I know you have been waiting. I bet the anticipation has been killing you. Don’t worry, my red Runsie made it’s debut today! 

How cute is the “love red” colour! Now I have some tough decisions ahead of me – which colour do I wear?! I’ll have to alternate because I love them both equally. When I got my black Runsie I had read on the website that it had a “hidden key pocket in the liner.” I love having hidden pockets to put my iPod in so I don’t have to run carrying it but for the life of my I couldn’t find the hidden pocket. Lulu did TOO good of a job with the “hidden” part of the pocket. I was content holding my iPod for the past couple weeks because it meant I was wearing the best running outfit ever. When I got the red Runsie I was checking it out and FOUND THE POCKET!

Now I can run with my iPod in my butt! I convinced my mom to come running with me this afternoon and she believes I am trying to kill her. We only did five miles but it was about a minute faster per mile than her usual pace. Our mile splits were 8:36, 8:33, 8:29, 8:36, and 8:33. I said we should do a progressive run after mile three because we had been running negative splits but someone didn’t want to. That same person also needed a bit more of a cool-down walk than usual.

It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon, the endorphins were flowing, I was wearing my new Runsie… a recipe for an awesome run. 

Remember when I got my Runsie in the mail and it came with that wonderful new blue lulu lunch bag and I didn’t know what it said on it. 

Apparently I just needed to look at the side of the bag. Duh.

In other awesome and exciting news, you may have noticed the Sweat Pink button on the right side bar of the blog! I am now officially a Sweat Pink Ambassador! You can search me on their website under “Ambassadors.” 

The mission of Sweat Pink is 

“We believe that kicking ass is best in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know what assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding out best fit, and making it stick. We sweat pink.”

How cool is that?! Plus, I will now be running in pink shoelaces so that automatically means I will be able to run faster of course!

Where are all of the perfect people?

A few weeks ago my mom and I were walking around West Edmonton Mall and doing what we do best at malls – people watching. She said to me later that day, “You know what I was thinking as I watched every size and shape of person go by? Where are all of the perfect people?”

That question really got me thinking. Where are all of the perfect people? 

Every day I go to the gym and work my butt off. On occasion I would look in the mirror and think, ‘If only I had perfect abs…’ or ‘Ah, why can’t my legs be perfect?’ when really, what is perfect? Society has forced us, both men and women, to aspire to be perfect. The girls on the covers of magazines, the girls in the billboard advertisements, the men in sports ads with the perfect bodies… none of these people are real, yet most of society, including myself, is trying to look like them. I mean, they don’t even look like that. Why are we trying to be perfect when perfect doesn’t even exist? Shouldn’t we just be trying to be something real, like ourselves?

I think the video Dove Evolution does a really good job of showing what actually goes into making an advertisement. 

The idea that perfection can be attained has created billion dollar industries such as dieting, cosmetics, plastic surgery, modelling, and much of the entertainment industry. If you ask everyone at your gym why they are there, it could be because they had an extra slice of cake the night before, or because they are trying to fit into size two jeans, or they are working on their bikini body. I doubt everyone would say that they are exercising to improve their cardiovascular system, or to maximize their body’s metabolic efficiency, or simply for their health and wellbeing. Don’t get me wrong, I have probably said hundreds of times that I run to look good, but what I should be saying is that I run to feel good. 

The idea that perfect looks will make us happy also conversely means that if we don’t look perfect then we shouldn’t be happy about ourselves. That is just not right. Where are all of the perfect people we see in the media every day? Nowhere, because they aren’t real. Instead of trying to reach perfection, which doesn’t exist, I think I will just try to be me. The happiest, healthiest, and most confident me I can be. 

Instead of going for a run to stay thin and look good, go for a run to experience happiness and feel good. Trust me, confidence looks amazing on anyone.

The best mail is Lulu mail.

I took it easy today at the gym. I don’t think I was even there 45 minutes. I did 30 minutes of elliptical, watching Duck Dynasty of course. I don’t know why but I feel like I can get away with watching trash TV while doing cardio at the gym. It makes time fly and I don’t have anyone making fun of me for watching these shows like I would if I were at home… ahem, dad… especially when I cry while watching them. After the elliptical which was awesome relief for my joints, I did biceps and back and then called it a day. 

Shortly after I got home, the doorbell rang. MAIL. The best mail to receive? Definitely a Lululemon order. 

I was casually perusing the Lululemon site to see what they had for their Fall clothing. Upon checking the “We Made Too Much” category, I spotted THE RUNSIE ON SALE! Shortly after this moment my cousin messaged me to tell me that she thought I would be interested to know that Lulu had the Runsie on sale. I am perfectly content with being known as the girl who runs in a onesie.

Lululemon had “spry blue” and “love red” as the colours left in stock. I would have bought red even if they had had all of the colours, so it was perfect! 

I can’t wait to run in this! The first frost warning of the season is upon us tonight so I may have to put a long sleeve shirt and tights under the Runsie but I am determined to run in it soon!

An added bonus to buying Lululemon is the free reusable bag that comes with your purchase. I used one EVERYDAY for my lunch so it’s nice to have another one to add to the collection. I still haven’t figured out what it says. But it has pictures of food on it so I automatically love it.

I convinced my mom to join me at a drop-in yoga class tonight. More like dragged her there. I really wanted to just stretch and relax and after hours of homework on the computer I needed a break from the screen. Guess who fell in love with yoga?

She’ll be back to this class for sure. 

It was only a drop-in class so it is made for beginners but of course like most exercise it can be adapted to any fitness and flexibility level. My fitness level? 9.9, but my flexibility level? Is there anything below zero?

I think we will be hitting up this class a bit this year because it is an awesome way to end your night, not think about school or homework or studying, and just relax. Maybe in time I’ll be able to touch my toes… maybe.