New year, new gear

Hello!

Sorry I’ve taken a while to post again, I’ve been pretty busy with the commencement of my last first week of classes (ack!) and health educator training. It’s nice to be back at school, but it’s also absurdly terrifying.

I have both good and bad news, so I’ll end with the good news to get the bad news out of the way.

BAD NEWS: I have my first-ever injury! I know, I know. I’ve never even broken anything. I’m just not used to things going “wrong” with my body, something for which I realized I am extremely blessed. So I was totally dumbfounded when I asked my former-athletic-trainer-GF about the slight pain I had been experiencing in my left lower leg and she replied that it sounded like I had shin splints. I kid you not, I’d never actually heard of shin splints. It’s not exactly something that affects horseback riders and kids whose high school careers were spent in libraries and theaters as opposed to tennis games and track meets. But I guess with my running I am only just running into a (slight) problem – huh! Β A good warning to stretch properly (something I always skimp on – I KNOW IT’S TERRIBLE I KNOW) and possibly replace my sneakers soon. I have been eyeing those leopard print Nikes after all…

My friend teased me about being shocked that I got a minor injury and laughed that I was like Rob Lowe's character on Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger. Can't say I mind the comparison!

My friend teased me about being shocked that I got a minor injury and laughed that I was like Rob Lowe’s character on Parks and Rec, Chris Traeger. Can’t say I mind the comparison!

So I’ve spent this past week taking a break from running and instead cross-training on things like the bike, elliptical, and *bleh* stairmaster. I add in that sound effect not because I hate the stairmaster exactly, but because it is so freaking hard. I’ve also been kicking my own butt doing some of the workouts from the Nike Training Club app – they are shockingly incredible and also killer! Especially upper-body focused workouts… Totally not a strong point of mine. In fact it’s my weakest point physically. But I’ll need to work on it if I want to compete in Tough Mudder!

GOOD NEWS: I ordered myself an aprΓ¨s-Xmas present (you know, the whole “get what you really wanted” thing?) once all the holiday deals started rolling in. I managed to snag some pretty great deals from the notoriously overpriced Lululemon. One thing you must know about me is that I love nice, fancy things but I hate (and, also, can’t afford) to pay full price. Even Lululemon on sale is a biiiiiig stretch for most of the world – I recognize that! I just couldn’t resist buying myself a little belated Xmas present.

Forgive the crappy iPhone pictures- but I wanted to model the 4 new tops I got on “We Made Too Much” (Lululemon apparently refuses to let things go on “sale” or whatever, because it’s too plebeian I suppose). You can eyeroll, but this is my own blog and I will take bad selfies if I want to!

 

I'd been wistfully eyeing this color combo in the "Power Y tank" - and to my delight it went on sale! It's a really pretty purple stripe with a different deep purple "Baroque" pattern on the straps. It comes with built-in cups which is something I love!

I’d been wistfully eyeing this color combo in the “Power Y tank” – and to my delight it went on sale! It’s a really pretty purple stripe with a different deep purple “Baroque” pattern on the straps. It comes with built-in cups which is something I love!

This multicolored scoop neck top is extremely flattering, and the black panels down the sides make it highly slimming as well. The back is also really gorgeous - almost too pretty to wear to the gym! My only complaint is that it didn't come with removable cups. At least I had my own to throw in - no headlights for this gal!

This multicolored scoop neck top is extremely flattering, and the black panels down the sides make it highly slimming as well. The back is also really gorgeous – almost too pretty to wear to the gym! My only complaint is that it didn’t come with removable cups. At least I had my own to throw in – no headlights for this gal!

 

I was least sure about this particular top, and I think I'm going to end up loving it the most. It is SO. PRETTY. The black fabric is flattering and moisture-wicking - perfect for yoga - and the pattern is delicate and totally gorgeous. It's also got a beautiful crossback and flattering ruching at the bust, as well as a rounded hem to cover your bum.

I was least sure about this particular top, and I think I’m going to end up loving it the most. It is SO. PRETTY. The black fabric is flattering and moisture-wicking – perfect for yoga – and the pattern is delicate and totally gorgeous. It’s also got a beautiful crossback and flattering ruching at the bust, as well as a rounded hem to cover your bum.

The least "cutesy" top I got will likely end up being a total workhorse. It's a bright, cheery yellow fashioned into a super lightweight singlet with an open back. Perfect for summer runs/just me being the sweatiest girl alive. Modeled with my beloved Hard Tail yoga pants (which I also never pay full price for, duh).

The least “cutesy” top I got will likely end up being a total workhorse. It’s a bright, cheery yellow fashioned into a super lightweight singlet with an open back. Perfect for summer runs/just me being the sweatiest girl alive. Modeled with my beloved Hard Tail yoga pants (which I also never pay full price for, duh).

That’s all for now! In the meantime, wish me luck in my running recommencement next week! I hope that my annoying little shin splints will be gone by then so I can start working on beating my PR in my upcoming 5k. We’re 5 weeks out next week – so I hope so!

xoxo,

G

Races Update

I’ve finally found the time to begin some of the groundwork for this new blog project (law school and job applications really take it out of ya!), and managed to updated the “Races I’ve Run” page on this snowy day! Check it out to follow my (short) running history and my nascence as a baby runner (LOL). I will keep this section of my blog regularly updated and will add a new recap with each new race I run.

I’m also excited to announce that I have officially signed up for my first 2014 races! I will be running the St. Pat’s 5k in my beloved Providence on March 8th and the Newton 10k on May 18th. They will be my 4th 5k and 2nd 10k, respectively. I was thinking of maybe training for a half marathon as the Cox Rhode Races are coming up in my native RI, but want to wait a bit and work on my speed before jumping in to 13.1 miles relatively early in my running career. That, and the main reason is that I promised a friend that I would compete in a Tough Mudder with him (ack!) and think that training for a faster, stronger 10k would complement the strength training and trail running that I need for TM more than distance-focused training would. That said, I will definitely look to run in a half marathon at a different point in time! I’ve only got time for so much in my last semester of college (O.o).

But more on Tough Mudder, etc., later. I’m off to finish up some last-minute things as I get ready to start my last semester (*sobs*).

May your hump day be productive!

xoxo,

G

Hello!

Hey there!

Welcome to my brand spanking new blog! My name is Gabriella, and I am super excited to get back into blogging with my new project, Peace.Sweat.Love. I blogged years ago, flirted with Tumblr, and now am back to blogging because I miss the therapeutic effects blogging had for me. Within the blogosphere I found an awesome and supportive community focused on health, hope, and happiness – something that was really important for me in a difficult time in my life when my health (emotional and physical) had deteriorated at a terrifying rate. Blogging was a hipper, more interactive form of journaling for me. Now, further along in my recovery and much, much healthier than I had been at that time in my life, I am ready to start chronicling my continued steps towards balance and peace. I will blog about anything and everything, with a focus on health, fitness, and balancing it all.

I hope you join me on this journey!

xoxo,

G