Favorite Workout Gear

I’m always curious to see what other people like to work out with.. don’t you?

So here’s my favorite things to get moving and stay healthy :)

I don’t know what I would do without my Garmin Forerunner 305. I use it running (obviously) and on my bike rides, and every other workout too! It’s the bomb. You can sign up with Garmin Connect and see all your workouts, elevation gain, speeds, heart rates.. and so much more. For an example : HERE is a bike ride I did awhile ago, with all the info, pretty cool hu?

 

Brooks adrenaline sneakers. I’ve learned this season that I need better support in my running sneakers… and these offer just that!

Prescription sunglasses.. I’ve been living in the dark since these things. I hate wearing contacts when I run or ride, so these things are like a God’s gift really. Rudy Project makes great stuff, nice and light, fits perfect and now they’re my everyday sunglasses too!

Ohh the foam roller. It’s a love-hate relationship. I never knew what it felt like until this past season when I went to Pysical Therapy for knee pain, turns out I had a tight hip flexor and really tight IT band. In came the foam roller to ease the pain and get me back on the bike.. Gosh I love that thing.

How do I fuel? Take a look. [yes it takes up almost a whole shelf in our pantry!] It’s part of the food pyramid in this house.

For cycling I got a new helmet, shoes and cleats this season and they were totally worth it! My Giro helmet is amazing- the vents are huge and fits awesome- no hot spots. The speedplay pedals are great, enough float and easy enough to clip in and out. And the shoes fit great.. stylish too ;) I was hesitant about buying them all online- but it’s so much easier and a little cheaper.

As for clothing..

I’m a big fan of these Lululemon shorts; why?- because they don’t ride up! They’re worth the extra $$ They’re really breathable, and not wicked short either. You get what you pay for!

Tops are these guys from Target- just basic T’s. They fit the bill- not too tight- long enough so it doesn’t ride up when you’re running all over the place and the sleeves are just the right length. Great for layering too. Oh and they’re cheap enough to get in a bunch of colors too!

what’s your favorite workout stuff? there’s so much more out there!

NoYz It is!

I’ve finally Decided! to go with the Noyz by Rudy Project. They’re going to look like this.. but with a charcoal Rx lenses.. and all white frame :)

OoOo… I just can’t wait til they come in.. probably next week, I’m hoping :)

Today I had a brutal 8 hours of class. GROSS! we are going to all electronic charting at work. It’s going to be quite the learning curve for everyone, not sure how it’ll be when it’s crazy busy, but we’ll see. So today we got an intro to all the stuff.. and I could barely sit still!

So you can imagine what I did once I got out??

I ran! just 21 minutes.. but feeling better and better, knee’s are still feeling good.. a little sore, but still 99.9% better than before! :)

Got home from my run, and opened up the mailbox.. and got another package from Pete! He sent me a t-shirt from Iraq with his regiment emblem on it.. very awesome :) Definately wearing this tomorrow @ class (yes class again! but only 4 hours this time, thank goodness!)

After going to order my sunglasses, JB and I stopped at CHIPOTLE for some eats.. some yummy yummy eats…

Inside is pure bliss.. I could barely contain myself to take this picture because I was so hungry!

just looks like a blob of dough.. but it’s what’s inside that makes it so delish, if you have never had Chipotle, then I could recommend going, either today, tomorrow, better yet- RIGHT NOW!I got the chicken burrito with brown rice, black beans, corn, medium salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and a little cheese.. As for the rest of the night… waiting for Intervention to come on.. I love Monday night T.V! what’s your favorite T.V. Night

green fact. 137: the number of plant, animal and insect species lost every day to rainforest deforestation, equating to roughly 50,000 species per year.

my P.T said so..

She told me to run… every other day! “Start with 10 minutes. then add 5 minutes each time, see how you feel”  I’ve never been so happy to hear someone tell me to RUN! So tomorrow after work I’m gonna go for a run outside! mmhmm.. check this out-

Ever had a Pluot? It’s a cross of a Plum and an Apricot.. well I had one it was pretty good!

After P.T. went to Atchu Opticians today, where I got my glasses.. and whatta ya know- they have Rudy Project and Oakleys there! I went to try on a few and make up my mind.. and what happened? I’m more confused now! I was playing with the idea of getting the Rudy Project Rydon’s or Rydon 2’s.. buuuuut they just weren’t what I thought, contrary to all the hype on the bike forums I have been reading. I tried on a pair of the R.P NOYZ which I hadn’t even been looking at and now I love them.. Hmmm.. decisions decisions! I’ve narrowed it down to the NOYZ by R.P. or the Flak Jacket’s XLJ by Oakley. I swear I’ll decide soon :)

So I went for an early (see the moon?) bike ride this morning with J.B. well.. I rode along with him half way to his work, and then I turned around in the center of Sterling and headed back home! 24 miles Ave. HR 143. Knee’s felt great.. what DIDN’T feel great was the BEE that flew into my shirt! Damn thing almost made me crash!

Once I got home from all my stuff I had to do I made some long overdue Cookies for Kabul [C4K] and sent out a care package to Dave and Pete.. ohh yes- and I guess I should prepare for the HURRICANE!.. hmm.. I’ll take in the deck furniture I guess. haha

M&M  and Nut Cookies:

Cream together 1 c. butter flavor shortening, 1 c. light brown sugar, 1/2 c. sugar. Once combined add in 2 eggs and 1 t. vanilla extract. slowly add 2 1/4 c. flour, 1 t. salt, 1 t. baking soda. Mix well.. then add 1 medium bag of m&m’s, 1/3 c. chopped walnuts, and 1/3 c. coconut.. bake on un-greased cookie sheet for 10 minutes @ 375, watch closely!

So i’ve been looking at how to personalize my blog.. and made this for my header and sort of “theme logo” whatcha think? :) with the help of my techie bro, it’ll be up soon!

Test Ride.

Physical Therapy is working!

After work the other day I went to Sneakerama and showed them my Rx for some new sneakers. They offered me some Asics or Brooks. I have had Asics for years, so I thought I would try something new, and Courtney reccommended her Brooks too, so why not!

I cannot wait to run my hills and suck some serious air.. NO JOKE.

And.. after work yesterday, it was such a nice day out- I was feeling pretty optimistic so I took the bike out. Sitting in the driveway for a few minutes contemplating wether I should chance it or not.. is it too early? what if I feel pain?.. How would I know- unless I try?! So I went for it!

Off down the hill I went and it felt amazing! I rode easy for 3 miles and called it a day.. but wanted a taste of the “ROAD”. I went out to Holden St. for a few miles more, and still felt good, then saw a few road bikers and somehow got me really excited to be out there! I knew I had to head home, but my body was telling me keep going. As much as I wanted to, I had to stop. I’ll progress a little more and more each day :)

I feel like I’m back! .. well almost back!

Physical therapy has showed me some really great exercises, and stretches that I’ve become to LOVE! I have to focus on strengthening and stretching my hips, inner quads and hamstrings. Went this morning for another session, the P.T is great. I’m excited for what’s to come next session. It is totally worth every penny.

If you have a nagging injury, or a new injury like me- seek out a physical therapist- THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF! If it’s sports related, I can now personally recommend Greendale PT, they have all been really great in my Triathlon recovery!… maybe I’ll be able to do the TDD Sprint Tri on Sept 18th after all? Hmmmm O;-) Talking triathlons.. I have been in the market for some new sunglasses. And doing some serious research. Oakley vs. Rudy vs. Native.. I hear great things from all of them but there’s one that’s catching my eye: the Rudy Rydon 2‘s.. I love the white frames.. to go with my white Giro helmet and Sidi shoes of course :)

After a great PT session I headed to the gym to swim.. And after that I had lunch to look forward to: I saw this in my Rachael Ray magazine and have been dying to make one..


and recently bought Sunflower butter from Trader Joe’s. It’s really good, nutrition facts are nearly identical to our Uusual Teddy’s PB.

I toasted up a piece of whole wheat bread.. smothered on some sunflower butter, cut up a half of a banana and drizzled a little bit of our new local honey we got last weekend..

the only thing missing was bacon! yum yum yum..

Ever tried sunflower butter?… no? Now will you? :)

{Update}

Update on whats been going on-

So on the knee situation. I took it into my own hands.. after calling my PCP awhile ago he recommended an ortho Doc, but went to Dr. Brown over at the sports medicine clinic @ Hahnemann, he was great! I just went yesterday to see him, Within 10 minutes of the office visit X-rays were done.. (they left the xrays up on the screen.. here’s the left)

No injuries, just “over-use” he reccommended that I see a Physical therapist to strengthen my quad muscles. I said, great!- I’m already seeing one..

I’ve been going to Greendale Physical Therapy.. and they have been great so far. I have my quad exercises to do, and stretching to do.. apparently my right hip flexor and ITband are wicked tight! Yesterday she did a few tests on my and found them to be tighter than my left, which could be causing the pain. She also put some tape on my knee’s to help with the tracking of my knee cap to see if that would help the pain in both..

They want to get my bike in there soon, and fit me to it once everything is stretched out.. can’t wait to get back on there! I hope it’s sooner rather than later. I’m in the market for some new sneaker’s too, the P.T wrote me for a Rx for sneakers.. I didn’t even know they can do that?! Anyways, going to sneakorama over by UMASS soon to get “fit”… ahhhhhh!!! I can’t wait to run again. I get winded running up the stairs, it’s going to be super easy to get into a working HR zone!

So I’ve just been swimming, and using the row machine at the gym. Both are great work-outs.. just probably the most boring things in the world. The row machines are waaaaaaaaaay in the back corner, so I can’t even watch people! Well- just a few meat-heads trying to pump iron looking like fools, but that’s about it.. and swimming, well there’s this really neat black line that I look at in the bottom of the pool. (ok- it’s really not that bad- but I just cannot wait to get back OUTSIDE!!)

As for today- went to the gym to swim before Graham’s Birthday cookout at JB’s mom’s house :)

PS. it’s TAX FREE WEEKEND.. are you buying anything? (I’m still looking for sunglasses.. RUDY or Oakley?)