I am a Runner Girl with Bangs. An RGWB. This means I wear all sorts of head gear in order to keep them out of my face.
Several weeks ago, I won a BondiBand. The fashionable, thick, soft headband/handkerchiefs are an RGWB’s best friend. They stay put, and you can slide the fabric over your ears to keep in your earbuds in or save your lobes from freezing. Since it is winter, though, I’ve been wearing a hat to keep the rain and, er, snow (on Monday anyway) out of my face.
But warmer weather is coming. I can see it in the cotton candy pink pedals on the trees that line just about every street in Seattle’s suburbs, from Mill Creek to Maple Valley, and I can hardly wait.
Tuesday was cold and the clouds had gray bellies so I opted for the treadmill indoors. Since I swapped Monday’s run with Tuesday’s, that meant 3 miles plus hill repeats. Except I wasn’t exactly sure how to do hill repeats on the treadmill. I was sure, however, that it wasn’t going to be pretty.
My shins and calves were tight from Monday’s run. My attitude was poor and I wanted a nap, not a treadmill. To top it all off, I’d packed my shorty short shorts on Monday night, thinking I’d give them another chance now that I had BodyGlide to protect my thighs.
I bought them at Old Navy last August because I didn’t want to suffocate in my baggy black Adidas capris anymore. It took all of my guts to wear them and once I began running my bravery bubble popped as soon as I looked down and saw my dimply, white thighs rolling like ocean waves. And as if the shorts weren’t revealing enough, they crawled up, forming a sort of confidence-draining running diaper. I swore that you would never – ever, ever – see me in the shorty short shorts. Ever.
And then I put them on yesterday in the restroom at the Secret Gym. They are too big.
Now, I haven’t dropped much weight since I started running, but I’ve certainly lost inches, which is why I don’t wear a size 16 anymore and am comfortable in my size 10 Calvin Kleins (that I like to find at TJ Maxx for $30). My thighs still roll, but I like the way my legs are shaping up. (It’s the middle section I’m having a problem with. T Junior was totally worth it, though.)
Anyway, I’m not completely ashamed of what I look like anymore, so here I am in the shorty short shorts that I’ll probably never wear again because they are too big now.
I was seriously worried they would fall down while running. It was annoying. But it wasn’t the only thing bothering me on this (what turned out to be a) 2-mile run with three ‘mill hills.
I didn’t wear my BondiBand. WHY?!
I can’t remember why. I guess I thought I didn’t need it. Not only were my bangs sticking to my sweaty forehead, but since I actually took the time to blow-dry my hair Tuesday morning, I had a ton fly-aways tickling my face. One piece in particular was longer than the others and making me cross-eyed while I ran. I should’ve stopped the treadmill, walked over to my bag and slid on the BondiBand, but I didn’t want to stop and start. It was hard enough already.
I probably would not have this problem if I paid for someone to cut my bangs instead of doing it myself with a pair scrapbooking scissors over my bathroom sink.
Secret Gym Treadmill Run – 3/09/10 – 2 Miles – 21:00 – 10:37 average pace
Three ‘mill hills at 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0.
You're braver than I am. I'm sooo scared to wear shorts. Heck, I have 2 running skirts and I still won't wear them without pants under them. lol!
That's so awesome that the short shorts went from small to baggy on you! (I've given all of mine away.) I think it's a good reminder, too, to not fixate on the scale so much when clothes really can tell a better story about firming up & getting in shape. Lookin' good!
You look so cute!
Wow, you look great! It's hard to believe those shorts used to be tight. You have cute bangs…just remember to always wear your bondi band 🙂
Yay for the shorts not fitting! I love when that happens. That bunchy thing that shorts do is the #1 reason I only run in long pants or running skirts. ps – I love your bangs! I wish I could pull them off!
Way to go on the shorts! I'm going through some of that these days myself, so I know *all about* that bunching in all the wrong places feeling…
I love your bangs. I grew mine out for ponytail purposes but just got some more!Hooray for baggy shorts!
Aw, that's a great feeling! Congrats! You'll need to find some smaller shorty-shorts now. 🙂
Way to go on the too big shorts!! You have cute bangs though….
Great post Kerrie. I have bangs too (that I'm growing out) and that combined with the fact that when my hair gets wet or sweaty, well the natural curl comes out and I look HIDEOUS.So thats I what I always wear a baseball cap. I recently bought a Bondi Band and am a little afraid to wear it. Not because I'm afraid it will slip off or anything, just that I'm not used to wearing my bangs off my face.LOL about cutting your own bangs. I used to do the same thing. Put the garbage can on the counter and snip away :)And btw, the shorty short shorts look good on you. Go buy yourself a pair that fits girl. You're rocking the skirts, why not the shorts 🙂
Ooooo eeeee on the shorty shorts hot mama! 🙂
I know exactly what your talking about. Last yr, I got brave and bought short to run in.Bought the longest ones I could find. Then I need a 2nd pair but could find the same kind so I bought shorty ones. I eventually got used to them. When I wear the long ones, they feel like grandma pants. I txted all my friends when I bought sz 10s or Christmas. Its a nice feeling, isn't it, having a waist again.
“… not completely ashamed”… you shouldn't be ashamed at all!wolf whistle**runs away from Mr. T**
So funny, I have bangs too! Like hard core bangs. My go-to workout staple is two of these clips http://image.made-in-china.com/4f0j00ZCnEyDjKrfUh/Metallic-Hair-Clip.jpg They keep the bangs where they should be! And isn't it so nice when clothes get bigger, even if you haven't lost pounds? That happened to me too.