Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mat Madness with Lululemon Ann Arbor

This March I participated in Mat Madness through my local lululemon.

It involved going to 5 yoga classes over the month of March, signing in, and attending all 5 classes meant that I was going to get my hands on a the mat. for free. 

The first class was a Vie, also the studio where I spin every week. They opened a new location in January, with a lot of natural light and gorgeous hardwood floors. The yoga class there was great! I think I'll be heading back this summer once my unlimited pass at another studio is up.

The second class was at Yogacentric in Saline. I loved this class as well. Challenging in the best way - our instructor encouraged us to practice with our eyes closed, something I almost never do, because my balance is just not that great. It was an awesome challenge.

The third class was an in store yoga class at the lululemon store. Again, a great, challenging class. It was taught by Rickita Henderson who was great! 

Our fourth class was at b young b fit with Dominique. It was billed as "gentle yoga" which is how I mentally prepared myself -- so I was slightly surprised when it was a bit more like a vinyasa flow. Not that I was complaining. It was a great flow, with a bit of variation on your typical sun A and sun B.

photo credit: b young b fit facebook page

The finale was a Go W/ the Flow class with Tori and Ben. This was my second go w/ the flow class - I attended their class for lululemon's grand opening in the fall. Ben provides live music, and Tori leads yoga class. They are fantastic. 

photo credit: lululemon/NicGatlin Photography

I was delighted to find out that their music and classes are available online - it will be my new go-to at-home yoga practice! As they said on their facebook page, it was a true lesson in going with the flow, when the original venue and another venue didnt work out before we were able to find a place to practice.

photo credit: lululemon/NicGatlin Photography

The only downside was that the class was scheduled during the Michigan basketball game. Which we proceeded to lose. I'm pretty sure I cursed under my breath when the CBS score alert popped up.

So after my 5 classes, it was time to get a mat.

I picked one of the limited edition chakra mats, and conveniently its first use was another lesson in going with the flow.

It was a perfectly gorgeous day - sunny and warm. possibly the first of 2014.

And thus Jessie, the instructor decided to hold class outside. So we did.

And the chakra mat got its inaugural use outside in the sunshine.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Training + Physical Therapy

So I'm marathon training again. I don't think I've mentioned that yet. I'm planning on running the kalamazoo marathon.

And this race training cycle I'm determined not to get injured.

So I'm doing PT. At ATI physical therapy. I'm in week 2. and so far so awesome.

not my actual place. but close.
During half marathon training #1, I ended up with a stress fracture, then a legit fracture.

During marathon training #1, I ended up with major shin pain that was present even when I wasn't running. So I shut running down, barely trained, but still ran the marathon.

I'm now in marathon training #2 and I refuse to get injured.

So I'm PT'ing, 3 days a week. Turns out my feet need some work. As does most of the muscles in  my legs. But we're working on it. and we're getting there, and I think it's good.

My exercises are a lot of things I've done - lunges, and resistance bands, and squats. but things I would probably never imagine would affect my running.

So it's good.

While running is still not pain free, I don't think I'm anywhere near "the i-word" which is so good.

I also have a half marathon coming up in less than two weeks!

I'm running the hot cocoa classic in Detroit on April 6th! I should be set for a PR, but you never know what will happen. My half times have been crazy close - within 10 minutes of each other, so i'd eventually like to break below that.

also excited to do a half that goes on belle isle! the race should be fun :)

So that's the running update.

I'll probably do a post on some of my exercises soon.

Ever been to PT? thought about it?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Ramblings (aka how many links can i put in a single post)

I am so in love with this march calendar. I've always loved having a calendar desktop wallpaper, and ruche has been killing it on these lately. ranunculus? my favorite.

I've never ordered anything from ruche, so I can't tell you if, you know, what they're selling is worth buying as well. although it makes me incredibly mad that this is essentially the same as the anthropologie skirt that i bought over the summer and spent at least twice on. (see also, skirt in action) also it makes me mad that anthro keeps their products online for so long, because then i find things on there and it pisses me off when i can't find them online. (see also, this skirt)

there are certain types of reality tv that i am such a sucker for. def not a fan of kardashians (although at one point i was), but the "everyday couple" reality tv sucks me in. Like The Little Couple. and Guiliana and Bill. although I guess G&B are pretty far from "everyday couple." But you know I was in front of the tv watching the new little couple season premiere last night.

My day designer finally arrived and I am so in love. It will have its own post soon, but just know that it is lifechangingly wonderful. and these pen's? also lifechanging.

I'm really trying to get down to the elusive zero-inbox with the help of meg biram's and and hitha's posts from yesterday. Not there yet, but once I do, I'll let you all know how i did it.

today i did christina's hip digging flow in my apartment instead of making my way to the gym or yoga studio. and LOVED it. thanks lady!

finally, i'm giving up sweets for lent. so those beauties at the top of this post? see you in 40 days. :(

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paczki Run

On Saturday I ran the Paczki Run in Hamtramck, MI. It was so much fun! I was running with a few friends, not for time, mostly just to get a the paczki and the beer guaranteed at the end.

Oh, but I guess I should address something first - what is a paczki?

box of paczki

Only the most delicious fattening almost donut ever. It's a polish pastry that is basically a filled donut, but so much better than a regular filled donut. they're consumed before ash wednesday in polish-heavy places like detroit, and i love them.

So I was happy to run 3.1 miles for one. and for beer.

Packet's were simple -- bibs, a race map, and t-shirt colors based on paczki flavors -- so custard, plum, raspberry, and lemon.

I went with plum.

The polar vortex decided to be less vicious, and we were running in some high 20s temps.

The run was just around the Hamtramck neighborhoods. No difficulty finding turns, and the course distance was quite accurate. So yay's all around.

And afterward, just like we were promised, we got beer and paczki. Its an awesome thing.

ALSO! this is my 100th post. pretty fitting that a 75% polish girl like me is writing about the run where they give out a traditionally polish pastry at the end. kind of love it.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

What is the best themed run you've seen? 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Getting things done

This past weekend was the weekend of getting ish done.

I had a to-do list on Saturday and I pretty much killed it.

I cleaned my room -- this is not that exciting, but still slightly exciting. Clean sheets, cleared desk, clothes in drawers. good things.

I blew up my exercise ball that had lost a good third of its air in the past 6 or so months. Mostly so I can more successfully do this fitnessista workout video.

I glued together a clay bowl I made and then proceeded to break. I then did the whole dip in nail polish shebang using this tutorial and now it looks like this:

so very happy with how it turned out. It will hold my rings and be perfect and adorable.

I fixed my straightener using this tutorial. The plate wasn't completely off (you can see in the first two photos), but it was definitely not completely attached. So i bought my J.B. Weld, stole a stirrer from a local coffee shop, and made it happen.

I bought a new drying rack since my 8-year-old one bit the dust recently. Yay properly dried workout gear!

also bought the necessary martha stewart paint to polka dot my tights, but haven't yet done that. will update when I do.

All fueled by this dark chocolate mocha from glassbox coffee, my new favorite local coffee place.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Things I Love Thursday - 2/20

I am currently playing the "stalk google maps until it tells me that there's not heavy traffic on my drive that should take 35 minutes but is currently projected to take me an hour." oh polar vortex, you havoc-wreaking little minx.

it does give opportunities for photos like this though:
silly little dog barking at the thundersnow.
and this:

snowflakes were really that big

so I guess I love thundersnow! thunderstorms, always a favorite. snow? pretty much always a favorite (except when it extends drives like today). it is pretty darn pretty, right?

restaurant bathroom selfie
My v-day dinner outfit. pretty proud of myself for the pink without being sickening.

new to me gu!
branching out in the "flavors of gu i tolerate" and trying chocolate and caramel. hopefully i will not regret this. Also why isn't there a butterscotch gu? butterscotch pudding is the bomb dot com.

hedgehog dryer balls
I've always been a fan of dryer balls -- I like to think that they help fluff your clothes, and increase drying speed. these are just adorable, and thus i couldnt pass them up.

chocolate and strawberry macaron
and finally free macarons, accompanied by a free pedicure at vis-a-vis salon. doesn't get much better than that.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Things I've made Lately

Last semester of law school scores really awesome on the "having time to do things" scale. Most of my free time has been spent a. running; and b. cooking.

A few things I've been whipping up in the kitchen:

so sugary and awesome

They are amazing. this is my second time making these (first was for a patient's birthday at work), and seriously so good, so easy, only uses up a stick of butter, so awesome! thanks again megan!

and to counteract the cupcakes

yes one of them is almost heart shaped

these are seriously great. not too sweet, not too bland. don't taste detox-y at all. really just fantastic. I don't think I put enough orange zest in them, so they weren't super orange-y. next time I might try them with lemon because lemon blueberry is only the best combination ever.

photo cred: tracy, until I take my own. 
shutterbean's super spinach salad

love this salad from TJ's. Love it even more when I make it at home. the dressing is seriously phenomenal too -- and so easy to make! so very much like the carrot ginger dressing at all my favorite sushi restaurants.

cream of celery soup

had a whole thing of unused celery in my fridge about to go bad. So what do I do? Make soup of course! This soup is fantastic - especially with the bacon crumbled on top. yum.

using up that wilted kale

 and finally for breakfast this morning -- a powergreens breakfast skillet. i definitely overcooked the eggs, but I still ate it and enjoyed it, and now I know for next time! heads up for anyone making it though - your eggs need less time under the broiler than you think. 

Have you made anything super delicious lately?