18 August 2010

Run Around

The BF and I did the impossible this morning - we both got up early (I guess that makes it two impossible things!) and then went outside and jogged!!!!

Now I am sure eyerolls are abounding because a lot of you gals do this as part of life every day. Well, ladies, in all the years the BF and I have known each, I have never ever seen him run on purpose before (connecting flights at airport terminals don't count). And lest you think I'm all high and mighty, I honestly may have jogged once or twice on a biz trip about two years ago, but I haven't literally pounded the pavement regularly since college.

This momentous occasion (momentous for us non-running sad sacks) was spurred on by us agreeing to turn over a new leaf last night while gorging ourselves on carne asada tacos with rice and beans.  We've both become way too lazy folks who are not active enough. He's goes to the gym a few times a week to "pump it up" and I do yoga/pilates regularly, but we've been avoiding feeling the real burn for a while now (and my weekly Yoga Booty Ballet sessions with my friends ain't cutting it - sorry ladies, but we yammer more than booty shake).

So how was our first run? Well, we ran around the block. Once. And when we passed our house the BF didn't skip a beat as he ran right up the steps and back inside. And despite my protests, I shamefully followed suit. So we probably did about 0.000051 mile. Lame ... but more than we've done before!

To all you runners out there, how do you recommend for novices to get started? And what keeps you gals motivated?

And here's my OOTD:

Dress: Anthropologie Floreat Castle Lake
Sweater: Anthropologie Guinevere Roaming Frills
Belt: J. Crew metallic skinny
Shoes: Sofft Giovanna (worn a million times before)

BTW, some of you gals may have gotten a new post blip from me on your Google Readers yesterday that didn't have a post attached. Well, I tried to get "arty" with my non-existent photography skills and ended up with some lame too-dark pics - so I posted briefly before thinking the wiser and taking the post down. But here's what I wore yesterday (inspired by a recent outfit from Fallon - thanks for blogger inspirations!):


  1. Well you did something and that's certainly better than nothing! Most people recommend starting walking/running and then slowly decreasing the amount of walking. I preferred just running, but slowly. Then I built up my distance and eventually my speed. Good for you guys for getting out there (especially if the heat has been anything like it's been here!)

    And yay Castle Lake Dress! I love it!

  2. Well shoot, I like this color better then the gray roaming frills I ordered too...humph...

    Very pretty! And good work going for a run this morning! I was all pumped up last night because I walked a few miles - I've eaten so much funnel cake this past week, I had to do something to counter it!

  3. This dress paired with that beautiful blue cardigan is such a winning combination.

    I lol-ed at the part of you following the bf back into the house. I am no help because I'm not fond of running. My bf and I would get up early last year to go running, but I'm not sure how that stopped. I guess I like my sleep more than a jog. I enjoyed the feeling of starting my day off with exercise, so I can only say that one of you has to stay motivated to do it and push the other and try to be consistent with getting up to exercise. It is way too hot to think about outdoor activities so I hope to get back into a morning run when the weather cools.

  4. have you thought about doing the Couch to 5K program? I'm in the middle of week 3 (actually, right now I'm procrastinating on doing my run for today) and I've found that building the total amount of time I run slowly has been working well for me (the laziest human being in the world).

  5. Congrats on your mini-run! You are lucky that you stay so slim without having to work out :)

    I gained the freshman 15+ my first sememster in college, realized that I had to shake my booty to lose it and also realized that running is the fastest way (for me) to lose weight, stay in shape and feel great (after the run, not during!). I run anywhere from 15-25 miles a week, when not training for a race.

    I would recommend just starting out slow and building up. Next time, do 2 times around the block! It does get easier (although not really that much more fun..)

    Good luck :)

  6. aw darn - i thought we were going to see the jogging outfit. :)


  7. I'm an on-again off-again runner. Unfortunately, right now is my "off again" phase. Howver, I always find it easier to start running again if I take my iPod and tell myself that I am going to run for the length of a certain number of songs. That way, I have a goal in mind, and the music keeps me upbeat.

  8. My goal is to someday fit into clothes like your beautiful dress again, just can't get off the couch unless I want ice cream

  9. I absolutely adore the first look. So polished, but still young and fun.


  10. Cute dress and I love the cardi with it!!! I have been running for a year and half and HATE IT STILL!!! People tell me 'you will learn to love it' well guess what I don't. I am the kind of person once I start something I find it hard to stop or feel REALLY guilty when I don't do it! I do love how I feel after a run but during it... kill me now!!! Good luck!

  11. i love the print on the dress. .

    my mother has loads of such dresses/skirts with these prints and i always look lovingly at them

  12. Oh boy, running is my least favourite cardio so good for you guys! I'm so glad I teach at least 4 times a week otherwise you will never see me at the gym in the summer!

    p.s. I hope you get something from Steve Madden because I did something so compulsive after your boots post the other day! =)

  13. Great outfit! I am in love with your colour/pattern sense. My mom told me when I was small that petite ladies shouldn't wear "busy" prints. You have thrown the notion out the window for me.

  14. Lisa,

    Don't burn out by over-doing it. No more than 2 or 3 times a week at first. Start by walking. Keep a journal. Increase slowly.

    Love the Silver belt with the Bright Blue Cardi. Very calm and soothing.

    You look great in full skirts too.


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  16. Kathleen - Ugh, the heat here has been ridiculous! Especially the humidity! We went out after dinner for a long walk and we were both sweating by the time we got back - from walking!

    Jan, you crack me up, especially since for me, the roaming frills in the grey was the one color I initially wanted to get, but it sold out. The red and blue were my "secondary" choices, but I really like the cardi (and am weak), so I kept both!

    Thanks, fashnonmymind - I like sleep better than jogging too, for sure! After we got back, I seriously considered crawling back in bed.

    Anon - there's really a Couch to 5K program? I'll definitely have to look into that! And I am sure either myself or my BF can give you a run for your money for laziest person!

    Thanks, Eek, but believe me, I just hide my food belly and flabby arms and middle well ... belts are my friend!

    Kcookski - you have me rolling on the floor. Especially this morning, you so would NOT want to see my running outfit!

    Thanks, Jamie - mini-goals are a good idea!

    Lesa, I hear ya! I have days where I just sit on the couch and I'm too lazy to get up and get something to drink even though I'm thirsty!

    Aw, thanks, Melanie!

    Tricia - I guess guilting yourself to run is as good a motivation as any. I usually prefer to just sit there and let the guilt eat at me while I eat at a sandwich.

    devilishlypleasurable - Would your mom be willing to share her beautiful prints? :o)

    20 York Street - I want to hear more! I definitely got my boots - and it was hard not to get more, they've got great sales!

    Thanks, Closet Crisis. Except I am pretty sure I'm just short and not petite. :o)

    Thanks, Laura. Keeping a journal is a good idea, and it gives me an excuse to go to Anthro to get a cute one!

    Thanks for visiting, Maubrey!

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