recovery

What I'm Into Wednesday - The UGH Edition

Sometimes you just feel....UGH. What do you do? No, seriously, what do you do when you feel that way?

I need alone time. I had a convo with the bf earlier this week about this (he totally gets it) but what came up that was kind of funny was that alone time for me means really, truly, alone. And having a dog makes that tricky. 

What's one to do? Well, I got a sub for my Tuesday yoga class next week and am taking a solo day.

Suggestions on where to go and what to do are being accepted as we speak!

This blog has nothing to do with that. Enjoy.

Hear

The next few weeks will be full of podcasts for the "hear" section of this blog. While I was doing my little corporate gig last week, I spent a lot of time in the car and caught up on the past few months of podcasts (I've been slacking). This week is all about a This American Life podcast titled "Act V". It's a whole show dedicated to a prison performance of Act V of Hamlet. It tackles the similarities between the murderous story line of Hamlet and some of the real life crimes committed by the men in the play, as well the struggle we can feel with getting to know someone and then finding out dark things about their past. It's fascinating.

Smell

While I wish they'd disappear overnight, my foot aches and pains are sticking around. Luckily (as noted in last week's blog) I have lots of tools in my toolbox these days. One of which is Recovery Balm by Saje. Yup, my favorite Canadian essential oil/wellness brand is back. This balm is the perfect consistency for massaging (ouch) the foot and smells wonderful. Spoiler - only available in Canada. Call a friend up north!

Taste

We went to a classic summer picnic last Saturday evening with some friends. I'm talking complete with grilled chicken, corn, veggies, etc. Naturally, the only thing to top it off would be a classic summery dessert! I found a gluten free berry crisp recipe on Food Network, altered it a little (why do they put so much sugar in things?), and it was a hit! Check it out - and my suggestion: ditch all of the sugar and use about half the amount of coconut sugar in the topping only. PS It makes a great breakfast the next day!

Do

Urban hammock. We all love sitting in a hammock reading a book, but for some reason most of us have decided we can only do that if we are somewhere like a lake or camping. Why? I asked myself this question and set my hammock up on our front porch. I strung it up between the two front porch pillars. It was heavenly. Immediately upped the relaxation level! I highly suggest it. And if you're looking for a good hammock, look no further than ENO (no, I'm not affiliated with them in any way). 

See

Last week (I think?) I posted an IG photo about the stuff we don't see on social media. The "other" stuff. The shitty things. The things that go wrong. It felt so good to do. To break that pattern of only showing the highlights. Well a good friend read it and thought so too, and in response sent me a link to a heartwrenching story. Be prepared, this does not have a happy ending. But it was a powerful piece on a collegiate runner who committed suicide. It's beautifully written and, I think, will strike a chord with most of us. Even if it doesn't feel like it relates to you specifically, we have all felt this way about social media at some point. Just know you're not getting into a happy story.

 

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Celebration/Recovery Edition

A few weeks ago I posted about some of my favorite things that surround marathon training. The purpose of training for a marathon is to eventually run said marathon, and that happened on Sunday.

I can't stop expressing gratitude towards everyone who has been there along the journey to that finish line. From my running partners, to my life partner, to all of you who read the ramblings - I couldn't have done it without you.

And yes, I surpassed my goal for Sunday's race. I'll be going to Boston to run the marathon in April. And I'm so, so happy.

Now is the time for celebration and recovery. Enjoy my favorites!

xoxo

LP

See

Look, I know I'm wayyyy late to the game on this one but in the days leading up to the race and in the days post race, while I was laying around with my legs up a wall hydrating, I needed something to keep me occupied. Enter Broad City. Holy shit. It's hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud during each episode and I love the fact that the episodes are so short. It's a well written comedy with the perfect actors (I love Hannibal Burress) and it's well worth the binge time. Thank you Hulu.

Hear

When my eyes can't take any more screen time, I've been turning to podcasts. We all know I'm a huge fan of self improvement/development podcasts but occasionally I just want a good story to get lost in. I was a big fan of both seasons of Serial (even though they were drastically different) and I've been meaning to start listening to S-Town. I was wisely warned to not expect it to be like Serial, so I didn't. And I am digging it. The story is fascinating, the reporting is exactly what you expect of Serial or This American Life, and it's just an in depth look at some super interesting people. Sold.

Do

I got surprised post-race with Wanderlust Gypsy Magic - a yummy smelling bath salt bomb with a secret ingredient: CBD. In case you don't know, CBD is part of the marijuana plant, but not the part that gets you high (that's THC). CBD has been studied and found to be great for things like relaxation, pain relief, and inflammation relief. Sounds perfect for post marathon. I added it to a bath along with some other essential oil mineral salts and soaked away. I do have to say that it was so calming and felt so good on sore muscles. And I woke up the next day with a much lower level of soreness than expected. So either they worked some magic or I'm a healing fiend. 

Smell

My all time fav natural wellness brand, Saje, has a fantastic balm for inflammation and pain called Trauma Less. It's got many useful oils in it, but the secret weapon is arnica. I had my massage therapist use it pre-race on some sensitive tendons and ligaments in my foot and I used it post race on the same thing. It seems to be working well combating 26.2 miles of pavement pounding. And of course it smells good. It's Saje after all. I can't find the product online, but I do believe that they have it in store at the new Fashion Valley location!

Taste

Every runner has food and drink that they dream about during the last few miles of a big race or long run. For me it's a blood orange San Pelligrino to drink and the food always varies. Luckily, my boyfriend knows my cravings well and we made sure to hit a breakfast spot with a San Pellegrino AND he purchased a box of Peanut Butter Puffins (which are by far my favorite cereal) and almond milk to have in the hotel room post race. YUM. I would eat bowls of cereal for all three meals every day if I could. 

Review Time: RunnerBox

Review Time: RunnerBox

I was connected to the wonderful humans at RunnerBox through a good friend (and Boston Marathon runner herself) Jody Stoops. Aside from creating a very cool product, they also proved to be super nice (and passionate) people!

Yoga Basics: Feel Like A Pro

Yoga Basics: Feel Like A Pro

For many of us, joining a yoga class or walking into a yoga studio can be very intimidating. Between the quiet environment, the spiritual music, the essential oils, and the foreign language (that’s Sanskrit, by the way), it’s very easy for newcomers to yoga to be overwhelmed.

Master the following five aspects of yoga and you’ll be more than ready to enter your first beginner’s yoga class!