Half Time

Tomorrow is the big day.  I’m running the Richmond Half Marathon!  My very first half marathon, and definitely the longest distance I’ve run ever.   Even though I’m a workout fanatic, I’ve never been much of a runner.  I just don’t feel like my body was built for that kind of exercise, it doesn’t love the amount of impact.  But I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself.  I chose a half marathon because I felt like it was an attainable goal given that I have an erratic schedule with grad school.  I really need some level of flexibility with my workouts, and I like variety in my workouts.  With a half marathon, as opposed to a full marathon, you don’t have to run every day, and you’re not doing training runs that take three hours.

I’ve been running about three times a week with longer runs on weekends.  The last few weekends I’ve done about 11 miles.  I feel like I’m ready because if I can do 11, I could squeeze in 2 more.  Plus I’ve been running on a hilly path and I think the race is a flatter course.  I’m super excited!

I’m ready with my race outfit.  I did a dress rehearsal with it last weekend to make sure it was comfy for a long run.  There is nothing worse than doing a long run with sports bra that rubs, or pants that slide down!  I think this outfit is going to be a winner for me.

You might notice that I’m wearing shoes that I bought last February from DSW.  Well, not really.  I actually liked those sneakers so much, I bought another pair.  Then it was so close to the race I figured I needed a relatively fresh pair, so I bought them again.  I actually had to write numbers on the insoles to remember which pair is which!

And don’t forget the accessories!

 

Wish me luck!

Do you have any fitness related goals this year?

 

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Pumped-Up Kicks

Well it’s been a long month. Sadie is coming to visit this weekend with our good friend Karla so that makes the month a little bit better. A little retail therapy this week made things better as well. I must admit that I gave in to the bright sneaker craze. I was influenced by my employees. Here is a picture of hers and then one of my new kicks. Maybe you will be persuaded as well!

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Favorite Things

I work out everyday so sometimes I get more excited about workout clothes shopping then regular clothes shopping.  Nothing motivates me to workout like some cute gear.  Some of my latest (tested and approved) faves:

Super comfortable, great fabric, and don’t have to adjust them at all while I’m working out, I love that.  I have them in black, and it’s my mom’s birthday tomorrow, guess what she’s getting…  They’re from Athleta.

Softest Shirt Ever!  It’s Under Amour‘s Charged Cotton.

This Sports Bra is for serious workouts.  It’s from Under Armour too!

I love a fun pattern, and Nike has some great variations on this classic bra.

Super Comfy, great fabric, great basic!  Nike knows what’s up.

Aren’t these cute?  I just bought them, I’m a sucker for cute New Balance kicks!

I stick to basics for working out because I hate having stuff that has 7 different trendy straps pulling everywhere, or colors that require coordination.  And I love me some Target workout gear, but to be perfectly honest, I workout so often that I’m coming to the realization that I need to wear real workout clothes for the occasion.  Whether I like it or not, I’ve realized a $50 pair of spandex capris have a much longer life cycle than the $15 ones at Target.  And I still love all my gear left over from high school and college sports, but I’ve learned that my weight room shirt from 8 years ago will not smell like anything other than 8 years of sweat no matter how many times I wash it (which is sad because it’s got the whole worn-in retro thing going on now).  Plus who doesn’t love another reason to shop!