Friday Free-For-All – 06/17/16

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I’ve decided to get rid of my fancy gym membership. It was great while it lasted, but I haven’t been to any gym location or any classes since… March? Yeah, early March. I’m basically paying $40 a month on the off chance that I get really motivated to start going to Body Pump classes. Which I don’t foresee happening any time soon. I still want treadmill access during the winter, though, so I’ll be going back to my good old standby, Planet Fitness. It’s not great, but it’s cheap, and I can use a treadmill when I need to. Then I can use the $30 a month in savings for other things that I actually do, like my yoga passes, or spin classes.

Ben is officially on summer break. I can’t lie, I’m burning with envy. I get up in the morning to get ready for work and he’s still in dreamland. I turn out the lights at the responsible adult hour of 10:30, and he’s still up binge-watching Parks and Rec and having a beer. Being married to a teacher is tough when it comes to vacations. He’s not planning to just sit on his butt all summer, but right now, I’m super jealous of his free and easy schedule.

Not much improvement on the tailbone. The pain level has remained fairly level, and it’s now been a week since the initial fall. I’m starting to think that it might be a good idea to consult a professional just in case there’s something more going on. The good news is, I have my annual physical on Thursday, so I can discuss it with my doctor then.

Trekkie Skort - Black

I’ve already made my first Athleta purchase. I know I said I need to be strong and not spend all my extra cash on clothes, but this deal was too good to pass up. Employees receive a 70% discount on any merchandise that’s considered “damaged.” I got this Trekkie skort for $19.20 just because the drawstring was broken. It’s cute and functional and perfect for summer. #noregrets

Do you have a gym membership? Do you actually use it (unlike me)?

 

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 06/10/16

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I had my first training shift at Athleta on Wednesday. So far, so good. The people are great, the environment is dynamic, and the discount is BALLER. My second “training” session will be tonight, which basically involves me trying on ALLTHECLOTHES. The theory is that in order to properly sell and represent the brand, I have to know how it feels, how it fits, and how to style it. I’m excited to try on all the pretty things! Of course, this is probably going to make me want to buy all the things, but I need to stay strong.

Ben and I are about to adult super hard and go see a financial planner. Yes, I work for a financial planning firm, but I want to keep my personal life separate from work as much as possible. We’re trying to get really serious about buying a house and starting a family sometime in the next year, so we need to get our shit together. For people our age, we’re actually pretty savvy (I think), but we need some professional guidance for the next steps.

I did something stupid last night. I went roller skating with friends. It was great. I was having fun. I was doing well. Then I tried to exit the rink a little too quickly, my legs went out from under me, and I went down HARD on my tailbone. I don’t think it’s broken, but it’s pretty painful. Walking, stairs, and standing up/sitting down hurt. Sudden movements hurt. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to run at all the next couple of days, which is very frustrating. Aside from being in pain, I feel pretty stupid for not being more careful.  It’s hard sometimes to remember that I’m not a kid anymore, and stuff like roller skating should be approached with a little more caution.

When is the last time you went roller skating?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 06/03/16

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I officially have a part-time job at Athleta! I filled out paperwork on Wednesday and start training next week. I have absolutely loved everyone I’ve met at the store so far, and I’m excited to start learning. Also, I get a pretty sweet discount, which will make it really hard to *actually* save extra the money I’m earning to put toward student loans.

I relinquished my Nuunbassadorship. Unfortunately, they reformulated the product late last year, and I’m really not a fan. Firstly, they added Stevia, which I HATE. I actively dislike the taste of Stevia, and it totally ruined the flavor for me. Secondly, each tube used to have 12 tabs; now each tube only has 10 tabs, even though they cost the same. I loathe companies who start downsizing their products and still charging the same price. I get that prices change, but I think there’s something inherently dishonest in charging the same amount for less product (I’m looking at you, 16 oz bottles of soda-I want my 20 oz!). I’d rather just have them increase the price for the same size product. Is that crazy?

I went for my first post-marathon run today. My quads were pretty sore for a few days, but other than that, no issues, so I decided to take it to the new-to-me section of the rec path that I discovered during my walk yesterday. It was pretty hot and humid, and it took a while to warm up, but I’m happy to report that everything seems to be back to normal, so I’m ready to get back to regular running next week.

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How long do you usually wait to start running again after a big race?

Friday Free-For-All – 05/20/16

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House sitting again. Ben and I will be house sitting for some family friends out in Underhill starting next Wednesday, and going until June 2. Obviously, being away from our own home and kitties so much is not ideal, but we’re really trying hard to work our “side hustles” now that Ben’s job situation has become so tenuous (we still don’t know exactly how many class sections he’ll be teaching and what his salary will be). We really want to start seriously considering buying a house or land to build on, which means we need to build up a down payment. Which means house sitting, babysitting, and both of us possibly getting part time jobs. Speaking of which…

I may be working a few hours a week at Athleta this summer. My friend Chris is the store manager, and they’re looking for extra part-time help. I put in an official application and had an interview this week, and I’m still waiting to get the official word. I think I’d really like working at Athleta, I think the extra income would be great, and I think building a relationship with them could be really good once I start having kids and maybe only work part-time.

I put my money where my mouth is and bought a 10-class pass to my hot yoga studio. At first I was sort of reluctant to pony up the cash, but when I thought about how much I’ve enjoyed going these last few weeks, and realized that laying out the cash in one lump sum would save me $5.50 per class, I bit the bullet. I’ve added buying a pass every other month as a permanent item in my budget, so I think I’ll be able to keep up with it. I’m excited to see how continuing my practice will affect my running and recovery!

THE TRUCK IS FIXED! Hallelujah and praise little baby Jesus, I have my own car again! I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know that if and when I need it, I have a car available to me. I still plan to walk to work most days, but it will be amazing to be able to run errands on lunch or immediately after work, get where I need to go, and not have to coordinate schedules with Ben every single day. FREEDOOOMMM!

Do you have your own car, or do you have to share with a spouse/family member?

 

 

Athleta Church Street Grand Opening Party

Please note:  I was not asked to review or write about this party.  I am not affiliated with Athleta or any of its parent or subsidiary companies, and I was not compensated for writing this post.

Athleta has finally opened a store near me!  I’ve always loved the look of their apparel, but buying clothes online is always a crap shoot.  You pay for shipping, and then the item doesn’t fit, and you have to pay additional shipping to send it back.  No fun at all.  But now, I’ll be able to try on all of the lovely athletic apparel I want without paying for shipping!

My college buddy, Chris, is the General Manager of the store, so I got an invitation to attend the Grand Opening party last night (this sounds really cool and exclusive, but they were letting people in without tickets; whomp whomp).  Upon entering the store, I was handed a coupon for a free yoga class at a local studio, and this pretty little hair tie/bracelet with the Athleta slogan “Power to the She” on it.  I love me some free swag!  They were also offering complimentary wine, and different juice/smoothie samples.

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I told one of the (very friendly) employees that I have a running/fitness blog and asked if it was OK to take pictures in the store; she gave the affirmative.  Unfortunately, the store was IMMENSELY crowded.  I’m not sure they were limiting the number of people allowed inside, and it was difficult to move around.  It was also really hot inside, and I started sweating immediately.

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And this is BEFORE it got super crowded

I spent about 25 minutes wandering around with my complimentary white wine and coveting everything I saw.  I could seriously spend an entire paycheck in here and not bat an eye.  Chris recommended the Relay Capris, which have an oversize zipper pocket at the back that’s supposed to fit smartphones, reflective detailing, and wide cuffs that are supposed to prevent the legs from sliding around.  They come in lots of great colors and prints, but since I’m broke as heck right now, I held off.  I don’t think I’ll be able to resist for long, though.  Does anyone else prefer athletic apparel to just about any other clothing options? #leggings4life

I loves me some free wine!

I loves me some free wine!

Another reason I’m so excited about Athleta opening in my town is that they offer all kinds of great in-store activities like fitness classes and group runs FOR FREE!  I also found out that they offer free hemming on pants, capris and skirts so that you get the best fit possible.  Um, hello?  Who does that?  Well, Athleta does!  And last and certainly not least, they offer a Fitness Professional Discount, so all you certified run coaches, personal trainers, and group fitness instructors can get 30% off full-priced merchandise in store!  Woo!

Do you shop at Athleta?

Have you ever gone to a “Grand Opening” party at a local store?

Anybody else wear athletic clothing any time it’s remotely acceptable, or even when it’s not?  I can’t be the only one…