What I Love Wednesday

I decided to start having this weekly feature of things I love.  They could be purchasable things, inanimate things, photos, a kind word, etc.

Also, for the few people that read this that know me IRL (hint Mom and Shawn), these posts could serve as excellent birthday, Christmas, you’re-an-awesome-daughter/wife present list.

1. Lululemon Swimwear.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I’ve seen some pictures online over the last few days and while I’m not totally sold on it yet, I can definitely see myself purchasing a suit. Why not? Also with the 360 Rashguard top, I can totally see that being a good addition to my triathlon swim outfit…right?

2.  The J’adore Hardcore tank from Run Pretty Far. Super cute.

3. BIC Bands. I currently have 4 minnie sparkle ones, and can’t wait to add more to the collection. Love sparkles.

4. This picture:

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Because Rocky is just so darn cute.

5. The fact that I not only PR’d my deadlift last week (215lbs baby) but I PR’d my clean yesterday at 100lbs as well!

6. Anything, and I mean anything, from the Tough Chik website! Especially the tri tanks. Oh and the tri shorts. Love it!

So tell me – what is something that you love today?

Friday Favourites

1. These individual oatmeal bakes from Sugar Free Mom. When I made the recipe I ended up with way more than she did, plus I added cranberries to the batter.  But these are fabulous and filling, especially warmed with a bit of maple syrup. Divine.

2. My new Run:Pacesetter Skirt from Lululemon.  I’ve wanted a running skirt for a while, just because they are so cute. This is the one I got (please excuse my fantastic iPhone photo and wicked lighting. I swear I do know how to take pictures)

I love this pattern

I wore this skirt combined with the Cool racerback tank to CrossFit on Wednesday. It was fun to clean and jerk 90lbs wearing pink and a skirt (and my silver sparkle BIC Band).  Who says you can’t look cute while lifting weights?

Awkward smile, check!

3. Running! I don’t think I’m going to make it out for my second run this week, I probably ran a little harder than I should have on Tuesday and I’m afraid to hurt myself by pushing for a second day.  Or I’m a wimp.  Either way, it was so awesome to slap on my Garmin and actually get out and do a real running workout. Yay running!

Another awkward smile, and now complete with windblown hair. I'm a class act

4. We have mourning doves that are living on our porch.  They pirated a nest that other birds had built but never used last year.  The Mrs bird is always in the nest, while her Mr comes and goes, bringing her food and company, I guess.  I named them Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, and this joke is probably only funny to Canadians, and probably then only to people who remember anything about politics from high school. And clearly I need to learn to write in less run-on sentences.

The love birds (I know they aren't really love birds)

5. Fringe.  Fringe is one of my favourite shows of all time.  Yes I realize this makes me a science fiction nerd, but that is a whole other post in and of itself.  There is a huge social media campaign happening by the show’s fans to bring attention to the popularity of the show to Fox Broadcasting, and so far it seems to be working. Last week the hashtag on Twitter was #WhereYouBelong, and Fox even got on board and displayed the hastag during the episode.  This week the hastag is #ChangeYourWorld.  Watch for it on Twitter and, if you can or want to, please RT and help support this undervalued, awesome show. The world needs more Fringe, and way less reality TV.  Check out Fringenuity for more information on the current campaign.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend! See ya next week!

The Self Pity Post

Hello again everyone!

Another week has come and gone, and while I would normally have some awesome workout in review post for you, the sad state is this:

Yes that’s right, Daily Mile put it out on Twitter for all to see – I only got down and sweaty once last week.  While it was a CrossFit workout and nothing to sneeze at, it was still only. one. workout. And no running – yes, I do have a half marathon in less than 3 weeks.

Remember that knee thing I mentioned last week? And how I was going to take a few days off to let it settle? Well, truthfully, I’m terrified to try running right now.  I worked at the barn this weekend (yay ponies) and the combination of heavy winter boots, snow, and lots of time on my feet really set my knee back.  Saturday I was in a lot of pain, so I stocked up on some essentials – Advil, Arnica, lots of ice and a knee sleeve from the drugstore.  So far this combination has really helped and I’m nearly (yes, only nearly) pain free.

I am going to get on the treadmill tomorrow to test it out and see how things go.  Fingers crossed that I’m able to push out at least 5K pain free. Any and all good knee thoughts would be greatly appreciated.   I really don’t want to have to DNS my first half marathon – the very idea of not being able to race has me in and out of a funk, and I don’t like being in a funk.  So I’m trying to put a smile on and think happy rainbow and unicorn thoughts, considering that I have so many other things to be happy and thankful for, and there’s far worse things that could happen to me than a DNS, but I want to run. And I want to run this race.

All that moping aside, I do plan on going to yoga tonight or if not then I will go to CrossFit. And I bought a new cool racerback tank from Lululemon today – although I was disappointed they didn’t have the Run: Stay On Course skirt in my size.  AND I still have today and tomorrow off work – so really, lots of good things, right?

(But I still want to run)

I hope you all had a great weekend and have lots of sweaty workouts planned for this week!

Any and all positive thoughts are appreciated! How do you deal with injuries when you can’t run?