A Highly Belated Update

You guys. I have been SO BAD. My last blog post is from February 8th. It’s March 1st! Harumph. I know there’s not anything I can do about it, but stiiiiillll…

I am just coming off of the busiest of weeks. It’s ~*midterm season*~ so I’ve been totally blessed with huge amounts of work + extracurriculars + jobs + trying to make it to the gym + feeling slightly under the weather + not sleeping enough.

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So as I write this, I am currently sitting slumped in my bed like a burned-out college zombie catching up on blogs I follow, attempting to figure out how to write such a belated update, and eating delicious yogurt.

I don't know what constitutes "Australian style" yogurt, but I do know that this organic banana vanilla flavor is delicious.

I don’t know what constitutes “Australian style” yogurt, but I do know that this organic banana vanilla flavor is delicious.

I think the best way to catch up in my blogging absence is stick to the handy ABC- format. So, What have I been doing between now and my last post?

A) Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my lady 🙂 I, of course, was not going to mess up our Valentine’s Day/Anniversary (we like to call it Vanniversary), so I made reservations at a fancy restaurant in December. Naturally, I was feeling like I pretty awesome girlfriend/human.

How the gf woke me up on Feb 14 <3

How the gf woke me up on Feb 14 ❤

We dined at Bondir in Cambridge where they offered a crazy prix fixe menu. I wasn’t able to get any decent food pictures because they had dimmed the lights for a romantic atmosphere, but suffice it to say that it was so delicious that my all-American, sandwich-loving gf ate snails and liked them (as did I!).

Pre-dinner selfies

Pre-dinner selfies

B) I finally bought new sneakers. I went to a local running store and they did a gait analysis, and apparently despite my flat duck feet, I do not over-pronate and have a pretty neutral, normal gait. Great news! I still went for my tried-and-true Nike Lungarglide, this time updated from my old and desperately worn out Lunarglide 4’s to the Lungarglide 5. It’s already so, so much better. My old sneakers were so bad that even just putting them on and walking around in them would make my shins start to ache! These new shoes feel like amazing, arch-supporting clouds on my feet.

I bought them in black - goes with everything! And I like to be creative/bright with the rest of my fitness ensembles ;)

I bought them in black – goes with everything! And I like to be creative/bright with the rest of my fitness ensembles 😉

C) I went running! Finally, with the help of my new shoes, I am experiencing barely any shin pain. That, and I’m making sure to put the new Pro Compression socks and Trigger Point foam roller to good use (they couldn’t arrive soon enough!).

D) I went to yoga. I’m in love with the fact that Lululemon stores hold free yoga classes – crucial to a college student/athlete like myself who can’t afford the expense of yoga classes! I’d love to go again tomorrow, but we’ll see how things work out.

Bad off-to-yoga-class selfies FTW!

Bad off-to-yoga-class selfies FTW!

E) I treated myself.

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I found of the the Cool Racerbacks from Lululemon on sale – $29 as compared to the usal $42. Feeling pretty good about being fabulous but also thrifty.

Best part? I'd been eyeing this cute color combo for a while.

Best part? I’d been eyeing this cute color combo for a while.

F) I fueled my body. I gave myself healthful, nourishing foods, but also remembered to let myself live and enjoy food, not fear it. In honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I give a big middle finger to the ED that used to rule my life. My favorite means of doing so? Brunch.

A gruyère, mushroom, and fresh spinach omelette, homefries, and a raw-sugar encrusted scone topped off w/ organic coffee and fresh grapefruit juice. HEAVEN.

A gruyère, mushroom, and fresh spinach omelette, homefries, and a raw-sugar encrusted scone topped off w/ organic coffee and fresh grapefruit juice. HEAVEN.

Peace, sweat and love.

G

A post of gratitude

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Look at that! 363 of you read my post about the Wellesley sleepwalker. THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE. My blog started with a grand total of about 7 views.

More important than just clicks, of course, are the reactions that I got to my piece. People called me, sent me messages, with a spectrum of positive reactions ranging from tears to (unfounded) apologies. I even had one fellow survivor come out to me and tell me that my words had validated her own feelings about this debacle, and thanked me for sharing them. I was scared to do so, but I am so glad that I did in fact share these words.

This, then, is a post of gratitude and of humble admiration for you all. Thank you for your kindness and your support. By telling me that you appreciated my words, you made me feel appreciated and validated the complex set of emotions I’ve been dealing with all week. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am simply overjoyed that at least one person found peace in my writing.

In other (good) news, I have started running again! Another thing to be grateful for 🙂

I am about 4 weeks from my next 5k and really want to beat my PR. If I can, I would also like to come in under 30 minutes (about 9:40 pace). It’s definitely doable for me –  I just need to work on those hills and get off the treadmill… But the crazy amount of snow has totally been messing up those plans, in addition to my sad little shin splints! Finally ran yesterday, easy 3 mile tempo run, and felt AMAZING.

ah-mah-zing I practically leapt off the treadmill beaming with joy. I’m trying to be more conscious about how I land, and so far the pain in my left shin is better, but unfortunately still present at times. I’ve already done the responsible (and expensive *sadface*) thing and invested in some Pro Compression socks in the cutest Valentine’s day print that Run Eat Repeat included in a recent blog post. Also, because it’s me, I bought them 40% (saving a significant $20 off the hefty price tag of $50 – nice!).

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I love them already! Can’t wait to wear them 🙂

I also made another recovery investment in a foam roller. Groupon was offering a discounted Trigger Point “The GRID” mini foam roller at about 30% off, so I snagged it at its sale price, because these things simply don’t go on sale. The mini size appealed to me as a beginner, and because of how travel-friendly it is.

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I bought it in pink because, duh.

Reviews to come soon!

I’ll definitely have to look into different running shoes – likely my old sneakers are the cause of my newly problematic shins. I’m not complaining (well, except about the price tag…), but I just need to do some research on good, stable running shoes for novice-intermediate runners with absurdly flat duck feet. Any suggestions? I’ve been using the Nike Lunar Glide 4, and have really loved them to what appears to be their death.

xoxo,

G

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!  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 après-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