I had great intentions of getting online last night and putting together a blog post, but unfortunately after a long day of errands I just ran out of time and energy.
It's been a rough week or two me motivation wise. Its been hard watching the scale stay stuck (or go up a few pounds and then back down). I have been able to keep at the running because I know I have to to be prepared for my half marathon in September, but the whole food choices and swimmming have not been as good. I have been super tired and just feel like I am dragging. I am hopeful that something will give soon and my energy will return.
Anyway, the point to this story is that I needed a morale boost, and what better than retail therapy?! I have been in search of a hydration belt so I checked a few low price retailers in town and finally found a Nathans 4 bottle belt for $20 at TJ Max. Not a great deal, but better than full price. I don't know if I will use the fuel belt for races, but I wanted to try one out on my training runs so that I don't have to carry a bottle of water in my hands. After getting the hydration belt I decided to drop by the running store about the wear problem on my shoes. Long story short, they agreed it wasn't normal and I have a new pair of shoes on order. Hopefully it was just a bad pair and these next ones work out better. I love my Brooks Adrenaline and don't want to change shoes if I don't have to!
I promised the kids lunch, so we went to the mall so they could eat lunch and I ate my packed lunch. (Yep, I packed myself a salad... very proud of that!) After lunch we decided to just walk around and browse the stores - well, I did and they didn't get a say in it! I happened to pass Banana Republic and saw they were having a big sale so I just had to go in. I am a new blogger, so many of you may not know this, but I am a HUGE sucker for sales! I hate paying retail for anything! I spent at least an hour browsing and trying things on. I walked out with a big bag full and spent just over $100! And, then I hit up Express and bought a few things there too, though the deals were not as good! Let me tell you, no better retail therapy than being able to walk into a "regular" store and buy clothes. I never thought I would get there, NEVER. I can now shop at most the trendy stores and for the most part can wear what I want. I do still have some issues because of my height and finding things that are made for someone with a bigger than "C" cup bust - but all in all, things are much more available. This has to be my last retail therapy for a while, but it was a blast! Now, this isn't running or health related or even exciting, but because I am such a dork, I have to detail my purchases:
- Banana Republic dress - retail $130 -> paid $18.44
- Banana Republic Cord Pants - retail $79.50 -> paid $0.58
- Banana Republic Cord Skirt - retail $59.50 -> paid $2.38
- Banana Republic Tweed Skirt - retail $79.50 -> paid $4.78
- Banana Republic lace trimmed tee - retail $39.50 -> paid $9.87
- Banana Republic silk top - retail $69.50 -> paid $6.28
- 2 pairs of Banana Republic Pants for DH - retail $59.50 each -> paid $18.74 each
- Express Cami - retail $22.90 -> paid $5.99
- Express Lace Trimmed Cami - retail $29.90 -> paid $5.99
- Express Skirt - retail $49.90 -> paid $11.99
- Express White Woven Shirt - retail $49.90 -> paid $11.99
The core exercises went off without a hitch. I did some planks and such. I know I should be more detailed, but this post is already long and I still have to make my exciting race announcement! I will do more detail on the core exercises maybe this weekend. My run yesterday wasn't terribly exciting either, 2 miles run around my cul-de-sac street in the heat with no music. I struggled to not give up - but I am proud to say I stuck to it and got it done.
Now, on to the more exciting part of this post: I AM GOING TO ST LOUIS TO DO THE ROCK N ROLL HALF MARATHON IN OCTOBER!! I have been wanting to do a destination race for a little while but never wanted to do it alone. I was talking with fellow blogger "L" and she invited me to tag along with her and friends while they do the half. At first I was hesitant because I wasn't sure how to make it work logistically, but the more I thought about it, the more excited I got. I talked to my hubby and we decided that it was something I should do. Within a couple of days I had purchased plane tickets, booked a hotel room, and registered for the race! I am super excited and know that I will have a blast with "C", "L", and "A". This trip will interesting for me - I am using this trip to address some of my fears. I will be flying for the first time in 5 years and I am TERRIFIED of flying. I plan to go up in the Arch and I am claustrophobic and scared that the arch will somehow collapse with me inside it! For most of my life I have had these ridiculous fears and I am trying to overcome them so that they don't rule my life.
Sorry my posts aren't more interesting! Hopefully I won't scare off my whole 2 readers! :)