The Post About All The Things

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Hey hey, foodies! Long time no talk. I hope all is well, whatever you’ve been up to.

I realize it’s been a long time, so this post is going to be about all kinds of random things. Let’s start with running:

I restarted the Learn to Run 10k program at the beginning of the semester with Dallas. Dallas made it to Week 8 with me, but has been swamped with school & work. I made it to Week 9 this time before I injured myself. Seriously, I’m good at that.

What happened, you ask? Well, a combination of terrible posture whilst studying (for real), and pushing myself too hard after seeing a woman run past me. Ever had that happen? I was feeling pretty proud of myself until this lady flew past me. It didn’t take long before she was completely gone from sight.

*Cue overwhelming feeling of insecurity* I had to run faster. At first I was all like, “yeah, I’m so fast! Feels like I’m flying!”

And then I felt a muscle pull in my left butt cheek. And then the muscle that goes from my right knee all the way up my inner thigh.

The walk back home sucked so bad that I called my chiropractor ON THE WAY HOME. I was still crippled for 4 days after that, until I finally went to see a masseuse. All better now.

But THEN, the day I got the massage, I was running super fast up a lecture hall on campus, saw a girl in my way & tried to Tomb Raider my way around her. Did NOT work, and I ended up smashing my knee into the edge of a desk. My whole knee cap is covered in a huge bruise with a big scrape across it. I have all the grace of a dancing water buffalo.

tl;dr I hurt myself running so I’m sticking to yoga while I heal.

But for those of you who want to feel comfortable running, I do have some awesome things to recommend. (WARNING: I love Arc’teryx A LOT so I may be biased. No, I am not affiliated with them, they just rock.) First, the base layer:

This thing wicks away all of my sweat, keeping my skin dry. It’s super comfortable and seriously one of my favourite purchases as I wear it all the time. I never feel like it’s sticking to me.

For winter running, I love my mid layer. This is the Arc’teryx Atom LT. Super light, comfortable, yet very warm. It keeps me warm without weighing me down, which is important when you’re running. (Note: They do have running jackets specifically for running, but this guy does the trick, especially in winter.)

On rainy days, I add my raincoat shell on top (yep, 3 layers total). This is the Arc’teryx Alpha LT. It’s 100% waterproof and it keeps me extra dry. I should mention that on really gross, rainy days out here on the wet coast, I put my hair under one or both hoods, walk to school after parking for maybe half an hour, get inside, and my hair looks freaking perfect. There is nothing I dislike about these jackets. Nothing.

(Don’t mind my hair in the photo. I don’t brush it before I go running, obvs.)

For those of you who are worried about the cost of Arc’teryx, take your time shopping. Scout around, decide what you like or need, and then watch for sales. I was able to get both my base layer and my raincoat for half price. Even if you pay full price, it’s so worth it. You’ll never need to buy another jacket.

I know most of you have seen my Motion Comfort headband, but for those of you who haven’t:

It keeps the wind out of my ears which is fantastic. I hate ear aches. That’s all I have to say about that.

Anybody else have trouble with shoulder cramps while running? Do this:

Pressing your thumb to your middle finger activates a pressure point, relieving the pressure in your shoulders. Also make sure to relax your shoulders and swing your arms more to gain momentum, taking the pressure off of your legs. Doing all of these things has made running so much easier for me. You shouldn’t be in pain while you exercise. (And if you are, do yoga.)

New topic! Dallas & I celebrated our two year anniversary this month. This man is the best thing to ever happen to me. And he’s pretty easy on the eyes!

I bought a new dress that I wore for the occasion (ever shopped on HauteLook? Sweet deals there!).

We went to a local restaurant, The Mahle House, for dinner. I’d show you pictures, but the lighting is terrible. About as good quality as the photo of Dallas. It’s decent for taking pictures of people, but definitely not food. Restaurant mood lighting is not camera friendly.

For Valentine’s Day, we stayed in and made a Margarita Pizza. EVERYTHING from scratch! Dallas made the sauce (roasted tomatoes, sauted onions, fresh herbs, the works), while I made the dough (and DAMN am I getting good at it!). When I rolled out the dough, Dallas spread the sauce over top, and we decorated it with fresh basil and balls of mozzarella. It was amazing!

We made some kickass roasted veggies to go on the side. Always need to get those greens in.

The next day, I made a quick lasagna with the leftover sauce & veggies. I just made layers with whole wheat noodles & a bit of cheddar. So good!

Om nom.

All said, it took us more than 4 hours, but I have to say it was the best Valentine’s Day ever.

In other random news:

My mom found a strawberry shaped like Hello Kitty in her garden.

I got glasses (well, technically I’ve had them since grade 3, I’m just not abusing my eyes with contact lenses anymore). I’m extra excited because I love how they look (first time ever) and they are Tiffany & Co! <3

This semester, I’ve spent a lot of time in my PJ’s snuggling my cats. I’m probably that crazy cat lady your parents warned you about.

I found a flower pot pen in the campus bookstore for $2.79. It made my whole day.

The highlight, though, was probably the yellow mug. I stifled an intense urge to pocket that baby.

I bought The Mat from Lululemon and I’m so happy with it. I love that it’s double-sided, and I can’t wait to test it out at hot yoga. So far, it’s been awesome for at-home yoga.

Bonus: it has a slightly weird smell, so my cats don’t go near it and shred it all up (like my last mat…rest in peace <3).

And I think that’s all! *phew* It’s been a busy semester, but I feel really happy & excited about it. I’ve made many new friends, I have great professors, I love the material, and I’m a very active member of the Psychology Club. Life may be crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What have you all been up to? I hope you’re enjoying your March into Spring!

peace, love, food <3