The Road to 10KM – Weeks 6 – 10

Week 6 started with the successful completion of a brisk 7 KM run. Actually, no, but it is how I wish I could have started the second part of this trilogy. Week 6 started on a Friday night. Protected from the pouring rain, I sat around the dining table of a nice restaurant, catching up with friends. Wine was poured and I felt so proud of myself for insisting I couldn’t have a single glass. I confidently explained that I had to run first thing the following morning. I was on top of my game, in complete control. Nothing could lure me away from breaking my regimen. I got home late that night, but sober, and as I poured myself a hot cup of peppermint tea, I set my alarm for 6:15 AM the next morning.

I awoke Saturday to the sound of the wind hitting every window in the house. I groggily got up to check the weather, a ritual every runner is used to. The trees were swaying, wind howling and my trusty weather app was calling for hail – in mid-April! I assured myself that the justification for going straight back to bed was for my own safety. I am not defeated; I told myself. I was being cautious. Erring on the side of caution was a slippery slope that weekend. The hail came down, the winds sped up, and come Sunday, the snow fell heavily throughout the day. Running did not happen, but neither did going to the gym or doing some at-home yoga. What did happen you’re asking? Sweat pants, slippers and lots of take away, ordered in as we waited out the storm. There may have also been ice cream.

By Monday morning, the worst of it was over. I went to the gym bright and early, feeling more than slightly sluggish. My workout pants were more snug than usual, but I went for my workout regardless. As I hopped through the slush of the melting snow on my way to the gym, I was once again invigorated by the fresh air. Over the past five weeks, despite the rocky start, I have managed to get back on track. I was able to complete my 7 KM run and in the past week, I even managed to make it to 8 KM. That last kilometre was a struggle though.

I’ve learned a couple of things over the past few weeks. The first is that the often unpredictable weather can greatly influence my fitness motivation. I am someone who craves the fresh air, and luckily, since that final storm of the winter season, the weather has been idyllic for outdoor training. For this, I am very grateful as it has brought me back on track, literally. The second is that I will sometimes associate defeat with food. I refused to believe I was defeated by the storm that weekend, but I think deep down I did feel that way. I drowned my discouragement in pepperoni pizza. But, that’s ok. With both learning experiences, I realize there needs to be balance with running or working towards any type of goal. I can be ok with ordering a pizza once in a while or having a glass of wine on my rest days. It doesn’t mean I will need to start back at the beginning or give up entirely. The journey is of greater importance than the destination.

I have exactly 4 weeks left until race day. Over the next few weeks I’m going to stay focused on my training, but also give myself permission to run a balanced path. To be continued.

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DIY Fascinators Inspired from Three Different Eras

With the weekend fast approaching, I couldn’t help but think about the Royal Wedding taking place this Saturday. In anticipation of seeing the media coverage of the wedding party and guests’ fashionable outfits and accessories, I thought it would be fun to look back through history at some of the once trendy fascinator headpieces of fashion. I love vintage fashion accessories, but I always seem to forget the prevalence of hat and hair accessories throughout history. Historically, headpieces were typically symbolic of an individual’s class or status within society. For this DIY project, I decided to re-create the looks from three of my favorite eras: the 1920s, the 1940s and the 1960s.

The Roaring Twenties I love the traditional look of this era. Fascinators worn with a curled hairstyle, complete with sooty eyes and dark lipstick. This style can also be modernized, like Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Using an old necklace, along with flowers and feathers from a nearby craft store, I attempted to re-create the headpiece styles of this era.

The 1940s Like the 1920s, headpieces were also worn regularly throughout the forties. They were an essential accessory,  for men and women. In re-watching one of my favorite old movies, Casablanca, I love the classic fedora worn by Humphrey Bogart. Though my fedora was not a DIY project, I did find it at a great price and think it’s a great accessory for evening parties during the cool summer nights.

The Swingin’ Sixties The early sixties were known for hats that matched dresses and pant suits much like previous eras. What I love about the late sixties and even the early 1970s were the more rebellious trends, like the bell bottoms and the long beaded necklaces; the era of flower power. Using a lace head band and some fake flowers, I went for a floral hippy-inspired head band. While not the most traditional fascinator, the intent was to recreate the spirit of the late 1960s.

What is your favorite fashion accessory? Let me know in the comments below.