Things I’m loving XV

TGIF!!  I feel like this week has just crawled by.  Maybe it was because of the huge snow storm or maybe because work was exhausting, but either way, I am looking forward to eating some pizza (Friday night is pizza night in our household) then curling up on the couch and watching a movie with the hubs!  Alright, since it’s  Friday, let’s  jump into the things I’m loving this week, shall we?

kate spade earrings

I’ve had been coveting these earrings for a while now and pulled the trigger and bought a pair. I finally wore them this week and got lots of compliments on them.  They are really cute, versatile and add a nice pop of color to any outfit.  The color I bought (orange) is no longer available via the Kate Spade website, but seriously, all the colors are awesome. I really want to get another pair, maybe the pink this time? Hmmm…decisions, decisions!

group-power-jan14-6

I’ve been teaching Group Power since December 2007.  The send out 4 releases every year (quarterly), so I’ve seen my fair share of releases.  It takes a lot to surprise, shock or impress me, but this release from top to bottom is incredible.  The music, the new moves, everything is fresh and fun. I’ve really enjoyed teaching this release and my participants are loving it too!  Mossa/BTS hit it out of the park this quarter!

treadmillFAQ500_0

This Runner’s World Article features Casey Kerrigan,  a Harvard Medical School graduate with a masters in physical rehabilitation, whose blog looked at England’s Andrew Jones famous treadmill study, showing that by setting the treadmill at a 1% incline, you mimic the  effort equivalent to outdoor running, but this applies only to those running 7:09 pace or faster.  But since most of us are slower than that, she states that we can keep the incline at 0% and it’s the same as running outside, and the biomechanics  are essentially the same on the treadmill vs. outdoors too.  This is a great read for all of us who are stuck on the treadmill due to bad weather or other reasons during the winter or otherwise.
  • The Perfect Run

perfect run

I don’t want to jinx myself, but both my 9 milers this week were pretty fantastic.  This morning’s run was 100% perfection from start to finish and this picture above made me smile.  I feel so much lighter emotionally after having a great run.  I’m REALLY hoping that this will continue onto this weekend’s long run, and that I will fare better than last weekend.
I won’t sugar coat it, I suck at drinking water.  So, when I saw this Groupon deal for two fruit infusion water bottles at the beginning of the year, I jumped on it, hoping it would help me (along with the phone alarms I set to remind me to drink water throughout the day) to drink more.  I loved that the deal came with two glass bottles, so I can keep one at home and one at work, so I have no excuse.  Over the past few weeks I have been making some really great infusion combinations and I have to say, it is helping me to drink more water.  I even noticed this week that I didn’t need my alarms to tell me to drink water as much as I used to need the reminder, because most of the time, I was already done with it.  I’ll take that as a small victory this week!

 

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Question of the day

Tell me one thing that you are loving this week, something that has made you smile or made your life easier?

26 Responses

  1. A perfect run will definitely cleanse the soul. Running is love.

    One thing that made me smile today was my husband surprising me by renting us “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” for tonight. Cuddling up to a movie tonight sounds perfect and he totally knows how to win me over every time.
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  2. I have to admit that I was one of those that thought running at a 1% incline made the treadmill more like outside conditions. I tried running with no incline recently but I’ve been running at 1% so long that I actually prefer it.

    And one of the things I’m loving right now is my treadmill. I wouldn’t get my running accomplished otherwise!
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    • Yeah, the chest track is awesome and the tricep track slays me (I am finally able to do everything on my toes but I want to cry!) The bottle is great because they give you a ton of recipes with the exact ratios so it takes the guessing out for me, which is really helpful!

  3. Oh I’m so glad you posted about the treadmill study! Like so many I’ve been running almost entirely on the treadmill for about a month and recently started stressing about it not being the same as running outside and how it might affect training. The fruit infusion bottle looks so cool. I suck at drinking water too! Any tips?
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