On the fifth day of Christmas, my denim ran with me
FIVE DAYS TOO LONG!
four times as hard
three fresh inches
too sad to run
by the light of a Christmas tree.
A) denim was not intended for running. B) I wore fleece pants to work today and found myself struggling with the idea that I would have to go home, put on a perfectly clean and dry pair of jeans and run in them.
And all I could think was whose effing idea was this, anyway?
That’s when I realized this running streak was MY idea. And I have decided to end it.
I own three pairs of jeans. Yes, you read that correctly. One pair are my absolute favorites. Unfortunately they have had holes in the crotch since the beginning of time. That’s what happens when you buy “distressed” jeans. They are thin in some areas and don’t last as long. My second favorite pair are the same jeans, one size smaller, but without any holes. I love them and reserve them as my good jeans, my comfy jeans, my going out jeans, my church jeans. Definitely not my running jeans. My last pair of jeans I absolutely loathe. They cut into my sides and make me feel fat, even at my lightest weight. They are ‘ankle’ length and seem to take that designation to heart. I wore them snowshoe running yesterday because I knew I would hate them no matter what I was doing with them so I may as well take misery to a whole new level.
Truth is, I am kind of a fitness clothing junkie. I am a believer in the moisture management, lightweight fabrics, breathability, and I even buy into the fabrics that turn your sweat into heat to keep you warm on days like today: blizzards. I love Mizuno running clothes as well as Brooks and Nike. I love having reflector strips on my calves and little teeny pockets for my key and zippers on my ankles.
I think it was ingenious to design running tights not only because runners have stellar legs but because there is no baggy crap getting in the way each step you take! Who wants to be arguing with their clothing during a 15-mile run in the winter?! NOT THIS GIRL!
This was an interesting experiment, to say the least. And I am cutting it short by a full week. And that’s that.
If you are one of the weirdos out there who run in jeans or who go to the gym in jeans:
Well, I’ve got nothing to say to you.
You are seriously missing out. The freedom of stretchy, free-flowing, lightweight, soft, and comfortable exercise clothing awaits you.
I’m sorry that I won’t be finishing the project, but I may go ahead and finish the song, or change it, or something.. because I’m kind of into it.
Also, Christmas is very important to me and approaching rather quickly. While my body continues to fight with me, I am enjoying the downtime being creative and thoughtful with my gifts.
My surgery is scheduled for Jan 23rd. It’s an outpatient surgery and I will be completely out during the procedure and under the care of my male nurse for the following evening. I won’t be able to do any strenuous exercise for about 2 weeks post-op. It’s challenging for me to get into a groove knowing that it will soon be broken! But, nonetheless, I do look forward to getting back on the bike and into a regular routine (that does not involve running in jeans) shortly after the rush of Christmas passes.
Remember to love yourself and your neighbors. Imagine how different this world would be if the three words I love you weren’t so taboo.