August 31, 2015
by Sam
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Rehashing August.

Sooo this is the last day of August. Although summer doesn’t technically end until September 22nd, the beginning of September always feels like the beginning of fall. Summer, I will miss you….but I least I have legging, boots, and all things pumpkin to look forward to.

But, let’s take a look at what I was up to in August.

I was…

Reading:

Almost Anorexic by Dr. Jennifer Thomas & Jenni Schaefer.

Almost Anorexic

When I was in recovery I found Jenni Shaefer books to be super helpful – she writes in a super relatable way while giving good advice, tips and lessons when in recovery from an eating disorder. So when she was attached to this book I decided to pick it up as well, even though it doesn’t apply to me these days. Just like I expected, it’s full of some solid advice and some really interesting research and stats about the ‘almost’ eating disorders – I think people that fall short of a clinical diagnosis end up feeling like they’re ‘not sick’, even though they’re seriously putting their health in danger. If you’re at all questioning whether or not your relationship with food is healthy, I recommend picking it up!

Watching:

Masterchef.

masterchef

I definitely have a crush on Gordon Ramsay. Is that weird?

Listening to:

My current top 40 pick:

Sooo very catchy.

And then my current throwback band:

I’m loving The Offspring right now. Brings me back to being 12-13 years old and stealing my brother’s copy of Americana all the time.

Eating:

Ice cream.

ice cream bar

It’s been hot.

Drinking:

Steamwhistle

I am on vacation right now, after all.

Best Posts in August:

A PSA About Eating Disorder Recovery:

A PSA About Eating Disorder Recovery

Recovery may not end up looking like you think it’s going to.

Mud Hero Recap:

After Mud Hero

Taking on mud pits and obstacles with blog friends!

That is it for me…I’m off to enjoy my final day of vacation. Have a good one!

<— What are you reading right now?

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<— Anyone else eating ice cream like it’s going out of style?

August 24, 2015
by Sam
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Summer Running (Giveaway!)

Hi friends – happy Monday! I am currently on vacation, and I can imagine that I’m loving it (I’m prewriting this post so I can’t say for sure, but really….I know I’m loving it).

So today, I want to talk about running in the summer months. I am absolutely a warm-weather runner – once snow hits, I’m officially on hiatus until the weather warms up again. But even though I don’t have any issues running in the heat, there’s a few precautions I still need to take.

1. Dress for the weather.

One this I’ve learned about Alberta weather over the last year – the weather here is completely unpredictable. One day it’s 35 degrees C, and then a few days later it’s 10 degrees and raining. You can have bright sunshine for a while, and have a thunderstorm roll in out of nowhere.

So for me, sometimes that’s meant wearing a sweater on a run, other times that meant embracing #noshirtsummer and running in shorts and a sports bra. I would rather be a bit cold than overheating on a run, so I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to layers in the summer.

Sports Bra Running

2. Be prepared.

I always, always take my phone with me on a run. That way, if there’s an emergency or a thunderstorm rolls in out of nowhere and I don’t feel safe to keep running, I can call someone (or a taxi!) to bail me out. Better safe than sorry!

3. Hydrate.

Obviously this applies year ’round, but it’s especially important in the summer months! Make sure to hydrate before, possibly during, and after a run. In the hot weather, I add electrolytes if I’m running anything over 6 miles.

G2

Gatorade is my go-to, but nuun and coconut water are also great options if that’s more your thing.

4, Be flexible.

Sometimes, it might just be too damn hot or humid to run. Rather than try to push your body in seriously uncomfortable weather, sometimes it’s better to just reschedule your run for another day, or take it to the treadmill.

5. Recover properly.

Obviously, this applies for running at all times of the year, but I figured I’d want to bring it up now! After a run, you want to make sure that you’re allowing yourself the proper time to recover – which helps you avoid injuries in the future.

ProCompression

To minimize recovery time, I’ve been wearing compression socks during and after my long runs for this half-marathon training cycle. You would assume that I’d have sore legs after 10-13 mile runs, but with compression socks or sleeves my legs feel awesome.

ProCompression

PROCompression generously agreed to let me test out their marathon compression socks. They use a graduated compressed design on their socks – the graduated compression gently squeezes fluid away from the legs back towards the core, thereby promoting healthy circulation.

I went with the Multicolor Stripe Marathon socks for my 12-miler on Sunday and I was more than impressed! I had gone on an intense hike 2 days before, but with the socks my legs felt great during and after the run. And of course – that design! I had trouble picking from all the awesome designs on the site, but you can’t go wrong with multicoloured. And they were really comfortable as well – my legs didn’t feel like they were having the life squeezed out of them, but I definitely noticed a difference in how my legs felt.

And since the people at PROCompression are so awesome, they’ve allowed me to host a giveaway! The winner will receive a PROCompression marathon sock or sleeve of their choice. Just a heads up – the giveaway is open to the US and Canada, but for my fellow Canadian friends, you’ll have to pay the shipping (mine was $9 US) if you win. Believe me, it’s more than worth the shipping cost!

And if you want to pick out a pair rightthissecond, use the promo code PRO15 to receive 40% off Marathon Socks or sleeves.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s it for me today – you have until Friday to enter. Good luck!

August 21, 2015
by Sam
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Five Things Friday 08/21/15.

By the time this post goes up, I’ll be HOME!!!!

Ahhh so exciting. I’m in desperate need of a vacation and to see my favourite people from home.

But since it’s Friday, let’s do the Friday things.

Five Things Friday

 

5 Things I’ve Eaten Lately:

  1. Pork Belly Bowl from The Beltliner.

Pork Belly Bowl

Steamed rice, broccolini, rapini, sake, mirin, chile oil, ginger, anise, pork belly, and a fried egg. If you live in Calgary, GO EAT THIS. So good.

2. Banana Oikos, a crumbled Double Chocolate Mighty Muffin, peanut butter, and Corn Pops.

Yogurt Bowl

Oh hey super random breakfast. It was delicious though.

3. A stack of Carrot Spice Flapjacked pancakes with peanut butter and syrup.

Flapjacked Stack

Basically the most gorgeous breakfast for dinner ever.

4. Monster Mix + Minions cereal.

trail mix

My go-to afternoon snack all week.

5. Made by Marcus salted caramel ice cream.

made by marcus

Made By Marcus is a Calgary company focusing on local, organic ingredients. I think the salt is a little too overpowering, but generally I’m impressed with it.

5 Things Happening This Week:

1. Since I’m on vacation, I won’t be keeping up with the blog over the next ten days. I do have a few posts lined up though – including an awesome giveaway on Monday for my runner people!

2. Anyone who tells you that colouring is for children:

colouring

Stop talking to them because you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. It’s such a relaxing, de-stressing activity.

3. Etsy is a black hole of awesome – and it’s so dangerous.

Pop Tart bracelet

I don’t need a Pop Tart charm bracelet…but I would really, really like one. Found here.

4. While I imagine it’s hard to get flattering photos at Mud Hero, I have to admit this one is pretty fantastic:

swamp monster

This is me imitating a swamp monster.

Mud Hero

I do like that one though.

5. I got my hike in this month! For a work-related event, I got to go on a hike up Ha Ling in Canmore.

Ha Ling

We didn’t get to stay and enjoy the views for too long because there was a storm rolling in, but it was a great, challenging hike.

5 Things I Pinned This Week:

1. I never thought I’d quote The Matrix, but I do like this:

understand it

2. And this is why I have ‘love myself first’ tattooed on my side. It’s all about the self-love.

the only person

3. So make the memories now.

wild things

4. Booo small talk.

small talk

5. The drool-worthy pin of the week: Nutella Skillet Cookie via Dinners, Dishes and Desserts.

Nutella Skillet Cookie

Nutella is amazing. Skillet cookies are amazing. See where this is going?

That’s it for me – have a fabulous week, friends!

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