It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged consistently, and that’s because work is bat shite crazy right now (excuse my language). I’ve run the Eastern States 20 Miler and the Fool’s Dual Half Marathon & 5k and celebrated my birthday since then.
Lots has been going on, but I also have a very exciting announcement to share – tomorrow is my first day starting as a track coach at my school! If you haven’t been following my blog for long, I don’t like to reveal exactly where I work for confidentiality’s sake – but, my school serves students ages 3-22 with blindness, low vision, deafblindness, and hearing impairment. Many of our students use wheelchairs, some have little or no vision, and others have significant restrictions in their mobility. All of our students, regardless of their challenges, are encouraged to participate in track if they are medically cleared by their doctor. That being said, I CANNOT wait to start coaching – I’m so excited to be able to see my students in another setting and to share my love of running with them. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say once I get started with it, but tomorrow is the first day and I’m crazy nervous/excited. Wish me luck!
And now, because I’m too lazy to write about all that’s happened in the past couple of weeks and I’d rather go eat some more mac & cheese, here is a photo dump from my phone:
Are you a track coach? Ever coached any other sport? Any tips for me?
What do you like to do to celebrate your birthday?
What have you been doing the past 3 weeks?
I celebrated by running the New Bedford Half Marathon with my coworker Mary! More details later but overall it was a really nice race. Now I can drink something green and tend to my sad foot for the rest of the night
Do yourself a favor and watch Macklemore’s SNL performance – if this doesn’t get you moving I don’t know what will….
How are you celebrating St Patty’s?!
- Sunday: 16.45 mi run outside/ 2:27
- Yesterday: 3 mi walk/run with Chuie
- Today: eating crispy orange tofu
Sunday I had the opportunity to try out my new Pro Compression Marathon socks for the first time. I have to say, I’ve been really sceptical of the whole compression sock movement for running since it started. The therapist in me really wants some solid research about their effectiveness during runs and for recovery after long runs, but I’ve been too lazy to actually look anything up. So, since I am fortunate enough to work with some wicked smaht physical therapists, I asked my coworker Mary what she thought about them. Basically, we decided that they can’t hurt since they’re really just increasing blood flow and circulation when you’re wearing them. So, during a long run or race you could wear them to prevent cramping in your lower legs, or you could wear them after a run to increase blood flow and replenish sore muscles for faster recovery. Sounds pretty good, right? And it helps that they come in every color and look really cute, too
Sunday was a beautiful day here in Boston. The temps were in the mid 40s and the sun was actually shining for a change! I was especially happy because it was bright enough for me to wear my most favoritest sunglasses ever. I also rocked my Gap Body jacket ($20 on clearance at Gap a couple weeks ago = WIN), drawstring Aasics running tights, and NO GLOVES. It was pretty glorious.
So how did I feel running 16 miles in my new compression socks? I didn’t really notice them at all, and I didn’t feel much different. Actually, what I did notice was that my new friend Bobby Bunion wasn’t bothering me at all. Yes, it’s very sad for me to admit, but my incredibly wise PT friends have diagnosed the cause of my persistent foot pain as a mild bunion. How NOT sexy is that? I always thought bunions were callouses or just general nastiness that occurs on your feet when you don’t take care of them, but they’re actually a misalignment of the big toe as it turns into the second toe.
Apparently it’s pretty common for runners to get bunions, but that doesn’t make them any less of a suckfest. I’ve been having pain by my big toe on my left foot for probably the past 2-3 months, and though it hasn’t gotten worse, it’s become really uncomfortable – especially as I increase my mileage. Runner’s World has some tips for preventing and treating bunions here, and I plan to try a couple of these strategies myself. However, I can’t believe that naming your bunion isn’t on this list. I’ve affectionately decided to call my special bunion friend Bobby since I like the alliteration and unfortunately it seems he’ll be with me for a while.
I think he probably looks like this:
On a more positive note – the compression socks really alleviated the pain I usually feel in my foot, probably because they wrap tightly around the foot and stimulate blood flow through the foot and leg. I just used “foot” way too many times in that last sentence. Anyway, if you’re having a similar problem, I definitely recommend trying them – they can’t hurt!
In other news, we might get hammered with snow again this week…
Just when I thought spring was in the air, it looks like we’re not going to make it through the end of winter without some more schnee (that’s German for snow, btw). Meeeerrrrrp.
Have you ever tried compression socks?
Do you have a bunion? What do you do about it? Does it have a name?
…so this is what we’re dealing with here in Boston.
- Monday: 3mi run with Chuie & Exhale Core Fusion workout video
- Yesterday: 8mi run
- Today: 4mi run & pilates
For some reason, it seems that all of the running bloggers I follow live in FL or CA where the weather right now is PERFECT for running. After reading their posts, I get really inspired to run – but then I step outside. We got more snow on Sunday, then it warmed up yesterday so much of it melted, resulting in a sloppy, slushy, slippery mess. It got up to a toasty 40 degrees yesterday, and even though I was a little upset that my beautiful new shoes got all soggy again, the warmish air reminded me that spring is on its way and soon I’ll be able to run in shorts in the sunshine again.
Yesterday’s run was especially hard because I did my Exhale Core Fusion workout for the first time the night before and my muscles were tired. This workout is a lot like the Barre classes I was taking in the fall, combining toning, stretching, and deep breathing. The 50-minute workout is divided into 10-minute segments for arms/upper body, thighs, butt, abs, and full body stretching. What I really like is that you only need a set of 2-3 lb weights and a stretching band or towel to complete the workout. Like Barre, the exercises target specific muscle groups with small movements for high reps (like 30-40 for each move). I could barely do half of the reps for each move and I’m still feeling it two days later. I also really like the stretching segment at the end – it felt really nice and helped get the kinks out from Saturday’s 20 mile run.
Tonight I’m going to a pilates class with a friend and I’m really excited because I’ve never done pilates before. I’m always into trying something new, especially fitness classes and exercise. I bought a Groupon deal a while back for 8 classes, so hopefully I’ll like it!
In other unrelated news, I’m off from work this week (yay for working in a school!), so I’m spending my time watching a lot of TV while getting caught up on some stuff I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I can’t stop watching The Biggest Loser and Hulu has like 11 seasons so this could be really bad. I cry literally every episode! I just love watching how all of the contestants transform their lives – it’s something I think most athletes can identify with in a way.
What are running conditions like for you right now?
Do you do pilates or barre?
Do you watch the Biggest Loser? ever cry?
Happy Sunday Funday! Yesterday Derek and I finished the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler in some pretty uncomfortable conditions. It was cold, sleeting, and wet almost the entire way. Guess that’s what you get for doing a race during February in New England! I think we made the best of it, though, and despite the freezing rain we still had fun.
It was my first time at Martha’s Vineyard, and I really had no idea what to expect. One thing I’ve always associated Martha’s Vineyard with is its history as one of the first deaf communities in the US. I was a deaf studies minor in undergrad, and I was fascinated to learn that the American Sign Language (ASL) used in North America today is actually an offset of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL). Apparently, some of the early settlers of the island carried the gene for deafness, and so it was passed on through generations until eventually 1 in every 4 children on the island was deaf. Fishing and agriculture, both of which were good occupations for deaf residents, prospered on the island and hearing people in the community learned to sign to communicate with the deaf population. In a way, it was a sort of deaf “utopia” where everyone could understand one another and communicate, whether they were hearing or deaf. As the deaf children on the island began to travel to the mainland for school, though, they eventually married and settled off the island, causing the deaf population to gradually decline. Fascinating, right?!?!
For those of you who haven’t been, here are some other fun facts that I learned about the island after googling it this morning:
- filming location for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws movies
- summer vacation spot for former President Bill Clinton and family as well as the Obamas
- Jackie Kennedy Onassis lived in Martha’s Vineyard until her death in 1994
- JFK Jr. as well as his wife and sister-in-law died in a plane crash off the coast of the island in 1999
- only place in the world where you can get tularemia (rabbit fever) from lawn mowing
- the cost of living on the island is 60% higher than the national average yet the average income of island residents (not summer vacationers) is 30% less than the MA state average
And now that you and I know all of this extremely interesting information, let’s get back to the race.
The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler is a very small race originally intended to “test your Boston readiness.” The other runners in this race were FAST and all business – I felt a little out of my element before we got started seeing everyone in their Boston Marathon jackets from years past. Derek and I decided to run the 20 miler sort of last-minute just to push ourselves to train and continue running after Disney. Between Disney and this race, the longest distance I had run was 12 miles, with a couple 10 mile runs and a few 3s, 5s, and 7s. I did not feel ready AT ALL, but that’s nothing new.
The race started at 11am yesterday, so Derek and I woke up at 6 and were out the door by 7. At that time, it was cold outside, but relatively clear and there wasn’t any precipitation at all during the 1.5 hour drive to Falmouth. We listened to Macklemore the whole way to get ourselves hyped. Once in Falmouth, we parked, gathered our stuff, and caught a shuttle bus to the ferry.
The ferry was definitely the best part of the whole race. I know that sounds awful, but I really had a lot of fun on the ride over to the island. Around 9:15 we got to the Steamship Authority terminal with a few minutes to spare before boarding. Derek made some horrendous tasting oatmeal (love him dearly though) that I brought with me in the car but didn’t end up finishing, so I was pretty hungry by then. There was a little snack bar in the waiting area, so I got a black coffee and a bag of Cape Cod potato chips for me and a bagel for Derek (he’s always hungry). We boarded the ferry and found a seat right away on the upper deck. It was delightfully warm and we had a pretty good view.
We were on the ferry for about 45 minutes and just relaxed and talked about a whole bunch of random stuff. I met a woman wearing a Disney Marathon shirt in the line for the bathroom, and we chatted about how much fun the race was as well as some other races. I always love hearing other runners’ perspectives on races and which ones they recommend. Here are some more pictures taken from the ferry:
After we arrived, we pinned on our race bibs and checked our bags. The start line was literally right next to the ferry terminal which made everything really easy. The terminal was crazy crowded with runners doing last minute preparations and meeting up with family/friends.
With some time to spare before the start, we decided to walk around and try to stay warm. Main Street was only about a block away.
After a couple of minutes we headed over to the race start and jumped up and down/ did modified dance moves to stay warm until we got running. Looking around, I saw very few people my age and everyone looked really, really serious. I felt a little intimidated and questioned what it would feel like to come in last. Someone has to be last in every race, right?
Once we got running, I realized that I had made a major mistake by wearing the Gap capris I had spoken so highly of in a previous post. They kept falling lower and lower until the crotch felt like it was almost at my knees. Since I was wearing gloves, I couldn’t get a grip on them to pull them up. It was a mess and I was being pretty nast’ about it. Derek really wasn’t into my whining so he ran ahead and took this lovely photo of me:
See how there’s about 2 inches of space between the end of my capris and my shoes? There really should be like 6 but I was having some serious crotch sag going on.
I caught up with Derek for a couple more minutes until we realized we weren’t talking and I was not motivated to run his pace for the next 19 miles. He ran ahead, which gave me the opportunity to take pictures of him from the back. Not too bad for me.
See that little blue man? That’s Derek! He was hauling a$$…this is the last time I saw him during the race.
This is where the freezing rain started. Alone, cold, and kind of bored, what did I do to distract myself?
This 20 miles was tough. Obviously, with being just 6 miles shy of a marathon, it would be tough on any course, but the weather really made it unpleasant. I was a little sad that I didn’t get to fully appreciate the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard because there were tiny frozen water pebbles in my eyes most of the time. I’ve also never run a race of this distance alone before, and it was challenging for me to keep going when my mind was telling me to stop and I didn’t have much to distract me. I tried to think of all the songs on my running playlist, but it just wasn’t the same. I also tried to mentally break the race into chunks, and that helped a little. I told myself I could only stop at water stations and only long enough to drink my cup of water – no dilly daddling. I stuck by this and only stopped at mile 18 to walk while sipping my deliciously purple gatorade.
During this race, I also learned that I really need to figure out my nutrition for training. Since I’ve been eating vegan, I’ve been feeling great, but on longer runs it’s been hard to eat enough calories to support the distance. I was so so so so hungry during this 20 miles, so much so that my stomach was burning and I felt like I had no energy by the last few miles. The Gu I brought wasn’t helping much either. I’m definitely going to follow in the footsteps of my dude Scott Jurek and bring some bean burritos or peanut butter & jelly roll ups in my pocket next time I do a long run.
During the last stretch, I knew I was nearing the end of the course but not sure when. I heard Derek do his “Yuuuuuuuuuuup” war cry and saw him running towards me, and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy. Ok, the end of Boston 2012 was probably the most happy I’ve ever been. I gave Derek my camera and sprinted for the finish line. To my surprise, I came in just under 3 hours.
I haven’t run a sub 3 hour 20 miles in months. I was shocked that I did this with a long run of only 12 miles 2 weeks prior. With the Eastern States 20 miler coming up in March, I can’t wait to see how much I can improve my time between now and then. Derek finished in 2:51 which was AMAZING. I’m so proud of him and how he pushed himself. He barely trained and still smoked me.
At the end of the race we got our medals and went into the elementary school to get some hot food. I got some minestrone soup and some fruit.
After eating we changed into warm clothes – except we both forgot extra shoes and socks: FAIL. With our dry clothes and wet shoes, we got on the shuttle bus back to the ferry.
The ferry ride back to Falmouth was even more glorious than the ride to MV. It was not delightfully, but DELICIOUSLY warm inside. We took advantage of the heaters to dry our wet stinky shoes.
Derek fell asleep and I harassed him without him knowing. So rude.
We finally got back home around 6:30 where Chuie licked our faces off before we took him out for a walk. We ate a massive amount of takeout, watched Donnie Darko, and went to bed. A long but successful day.
Have you ever been to Martha’s Vineyard? want to go?
Have you ever run a 20 mile race?
Do you know any sign language or someone who is deaf?
Do you think this post was extraordinarily long? I do, so it’s ok.
- 36 minute tempo run: 4.22 miles
- windy, snowglobe-y, snotty
If you live in America, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the East Coast is getting hammered by Winter Storm ‘Nemo.’ Since when did they start naming winter storms? And how on earth are we supposed to take this storm seriously when it’s named after a seemingly brain-injured Disney character?
Yesterday things started getting really cray here in Boston. Almost all of the schools were cancelled for today by the afternoon yesterday, and Derek had to wait in line for 45 minutes at the grocery store to buy us some almond milk after work last night. I was babysitting until pretty late, so I missed out on most of it.
Since the school I work at is residential and many of our students live there 11 months of the year, we never ever ever have snow days. Apparently this storm is pretty serious though, because last night we got a call that only essential staff need to report to work. I like to think I’m important, but in this case I was happy to ‘nonessential.’ So, I slept in a little bit until Chuie stood on my face at 7:30- I drank some coffee, took him for a walk, and headed out for a quick run before snowmageddon.
It was snowing throughout my whole run, and VERY windy – I guess there’s a blizzard coming? I ran straight up the Carriage Lane into Newton and was surprised to see a lot of other crazy runners on my route. We all smiled and waved at each other with an expression like, “ok, you’re crazy, too? awesome.” My run was good, but kind of difficult with the wind and all. I tried to keep a solid 8:30 pace, but I was all over the place going from 7:40 to 8:00 to 9:30 going up Heartbreak Hill. I think my Garmin may have been acting up because of the weather, but regardless – it was a bit rough!
I felt like a real bad-ass when I got back, runny mascara and all.
The snow is starting to get heavier now, and all I really have to do is sit back and watch. It’s kind of awesome. I just hope we don’t lose power because that would be boooooooring. For now though, my plan is to do this for the next 48 hours:
Bring it, Nemo!
Are you going to be affected by Winter Storm Nemo?
Do you run in crazy weather conditions or sit it out?
Do you like Woodchuck cider?
- Snow Storm Nemo: Justin Bieber & More Celebrities React On Twitter (hollywoodlife.com)
7 mile run before sunrise
cold, dark, sleepy
I never thought I could do it, but I actually got up at 5:30 this morning, got dressed, and went outside into the sub-20 degree weather to run. I’ve never run more than 6 miles before work for fear that I wouldn’t get finished in time or I’d be too tired for the day. I was really shocked when I got back home in less than an hour – I think it was because I was rockin out to some new tunes:
Have you heard his album yet? It’s really good!! He’s got a really positive outlook and his lyrics are actually meaningful – a pretty stark contrast to popular hip hop which is basically just garbage with a good beat. I’m into it. And I’m not gonna lie, he’s pretty sexy
Ever since I’ve been back from FL, I’ve been eating a primarily vegan diet. Over the holiday break, I had way too much time on my hands and watched a few too many documentaries on Netflix. One of which, was Vegucated - this is a documentary about 3 New Yorkers who voluntarily go vegan for 6 weeks and document their journey of learning to cook vegan foods, finding out where the meat & dairy they usually eat comes from, and experiencing the benefits of a plant-based diet. There are some really shocking visuals of what happens at slaughter houses, dairy farms, and so-called “cage free” and “free range” facilities. I was so horrified by all of the images that I started sobbing on the couch next to Derek and vowed I would never eat another animal product again. The movie isn’t all scare tactics, though, and I recommend it to anyone who is curious about veganism or healthy eating. Just fast forward through the animal cruelty parts – you’ll get a warning beforehand.
Eating vegan for me has actually been really easy, which is surprising because I also have gluten sensitivity and strive to eat a gluten-free diet. I think a lot of people hear vegan + gluten free and think it’s impossible, but it’s not! I bought myself a couple of good cookbooks and have been making almost all of my meals at home. My favorite cookbook right now is Chloe’s Kitchen.
Chloe is a vegan chef who made a name for herself by winning Cupcake Wars and all of her recipes are DELICIOUS. I also really appreciate that her recipes don’t have an excessively long ingredient list and aren’t difficult to make. Derek has loved all of them and hasn’t complained once about anything I’ve made being vegan.
Tonight I made her yoga cookies, which are made out of gluten-free oats, gluten-free all purpose flour, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut, agave, and canola oil. They’re sooooo good nom nom nom nom nom nom.
How adorable is she?! I can’t tell if I have more of a crush on her or Macklemore.
One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been eating exclusively vegan is a significant change in my energy level. I used to feel an afternoon slump and barely be able to open my eyes in the morning. Not anymore, though – I am literally wide awake ALL THE TIME. It’s actually becoming kind of a problem because I’m having kind of a hard time falling asleep at night. It’s an OK sacrifice, though, because I’ve been feeling really alert at work. I also feel like I’m losing a little bit of weight, but I haven’t stepped on the scale in a couple of weeks so it’s hard to really know for sure.
Off to bed (or at least try) now – It’s snowing again here in Boston…shocker…
Have you ever considered a vegan diet?
Do you workout in the morning, afternoon, or night?
Do you think Macklemore is attractive or am I cray cray?
Today’s run was a good one because it was the official start of my training for the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon! Derek and I headed out for an out-and-back 12 mile run down the Carriage Way in Newton. It was lightly snowing the entire time, so I looked like this when I got back:
Ok, not quite but you get the idea.
It was a good run until the end when I bonked because I skipped lunch and felt like my stomach was sinking into my back. I came home and inhaled some food, so I’m better now – no big deal. And it’s all in preparation for…..I’m running the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5th, and I am SUPER PUMPED because not only will it be my 10th marathon, but it will also be my first time running for a charity. I’m running for Free Wheelchair Mission, a charity that provides mobility equipment to people who live in developing countries and cannot afford nor have access to it otherwise. With just $71.88, FWM builds wheelchairs inexpensively to withstand rugged terrain and distributes them globally at no cost to the recipients. I chose this charity because its message hits close to home for me. According to FWM, an estimated 98% of physically or mentally impaired children in developing countries do not attend school. Reading this statistic is absolutely heartbreaking to me because most of my students rely on wheelchairs, standers, and adaptive mobility equipment to access their education. Basically, if they weren’t positioned with the appropriate supports and didn’t have access to the best equipment, doctors, and physical therapists, I couldn’t do my job of helping them communicate. So, I feel like this is a great chance for me to spread awareness about the charity and give others the “gift of mobility” as FWM states. If you’re interested in donating, you can visit my fundraising page here (you don’t have to read my spiel again if you don’t want to). Every little bit counts!
I chose to run Pittsburgh because I went to undergrad at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which isn’t far from Pittsburgh – we usually went to ‘the Burgh’ on the weekends to eat, shop, and party – and I have a lot of really great memories of the city. I haven’t been back since the fall of 2010, so I’m really looking forward to my trip!
In other news, last night Derek and I went to see The Straight Line at the Museum of Fine Arts:
This French film is about a talented track runner who loses his vision in an accident and has to rely on a guide to train and participate in meets. It’s a great story about perseverance, love, and positivity through struggle. It really has something for everyone and I highly recommend it!
After the movie, I had the pleasure of seeing Josh Crary from BostonBlindRunner talk about his perspective on marathon training, life, etc. Josh ran the Boston Marathon last year with a guide and will be running this year, too. I really like his positive spin on life’s challenges and the guy’s got a great sense of humor. I’m thinking a guest post/interview with him would be a fabulous idea for the future – I’ll have to think about what I can use to bribe him.
My empty stomach is getting angrier and angrier while I’m typing this hullabuloo, so I’m going to go make some nom noms before the game starts. Rest assured I’ll be demonstrating my usual football-watching-behavior of critiquing all the players’ bodies, specifically their bottoms. Yaaaay Team! Poor Derek.
Anyone running any races anytime soon?
What would you ask Josh if you had the chance?
Have you ever run for a charity before? Which one? What was it like?
Who are you rooting for in tonight’s game?
God I love memes. This one is pretty spectacular – and also pretty representative of my thoughts toward work right now! I feel like every day there is a new meeting scheduled, which means writing new goals/objectives, current performance, and evaluation reports, i.e. plenty of quality time with snacks in front of my laptop. For those of you who know what I’m talking about, let’s commiserate, and for those who don’t – IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan and is a legal contract that outlines the educational goals, objectives, and accommodations that the school district must provide for any student accessing special education services. Each IEP is reviewed annually to address progress toward objectives and development of future skills. This is a very simplistic explanation, but if you want more information you can check it out on the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ website. Since all of the students I see for speech therapy have an IEP, that means I go through this process about 17 times per year. Sometimes the meetings are spread out nicely, and other times, like now, they all seem to get scheduled at the same time, which forces me to become hyperfocused on work and basically socially impaired.
So, with all of the work stuff going on right now, I’ve again fallen into a rut of not working out like I want to be. I decided to take a short break from running after the Disney World Marathon and focus on strength training, which I’ve done a grand total of 2 times. I guess it’s alright, but lately I’ve been feeling really lazy about my training. During the fall, I ran 3 marathons with some pretty disappointing times, which was no fault but my own. My “training” regimen consisted of running one long during the weekend and on a good week, maybe another 5 mile run during the week. Such low mileage does not a fast runner make. After my unpleasant experience at the Philly Marathon , I told myself I would train harder for Disney and really give it my all. But I didn’t – I blamed my lack of training on the cold Boston weather (as if that was something new to deal with) and let my laziness take over AGAIN. With just running once or twice a week to prepare, I’m lucky I didn’t seriously injure myself during any of my recent races.
Anyway, enough with being a Nanc’ – I need inspiration. And I need it BAD. I’ve been reading lots of other running blogs lately, which has left me feeling like a lazy a-hole – so I’m thinking maybe this will give me the push I need?:
Okay, this did not actually inspire me to get my booty out the door, but it did make me ROLL with laughter. Does anyone else watch Dance Moms? This is rich.
Since I’ve been trying to workout at the gym lately, I figured buying some cute new workout clothes would be a good idea. I went to Old Navy & the Gap Outlet and actually nabbed a few good finds:
Oh Lawd – sorry for how disgustingly dirty this mirror apparently is (add that to the Saturday to-do list). You can tell I usually get dressed in the dark.
The Striped Bubble Active Tank is from Old Navy - I got it in Lotus Orange Neon & Black for $16 each. I HATE tight shirts and anything sticking to my mid section, so I really appreciate the lose but flattering design of this top. It’s also made with moisture-wicking fabric so if I ever decide to sweat again, I’ll be ready.
The bottoms are GapFit gFast capris which I got on sale for $20.99. I also bought them in a darkish purple color. They’re awesome because they have a wide waistband that sucks in all the junk and prevents any muffin-top business that could happen. There’s also a little pocket in the back for energy gels or a credit card. They’re also moisture-wicking.
Unrelated, but important, is that I need to stop drying my sports bras. After I wash and dry them, putting them on is like binding myself to pretend I’m a dude. I won’t even show you a back shot of this outfit because I know you’ll all be really jealous of how big my back boobs are. Sorry.
Tomorrow I’m getting new running shoes, which always motivates me to workout, especially when they’re cute. After a really unfortunate incident at the Disney race (I’ll explain later), I had to throw out my good pair of shoes and switch to an old pair that I have hated since I bought them. They’re the Brooks Ghost 4, and they’re way too wide for my feet. They also look like orthopedic shoes and are not even slightly exciting to wear. I usually buy Brooks shoes, but I’m thinking tomorrow I might try something totally different and go with some Mizuno’s. We’ll see.
Since I’m already dressed for the gym, I’m going to get my butt moving for a NROLFW workout, then come back and watch Nashville all night while trying to write an evaluation report for one of my students. #winning
What do you do to motivate yourself to workout?
What brand of shoes do you wear?
Do you dry your workout clothes?
Why is Kim Kardashian pregnant?