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?
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)
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?
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)
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?
Dress: Ann Klein gifted three years ago (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Sam Edelman) purchased two years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Almost three years ago, I was in the hospital with a random hip injury. I was training for a half marathon with my roomie at the time and woke up one night in so much pain I couldn’t move. At first the hospital thought it was an avulsion fracture based on x-rays, which means that the muscles around my hip bone had pulled away a piece of my hip bone. When they drugged me up and I still couldn’t move, they took an MRI and found a ton of fluid in my hip joint. They drained it (with a huge needle I’m told – but I was way too hopped up to know any better). I hung out in the hospital for a few days, then went home on crutches. In my recovery, I missed two half marathons I paid for. Fast forward a year – I still had no diagnosis. I had good days and bad days and due to my bad days I missed a ten miler race (that I trained for) and a half marathon). Almost two years ago, I finally received my official diagnosis: I have ankylosing spondylitis. Since that day, I’ve run my fair share of 5ks and a few little runs here and there. Today I ran the farthest I’ve run in way too long: I finished the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15k. For those of you (like my mom – hi mom!) who have no idea how far that is – 15k equals 9.3 miles.
Naturally, I’m pumped. I thought I was pretty much retired after this whole AS mess, but finishing this race was a really big victory for me! I can’t wait for my next event (half marathon in March) and to keep kicking this dumb disease’s butt. As an added bonus, I actually felt great on the run today too!
Now this outfit was actually not what I wore during the race, but since I got home and showered, I’ve been in comfy clothes. I just wish I had something Falcons-ish to wear. I’m super excited for this game… RISE UP!
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: Stolen from LB (thanks girl!) a few months ago (similar, similar)
This morning I woke up early from a nightmare and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I did what any sane person does at 6:30am and cleaned the house (quietly – last time I tried to put up pictures when I couldn’t sleep and L wasn’t pleased). I swear, sometimes I’m so domestic it hurts.
Anyways, today L and I ventured downtown Atlanta to pick up my number for the Hot Chocolate 15k tomorrow. While we were wondering through the kiosks I ran into one of my old bosses! Back in Boston, I worked at a running store (one of my favorite jobs EVER). Apparently one of my managers now manages a store down here in Atlanta! As I’m starting to train for more things, I can’t wait to stop by!
Also, one quick note: to all of you who marched today, thank you. Thank you for expressing your ideas in a thoughtful, respectful way. Thank you for standing up in part of the biggest demonstration of our generation (or at least my generation – I know this is deja vu for some). Stay strong; stay vigilant, and stay shamelessly proud in our gender.
Top: Gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased ten months ago for $55 (similar, similar)
Rainboots: Nordstrom (Hunter Rainboots) purchased two months ago for $60 (similar, similar)
It’s tough being without my photographer – I had to resort to selfies in my hotel room! This morning was not as rough as I thought it would be after staying up until 1am. I guess I’ve still got it in me! Today I work up pretty early so I could run down to the beach and watch the sunrise. Ever since I moved to Atlanta, the ocean is what I miss the most about New England (sorry mom!). Something about that smell and that sound that just calms me right down. Ugh if only Atlanta was near an ocean and had better public transportation…
Anyways, the rest of the day was a blur. We toured our vendor’s print facility and then hopped on a quick flight back to Atlanta. I arrived back home around 6pm – just in time for game night with a group of friends. Needless to say, I was absolutely exhausted and ended up tapping out around 8:30. Back in the routine!
As far as my outfit goes, I knew I’d probably be hot so I wore some cropped work pants with a flowy blouse for optimum air flow. I topped my look off with a great wide-brimmed hat because (a) I’m in Florida and (b) I burn just thinking about the sun. Which I do have a quick bone to pick – my dad’s side of the family is Portuguese and Irish. I clearly got the Irish bit. My little sister? She and the sun are BFFs. Sometimes life just isn’t fair…
Sound off: if you could choose anywhere to live, where would you?
Hat: Nordstrom Rack purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (SLATE Helios Necklace) purchased seven months ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew purchased two years for for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
I’m not usually a procrastinator. I’m a huge fan of calendars and get some odd joy from getting things done. But for whatever reason, running after work is my kryptonite. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s hot or cold, dark or light out – I really struggle to lace up my sneakers after I’ve made it safe and sound through Atlanta traffic for the night. Since I signed up for a half-marathon in April (why did I think that was smart?), I legit NEED to run today. To make sure I hit the pavement, I used the quick tricks below!
- Set out your clothes in advance. If you have an outfit ready to go, there’s one step you don’t have to worry or think about. I’ve found this has worked super well for early morning barre classes too!
- Don’t let yourself do ANYTHING until your clothes are on. As tempting as it is to start empting the dishwasher real quick or sorting the mail, these harmless activates compound until it’s 9:30 at night and you’re three episodes deep into This Is Us.
- Get some pump up music going, before you get out the door. If Eminem gets you motivated, start playing his songs while you’re lacing up your shoes. Once I get into the music, I usually get ready to start moving. Mainly because I feel like if I don’t run, I’m disappointing Eminem and he scares me.
- Keep a record. At work, my co-workers and I are keeping an exercise calendar between our cubes to encourage each other to work out. I get a huge sense of joy from writing my initials on the days I work out!
- Reward yourself with something other than food. Think about what you would do with an extra half hour in the day – maybe you’d read a book, take a longer shower, or go to bed. Make that special activity your reward!
We’re officially out of jeans month at work – so I’m back wearing business casual. Today I paired this sturdy wool pencil skirt and a simple blouse. This is what happens when creativity is at an all-time low. Hey, at least I got myself to run today!
Sound off: how do you motivate yourself to exercise?
Top: LOFT purchased one year ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Skirt: The Limited purchased second-hand four years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Flats: Purchased second-hand two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)