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American made: Marathon training

I posted earlier about 2013 being the year of firsts.  One of those firsts is training for my first marathon. Currently, all of my workout clothing were given to me, so I do not have many pieces that are made in the USA. I have listed all of the stuff I currently own, and have scoured the internet for new finds. The clothing below are not all designed for running, some are for yoga or the gym. Also, not all brands are entirely made in the USA, so make sure to check before you buy.

USA gear I already own:


  • Beyond Yoga yellow bra – I bought it on-sale on My boobs look great in the bra, but there is not much bounce protection.  It would be better for smaller breasts (I am a size 34 D/32 F), but works well if I double it with another bra.
  • Handful orange bra – I pre-ordered this bra, so I received the first shipment of their American made bra. I think they are still working out some kinks. I bought a medium.  It is too small for my boobs in the front, but gaps on the sides like it is too large. It is definitely designed for smaller breasts, because I still bounce if I double it with another sports bra.
  • Wicker underwear – They go above my belly button, so I either wear them with high wasted pants, or roll them down.  I never feel sweaty when wearing them, so they do their job!


  • Expert Performance race tee – I love that SportsBackers supports American made product. I got this tee in “Key Lime” for the Patrick Henry Half tee. It is pretty basic, but light. breathable, and in a wonderfully bright color!
  • Sports Science women’s v-neck – It got this tee with the SportsBackers Marathon Training team. It is black, so I have not worn it as much as I would like. I have noticed the V-neck is too small, so I can feel it on my neck as I run.
  • I also have a pair of running shorts and a sports bra from Asics, but I have never found other clothing from the U.S.


  • Newbalance – I like the feel of my current pair of 890v3, but they are getting beat-up a lot quicker that my other New Balances. Most likely, because I typically get standard shoes, and these are lightweight trainers.
  • Body Glide – Good for chaffing. Good for the USA 🙂
  • Garmin Forerunner 305 – It is not made in the USA, but it I bought it used. I love being able to track my pace while running.

Other brands proudly made in USA:

Good for me:




Coming soon:

Now that I have sweated all over my clothes and prefer not to do weekly laundry, I am excited about treating myself to some new clothing and gear. I especially need new tops, bras, and socks, and a running belt. When I finally treat myself, I will let you know how I like them.

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2013: The year of firsts

Like many social workers, I am a born goal setter.  I am not sure exactly where I want to be in my life, but damn if I am not setting myself up for something great. I like to stay involved, give back, and learn as much as I can.  During 2013, I have been focusing on my personal growth, which has led to many firsts:

January – 1st time sitting on a selection committee for award nominees

February – 1st time on Jury Duty

March – 1st time participating in LGBTQ youth discussion group

April – 1st time leading a grief support group

May – 1st time having coffee with a professor and 1st time participating in a book club

June – 1st time putting on a conference and the 1st time paying out-of-pocket for a training

So, I am branding 2013 “The Year of Firsts.”  I plan to fill the rest of 2013 with many more firsts, both big and small, by having a new “first” each month of the year.  Some I have already planned – running my first marathon, taking my first post-college art class, getting involved with my first VA governor’s race, and others will form by making the commitment to firsts.  Even if the goal is cheesy, it will lead to new experiences.  All experiences, good and bad, lead to personal growth. So, 2013 will be filled many firsts and much growth!

What cheesy goals have you set for yourself this year?  What new experiences have you committed to in 2013?

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