Beautiful Hump Days

It’s Wednesday, and it also happens to be one of the weeks where I work Monday-Friday and have the weekend off. Well, I had last weekend off. This weekend I get the pleasure of waking up at 5am on Sunday and working 7am to 3pm, because why make things easy.

But anyway, I have a relatively nice Hump Day because I don’t work until 6:30, which means most of a day I have free. What have I done? Scanned modcloth, attempted to find a proper big busted sports bra on Amazon, and watched TNT…because Bones is on, damnit.Image

I would be outside, but my 3.5 mile run yesterday has left my shins a mess today. It sucks, because when I don’t push myself too hard, I don’t get a great workout. But when I push myself like I did yesterday (fastest recorded 5k!), I end up with shin pain. Anyone who has been following my blog or knows me personally knows that I struggle HARD with shin splints. I have for years. My body just can’t figure out how to work appropriately, apparently.

I’m frustrated because today would be a perfect, and I mean perfect, day for a hike. But, instead, I’m making an iced chai latte and trying to pamper my never ending sunburn. Am I in running clothes? You betcha, baby. Did all that accomplish was to make me sad? You betcha, baby. Did that last question confuse me to type? You betcha, baby.

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Also, my room is a pigsty in this photo. That’s totally acceptable. Shh.

I did, however, look up compression socks and sleeves for my calves. I finally broke down and bought a pair of running shorts that I love, but I still am going to need compression on my shins to help. After some digging, I’ve decided on dropping what I think is a pretty penny on some Zensah compression sleeves. I’ve heard a lot of good about them. Also, I was pretty excited when I measured a XS/S size…and I have pretty massive calves. Like, woah hey there, don’t kick me.

I’m also thinking about meal planning. Back in Ye Olde Chambersburg, I lived on my own and was, in general, much better at planning my meals. But here I don’t have as much control because I don’t buy groceries. And goddamn to my parents love their Tostitos chips. And, apparently, my Popchips. I was wondering why my box kept looking more and more sparse.

What are your exercise struggles?

If you’ve had shin splints, how’d you work through them?

What are your thoughts on meal planning? Great idea/way too much work?

-a.

Boston Virtual Run

Hi folks, I’m sure most of you have heard/read/watched the tragedy in Boston yesterday. So many words can come bubbling up in me, of anger, of disgust, of dissolution. But they’re not worth saying. What happened was horrendous, heart breaking, and devastating. A marathon, for me, is a far-reaching goal I hope to one day accomplish, not an event for pain and suffering.

But, rather than focus on the negatives of this, I have to comment upon the awe-inspiring response from others. We could sit and mumble and mutter and curse and create political epithets but rather than that, I personally am doing what is the exact opposite of what any terrorist or like person could want: I’m focusing on the positive. A quote from Patton Oswalt has gone viral but I’d like to share it anyway because it hit very deep for me:

“I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

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I agree inherently. I am inspired, amazed, and downright in love with the response from so many even immediately afterward. As humans, we jumped to helping where we could and how we could. You know those ‘faith restored in humanity’ articles?

13 Examples Of People Being Awesome After The Attack On The Boston Marathon

Hospitals nearby literally were sending people away because they had THAT many people offering to donate blood. Sure, there were some sick individuals yesterday, some truly evil people. But the amount of love, support, and help offered but thousands overwhelms that. And it will every single time.

I’m horrified, devastated, and so angry, but I’m also respectful, awe-inspired, and truly grateful for humanity today.

For those interested in helping out physically or even just showing support and love:

Boston Marathon Help: Relief Groups Aid Victims (How To Help)

Run Junkees: Runners United To Remember

Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help

We could start a political agenda. We could blame any number of countries, political and religious groups, or terrorist cells. We could argue, fight, and be afraid.

Or we can help. We can support one another. We can offer help and love.

Guess which one I chose?

-a.

Sick, sunburnt, and sore but I still ran close to 2 miles and managed my fastest mile.

Sick, sunburnt, and sore but I still ran close to 2 miles and managed my fastest mile.

And on a side note: seriously, why would you ever mess with Boston? Have you not seen the Boondock Saints?

The alternative title to this was dirty.

No really, I just laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair. And then deleted it because probably next to nobody else would find it as funny as me. Hola amigos/amigas! It is officially summer weather here in Maryland, and I can’t get enough. I walked almost five miles on Monday (great exercise) just to be outside. Of course, my hips were sore the next day and my face and shoulders were burnt but it was well worth it. I’m hoping to keep that regimen up though, walking 4-5 miles at least a few times a week. I’m thinking that if I do, it’ll start building the much needed strength in my hips to make me a more solid runner.

I have plans, I really do.

So, I have a few entries that have built up and are lined up for this week. Today I’m focusing on a problem I dealt with over the past couple weeks: Eating out. Please feel free to imagine all of the titles I could’ve come up with for this entry. But it really has been a problem for me! Man-thing doesn’t really cook on his own much and usually when he’s hungry, he’s hANGRY and there’s just no time to plan things. I’ve stuck to not eating fast food, which I’m happy about because I really wanted to give all traditional fast food up, but restaurant eating is killing me. And it hasn’t been healthy: pad thai, barbecue pit beef, more barbecue, burgers with a fried egg, burritos with egg, cheese, and beef…Just thousands and thousands of calories. Of course, I was trying to be sneakily unaccountable and didn’t take photos of most of my said unhealthy meals but I figured telling you would be just the same. 

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Left: The vegetable panini in all it’s sprouty glory. Right: The fish and chips that I know were bad for me, but were so good I just couldn’t care. Bottom: Roasted red pepper and gouda soup – probably my biggest weakness in life.

In fact, what I did end up with, are a few photos of things that are good eating out foods. For example, one of my favorite coffee shops (local business!) has a vegetable panini that is to die for. I mean, oh yes. Pure vegetable heaven with none of that condiment crap and a nice piece of Meunster cheese = happy camper Alyssa.  I need to find more places that if need be, I can get a quick meal without wanting to cry over my “Lose It” app afterward. Also, I’m finding that the 1,200 marker is a lot harder for me to keep to now than when I lived alone. It’s frustrating though, because like you can see in the top right, one night I gave in and ordered Fish and Chips. Don’t get me wrong, these were probably the best Fish and Chips I’ve ever had in America, but they go completely against the lifestyle I’m trying to set for myself.

So basically, I’m looking for a medium that when I spend a lot of time with Man-thing, he doesn’t have to completely change his lifestyle (though, he has mentioned he’d like to spend less on food) and I don’t have to gain 13 pounds and spend all of my meager earnings on meals I regret later. One of my favorite body builders wrote down all of the foods she craved while she was training for a show. Now, I’m not trying to become a female body builder by any stretch of the imagination, but maybe writing down the craving would help me identify when I get them…and then find a solution.

I will say, I went to Wegman’s for the first time ever (I KNOW RIGHT) for Girl’s Day, which will have it’s own special post as soon as I finish PicMonkeying all the things, and probably committed some kind of felony on the vegetarian hot bar. I don’t…I don’t even have words. So many options. I honestly could eat vegetarian 95% of the time. I was one for seven years but it was a healthy vegetarianism, not really. A lot of carbs and crappy Iceburg lettuce salads in high school.

How do you manage eating out when you’re trying to follow a balanced lifestyle?

What are your biggest food cravings?

What is your favorite ‘healthy’ place to eat out?

I’ll try to have a second post up this evening!

– a.