Discoveries: Awesome and Not-So-Much

The past month or so has been full of random discoveries for me.  I thought I’d share a few of them with you.  So… let’s get to it. 

Just remember that I said “random”… so don’t get your hopes up for something life changing…

Awesome Discoveries

I can run four miles without gasping for air.  Awesome Discovery #1: I’m a Runner. I Run.  (you have to say in the same way that Bob does to get the laugh factor…)

Now let’s talk about how great Sephora is… I mean that company knows what’s up.  I recently bought some perfume online, but the scent didn’t last more than an hour (aka – it needed to be returned).  When I returned it at the store, I was told I could get samples of AS MANY PERFUMES AS I WANTED.  What?!!! Awesome Discovery #2: Free Samples Rock My World. 

Yes, I’m pretty sure I’m the last person on Earth to realize that Sephora gives you samples of whatever you want.  Ah well.  It still made me happy. I sniffed around, and picked five different ones to try out at home.  They gave me a cute little sample spray for each one.  She did not even bat an eyelash at my five requests, and she actually asked me if I wanted anything else.  I now have a supply to last me a month or so.

I will say that I’ve already chosen the top two contenders, and will most likely be purchasing them shortly.  I know.  “Them.”  I was only going to get one.  Gah.  Free samples.   Well played, Sephora, well played.

Next discovery:  Almond Milk makes a BOMB (yes, I brought that word back just for you) smoothie!  I’ve been making breakfast smoothies in the morning for the past few weeks.  They are super fast to make! It’s ready from the blender by the time I get my shoes on, so I don’t feel like I’m losing any time.  (Read between the lines:  I’m usually running around like a crazy lady in the morning.  This quick to-go breakfast helps get me out the door on time, and makes my growling stomach happy.  Win. Win.)

Pour 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk into a blender.  Throw in about one handful of frozen, whole strawberries and one scoop of vanilla protein powder…. Then let her rip…

It’s so good and creamy!  Plus it has 23g of protein AND less than 8g of sugar (7g of that is the strawberries)!  There are a TON of healthy smoothie recipes out there.  If I can ever remember to grab spinach at the store, it will go into my next smoothie (can’t taste it and it has extra nutrients)!

It fits perfectly into my 24oz Tervis Tumbler cup, and holds me over until lunchtime.  I eat like a cow, so that’s an impressive feat!

Awesome Discovery #3: Filling (and Healthy) Smoothie Goodness.

My mind-blowing discovery list ends with how awesome compression socks are.  My calves are usually wicked tight after running, but I read from SkinnyRunner how compression socks may help. I started wearing compression socks after my runs and my calves feel amazing!  Bonus is that you can wear them out and no one knows!  After my long run yesterday, I jammed out all night in them at my very good friend’s birthday bash (Happy Birthday, Bre!!!).  No one even knew… until I told them.  Awesome Discovery #4: Compression Socks = Stealthy Rock Star Dance Moves (and Happy Calves)

Not-So-Much Discoveries

This list is much shorter.  (I’m talking writing, like, one.  I’ll share ONE not-so-much discovery with you.  I’d like to keep you as a reader, so I think one is enough to share for today.)

My elbows sweat.

Yes, you read that right.  I have sweaty elbows.

Not-So-Awesome Discovery #1: Sweaty ‘Bows
Who even gets sweaty elbows?  This girl (points at self).  Ugh.  I can feel the sweat running down my arms (I know you all know that feeling… even if it’s not your elbows.  You can’t fool me).  It’s actually annoying because I have to continually wipe my arms on the sides of my shirt as I run. It doesn’t matter how I hold my arms when I run either.  I can run like a chimpanzee with my arms hanging at my sides…

(Only I actually do go faster than that guy)

Or have them in a normal-looking running stance.
  I think I may have to start sporting those arm sweatbands.  Maybe it will make me look wicked bad@ss?!

Yeah, I don’t think really think so either.  So I guess I’ll just be that girl that you pass who is continually rubbing her arms against her sides like a nut job.

“Don’t mind me… I’m just sweating like a beast…. because I’m awesome… and so is my elbow sweat.  Obviously.”


Running Recap

On Tuesday, I was only supposed to run 3.5 miles according to my researched and self-made training plan, but the song I had playing was so good (here’s a hint) that I kept on going until it ended.  I am focusing on increasing my speed on my weekday runs, and working on distance (at a slower pace) on Saturday.  Here are the photo stats for my long run this week.

As always, all my stats can be found on my Running Log.  The weeks, they are a-ticking down!

Questions of the Day):
Have you made any fun (or not-so-fun) discoveries since the start of 2012?  What is your favorite grab-n-go breakfast?

Anyone else out there with elbow sweat??? (no? really?)


27 thoughts on “Discoveries: Awesome and Not-So-Much

  1. I enjoy reading your blog, Sara. I am impressed with your goal setting and monitoring of your progress. Keep up the great work.

    My Go-to breakfast: I am not and have never been a great breakfast person. Just give me coffee. If I really need something fast, I grab a paper cup and fill it with dry Cheerios. I used to keep a box in my classroom, so that I could have breakfast at morning snack time, and if any kids forgot their morning snack, I would give them a cup as well.

  2. Congrats on running 4 miles without gasping for air! That is great now you can push further like 5 or 6 miles. I have been thinking about trying compression sock and was excited to read that you found they worked for you. I am excited to get some!

    • Thanks! I’ll take all the encouragement I can get! This Saturday I’m scheduled to run five miles (never before seen mileage for me!). Keep your fingers crossed!

      There was a great coupon code for compression gear at (I’m not sure if it’s still going on). I have the Pro Compression Marathon socks and love them. I also have a set of sleeves from CEP which are nice because I can wear them to work and still have on dress socks (or no socks).

      Let me know what you think if you try compression gear out!

  3. I am loving the blog Sass, keep up the great work!! I’m so proud of you and all your running. I too suffer from elbow sweat and feel gross when I am wiping my arms. Glad I am not the only one.
    I recently found a new food discovery that I am obsessed with. It’s 100 calorie tortillas by LaTortilla Factory. They are very good, soft, and they also have 8g of fiber. They do make a whole wheat kind as well but def not as good!

  4. Hi Sara,

    Mt parents have a cattle farm and also 500+ strawberry plants! So I have a bunch of frozen strawberries in my freezer from them. Now this grab and go shake may not be the best for you, but I figure every now and then – it can’t hurt:) I take about 2 scoops of strawberry swirl ice cream, 2 cups of strawberries, 1 cup of 1% milk, a couple tablespoons of strawberry yogurt and blend! I don’t un-thaw the strawberries, because they help keep the smoothie cold. I usually split a shake this size with my husband and its so yummy.

  5. Liquid awesome! Love it! Really great post. Lots of media and lots of humor! What a great way to keep people coming back.

  6. I really liked this post it was a lot of fun to read! I absolutely love a great smoothie! I have also been interested in juicing lately ( fresh fruit/veggie juices …not the other thing haha). Have you thought about giving that a try? I find it’s a great way to supplement my workouts. There are some great “green monster” recipes on and

    • Thanks so much for the smoothie sites! I have definitely read about the juicing, but the clean-up of the machine is the part that is holding me back! Hahaha… sad but true!!! Thanks for the comment!

  7. What about Bob, what a great way to start a blog post! Ok, I have to admit this … I did not know that Sephora gave so many free samples, and I used to work in the mall. That smoothie looks good, I am going to have to try it. A yumy breakfast is also Cheerio’s with Vanilla Soy milk, put it in a coffee mug to minimize dishes, LOL. Great post : ).

  8. Just got my first Tervis last week.. Impulse buy with the infomercial on in Bed Bath and Beyond AND they had cherry blossoms on the cup ( which I love)… Well worth the $14.!

    • Heck yeah! I LOVE my Tervis! I fill it up with my breakfast smoothie for the road, and then I wash it out at work. I try to plow through at least 4-5 of them filled with water throughout my work day. I am also a fan of the straw! It’s wide enough so my smoothie never clogs it! Genius! Thanks for the comment!

  9. That was a fun blog and very funny. I loved reading about all of your discoveries this week. The one about getting all the free perfume samples was cool I didn’t know they did that either. Make me want to go out now and get some free samples. I bought Almond milk before and didn’t like it but that is because I was drinking it straight out of a glass. But now I want to try your recipe using that, I do love strawberries and I can imagine the combination to be super yummy!

    • Let me know how it goes if you try out the Almond milk in a smoothie. I tried it on its own too, and wasn’t a big fan. In cereal and smoothies, it works well. Also baking/cooking recipes… the only time I haven’t really enjoyed it is when I drink it as is. Good luck with your free samples too! Hope you get some good stuff!!! 🙂

  10. Hi Sara,
    I have discovered that there is an inner-tube around my middle, so I need to be serious about losing weight and toning up. Your breakfast smoothie sound
    great and I think I will go out tomorrow to purchase the fixings for this drink.
    Rachel Campbell

    • Hi Rachel! Thanks for your comment. You’ll have to let me know if you like the smoothie…! There are a ton of recipes out there, so I’m sure if this one isn’t for you there will be one that you’ll like. I’m leaning towards a chocolate smoothie creation next!

  11. great post Sara!! I was cracking up! for starters:

    a) I had NO idea Sephora did samples!! I am so excited to go and try this out. I am a pretty hardcore Armani perfume fan – Black Code being my absolute favorite. But I wouldn’t mind trying out some more!

    b) I still use “bomb” and all it’s variations

    c) I too have also been doing the smoothie morning ritual every morning compliments of my Magic Bullet Blender! I use a Pinterest find recipe that is awesome! – strawberries, bananas, vanilla yogurt, old fashioned rolled oats, honey or vanilla flavoring, and milk. THE best and very filling!

    I will definitely keep reading =)

    • Hahahah.. your “…and all its variations” had ME cracking up! Glad I’m not alone! 🙂 I haven’t tried that perfume yet. I’ll have to check it (because I can… and because it will be free. Thank you again, Sephora)! So… I cannot wait to try that smoothie!!! I have all the ingredients on-hand too (which is not like me)! Thanks for passing it along! (And for wanting to keep reading! I appreciate it!!!)

  12. This was such a fun blog post to read!! I love the videos and comedy you inserted, glad you learned that you are a runner and that Sephora perfume samples are your kryptonite (haha I have made the same discovery in the past). I just recently got into Almond Milk as well, I am excited to try it in a smoothie now!!

    • Thanks for the comment, Liza! Sephora. Man, oh, man. I could spend hours in that store trying things out. Totally kryptonite (great way to explain it)! There are a lot smoothie recipes out there. Carrots N Cake and PeanutButterFingers (in my Blog Roll ) have some good ones in case you need other ideas on how to use up that Almond Milk! 🙂

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