Day 26: I Jiggle Therefore I am

Today I’m wearing: 

  • The Dress. 
  • Silk skirt from Gap that I’ve had since I was about 15, I think.
  • Cardigan to protect against inclement weather. 
  • My Caitlin necklace which I seem to be wearing an awful lot. 
  • Brogues because they are comfortable and keep my feet dry. I am aware that is the general purpose of shoes, but you’d be surprised how many shoes fail at those simple tasks.

Evening all.

Isn’t it a beautiful evening outside? I’m just in and showered after a quick 5k run. The half marathon training begins in earnest next week- there is a run plan on the fridge- but I’m just trying to get a base level of ability before I start compulsory running. It’s not going too bad, actually. There are times when I have to remind myself why I’m doing it, but the improvement in my ability has been so drastic that it’s kept me quite focused. I’m going for stamina not speed. 
You know what has really helped me? The Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. If you haven’t seen it, I’ve put the video below.

I used to worry about what I look like when I run, especially when I was told I “thunder past” when I run. It really bothered me and put me off going out in daylight. That’s right, I’d wait till it got dark so no one would see me run. Isn’t that ridiculous? But that’s the way I felt.

Then I saw this and thought who gives a flying pig how I run? Yes, I run with the grace of a warthog in wellies, but if I’m thundering along, at least I got off my backside and went out.

    Anyway, I really like this advert. I’ve also noticed a lot more women out running and exercising recently and wonder if this has anything to do with it?

    I thought I’d lost this skirt years ago, but it surfaced in one of my recent house moves. It’s silk and so very very floaty. I feel like I provided much entertainment for the cars on Foss Islands Road, trying to grab my skirt so it wouldn’t float too high. I was successful most of the time. 
    This skirt could be yours in the near future. I’m going to organise a clothes swap thingy somewhere in York. The idea is this: you come with a bag of clean, serviceable clothes to the swap. You pay £2 to get in, and get a ticket for each item you bring with you. You can exchanged that ticket for a “new” item from the things other people have brought. Everyone goes away happy. Does that make sense? 
    It’ll be in July time, and I’ll start organising properly next week when ODOM is done with. As always, all proceeds will go to St Michael’s. I’ve got a large stash of clothes I’m going to be swapping, including this skirt. I’ve had it for over 10 years, it’s someone else’s turn now. It’s got a lovely pattern on it: 
    We’re so so SO close to the target! 95% of the way there. That’s awesome and excellent but there’s just a little bit more to go. If 7 people donated £5 each, we’d make it. Can you spare a fiver?
    One of the services St Michael’s offer is day therapy. That’s where a person living at home with a terminal illness can go in for a day. They can access all the services the hospice provides, as well as meeting people in a similar situation and maintaining a healthy social life. St Michael’s understands how isolating these kinds of illnesses can be, and they’re there to support people. It’s all free, of course, to people who need the care. They rely on people like you to support this vital service financially.
    Justgiving.com/caitlin-rushby or text ODOM79 £5 to 70070 
    I’m going to make my breakfast now, and then think about bed. I’m trying to be healthier and eat less bread, so I’m making Overnight Oats for tomorrow’s breakfast. I really hope it works. 
    Caitlin x

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