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!
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.
it’s a pain in the ass to have to cancel your card and then await another card. now i have to go inside the bank for money. inconvenient, yes, but not the end of the world.
but what about the hack? seriously, this is like a train carrying gold…the timing of these guys, the influx of credit cards being used. talk about a haul. hats off to those hackers. shame on target for not being more security-aware during one of the biggest credit card seasons of the year.
thankfully i’m done with shopping, yippee!! i did most of my shopping online. my reward: bank of america informing me yesterday that my card was jacked and used to make a purchase in cincinatti, ohio. friggin great. now my card is cancelled and i have to make in-bank withdrawals while i await my new card. inconvenience for sure.
aside from that, this is a great time. at work, we have received so many ‘goodies’ from other departments. i’m trying to limit myself on the sweets, but that’s like 90% of what we receive! i did get an itunes gift card, totally cool for an IT / techie / nerd / geek like me 🙂
off-topic but i’ve been addicted to soy lattes as of late. i tried one for the very first time last week and it’s now my new “usual”.
so, christmas parties this weekend, potlucks, and gift exchanges are flooding my calendar but it’s all good. looking forwards to friends, family, and the holiday spirit!
i’ve been a little…ummm…lazy lately. cold weather and early morning runs haven’t been on the agenda like they should. that being said i was overdue for a run this weekend and my lovely daughter joined me 🙂 she kicked out 3 miles with me and it was such a peaceful run too. here’s to more great runs!
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).
so i’ve been bitching about this cold weather running. well, today my neck gaiter came in and i took it out for a little night run.
as soon as i put it on, my inner ninja took over 🙂
but all kidding aside…i did feel like a ninja running this evening. the paths were dark and i was cutting through the night air like a stealth bomber. all along the neck gaiter really kept my neck warm. i have a feeling it will do great for my morning runs which are much colder.
this ninja is 19 miles in for november…so stay moving my friends #run