Thursday, March 22, 2012

If You're Awesome And You Know It Clap Your Hands.

I want everyone to take a seat and prepare themselves for the unveiling of my awesomeness.

I RAN a whole 2.3k yesterday - continuously. No stopping! 6:30 pace.

I know. I know. You're all speechless. Awesome has a name and it's Char!!

I shouldn't really be this excited. It's not like I did five 1k reps at 4:20 pace. (which I have done - a long time ago). But when even walking up a hill was pushing my heart rate up to 170, running any distance is really exciting. In fact it reminds me of my very early running days when I'd get a little rush just thinking about running (just like any new love) and I'd be smiling all day after I'd done a new distance.

These are back on my feet.

Attractive, aren't they?!! But we can't have me with an ITB issue after all the crap that my body's been through. I've even gone and ordered myself some new runners as a little reward for surviving.

Yes, I know I still have to be ever so cautious. And I know that I still have to keep my eye on my heart rate. And I know I will still be chanting 'slow, slow' for a little while to come. But I'm going to be excited and enjoy every improvement.

Runners weren't the only new shoes that I bought yesterday. I bit the bullet and went where most men fear to tread - shoe shopping. The last time I bought a pair of nice shoes (not runners) was in 1985 for my impending wedding. I still have those shoes. But white court shoes don't really go with the dresses that I've bought for the wedding. It was an eye-opening experience. I found that I have no balance. I am afraid of heights. And like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Loves Prada, I have no sense of style. Thank goodness for the heavily pregnant assistant who squatted in front of me to measure up my feet (That was a truly scary moment in the history of shopping - I thought I might have to pull out all my Vet knowledge and assist in a delivery. People and dogs are pretty similar when it comes to those kinds of things aren't they?). 

How do girls walk in some of the shoes out there? It defies gravity and physics!

I ended up with these.

They're not too high. They have a slightly sturdier heel. And I should survive the wedding and reception without breaking my ankle.

I had to text my fashion guru sister about my success. And while she was happy for me, she let me know that I wasn't done yet.

Spray tan?? People will know I have a tan when they look down and see the sock line at my ankle. I'm right for underwear. I've got me some of those 'look-I've-had-three-babies-but-I've-still-got-a-flat-stomach' undies. I looked in my drawer and found that the only nail polish bottle I have has congealed.

Sigh! Deep breath. I'm awesome and I know it - I can do this glam thing, even if it kills me.


  1. You ARE awesome; I bow to your awesomeness!! Really, that is a major feat after your heart ordeal...I know that slow-slow pace is sometimes hard to swallow (oh how I know!!) but you are RUNNING! Very excited for you...and those new running kicks are going to remind ya how far you've come in the past few months!

    Now, the heels, that's another story. :)

  2. I thought I felt something odd today.... It was your awesomeness!! Keep it steady, but keep up the good work!!

  3. yay for running!!! and yay for new shoes! :) So happy for you. Have to admit, I saw your feet pic and thought you had white paint on your feet and the tape was your skin without the paint...I had to really focus to see it was tape and those were really your feet in all their pale while glory. :)

  4. You are indeed awesome and I am SO happy that you got out there again! Yahoo!

    Killing me about the pregnant shoe saleswoman. I agree about heels, though--how do some of these women walk in them? I have a conference coming up and need to find something that is respectable looking but that I can walk in. Not easy!

  5. Oh yes, you are awesome and those shoes are really beautiful. You are not alone, I also repeat "slow slow".
    Glad you can run!

  6. Cool shoes and I mean it.
    I think I would kill myself in high heels.

    I am truly happy you are running. There is nothing wrong with slow when rebuilding the base. (I'll have to remember that!)

  7. Congrats on the running! You'll be back sooner than you think.

    I recently had to do a photo shoot and I took all my "best" clothes. Photographer asked, "Didn't you bring anything nice?"

    Hello, I'm a runner. It's a good day when I've bathed :)

  8. I'm so happy to hear about your slow run! Of course, step by step you'll enjoy your improvement.

    Have a nice weekend!

  9. YAYYYYY I am doing a happy dance for you! I even sprayed on a tan, took off my ankle socks and put on some strappy shoes for my dance!

  10. hilarious post! and yes, you are indeed awesome! :)

    i love shoes but my limit is anything over 2 inches. seriously. my friends swear they are going to take me to vegas and make me wear strappy high heeled stilettos!

  11. Going glam is not a lot of fun IMO. But you can do it and will look great! I don't have any fancy shoes at all. Some day I may need some but for now life is grand without them. You are a brave woman.

    And great run!

  12. Yay for the running! Total awesomeness! Since I got PF I wear trainers all day everyday, so i feel your pain when it comes to heels. They make me walk like a transvestite. I'm sure you'll be awesome and glamourous for the wedding though!


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