Tagged: Women

Life Lessons in a Years Worth of Roller Derby

Our Creative Project-Managing whiz Danielle, stepped out of, WAY out of, her comfort zone and  joined a women’s roller derby league a year ago. Below she shares with us some life lessons and with wisdom like this Danielle, it sounds like you’re on the right track. 🙂 Keep it up! You rock!

Photo Credit: Russellreno Limprecht

A year ago, I decided to join Reckless Rollers, the rec team for the Bay Area Derby Girls Roller Derby league. What started out as something fun to try has turned into one of the best experiences of my life. I have bonded with a family of women who have taught me so much and to whom I have a fierce loyalty to like no other group I have ever encountered. I love my derby sisters like family, and I have learned and continue to learn from them on a daily basis. The support system that the B.A.D. girls foster is unlike anything I have ever experienced, and I am forever grateful. While it hasn’t been an easy road, and my learning curve is a long one, it has been an amazing road to travel.

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Tips To Squeeze In That Evening Training

We all know the feeling. You finally get your workout/training groove down pat and you find yourself satisfied with the current routine when BAM – life happens and you have to adjust all over again! Now that school is kicking back into gear we’re guessing there are a few of you Mom’s and Dad’s out there who may be having to give up that morning run to coordinate  the hustle and bustle of the morning – packing lunches, coordinating showers, brushing teeth, making beds and getting into the car on time to make it school. Or, like us you’ve noticed it takes a little longer for that sun to get out of bed in the morning and you’re trying to adjust to post-work workouts. Well thanks to Women’s Running we’ve got some great tips that will help you stay on track and be committed to your training:

1. Keep workout gear in your car or at your office. Did your last meeting run late or an unexpected errand threaten to derail your plans? Never fear- travel with your gear! Don’t let a last minute change of plans throw off your training plan. By keeping a set of running clothes and shoes with you at all times, you can run from anywhere, anytime. (more…)

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New Bras Like These Deserve an Introduction

Fall has brought us (and you) a slew of new goodies, but there are 3 new bras in the stores that we think are worth mentioning. Instead of asking you to read, investigate and ask questions, we called in a field expert (our Bravangelist Istari in the Portland store) and asked her to relay why we’re in love with these new pieces and why we can’t wait for you to try on a few. Time to get your fit on ladies! There’s a bra for every one of you in this line-up!

Lace 24-7 Bra

Meet the 24-7s pretty little sister. Made of a poly/nylon spandex this lace bra is a great new option for A/B cup gals looking for a light weight day-wear or travel bra. The internal sling system, adjustable straps and no nonsense band make this bra a perfect fit. The performance super lace gives this bra extra support and an “invisible” appearance under your favorite shirt or dress. Just like its little sister, this bra is packed with a pretty lace exterior that will charm you and a secret stubborn side that will support you from playing in the park to dining out at your favorite restaurant.

Updated Cuz-She-Says-So

Fans of the Bye-Bye Bounce rejoice! The Updated Cuz-She-Says-So provides the support of a sports bra and the shaping of a day-wear bra, much like the Bye-Bye Bounce did. Made from a poly/spandex, this bra has it all. Breathable powermesh provides great support without that “soggy” feeling, an underwire and stabilization panels provide superior lift and seam-free double lined cups support your girls from fierce workout to fabulous dinner. This bra will certainly be a favorite for C, D and DD gals.

 

 

Booby Trap

If you want a ton of firm support, but you hate wresting into your bra, this high-tech bra is for you!  It combines the fantastic hold of the 7-wonders with the ease and adjustability of the 3-Reasons. Made from a smooth combination of poly/spandex, this bomb proof bra will support you through anything. A wide chest-band creates no-roll support, while adjustable padded straps and a 3 hook back closure provide the perfect fit. (Note: For the best fit, we recommend sizing up one cup size). Just like its name, this bra is the perfect trap for your girls. From a Triathlon in Hawaii to scaling the Chimney in Yosemite, the Booby Trap provides the support you need so you can focus on what really matters.

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Mentioning Unmentionables

Anna Blake of Infinity Farm first caught our eye with her bra humor. A gal who isn’t afraid to voice the idiosyncrasies of trying on a bra is someone we’re obviously going to get along well with (have you seen our Bounce line?!) and when we heard she runs her own horse training business we fell in love. Well, and maybe the fact that she found her perfect riding bra at Title Nine. Thank you Anna for taking the time to blog and to share.

I’m going to be blunt about sports bras- not trying to offend anyone, (or exclude either of my male readers.) If you work with horses, or dogs for that matter, you should probably be wearing one. The good news is that they have improved!

Note: No one wants to model, or even see a sports bra, so I chose this photo of Clara in her fly sheet. It has that certain look sports bras lack.

Back in the dark ages women were not expected to do anything un-ladylike enough to worry their underwear. Still, they were laced up tight, and elastic hadn’t been invented yet, so I am guessing they were shallow breathers. Early feminists threw away their corsets for a more full lung approach to the world, but I’m not sure how many of them were riders. Some of us do ride and we can become distracted by a certain contrary wave motion happening in our front torsos. It’s hard to focus on rhythm, and seeking that horse/rider oneness, while some part of your anatomy is jumping up and down, and name-calling in a heckling sort of way.

It was always a challenge, but once I came to dressage, home of the sitting trot, I clearly needed a better solution. Department stores were useless, so I scoured tack catalogs, took my best guess, and placed the order. That sports bra arrived with not one bit of elastic anywhere. I mounted up and went for a trot. The good news is that there was a graveyard-like stillness on my front torso. The bad news is that nothing else moved either, especially my lungs. Its truss effect also managed to round my shoulders, so now I was riding hunched and clamped and flattened and deflated. But at least the bra was expensive. I went back to buying a size smaller and layering.

That was then, this is now. When I was preparing to start riding my young mare I thought I might buy her a starting present, but I got myself one instead.

I had been getting catalogs from Title Nine and there were pages and pages of sport bras, labeled in ways that were more amusing than offensive. Strength of support is categorized by a barbell symbol. Three barbells should be good for riding. And there is a local store. (Unsolicited opinion, Title Nine does not sponsor me.)

Ever had a ‘fitting’ like this? I am not the sort to volunteer, but someone had to know more than I did. I left my ego at the door and when the clerk said to throw my hands up over my head, I did it with abandon. Not too mono-bosom, not too elastic- I could breathe and move my shoulders. They are less expensive then tack catalog options and returnable for a full year.

I remember when I finally got a new horse trailer. I left the old trailer with the dealer and flew down the road, checking the rear view in happy disbelief. Trailer technology had really improved in 34 years. My old trailer was like dragging a box of rocks.

I guess this new sport bra experience was kind of like that. Two months later, I am on the brink of zealous. So nice to focus on my horse’s movement, stay cool and breathe, simultaneously!

At the risk of too much information, (but why stop now?), I come from a long line of German women who use bras like pockets. It was common to see women pull hankies, cash, keys- you name it- out of their underwear. It’s a good tradition. Frequently I ride alone and I like to keep my phone handy for safety. These new age sports bras can pack along a smart phone. At the trot. Impressive, isn’t it?

(Titillation-free zone:  I chose my words carefully in this post. Internet search engines sometimes bring the unwanted visitor looking for that p-word that rhymes with corn. I hope they are very disappointed with my blog.)

Anna Blake is a full-time horse trainer and riding instructor based out of Colorado Springs. Anna’s clients are both two and four legged. She spends her days training horse and rider using the classic method of dressage, training relaxed forward gaits, and ads a touch of her own slightly unconventional approach and a positive sense of humor.  If you and your pony are in the Colorado Springs area and are looking to rekindle your bond riding to music, Anna Blake is your gal. You can find her blog here, and learn more about her business here.

 

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It’s Time for The Title 9K!

Our annual Title 9K’s are coming up in Chicago and the Bay Area and we can’t stop thinking about them!  So much that we thought we’d come up with a run plan for those of you who would like extra motivation or don’t know where to start. You may be wondering, how many miles is a 9K? Well, to be exact: 5.59234073 miles, but for the sake of sanity, let’s call it 5.6. But don’t worry, if you haven’t run at all in the last 5 years, or if you’ve been running for the last 5 years straight, we’ve got a training program for everyone, and we mean everyone – all ladies and their kids, moms, sisters and girlfriends. This race is all about having a good time!

Training Schedules:

Walkers/Joggers

Built for those who would like to walk with a little jog mixed in between, you only work out 4 days a week, 3 walking/running, and one doing cross training. The workouts are written as: 1/1 x 11. The first number is minutes to run followed by minutes to walk. So 1/1 is one minute of running followed by one minute of walking.

Start your workout by warming up for 5 minutes – a brisk march or light jog will do. Bored? Try some squats! Anything to amp up your heart rate! At the end do your heart a favor and cool down for 5 minutes. Finish with stretches holding each one for 15-30 seconds! You want to keep those worked muscles loose and limber!

You’ll need to mix cross-training sessions into your workout. These are extremely important; they balance your muscle groups reducing your chance of injury. Examples of cross-training include: swimming, water running, cycling or spinning, elliptical and rowing! Anything to pump your heart rate and work those muscles.

WALKING TRAINING : Bay Area Title 9K

WALKING TRAINING : Chicago Title 9K

For the Runners

Are you ready to run 5.6 miles!? We’re here to get you there. This plan is intended for those who are already able to run a couple of miles. If you don’t think you’re there, spend a week walking for one minute and jogging for 11. Do this for a few days before kicking into this plan – and once you get started, if you need to break in bouts of walking during your runs, that’s okay too!

If you need to switch days to accommodate your schedule, and swap a run for a rest day, that’s fine. Your EZ runs should be a comfortable pace to help loosen your muscles. The cross training (CT) sessions held once a week are extremely important; they balance your muscle groups reducing your chance of injury. You will also avoid getting bored with running and can continue to train if you inhibit certain injuries. Examples of cross-training include: swimming, water running, cycling or spinning, elliptical and rowing!

RUNNER TRAINING : Bay Area Title 9K

RUNNER TRAINING : Chicago Title 9K

We’ve laid the groundwork, now the hardest part is up to you – getting out there and training! But don’t worry, you’re not alone! If you have a question, are looking for help, or just need to vent about your last run, check out the group pages for both the Bay Area and Chicago Title 9Ks.

Are you ready? Keep us updated on your progress, share your goals, and post pictures below! We would love to hear from you!

Interested in volunteering in Chicago or the Bay Area? Drop us a line at t9k@titlenine.com

See ya’ll soon!

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