Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

T-Shirt Hoarders Anonymous

My name is Carrie, and I hoard t-shirts.

I’ve been playing organized sports since the third grade, so I’ve won, purchased, and collected more than my fair share of athletics-related upper-body fare.

Sorry I’m not sorry.

Not only are my dresser drawers overflowing with basketball camp t-shirts, but my stowaway tub beneath my bed is also brimming with cotton tops.  So what’s a girl to do?  Don’t worry—a call to TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive isn’t necessary.  Enter Campus Quilt (CQ) Company.

This has retired athlete written all over it:

“If you are like most people, you have a pile of treasured old t-shirts you just can’t bear to throw away.  Campus Quilt is dedicated to turning your old clothes into lasting memories in the form of fun and functional t-shirt quilts.”

Although CQ can sew quilts in many different sizes and styles, their largest quilt contains 49 shirt squares, and yours truly owns 50 shorts she’ll willing to turn into a blanket.  I guess a girl can have too many t-shirts.  It was time to make some cuts.

As I perused these 50 quilt-approved shirts, I had a difficult time selecting which ones would go from sentimental tee to functional quilt.  First, I eliminated t-shirts I made myself.

Yes, they are truly one-of-a-kind, but I want my quilt to have a uniform look; glitter, puff paint, and other attempts at inartistic handiwork aren’t going to cut it.

Next, I bade farewell to any shirts that showcased an event I did not directly participate in.

Exhibit A:  I did indeed attend the 2006 Class B Sectional Championship Game, but unfortunately, my high school team did not advance to the finals.

Exhibit B:  As a 14-year-old and new field-hockey player, I cheered on the varsity team during the 2004 Class B Sectional Championship Game, but again, I did not play.  Both of these tees went back into the tub.

Finally, I want my quilt must be aesthetically pleasing, so I nixed t-shirts that weren’t visually appealing. (Shallow move on my part, I know.) I also had a surplus of white and grey shirts, so a lot of those were banished back into the drawers.

I placed my order this afternoon—I went for the 36 Squares – Wide Full Bedspread T-Shirt Quilt—and I’ll hopefully send off my t-shirts sometime next week.

How many t-shirts do you think you own?  What do you do with old shirts?

Mid-Morning Snack

It might be due to the 10-miler I ran this morning, but I have been incessantly hungry all day.

I had an apple around noon.

Lunch

Another deliciously messy rice and beans quesadilla, stuffed with spinach.

I used an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortilla today, and although it wasn’t super durable—I was afraid it was going to break when I folded the quesadilla in half—it was pretty good.

Margaret baked a batch of Magnolia Bakery apple streusel breakfast buns, and I stole a few nibbles of one of the rejected ones.  Very moist, very delicious.

Afternoon Snack

Lunch didn’t do a great job of keeping me full—again, probably because of this morning’s run—so I made a Kashi waffle with PB and blueberries a couple hours later.

It’s not your everyday food combo, but it worked.

When you complete a long workout, do you find yourself extra hungry throughout the day?

Will Run (Long) for Overnight Oats (in a Jar)

It’s no surprise I have a handful of go-to breakfast staples.  You’ve seen the main players that comprise my morning meal arsenal—whether it’s a veggie scramble, Kashi waffles with PB and banana slices, or my pre-race oatmeal, I love starting the day off with a filling and healthy meal.  Although I do my best to have each staple on a regular basis, I must confess, I do have a favorite:  if I were stuck on a deserted island and could have only one breakfast for the rest of my life, I know exactly what I’d choose.  This pick, however, usually has strings attached—an intense sweat session.

Workout

A 10-mile run around the lake was on today’s calendar.  I’m running the 10-mile 4th of July Foot Race around Cazenovia Lake, and I want to practice this course as much as possible.  There are unexpected twists and turns, plus some hills, and I want to know this route like the back of my hand come raceday.  I completed the run once before in May, but I wanted to give it a go at least one time before Independence Day.

At 6 a.m., my alarm went off, and I considered scaling down the run:  It was raining, I was sore from yesterday’s lift, the excuses just kept coming.  However, rainy weather isn’t the worst for running—strangely enough, I run pretty well when there’s precipitation—so I got dressed, ate a banana, chugged a few glasses of water, and headed out the door.

When I run, it takes me a while to warm-up thoroughly—usually 2.5-3 miles—and today was no exception.  Around mile two, my calves tightened up, my legs felt like a ton of bricks, and I questioned whether I could make it around the lake.  Luckily, I know this is normal, so I told myself to run through it, and I started setting mini-goals to make the 10 miles seem more feasible:  Run the mile you’re in; let’s get through mile three; now focus on mile four.  I tackled the first five miles in this fashion, and finally found my stride when I hit 5.5 miles.

Then, it started to pour.  Yuck!

I could feel myself closing in on a “hitting-the-wall” feeling, so I ripped open my GU Energy Gel and slugged it down.

(post-run photo)

Fifteen minutes later, my energy returned … and then my dad appeared in his car and asked if I wanted a ride home.  Ha!  Although it was tempting, I had already passed the seven-mile mark and knew I was nearing the homestretch.  The final mile seemed endless, but I finished the run at Lakeland Park and immediately checked my phone—I completed the 10-mile loop in 1:30!  This equates to 9:00/miles, but I’ll take it!  More importantly, I didn’t feel completely drained at the end, which is great because I have a half-marathon in August; I definitely could’ve pushed through three more miles.

Breakfast

Now back to the deserted island comrade.

Nestled in a cashew butter jar, you’ll find Chobani apple cinnamon yogurt, Kashi oatmeal, almond milk, and chia seeds.  Best breakfast ever.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could have only one breakfast, what would it be?