Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Hey hey hey!!

So I was a little absent last week…well more like a lot. Life was a little busy and other priorities just came first, i.e. work, working out, eating, sleeping, taking care of the furbaby. You get the picture. I still haven’t figured out how much I want to blog. I think two posts for now is a decent goal though. 

Anyway, If you didn’t know already I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s. I have even contemplated working there various times.  So I thought I would occasionally post about some of my favorite items!

This week I am going to share 3 staples for my pantry/fridge.photo 4

  • Lowfat Granola Cereal with Almond: I started getting this earlier this year and it has turned into my staple granola. It is perfectly crunchy and the size of the granola is not too big. I love the flavor because it goes with everything! I usually have it with yogurt and it tastes delicious with all flavors. It would also go well just with milk, whichever kind you desire.
  • Organic Creamy Salted Peanut Butter: First of all, if you don’t like peanut butter I am not sure if we can be friends.  Mostly kidding, but really??? This peanut butter is delectable. Perfectly creamy and smooth. Perfect on English Muffins, mixed in yogurt, on bananas or just by the spoonful! I actually just recently tried this and it was love at first bite. For mainstream peanut butters, I am a Skippy gal through and through.
  • Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt, 0%: This flavor is sooooooo good. I mean it is on a whole other level than the regular vanilla. Little specks of vanilla bean in every bite. Thick and creamy, get in my belly.  I bet if they had a 2% version of this it would be absolutely divine. HINT HINT to TJ’S,

So those are the favorites for this week, more to come later!  Sometime I eat all three of these together, amazing combo. Just sayin’. 

Do you love Trader Joe’s?

What is your favorite item to get there?

What peanut butter did your house have growing up?

 

– Britt 

 

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First Run Back.

Yesterday I took my first post injury run! It was slow and tough because I have lost so much endurance, but I made it through pain free.

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There was about 3-4 minutes of walking in there but it was the longest I have run in over 2 months.  I am still going to ease my way back into running, so I won’t be running 5 miles anytime soon. I know in time I will be back to running my normal pace but I just need to be patient.

I am going to be running a 5 mile race in September so hopefully I will have a few weeks to train for that at least.

Just wanted to pop in and share the good news!  I will be back next week with some non-running related stuff.

What races do you have planned the rest of the year?

Injured Runner.

I have been an injured runner since 5.14.2014, it has been a long 2 months.

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Am I right???

I ran my first half marathon the first week of May and then when I got back from a 4 miler on May 14th, I knew I had to take a couple days off. Little did I know it would turn into 67 days. Not dramatic at all or anything. I am not sure if the injury had to do with the half or not. My IT band was the issue for this injury. Read more about IT Band syndrome here: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/beating-band.

Notice how I said this injury?  Yeah, running and I have gotten in a few fights in the past so this is not the first time I was faced with non-running life.  3 years ago, I was supposed to run my first half but then I was taken down by TWO stress fractures. One in my hip and one in my tibia. That injury was much more painful than the one I have just gone through. It hurt to walk during that time. Little did I know, that injury was a blessing in disguise. I was at a pretty bad time during that time in my life and I needed a smack in the face.  I was running 6-10 miles every time I went out running at that point. I am aware some people’s bodies can handle this mileage, mine cannot.

After about 3 months, I was cleared to run. After I got back into the swing of things, I did 2-5 miles when I went out to run and than one longer run on the weekends. That has worked perfectly up to this point.  When I originally was hit with injury 2 months ago, I decided to forgo the Doc right away. I wanted to see if I could heal alone. Well after a month, I still wasn’t better so I called to make an appointment with the orthopedic Doc I saw 3 years ago. He told me it was nothing major and I could run during this and connected me with a Physical Therapist that I would see for about a month.

The day after he told me I could running during this, of course I was out the next day. Well, he was wrong, a mile into the run I was in so much pain I wanted to start crying. I moped my way home and awaited my first PT appointment. My PT told me I should definitely not run during this time. So I listened and continued to cross train and strength train instead. I even had to walk a 4 mile run I signed up for. That was tough.

After two weeks at PT, he started me on what he calls his “build up” program. In this program there are 5 phases you have to repeat 3 times. If you feel any pain during the phase, you have to start over from that phase. You also can only do 5 cycles of running/walking.

Phase 1: Run 30 seconds, walk 1 minute. (total running time, 2:30)

Phase 2: Run 1 minute, walk 1 minute. (total running time, 5 minutes)

Phase 3: Run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute. (total running time, 10 minutes)

Phase 4: Run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. (total running time, 15 minutes)

Phase 5: Run 10 minutes. (total running time 10 minutes but no walking breaks)

At this point, I have one more day of phase 5. Then I can go on a run with no time constraints!! I am ready to feel those endorphin’s again. I have to say this wasn’t the worst injury though. Some good things happened during this time. I signed up for a gym and discovered BODY PUMP. Which I am totally loving. I also have gotten to take so many long walks with my furbaby. But there really is nothing like running for me.  It gives me this high that no other workout can.

Any other injured runner’s out there?

What is your favorite workout?

Awkward First Post.

Hi, Everyone!

Welcome to my blog! I am not really sure what to write for my first post so…..

I will tell you 10 random things about me:

1. I have one sister and we are 14 years apart.

2. Water is my favorite drink….followed closely by a margarita 😉

3. Fall is my favorite season. I do not do well in heat or cold. I prefer 60-70, good thing I live in Wisconsin haha.

4. Don’t get me wrong, I love Wisconsin. We have cheese curds, Packers, Brewers, Lake Michigan, frozen custard and all the BEER.

5. But Bob and I want to move to the Pacific Northwest in the next 3 years. Portland or Seattle, not sure which one yet.

6. Yes, I just started the last sentence with a BUT. Sorry, not sorry.

7. Speaking of Portland and Seattle, we are going there on our honeymoon! SO PUMPED!

8. Ice cream is one of my favorite foods. Cookies n’ Cream get in my belly!

9. Would you be surprised id I said I love running?!?

10. Favorite Stores: Target & Trader Joe’s!