Saturday, March 1, 2008
Running Past the Blues & a Seamless Skirt
Cynthia Overweg of the Ventura County Star has a neat write up about that woman on the left - Tawni Gomes, a runner - Sunday she's racing her 80th marathon in Los Angeles she said, "If I have a good run in the morning, it doesn't matter how the rest of my day goes because I know I've accomplished something worthwhile,". But it wasn't that long ago when the 5-foot-4-inch marathoner weighed 300 pounds and suffered from depression. The idea of running in a marathon was unimaginable, she said. The turning point, she said, came in 1996 when she read "Make the Connection," a book by Oprah Winfrey and fitness expert Bob Greene. The book chronicles Winfrey's battle with her weight and self-image. "I was inspired by what Oprah had gone through and what she achieved, so I followed the book's 10-step program, changed my lifestyle, and set a goal to run in a marathon," Gomes said. She said her depression soon lifted, and doctors gradually reduced, then eliminated, the antidepressant drugs she had been taking for years. Today, she is a trim and fit 135 pounds, and said she has maintained her weight since 2004. [END] If any of you know someone, a friend, sibling, parent - battling depression - perhaps dangerously overweight - click that link above - send them that article - it's a nice read of someone able to overcome a personal challenge - and transition into a healthy lifestyle. Okay - I've blogged about women's running skirts before here. An update - companies send me press releases - I usually don't bite - however I'm not positioned to make a judgment on if this is legit or hype, I suspect just hype - nontheless I love watching a woman run in a skirt...so...I pass it along. For this weekend's LA Marathon - Zensah, the originator of seamless performance apparel and running skirts, today announced the debut of the Zensah® running skirt. They claim the Zensah® running skirt is not your typical running skirt. It has a built in lycra compression short which means no thigh bunching, and a non-elastic waist band eliminates chafing. Zensah Fabric®, a proprietary fabric, wicks away moisture, fights bacteria and odor. The innovative technology makes the Zensah® running skirt the best running skirt to date. Over the years there have been many variations of the running skirt, which have included a jogging skirt, lycra skirt, exercise skirt, running skort and even a fitness skirt. Until now they all have been made using cut-and-sew technology. These types of athletic skirts can be uncomfortable, and do not provide the performance that the active women of today demand. Typically they're made with common polyester, which is very coarse on the skin. The Zensah® running skirt is different incorporating soft Zensah Fabric®. It is challenging enough to complete in a half marathon or marathon. The Zensah running skirt will attract women who seek both style and performance. I have definitely gotta clock some major miles this weekend here in rainy NYC - once I get out of bed - you know I write this blog in the bed with a cup of coffee - which is where I am now...have a great day!
at 7:03 AM Posted by Smith