So I was sent some running gear from SportsShoes.com this summer with the express purpose of supporting me in my efforts to get fit, to try and encourage me to get out there and give running a go.
Have I used it? Erm no. *hangs head in shame*
That is the main reason why this post has taken so long. The intention is there, it really is. I keep thinking “I’ll do it tonight when Dave gets home” and then I get caught up in a flurry of feeding time at the zoo, spelling practice, sorting out school uniforms, baths, bed, blogging . . . and then then next thing I know I’m lying in bed thinking “I didn’t do it again today. Tomorrow. I’ll do it tomorrow“.
When I first started to look at the SportsShoes website I was pretty overwhelmed by the choice. What I know about running could be written on the back of a postage stamp . . . “I can’t do it” basically. I suppose in theory you just get out there and run don’t you – but the right equipment will surely set you on the path to success (or at least help you to avoid knackered knees, bouncing boobs or being run over because you weren’t seen . . . )?
I already have some running trainers (which I erm, walk in) and a sports bra (which I learn to do crazy flash mob things in) so I thought maybe some running tights and a top would be the way forward.
* Some fancy running tights – I figured the high waistband would be good for my “mum tum” and the “compression fit” had to be supportive for my wobbly bum right?
* A long sleeve Nike running top (which I can’t find on the website anymore)
* A Nike hoodie – Yeah so I bought this more with the thought that if I don’t actually run it might be pretty comfy on the sofa . . . I’m not sure this is the attitude of a runner?
A hat – just in case I ever build up the courage to go out running in the cold (though with my stupid asthmatic lungs this seems unlikely)
When all the kit arrived I got the tights out and couldn’t see how I’d ever get them on – they’re like half the size of me. But then they are “compression tights” – so they work a bit like Spanx. Getting them on was quite an effort but they fit and were pretty comfortable . . . did I take them out for a test run? Nope, took them off and had a curry on the sofa. Oh yes.
So . . . the SportsShoes website is ace – lots of running stuff for not a lot of cash. Me? I’m not so ace. I now have some super running gear folded neatly in my drawer whispering to me to get my fat arse out there and start running. I might. Maybe. We’ll see.
*Disclaimer – I was sent these items free of charge for the purpose of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*