Thursday, March 1, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.   It’s OFFICIALI got a new job!  I’ll be starting next Wednesday :)

2a.  Speaking of my new job … remember last week when I mentioned that my favorite pair of dress pants {purchased in 2005 for almost $100} are too big?  Well, after I heard that I got the job I interviewed for last week I decided I better try on the rest of my large collection of dress pants.  I should mention that at my previous job I didn’t always pay a lot of attention to what I was wearing --- I worked in a small office without any face-to-face customer contact surrounded by truck drivers and dock workers where everything was constantly covered in forklift brake/tire dust {a gross black gritty substance}.  Occasionally I would wear my nicer outfits and shoes but often times I looked “frumpy” is too large pants/shirts from when I was heavier {we were required to dress in “business casual” attire}.  Anyways, I tried on every pair of my dress pants and determined that almost all of them are way too big {like 2-4 sizes too big}.  Of course I could wear a belt but you know how when you put on a belt on a pair of pants that are too large and all the extra material collects and creates a bulge?  Yeah, I’d like to avoid that.  I’m aiming for a more sophisticated and business professional look at my new job.  Yesterday I went shopping for new pants.  And you want to know what I found?  Black dress pants by the same company that my favorite pants are from for a fraction of the cost at TJ Maxx.  Epic score!  You know I purchased several pairs.  Plus a few additional pairs from Old Navy and some new shirts from Kohl’s.  I like to think of a new job like the first day of school … you’ve got to have a few new outfits … plus any excuse to go shopping :)

pants 03.01 10 pair of pants that don’t fit properly

2b.  I have a realllllllly hard time parting with clothes which is probably why I have so many.  Most of the pants in that photo are from Old Navy, Gap or Target so they were probably $20-40 each … that’s $200-400 worth of clothes.  What if I need a size that’s in that pile and not in my closet?  That’s always my biggest worry.  I’m going to stick them in the “to donate” pile.  I’m going to do it.  Today.  You want to know why?  Because I’m not going to be “that” size again.  Look forward --- not back.  Let go. 


3a.  I found these two links this week and I want to share them with you guys.  Both are “running” related.  The first one is a series of basic strength exercises for runners and the second one is some great post-run yoga moves to do.  Enjoy :)

Basic Strength Exercises for Runners

Post-Run Yoga Moves

3b.  I’m racing this weekend!  I’ve got a 5k on Saturday.  Let’s talk goals …

  • A Goal = PR.  What?!?  My current 5k PR is 27:49 {that’s an 8:58 pace} and I busted out a speedy 3 miler on Tuesday in 28:45.  My strategy?  Increase speed slowly using fartleks and aim for negative splits.  {Speed is RELATIVE.  My speedy may be your slow; your speedy may seem impossible to me, etc.  The only person you need to compete with is YOURSELF.  Don’t compare.  Use fellow runners as INSPIRATION.}
  • B Goal = Sub 30:00
  • C Goal = Race smart and finish strong.  Besides, I’m running extra miles after the race so …


Anyone love shopping as much as I do?  What was your latest epic score while shopping?  Anyone racing this weekend?  If not, what workouts are you planning to ROCK?


christa said...

Awesome. Yay I'm so happy that you got a job!! You must be soooo excited!! I got a new Under Armor insulated running shirt (needed in VT) at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.

Darlene said...

Good luck on your race. Love your strategy.

That Pink Girl said...

Oooh, congratulations on your new JOB!!!! So very exciting!
I'm a terrible clothes shopper. Just terrible. Glad you were able to find some new fitted's important to feel good about the way you look!

giraffy said...

Congrats on the job!!

I had the same crisis when I started this job, and hit TJMaxx with a vengeance. LOVE.

Good luck with the 5K!

ajh said...

Huge congrats on the new job!

I do love to shop - my new coat that I got for 31 dollars - originally 150 then I saw it in a store for 99 but I got it for 31. It is a winter down coat from Columbia.

Get rid of those pants and buy some new ones for work!

P said...

Congratulations on your new job!!!!
I have no problem getting rid of clothes, I clear out my closet and my drawers all the time. Of course, it helps that I mostly buy cheap clothing to begin with.
Love the idea of racing fast with fartleks! I've also noticed that my speedwork leaves me with a faster overall pace than some races, but I ALWAYS go out too fast and then just hang on.

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

Congrats!! I have been going through the same thing with clothes the let few years. I usually donate some stuff and tae the rest to a consignment shop. You only make a fraction of the $, but it's nice to get something. :)

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations on your new job! I love TJ Maxx and Marshall's for dress clothes!

Maureen said...

YAY!!! Super congrats on the new job!!!!!!!