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Day 327: Falling for Running


Today started like many other weekends – I headed out for a long-ish run with some friends. We kicked off our 8 mile run at 6am (benefits of running with moms: they get more done before 9am than anyone else alive). About three miles in, I tripped over absolutely nothing. I wish I could say it was the darkness or something in the road, but I truly just tripped over my own two feet. At first when I got up, I thought I was fine, but looking at my hands I quickly realized I wasn’t in great shape. My amazing running partner ran back to get the car, while I headed into a Publix to clean up. A few hours later, I ended up in urgent care, calling my mom to check on my tetanus shot. Thanks to my prankster little sister, she was convinced the whole thing was an April Fool’s joke. At least I’m going to get to spend the rest of the day lounging on the couch!

This outfit is what I ran it – I didn’t change out of it until hours later when my hands were bandaged up. Certainly not going to win any fashion awards today!

Sound off: Help me feel better – what’s your silliest injury?

Outfit Details
Sweatshirts: UnderArmour purchased three years ago for $30 – yay employee discount (similar, similar)
Shorts: “Borrowed” from LB (similar, similar)

Day 320: Hardest 5k Ever

Last Saturday I ran a half marathon, but this weekend a 5k kicked my butt. Today I ran the Atlanta Women’s 5k and it was the hilliest, hardest course I’ve ever run. About two and a half miles in, we finally hit a downhill and all the spectators started yelling that we were super close. I kicked it up a notch, only to find myself at the bottom of a never-ending hill. When I passed the 3 mile mark, I thought I was going to die, but I stayed with it. Which ultimately lead to me gagging and throwing up as I crossed the finish line. The worst part? It wasn’t even close to one of my best times. The whole experience gave me flashbacks to when I ran the 800 meters in college – a race I’d like to block out of my mind! At least after the race, I headed over to my running buddy’s house for mimosas, donuts, and some quality time with toddlers!

Clearly this is the outfit I wore after the race – believe me, I did not look cute in my race clothing! I got dressed in the dark so I didn’t wake L up so I didn’t even loosely match and then afterward I looked like I needed a shower. Not cute!

Sound Off: Are you training for anything?

Outfit Details
Dress: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased four years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 315: Recovery and Wine

I’m pleasantly surprised at how ‘not’ sore I am, but I’m totally going to take this week off! Today at the office, I had a couple of meetings – one with a new agency I’m hoping to bring on-board! It’s always so much fun to get new ideas into the mix!

After work, I headed out to a cute new wine and tapas bar with LB and one of my new friends in our development. (And if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how desperate I was to make friends in our development!). Anyways, it was great to relax with wine and good conversation!

My boss is notorious for her all-black outfits, so today I followed suit! Plus all black on a Monday –  just feels fitting.

Outfit Details
Top: LeTote (1 STATE Grommet Top) retails for $68 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: BDG purchased second-hand three years ago for $10 (similar, similar)

Day 314: My Body

I spent the summer of 2012 training for my first half marathon and interning at a technology company forty miles from home. Originally I signed up for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island to stay in shape for indoor track, but I fell in love with my weekend long runs. One year later, I completed my first full marathon in Corning, New York. It was my last race before my first major AS flare up.

For the next few years, I flitted in and out of doctor’s offices and subsequent work-out studios. One month I would be diagnosed with a “weak core” and found myself at a high-intensity training studio; the next month I was told I had uneven hips and yoga would be my savior. I went through brief periods of being able to run and other times where I was in too much pain to walk. My body no longer felt like my own – it changed without warning and resisted any attempts to appease it.

Finally I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, but running long distances still wasn’t an option. My first rheumatologist was a “non-runner” and didn’t understand my desire to run – although to be honest, I don’t even think I know what I wanted to run.  As a college runner, I’ve hated more runs that I loved, but running had become a symbol of the control I so desperately craved. It was representative of the person I was before the pain and I missed that person.

In the fall of 2015, I ended up in Atlanta with a new rheumatologist. I was put on Humira and my quality of life and mobility improved. .As I crossed the finish line of the Publix Half today, I couldn’t help but have a “weeping willow” moment. For so long, I was a prisoner to my body – it determined whether it was going to be a good day or a bad day – but today my body was my own.

Outfit Details
Top: Nike purchased four years ago for $15 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: UnderAmour gifted eight years ago (similar, similar)

Day 308: Running Partner

As most of you know, I’ve been training for a half marathon. When I used to work at a running store (which still is one of the top two favorite jobs I’ve ever had!), people would ask all the time if it was easy to train. I’d always answer the same way – training is easy IF you are consistent and dedicated. I know it can be tough – do I go run after work, or do I cook that meat I have in the fridge that’s on its last day? Do I get up early to run or should I head into the office earlier to bypass traffic? Half marathon training has reinforced the #struggleisreal for me and there’s only one way I got through it: my amazing running partner Shelly! Every Monday morning, we meet up at 5am to go for a five mile run. There are plenty of mornings that I’d rather not be running, but having a partner has made this whole training thing a million times better.

Today for work, I wore these patterned pants. I’ve noticed in the office that patterned pants are all the rage now – so I need to keep up! I paired it with this loose-fit top and a cardigan for a pop of color!

Sound off: what keeps you motivated to exercise?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew purchased second-hand two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $28 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: ThredUp (Gap) purchased one year ago for $22 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)

Day 286: Eleven

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for a half marathon. Our long runs are supposed to be on Saturdays, but given my state, I was NOT ready to run that far yesterday. So this morning I woke up early(ish) to tackle the 11 miles on my own. Shockingly, I actually ran really fast (and right past LB’s house)! I was super pumped – so I spent the rest of the day doing a little bit of nothing. Although, I am watching some dogs via Rover to make a little extra money for the wedding. I’ve watched these cute little schnauzers before – they’re super sweet and old.

Today it was pretty nice out, so I took advantage with a pair of shorts! This top is an awesome one I got from ThredUp a while ago – I’m such a bargain hunter and I LOVE getting quality things for less!

Sound off: anything you’re training for?

Outfit Details
Top: ThredUp (J. Crew) purchased one year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 271: Confusing Holiday Party

What an awesome, jam-packed Saturday! I kicked off my morning with 11 miles as part of my half-marathon training group. Even though I’m lightyears from where I used to be, I’m starting to feel really good about my running for the first time in a while. I can’t wait to see what my half marathon in March brings! After my morning run, I headed over to the barn for some much needed horse time. I’ve been unable to ride for a while since my weekends have been so jam-packed, but it was great to get back into the saddle.

Tonight we’re headed to L’s work ‘holiday’ party that’s been pushed a few times due to the ‘snow’ in Atlanta. It’s always fun to get dressed up and meet the folks L talks about at work. Last year they had a casino-themed party that was a lot of fun – especially when I beat L in poker. This year the party is apparently ‘interactive’ themed, so I have no idea what to expect. Imagine my surprise when we walked in on a ‘murder mystery’ theme that involved six of the hundred people at the event. At least the bar was flowing!

This dress was a hand-me-down that never quite fit me right. This past year, I finally bit the bullet and had it altered – boy, am I glad I did! It’s now my favorite cocktail dress! Someone needs to invite me to a wedding or L needs to take me out to dinner STAT.

Sound off: What’s your best company holiday story?

Outfit Details
Dress: Ann Klein gifted three years ago (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Sam Edelman) purchased two years ago for $60 (similar, similar)