Protein Powders I Have Loathed: Raw Organic Fit

This one has another odd aftertaste and I can’t put my finger on what it is. It is almost like cinnamon but not? There’s still fake sugar and vanilla, but it is less cloying than Vega. It mixed up fairly well. I dumped most of it into a smoothie after I tasted it mixed in water, and it is fine when mixed with fruit or kefir. It is meant for weight loss but it doesn’t do much for hunger after more than an hour or so. 

It has 170 calories so I guess it is nominally a meal replacement. 

Verdict: it tastes fine, mixes well, but doesn’t do much for hunger. 

Stay tuned for aaaaaaallll of these things. I bought $80 in supplements at Sprouts on Friday because they were 25% off. 

Just Because You Can

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via Daily Prompt: Fry

The hottest run I’ve ever been on was in Louisiana. It was Memorial Day weekend, and we were down there for a wedding. We’d been invited to stay at a camp (vacation home on the bayou with AC, WiFi, four showers, and satellite TV) owned by my mother’s best friend, and in my infinite wisdom I decided I needed to go for a run on the levee. I knew I’d have to go early, but fate and coffee slowed me down. By the time I made it out (my mom in tow) it was 10 am and hot. I had water and was wearing as little as possible, but I was still drenched in sweat by the time we’d managed to walk to the levee. As we jogged along, my mom was cursing as much as I was. She had grown up here, but two decades in Colorado had killed her ability to tolerate humidity. The only reason we’d forced ourselves to go out was the boudin, crawfish, cracklins, and other fattening foods we knew awaited us in the camp. We’d been eating like pigs all weekend, and would continue to do so through the wedding.

We went out and back for 2 miles, but it took us nearly an hour because we kept having to slow down or stop. When we finally got back to the camp, my not-uncle had a cigarette in one hand, a margarita in the other, and was sitting on the screen porch. I don’t recall him laughing out loud, but the smirk as he took a drag on the cigarette was enough to tell us what he thought of our nonsense.

We staggered inside (where there was AC) grabbed our own margaritas, and went to take showers.

Then we ate a metric ton of boudin.

 

StitchFix pt. 1: Orange-Red Is Still Orange

First of all, StitchFix did not ask me to write this. They gave me a $20 credit so my first shipment would be free, but it was an automated “oh you have an account but didn’t order anything so let’s try to entice you” kind of thing. I didn’t speak to anyone in their PR department or get any nudges. This is 100% my opinion.

That said….well they tried. Part of it is my fault. I should have said NO ORANGE OR ORANGE RED instead of just NO ORANGE. It all makes me look jaundiced. Blue red is fine, but anything that even carries a whiff of orange is awful. I liked the style of both dresses they sent, but one had my hated color and one just did not fit right at the top. It also had a damaged belt loop but that wouldn’t have stopped me from keeping it if it had fit correctly. The necklace was too expensive, and the top they sent was ONCE AGAIN the wrong color. The black and white skater style skirt they sent was perfect though. I kept that. $68-$20 styling fee=$48 which is reasonable for something I can wear often.

All in all for a first shot they did OK. I would expect they’d understand color theory a bit better but maybe that’s asking too much from some poor overworked stylist in a warehouse somewhere. If you can get them to give you the $20 credit then I say it is worth a shot. If they give me another $20 credit I’ll probably give them a second chance. No skin off my nose if it doesn’t work in that case. Likely won’t do it otherwise.

The Dopey and a Book Review

Terrifying as it is, I’m signed up for the Dopey in 2017. Which means I need to run a full marathon. Which means I need to train for a full marathon, run it, and then transition into training for the Dopey.

I’m using the Hal Higdon Novice 2 program to prepare for a race in September. It seemed like the best way to transition into longer distances. We shall see if it works.

http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51138/Marathon-Novice-2-Training-Program

I’m planning to run the All Out Fallfest marathon in September, which looks like a good fit for me. I’d like to do Bellingham Bay the same weekend, but my Washington State friend might not be able to manage it so probably gonna be easier to stick close to home.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Forman is a hilarious, inspiring, brutally honest look at going all in for a marathon…and an ultra marathon. I listened to the audiobook (thank you, Jeffco Libraries!) and it was BRILLIANT. I highly recommend listening to it if you don’t feel like reading it. I’m also making my way through The First 20 Minutes, and The New Rules of Running, and I’ll review those later.

Mr. Forman used to be a runner, but then life and family happened. His older daughter Ronnie challenges him to run a full marathon with her, and despite his reservations…he does it.

I enjoyed the humor and honesty, and I was giggling silently at several points. Anyone who runs will love this book, and anyone that wants to run is going to either be inspired or will panic and I’m not sure which.

I listen to tons and tons of audiobooks and podcasts because I work for very boring companies doing very boring things and it is much easier to ignore my creepy, godawful coworker when I don’t have to hear his stupid voice.

My Gear

I’m a larger girl, and I know how hard it is to get started when you’re not skinny and nobody tells you that you’re going to need certain things. Like Bodyglide. LOTS of Bodyglide. And some very well cushioned shoes.

In case anyone was wondering, here’s a list of the crap I run with:

Shoes:

  • Brooks Transcends 1 for under 5 miles (just bought some Transcends 2s and 3s)
  • Brooks Ariels for over 5 miles

Brooks seriously needs to send me some free shit for how often I have talked up their shoes to my friends and family. Go to a running store and get fitted for your shoes. Don’t just buy whatever someone else has. Don’t go by looks.

Tracking:

Garmin Forerunner 230 (I’ll post a more in depth review of this later, but I love it)

Water:

Camelback handheld insulted (because ice in Denver in summer is necessary)

Fuel:

Gu with caffeine, Nuun with caffeine, and Honey Stinger Chews (add caffeine to these please I am an addict)

Hat: 

I have a couple of running hats from various races. Way better than cotton.

Socks: 

Feetures! of various types depending on the day and the weather

Clothes:

I love Skirtsports and Road Runner for skirts and shorts. I have a big ass and I like to have a little extra coverage so it is…less obvious. I usually buy C9 sports bras and tanks from Target, or wear my race shirts. Get your bras fitted correctly. Do not mess around with shitty ones. I also have two 3/4 zip light jackets for brisk mornings.

Misc:

No seriously. Bodyglide. And sunscreen. And some huge ass sun glasses. You will sweat and chafe and burn otherwise. In cold climates, invest in some really awesome gloves for winter. I also have a flipbelt for when I’m wearing shorts with no pockets.

If you have questions about anything, please feel free to ask! I’m not an expert by any scope of the imagination, but I’ll do my best to help.