Time can change you unlike anything else. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about WHO I once was, and WHO I am now. When I think back to my younger years (yeah I know I’m not THAT old ;)) I remember some of my “favorite things”. I compare them to the “favorite things” in my life now. it surprises and delights me at how I have changed.
My favorite bra…
..is no longer one that boosts up the twins or shows off décolletage. Now, its one that keeps “them” firmly strapped into place, does not ever chafe me, and provides necessary support for the crazy miles I run weekly. Gone are the days where I will spend beaucoup dough on a bra from Vicky’s. My interests lie now in investing in a good sports bra!
My favorite pair of shoes …
Are the shoes I use for my tempo runs and long runs. At one time, the higher the heel=the happier the girl wearing them. I teetered and tottered
fell a lot for more than a decade in my stilletto’s. Now, don’t get me wrong-I still wear the occasional stiletto-but it has got to be a SUPER good reason-like I’m attending your wedding. OR a fancy schmancy date night out with my husband where I’ve pulled out all of the stops. My everyday (work)shoe is a preference of a rounded tip where is once was pointy, and a wedged vs a skinny heel.
My oh my how the times do change. I find I don’t like to stand on my feet all day in heels. Why? Because then after work-my feet are so tired they do not want to run. Priorities shift, and you restructure your life based on things that mean MORE.
The Times I Think I Look My Best….
Are no longer when I get all dolled up. I used to feel prettiest dressed to the 9’s with my hair perfectly coiffed, makeup expertly applied. I now feel prettiest when I sweat. No, scratch that-I feel prettiest when I have EARNED my sweat. When I know how hard I have worked. Accomplished something. Hey, I feel great in the 15 degree weather when I come home with my base layer soaked (anybody else love that , too?). I know if I’ve managed to sweat in the artic terrain that I MUST have worked pretty dam hard. And that makes me feel beautiful.
Spending money on new clothes?
Watch how fast it goes…on a new running outfit. It is amazing how fast a mall gift certificate will go..in Dick’s Sporting goods. #enoughsaid
My favorite accessories…
Aren’t so much earrings and scarves anymore. I tend to favor my Ponybug hat and my Garmin. My headphones and Ipod. Its amazing what you will be willing to spend money on to help you achieve your best run. Spend money on jewels? Not unless they are affixed to my Garmin, #thankyouverymuch.
My Friday nights…
Are rarely spent “Living it up” anymore. Instead, its typically a quiet movie date on the couch with my husband and early to bed…because Saturday mornings are for long runs. I despise when I go to bed late and have to wake up early and don’t feel well rested. Going out takes a back seat to training, and..ummm….clubbing? What’s that? I’ve never heard of such a thing! (If I told you how much I once was a Boston club girl-you would be stunned) You can’t underestimate or compensate for a good night’s sleep. It makes you ready for anything, including a bad-ass long run 🙂
Life has tiny little shifts that are almost imperceptible, until one day, you look back and realize who you USED to be, and who you are NOW; HOW far you’ve come from WHERE you were. I USED to be a “Dress up girl”. I guess I still am-once in a while-just not everyday as I once was….And I think I wore “real” shoes/clothes twice over my 2 week Christmas break. Now, I’m a runner and the name of my game is sporty (I turned from Posh Spice to Sporty Spice-this reference just popped into my brain, haha).
I know HOW far I’ve come because my running is starting to really take off. That makes me SO happy cause I worked SO HARD to get here:)
And THAT might just be my very favorite thing!
Anybody else have priorities/things they have shifted around without technically realizing it? What are they?
Run Free, Run Strong!
The Girl Who Ran Everywhere