Fitness: A Couple of 5k Races – My Recap

I’ve been in a couple of 5k races over the past few weeks and I didn’t have a chance to post my progress. 

The first race that I completed was an early evening race that started at 6:30pm on April 21, 2011.   The weather was a balmy 92 degrees and very humid.  Overall, the race was fun and the race course was pretty simple – it was mostly a flat surface.   However, there wasn’t any cold water to drink until the end of the race.  During the race, there was only warm water after 1.50 miles…it was miserable.  Despite the water mishap, I finished 289 overall and my time was 30:57.  I was pretty happy about my stats considering the weather and lack of water.  There were 2996 total race finishers and 1668 female finishers.  

The next race that I completed went much better than the last one.  I improved my time, my pace and I even won an award.   This particular race was designed for women only, but there were a handful of men that ended up participating.  Anyways, I woke up pretty early on April 30, 2011 to meet my running partner at 8:00am.  I was able to make myself a small protein smoothie that kept me energized throughout the race.  The race started at 8:30am and to my surprise I finished 31st overall out of 270 total race finishers.  My time improved to 27:57 and I also came in first place in my age group.

I plan to enter another race this Saturday and I’m hoping that my time improves again – so, we’ll see.

OXOX Natasha

Fresh Picks to Follow: Maxi Dresses

I bought a beautiful chambray maxi dress from Anthropologie yesterday (see # 1 below) and this dress gave me the inspiration for my topic for this week's Friday Fresh Picks to Follow.  Maxi dresses are everywhere again this season and it’s not a surprise to see them back.  These dresses are flowy, feminine, romantic and versatile for the warm months yet to come.  I think that this is one essential item that should be in any fashionista’s spring and summer wardrobe.   Since I live in Florida, the maxi dress is my go to item during many the hot and humid days.  The dress is perfect because of the endless variety of styles, colors and shapes.  From halter neck lines, bold vibrant colors, daring geometric patterns, floral print, to strapless and spaghetti straps, it is evident that this year’s maxi dress is here to stay.  Check out my top 10 Fresh Picks for the week and let me know what you think.  What are your thoughts about maxi dresses?  Do you have a favorite maxi dress in your collection? 

1. Anthropologie - Tiered Chambray Dress…$79.95 (was $128.00)

2. Free People - Sunburst Maxi Dress…$108.00

3. Alice + Olivia - Mena Printed Halter Maxi...$242.00

4. Anthropologie - Macias Maxi Dress…$228.00

5. White House Black Market - Ruffle Maxi Dress…$188.00

6. Anthropologie - Spellbound Maxi Dress…$358.00

7. Banana Republic - Hailey Printed Halter Maxi Dress - $98.00

8. Free People - Tracks of My Tiers Maxi Dress…$148.00

9. Tory Burch - Shelbee Dress…$478.00

10. J. Crew - Evelyn Dotted Long Dress…$795.00

OXOX Natasha

Fresh Picks to Follow: Sheer Delights

Hiya ladies – I’ve been a little MIA because I have been working straight since last Saturday and I’m exhausted.  I work a full-time job Monday thru Friday and I have a part-time on Saturday and Sunday.  I know – I’m a glutton for punishment.  Anyways, I didn’t have a chance to post last Friday’s Fresh Pick to Follow, but here it is now.  This spring, major fashion designers featured sheer tops, sheer dresses and even sheer maxi skirts over shorts through out the websites and clothing stores creating a real feminine presence. Some of these sheer garments could border between dreamy and vulgar.  Of course the key to wearing this trend in public is pairing the sheer item with an opaque piece underneath for coverage. Here are my top 10 sheer garments for last week’s Fresh Pick to Follow.  Let me know what you think. 

1. American Apparel - Sleeveless Lace Dress…$58.00

2. Anthropologie - Heroine's Homecoming Top…$118.00

3. Wal G - Sheer Flower Dress… $84.00

4. ASOS - Cheap Monday Maxi Skirt…$100.41

5. Anthropologie - Dogwood Blouse…$98.00

6. Urban Outfitters - PJ by Peter Jensen Sheer Silk Dress…$89.00

7. Anthropologie - Silk Blooms Eternal Top…$88.00

8. Bare Necessities - Nation Ltd.: Kingston Sheer Stripe Tee…$68.00

9. Urban Outfitters - Staring at Stars Sheer Chiffon Dress…$59.00

10. Anthropologie - Textural Paradise Top…$98.00
OXOX Natasha
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