Couples who run together

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July 9, 2013 by Amy B

The only time Scott and I are able to run together is when we’re traveling and I can recruit my mom or dad/Scott’s dad/Scott’s kids to babysit.

We ran together all the time before children, something I totally took for granted. In fact, we did a lot of long runt training together at a time when he was in superior shape; I felt like I was getting dragged along. It was painful for me, and I’m sure it was for him, too.

These days I’ve been keeping up on my running more vigilantly than *cough* he has *cough*, so for once, I feel like I can keep up. In fact, (and don’t tell him I told you this, Internet) he’s the one keeping up with me now. We ran twice this weekend: six miles on Friday and twelve on Saturday, and the slower pace was for his benefit.

July 5, 2013:

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July 6, 2013:

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While the pace was a little on the slow side for my liking, it’s probably good that I was forced to slow down, especially in the heat. The weather was hot, sticky, and just gross. Also, I felt like I could have kept going if I wanted, which is completely new for me. Long runs have been actually enjoyable this season!

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Can I take a moment to gush a bit about my new running clothes? The tank and shorts I’m wearing in these photos is by Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company based in the Northwest.

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I’m wearing the Winona tank and Game Day shorts.

winona and game dayI don’t know if I can say enough wonderful things about the tank. It’s the softest most unique material I’ve ever worn in a running shirt. Now, understand that my typical running outfit is an oversized marathon training shirt (99% of mine are by Brooks) or finisher shirt. I’ve never been much of a tank top person, even in warm weather. I’ve always hated my upper body, especially my arms.

This year I decided to screw my insecurities and wear what kept me from heat exhaustion. I’m still working on some of my weirdo body issues, but hey, this is a good start.  This tank stays in place (except in the top photo when I apparently yanked down on it and it looks a little saggy) and is also super absorbent. On more than one occasion this weekend I used it to wipe sweat off my face or my sunglasses. The color actually matches the zipper detail on the Game Day shorts (totally unintentional on my part), which also matches the color on my Brooks Pure Flows (also totally unintentional).

While the fit in the body is a little snug for my liking, it’s not too restricting and is still comfortable. It’s continued motivation for me to get rid of the gut once and for all.

The shorts? The fabric is lightweight but of an interesting sort that makes a swishing nose when it rubs together. At first this is a little distracting, but once I got out and got going, I forgot about it. The shorts mostly stayed in place – I am pretty straight-waisted – and I love the flat waistband. Occasionally I’d have to pull down the inner leg on the shorts, but that’s just my weird massive thigh situation. (I’ve ordered a Long Roga and will test it out before my huge scary trail running series this weekend.)

I’m finding it hard not to fall in love with all things Oiselle. Check them out. I’ll also mention that I’ve become a big fan of runningwarehouse.com, where I’ve bought some of my gear, including the items I’ve talked about here. Free, fast shipping and some of the better prices I’ve seen.

By the way, anything I review here is something I’ve bought with my own money; my opinions are my own, too! If someone ever furnishes me with a product for a review, I’ll definitely let you know.

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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