great breakfast shake this morning:
-chobani peach greek yogurt
-a few ice cubes
blend that shit up and enjoy!
i’ve been attempting to cut back on the starbucks coffee by exploring some tea alternatives. i really do enjoy tea, so trying a few new teas is exciting! i’m not doing loose leaf tea just yet, although i have brewed some loose leaf tea in the past, for now i’m just exploring some various tea bag choices.
tonight i’m enjoying a cup of moringa mint tea from global moringa. it’s very pleasant and the mint is definitely prominent. i do enjoy mint so it’s a nice cup of tea for me.
the other tea i’ve been enjoying in the mornings is numi’s cardamom pu-erh. if you enjoy an “earthy” tea, then pu-erh tea is for you. it isn’t too “earthy” as the cardamom spice balances is it out.
moringa and pu-erh have other benefits which can easily be found via google 🙂 some being antioxidants, metabolism, energy, etc.
i’m looking forward to brewing some loose leaf teas soon…until then, cheers!
seems like i’ve been in a rut or funk lately. it’s been 5 days since my last run and it’s like forces are conspiring against me. i’ve been feeling sick the past 2 days. just before that i had a great run though. best time on my 3 mile route so far. and before that, it was my back acting up. before that, it was my knee.
my running output for december was low. january is starting off horribly. the silver lining is that i’ve managed to maintain my weight and not gain any during this rut. i know this because my girlfriend got me a digital scale so i weigh myself every morning and everything has been to my satisfaction 🙂 i love my scale and it loves me, lol.
i started off 2014 with a sore knee and a bad back. the knee: a little sore from pushing myself during a run about a week before. the back: tweaked while moving some large/heavy items. not exactly how i imagined my 2014 starting. i actually had a tens unit hooked up to my lower back the morning of january 1st. but after a little rest and some time off, last night seemed perfect for my first run of 2014.
it kind of sucks to run in the dark, but by the time i get home from work…well, it’s dark! as soon as i walked in the door, i strapped on the running clothes, some reflective bands, my skechers and hit the ground running. sheow! it felt good! a whole week off and my run felt easy on me. my knee and back behaved as well. i finished off my run with some darigold REFUEL…ahh…so good.
i’m happy to be back at it, so cheers to 2014 and your running goals!
one day left in 2013 and reflecting a bit. it’s been half a year since i started running and the journey has been awesome. i’ve managed to drop about 35 pounds and stay on a good routine. my diet could be better, so i need to strive for a healthier diet in 2014. my bones may be a little achey but i feel healthier and more energetic since i began running.
so here’s to 2014 and continued running!
quick update: i’ve completed 25 of 30 miles for november’s #thirtyin30 challenge…yay!!
now, onto some running help…
i’ve been dealing with achilles tendinitis and it sucks. i get that pain above the ball of my heel and it’s tight, especially in the mornings. it comes and goes throughout the day, depending if i’m still or sitting for long periods of time. i do computer work so i’m still or sitting for most of the day lol! as i’ve lost weight, i’ve noticed it isn’t as intense as it was many months ago. it’s manageable, but usually is worse the next day after a run.
i found a couple of things that have helped. first, the mcdavid achilles tendon support. it’s simple, yet offers some padding and enough support. the cool thing is it isn’t bulky and you can easily wear it over a sock and still put a shoe on without it being in the way. i’ve been wearing this during my runs now and have had a decrease in the amount of pain i have the next day.
second, blue emu. i was skeptical at first. although the reviews were good, i still had my doubts. when i received my order and opened the jar and there was no scent at all, i had more doubts. when i put some on and there was no ‘heat’ or ‘ice’ feeling, i even had more doubts, like how is this going to help me without any heat or ice feeling? it was like putting lotion on without any scent at all. but whatever magic is in that jar, it’s working…and i’m buying more of it.
as i mentioned, i still have that morning tightness and pain, it just isn’t as bad as it has been in the past. it’s been very manageable and i think these two little adjustments have helped (blue-emu and the achilles tendon support).
till next time, stay moving my friends #run