Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stitch Fix #8 and the Top #3 Things I've Learned From Marathon Training

Getting used to running at night in the pitch black 6pm.

As I get closer to the Honolulu Marathon, and very close to my three taper weeks (only three more runs until taper!), I've learned a lot about training for a marathon, here are the top #3 things!

1.  Marathon training is hard work, it's a lot of time and dedication.  There are no shortcuts!   Luckily, Angela designed a plan which is hard, but doable and allows me to work around my schedule.  I've seen real results, and big changes in my running!  

2. At least not for me, marathon training is not a time to go on a diet, or expect to lose weight.  While training for the Honolulu Marathon,  I have been hungry 24/7, all. of. the. time.  While I haven't gained weight, I definitely haven't lost any!  I've discovered how important eating enough quality carbohydrates (sadly, ice cream is not a quality carbohydrate) can be for affecting my energy levels.  I've been better at making sure I fuel enough on long runs, and have been experimenting with what won't make me sick during long runs.   I've also tried to eat within 30 minutes of ending a long run.

3.  It's okay to have off days, there have been a few days, especially during my 16 miler a few weeks ago, where everything just feels horrible.  I've learned it's important to listen to your body because if you don't, it really can set you back.

Three and a half more weeks until the big day!!!

Stitch Fix #8!

I was so excited to come home and see that my Stitch Fix had arrived!  Last month's fix was awesome, I ended up keeping everything!
  This month, I really liked everything right away, but only ended up keeping three things.

I received a pair of wine-colored corduroy skinny pants- loved them, they fit perfectly and could be dressed up or down.  Plus, I didn't have anything in this color, for pants  KEPT!

A navy blue sweater with a picture of a boat on it-  super cute, playful and retro looking...but, I was afraid that I would only wear it a few times, and was afraid that I probably wouldn't be able to pull off wearing it at work. - SENT BACK

A long, wool cardigan- I have been all about cardigans lately, especially long, bulky ones.  I was hoping that Stitch Fix would send me one, and they delivered!  This was warm, soft and bulky enough without being too overwhelming.-  KEPT

A wool, plaid. pastel-colored scarf- very cute, but I couldn't justify paying $40 for this scarf.  I'm not great at remembering to wear I didn't think it would make sense to keep this, still- it wasn't too bad- SENT BACK

Grey and Black striped top (pictured under scarf)- loved this, it was long, warm and super comfortable.  KEPT

All in all, great Stitch Fix! If you're interested in trying, here's the link!  

On another fun note, I was tagged to do a #stopdropandtakeablackandwhiteselfie- I joined in on the fun on Instagram and Twitter, play along!!

I was tagged by @happyfitmama to #stopdropandtakeablackandwhiteselfie, and list 10 things you may not know about me! I'll be tagging someone too, but please play along! 1.I'm a military brat, I've lived in Europe and the States and moved around a ton! 2. I speak almost fluent French and some German 3. Swimming is a sport that I can confidently say I am ok at- but, I prefer running 4. I've played piano for over 28 years 5. At 5'8", I'm still the shortest one in my family! 6. I love doing NY Times Crossword puzzles 7. I love people who aren't afraid to be a little bit weird 8. I am petrified of driving over bridges 9. I love the smell of hardware stores 10. Stowe, VT is my favorite vacation spot


  1. I haven't tried Stitch Fix yet but those clothes look super cute! I wouldn't mind someone else doing the shopping for me ;)

    1. It's so much fun! Plus, it's nice receiving clothes that I wouldn't normally pick out for myself- I tend to stick with the same basics!

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