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What I'm Into Wednesday - The Random Edition (pt. 1)

The past few Wednesdays have featured themed lists...but this week it's all random. And I labeled it "pt. 1" because, let's be real, there are bound to be many more random weeks.

I've had a really great few weeks of feeling like I'm back in the groove of things - physically, mentally, with work, and at home. I think most of us have had periods of time where things just feel off and can agree that it feels great when life just starts to click again!

So that's all I have for an intro this week... short, sweet, and to the point.

xoxo

LP

DO

Angelo and I have lived in our current digs for about six months and have had a few lingering household projects waiting to be done. One was buying or building a shelving unit for the corner of our bathroom. Our bathroom is seriously lacking storage (but at least it's normal sized! Our old bathroom was stupidly large in a tiny apartment) and we had a tiny little nook to find shelves for. Enter the problem: pay an over the top amount for a shelving unit or wing it ourselves? We opted for the latter and (surprise!) it worked out! A fun trip to Home Depot, a few hours of sawing and sanding and staining and nailing, and we have custom shelves that fit perfectly! Plus we had a really nice day together building them. All for around $60. 

SEE

I ran into Home Goods this week (dangerous, I know) to pick up poop bags for Arlo (aside - they are SO cheap there) and ended up picking myself up some new journals as well. I'm picky about the notebook I use tow rite my yoga sequences in and the pages in my current one kept falling out. These neon and gold ones jumped out and I love them. Is anyone else a notebook whore with drawers upon drawers of half filled notebooks? No? Just me. Ok then.

HEAR

My good friends Lou and Amanda are known for many things, but one is their great taste in music. When they recommend an artist I'm pretty much guaranteed to like it. A few months ago they recommended listening to this band, The Suffers, and honestly I just forgot to listen to them. Which was a bummer - because they're awesome. So keep an ear out on my playlists, they are coming.

TASTE

What's an ice cream lover to do when they're avoiding dairy??? Try all the non-dairy variations of ice cream that exist! My current fav: NadaMoo. Coconut milk based and delicious. Grab the Snickerdoodle flavor. Complete with gluten free snickerdoodle chunks! I dare you to try not to eat the whole pint. PS You can find them at Sprouts. You're welcome.

SMELL

Natural deodorant was a concept introduced to me by some friends who work at Saje (my fav essential oil brand) a while ago. But the spray natural deodorant just doesn't seem to hold up to the significant amounts of sweat I produce daily (ew, I know). A few weeks ago I found the brand Schmidt's and tried their Lavender and Sage deodorant stick. OMG. It smells awesome and works so so so well. Lavender not your thing? Plenty of other smells to choose from!

What I'm Into Wednesday - Marathon Training Edition

The Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday...and I won't be there this year. While I'm incredibly bummed to be missing one of my all time favorite races, I am stoked to be healthy this year and moving forward towards re-qualifying (while feeling good)!

I'm running the OC Marathon on May 7th and I am in the middle of my last big, big week of training. That sparked the idea for this week's What I'm Into post: Marathon essentials.

See

If you're looking for motivation to start running long distance, keep running long distance, or decide to take on a new running challenge, I have an author for you! Christopher McDougall has a few excellent running books. Most of us have (at least) heard of Born to Run - the book that birthed the barefoot running movement. But did you know he wrote another book? Natural Born Heroes is my favorite of the two - running meets nutrition meets history.

Hear

I don't listen to music while I run. I used to but I broke my trusty iPod while training for a race about 4 years ago and just never replaced it. When I do have solo long runs that I need a boost for I listen to podcasts! This podcast plug goes to perennial favorite Tim Ferriss. He interviewed Ricardo Semler, who is a Brazilian businessman known for his radical re-organization of industrial democracy. Sounds boring, right? Totally not. This guy is full of life lessons. 

Taste

My go to hydration brand, nuun hydration, just dropped a brand new product that I'm pretty excited about. Nuun Performance adds back in the carbohydrates necessary for sustained or intense exercise (yup, marathon training falls in there) while still being one of the cleanest options out there. I am a little bummed that they are discontinuing Plus, which was a carbohydrate tablet that you could add to your nuun, but I'm happy with the replacement. Shhhh.... I still have a stockpile of Plus. If you do too, try chewing them instead of dissolving them. It's a game changer. 

Smell

I'm experimenting with diet as I approach the last month before the marathon. One of my explorations is into the world of gluten and dairy free nutrition. While it's not hard to eat that way on a daily basis, finding pre-run (or during run fuel) that keeps with that is more challenging. Last week I made grain and dairy free banana muffins that were perfect for popping a few before a long run. And they smelled bomb. Like the best banana bread does.

Do

You need to go to Milestone Running in North Park. Go to say hi to the guys (and Julie). Or to pet China. Or to try on cool clothes. Or buy sweet Stance socks. Or stock up on your fav hydration and nutrition. OR buy new shoes (duh). May I recommend... the Saucony Freedom! What?? Not New Balance. I know. I'm shocked too. But they are amazing and will be my race day shoe.

 

So if you remember, send me some good vibes on Sunday, May 7th. I'll need them!

xoxo

LP