Twosday LXXXV

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Jul 292014

When I’m Sad…

  1. I’ve found such comfort in the Humans of New York Facebook Page. I always feel better about humanity and life in general after spending a few minutes reading through the photo captions and comments.
  2. I’ll search for laughter in my favorite comedy favorites – @Midnight on Hulu+ or GDWH on YouTube.

Recent Netflix Additions from PBS We’ve Enjoyed

  1.  Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. We’re one episode in this three part series. Such an interesting history is told behind the pages of comic books!
  2. Making Stuff 2: Nova. This show is so much cooler than what we were expecting.  Highly recommended.


Recommended Reading: For Half Marathon Newbies Edition

  1. How to Run Long – LSD for Beginners
  2. 13.1 Tips for Your First Half Marathon

How-to #make1healthydecision NOW:

  1. Decide now: can you get 9 servings of fruits and veggies in before the end of the day?  Make a quick list of how you can make it happen. Reading this before bed? Make a plan for tomorrow to get 9 freggies in your day.
  2. Go for a 5 minute walk. Can’t leave right this minute?  Set an alarm on your phone for when you CAN and don’t talk yourself out of it.  Stretch your legs, give your mind a break, and take in the world around you!


Groceries I Love to Purchase at Target

  1. Flavored Blue Diamond Almonds. Target seems to have the best selection of flavors and I can often find new-to-me flavors there first.
  2. Market Pantry Frozen Fruit.  I love the prices [and the added discount from the cartwheel ap] and that they carry cherries – a must in my post-run smoothies!

Smoothie Recipes I’ll be Making this Week

  1. Berry Fruity Green Tea Smoothie – with peaches, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries.  So refreshing in summer with that green tea!
  2. Coffee Banana Smoothie Packs. Cassie’s blog, Back to Her Roots, is my go-to spot when I’m bulk-cooking and freezer stocking. [I swear by a bunch of her recipes in these posts: Freezer Cooking 101 and Freezer Fill Up ] I love this recent recipe share featuring some favorite flavors – banana and coffee! – and plan to fill the door of our freezer with these super-easy to build packs.


Goals for Decluttering this Summer

  1. Decrease the number of magazines in the apartment. There are stacks. Everywhere. I am sorting through them, a small stack each week.  Sending Envelopes of Random Love [more on how this habit started here: Get Crafty with Magazines], passing on to coworkers, finding someone to donate to [craft club? hospital?], and recycling all that’s left.
  2. Sort through books.  These are also EVERYWHERE in the apartment and I’ve decided that it’s finally time to part with some of these.  Time to fill some boxes for selling, donating, and passing along.

Twitter Accounts Worth Your Follow: Words Edition

  1. Disney Words. We can learn a lot of things from Disney characters, and sometimes they just help us express what we feel.
  2. Great Mind Quotes. A collection of quotes that will challenge, motivate and inspire you.


#THS13point1 Week 3

 Posted by at 6:00 am  fitness
Jul 282014

A few months ago I registered for my first half marathon.  I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to train strong.  This is week 3.


Monday July 21 – Sunday July 27
Total Miles Planned: 17
Total Miles Ran: 17

Favorite Run: Thursday’s three miles made me feel AMAZING.  I played my favorite game – run a mile, pause for less than a minute, run another mile, rest again, run another mile.  I didn’t look at my Garmin at all during the run, just paused it when I heard the mile beep each time.  I was SHOCKED to see how speedy I completed all three miles – and with negative splits to boot! 

Least Favorite Run:  This was another week of not having any terrible running experiences in my training. I’d say of the four training runs I completed, Tuesday’s three miles, though speedier than planned, were just “eh.”

Other Workouts: Lots of walking this week, three shorter walks [between 20-30 minutes] and nice long  four and half mile walk, too.  I didn’t skip strength training, either; I fit in a bit of core work and some upper body sets with my body bar. 

Listening Notes: Podcasts for the three weekday runs – Radio Lab, JV Club, and This American Life.  For the 9 miles I ran yesterday, I had created an AWESOME podcast playlist filled with favorites I’ve been saving to get me through the long run. 

Of course, when I was leaving the house I couldn’t get the device to respond to touch – super frustrating! – so I ended up just pressing the side “play” button and letting all my songs run through shuffle-style again.  Since this has happened several times in recent weeks, I had removed ALL of the music from the iPod except for a handful of running mixes. 

Fueling Notes: I tried a new activity-focused beverage that Mindy had sent me some samples of last fall – The lemon lime flavored Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer.  I was impressed with how much I didn’t hate this, honestly.  It’s not something I would ever choose to drink if I wasn’t about to go on a run or have a hard workout, but I really didn’t dislike the two experiences with the drink mix last week.

On this week’s 9-mile run I packed a tiny bag of raisins.  I ate a small handful (probably 6-10 raisins) twice – just after the 4th and 7th miles.

#THS13Point1 Reflections: I realized this week that fueling is about to be a much bigger deal as my mileage continues to increase. I think I’ve got the post-workout refueling down for the most part – even if I don’t have an appetite, I try to get some good calories and a healthy dose of water within an hour of finishing a long or intense run. 

The biggest thing I want to play around with is mid-run fuel.  In the past, I used vanilla bean GU, gummy bears, or Sport Beans for a few training runs and two 15K races.  I want to try some other types of fuel during my long runs over the next several weeks to find what I like best in time for race day.  I’ve made myself a little list of activity-focused products to try, but I also want to try a few items from the kitchen, too.  

Mid-Run Fuel I’m Planning to Test:

  • NUUN – It’s sometimes hard for me to consume food during hard workouts, so a hydration-based energizer would be a great idea to try
  • Honey Stinger Waffles
  • Clif Shots – in Bloks (chews) and gel form
  • Other dried fruits like craisins, apricots, cherries, oh my! 
  • pieces of or mini-sized Larabars – I eat these when not running quite often.  I love the Cashew Cookie and Coconut Cream Pie flavors [and am stoked to see a new Coconut Chocolate Chip, too! Must find that STAT!]  The Chocolate Coffee Jocalat bar is also amazing!
  • Other flavors of GU – A few of the flavors listed intrigue me in a major way – Espresso Love, Salted Watermelon, and Jet Blackberry, specifically

Do you have other mid-run fuel suggestions? What are your favorite products and flavors?