Ready to Run

Over the weekend, Adam and I participated in a sprint triathlon. It was our second time doing it. It’s a reverse triathlon so it goes run, bike, swim and I like that way better so I can jump in the water and cool off. I thought I would tell everyone about a few of the races I’ve done and a couple items I use and love for running.

Below you can see us right before we started the race and the setup of everyone’s gear. We’ve had some crazy wildfires in Utah this year and you can see how bad the air is. When I left that morning, I could smell the smoke.

I have tiny ears and most headphones hurt my ears. I used to use Skull Candy earbuds and those worked pretty well for running until I started sweating and then they wouldn’t stay in very great. Adam bought me these headphones by Bose. They’re a little bit pricier but they’re so comfy and I barely notice they’re there. Adam has the Bluetooth version of them. He broke one of his pairs a while ago and their customer service was so great and they just took care of the headphones and sent him a new pair.

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I was going to say I thought the picture above was only a couple years ago but it turns out it’s from 2014! I got most of my siblings to run a 10K with me on Thanksgiving morning. I think it’s a fun thing for us to get together and do and then you feel zero guilt later when you’re eating tons. We’re actually going to try and get some of us together and run the 5K this year.

In 2013, Adam and I ran the Top of Utah half marathon. We had fun but it was hard! We did not train enough and the last couple of miles were really painful. The picture on the left is us afterward and you can see how red my face still was!

I really think that signing up for a race is more motivation to help me get out and exercise. I’m not perfect at training but it’s still better than doing nothing. Adam and I already talked about how we’re going to train better next year for the triathlon and try and beat our time from this year.

One of my essentials for running or biking is the FlipBelt. I can slide my phone in there, a snack and a key and then you just flip the belt over on your waist and everything is securely in there. I don’t even notice it when I’m running. I was worried about it falling down my waist but that doesn’t happen at all. Then I don’t have to wear an armband for my phone.

Shoes are also very important. I’m needing to go get a new pair soon. When I first started running, I would get horrible shin splints. I used to try and tape my shins in high school and that didn’t help much. I finally went to an actual running store and they put me on a treadmill and they have a camera to watch how you run. Turns out I have really high arches so my ankles would collapse in because the support wasn’t there. They put you in different shoes until it fixes the problem and you find what’s best for you. My favorite has been Asics but it really depends on what your shoe needs are. Adam loves running in Brookes. I highly suggest going to a specialized store so you can be properly fitted for a good running shoe.

What races have you run and what are some of your running essentials?

Ways to Relax After a Long Day

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I’m an anxious person. My anxiety really started to get more prominent a couple years ago and since then, I’ve been on the hunt to find things that will help me de-stress.

When I switched to my new position earlier this month, I noticed I was SO much less stressed than I had been. I didn’t really realize that my job was mentally straining me. I’ve been doing a lot better now but still need ways to relax more often than not.

I thought I would list some of my favorite things to do to hopefully give you some ideas!

Being Alone

I’m an introvert (even though it may not seem like it) so after a long day at work or spending the entire day with others, I have to recharge by myself. I like not having to talk and being able to hear the thoughts in my head. Many people don’t like this because it almost stresses them out more to have to deal with their own thoughts and that’s okay. Maybe your way of recharging is by being with others! Either way, this is a big one for me and definitely helps me relax.

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Courtesy of Be Yourself

Calligraphy

This is a little hobby that I’ve picked up over the last couple of years. I’ve always had pretty good handwriting and when I was younger, I would switch out my handwriting by practicing different styles of writing certain letters. My handwriting has mostly stayed the same as I’ve gotten older but I’ve improved my cursive tremendously.

I like practicing on my iPad with the Procreate app and my Apple Pencil. I’ll doodle for hours while I watch TV or listen to music.

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I love Sex and the City and this is just a little doodle I made while watching.

Watching TV/Movies

I love spending the day in bed watching TV or a good movie (especially one of the rom-coms I talked about in my post). It helps me clear my mind and focus on something else besides what’s going on. Right now, I’m currently binge-watching Home Improvement. I loved this show when I was younger and the entire series is on Hulu! I’m making my family and Cody watch them with me. What are your favorite things to watch when you’re stressed?

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Courtesy of Variety

Working Out

I’m not going to lie to you guys, this is one that I should do more often because whenever I do, I feel so much better. Cody’s a big runner and I probably will never get to his level but I recognize the benefits of it. I’m slowly but surely getting started. Steph also likes running. She and Adam are doing a triathlon this weekend so I’m sure she’ll share all about that!

Whether it’s just working out at the gym or going on a run, it’s definitely a great way to relieve stress.

Taking a Shower/Bath

Speaking of working out, taking a shower or a long bath right after is the absolute best. I’m not a huge fan of baths because I feel like the water gets cold way too fast. Also, I don’t have a great tub to soak in. However, both are great to relieve stress and a nice, warm shower (or cold after working out) makes me feel like a million bucks.

Shopping

Retail therapy is a real thing, guys. Whenever my sister and I feel down in the dumps or we need a quick pick-me-up, we go to the mall. I’m also a huge online shopper because I like finding good deals all over the place without necessarily having to go outside. My sister always jokes that our mailman probably hates me because of how many packages I get delivered. Oh well.

Reading

Steph and I both love to read. I don’t read as much as I should these days but if it’s a good book, I can’t put it down. One of my favorite books is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. You can get it from Amazon here. This book changed my life! It’s all about organizing and getting rid of things that don’t bring you joy.

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Organizing

Speaking of organizing, this is my biggest stress-reliever! There is nothing I like more than cleaning and organizing a space. After I read that book, I went through my closet and room and got rid of so much stuff I didn’t need. It was great! As tired as I may be, I love cleaning up my room and finding cute ways to store things. The only thing I’m missing is a great walk-in closet so I don’t have to make room for more clothes…

What are some of your favorite ways to relax after a long day? Let me know below!!