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New Season, New Rules

By | fall, half marathon training 2017, lists, running | No Comments

Confession: I’ve been moping around for the last few weeks feeling terrible about myself for not being able to run the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon the other day. After my clumsy fall in early May, it took me months to be able to run again. I took more time off from running than I have in probably the last 13 years, and I’m just now starting to work back up to four runs per week — enough to pick up where I left off on the training plan I made before I got hurt.

When I say “moping”, I mean teetering on the edge of slipping into a spiral of depression. For the last few weeks, I’ve hardly wanted to do anything except work, go for an occasional jog, and lay in my bed. I didn’t really know what was wrong with me — only that I was sad and feeling like a complete failure at life. I thought maybe I was just extra upset that summer was ending or burned out from working so much lately.

When I woke up yesterday morning with the Epic Half Marathon Fail of 2017 behind me, I felt like a completely different person. While I was doing some yoga, it occurred to me that I felt sort of…motivated again. I counted the weeks in my head to the Wicked 10K and decided to put together another training plan. Last night, I put that plan into a calendar in my Evernote. I got up early this morning to run for 30 minutes before work. Barring any weird issues with my knee (it’s still bothering me here and there), I’ll run again on Thursday and be back on track.

Additionally, I need to get my life together after acting like a depressed person for the last few weeks. So I’m setting some rules for September.

Rule #1: No running if my knee hurts. Even though I want to run another half marathon, I don’t want to injure myself in the process. I’m going to set shorter-term goals this time, and not get frustrated if I have to veer off my plan to recover.

Rule #2: No posting the plan on the Internet. That way I’ll feel less like I’m failing if I have to adjust it as I go. 🙂

Rule #3: No shopping. I already added a few new items to my wardrobe for fall, and I don’t need anymore. If I actually go running, I’ll probably lose a few pounds, and if I lose a few pounds, there is a whole section of clothes in my closet that will fit me again.

Rule #5: If I have to skip a run, substitute biking or swimming instead. Even if that means buying one of these weird looking swim caps, so my hair doesn’t turn green.

Happy Monday Tuesday. 😉 I hope all your kids had an awesome first day of school!

Happy Halloween

By | at the office, being a computer genius, fall, hazards to my well-being, holiday fun | One Comment

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I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but I did facilitate a costume contest at work by setting up an intranet page where people could vote online, which is more up my alley these days than dressing up anyway. (Halloween was more exciting in my 20s.) My lack of celebration today consisted of not wearing black and orange, not switching on the battery-operated fake candles in my pirate-themed craft pumpkins I carved in 2009, not handing out any candy since no one goes trick-or-treating at any of the places I have ever lived since moving to Virginia Beach, and increasing my pumpkin production to 51.6 per second in Cookie Clickers

I also managed to squeeze in getting my first ever flu shot (you know I hate shots), and I found out my parents are ditching me for Christmas to go to my brother’s ship’s homecoming in Florida. Then I went horseback riding in my work clothes because I was too lazy to change.

I stopped by Target on my way home to pick up some feline supplies because J is taking care of the kitties while I go to a wedding in Pennsylvania this weekend. Do you know how many people go to Target on Halloween? About six. Do you know what goes on at Target on Halloween? They put out holiday items. That seems premature to me, but whatever. I guess that’s why I don’t run a Target for a living.

Christmas Wrapping” is already stuck in my head, so bring on the rest of the holidays. I’m ready.

P.S. I should be packing for my trip to PA, but since I’m determined to celebrate Halloween in some way, I am watching Vampire Diaries on my DVR. I probably shouldn’t admit that on the internet. Oops.

#winewinewine

By | fall, lifestyle, wine, you might learn something | No Comments


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I blame my recent obsession with red wine on the rain. I blame my obsession with the image above (courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere) on the insane amount of process mapping going on at work right now. Either way, this pretty much sums up my life at the moment, and I’m totally fine with that.

An Autumn State of Mind

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No matter how many years go by that I don’t have to go back to school (and I think it’s been 10 now), autumn still feels a little bit like the start of a new year. As those carefree summer days quickly give way to the hustle and bustle of September at the office, I’m inspired to get organized, learn some new things, and refocus on some of my work-related goals. I spent the weekend trying to snap myself out of a little funk I’ve been in because this year’s beach days are dwindling down. I decorated my living room with sparkly leaves, neatly folded all my sweaters, and then I stumbled upon the perfect object for fall. Not a pair of boots or a brand new scarf, but a pretty little chevron notebook (for $3 @ TJMaxx), whose impeccably bound blank pages are destined to become my new catch-all for to-do lists, meeting notes, and project plans at work.

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” That’s the Roosevelt quote I scrawled on the first page before jotting down my page-long list of tasks this morning. I toted my little book to the first of a newly scheduled daily meeting for my department, and then I started to cross things off one by one as the day wore on. Before I knew it, it was 9:30 p.m., and I’m not saying it was the notebook, but I think I may have accomplished the work of five people today. And it was all important. And that felt good.

I’m gonna miss my warm, sunny beach days more than anything, but I think I can get on board with this fall thing after all.

One Piece, Three Ways: Indigenous Premier Cardigan

By | fall, fashion statements, outfits, product reviews, style | 8 Comments

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I recently had the opportunity to work with Indigenous to style and review a piece for their #worthwearing campaign. I selected this Premier Cardigan from their collection of organic clothing and styled it three ways. I love, love, love how soft and cozy this sweater is. It’s knit from Tencel and organic cotton with intricate detailing down the front, the sleeves and the back.

Fair trade fashion is obviously a little more expensive than it’s alternative. Prior to doing any research on the subject, I probably would have balked at the price this cardigan; however, thanks to Indigenous and Wikipedia, I have a much better understanding of the benefits of organic fibers, low impact dyes, and supporting local artisans. That being said, I if spend more money on a piece, I want it to be versatile, so I can wear it multiple ways. My first outfit was inspired by fall’s mixed media jacket trend, but I like it better because it’s less fussy, and I can wear these pieces separately to create other looks.

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This cardigan is a tad long for me (I’m only 5’1″). To be honest, if I had purchased it, I probably would have exchanged it for something that fit me better. But I’m always up for a challenge and I was impressed with Indigenous’ philosophy, so I did my best to style around the length. The outfit below was the first thing that came to mind when I received my cardigan, but it’s my least favorite of the three — mostly just because I’m short, so the sweater-to-Lisa ratio just isn’t optimal. =)

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For my last look, I wrapped, pinned and tucked the sweater under this full skirt to create an entirely different silhouette. This was a little tricky to maneuver, but I mainly wanted to show the versatility of a piece, which is something I always consider when I’m adding to my wardrobe.

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How would you style this cardigan? I had a few other ideas, but these were my three best, and my favorite is…

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…the cardigan/sleeveless trench combo. =)

Thanks to Indigenous for the cardigan, for inviting me to be a part of the #worthwearing campaign, and especially for introducing me to the idea of eco fashion. It’s something I plan to keep in mind when shopping for clothing in the future.