "class it up" style for work!

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  13. "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" is a solid go-to for me. As is "Baba O'Riley" by The Who. In general, I'm a sucker for a solid,well-placed crescendo.

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  15. I buy most of my stuff at Wal-Mart and JCP, but probably because those 2 stores are closest to me that have decent stuff (I live in a relatively rural area in NC). I don't like spending a ton of money on clothes that are eventually going to get stinky anyway and found that the Wal-Mart stuff is pretty good quality for the price. I actually just bought the cutest green shorts with matching neon yellow tank top at Wal-Mart. Kind of silly considering I have a sprained ankle right now, but I guess it gives me something to look forward to.

    If you like Scooter, I imagine you have heard of Faster, Harder, Scooter. That's a good one to get you going. I will fast forward through my play list to get to Green Light by John Legend or Hey Ya! by Outkast. But I am a total sucker for any 90s Night at the Roxbury music like What is Love by Haddaway or Rhythm of the Nighy by Corona. Oh, and can't forget Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue!

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  16. I seem to hit Lululemon a lot for bottoms, but am stocked up for awhile :) Tops, wherever I can find something I like.

    Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue, Thunderstruck by ACDC, Hot Tottie by Usher, and Gold Digger by Kanye are my boosters.

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  17. When I am super tired and ready to stop, my song is "YMCA" and every time I can keep running!

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  18. Love the new stuff - what a bargain, too!
    I guess I'm a tacky dresser because I was just thinking how cute your outfit was - I love the skirt over the tights!!!

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  19. Dead at the ecard! Love it.

    If we're claiming most embarrassing songs, I have several Chris Brown's on my playlist, as well as a bunch of Nicki Minaj. I do not listen to country music of any kind, but lately I've been digging Florida Georgia Line's song "Cruise"

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  20. I tried Skirt Sports but they don't have a drawstring so I returned them. Why don't more workout bottoms have drawstrings?????
    My favorite work out clothes are from Athleta. More expensive but wash and wear beautifully. I have the cheaper stuff from Target/Champion, Reebok and Old Navy but they don't hold up like the Athleta does.

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  21. I get most of my running skirts from E-bay or TJ Maxx. I always cut the shorts out of them and just wear the skirt part over my CW-X compression capris or shorts. Or I sometimes wear them over Under Armour. I've even made my own CYA skirts out of old shirts with the correct poly/lycra blend (around 90/10)
    Yes, I LOVE running skirts because absolutely no one should be subjected to my 46 year old bootay either! Plus, they are dang cute :)

    As far as songs - It's gotta be "Speed" by Billy Idol!!!

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  22. Florence & the Machine - The Dog Days are Over got me through the end of a 9 mile run in a very good mood ... As soon as I heard the part where she sings Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for your children your sisters and your brothers... I couldn't help but smile and run a little faster http://youtu.be/iWOyfLBYtuU

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  23. Hey you...back from the desert and trying to get caught up a little.
    First, I get The Clymb and I didn't get anything from Skirt Sports - whaaa. I even went to look at the site after you mentioned it and couldn't find anything from them. Well, I don't need anything anyway, but I do love The Clymb. I have a few of those pull over my flabby ass skirts from Athleta - love them.

    I'm so glad to hear your hamstring is cooperating - phew. I think you're going to have a fantastic race. I was sitting here thinking about Colfax and wondering if I could BQ again. What pace are you planning on doing? Hum...tempting. Maybe I could just pace you for a bit. :)

    I will call or email you here soon...you totally made my (long) day when you called me on Friday when I was in Zion. Love the bday card, too - it was so great to see that when I got home, brought a big smile to my face :).

    xo

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  24. Love all your blogs! I'm an advocate for skirts (or shorts) over tights, no matter the age or sex. UGH! They are tights, NOT leggings/sweats. And, being of the same age, AC/DC totally rocks my running ;-)

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  25. I buy most of all of my clothes at Old Navy. I just ruin clothes too fast to spend a lot of money on them.
    The song changes from week to week. But there always is one.

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  26. Pain Lies by the Riverside by Live is great. I love Diesel Power by The Prodigy, Slience by Delerium & Sarah McLachlan ...

    I need to buy more running skirts. I'm hopelessly attached to my Atalanta Commitment skirts, but they don't make them anymore, so I must move forward. Time to peruse The Clymb ...


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  27. I had planned to get some new running gear to try out before my upcoming race (my first half marathon) but, alas, the kids were struck by the stomach flu (7 days!)(each!) so I have had zero time to figure out what to buy, let alone time to actually get it and then, you know, run in it. I might be in a slight panic over the whole thing, as a matter of fact...I'm trying to go by recommendations of other runners but I'm not sure. {SIGH}

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  28. I need a CYA skirt. Today in the bathroom at Panera I discovered that I had a crazy panty line in the capris tights I had on. Whoops.

    I a bunch of Skirt Sports skirts - even one in the Celebration print, which you have in your picture. I buy stuff from all over, though. My current obsession is the Pace Setter skirt from Lululemon.

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  29. My current go to songs are My Song Knows What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy (I replayed it 4 times to get through the last 1.5 miles of my run on Saturday AM) and Can't Hold Us by Macklemore. You wanna talk solid beats...mmmm.

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  30. The Clymb, LeftLane Sports, EMS are the primary places I buy clothes....though I also keep a set of US Navy official PT shirts bucause they are really comfortable and they breath well.

    Music....Rockstar by NERD and Roadrunner by Imelda May are my favorite end of run songs both have a beat that drive me to kick

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  32. My running stuff comes from all over. I am so grateful for my sponsorships that I have had since 2007, keeping me fairly well clothed (running tees, shorts, tri kit emblazed with brand names), but from time to time I like to splurge and get something just for me. SOAS and Zoot are a couple of my favorite brands these days, and although I have several pairs of running tights, I still use my under armor tights and matching top almost every week in the winter. It's my go to outfit. I just replaced a jacket with a new one from REI.

    Anything from Eminem, Kid Rock, or the Beastie Boys usually gets me going pretty well. I love "My Body" from Young the Giant.

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  35. LOL, you crack me up! Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim.

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  37. I saw others mention Foo Fighters up there, and I totally agree. I'll add that many Linkin Park songs make me pick up my pace, and Disturbed's "10,000 Fists" is my go-to end of race song. Well, I always plan for it to play at the end of a race, but it has never quite worked out that way. A few times, I've accidentally hit "shuffle" at the start and completely messed up the order I worked so hard on, one time I didn't even have the right playlist loaded, a couple of times I finished too fast or too slow... Maybe I need to spend some time studying my iPod before my next race.

    Love that Live song. Now it's stuck in my head, too. Delightful!

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  38. Those are some great sale items! Can't pass up a sale either. Good luck with the rest of your training! Less than 2 weeks until my next marathon...

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  39. interesting, i figure if i'm rockin the tights then that's just how it is, no need for another layer. Hmm where do I buy stuff, yeah I'm pretty random, but love a good deal so Marshalls has a lot of good running gear

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  40. I am running Big Sur this Sunday! Better get on my foam roller and CYA to break up any IT band issues. LUCK on your race...

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  41. My get going songs are "Black Betty" by Ram Jam, "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, and if you like alternative, "Going The Distance" by Cake is always a winner!

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  42. Love Skirt Sports! Very envious...

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  43. skirts are for tennis.

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  44. The majority of my run gear comes from Lululemon. I have a couple things from Adidas, but I'm still new at this running game. I'll also intermix a couple of yoga tops that work well for breathability (always with a highly supportive sports bra).
    Shamless plug- I'm actually giving one away on my blog this week.
    As for music...I think because I just got back from vacation, I'll go straight to "Bruk it Down" or any other fun dancehall music.

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  45. I usually wait until Dick's sporting goods has their clearance racks in the middle of the aisles - with the extra 40-50% off then stock up. Luckily I'm a midget so I still fit the little girl's sizes. SUPER cheap!

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  46. I've found some good things at TJ Maxx. Not big name brand stuff but it gets the job done and it's priced to my poor-girl-running liking. Love the song. My playlist has a lot of music from the Studio 54 soundtrack and my fave techno song Cascada -Everytime we touch.

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