Shopping for a new dress

Its the running club Christmas ‘do’ this Friday and long after I purchased my ticket someone told me it was a ‘posh frock do’. This struck me with terror, now I am not adverse to donning a dress, but a work dress, a casual summer dress, a posh summer dress BUT never a ‘glam, Christmas party dress’.

I let my fingers do the walking on the lap top keyboard and fired off an order for 8 dresses from my favourite department store. They duly arrived, I tried 7 on (dismissing one without needing to try it on) and exhibited each for Hubby and Madam. My favourite one hubby did not like it all, with him missing the point that shapeless hides all sins and was exactly what I was after.

None fit all the criteria which was as follows

  • To be long enough to hide my hippo like knees
  • Not black
  • Comfy
  • To fit
  • Price is right

Now you would think the above would not be too much to ask but…..

Sunday saw me spend 90 minutes in one shop dress hunting-MADNESS

As this is a ruuning blog (or should be if its going to win the 1st Annual Virtual Running UK Blog Award) I thought I would explain how my marathon shopping session was similar to marathon training

  • Fartlek – Lots of short burst of speed as I sped past menswear and children’s wear
  • Hill repeats – Women’s wear is spread over two floors meaning lots of escalator riding up and down
  • Weight training – carrying 10 dresses at a time, need I say more
  • Easy run – sauntering to the changing rooms
  • Tempo session – weaving in and out of the racks hunting for something suitable
  • Pilates – struggling in to various designs must be working my core
  • Long run – I was in the store for 90 minutes?!
  • Cross training – Oh I was cross

So did I make it to the finish line? Yes I did, it hides the knees, is very comfy, fits in all the right places and the price was right in a flexible kind of way, but its black!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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14 Responses to Shopping for a new dress

  1. Buying a dress is like breaking four hours for a marathon.

    I don’t know what it’s like to do either.

  2. Mavis hall says:

    I don’t like black – please, please wear some red beads!! ( or a scarf suitably draped) then I am only a relic!

  3. iwalkicycle says:

    Can we see a pic? I’m hoping to recycle a dress from previous years….however, my recent weight gain might mean that’s impossible!

  4. paigesato says:

    black is the new “any color but black.”

  5. CeeJayKay says:

    Pic baby pic 😊!!!! I like black too… Accessories are EVERYTHING! Your shopping marathon is funny!!!! Have a fab day xxx

  6. Giggles love the shopping explained in running training terms, it can so be like that. I bet you will look amazing and I hope you have a really great time!

  7. Red Hen says:

    Yep, gotta be fit for all that shopping. Hope your night out went well!

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