1. I woke up this morning and found this surprise waiting for me in the bathroom…
I know some people aren’t big flower fans because they’ll be dead within a week but I happen to love them. Nothing brightens up a room (even if that room is the bathroom ) quite like fresh flowers.
2. Not only did August buy me flowers but he also made me one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever seen.
All of the writing that you see, he burned onto the piece of wood. And now I can add future dates, like hopefully getting engaged, getting married, and having kids.
3. I like Valentine’s Day so much that I scheduled myself a dentist appointment today. And since I don’t have dental insurance I’ll actually be seeing a 2nd year (3rd year?) dental student. Not sure how I feel about the prospect of a student messing around with my teeth. Here’s hoping all goes well.
4. Duncan officially can’t father any puppies. We had him neutered yesterday and now he’s forced to wear the cone for the next few days.
Duncan’s uncoordinated as it is but having to wear the cone just puts him over the edge. I know it’s mean but it’s impossible not to laugh while he tries to navigate around the house.
Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s day filled with lots of love!
Even though running is said to be one of the cheapest sports to take up (all you need are some good shoes and clothing after all), it’s important to invest a little money in items to keep you safe. Safe from cars, other people, and even stray dogs. With that in mind I thought I’d share the things that I’ve bought to help keep me safe when I’m out running through the neighborhood or at the park.
1. I wear bright clothing and reflective gear. This includes a reflective vest, bright colored tops, and even a neon yellow Bic Band. I do a lot of runs after work meaning I don’t get started until at least 6 pm just as the sun is sinking below the horizon. Even though I do all my runs on the sidewalk I still try and make myself as visible as possible so drivers can see me when I go to cross the street.
2. I wear a Road ID bracelet. This was on my runner’s Christmas list and my parents were nice enough to buy one for me. God forbid anything bad ever does happen, it’s important to have some contact numbers and allergy information on me.
3. I run with a dog. Usually I run with my golden retriever, Eloise but occasionally I’ll take Duncan the newfoundland out on shorter runs. Of course I don’t recommend anyone get a dog for the sole purpose of safety on runs but if you have a dog you might think about taking him/her with you (not only will they help keep you safe but the exercise will help them live longer). Even though neither dog would hurt a fly, people are always weary of big dogs. Especially big dogs with loud barks.
4. I carry pepper spray. This is my newest safety item. In fact I just got it last week.
Because even though dogs are a good deterrent against people, they tend to attract other dogs (and strays are a big problem in San Antonio). Just last week someone I know was out running with her small dog when 2 dogs jumped the fence and started attacking. She immediately picked up her dog but then the dogs attacked her. Thankfully her high pitched screams were enough to get the dogs to back off but not before doing enough damage that a trip to the ER was required. Enter in me purchasing a hand held canister of pepper spray which DOES work on dogs.
5. I always have my cell phone. I use my cell phone as a GPS and music but even if I didn’t need those things I’d still take my phone with me just in case. What if I get injured 4 miles from home, what if something happens to Eloise while we’re running, what if it starts storming? You just never know what’s going to happen while you’re out on a run and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
So tell me…
What do you do to help guarantee your safety when running?
If you asked August what he misses most since going gluten free I think he’d say:
3. Takeout Chinese food
Before August found out he had Celiac disease we were working on making the perfect pizza dough from scratch. Of course as soon as he found out he could no longer eat wheat that project got switched to finding the perfect pre-made gluten free pizza dough crust. We’ve tried a couple and they’ve all been…bad. There’s just no other way to put it. They’re bland, grainy, and don’t hold up to many toppings. They’ve been so bad that not even the addition of extra flavorful toppings was enough to drown out their sorry taste.
But I think we’ve finally found a contender for the best gluten free pizza crust.
We picked up a package of Blackbird Bakery bread blend flour at the gluten free expo a couple weeks ago. Karen, the owner, claimed it would be great but obviously we were skeptical. This weekend we finally put it to the test.
One package of flour is enough for 2 pizza crusts so Sunday night we made an old fashioned pepperoni pizza and stashed half the dough in the fridge. Then Monday night we made a half pepperoni and half pesto/alfredo pizza. And yes, that means we had pizza 2 nights in a row for dinner. No shame here.
For once, if I hadn’t known the crust was gluten free I don’t think I ever would have guessed. The edges were crunchy and it wasn’t over-powered by the toppings. It didn’t have a grainy texture at all and I had no problem eating the edges which I’d normally throw away at the end.
Lucky for us, Blackbird Bakery sells its flour mixtures online so we’ll definitely be ordering more of them in the future (p.s. they’re coming out with a cake and cookie blend soon which we’ll for sure be trying!). I’m just glad August doesn’t have to go any longer without one of his favorite foods.
Very clever title, huh?
First let’s discuss this weekend’s long run. I woke up Saturday morning and was not in the mood to run AT ALL. I hadn’t slept well the night before, I already felt dehydrated, and the forecast called for rain. But I knew if I didn’t suck it up and get out there that I’d sorely regret it. I mean you never regret a workout, right?
Boom! 9 miles complete! With an average pace of 11:19/mile it was even a little faster than last weeks 8 miles. By the end of this run my feet, ankles, and hips were all begging for new shoes. Not being one to leave my body parts in pain I happily obliged.
Introducing my brand new Brooks Ravenna’s! At the store I also tried on a pair of Mizuno’s and a pair of Asics but these were by far the most comfortable, and it didn’t hurt that they were bright purple. I haven’t tested them out yet but I plan to take them on a treadmill run tonight. (As a heads up, the guy at Dick’s Sporting Goods said it’s best to try out their shoes on the treadmill first that way if they aren’t the right fit you can still take them back.)
And lastly, I wanted to share a great workout with you all that I did last week. I love combining both cardio and strength training into one workout and this definitely fit the bill!
This workout is great because you can do it at the gym or outside and you can easily modify it to fit your fitness level by altering the distance of the runs. I chose to run a 1 mile loop starting and ending at my house and did the strength moves in my living room. And oddly enough I managed to run the second mile about 30 seconds faster than the first. Clearly I need to work on my starting speed.