Thursday, September 15, 2011

Clothing for Warriors

We are excited that our website is up and running after much planning and hard work.  Our friends are ‘liking’ us on Facebook and following us on Twitter, and we are grateful for every one of you.  We plan to expand our line of offerings, but right now we have some great fitting and looking women’s running shirts with inspiring designs in reflective inks, in addition to cotton t-shirts, and hats and visors.  We have V-neck shirts for women and short-sleeve shirts for men in the pipeline at the moment.

A lot of people have asked where the idea for this adventure came from.  There is a LONG story and a short story, so today I’ll give you the short story and save the long story for later.  Went to the local running store one day and picked up a couple new running tops.  Most technical shirts run very short, hitting right at the waist even if the manufacturer called them “long tops.”  These actually were longer in length, so I had high hopes they would be a good fit.  They weren’t cheap by any means, the bill for the two totaled over $100.  Nothing special about the shirts other than the length.

Headed out the very next morning before work for a run in one of the new shirts.  My house is two from the corner; by the time I got to the corner, this nice long shirt was bunched up around my waist, and I was so mad!  Why make the shirt long if you don’t make it so it will stay where it’s supposed to stay?  I knew what I paid for these new shirts, and I knew that I’d always be frustrated wearing them, especially all the times I run with a hydration belt.  I fight with long shirts to not ride up and gather underneath the belt, or fight with shirts that are so short I have to tug on them the entire run just to keep them under the belt.    

Got back from my run that morning, and I was frustrated enough that while getting ready for work, I spent the whole time thinking ‘there has got to be a better way to do this.’  And that is where this all started.  Our shirts run a little longer than the average shirt you find in running and workout lines, with a very flattering fit.  But, they are a little more generous through the hips so there's a better chance of not bunching up at your waist.  Our experience so far has been if someone has tried on the shirt, they’ve bought it. 

Had a great long run on Sunday around White Rock Lake here in Dallas, and some shorter runs and interval workouts since then, and a little yoga thrown in.  I’m building my mileage back up for some half marathons this fall and winter, and maybe a marathon, and really enjoying the process.  I hope you’re enjoying your runs these days, too, and the slightly cooler temps if you’re in Texas like me.  Hope to see you on the path! 

Run like a warrior!

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