Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Okay, so I shouldn't have called it "Running A-Z" because I am not going to break down Running with the alphabet and say A is for Adrenaline, B is for Body Pumping, C is for ... okay I said I wasn't going to do this! But there, at least it makes the title make a little more sense.  What I am actually writing this blog about is running credentials/accessories.  I am going to try to break down some running things that I like, and share them with you in case you are interested in becoming a runner, or are already a runner and looking for some ideas to change things up, or just are interested.

Writers note: This particular blog is going to be more geared for the ladies out there.  Sorry men, even though I like to wear your running clothes more than women running clothes, I am not a guy to be able to give the appropriate advice.  Stay tuned for my next blog later today or this week on running gear/music.

Let's start with running clothes:
Just recently, after looking through other girl runner's Facebook pictures, I have realized that I have no cute running clothes.  I dress just like my dad and Andrew do, and never realized how much I look like a man when I run! I buy large men's singlets, pull my hair up in a bun, throw on my men's running shoes, and head out with the boys. So, on my "to-do list when I have enough money", I plan to purchase better looking running clothes that look a little classier for girls.   But, let me stand up for myself for a minute and explain to you why I do like the men's running gear more than the girl's running gear.  When I run, I want to be comfortable. I want something loose on me so 1. I don't feel suffocated, 2. I don't have to worry about anyone noticing anything jiggling on me, and 3. I want to wear something that can breathe well and let air in as needed.

So I have turned to men's singlets(see picture below):

Mambu Baddu Singlet

(I put my favorite singlet I wear up for my own entertainment.  "Mambu Baddu" is Zulu for: "The best is yet to come!"  I need to buy more of these asap because mine is getting a little worn!)

I love wearing these particular singlets (men's and large) because the arm holes are really big, so I feel like my arms can breathe and not feel suffocated or rub under my arms as they do in women's singlets. They are also much longer than women's singlets, and I have a longer body. I like my mid-drift to be covered, so the men's singlets take care of that preference.  They are looser than the women's singlets so you don't have to worry about anything "extra" that you don't want people to see moving around.  Lastly, and I still run into this problem sometimes, it has a larger neck scoop (the women's are a lot closer to the neck) so it doesn't rub and give me a scab on my chest as bad, and I don't feel like I am suffocating.  So I give these a 10 in my book (10 being the highest) for running.

As for shorts, I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shorts you see on every sorority girl and on a lot of runners. You know what I am talking about.  NIKE running shorts. I own them in about 12 colors, and just realized that I have been buying them a size to big (12 pair later). But it goes with my "I like my clothes to be loose and comfortable" when I run. I don't want to be worrying about what others are thinking about my body, and I definitely don't want to be uncomfortable during my run.  So, I am going to stick to the Nike Running Shorts that make me look like my butt is a size larger than it is. Here is a picture of the shorts I like below:

Like I said 12 colors people! I run in no other shorts than these.  They are light, they are colorful, they have built-in underwear and they are loose around the legs.  MY KIND OF RUNNING SHORTS!  I will run in these until the day I stop running... and if that day ever approaches, I will be sad. So, maybe un-friend me if I ever stop because I wont be as fun of a person to be around.

(assuming I am a fun person to be around now...) 

(Which I hope I am a fun person to be around now. Oh whatever...moving on!)

When it gets colder, I will wear some running capris (NIKE), but I never wear pants.  My legs get WAY too hot too quick.  You will be surprised how quickly your legs warm up once you get started. Sometimes I will wear some loose running sweats over my shorts that will quickly come off, and I will just tie in a knot around my waste.

If I could give ANY advice to new runners for the colder temperatures, it would be to LAYER! LAYER LAYER LAYER! Did I mention LAYER? LAYER PEOPLE! Start with a usual outfit you would wear during a hot summer run, then throw on a running jacket (with zipper pockets), and if you need it, some pants, and some running gloves that you can shove into your zipper pockets of your jacket when it gets too hot!

As for the socks: I have found a brand that I really like called something like FOOTSIES or TOOTSIES. AGH this will drive me crazy.  I will find out and let you know if you are interested, contact me.  They are light and cushion the perfect amount in the appropriate spots.  I used to run in running socks that had extra cushion on the heels and front of the feet, but they get WAY too hot too quick.

Listen up, cute/fun does NOT mean it is the right shoe for you! That was a hard lesson I have had to learn early and deal with! #1 I have a very large foot, so even if it is cute/fun, they probably don't have my size. #2 We all land different on our feet when we run.  You might pronate or supinate, and it is important to get the appropriate shoe for your foot shape and the way you land on your feet.

Here's a short lesson on pronate/supinate to find out which one you do:

Supination and Pronation

It is common to use supination and inversion interchangeably and pronation and eversion interchangeably. But, supination is actually a combination of inversion, plantarflexion and adduction. Pronation is a combination of eversion, dorsiflexion and abduction.

Motion of supination of the foot

Supination is a triplanar motion involving the foot moving down and towards the center of the body.  

Writer's Note: I always remember SUPINATION because it looks like you are making a bowl of SOUP (OR SUP) with your feet.

Pronation motion of the foot
Pronation is a triplanar motion of the subtalar joint involving the foot moving up and away from the center of the body.

So with that said, it is very important that you get appropriate shoes for your feet.  I would recommend going to a running store and having them watch you run barefoot.  They can see the way you land on your feet and recommend the appropriate shoes for you.  I am a pronator, and have been running in the same shoes for the past five years.  They work for my feet so I see no need to change it up!  I run in Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoes and love them (minus the masculine look, but I will take the right shoe for my foot over looks any day!).

So this blog is WAY longer than I expected. As you can tell, I have a passion for this kind of stuff, and love talking about it. So just a few more things and I will let you go, promise.

For actual races:
If it is cold outside I would recommend saving all of those old sweatshirts from high-school/college and wearing them the day of the race.  Usually, you can throw them off on the side of the road when it gets too hot and all of the clothes get donated. (Pretty neat huh?)  As for gloves, a lot of running stores now sell throw-away gloves for pretty cheap. So you can just throw them on the side of the road (or sometimes they have bins at located spots to throw them in) when you are done and they will be donated.  If you don't have any gloves and didn't realize it was going to be cold the next day, something I have done in the past (and actually prefer this over gloves) is get an old pair of long tube socks and cut out holes for your fingers.  The tube socks will cover your arms so you don't need a jacket and when it gets hotter you can just scrunch the tube socks down to your wrists and use the socks for a sweat wiper. Then when you are tired of them, just throw them away. 

AND LAST! (I know finally right?)
For those of you ladies that want to look cute while you run (hey I am working on it okay?), here is a store that has REALLY CUTE, and pricey, running/work out clothes.

Love this store:

This should be a good spot to close. If you have ANY QUESTIONS, feel free to ask. I am not a clothing professional, but I definitely have had a lot of experience in the clothing department with running.  

Up next, Running Groups/Accessories/and MUSIC!

Until next time, remember, "MAMBU BADDU".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Little Taste of Autumn

What a bittersweet last few days we have had here in Texas.  We have been in a major drought which has caused everything to dry up and shrivel. (Including my skin: I have gone through a few bottles of lotion just this summer!)

A much deserved and well needed cold-front blew in on Sunday and has given us all a little bit of hope that the dog days of summer are FINALLY coming to an end.  I don't know about you, but I would be alright if I never saw the temperatures reach 100+ degrees again.  Unfortunately though, with the beautiful cold-front came a lot of wind; and with this terrible drought, trees and brush caught fire and quickly spread across central Texas and Magnolia.

Below is an article to give you an idea of the tragic magnitude of devastation these fires caused in Bastrop:

Below is an article to give you an idea of the devastation these fires caused in Magnolia:

I feel for all of the families and animals that are suffering without a home right now, the firefighters that are putting their lives in danger to control these fires, and pray that we get some rain here soon!

BUT... since I don't like to talk about sad things for very long, I would like to talk about the positive things these past three days have brought me.

I <3 <3 <3 <3 FALL
Did I mention that it is my favorite season of the year, and I usually start preparing for it before it even starts? (i.e. NOW)  I am sure you are probably thinking, "BUT YOU DON'T EVEN GET TO SEE THE CHANGING OF THE LEAVES, COOLER WEATHER, ETC. ETC." and I would say, "But, I DO get to see the changing of the leaves (for like one day) and anything lower than 100 degrees gives me FALL hope!"

I am starting to get so excited. I love everything about AUTUMN! The weather, the food, the scents, football, etc., etc., etc.!

Below is a note I wrote on Facebook last year just before Autumn began. This year, the excitement of Autumn hit me two weeks earlier than it did last year.  I believe last year was a little more appropriate as it was the first day of Fall, but what's two weeks anyway?   I added 2011 comments to it in BOLD.

Top 20 Reasons Why I Love the Fall...

by Lindsay Barnes on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 2:58pm
Top 20+1 Things I Love a/b Fall in no particular order:
1. Pumpkin Spice Candles lit the entire time I am at home
2. My Anniversary--I can't believe it has almost been a year already! (Love you Andrew Barnes!)   ...NOW ALMOST TWO YEARS!
3. Changing of colors in leaves
4. First Cold Front
5. Leaving the window/doors open all day
6. Running outdoors enjoying the new scenery and listening to the leaves crunching as I step on them
7. Smell of pie or bread baking in the oven
8. The anticipation of the upcoming holiday season
9. Football
10. Cozying up by a warm fire
11. Bubble Baths, completely justified
12. Fall Festivals
13. 2 Words: Candy Corn
14. Hot Mulled Cider, Hot Chocolate and Starbuck's Chai Tea Lattes (WHICH I AM WAITING FOR THE FIRST REAL COLD FRONT TO HAVE AGAIN)
15. Fall Decorations
16. Extra Hour (Sleeping in!)
17. Cute Wooly Socks
18. Rosy Cheeks after being outside
19. Family Time
20. Soups and Stews
(Can you tell its my favorite season!!??) One more day... What are some of your favorite things about Fall?

SO TELL ME: What are some of your favorite things about Fall?