I got addicted to blazers and jackets over the last little while. I had just bought this amazing casual royal blue one from my work…..I’m keeping it because I love it but then I read Minimalist Beauty’s latest post about sweatshops and I’ve decided that I’m going to try and get all my clothes from thrift stores and/or stores that don’t support that kind of abusive labour. This is going to be amazing considering I work at a women’s clothing store, and my job is to encourage all of you to buy this stuff.
It just rubbed me the wrong way and I’m sick of thinking that the changes I make don’t impact the rest of the world – who cares if they do or they don’t, it’s the principle, it shouldn’t be my excuse not to try.
Anyway, so after work I hit up the local thrift store and found this bad boy……
* don’t you love how I have a DSLR camera and my blog is filled with crappy photobooth and cell phone snap shots
I love it!!! I feel so “Rachel Berry” in it, but in a good way and I think it’s a classic piece that I’ll end up getting a lot of wear out of. I’m happy
I had one of my worst runs to date yesterday morning. Everything that could go wrong did. So I’ll summarize and spare you the rant
- Right away it started to rain and it was not only cold but my water bottle was leaking all over my poor hand…..I had to dump out half my water just to avoid having a constant leak stream down my hand. <—— Fuelbelt needs to send me a replacement 22 oz bottle!
- I literally ran into a skunk! He had his tail up and everything waiting to take me on – I ran! …..but not before taking a photo in the name of the blog.
* the crappiest photo, maybe….but photo prove of that little bugger running away nonetheless * the skunk is on the bottom right corner of the driveway **
- My knee was hurting me even though I foam rolled prior to heading out, I wore a TC sleeve but it didn’t seem to be working for me. Which prompted some walk breaks.
- It was pitch black out and my mind kept telling me I was crazy for going out a) alone and b) onto a dark trail alone.
- I ended my run 5 miles in with 6 miles left to be made up later this week.
- To get home I had to tackle the “adventure stairs“ – if you’ve never done them – they’re a must for anyone local. This man built them and they are a use at your own risk feature…
* heading up the stairs – they’re all made of recycled concrete and patio stones, the railings are branches and the stairs go all the way up/down the escapement
Ending a run remains one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Why? while running, to me, is always hard, it’s always a challenge and always something (until I reach that “high” in the run) that I want to be over. I only really love running once I’m done or at mile 8 So listening to your body and ending a run is quite the challenge. I always end up asking myself – should I stop? do I really need to? am I making excuses? should I just suck it up and go anyway?
The inner monologue is endless! but choosing the answer is humbling. Sometimes you’ve just got to ask yourself – would you rather run today and get injured, or stop and take a few days to heal and run forever?
I really think I’d like to run for as long as I’m blessed with the ability Just like Fauja Singh :)
I think the fact that you could end a run so easily because you didn’t feel it makes it really hard to know if you really need to stop due to pain. I was on a time constraint and knew I wouldn’t make it going the slow speed I was, so ending the run seemed logical….however, parts of me will always look at it like I gave up, and question whether I should’ve kept going.
I got injured at 11 miles last time and so I’m also super scared to go past it and run through pain again.
I hooked up with the sibs for a huge milestone birthday event with my dad’s side of the family. My Grandma is turning 85, her brother Ron 80 and her younger sister Grace 75. It was a fun event with a lovely buffet brunch that had some great eats.
It was nice to see them so happy. There was definitely a lot of love to be shared in the room. I don’t think I’ve ever seen those 3 look so happy - except maybe Grace, as she’s always happy to see me I hope I can be as happy as they are when I’m older
It was nice to meet some of our second cousins – as I hadn’t seen them in years! Including Jack, the little cutie in front of me in the blue, who was excited to share with me that he’ll be running his first 5k in a few weeks
*I seriously nailed how I feel about myself with that jacket – best 9.99 I’ve ever spent!
I just need to keep running – as it has literally proven to be my saviour……well that and deep-fried cheesecake, I seriously should’ve asked them to pack some up for me!
1. do you rock the blazer – yay or nay??
2. runs – do you know when you need to stop and when you’re just lying to yourself??
I think I’ve seriously gotten a lot better at figuring that out and I’m happy with my decision to cut yesterday’s run short. To be honest, I’m still feeling like not running today so I plan to foam roll, epsom salt bath and just do some mad strength and yoga instead
3. do you think you’ll ever be able to be completely satisfied and happy within yourself??
I truly do. I mean I seriously HOPE to be a role of inspiration – I’d love to be able to sort through my crap instead of push it away. I truly know I’ll be smiling when I die and I know I can do this! I really think I can and will do this!
PS: sorry for this insanely long post – but it’s Monday, and a lot of time that happens