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About the Boy

The other day, I walked into a local sporting-good store, intent on scouting out the Nike running gear. But when I chanced upon the clerk in the shoe department, said running-gear-scouting was forgotten.

We talked for over an hour—first about running (which, it turns out, we both love), and then about basically every other topic under the sun. In the end, I did buy a new running outfit… and got a date at the same time!


Above, the outfit I bought on yesterday’s trip. Hey, I had to convince sports-store hottie’s boss that I wasn’t just taking up his employee’s valuable time.


And I needed this new running outfit. No really, I did. Ok, so maybe I didn’t. But when I got home and discovered I had a matching-colored sports bra…

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Well, let’s just say I decided it was destiny that told me to buy the outfit.

EDIT: To answer a blog question from Runner Girl (a sweet blogger and reader): Were you nervous, or was it awkward, when you told [the boy] that you were a vegan?

Answer: As proud as I am to be a vegan, I will admit to sometimes feeling a little self-conscious telling people about it, due to how society views any ideas that deviate from the norm. (In other words, I’m entirely aware some people think vegans are freaks.) When I first became a vegan, I definitely did shy away from telling people. But as I’ve grown more self-confident, I’ve come to realize it doesn’t really matter what others think of my diet. After all, I don’t think their diet is the best, so why should I be offended if they don’t like mine? It certainly doesn’t mean we can’t be friends, agreeing to disagree. (In the few cases where someone can’t respectfully “agree to disagree” about my diet, well… who wants to be friends with such a person anyway?)

Also, I feel so passionately about my love for animals and disgust at their treatment on factory farms. If I don’t speak up, fewer people learn about the horrors that the meat industry hopes to keep quiet. So when I stay quiet, the animals suffer more because of my cowardice, and I am actually helping the meat industry.

When the subject came up, I was 100% candid with the boy. And he, in turn, was 100% cool with my veganism. In fact, he has two friends who are vegans. He’s not a vegetarian, but does love animals (with a rescue pup at home), and he is interested in the “clean eating” mentality. Like many athletic guys, he’s into the whole “protein” thing, and drinks a lot of protein shakes.

Question of the Day:

Do you ever feel awkward telling others about your healthy diet habits/quirks?

I used to worry that others would see my diet (and, by extension, me) as weird. But finally, I realized: This is who I am. Not everyone has to like it, as long as I am happy with my choices!

P.S. I’ll keep you updated on the date!! 🙂

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Published on August 5, 2010

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  1. Jennifer - jcd says

    But you look smashing when you’re wearing a pink shirt, green shorts, and blue socks in the rain! Oh, and the new outfit with heels looks great on you. No matter what you wear, you always look fabulous!

    Congratultions on landing a date with Sport-Store Hottie. I think it’s great, even if you know you’re leaving soon. Have fun!

    As for me, sometimes I try to match my workout clothes but it rarely ever happens. Meh. It’s all going to be a sweaty mess in an hour, do it doesn’t matter.

  2. Marina says

    I hope your date will be fun!
    I love your workout outfit! I don’t have such cool workout clothes, but I try to look somewhat ok during my runs. But the most important thing is I feel comfortable and that my pants aren’t falling down (yeah, happened more then once)

  3. [email protected] says

    Yay for the date!!!

    I never wear make up working out…… it just doesnt feel right! I do sometimes match my outfits though. Looking well put together in my workout wear makes the workout even more enjoyable!

  4. Ann Claire says

    Congrats on your date! Have fun!
    As far as matching when working out I just try not to completely clash. For example I usually won’t wear red shorts and a pink shirt or something like that but that’s about the extent of my workout clothes matching. I would totally wear a pink shirt and green shorts!

  5. Daniel says

    It doesn’t matter to me one bit what I wear to the gym – if people are going to judge me while I’m working out by the clothes that I wear, then let them! I went there to work up a sweat and get those endorphins running, not to look fancy! 🙂

  6. Ilana says

    yay for a date with a cute boy!!!
    i’m not gonna lie, I put on eyeliner before I go to the gym or to Pilates. I have to get on a bus and a subway just to get there and I don’t need to expose my zombie-like un-eyelinered face to the public, especially when I usually see people I know haha. but as far as matching, beh, who cares?

  7. Anonymous says

    Nike tramp? Ha, more like Nike Model! You are absolutely stunning. They should hire you, Katie. Or at least the sporting goods store should. Then you could work with your guy! 🙂

  8. Katrina says

    I match, but makeup? HA! Never. Unless I’m doing a race. Then maybe sometimes. 🙂 Honestly, when I do wear makeup when I run, it pretty much just becomes a sweaty mess on my face. 🙂

  9. britchickruns says

    Awh congrats on the date! I am insanely jealous 😛 of the boy AND your running outfit!
    I never match my workout clothes…actually, I do now – I bought my first ‘proper’ running clothes 2days ago, and I’m in love! I wear them all the time :p

  10. Saraishealthy says

    That bra is so cute! I love the polka dots :). You’re beautiful, Katie! And I’m so excited to read more about the date!!!

  11. [email protected] says

    THIS IS SO EXCITING! haha yea he might have been a little wary of ur “intentions” if you wore the heels into the store 😉

    I’m trying to think of a good name for him but im kind of stumped which is rare! Hmm it’ll come to me sometime…

    I’m positive that if you guys hit it off and hang out more he’ll end up eating more of your food once he gets a taste of how delicious clean eating is (not to mention you’ll reel him in with ur fudge babies) !!

    and i love how ironically the sports bra matched! i bought a pair of bikini bottoms the other day and thought “wow this will totally match my bikini top” but when i went home it was totally off haha.. fail.. oh well.

    xoxo <3

  12. christina says

    aww katie that is so awesome!! i love that he has already asked you out!! i FINALLY met a boy at the gym that i’ve been eyeing forever and he just asked me out too! we’re lucky girls this week! i’m excited for you and you must tell us how it goes 🙂 🙂 good luck!!! plan a cute outfit!

  13. Amanda says

    I just started reading your blog yesterday and I love it! Nice to know there’s someone out there who loves running, delicious healthy food, and animals! I’ll definitely be following this post. I became vegan last Easter and have felt amazing since making the change, and it’s definitely helped my running 🙂

  14. Carbzilla says

    Whoohooo! Date! Date! Date!

    I never match hardly ever and that includes at the gym (wait, where’s my gym again?). I’ll be wearing either rolled out of bed make-up or end of day make-up. Those are the options.

    have fun 🙂

  15. Run Sarah says

    Have fun on your date – I love stir fry restaurants, so good! I never match on my runs – I often purposely choose bright coloured/mismatched top & shorts on outdoor runs to be more visible.

  16. Melissa says

    Hooray for your date! Go Katie, go!

    One semi-off topic discussion re: running gear, and I’m not trying to sound like a judgmental arse, but I’m really surprised to see you supporting Nike with all their human rights violations and such. I, personally, really try to avoid sweatshop stuff as much as I can – companies like Nike, Adias, etc being the really well-known, major ones. I know it’s SO HARD with athletic gear (*fist shake*) and that’s terribly frustrating. It’s basically impossible to find a company that’s totally in the clear. I tend to buy only New Balance shoes and then only the ones made in their American plants – but even doing that is no guarantee the materials were produced ethically. Sigh.

    I’ve been trying to buy all my running stuff at consignment stores (there are SO MANY items with tags still on them! Nice stuff!!) and then I feel better, since I’m not putting money in the unethical company’s pockets directly or anything. Still, I buy sports bras new and Champion, which my three bras are, is not great either. PLUS the whole Target gay-rights fiasco right now means I wouldn’t shop there anyway. My running socks need to be new, too, and while I picked New Balance, I’m not sure they were the best choice. I need to look into Fitsocks and see if they are ethical. Sheesh.

    I swear, Katie, sometimes being an ethical consumer is just exhausting.
    It started with veganism and just sorta snowballed. I do my best with human rights stuff but I know I totally fail a lot. It’s just so hard! So please, don’t take my “Nike, huh?” comment as me being better than thou, ’cause I’m not doing so hot avoiding all unethical labor myself. :/ I’m just curious what your thoughts are on it! 🙂

    • Jennifer - jcd says

      Ugh, frustrating! If anyone here sees One Tooth brand athletic wear at your local shops, it is produced in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! They make good quality stuff too. I am so happy they opened a store in my wee town. Mountain Equipment Co-op has a lot of clothes made in Canada too, and some made from recycled materials – bonus.

      • Melissa says

        Thanks for the brand recommendation!
        I’ll be on the lookout, for sure. It IS frustrating!
        The nature of the sport means you need some specialized gear – but it’s all made by big corporations that are less than stellar, usually.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      It IS exhausting, keeping up with trying to be “ethical” all the time… honestly, I REALLY thought I’d read, a few years ago, that Nike drastically improved its labor laws and changed where it was purchasing products from… now I feel… naive? I KNOW that Adidas has had a lot of human rights’ violations (as well as a parent company–for their perfume–that tests on animals, I think), and I’ve been avoiding them for years.
      So my thoughts? I have no idea! (But at least you can rest assured that I probably won’t be buying many running outfits in the near future… I already have too many lol!)

  17. Michal says

    awww katie thats so cute! At the gym I have to wear make up. Not a lot, just some eyeliner and mascara. And I always have the cute little matching outfits haha.

  18. Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin says

    Yay congrats on the date! So exciting!
    I usually don’t match when I run and since I’m in the middle of an 8-year college career, I don’t buy real workout gear either – I wear shorts I’ve had for years and years and old t-shirts from races and school and stuff. Hey, it works! Your new outfit is super cute and you’re kind of convincing me to buy some fun workout gear, and maybe I’ll meet a hottie of my own hehe 🙂

  19. Molly says

    I have this little thing about matching running clothes… I generally wear t-shirts and shorts but as long as they match I’m good! I run really early in the morning with my teammates so as far as makeup goes… that can wait until post-shower! So happy for you that you scored a cutie at the sporting goods store… atta girl!

  20. Faith says

    Eee, how exciting!!! Have a BLAST on your date!

    Most days I work out after I get off work, so I do have makeup on. On weekends though, I don’t put on any makeup before heading out for a run. I like to wear cute, semi-matching outfits, but only because I feel more sporty and motivated when I know I look good in something other than a schlumpy oversized tee!

  21. Kelly Michelle says

    OMG for a second I really thought that was what you wore. There was a girl in my classes that would always come to class in literally gym clothes (skankier ones though, with lots of skin popping out) and high heeled flip flops, she looked ridiculous, especially sitting in accounting classes. If she wanted to dress up its one thing, or to just wear gym clothes but the combination just didn’t work.

    I see nothing wrong with the date! Have fun. I recently went out with a boy tht was just here visiting for a week and had a blast and have had my share of vacation dates in the past too. It always makes for a good time or at least an interesting story!

  22. Justine says

    Yupie for the date! Good point in just enjoying each other while you can. I would have never thought of that, to be honest. 🙂

    The only make up I wear is mascara (if I can remember to put it on!) but I would never put some on just to go to the gym or jogging. For some reason, mascara always smudges on me, even if I’m not doing anything. I have even tried with water-proof and it makes no difference. It’s no big though.

    Cute running get-up! I think it is time for me to hit the running store for some new clothes.

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