Labor Day

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    Hat: J.Crew Factory, Flannel: J. Crew Factory, Tee: LOFT (similar here), Sweatshirt: LOFT (similar here), Jacket: LOFT (similar here and here), Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar here and here), Earrings: Kate Spade, Ring: Kate Spade

    Hat, Flannel, Tee (similar here), Pullover, (similar here), Jacket (similar here and here), Necklace (similar here and here), Earrings, Ring

    Labor day is a weekend full of BBQs, spending time with friends, and sales! I took part in a few of the above, but since this is a fashion post, let’s talk sales. I was waiting for a good weekend to shop and there aren’t many better times than Labor Day! Rather than wander around a dark mall all day while it was gorgeous out, I went to the outdoor mall where I got some sun inbetween stores. I love factory stores. I think my style is pretty classic, and because I don’t wear anything super trendy, the things I buy the are  from “last season” translate perfectly well into this season’s wardrobe. In addition to factory stores, there are tons of great sales going on everywhere because of the holiday, and most places are carrying fantastic fall pieces! NOW is the time to shop for Fall and Winter. I know, I know I just posted about how I’m not ready for the season switch yet, but with my new fedora, flannel, and booties, I’m starting to change my mind. Pretty soon you’ll see me using cliché words like “transitional.” For now, I’ll stare at my new pieces in my closet, at least until the temperature drops below 80.

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    Training Update: Week #1

    It’s the end of my first week of training and I successfully ran twice, and cross trained 3 times with my two rest days included. Although I am supposed to run 3 times and cross train twice, I figured a little time in the gym was better than not working out at all. I’m also switching my rest day tomorrow to a run, so I won’t lose any mileage.

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    Marathon Training

    Today is the day! I started training for the Dallas Marathon. I have a sixteen-week training program set up to build endurance, strength and prepare myself to run 26.2 miles (if there is such a thing). I have been strengthening and working out normally over the last few months so I wouldn’t be completely out of shape when this day came, but still I’m nervous! I looked up many different training programs, and couldn’t seem to find any that I felt super comfortable with, so I modified a couple that seemed to work with my schedule and preferences, and ended up with this: 3 days: Run, two medium/short runs incorporating different speed trials, and one long run a week 2 days: Cross Train, most likely on the stationary bike, but who knows I’ll probably mix it up 2 days: Rest/Stretch/Walk

    Full Outfit (old, but love these) Headband, Top, and Shorts: Victoria’s Secret Sport

    I have a few shorter races before the big day in December to get myself in the competitive spirit incorporated into my plan. Most of the races are in the RunDallas Race Series. I chose to complete the series because it’s another challenge (as if the full marathon wasn’t enough on it’s own). It’s also a little extra motivation and it shortens the time to the final race with smaller goals to work towards first. The first race in the series was the FC Dallas Footy 5k in July which I completed in under 30 minutes (see exhaustion mixed with relief when the race was completed, below). This upcoming race is also a 5k and I hope to beat my time from the first race. Why am I telling you this? I want you to hold me accountable! I can’t pretend like I never signed up if everyone in cyberspace knows I did. So help me out, cheer me on, and most of all, wish me luck!

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    Habitat for Humanity

    I have wanted to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a long time now, but there’s always an excuse not to do it. I finally signed up and decided to go for it last weekend, so I got up at 5:30am and went to build a house. It was such a fantastic experence! I helped to install windows, prep the house for brick, and destroy some concrete (aka taking out my frustrations on cement with a hammer). One of the best parts of this experience was meeting the homeowner. She told us about her 3 kids, and was just as active on the site as the volunteers.

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    Hanging with the ‘Zonans

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    I have travelled all over the world, but until I moved to Dallas, the farthest west I had ever been in the US was Chicago. A few weeks ago I took a trip to Phoenix with a girl friend. Phoenix? In the middle of July?! (Said everyone.) It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. There were cacti in the medians on the road, and driving down the highway there’s mountains in every direction. It was beautiful, especially when we decided to go hiking. Stopping only for a water break and take a few scenery snaps, our couple-mile hike was great. Of course I had to snap a photo with my Lokai bracelet… how could I not? I absolutely love what it stands for, and hiking up a mountain it couldn’t have been more relevant. “Stay humble, stay hopeful.” At this point in my life, I love having that reminder on my wrist every day.

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