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…
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)
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.”
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?)