Friday, November 4, 2011

Five on Friday

You know how Cely has 15 hilariously awesome things that come to her each Friday? Well go there for them. Over here, we have far less funny, somewhat coherent musings in smaller quantities. I know, you're excited right? Geez, do I know how to sell it.

1. These pockets. What the eff? I don't normally store stuff right under my boob, so this is basically the least useful feature ever. Thanks, Puma! In their defense, I did buy this in Hong Kong at an outlet so it could be made by some random Chinese brand. Who knows?


2. I was really interested in what everyone had to say about the comment leaving love fest in the blog world. Turns out, it's no big deal to read a blog and move on. But don't worry, I still spent 16 hours leaving a heartfelt novel on each and every blog in return. Oh no, wait - no, no I didn't. My bad.

3. It's cold. It's fall. It feels like winter. Until winter actually comes, when that will feel like Antarctica on the shortest day of the year. Thankfully, I have a husband who appreciate the subtle changes of season and documents it. 




ugh. nature.

4. The topknot. I've seen in in 6,764 blogs, and thought, "Hey, I have hair. I'll try it." Fail. I'll leave it to your crazy fashionable ladies. It's oddly heavy and makes me unbalanced. How is that possible?



5. I feel like I should have my outfit for the marathon picked out already, but I don't. But I have tried on every running related thing in my closet...and decided I need a new shirt. What would you wear with this as the forecast:


Long sleeves? Short sleeves? A sports bra and painted on abs? Because there is no way I'm showing my tummy off as is. THEY TAKE PICTURES AT THESE THINGS!

P.S. I didn't run today. Stupid taper. Can you tell I have a lot of bottled up energy and nowhere to let it go?

Seriously - if it's 45 at the start, maybe 60 at the end - what do I wear? Long or short sleeves? Serious decisions here, people! 

Do you ever read fashion blogs?
I have glimpsed at a couple...honestly, they (along with fashion magazines) are lost on me. I would not attempt some of the combinations some people wear. Is it just me? Some of that stuff is bizarre!

40 comments:

  1. I've read a few fashion blogs but to be honest, they make me feel terrible about my lack of style. I should read them with a "learning" eye instead of a "man they know what they're doing and I don't" eye...

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  2. Good luck this weekend! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about it. I glimpse on fashion blogs every so often, but only to check out clothes I can't afford.

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  3. Haha hmm...maybe you can wear short sleeves and a long sleeve "throw away" on top?? I know I'm freezing for at least my first 4-5 miles but depending on the rate that the weather goes up, you might get hot faster!?

    I follow a few fashion blogs but don't read them as often as I do running/food blogs. I have come to the point where I wear sports bras under everything and leggings as my everyday pants because I can't imagine wearing something non-stretchy!

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  4. LOL! you are too funny. I feel ya on the comment luv. I try, but its my own damn fault I follow too many blogs. So, yes, sometimes you just need to read and smile.
    oh and the top knot...i like it. I look like a nun. haha.

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  5. I agree with Christina, a throw away long sleeve is probably your best bet. I know last year one of my girl friends ran a half in shorts and a tank top when it was slightly colder, but that was in the spring when it felt warmer... if you can tolerate cold you could probably get by with capris and a t-shirt, but I'd do long sleeve.

    Good luck!!

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  6. Fashion blogs are lost on me too.

    I run pretty warm so I would wear a shirt and either capris or long shorts with maybe a windbreaker over it and cover up in trash bags at the start.

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  7. I don't dig topknots either! I'm not super fashionable, I just go with the basics, but my kiddos are pretty fashionable. I'd go with throwaway sleeves (cheap socks cut as sleeves so you don't mind leaving them). I don't comment on every blog every day, just the ones I feel compelled to comment on, I wish everyone commented on mine every day, cuz it would make me feel special :-)

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  8. When I ran the Las Vegas marathon in was 44 degrees at the start. I still wore shorts and a tank and warmed up by Mile 2. It would be wise to dress warm with throw away clothes though. I was freezing but didn't want the hassle of the jacket plus I don't have anything I am willing to throw away!!

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  9. hope you figured out a great outfit!

    Ha, the pockets on that jacket...HILARIOUS! I have a Nike running jacket that has high pockets too, never use them and what an odd place for pockets!!!

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  10. Arm Warmers! Shut Up and Run uses cheap tube socks cut at the ankles for a cheap throwaway option if you don't want to run with them on the entire time. 45 is definitely Capri length tights weather for me.

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  11. Definitely shorts, short sleeves, and a long sleeve throw away or shirt to hand off to a lovely spectator friend :)

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  12. I always put my hands in high pockets, feels completely natural Haha jk. As much as I hate the cold weather, it does make breathing easier when running.

    Fashion blogs...pointless for me bc half the stuff is for petite girls! That I am not LOL.

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  14. My marathon had the same temps. I am usually cold while not moving...I wore the ugliest long sleeve I had (big turkey on the front) and threw it away by the first mile then I had a short sleeve and skirt on. But my sister saw me throw it and rescued the ugly shirt. So now I have it for the next race.

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  15. Short sleeve under a throw away def!!!!! Fashion blogs.. No I don't want to feel like a mom slob! HAHA!!

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  16. I agree with you on the "top knot". I don't like it too much. It's like why would you want to pile your hair on top of your head? I'm a fan of the old-fashioned ponytail.

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  17. Fashion blogs make me feel even less fashionable than I already am! I try to avoid them ;).
    As for commenting- who doesn't love getting comments on their blog? BUT it gets challenging to leave a meaningful comment on EVERY blog I follow.
    I would run in short sleeves- a tank, even. Most of the races I've done start in the 30's or 40's and then get up close to 60+. I wear a sweatshirt/jacket up until the last minute, then toss it in my drop bag and jump up and down to get warm until the race starts ;). My body is always warmed up within the first mile or so.

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  18. If it were me, I would definitely wear short sleeves in that weather and maybe even a tank top! I would rather be way cold at the start than be too hot at any point during the race. I feel like you will warm up quickly and if you're too hot it could make you sluggish but if you're too cold it will just make you want to keep running to stay warm!

    Good luck!!

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  19. You definitely want short sleeves. If you're worried about being cold at the start, take some old high socks and cut off the feet. Bam, instant throwaway arm warmers!

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  20. You want a throw away long sleeve shirt or arm warmers. It will be short sleeve weather by the end!!

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  21. Of all bloggers, the topknot looks best on YOU! No kidding!

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  22. As a follow up to my last comment...I just ran a little experiment for you since it's a 46 degrees where I live. The route I took is shady for about 70% of the time and there were no clouds in the sky and it was around 2:30PM my time. I ran 3 miles in a sports bra, long sleeve mesh shirt, and compression shorts that hit just above the knee. I was sweating before I hit mile 1 and I was running at a comfortable pace. The sun definitely helped with warming me up. You'll probably be starting early in the morning so it might feel cooler until the sun rises.

    I believe that the conditions of my half marathon last year were similar to what you are facing and my mom and I both ran in short sleeve breathable shirts and spandex pants that hit just below the knee and it was comfortable for both of us. I'm not sure we even needed throw away clothes (we brought warmer clothes but ended up checking them at the bag check). Hope this helps!! Good luck!

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  23. And my nose was a little runny so don't forget a kleenex or two (I always forget to grab a few before my races)!

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  24. I used to read Vogue religiously. Then I realized that what I wear, every day, is a suit (for work meetings), and workout clothes, mixed up with denim + a sweater on weekends.

    The article that (finally) saved me from dropping $50/year on magazines was this one:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/business/05uniform.html?pagewanted=all

    I'm still working on my "signature" style, but my go-to outfit right now is a basic black top, classic-but-bright bottom, a HUGE bracelet, and flats. (gotta keep those calves happy for running!)

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  25. Absolutely short sleeves, you will get so hot by the end. I would probably do a throwaway shirt for the beginning, but run most of the race in short sleeves and shorts. I wore a garbage bag before MCM and it helped. I still have the same clothes I've had since I started teaching (7 years ago) so fashion blogs or magazines would be a waste of money for me. And now I have no makeup, so I really look attractive.

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  26. Yip, everyone seems to have covered the basics for clothing. I absolutely LOVE the colour changes of autumn, I was out snapping tree pictures today - sad, I know !

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  27. I think your hair is a lot cuter than you're giving it credit for.

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  28. Geeze thats cold

    And your hair looks just fine lol

    Also boob pockets are weird.... if you put anything in them it'll look like you have lumpy underboob

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  29. I would definitely wear shorts and short sleeves. Maybe start the race with some cheap-o wal-mart gloves that you can throw off once you warmup. In long sleeves, you will roast!

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  30. hahaha boob pockets!!! man, i love it just to make fun of it...maybe they are made for gals who just like to try and secretly check their ladies now and again??

    ya, i get super overly energetic/agitated during a taper...but it's all for a good cause, game day is GO time! :)

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  31. be glad you are in georgia, where it doesn't drop below zero in the winter! jealous! pretty pictures, too.

    i'd stick to short sleeves and either shorts or capris, but i've never run a marathon, so i'm no expert.

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  32. I think if you got it in hong kong those are pockets in the right place.....for smaller people :D lol I love the boob pockets though....if I had those I'd just throw some padding in there then when it got hot it'd be a really big surprise! lol


    GOOD LUCK!

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  33. You're hilarious!!! Plain and simple - cracking me up over here!!!!
    Has anyone ever told you that you kind of look like Laura Ingles (the side view of your high knot in particular fancies the ol' Little House on the Prairie image).
    I vote short sleeve with a throw away shirt at the start (or a friend who can hold your shirt for you during the race and give it to you afterward). I'm not one to ever vote for sports bra - but do like the painted abs - classy! I think long sleeves might be too hot (though, do you prefer to feel warm when you run? If so then long sleeves). Am I helping yet? Try runner's world What to wear - awesome tool!
    Good luck - and . . . after having my 2 halfs only 7 days a part, I'm now a big FAN of waiting closer to the race to decide - I picked an outfit and the forecast changed or at least it didn't feel as warm as my brain thought it was going to feel and changed my outfit at the last minute - you're good no worries.
    Enjoy the taper - it's lovely. You'll do so great at your race!!! Cheering for you from IN!

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  34. Do you have arm warmers? They'd be great for the start and then you can pull them down once you get warm. They're my go-to during adventure races.

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  35. I would def go with short sleeves and get a cheap sweatshirt and gloves (they have super cheap gloves at the expo for this exact reason) to wear to the race and till you warm up, toss the gloves and sweatshirt. They'll pick up all clothing that is tossed and donate it to charity or a homeless shelter. Good luck!!!!

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  36. I ran my first marathon this weekend (Savannah) and the temps were pretty similar. It was between 45-50 at the start band probably 55-60 at the finish. I work my race outfit (compression shorts and a Target dry-fit tee) and then added arm sleeves (pulled off around Mile 14) and a throwaway jacket (removed at Mile 3). I felt great the whole time - my hands and feet were freezing at first, but it took about a mile or so to get warm.

    Good luck with your race!!!!

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  37. Is that first photo, of the pretty red variety, a picture hubby took of POISON IVY? lol.

    Funny on the jacket, store it under "things an 8 year old would wear).

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  38. 45 at the start? wear a short sleeve shirt and shorts or capris tights. that's PERFECT racing weather!

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