Ever see that show Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime? Yeah, not me either, really. I did catch part of one episode though where the main character -- beautiful model wannabe dies but comes back in the body of a plus-sized lawyer -- had a dream sequence to this song by Hello Stranger called "Big Boots." Great song, if you Google it you can find it all over for a free download, but when I first heard it I thought it was "Big Boobs." Which with the lyrics doesn't make much sense:
I got my boobs on,
I keep 'em on all night long.
I'm blanking on the rest because The Byrds are on the radio. The lyrics are more fun my way.
Which brings me to the rest of the story. When I turned 40 last fall, I got a generous gift card to Nordstrom's from the office. Nordstrom's is typically out of my price range, but when I either have money to burn or a generous gift card I'll go there to shop for bras. I'm sure in other highfalutin stores in big cities like New York and L.A. there are regular department stores where you can find fancy bras for the big boob'd among us. Here, Nordstrom's is pretty much it if you are larger than a D cup and you want more than the basic industrial strength foundation garment in anything other than white or beige. Again, though, pricey. Those with the small ta-tas can spend $5 on a bra and it works. Heck, it's not like a lot of them actually need bras. For those who need feats of engineering prowess to keep the girls in line, a decent bra is always at least $50. For one bra. And then you have to retire it out of sheer exhaustion within months.
But I digress.
I've mentioned before that in last year's marathon training, I didn't lose a single inch off my chest. My bras fit better since things got toned up, but there was zero change in size. Now I'm training (sort of, but that's another story) for TWO marathons. And?
The damn things got BIGGER.
While I've lost some of last year's fitness and become a tad squishier, I haven't exactly gained any weight overall. I've definitely been five or ten pounds heavier than I am right now, without a corresponding breast change. How in the heck did my boobs get bigger now? I even got a second opinion on the matter; I had the salesgirl do an official fitting. She confirmed; the band size hasn't changed but I've gone up a cup size.
Did you know that DDD was even a size? Nordstrom's even goes up to the Js and Ks. First time I was having difficulty finding bras that were small enough for me.
I swear, one of these days I'm just going to tip over from the effects of gravity. (Should you see me on the ground, please pause my Garmin.)
Had a great run on Sunday with Jules. We did part of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, which is a beautiful 21-mile trail that runs between -- can you guess? -- Banks and Vernonia. Takes about 30 minute to get there from Julie's, maybe 45 minutes from my place. I like to start from the Buxton trailhead, because there is a bathroom there. Heading towards Vernonia from there, it's all a gradual uphill. My Garmin said it was an overall 800 foot elevation gain, which we did over the first five miles. Standing in one spot, you wouldn't really notice the uphill versus downhill but when you're running you do notice it. The five miles coming back, though, you feel like you're flying. It's a great route for training.
And it didn't rain!
After the run, we went for lunch at a Greek cafe in Vernonia, the Blue House Cafe. This place is OMG good, and worth the drive out there. It was the second time ever Julie had had Greek food so we went all out -- the meditteranean sampler plate with hummus, pomegranate sauce, roasted red pepper dip and baba ganoush, some dolmathes which exploded with flavor and bits of dolmathes down your chin, and a gyro platter. Even the coffee was great. I still haven't tried their beer (they brew their own) or their desserts. I really wanted some of those desserts by the evening. A reason to go back!!