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Reason #5

After posting about my bad weekend, I need something uplifting.

Reason #5 why I want to get in better shape:  Marathon PR

  • Number of marathons I’ve run:  1
  • Current personal record:  5:34:38.
  • Goal:  under 4 hours.
  • Number of additional marathons I’d like to run to achieve that goal:  1

I know that I have already achieved a great feat by running a marathon, but I’d REALLY like to have a better record.  Back in 2008, when I first started running for leisure, I put “run a marathon” on my list of 5 year goals – so I am very proud to have accomplished that in 2012.  However, it wasn’t pretty.  Not that running a marathon ever is – but I admittedly didn’t train like I should have and I was at my heaviest this autumn when I ran it.  I thought to myself at the time, “I will never do this again; I’ll stick with half-marathons” – but my desire to have a better PR outweighs my desire to never run another marathon.  As a favor to my body, I need to lose some pounds before trying again.  I would love to have a PR under 4 hours, but, like P. Diddy, I think I would settle for just beating Oprah.

Oprah ran the MCM 1994 in 4:29:15.  Image found via Google.

Oprah ran the MCM 1994 in 4:29:15. Image found via Google.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reason #16

Just a little daily motivation to keep me on track.  This popped into my head this morning as I was hanging up some of the husband’s clothes, but it’s not in the one of my top reasons, so I am randomly starting with #16.

Reason #16 why I want to get in better shape:  to wear clothes from Banana Republic.

Banana Republic is my husband’s favorite store, so when he needs a new shirt or some new jeans, it’s the first place we go.  While he’s in the dressing room, I usually peruse the women’s clothing, always finding something that would be a great addition to my work wardrobe – even if I think it’s a little over priced.  I grab a few other things to make the trip to the dressing room worth my while, and go try on the clothes.  Every time, I walk out with the same realization:  Banana Republic makes clothes for women who have no curves.

Fell in love with this skirt that they had paired with a kelly green top.  Tried it on...hello, hips.  Source:  Banana Republic

Fell in love with this skirt that they had paired with a kelly green top. Tried it on…hello, hips. Source: Banana Republic

I would say 90% of their dresses, skirts, and pants have hips built in to them.  This works for a size 0 model who has no curves, but it doesn’t work for a size 12 pear shaped woman.  I do not need clothes with silhouettes that add hips – I have enough all on my own, thank you.

Fell in love with this dress from their Mad Men collection - wanted it for our rehearsal dinner.  Tried it on - YIKES.  Source:  Banana Republic

  Fell in love with this dress from their Mad Men collection – wanted it for our rehearsal dinner. Tried it on – YIKES. Source: Banana Republic

Let's be honest though - this dress really doesn't even flatter the model.  Source:  Banana Republic

Let’s be honest though – this dress really doesn’t even flatter the model. Source: Banana Republic

 

In all honesty, I’ll probably never consider them my “go-to” store like my husband – because they’re expensive and because even at my smallest, I still had curves – and I am more than okay with that.  It would just be nice to think, “ Hey, this doesn’t look horrible” instead of “Why do they hate women that have shape?!?”

 

Would be super cute for wedding season...but that silhouette says, "Don't even think about it".  Source:  Banana Republic

Would be super cute for wedding season…but that silhouette says, “Don’t even think about it”. Source: Banana Republic