Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Getting Back Into Shape

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't self-conscious a bit about my body since I got injured. I put on a little weight, I'm squishy, and I know that I'm not as strong as I was before I got hurt. However, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

It's hard to not have access to a gym (when I graduated, my ID stopped working at my University's gym). I've been using the Nike Training Club (Thanks Sharsti for always chatting it up) app (which is free), but sometimes, I can't even motivate myself to do that for my MUCH needed strength workouts.

As far as running goes, it's hard. I'm nowhere near the level of fitness I was when I got injured. I ran 4 miles last week and that's the longest that I've run in a consecutive run since March/April. It was hard. I stopped to walk a few times. I got discouraged. But, at the end of the run, I was happy that I did it. I was happy that I pushed through. It was terrible, I had to stop for the bathroom twice, and I was over two minutes slower than I usually run, but I did it.


I'm still aiming for 3 runs a week, although I'm hoping to bump that up to 4 runs. Sometimes my hamstring still nags me (particularly the day after a run), so I'm working on strength in that department. I know that it'll take a lot of work to get back to where I was, but it'll be worth it. Besides, it's nice to have my favorite stress reliever back as I wait for my move to the Bahamas. I'm beginning to get discouraged on that end, too. Patience is something I will have to hold onto for now.


If you've been injured, how long did it take you to get back to pre-injury? What is your favorite fitness app?




Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm Here! A Brief Life Update

Hi hi! I know I've been gone for a while, but the last few weeks have been incredibly hectic. So, what have I been up to?

Packing:

I packed up all of my things before I left for Costa Rica so that my parents could come down while I was out of the country, pack up my car, and bring some of my stuff back to their home in Chicago to store while I am in the Bahamas!


Traveling: 

I just spent the last two weeks in Costa Rica working with the camp I worked for last summer! It was SO much better this year than it was last year, and my kids were GREAT! Granted, there were a few incidents, but overall, it was wonderful. Except for the fact that we didn't see any sea turtles...which is the entire reason why we went to Costa Rica in the first place. At least the kids understood that that is how nature works! 






Running:

Running took a backseat in Costa Rica because of monsoon like conditions and the fact that I was chaperoning 9 teenagers. So, my pre-injury fitness/body is still out of reach at the moment. I know I'll get there eventually, but I'm really going to take the time to recommit myself. I would love to run a half marathon in the winter, but we'll see! 

Waiting:

I had planned on being in the Bahamas today, August 11, but my visa is taking longer than expected to process due to some hiccups. So, I'm currently homeless (I am living in my friend's living room) and waiting it out. I'm hoping to be in the Bahamas by this weekend, but keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

That's it for now! 

What have you been up to? How's your running been?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator: Why I Can't Tell if itDoes #FuelYourBetter

Recently, I was selected by Sweat Pink Ambassadors to review Vega Sport products. I had chosen the Electrolyte Hydrator as my product to review because I figured it would be great for these hot Florida summers, especially since I have just returned to running again.

Although I received Vega Sport products in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own. 

One of the questions we are asked to address in this review is how we used the product to #FuelYourBetter. I first used the Electrolyte Hydrator after a particularly sweaty run where I felt run down and my energy levels were low when I returned to my house. I mixed one packet with 16 oz of water and sipped. I have to be honest: I did not like the taste of the powder. I figured that it was because I wasn't used to mixing my water with anything and decided I would have to try it again. I did feel better after I drank it, but the product was hard for me to force down.

I tried Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator again a couple more times while I was doing walks in Costa Rica. Because I was in the tropics, the weather is incredibly humid and I sweat more quickly. This time, I couldn't even force the water down. I mixed the powder with more water than I did the first time, and it didn't help. Because I couldn't get past the taste, I cannot give an honest opinion about whether or not Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator really does #FuelYourBetter

While I am grateful for the opportunity to review a Vega Sport product, I will not be purchasing these products in the future for myself. The powder itself tastes very artificial to me and the taste was not appealing. I did feel like I had energy and was replenished after my first use of the product, but I honestly cannot tell you if that was because I had drank the water or the powder. 

Have you tried any Vega Sport products? What is one supplement that you cannot force down, even if everyone else enjoys it? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Great Adventure: Berlin

FINAL Europe Recap (I promise for real). Just in time for me to go to Costa Rica and the BIG MOVE!

Berlin

Berlin is definitely an old city, and it has so much history. I spent the first evening walking around and getting a feel for the city. I stopped at Checkpoint Charlie, the Currywurst Museum (where I got the best potato salad ever), and just took in the sights! Also, it was incredibly hot.


Vegetarian Currywurst 




Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

This was by far one of the highlights of my trip. I felt as though my soul had been ripped from my body as soon as I stepped foot onto the grounds and even after my visit, I don't think I can fully comprehend what it means to not have freedom. Truly, a humbling experience. 










I would have gladly payed 10+ Euros for the experience I had... it was so amazing and so worth it. 

Rest of Berlin


THE BEST CHOCOLATE EVER





And that, my friends, concludes our return trip to Europe! Back to our regularly scheduled programming...eventually!

Where is your dream destination? What is your favorite type of chocolate?