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July Stridebox Review!

Hello and happy Tuesday! My July edition of Stridebox arrived in the mail yesterday! If you are unfamiliar with Stridebox, it is essentially a monthly subscription where runner enthusiasts receive sample sizes of pre and post run snacks, and few little running accessories. Feel free to learn more by checking out their website, or my past reviews. Let’s see what I got this month!

This month’s box included:

  • Mediterra – Sesame Energy Bar – Pistachio Honey
  • Hüma – Chia Energy Gel – Lemonade
  • Purps – Vita Drink – Purple Berry
  • Dermasport- Skincare for Athletes – Varety Pack
  • Rock Tape – Kinesiology Tape and Application Guide
  • Salba Chia – Boost – Whole Chia Seeds
  • GU Tab – Watermelon
  • Youth Infusion – Tangerine
  • Water Bottle

Most pumped about trying:

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My adorable new water bottle! The print on this bottle reads “Life is better when you’re running”, and I wholeheartedly agree. It holds about 17 oz, and car cup holder friendly, making it perfect as a hydration tag-a-long for when you’re out and about. Stridebox sent me a water bottle last summer that I still love and use today, so keep it coming you guys!

I am wary about trying:

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Energy gels taste like space food to me, and they never go down smooth. I can semi handle the GU packets, but the flavor HAS to be salted watermelon. That being said, a lemonade flavored energy gel with chia seed bits doesn’t sound to appetizing to me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It appears to be gluten free and vegan friendly, which I appreciate, but on a long run I don’t care if the ingredients are jet fuel and radioactive waste, as long as it gets me through to the end.

Obsessed with the name:

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This name is ridiculous, but the drink is delicious! I tried it out this morning, and it tastes just like Grape Kool-Aid! Grape Kool-Aid was my jam as a kid, but my family hated it so we rarely ever had it. We also rarely ever had Kool-Aid because I adamant that we skip the sugar so the drink could be extra sour (I was a difficult roommate as a child). This drink is the creation of surfer dude Kelly Slater, who I think is bffs with Jack Johnson so that’s cool. The drink mix is a concoction of vitamins, minerals, and natural fruits, and I’m definitely Amazon-ing (an official verb) this to look for more!

  • Mainly just sold on the packaging:

chia seeds

Chia seeds are chia seeds. I don’t think you can upgrade them in any such way. I am big supporter of throwing chia seeds into anything and everything for a tasteless boost of fatty acids or Omega-3, and I am also big supporter of the Chia Pet, so really this is the most versatile product of all time. I feel like I am about to go into a whole schpeal on how great Chia Pets were, but let me go ahead and stop myself and get back to the point. I just loved the cute single serve packaging. I popped it into my breakfast smoothie this morning, and it did it’s normal chia seed job!

All in all I really like this box! I am so excited about the water bottle (my water bottle collection is out of control), as well as all of my new run snacks. Are any of you subscribed to a runners themed or health themed box? Let’s discuss!

Brews, Booze and Running.

Hello and happy Monday! On a scale of 1 to 10, how ready are you for another work week? I don’t think I am even registering on the scale today. My pattern of crappy sleep returned this weekend, thus making waking up this Monday morning ultra difficult. Let’s hope my sleep schedule regulates itself by tonight, because I 100% do not want to deal with being exhausted all week! Waking up at 4 am and watching International House Hunters aside, let’s recap this weekend, shall we?

  • Friday

Grapevine Brewery

Friday night Jake and I ventured to the opening of Grapevine Brewery in downtown Grapevine! The place was wall to wall with people, but while it was crazy crowded, the general vibe of the evening seemed to be chill and fun. On tap for the evening was Lakefire (rye pale ale), Monarch (American wheat), Sir Williams (English brown ale), and Night Watch (oatmeal stout), as well as few other seasonal selections, but I couldn’t quite catch the names from where we were standing (sorry!). I opted for Lakefire, while Jake tried out the Monarch.

beer

Both were great, and Jake and I decided we will definitely be back for more! We’ ll probably wait a week or two for the crowds to simmer so we can really enjoy the place. Thankfully due to it’s location we could easily pop in and hang out after a dinner on Main Street, so I foresee a lot of beer in my future this summer…

  • Saturday

Saturday morning my Dad and I ran the Sweat for Sangria Foodie 5k in Southlake, and it was so much fun! It was hosted by Social Running, a casual group of runners in the DFW area, and they were super friendly and put on a really organized and fun run for us all! The run started in Southlake Town Center, through a nearby neighborhood, and ended at Campania Pizza, where at the finish we were treated to sangria, pizza and caesar salads! I opted for just a glass on sangria, and it proved to be the best post race treat of all time.

sangria

After getting mildly day drunk and cleaning up, we headed up to my grandparent’s place to help with some yard work. Oh, and be “we”, I mean my Dad and Jake, and I played with the dogs the whole time. Once we were home I immediately got started on another Blue Apron meal! Saturday’s course included cornmeal crusted catfish, cucumber tomato salad, and remoulade creamy potatoes!

finished dinner

Excuse the fine china I used, but everything was delicious! I am becoming quite the fan of this Blue Apron service, let me tell ya. I’m hoping to make the remainder of the meals tonight and tomorrow, so be on the lookout for those!

  • Sunday

Sunday morning my Dad ran the Too Hot to Handle 5k in Dallas, but I’m an idiot and didn’t take any photos to document the event. You’ll just have to take my word for it that it happened! The race was quite literally Too Hot to Handle, as I found myself to basically be a wrung out dishrag by the end of the race. After heading home and cleaning up, I made my to the grocery store, and then to NTB for my idiot car to be checked out since the bulb light came on earlier that weekend. Turns out all bulbs are working just fine, it’s just my car who thought it would be fun to go in while I waited for over in hour in a waiting room with a TV set to the all consuming hell that is Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Thanks car!!!

And that was my super 5k filled and ridiculous Saturday and Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I shall catch you all tomorrow. Hopefully with another Blue Apron review!

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Friday Finds

Hello and happy Friday! After what has felt like a molasses paced week, we have finally made it to Friday! The only downside is that after taking an intense Pilates and yoga mix of classes this week, my arms are so sore that I can’t raise them over my head. Let’s hope this weekend doesn’t call for any high fiving, waving, or a 90’s throwback dance party where I am called to “raise the roof”. Thankfully all activities I have planned for this weekend involve very little arm movement. Tonight Jake and I are going to the opening of the Grapevine Craft Brewery that is opening in, well, Grapevine! Tonight they’ll be having live music, food trucks, and of course, beer. I’m really excited to try their selection, and watch Jake geek out over beer. I don’t know anything about beer except that there is alcohol in it, so maybe I’ll learn something tonight. Who knows?! Tomorrow and Sunday I have two different races lined up. Saturday I’ll be running the Sweat for Sangria 5k in Southlake, where after the race we’ll be treated to sangria and pizza! It’s a social run, so I’m thinking it will be a smaller group of people, which I normally prefer for 5ks (less tripping over people)! Then on Sunday I am running the Too Hot to Handle 5k  in Dallas! This will be my third year running this race and I am super pumped because this race normally gives out tank tops rather than t-shirts. A weird thing to be pumped about, but hey it doesn’t take much for me. Expect to see some race recaps on those come Monday, but in the mean time, let’s review some Friday Finds!

  • Breakfast Smoothies

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You may recall a couple months ago when I posted about my holy grail breakfast staple, but this week I changed things up a bit. After getting a little tired of eggs every morning, I thought I’d switch it up to a smoothie! I swap out the fruit every now and then, but here’s what I’ve been sticking to this week:

  • 1 whole banana (sliced)
  • 1 cup of strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of  unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed meal
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Don’t let the flax seed meal and chia seeds throw you off! When blended it all tastes very “breakfast-y” and delicious! I’m also crediting the flax seed meal for keep me full until lunch time. I haven’t heard a growl from my stomach from the hours of 6 am to when I normally take lunch at 11 am!

  • Cucumber Noodle Spaghetti

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Wow this is a food heavy Friday Finds this week! Last night I thought I’d get a little creative with my dinner and get my fair share of vegetables in, and whipped up some cucumber noodle spaghetti! It was super simple and I was able to multi-task the cooking with preparing my lunch for today. Here’s what I used:

  • One whole cucumber, sliced thinly as possibly. If you have a mandolin slicer, use that because you are fancy and it works better.
  • Favorite pasta sauce
  • Chopped garlic
  • A sprig of arugula as a garnish to make it look like I’ve done this before.

I cooked the noodles, sauce, and garlic on a saucepan at medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. I wanted to make the cucumber noodles as a soft as possible so I could achieve the fork twirl effect I would normally get with pasta spaghetti, and it worked! I super recommend this if haven’t tried it out already. It was so much fun to make, and is a carb friendly option to regular spaghetti!

  • New hairbrush

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Normally I don’t care much about hairbrushes, they all do the same thing for me, but good lord did I need a new one. I’ve been rocking my Wet Brush for nearly two years now, and while I love it, it is prone to getting fuzz and other junk in it (which is not coming from my hair, leading me to believe my cats use it when I’m not around), and it is near impossible to get out. That being said, I parused Amazon the other day for a new brush, and stumbled upon the Oval Wood Bristle Brush by Bass Brushes. It is made from 100% bamboo (sorry pandas), and the wooden bristles are supposed to help stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth. That last part may be a bunch of black magic nonsense, but I will say the bristles feel a lot like a head massage, so I am loving it!

  • Cold Brew Coffee

starbucks cold brew coffee

Okay this one isn’t so much a “find” as it is a “I super want to try this!” I read that Starbucks recently released cold brew coffee on their menus, and after reading up on the taste and benefits of cold brew coffee, I really want to try it! What makes cold brew different from regular coffee? Well according this article from the Washington Post:

…the cold-brew process swaps piping hot water for room-temperature water, and requires grounds to steep for up to 24 hours.

What results is a batch of coffee — which can be served iced or heated — that’s much less bitter than coffee brewed the traditional way. According to a study conducted by Intertek in 2005, cold-brewed coffee contains about 65 percent less acidity than coffee brewed in hot water, making it a viable alternative for sensitive stomachs.

I have normally had to be careful with coffee in the past due to it upsetting my stomach, so this sounds like the perfect match for me! I’m hoping to swing by Starbucks tomorrow morning and give this a go, but I also read that the brewery Jake and I are visiting tonight makes their own as well! If I can get my hands on some tonight, and try out Starbucks this weekend, I’ll be sure to fill you all in on a compare and contrast! Have any of you tried cold brew coffee? Was it good? Did it ruin your life?

That’s it for this week! Also, you may have noticed I didn’t have a book to review this week’s post. I am taking my time on Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance” because I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchmen’ this coming week! You can for sure expect a review on that one! Well, I’m off to go try some craft beer and food truck tacos. I hope you all have an awesome weekend and I’ll catch up with you Monday!

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#tbt VIII

Hello and welcome back to another edition of #tbt, where I dig up wacky photos of my childhood and attempt to make sense of the situation! Today’s photo takes place at a classic childhood event, field day! For any of you who may have been home-schooled, or went to the school from Matilda, field day was basically the Olympics for kids.Classic events included: potato sack races, tire flipping (was this a precursor to Crossfit??), tug-of-war, and relay races. Being it that I was horrifically underweight most of my childhood (often knocked down by small breezes or a sneeze), I contributed absolutely nothing to these athletic events. One would think that being small that maybe that I could at least run fast. Sadly, that was not case. It probably didn’t help that my diet at the time was sour straws and Capri Sun, but that is neither here nor there. Thankfully there is photographic evidence of me truly exemplifying the Coldplay lyric, “When you try your best but you don’t succeeeeeed”, during a relay race. Thanks to my mom, my last place finish will live on forever!

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OOTD:

  • Lululemon
  • Or jersey knit jorts and a t-shirt two sizes too big.

Hair:

  • Down and blowing in the wind probably with the hopes of looking effortless, but ending up with the beginnings of a bird’s nest by the end of the day.

Pose:

  • Wounded giraffe.

Makeup:

  • None, just the sign of crushing defeat wiped over my face.

Setting:

  • Local high school football field, when during the summer months, smells like melted Tupperware.

Little did I know that nearly 15 years later I would end up love running, but I am probably still running at the same pace I am in that photo…and that’s okay! Hopefully I still don’t look like I have utterly resigned to life and can no longer go on (I do). Did any of you participate in a field day or something like it as a kid, and if so did you have any ridiculous activities? I still can’t get over that my school was having a bunch of 6-8 years old kids lifting and pushing over tractor tires. We weren’t even treated to creatine shakes afterwards.

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Dinosaurs, Mustaches, and A Drunk Guy.

Hello, and happy Monday! Are you tired? I’m tired. I had to drop off my car at the shop before work this morning thanks to relentless tease that is my check engine light. Any time the smallest thing breaks my routine (especially during the work week) it throws me off my game for the rest of the day and it makes me super anxious or tired. That’s an endearing personality trait, right? Anyways, shout out to Jake for playing my personal Mr. Belvedere and chauffeuring me to and from work today. He is the best around.

  • Friday

damn okay chris pratt

Friday night Jake and I FINALLY saw Jurassic World, and it blew my freaking mind! I went in knowing that this movie was probably going to giant roundhouse kick to the face of action and suspense, and boy did it deliver! Also, because of this film, I’d like to pursue a career in “Dinosaur Fight Choreography.” I’m not sure if there is a really big demand for that particular trade, but after watching a bunch of dinosaurs go at each other like Jerry Springer guests before Steve gets involved, I am more than certain that this is my calling.

I don’t want to give the ending away, but I will say I fist pumped the air and for brief moment in time was quite certain I was no longer watching a movie, but rather a Pay-Per-View Dinosaur UFC fight. I was entertained from start to finish, and in my opinion it ends with a really awesome opportunity for a sequel, so I am psyched for that. If you are still apprehensive about seeing it,

Oh, and Chris Pratt. That was nice.

  • Saturday

must dash 5k

Saturday morning my dad and I ran the Must-Dash 5k for the third year in a row! This a father’s day themed race where participants are encouraged to wear ridiculous mustaches, or if able, sport your own! I love this particular race because the course is great for all skill levels, and you spend a good chunk running through a nature trail! Afterwards we were treated to cold wet towels (it was crazy humid), water bottles and other assorted treats. My dad and I didn’t stay very long for post race festivities due to the fact that we were overheated and looked like that Meltman from Action League Now.

Hey y'all just finished my run

Hey y’all just finished my run

After heading home and cleaning up I went and got my eyebrows done, and then came up with a super crafty face masque that helps alleviate the horror that is post eyebrow wax redness (look for that DIY recipe later this week)! Once all errands were completed, I finally got to start Orange is The New Black! Jake and I are about five episodes in right now, and I am loving it! I still use Piper scenes as bathroom or snack breaks, but other than that I am really enjoying everyone else’s story lines. I’m hoping I can actually pace myself this season and not completely obliterate it in one weekend, but I can’t make any promises *cough* House of Cards *cough*.

  • Sunday

My Sunday morning started off a usual with a early morning run, which ended up being a little over six miles. During my six miles, and all before 8:30 am I saw the following:

  • Five rabbits
  • A vulture eating roadkill
  • Some dude taking a sobriety test…at 7:30 am.

Obviously the sunrise sobriety test was the most exciting part. That being said, don’t drink and drive, no matter what time of day it is! It is obnxious enough to drink and drive, but at 7:30 in the morning? Come on, man. The rest of the day proved to be a lot less scandalous as it was spent celebrating Father’s Day at my Grandparent’s house. I ate like half of a watermelon so I guess that is mildly disturbing though.

I hope you all had a great weekend! And to get a discussion started, have any of you finished Orange is The New Black Yet? Oh! Better yet, much like my sobriety test witness, what is the most ridiculous thing have you stumbled upon while out and about?

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Guacamole, Gross Beer, & Triple A.

Yawwwwwn.Happy Monday, party people. I am currently running on limited amounts of sleep, and everything looks and feels like a Saved By the Bell dream sequence (blurry pink borders. Zach Morris is my boyfriend etc). More on that later though. While I’m still awake, let’s recap this weekend!.

  • Friday

esparzas

Friday night Jake and I ventured to Esparza’s for some Mexican food and drinks. I ate a whole plate of guacamole and it was great. Also, can we talk about how it looks like my margarita is radioactive in that photo? I’ll keep you posted if I end up developing any Alex Mack like symptoms.

  • Saturday

TAP

Saturday morning my dad and I ran the T.A.P. 5k in Dallas, and it was…meh. Here’s a brief rundown as to why I’m not necessarily raving about it:

  • 9 am start time. A 9 am start time during a Texas summer, is basically a 4 pm start time during anyone else’s summer. Basically, it’s already “fry an egg on the ground” kind of hot.
  • While I’m not a huge beer drinker to begin with, whatever I tried while I was there tasted as if they had run a litter box through a juicer.
  • Still mad about that start time!

I feel bad for complaining, given that the sponser, Run Project, normally puts on great races, and aside from the start time, the beer wasn’t their fault. If anything, my beer tasting palette is less than stellar, so that’s on me. But in the future, let’s start a summer race at 7:30 or 8 am next time, okay guys? Cool.

pool

Saturday afternoon was spent in the pool, with the several unsuccessful attempts at getting Jake’s dog, Brinkleigh, to swim. Poor little girl will only dip her feet in the pool and then immediately jump out.Jake bought her a puppy life jacket last summer, but she is still not a fan of the water. I’d like to think that when we aren’t around she actually swims all the time and holds an Olympic record.

Later that night we watched Jurassic Park, which I haven’t seen in easily over 15 years. Good to know it is still extremely stressful, and that the little boy in the movie is still annoying as I remembered him to be. Now I’m just super hyped for Jurassic World! It comes out this week, but my family (+Jake) will be in California, so I probably won’t be able to see it next week. I just want to see Chris Pratt beat up a dinosaur (I’m assuming that this will happen?).

  • Sunday

whoops

Sunday was spent with the grandparents, and then another afternoon at the pool. All was normal until around 10 pm when I got a call from Jake saying that he was stranded on the side of the road. Apparently his car crapped out, so I came to the rescue and waited with him until AAA showed up (nearly an hour later…). My car is currently rocking the “check engine” light so I’m hoping I can get that resolved before I end up in a similar situation!

And that was my weekend in a nutshell! I’m gonna go the gym, get a head start on packing (leaving for California on Thursday), and then get to bed! Hope you all had a great weekend, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow!

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Running Jamz

Running Day

Hello and Happy National Running Day! I hope you have a chance today to celebrate accordingly, by well, running! If not don’t fret, maybe just go for a walk, or online shop for shoes…I’m pretty sure that counts. I’ll be celebrating by heading out to a social run with my dad with the running group we normally run with on the weekends. It’ll be a little toasty by 6 pm, so I’m thinking I’ll only log about 3-4 miles, but we’ll see! In the meantime I thought I’d share some of my favorite selections from my running playlist! Beware: several painfully embarrassing guilty pleasure songs lie ahead.

  • Anaconda – Nicki Minaj

I will not apologize for loving this song, because it is outrageously catchy and anything that samples Baby Got Back is automatic gold in my book. Oh, and if you haven’t already, you MUST watch this video of a dance studio’s choreographed routine to this. I think about it every time this song comes up on my run and it makes me sad that I’ll never be able to be 1.) that cool 2.) have any sort of rhythm or dance talent.

  • Lonesome Day -Bruce Springsteen

The Boss. That’s all.

  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Jefferson Starship

This song perfectly encapsulates the inspiring pop rock jams of the 80’s. I tend to laugh out loud whenever it comes on shuffle, plus it also makes me think of the only good scene from The Skeleton Twins.

  • Roar – Katy Perry

I still can’t up my mind on how I feel about Katy Perry as a person (girl you gotta stop dating that dumpster raccoon of a dude, John Mayer), but this song is about as inspiring as watching a rocket ship take off, or a three legged golden retriever singing the National Anthem. I have never witnessed either of those events, but I imagine that they would be life changing and make me a better person.

  •  New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

This song mostly makes me think about the Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen debacle. I wish Frank was still alive so this could be sorted out on an episode of Maury. (For fun: Google a side by side photo of Frank and Ronan and try and tell me Woody Allen is the father)

  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go – One Direction

I’m gonna be straight up with you. I love One Direction. I mean, I’m not purchasing 1D charm bracelets from Claire’s (YET), but they are all over my playlists. Man do they deliver on the boy band pop jamz. My best friend got to meet them once and said they were all pretty boring and hungover in real life. I don’t have anything to follow that, just thought you should know.

  • Jump Around – House of Pain

I automatically associate this song with the birthday party scene in Mrs. Doubtfire. That scene always made me angry because I just wanted Sally Field’s character to calm down. So what if a shetland pony is eating your begonias?! They’ll grow back! Matthew Lawrence only turns 13 once, and Robin Williams (RIP) worked really hard on that party! Besides, Matilda and the boring older sister* were having a great time, and think you were being a bit harsh too.

*I obviously cannot remember the character’s names from this movie.

  • S Club Party – S Club 7

Sometimes I feel like my sister and I are the only people in the world who have heard of S Club, because there have been several occasions where I have brought them up in conversation (more like, all of my conversations), and I’m often met with a lot of “Huh?”, “Who?”, or “Ma’am, this is a bank.” I don’t think S Club made more than two albums, but they did have a show on Fox Family (what is now ABC Family, otherwise known as “365 Days of Christmas”), that was both tragic and amazing. I remember there was one episode where one of the band members got into an accident and suffered from sort of speech problem for like a week and it was supposed to be funny, but it scared the begeezus out of me. Thanks S Club!

Told you that was an embarrassing list! Feel free to share some of your jamz, and I hope you all have a great National Running Day!!