I love looking at other bloggers’ Holiday wish lists, so I decided to share mine with you!
Maybe it will give you some ideas for gift giving for your healthy living/run-obsessed friends – or for you to ask for! In my fam, if you don’t provide a list of present options for people to get you, you’re in big trouble.
Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch
Ok, so I didn’t quite ask for this specifically, because it has the price tag is a little steep at $130, but this would be my dream watch. My stopwatch unfortunately
died in Brazil due to a tragic nail polish explosion.
According to amazon.com, this new Garmin Forerunner has:
- High sensitivity GPS receiver
- Records position, speed/pace, distance and calories
- Easy-to-use, button operated
- Virtual Pacer compares current pace to target
- Auto Lap and pause.
Perhaps this one shall have to wait until my birthday. 🙂
- BIC Bands
I am one of those people that has to have everything feeling PERFECT during a run. If my shoelaces aren’t tied at the right level of tightness I have to stop and re-tie. I know, I’m slightly cray cray, but please tell me you do this too!
Anyway, I’m the same way about my hair during a run. It MUST be out of my face. My friend Mal got me a BIC Band for my birthday last year, and now I can’t run without one! They stay in place so you don’t have to be constantly messing with your ponytail like I am forever messing with my running wedgies. Sorry in advance to anyone ever running behind me on a treadmill.
Not only are BIC Bands cute and relatively inexpensive, a portion of funds are donated to charity.
Speaking of running wedgies these are apparently the solution to them.
- Oiselle Roga Shorts
Many runners swear by them – the only problem is that they’re about the same price as my monthly electric bill. I guess lights and heat are more important in my life than not having running wedgies (right now.)
- Magazine subscription to Runner’s World
- Foam Roller
I have grown tired of using the one at the gym, especially after sweaty people. Gross. I would also like to foam roll with a glass of wine in hand for the entirety of every Real Housewives episode.
- Chia Seeds
Let’s cut to the chase: chia seeds are damn expensive. Instead of buying a packet of chia seeds from Whole Foods that will last you 10 overnight oat jars for $12.99, order them in bulk here like my Mom does.
What is on YOUR healthy living Holiday wish list?
I won my first giveaway!
It was like Big Sis Week got a protein makeover.
I never had anything from Premier Protein before so I was excited to try it! (I was hoping the protein would magically make my muscles really strong for September.)
I can’t wait to try all of these flavors!
So far I’ve had the chocolate peanut butter bar and it is not only filling, but absolutely delish. Now I don’t have to worry about having enough protein this week! I’m not a huge huge meat eater, so I like that I can get protein from other sources too.
I’m taking another chocolate peanut butter bar with me to work for my afternoon snack. You know me and sticking to what I like. 🙂 But it will be good fuel for my adventure tomorrow – I’m attempting to run to Tuna’s house (It’s 4.9 mi away I think) because I left my car overnight at a nearby garage for a tune-up.
I haven’t run outside in months because of the
swamp heat/humidity of DC in the summer, so I’m just the teeniest bit nervous. It should be nice out though, so hopefully I won’t end up huffing down the nearest taxi.
Do you ever run to family’s or friend’s houses?
Have you ever won a giveaway or contest? I’m thinking of hosting a giveaway sometime soon!
I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a new pair of shoes before.
After reading Born to Run, I was beyond excited about ordering my new “barefoot” style running shoes. When they finally arrived a few weeks later, I was devastated that they felt way too big on my feet! (Such problems, I know.)
I shipped ’em back and requested an exchange for a smaller size. Then I worried while I waited for three weeks for the new pair to come that the new size would be too small.
They finally came! Hallelujah. (Nooo…I didn’t click the FedEx tracking site hundreds of times…)
Aren’t they beautiful?
The arch that usually bothers me still hurts a bit today – so just like I promised, I will ease in to using these shoes regularly. I still may be running wrong too, like thinking too much about what my feet are doing at all times, rather than just running.
It will be nice when I finally am able to just run.
Tunes bought me flowers on Thursday just because!
What shoes do you run in?
I ran 8 miles yesterday.
That’s the farthest I’ve ever run in my life! I’m trying not to care that I ran it as slow as the bologna-smelling grandma on the treadmill next to me probably would or that I took three baby breaks. I took one at the 60 min mark for a bathroom stop and to refill my camelbak and two 30 second stretch breaks at mile 6 and 7.
Whatevs, man, I did it.
I was also the sweatiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I looked like I had jumped in a pool and swam around with smug-ass Ryan Lochte.
All in all the run wasn’t too bad, other than the fact that it took me FOREVER to get through it. I kicked off the run with a bottle full of nuun and had another 2 full bottles of water during and right after the run, along with a sesh of…
I had heard from the running blog crazies about the magic of foam rolling but never thought I was runner enough to partake in the FRC (Foam Rolling Cult). I figured I would look like I was flopping around on land with a pool noodle. But when I saw the beautiful onyx roller summoning me from the corner of Crunch after my long run, I had to concede defeat.
Boy was I glad I gave in.
I rolled my hips, IT bands/quads, hammies, and calves.
Click here for instructions and videos on how to foam roll.
I think it helped because today I have minimal soreness from my ballin’ 8 mile(s). However, the night sweats are back. FML.
What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run?
Are you part of the FRC aka Foam Roller Cult too?
As I slowly navigate my way through the running world, I am learning more and more about basic things that I never realized were important.
I’ve almost done with Born to Run and not to sound sappy, but it has changed my whole perspective on running.
If you haven’t read it yet, you must.
The book description from Amazon reads:
“Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.
With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.”
Not only does the book inspire you to find happiness in running, which I love, it breaks down the mechanics of running naturally.
I tried switching my form yesterday and run how I should be – by aligning my feet with my center of gravity and hitting the ground mid-foot, and running with quick little strides to put less pressure on my joints. Apparently you should be taking around 180 steps per minute.
I felt so goofy and had no idea if I was actually using the proper form, but I sure as hell felt way lighter, smoother, and less fatigued.
I definitely want to work on my stride as much as possible while I’m still a beginner.
Born to Run also explains the ideology of barefoot running, which I am now obsessed with. This doesn’t mean actually running barefoot, except for Barefoot Ted, who would run up the canyons literally in bare feet, nor does it necessarily mean running in sandals or Tevas like the Tarahumara or the main gringo ringleader, Caballo Blanco.
The idea of running barefoot is running with minimal cushion. The heel cushioning on many modern running shoes can make you more likely to heel strike, which in turn makes you more likely to get injured.
Well….I don’t want to get injured. And I have foot problems to begin with! Currently, I run in:
Saucony ProGrid Mirages.
I bought them about a year ago because I thought they were cute. Typ.
But lately, my left arch (on the foot I broke twice) has been aching during and after I run. I even went as far as to purchase orthotics.
1. My stride (which we’ve already covered – I’m working on it…)
2. My shoes
My friend recommended these Merrell shoes to me:
Like most of the running research suggests, my friend warned me NOT to go straight into running with these babies. My feet are used to the cushioned 4mm drop shoes that I’ve worn for most of my life, and simply can’t handle the poundage. That would most certainly result in a stress fracture. No thanks!
Instead, I opted for these:
The description on the Merrell website says these beauts are, “for distance runners and those new on the path to barefoot running, our Bare Access Arc 0mm drop running shoe gives you a barefoot feel, with added toe to heel cushioning. Still allowing your foot to land flat and follow its own natural motion, its cushioning protects from sustained impacts due to longer runs or a new barefoot training program.”
I’ll still be careful, I promise! I will ease in to using them.
Soooo, they’re a little expensive (like all running shoes are), but it’s OK, my mom gave me a little cash money because she saw on the blog that I needed new running shoes. I shall start writing everything I need on CNG. Just kidding….kind of.
Oh yeah, I also bought these today. But seriously, I need them. Remind me to never buy an iPod shuffle ever again to work out with. As you know – since I’ve been complaining nonstop about them – the damn remotes on the headphones are just not waterproof.
Can you tell it’s payday?
I swear I’m not buying any other superfluous stuff/running gear/
anything except food until after August 15th! Just like Janae is doing a personal challenge, that’s my personal challenge to myself.
Shut up, Georgina.
What is your take on the barefoot running debate?
Have you ever tried Merrell’s shoes?
Long time no see!
I’ve been running around Southern Virginia for a few days (not literally) at Smith Mountain Lake with my Dad’s fam. I caught some rays, kayaked, jet skied (omg, best thing ever – I felt like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider) and played lots of Hand and Foot, my new favorite card game.
No, I don’t have any pictures for you. I’m good at remembering to take pictures of my food, but bad at remembering to take pictures of me doing cool things. I need to work on that.
But, lucky for you, I did remember to take a picture on our special road trip pit stop of the best lunch on the planet.
That’s right, Bodos. Bodos Bagels is a legendary place of hungover happiness and glorious study breaks from college co-eds in Charlottesville. And it makes me so happy.
The thought of having a wheat bagel crossed my mind for approximately .2 milliseconds, but in the end I had to go with my usual-slash-never-tried-anything-else-because-it-is-so -good.
Plain bagel with cream cheese, a caesar salad with no cheese, and a large diet coke.
You know your gf is a blogger when you have to say, “Are you texting or taking pictures of your food again?”
I get to down this glorious concoction AT LEAST one more time in the near future – when one of my BFF’s ties the knot near C’ville in early October. Praise the lord.
I have been cheatin’ up a storm lately when it comes to clean eating. I started the mini-vacay trying though! I brought some of my own food, and made oatmeal with sliced bananas and granola sprinkles every morning.
I’m going to a lake again this weekend for a quick trip, this time with my a cappella group – and I think bringing some healthy food again is the way to go. This time I’ll bring more options so I reach for carrots and wheat thins instead of the wavy ruffles. Mmmmm….wavy ruffles.
I ran once while I was there, but it was more of a trot/walk because it was hot, humid, and hilly. I’m not used to that shit.
I was actually excited to get back to my trusty cool (temperature-wise) treadmill at Crunch. And all day, I couldn’t wait to try out my new headphone plan.
I got the idea from this guy and trusted him because he recommended the BudFits which I use and love. Dummy me, I didn’t realize that the the problem was the remote on my iPod shuffle headphone wire getting sweaty instead of the actual earphones. This method is DIY, which is right up my ally = cheap.
But when I pulled them out at the gym, the remote was already long gone. I wasn’t sure if the remote wasn’t being responsive because of the plastic, so I ripped it off and tried again. Nope. It wouldn’t change songs or the volume up anymore. Blown.
So I did what I had to do. I ran my 5 miles without music. And you know what?
It wasn’t too bad.
Maybe I’m channeling my new-found idols idols from Born to Run.
I did miss my music though, especially toward the end of the run. I don’t know if I should buy a new set of iPod shuffle headphones and re-try the DIY method, or if I should invest in some heavy duty waterproof headphones with a remote/compatible with iPod shuffle 3rd generation (which I have yet to find) or what.
I am glad to be back into my running routine though, nonetheless. The Tough Mudder is just around the corner, and I’ve still got a lot of work to do.
What music player/headphones do you use while you run? Puhlease help me figure out my headphone situation! What headphones do you use with your shuffle?
I am all kinds of excited about several things today. You probably don’t care at all, but I figured:
I’ll share ’em with you anyway. 🙂
1. I now have my own domain name.
It was a spur of the moment decision – having my own domain name was something I really wanted to do, but didn’t want to spend the 20+ bucks to do it.
Luckily, I decided to give myself a ‘lil haircut last night (don’t worry, just a trim!) instead of getting it cut this weekend.
So because I saved a buck trimming my hair, I shelled out some dough for a domain name.
2. I discovered The Clymb.
No, not the Miley Cyrus song.
It’s Billabong. I guess that counts as fitness. They also had a periwinkle/pink one which I wanted until I saw that it was covered with FLAMINGOS. I am deathly terrified of flamingos. So…yay, palm trees.
I’m going on a lake vacay next week and I needed a new bathing suit. All mine are too big for me now (yesssssssssssss.)
3. I did a pull up!
After a mediocre spin class tonight, I ventured down into the scary section of the gym: the weights/jungle gym/open area.
There were some girls training for cross fit and doing those swing pull up thingys:
When I was
little younger I could always do tons of pull-ups. I still have the girl’s pull up record at my elementary school – I did 26 pull ups. Don’t forget, I probably weighed like 100 pounds back then. Ha. In middle school and high school I loved the pull up fitness test day because I could always beat the girls (and some of the boys) with 12 or 13 pull ups.
I tried to do a pull up last week and I couldn’t even do one. Embarr.
But then I tried again today. SUCCESS!
For now. It is slightly petrifying that the Tough Mudder is in two months and I can only do one pull up. I got a lot of work to do, folks.
4. “Healthy” chicken nuggets exist.
Need I say more?
We’re halfway through the week! Thank goodness.
As soon as I woke up with a migraine this morning I knew it was going to be a rough day.
Why the headache? Who knows.
Though I don’t think it was from dehydration after my 5 miler last night, I used it as an excuse to order some nuun! (I’ve been wanting to for awhile. :)) Yes, I am beginning to have a running-gear ordering problem. #dontjudge
I ordered the Mixed U Sampler – the natural hydration options.
I’ll let you know what I think!
Anyway, I think I over-did it with my activities/running around yesterday: work, babysitting, the gym, the grocery store, and hanging at Tuna’s. I left my apartment at 9:20am and didn’t get home until 11:00pm. My all day headache showed me I need to slooooowww dooowwwwn today.
As usual, thanks to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday link party!
This week, my overnight oats were summery and fresh with a yummy fruit substitute.
Peaches subbed for bananers. It is so yummy with the peaches and blueberries mixed!
However, those sesame sticks are freakin’ amazing. I bought a tub of them yesterday in an attempt to spice up my boring lunch salads and they are a keeper. I can’t wait to eat ’em again tomorrow.
The hummus on the side was my much needed protein. Protein = brain food.
And my favorite flavor:
My din din tonight was inspired by our WIAW hostess herself. You can find the recipe I used for Quinoa Fried Rice here:
I don’t think my version was as tasty as Jenn’s, but it was still pretty good.
I reached for the soy sauce and instead accidentally poured sesame oil in the skillet. Uh oh. Though I like my sesame sticks, I don’t like sesame oil. This is why I’m Chicken Nugget Girl. I can’t explain why I like one food versus another made of the same thing!
After that mishap, I added a little too much actual soy sauce.
Next time I’ll have to use more vegetables. I only used peas and onions (are onions vegetables? I’ll have to look it up.) Plus, my egg scrambles were too chunky. Lessons learned.
I have been craving my evening snack forever:
Original Puffins and milk!
Have you tried nuun? What’s your favorite flavor?
What did you eat this week?
PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk
Washington, DC June 16, 2012 ChronoTrack Timing and Scoring by Pacers Events Official 5k Results Place Div/Tot Num Age Hometown Gun T Net T Pace 371 82/122 152 24 Silver Spring, MD 32:28 31:49 10:15
I didn’t know what the difference between Gun T and Net T were, so of course I googled it. Thank goodness I have google to teach me the ways of the running world.
“Chip time is another way of saying “net time,” or the actual amount of time it takes a runner to go from the starting line of a race to the finish line. This is usually what Age Group awards are based on.
But for the really fast guys that win the money they must abide by USATF rules (governing body). To win money they must be timed by “Gun time”, or the time from the start gun to the time the participant crosses the finish mat.” (championship-racing.com).
So my real time was my net time? Yaaay, that means I actually did better than I thought! I obviously still didn’t make my sub 30 goal, but 31:49 looks better than 32:28!
I’m actually slightly impressed with myself because I was closer to goal – AND I walked for 3 darn minutes. If only I hadn’t walked…
I was daydreaming a bit today about all of the the positive effects that eating clean and running have had on my body and mind even in just a few short months.
Since I started clean eating and running at the end of January, I haven’t gotten sick. That’s a huge one.
Some other changes:
- Weight Loss
- Clearer skin
- Shinier hair
- Better digestion
- Easier time falling asleep
- Sleep better
- Less nail breakage
- Nails and hair grow faster
Mental and Emotional Changes
- More energy
- Less stressed
- Less mood swings
I should come back and look at this post when I feel like shoveling Domino’s in my face or when I’m sittin’ on the couch for the third night in a row to remind me how much better I feel when I’m living a healthy lifestyle.
When I got home from work last night I was starving and exhausted. It was a running night though, so I really did want to get my butt to the gym.
I just needed something in my growling stomach, but didn’t want to eat anything that would give me stomach cramps during my run.
I settled for a plain whole grain waffle. Yes, I like plain shit. Leave me alone.
But I still needed something to wake me up. Then I remembered I bought shot bloks last week!
So shot bloks are usually used for intense long distance runners who are running long-ass races like half marathons or marathons. I.e.: not me. They’re gooey gummies with caffeine and other stuff inside of them.
I bought some anyway just to try them because they look so legit.
Last week when I had them out with my 5K gear, Tuna asked me if I was going to break out the shot bloks at mile 2 and tear in to them.
Ummm, no. I just think they’re cool, ok?
I’m going to use a few of them for my long run next week, but I figured why not try them last night. I was only planning on running 5 miles, but if I needed the extra boost of energy to even go to the gym, sure.
I chowed down on three bloks (the standard serving size) and drove to the gym.
I got through my 5 miler just fine. I didn’t really feel a difference, except that I had a little bit more energy for the last mile then I usually do. But I didn’t really know whether it was me or the shot bloks, and didn’t want to give all of the credit to the shot bloks.
However, after my post-gym shower, dinner, and some RHONYC, I frantically:
– Did laundry
– Cleaned my shower
– Took out the trash
– Watered the plants
– Made my O.O. and lunch for today
– Blogged at bit
– Read 50 pages of my book club book
The secret to productivity has been solved. Guess I need to have shot bloks several hours before a run or a race.
Race day started out bright and early at 6:30am. Surprisingly, I popped out of bed just fine.
I quickly ate a some whole wheat toast with peanut butter and chia seeds and gulped down a cup of black coffee.
“Are you running the 5K today?” he asked me.
I told him I was and proudly explained that it was my first race.
My new bud congratulated me and gave me some running tips that he learned in his 35+ years of running.
“Double-knot your shoes.” Ok, that’s easy enough.
“Run the first two miles comfortably and then give it all you’ve got.” Got it. Don’t go out to fast.
“There’s always a hill at the end, so make sure you save some steam.” Steam. Sounds good to me.
Thanks for the race advice, mustache runner man!
I arrived at Metro Center with plenty of time to spare, so I popped into the Starbucks nearby to go to the bathroom (I figured they were going to be much nicer than porta potties) and bought a bottle of water.
I walked two blocks down to Federal Plaza where the race was.
There were plenty of runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators mulling around.
I found my friend Stephy!
The first five minutes were really fun. I loved all the people running together at the start – some shot ahead of me, and some people I passed. I felt like I was running pretty fast, about a ten minute mile pace, which was my goal. I tried to reel it in a little bit, and run comfortably just like the mustache runner man said.
Remember how I lovingly put together my 5K race playlist so that Tubthumping played as I crossed the finish line? Well, I was so pumped/nervous/excited that I turned my iPod shuffle to the shuffle setting and didn’t change it for the whole race. Whoops. But to be honest, I couldn’t even really tell you which of the songs played. My nervousness made my brain/ears slightly blackout. Guess I didn’t need to complain so much about my headphones this past week.
The course was an out and back loop combo with some random baby loops on the side. It was nice that it all flat (mustache runner man was wrong about there always being a final hill) but….
THERE WERE NO MILE MARKERS.
I died. Both on the inside and out.
Stephy told me afterwards that the water stations were at mile marker 1 and 2. Wish the race peeps would have told me that.
I made it to the first water station (and ran right past it) in the low eights. So – fastest mile I’ve run since sixth grade.
However, I had no idea at the time how far I had gone. So I kept on running my ‘lil heart out at the same pace.
At about the 12 minute mark, misery set in.
I was starting to get really tired, slightly nauseous, and grumpy. For me, getting grumpy while running can either be a really good thing and make me run faster or a really bad thing and I give up.
I didn’t give up quite yet. I ran for several more minutes and made my first big mistake.
Stopping at the water station at mile 2. I should have just grabbed a cup and kept running! Once I stopped, I was dunzo.
I got to the second water station in about 19 minutes, so that means I ran my second mile in about 11 minutes. (Though remember, I still had no idea WTF my distance or pace was.) Since the first water station was only 8 minutes out of the race and I was already back to it, I figured I only had 8 more minutes to go. Wow! I’d would blow my goal out of the water!
After a 30 second water break, I started running again. I was toast.
When I finally rounded the bend for the last straightaway, running away from the Capitol Building, I realized I still had about .50 or .75 miles to go.
Nuh uh. No way.
My choice was to vomit or not vomit.
I chose not to vomit.
At 24 minutes in to my first race, I started to walk. Defeat. I walked for 1 minute and people started passing me by the dozens.
Once I started walking, I kind of gave up. I still had 5 whole minutes to get down the last damn straightaway. Maybe I could still finish in under 30 minutes.
I ran for another minute. And walked for another minute. Etc.
Nope, not making it in under 30. My unofficial time was 32:29.
After pouting for a little while, I decided to not be too too upset about the whole thing. I pulled the under 30 minute goal out of my ass, so that shouldn’t really matter. It was my first race and I didn’t know what to expect.
I’m glad I did it, even if the race didn’t go exactly how I had planned it to go in my head. I’m glad I woke up and got to feel like a real runner for 24 minutes on Saturday morning.
P.S. Congrats to Speed Demon Stephy, who finished in 22 minutes!