What I Wore Running the Marathon

2016 Boston Marathon Race Recap

I got some questions about what I wore when I ran the marathon so I figured I throw up a quick post with the details. Heads up–most of the links in this post are affiliate.

TWAV Singlet

Nike High Impact Sports Bra | Nothing fancy, but I love this thing because it pancakes your boobs so tightly to your body, nothing even has the remote chance of jiggling (I can not handle boob bounce when I work out!).

Lululemon Speed Track Short | I bought these the weekend of the marathon and LOVE them. They’re high-waisted with a thick, comfortable waistband and are long enough to stay in place without riding up and giving you a perma-wedgie. I hate having to constantly pull down my shorts when I’m running and I didn’t have to do that once on marathon day. Highly recommend! They have ruched pockets on the sides which are kinda weird for everyday wear (not too flattering), but proved really practical for race day. I kept a couple gel packs in each!

Under Armour Play Up Shorts | Usually I’m all for as few waistbands as possible, but the team singlet wasn’t very long so I knew I’d feel more comfortable with a loose pair of shorts over my Lululemons. This UA pair is super lightweight with a looser waistband so I didn’t even notice they were on.

Nike Free Distance | People actually laugh in my face when I say I run distance in Nike Frees. It’s usually a laugh followed by “Ouch.” Hate on haters. Frees SAVED my achilles tendonitis a few years ago and I haven’t found another running sneaker that’s worked for me as well since. The new(ish) distance version of the Free line is awesome.

Flipbelt | I bought one of these at the Marathon Expo after hearing Heather talk about hers. Since I already had two pairs of shorts on, it was a little overkill to have a third object around my waist, but it ended up being surprisingly comfortable and I was thankful for the extra storage space.

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Quay Sunglasses (old but similar look here) | I felt like a total bro wearing reflective sunglasses, but the lightweight rubber material of the frame is perfect for running (even though that’s definitely not what they’re intended for).

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Handheld Water BottleThis was another pre-race purchase. I don’t normally like to hold something while I run (for training runs I’d leave a water bottle by a bench along the Charles River and just sip out of it every time I looped by), but with the weather forecast looking so warm, I thought it better safe than sorry. I was happy to have it so that I didn’t have to deal with the chaos of water stations as often.

Thorlo CoolMax Padded SocksI love these socks–especially the added pads to the balls of the feet and heels. Because I run in a lightweight sneakers with less cushion than other more supportive styles, I appreciate any extra padding I can get.

What are your race day go-to’s?

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend.

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Stitch Fix Review – Help Me Decide What to Keep!

Stitch Fix Review

Hello from the air! Guess who has the ENTIRE ROW OF SEATS TO HERSELF?! When I arrived at the gate this morning I noticed it didn’t seem to crowded, but I wouldn’t let my mind even entertain the possibility. No, don’t even think it. As I boarded the plane and slowly made my way down the aisle, eyes scanning the rows of seats just lightly peppered with passengers, I again told my brain to shut up. Stop–STOP!–you’ll jinx it. I approach row 26. I double check my ticket. I double check that I’m actually at row 26. I triple check. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

I put my bag overhead and sit down, eyes fixed on the passengers who have yet to claim their seat. What if?! A women juggling two small children and a bag that definitely exceeds carry-on size ungracefully thuds down the aisle towards me. Sonofabitch. She glances down at her ticket. She glances up at the row numbers. A single bead of sweat drips from my left armpit.

She walks passed.

GOOOOAAALLLL!!! I silently cheer with the enthusiasm (and accent) of a European soccer announcer.

Just a few more unseated passengers to survive. The possibility is too real now. I need this. This row is mine. Still, I dare not buckle my seatbelt just yet.

Next to approach: Middle-aged man resembling a short Brian Cranston. I can’t help it–I’m glaring. I dare you to have seat in row 26 you blue meth-cooking motherfucker. Again, THAT PAUSE. That awful pause where he looks down at his boarding pass and up at the row number. It lasts a lifetime.

Row 25.

YAAASSSSS!!!! I’ve gone from Real Madrid’s number one fan-turned-announcer to RuPaul watching a flawless lip sync of Cher’s Believe.

Last passenger to board. Twenty-something blonde girl. Looks clean, doesn’t take up much space, only a small purse with her. I can’t help but think it wouldn’t be bad to share a row with her. You shut up you quitter! Stop that right now! Manifest this empty row, damnit!! Back on track.

I’m trying to visualize my empty row all to myself as she approaches.  Are my eyes closed? Are my hands held together at my chest in prayer? Am I chanting “empty row”? Are people staring? I’m too focused to know.

She walks passed row 24.

She slows at row 25.

She stops at row 26.

She sits ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE.

So here I am. Sprawled out in my row, belongings unnecessarily strewn across the vacant seats, all three tray tables down, shoes off, fly unzipped. Life is good my friends. Life. Is. Good.

Stitch Fix Review

Welp this post got off track.

I’m doing things a little differently with this Stitch Fix post because I am having the hardest time deciding what to keep. Help me! I got an awesome Stitch Fix but it was also uncharacteristically expensive. Each item was in the $120-$230 range. I designated a pretty wide price range when I made my SF profile because the older I get the more I appreciate quality over quantity. I’d rather own fewer things and have those few things be high-quality pieces that I love and wear all the time. So I’m not frustrated by this fix–I’m excited by the caliber!

That being said, I should only buy one of the five items from my fix. Which one?? Help me decide!

Greylin Tremaine Off The Shoulder Top ($118)

Greylin Tremaine Off the Shoulder Top from Stitch Fix

Such a cute warm-weather top! The boho-meets-preppy vibe is the perfect mix of my personal style with classic New England summer attire. If I’m being picky though, I don’t think it’s super flattering from the side? I don’t have big boobs by any means, but I find that having any sort of chest in flowy tops like this can make you look bigger than you are. Not a big deal I guess if you pair it with a skinny jean/shorts or have your hair up to show off your shoulders.

Yumi Kim Hidee Silk Midi Dress ($228)

Yumi Kim Hidee Silk Midi Dress from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix carries Yumi Kim?? I usually don’t recognize the brands I get in my fixes so this was a cool surprise! The dress is gorgeous and could be a good option for a wedding/bridal shower/other event that requires me to dress on the conservative side (haha). Usually when I spend over $200 on a dress, I’m drawn to stand-out pieces though. Something that has a wow-factor (unique cut-out, open back, bold slit, etc.). This doesn’t have that, but on the plus side, I could definitely wear it on more than one occasion.

Rory Beca Alecia Off Shoulder Dress ($184)

Rory Beca Alecia Off Shoulder Dress from Stitch Fix

Hmm I adore this dress is pictures. In person I found it to be a little shapeless though? But now I love it??

Cooper & Ella Bakari Lace Back Detail Blouse ($158)

Cooper & Ella Bakari Lace Back Detail Blouse from Stitch Fix

I think this blouse is one of the front runners for me? The pictures don’t do the quality of the material justice–it’s awesome. And I think I’d get a ton of use from it because it can be dressed up or down pretty easily. But my entire wardrobe is black and white. Maybe I should switch it up?

Lavender Brown Elanor Lace Overlay Top ($134)

Lavender Brown Elanor Lace Overlay Top from Stitch Fix

Another boho-preppy piece. This would be a great summer go-to and could be paired with a blazer for dressier occasions so I know I’d get a ton of wear from it. But it’s not a “wow” piece so maybe I stick to one of the other items? Decisions, decisions.

Side note: If you’re a Stitch Fix member and want to request any of these items, the best way to do it is to pin one of the above images to the Pinterest board to which your SF account is linked. I’ve included the item name in the picture description so that when you pin it should automatically fill in the info.

Which one of the five pieces should I keep??

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Heads up! Links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate. 🙂

 

A Day in My Shoes (+Stitch Fix Giveaway!)

Stitch Fix giveawayIf you’ve been a reader for a while now, you know I’m a huge fan of Stitch Fix, the personal style delivery service. Well it just got even better because now they include shoes! They’ll offer brands you know (Dolce Vita, Seychelles, Franco Sarto, TOMS, etc.), as well as some exclusive styles just for Stitch Fix. They carry sizes 6-10 (with half sizes) and the assortment of over 200 styles for spring will assure there’s an option for every budget, taste and lifestyle.

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In celebration, Stitch Fix asked me to put together a “day in my shoes” post. I always love getting a glimpse into other bloggers’ day-to-day schedule so I thought this would be fun. One thing I love about my job(s) is that no two days look the same. I may be spending the day shooting workout pictures or spending the day at my computer. One day I might be cooking up a storm and photographing food, the next writing posts in between teaching classes. This is a general idea of what my weekdays look like …

5:00 AM Wake Up

FWIS-SlippersThe puppy slippers aren’t just a cutesy blogger photo prop–my feet are permanently cold so I tuck them into a pair of slippers or socks immediately after hopping out of bed. Joe is still sleeping so I usually rummage around our studio apartment using my iPhone as a flashlight until I can find some workout leggings to wear, brush my teeth, and then quietly sneak out the door. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets–to the point where “low maintenance” is becoming a euphemism for “slob” (haha).

6:00 – 9:00 AM Teach

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shoes are SeaVees from Stitch Fix! + leggings are Michi

If I’m teaching at the Back Bay studio, I’ll walk over; otherwise I hop on the T around 5:20 AM to head to the North End. I teach barefoot or in grippy socks so I usually just wear a pair of easy slip-on shoes to and from the studio. Oh, hello, new SeaVees! 🙂

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9:00 – 10:00 AM (ish) Workout

Classes at BTone are stacked so that I teach two or three back-to-back. If there’s another class immediately after I teach, I’ll stay and take it. megaformer-feet

Otherwise, I’ll get my own workout in elsewhere. That could mean strapping on a pair of running shoes, spin shoes, cross training sneakers or going barefoot. I’m always switching up my workouts. Lately I’ve been spinning at least once a week to get in cardio without the impact of running (gotta save my knees for those long runs!). FWIS-spin-shoes

10:30 – 6:00 PM Werkwerkwerkwerkwerk

Side note: I’m pretty confident I have the lyrical prowess to write Rihanna’s next smash hit single. Work work work work work summadumma derkderkderkderkderk. Or the vintage classic: I want that cake cake cake cake cake cake cake, cake cake cake cake cake cake. Stitch Fix giveaway

Anyway, shoes. Like I mentioned earlier, blog work varies from day to day. Some days it means sitting at home in my pajamas answering emails and categorizing site tags but that doesn’t make for a very glamorous blog post now does it?? 😉 While it is possible to do 95% of blogging right from my apartment, I like to take my work elsewhere at least a couple times a week so that I don’t go stir-crazy. Also, this may sound odd, but sometimes I swear I’m more productive if I get dressed (in real clothes, not pajamas), look like a fully functioning member of society, and surround myself by other people working. Anyone else feel that way?

After a post-workout shower, I’ll throw on a casual outfit and head to a nearby coffee shop or the Boston Public Library (<– on warm spring days nothing beats working in the BPL’s courtyard!). Stitch Fix giveaway

This outfit is literally head-to-toe Stitch Fix! SeaVees shoes, Mystery sweater, Mavi jeans, Pomelo jacket and I can’t find the bag brand name. The best way to request anything you see on blogs is to pin the picture to the Pinterest board you’ve shared with your Stitch Fix stylist.

Early Evening Blog Events, Yoga or Read

Some evenings I’ll have a blog event to go to (a sponsored group fitness class, dinner, meet-up, etc.) or, if I’ve spent all day at my computer, I’ll try to go to a late yoga class or do a YouTube flow on my own at home. If either of those doesn’t happen, I’ll do a little reading.

9/10:00 PM Bedtime

If I’m teaching the next morning, I do my best to go to bed at 9. That doesn’t always work out though. Some nights Joe doesn’t get home until 9 and let’s just say he’s not exactly quiet (ha!).

$100 Stitch Fix Credit Giveaway

And now to the fun part! One lucky reader will win $100 in Stitch Fix credit! To enter the giveaway, update your shoe preferences in your Stitch Fix style profile. You’ll see a space to enter your shoe size once you click on your style profile tab. If you don’t already have one, it’s free to sign up and fill out the style profile. Let me know you’ve updated your profile using the widget below. I’ll pick a winner Sunday. Good luck!

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Disclosure: The links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate. Stitch Fix compensated me to share the exciting news about offering shoes but–as always!–all opinions are my own. I’ve seriously worn these SeaVees every day since they arrived–obsessed! 🙂

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