Run: This magazine cover is everything

I have been a part of the running world for around 15 years now. I am not always active (like now) but I am always aware and always consider myself a runner. During that time I have read/browsed a million running publications. They always offer some good advise and present lots of advertisements and they always, ALWAYS, have a skinny runner on the cover. Until now!

This cWRover for Women’s Running is amazing. A runner on a magazine that is large and in charge. She is plus-size model that is actual plus-size (a term I hate) not a padded out size 6. And she isn’t in a special “plus-size” issue, she is simply the July cover. She is simply a runner. She is awesome.

Lately, I have been feeling too fat to run. I have felt like I needed to get a little lighter before I did that to my body. But I am inspired now. I may be slow and labored right now but I can run. Well if my ankle will hurry and cooperate that is.

Well done, Women’s Running. Well done.


Sew: Butterick B5316

Fabric: Cotton suiting  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

Pattern Sizing: I made a size 2017475592416_407455910b_z

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. Though I didn’t really use them too much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the pleats that create the waistline

Fabric Used: A cotton suiting from Hancock Fabrics. It had nice body that held the crease well and cause the skirt to stand out from the body a bit. I used self fabric to line the bodice.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added piping to the neckline and arms. After these photos were taken I stitched the pleats down another inch to lower the waist a bit. I also raised the neckline, as written it was low, low, low, low and I wanted this to be a church dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t know if I would sew it again. It is a nice pattern but I don’t know that I need more than one in my wardrobe. I would definitely recommend it though.

Easy pattern that makes up a nice dress.

Run: Interrupted

The running is going poorly. Last Tuesday, I had a little motivation and I got up at 5:00 AM to go out for a bit of a walk/run. I was ready to get back to it after a  long battle with Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot. THe PF hasn’t gone away but has lessened in severity.*

Out I went, it was already miserable hot and humid at 5:00 AM so there was a lot more walking than running but I put in about 40 minutes and made my way back towards my house. At two houses away, I stepped off the curb to go around a car that was parked across the sidewalk (a particular pet peeve of mine) and lost my footing. Down I went, I tried to stand up quickly to maintain some pride and realized that things were not ok with my left ankle. I hoped I could walk it off but walking hurt, really bad. I somehow hobble back to my house (if I had been any further away, that couldn’t have happened). I collapsed into chair, removed my shoe and sock and watched my ankle swell to a nauseating shape and size.


A trip to urgent care and a few x-rays later, I was diagnosed with a sprain, outfitted with a  splint and told to stay off my ankle with a full recovery taking about 4 weeks.

F$^* %W*(#)( #(*&%)9!!!!!

I did not have time for this. I had work, I had plans for the weekend that I had been looking forward to forever. But my ankle did not care. My ankle had its way. I did make it to work that first day and that was an enormous mistake, trying to get to my office from our parking lot on crutches in 100 degree heat was torture. Knowing that I had to make the return trip at the end of the day was depressing. The next day I got smart and stayed home.ankle knitting

Bright side, since I was confined to my chair with my husband waiting on me hand and foot, I was forced to do much knitting.

A week later now and the ankle is much better. Still sore but I can put weight on it and get around. No running or long walks though. Naturally, I have never been more motivated to workout than when I can’t.

* I have to thank my Vionic shoes for the relief from my PF. They have and aggressive arch support that takes some getting used to but has really helped me. Not sponsored, they don’t know I exist.