Saturday, August 22, 2015

Garage sale finds

After having a week to think it over, I am really happy with my decision to not run the marathon this October. Occasionally, I started to think I must have imagined the pain I was feeling in my ankle last Sunday; but then other times throughout this week, I've had the pain return, and my ankle has even swelled up. I'm not sure if it's re-fractured, but there is definitely something going on with it, and I don't want to risk doing some serious damage. My physical therapist never liked the idea of me doing the marathon in October, and tried to talk me into the half instead; but I begged and he relented.

Anyway, a reader named Lindsey left a comment on my blog suggesting that I switch to the half-marathon and walk it. That hadn't even occurred to me, but I really liked that idea! I loved spectating a couple of years ago, and waiting until the very last walker crossed the finish line--it was inspiring to see the people in the back of the pack! I haven't walked a race since 2010, when I walked the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

When I told Jerry my plan, he offered to walk with me. He had planned to spectate while I ran the marathon, but since that plan changed, he thought it would be fun to walk with me--and of course, I'll love having his company for nearly four hours of walking ;)  I've done the Detroit full marathon and the 5K previously, so now I'll have a new race experience. I changed my registration to the International Half, and I'm looking forward to it!

To prepare, I'm going to go for a long walk once a week, building up to 10-12 miles in the weeks before the race, just like I would if I was running it. I'll also make sure to get in several shorter walks throughout the week. I walked a half-marathon at my heaviest and with no training, so I know I can finish, but I like the idea of training for it.

As far as running goes, I'm probably going to wait until after I see the orthopedist next month to get his opinion. If he tells me to take several months off, I feel okay about that this time... I'm not working on a deadline, like I was before. When I got injured in December, I was worried about the Shamrock 15K in March, and then the Glass City Marathon Relay in April, and the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May. Finally, I was worried about Detroit. Now, there is no pressure, so I will be patient and do whatever the orthopedist suggests.


Yesterday, I went to some garage sales with my mom. I hadn't gone in a long time! I used to love looking for clothes in my new size as I was losing weight, and then when I was at goal. It's always fun to see what kind of bargains you can find at garage sales. After gaining 20 pounds, I kept thinking about how I didn't want to go again until I was back at my goal weight. Yesterday, however, I had nothing going on, so I decided to go.

I'm really glad I did! I found some really cute clothes, and I even got an authentic Coach purse for $15:


I've been wanting to get a new purse anyway, and you can't even find a cheap purse at the store for $15. This was in really good condition, and exactly something that I would have picked out.

My favorite item of the day, however, was a very cute lightweight sweater that screams "Fall" to me.


It was $5, which is a little steep for garage sale prices, but I fell in love with it and had to get it. I also bought those jeans I'm wearing (American Eagle, $1), and they're super cozy. Overall, I spent about $40, and I got quite a few things. I'm really glad I went!

18 comments:

  1. That sweater is so cute! And you look great btw!

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  2. I use to love to go to flea markets and yard sales. I have not been in years. Love your finds!

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  3. Whoa! You look great! That sweater looks so cozy.

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  4. Look how flat your stomach looks! Great jeans

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Although, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sucking in a least a little for the camera ;) I don't think I'll ever lose that habit! haha

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  5. Total score on the sweater! It is way cool and you look fabulous in it.

    I can only imagine how frustrating the return of your ankle/stress fx issues has been. I love the idea of you and Jerry walking the half. That's my speed. I have a half coming up in October.

    Martine

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  6. Love the sweater...actually the whole outfit!

    I have been walking more since I have been sick, (totally not the same I know but you get it) I feel better just moving so I think that is a great idea to walk the half :)

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  7. I'm glad my suggestion worked out for you! And now I feel better about introducing you to cookie butter years ago ;) lol Enjoy the half marathon! -Lindsey

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  8. That sweater is totally gorgeous. Color me (super) jealous!

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  9. I would love to see your training schedule for walking this long of a race. I am not a runner but want to participate in these races. Please share!

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    1. Hal Higdon has a great half-marathon program for walkers! http://halhigdon.com/training/51134/Half-Marathon-Walk-Training-Program

      He also has one for a 5K and a 10K. I've used several of his programs, and they work really well :)

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  10. Thats a great idea, to walk it! And that'll be awesome to have company. maybe your boys could bike along hahah.

    I don't know what it is, but I do NOT like garage sales. I get all creeped out that the stuff has lice or fleas or something hahaha. I can't get over it! I don't mind when friends and I trade clothes, or buying them at consignment shops, but its the same with thrift stores. I get all itchy just thinking about it!

    www.slowandsteadykandm.com

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    1. Hahaha, some of my friends think the same thing about garage sales. I think because I grew up with a mom who loved them, I am not weirded out about them at all. When you're at the sale, you can see how clean (or not clean) the house is. The sales we went to this weekend were all at houses that were much nicer than mine! ;)

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  11. I love the sweater! You look good!

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  12. You look awesome! I have a few friends and family who've done the Detroit half and loved it. Hope you do too!!

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  13. That sweater is awesome! I love it :)

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  14. Love the sweater and jeans!!! You look awesome!!!! :)

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  15. Ditto! That sweater is Cute. And you look fabulous. My first thought was, "You look skinny!!! What extra weight???" Congrats on staying active and making the mental adjustment to a new game plan. Go, Katie, go! (I've had to do that, too.) Walking is still cardio, just like swimming. And look at swimmers. They're as slim as greyhounds. You know, I just bet you could do a triathlon.
    ~Lise in Indy

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