Whoever said the above quote obviously is not a woman who runs alone in 45 degree weather.
Last night* for my run, it took me just about as long to suit up as it did to run 3.34 miles (avg. pace 10:39). The amount of gear it took to get my behind out the door is astounding. Let's start from the bottom and work our way up, shall we?
1. Brooks running shoes
2. Cushioned Adidas pink & white running socks
3. Thong undies (these were on already but I didn't want y'all to think I run commando)
4. Champion running pants
5. Water bottle belt (first time to run with this thing; I'm thinking I will need it for my long outdoor training runs so I tested it out tonight)
6. Water bottle & water
7. Enell bra
8. Verizon cell phone
9. Champion sports bra (over the Enell, to keep my phone in place. I tuck my phone inside my 2 layers of bras to keep it from getting all sweaty. I ruined a cell phone last summer because I ran with it directly under my bra against my skin. Thankfully the cell phone guy said only one of the two dots in the phone was red (whatever that meant) so I got a new phone for free. Bought a phone skin and now I wear it between two bras. Boy, that was lengthy. Sorry 'bout that)
10. iPod shuffle (clipped to my top layer bra); Dave Matthews Band & Pearl Jam on the playlist tonight
11. Champion long sleeved tech shirt
12. Champion long sleeved fleece shirt (this came off after mile 1)
13. Safety reflector vest
14. Head band/ear warmer thingy (does this have an official name?)
15. Safety red-blinky-light clipped to the back of my headband thingy (Vicky, aren't you proud of me for getting all Safety Girl on my night run?)
16. Garmin on my left wrist
17. Runner ID on my right wrist
I mean, damn. Think of all the man/woman hours of thought and creativity and sweat and work that went into developing and making and marketing and shipping and selling all this stuff. I am humbled simply thinking of it all. And thankful, because clearly a girl needs a hellofa lot more than shoes to get in a good run.
*I didn't get to run at 4 p.m. as per my plan because of a work emergency. Got the emergency taken care of, picked up kids, ran a couple of errands related to said work emergency, got home, fed kids (McDonald's; someone nominate me for Mom of the Year, 'kay?), cleaned kitchen, got the boy a bath, got the girl ready for bed, read book to daughter while DH read to son, kissed kids goodnight, and I decided I was way too tightly wound to just STOP for the night. I ran that run for the simple fact of unwinding my mind and body. It wasn't fast, it wasn't pretty, but man it felt good during and after. The night was beautiful. Orion in the heavens next to a crescent moon. Clean, fresh cool air. A safe neighborhood. And a healthy body to move me. It doesn't get any better than that.