On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas comes early!

I've never given anything away on my blog before, I don't think, but today only I have two special offers for you.

The first: the women at runningskirts.com were super kind enough to send me a package yesterday. In it was a skirt capri combo (expect photos soon), a pair of compression socks (those bad boys will grace my legs on my next flight for sure), and a Thing.

The Thing is classified as a sportsbra on the website, but it's... not really. I may not be pin-up model endowed, but I do need some support, especially while running. On top of that, I have a huge preference for the uniboob smooshed down look in my sports bras. Now, commenters on their site swear that it's got more support than it appears. However, what is a dealbreaker for me - but maybe you're totally into this - is that it's hugely padded. Gel-like pads. And we know how I feel about padded sportsbras.

One commenter intriguingly says, "I do not have a flat stomach so I put the Strappy Tank over it. (I removed the pads from the Strappy Tank)." Is it stomach support? That comment confuses me.

Not me.
It's a size medium and if you think you'd like it, let me know by leaving a comment. If more than one of you would like it (what are the chances?), I'll give it to the person who leaves the funniest joke in the comments. It will go out in the mail on or around the 27th. Or whenever I next notice it cluttering up my bedroom and decide that I need to get rid of it. If no one wants it, I'll put it in my closet and maybe wear it to a yoga class every now and then before giving it to Goodwill the next time I move.

Let me say, for the record: it was awesome of them to send me this stuff and I'm super grateful, and it's because I'm super grateful that I'd like to find it a loving home. (Oh, and just so you know: I didn't even so much as try it on. What you are getting is a new-with-tags Thing. I took it out of its plastic bag (which it will come to you in) and felt the pads and promptly put it back in its plastic bag.)

The second giveaway: my Christmas card. If you'd like one, send me an email with your address and I'll drop one in the mail for you (probably not until after Christmas, but I swear you'll get it eventually - and it only says "Happy Holidays" and not "Merry Christmas," so let's go with Orthodox Christmas as our deadline).

I'm not going to ruin the surprise and tell you what the card looks like, but you'll appreciate it.


  1. I sleep in mine, that's about all the support is good for, sans pads.

    1. That's exactly what I was expecting.

      I can almost understand the argument that I've heard that padded sportsbras prevent "headlights," so to speak, but these pads are NUTS. I have padded bras from Victoria's Secret with less padding.

    2. I agree, I am a D cup and I like support when I run!

  2. I don't have a joke, but a (small?) sob story instead (is that against the rules?) I had an excisional breast biopsy last week and have been off running until I'm cleared by the surgeon (hopefully tomorrow) but for the next six months I have to "strap them down!" to be careful. I normally am at the high end of a medium - low end large, so I need to acquire some additional supportive garments in the medium size range. I would LOVE to try this out and add to my boobie arsenal (heh. Boobie arsenal!)

    By the way, long time reader, first time commenter! Sorry that a giveaway is what made me comment! I'm a runner, but slower than most of the running blogs I read - I have been running since 2009 but got very serious this year after I had my lap band surgery in January. I've lost 70lbs, gone through Ragnar and a couple half marathons and the plans for 2013 are skyrocketing (including an ultra, whaaaa?) Reading you is super inspiring!

    1. There's so much to love about this comment! I'm glad you're doing better after your surgery. Thank you for reading and commenting and I'm glad you're doing so well on your weight loss! I hear you on being slower than most running blogs. Trust me, I do.

    2. YOU ARE THE WINNER!!! I'm going to blog about it and hopefully you'll see either this or the new blog so I can get your contact info and mail it to you!