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I really should post more. I will attempt to make up for a silence of many weeks by posting trivia. So here goes...

I bought a hoodie today. Part of me feels that this should fill me with the urge to loiter suspiciously in the park looking disaffected and suspicious.

However, said hoodie was bought from M&S, so...

Not entirely unrelated to the above: never believe anyone who says that running is a free hobby that involves no specialist equipment. To date, I have bought: 1 pair of alarmingly-coloured running shoes that fit my rolling-in gait (£100), 1 fleece, 2 pairs of mid-calf-length leggings for running on hot days, 1 pair of jogging trousers for colder days, 1 hoodie, 2 confusing sports bras (£25 each), one pack of low-cut socks to go with the leggings (probably unnecessary, but I felt embarrassed about the happy smiley tigers on my ankles), 1 cheap top with wicking technology, just to see how it worked, 1 belt pouch to hold my phone (an excellent buy, since I use my phone to track my running, and it was very irritating in my pocket: I use this all the time for walking now, too) and one small water bottle to attach to said belt.

To be fair, the fleece has become my indispensible default extra layer to wear around the house, on walks, and pretty much everywhere, and the jogging trousers (which have an elasticated cuff around the ankle) are really useful for walking in, since they get much less muddy than my usual flappy trousers. Also, whereas I am in pain after walking just 2 or 3 miles in normal shoes, the £100 running shoes have given me absolutely no pain at all while running almost twice as far, so were a Good Buy. But, still, that must surely come to over £250 by now. And I've only been doing this for less than 4 months, and haven't yet run for further than 5 miles...

EDIT: I've just discovered that my hoodie has little slits in the cuffs which allow them to become sort-of fingerless mittens! :-D Granted, I had some fingerless gloves back in the 80s, when they were In, and found them a particularly rubbish item of clothing. However, that was mostly because the knitting splayed out at end of each truncated finger, which meant that I had to go around with my fingers ever so* slightly spread, as if half-heartedly casting a tiny cantrip. However, it turns out that semi-partial-half-hearted suggestions of a fingerless glove, masquerading as a normal cuff, are really kind of awesome. At least they are when you've drunk a couple of pints of cider. :-D

* Whenever I say that, I remember my Mum saying that a neighbour of hers in Edinburgh in the early 70s once said, dismissively, of somebody else that she was "the sort of person who says 'ever so.'" I have never worked out what sort of a person this is, but ever so often, when I notice myself saying it, I wonder who is nearby, judging me.

Date: 2017-04-22 09:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Running gear, that is ever so expensive! Though running, that is ever so good for you. And a hoodie with built in fingerless gloves, that is ever so useful! :)

Hey, stop judging me, that is ever so bad!! :D

Date: 2017-04-25 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have honestly never worked out what was so wrong about "ever so." I haven't ever seen it listed elsewhere as one of those words or phrases that has class connotations. It's strange.

I guess running clothing - except for the shoes - isn't really THAT expensive. The leggings and tops have been pretty cheap, as clothing goes. But I don't often buy clothes, so any sudden outbreak of clothes shopping comes as quite a shock to me.

Date: 2017-04-23 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Many of us are wary of the new Russian owners of LJ and have moved over to Dreamwidth. Do you have an account over there? I'd hate to lose your entertaining posts!!

Date: 2017-04-25 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do, under the same name as this one. However, I've never posted there. Since so many people have moved over, I do keep thinking that I should copy my journal over and start cross-posting, but I haven't yet got round to it.

Date: 2017-04-23 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Not more than five miles *in one go* surely? Perhaps you should calculate expenditure in terms of total mileage?

Date: 2017-04-25 12:33 pm (UTC)
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If I hadn't run 5 miles in total over the course of 3 runs a week for 4 months, that would in itself be something of an achievement! Per mile, I'm definitely spending a lot more on running than on walking, but I guess any hobby is expensive. I've probably spent far more over the years on embroidery thread, felt and the like.

Date: 2017-04-23 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good shoes are an incredible investment. Anyone who says whatever sport you want to take up is inexpensive these days is just telling fibs. Even joining and Ultimate Frisbee team seems to require "the right shirt", or at least the official team T shirt.

I have a jacket with the little slits and I just find them annoying. I knit myself a beautiful pair of fingerless gloves last year to go with my fall cape. They are beautiful, but I almost never wear the cape. I am tempted to wear them on chilly days when I want to use my phone, but the cuffs are elbow length so completely useless with any of my jackets. I'm thinking about making a pair with shorter cuffs.

Date: 2017-04-25 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess the expenditure is mostly just initial outlay. And it's true that you don't need any special equipment to start running, so - unlike with some other sports - you can at least give it a go before deciding whether you get better kit.

Luckily, the little thumb slits are discreet enough that they don't get in the way when I don't want them. I'd wondered if my thumbs would keep slipping into them accidentally. I'm not a fan of gloves, which make my hands feel hot and bothered. Even on cold days, I tend to wear them for only 5 minutes at a time before I need to take them off for a while. So, for me, this is a good compromise. The only annoying thing is that the sleeves can't be pushed up. And this might turn out to be VERY annoying. We'll see...

Date: 2017-04-25 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm slightly envious that you can get buy with 25 quid sports bras. The last time I managed to find one that actually contained me well enough to run in, it was $80 and an absolute monstrosity. Also they had a grand total of ONE in my size, and if I wanted more they'd have to order them special and it'd be a couple weeks.

Big boobs are more trouble than they're worth. I'm now an E cup, but at the time was an H cup. I've gained in band size with my boobs staying about the same size, so I still have about the same total boob mass, it just ends up a smaller cup size because....well, because we measure boobs in a really, really stupid way that makes no real sense, and was clearly designed by a man. Anyone sensible would have seen that it only makes sense for a certain cup size to hold the same volume no matter the band size.

Date: 2017-04-25 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So far, I've found it easier to find a sports bra to fit than to find a normal bra. I bought a couple a few years ago, which never really worked for me, but this time I went for "super high impact," and got things that were more like crop tops than bras. The promotional picture shows women wearing them as outer wear, but I think I'd be too self-conscious to do that.

I really need to get myself fitted for a regular bra by a professional. I'm 60 pounds lighter than I was 6 years ago, but I'm still wearing a style designed for my old shape, just now in its smallest size - which is still a bit too big for me. The massive array of other styles available leave me feeling quite overwhelmed, and whenever I start looking at them, I soon flee in disarray.


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