PRO Compression Love & Discount

29 Jul

Good morning, sports fans!

Yesterday was a glorious, productive day.  Work flew by and I was greeted at home with a perfect-to-me running day.  I don’t miss you one bit humidity!

Brian, surprisingly, was also in a good mood so we decided to tackle a post-work run together.  We made out way through the East Lakeview/Lincoln Park area taking in all the sights and smells of what seemed like a cool October day.

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We ran passed the zoo and said hello to the monkeys and zebras and finished back on our street with 4 miles under our belt.

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You know what I have really been loving lately?  My PRO Compression sleeves.  Oh you thought tube socks had gone with the 70’s?  Think again, my friend.

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Lately I’ve been wearing them during my runs and after my conditioning and strength exercises.  On days like yesterday, when it was randomly 62 degrees in July, they also give me a warmth layer factor which comes in handy during out Chicago winter months.  Compression socks/sleeves are said to:

  • Increase the blood flow in your legs
  • Aid in faster recovery
  • Decrease muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Look badass when you are flying by in neon pink – this is my own professional opinion
  • Wick away any moisture and prevent those dreaded blisters (for socks)
  • Stabilize the zone though the sides to your mid food.

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Are you a golfer?

Throw on some sleeves or socks the next time you play 18 holes.  The purpose is to delay muscular breakdown and fatigue that comes with the time it takes to make it through a whole game.

With all of the new-to-me conditioning exercises and strength training that has come with my company’s kFit 60 day challenge, I have embraced this aid in performance and recovery.  When I first tried compression socks, I was worried that they would feel funny on my legs and I wouldn’t like the material.  Although the socks/sleeves are tight (compression, duh), I immediately felt the support and padding they provide which is both comfortable and magical :)

My running buddy, Lindsay, and I both sported the PRO Compression sleeves during out latest half-marathon in June.  Although the course was challenging, my recovery was not.

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On days when I feel I need to pay a bit more attention to my muscles, I wear them to work under my jeans or pants – no one knows!

PRO Compression offers their socks and sleeves in an array of fun colors and patterns – my favorite currently being their Neon Yellow and Pink Swirl marathon socks.  So fun!

I highly suggest you give PRO Compression a try and see how you feel after your workout/training.  Visit the PRO Compression website and us the discount code ‘PINK’ for 40% OFF your entire purchase at their online store.  If you’ve been on the fence about trying these, the discount is a great way to try them out with little risk!

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Tweet: I #KeepItTight w/ @PROCompression! Use the code PINK for 40% OFF your entire purchase! http://ctt.ec/W2UDL+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

Disclosure: I was provided a free pair of PRO Compression calf sleeves to try out, but all opinions expressed on my blog are my own.

Garlic & Herb Shrimp Skewers

28 Jul

It’s weekends like these that have me convinced I live in the most beautiful city.

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Brian, Bailey and I took full advantage of the gorgeous weather and spent 90% of our weekend outside. I did all sorts if great outdoors activities from playing tennis with my dad and sister…

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To swimming in my parents pool.

Early morning runs and a great strength workout with my buddy, Lindsay.

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Long walks along the lakeshore path, taking in all the views.

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And refreshing cocktails on the back porch (yes, this counts as an outdoor activity!).

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What truly wrapped up the entire weekend was a fresh Sunday Dinner. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but cooking Sunday Dinner is one of my favorite traditions. Growing up, this often included homemade meatballs, homemade pasta sauce and fresh spaghetti. Today, it’s heavily revolved around what’s seasonal and fresh. Thus, Garlic and Herbed Shrimp Skewers was born.

Garlic & Herb Shrimp Skewers

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil, I used a herb-infused olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Soak your skewers in water for 1 hour before beginning to prep your meal.

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2.  Mince the garlic

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3. … And the Basil

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4. Combine all of the ingredients above with the shrimp and let them marinate for 1 hour.

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5. Skewer the shrimp.

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5. Grill the shrimp for only 1 – 2 minutes on each side.

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Enjoy!

Tune it Out

24 Jul

For no real particular reason… yesterday was just a ‘blah’ day.

The work day was fine, went by fast.

I got in a good workout with my kFit crew that involved lots of squats, push-ups, dips, lunges and a beautiful skyline.

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My dinner was lean, green and tasty.

Sweet potatoes, kale, avocado and egg.

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But after dinner, I felt like I was in some sort of ‘rut’.  There are all kinds of ways I like to de-stress, like going for a run, walking Bailey, or hanging out by the lake.  Sometimes, however, I just need a night to tune everything out.  My go-to for ‘tune out’ days are movies and music.

Movies

Julie and Julia

I think because I love Paris so much and the fact that I REALLY love food (especially French food), this movie never really gets old for me.

It’s Complicated

Again, with the food.  It’s a comforting thing and I like to fantasize that I could own a giant house and successful bakery and be just like Meryl Streep.

October Sky

Classic for me.  My family is from West Virginia and my great-grandparents grew up in Coal Mining towns so this movie has always comforted me.

Tunes – all oldie’s but goodies :)

‘I’m Not Trying to Forget You Anymore’ - Willie Nelson

‘Fields of Gold’ – Sting

‘Days Like This’ – Van Morrison

‘If It Makes You Happy’ - Sheryl Crow

‘Cocaine’ – Eric Clapton

‘Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues’ – Buddy Guy

‘The Nearness of You’ - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

What helps you ‘tune out’?

 

Flank Steak and Caprese Salad: Meal Planning Win

22 Jul

Good Morning!

I’ve seem to develop some sort of summertime cold.  Don’t you just hate those?  Is it allergies?  An actual cold?  A sinus infection?  Who knows?!  I seem to always make it through the winter without getting a cold, but come summertime it always hits me.

I was fortunate enough to be able to work from home yesterday as Bailey’s battle wound (hornet, read yesterday’s post) had not really shown improvement and I wanted to be able to monitor it and talk to the vet about what to do.  Brian calls me the ‘helicopter mom’, which is fine.  When a giant – liquid-filled mass forms on my babygirl, I’m going to be worried!  Plus, this is the first time this has happened and I just want to make sure we were doing the right thing.  FYI, if your dog ever has an allergic reaction to a bee or hornet sting, benedryl and ice will do the trick.

Speaking of Bailey… this weekend Brian and I received something truly awesome from my sister’s boyfriend.

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A gorgeous painting!  A while back, I asked if he would consider painting a picture of her and when he agreed he made sure to keep it a surprise the whole time.

Well, we couldn’t be happier with the picture he chose and wasted no time hanging it in our living room.  Love that face.

Last night, among a bunch of different errands, I managed to find my way to the grocery store to stock up for this week.

Meal Plan

Monday: Flank Steak and Caprese Salad

Tuesday: Sweet Potato Hash with Friend Eggs

Wednesday: Turkey Wraps with Salad

Thursday:  Bourbon Glazed Chicken and Quinoa

Friday: Wing It

Saturday: Company Picnic/Leftovers

Sunday: Spaghetti Arrabiata

Into my shopping cart went:

  • Tomatoes (3)
  • Sweet Potatoes (2 medium)
  • Bell Pepper
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Jalapenos (3)
  • Corn (2)
  • Peaches (2)
  • Chicken Breast (1 lb.)
  • Flank Steak (1 lb.)
  • Turkey Deli Meant (1/2 lb.)
  • Greek Yogurt (4 individual sized)
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Organic Eggs
  • Chicken Stock
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Hibiscus Lemonade
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (Boxed variety)
  • Frozen Fruit

Grand Total: $80.49 – Anything under $100 is a win in our household!  Meal planning is the best.

The rest of the evening was spent cooking this delicious summer meal.

Meat

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(If you’ve never cooked flank steak before: Season your steak with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.  Set your grill to medium high and grill each side for 5 minutes for medium rare.  LET THE MEAT REST for 10 minutes before slicing up portions against the grain and voila!)

Playing ‘Heads Up’!  Note to self: Brian does not get song references.

And watching cute dog videos.

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It was an awesome night!

Summer Fun

21 Jul

Hello!  Hello!

What a crazy/fun summer weekend we just had.

There were birthday celebrations with tacos and STRONG margaritas.

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Family before picture:

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Family after picture:

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:)

There were picnics by the lake:

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and hornet stung faces (my baby!)

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There was lots of walking, and running, and skipping, and hopping.

Brial shower attending.

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and of course… lots of eating.

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That’s what summer weekends are made of.

Burgers & Beer 5k

16 Jul

There is a 5k for just about anything these days… obstacles, food, holiday’s, costumes, etc.  The ones I tend to be drawn to are ones that involve good food and good beer at the end :)

A while ago, my coworkers and I decided to sign up for the Burgers & Beer 5k by Solider Field because we knew it would be warm in July and we figured it would be a good ‘happy hour’ experience.

When I sign up for low mileage races and know that a lot of eating and drinking will occur afterwards, I try eat a really healthy breakfast and lunch so that I don’t ruin the whole day ‘health wise.’  On Monday, I had a Quest bar for breakfast with a juicy peach and sushi and seaweed salad for lunch.

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Light, yet filling and full of protein and carbs.

At 5:30 p.m., we headed over to the race.  It was a PERFECT night for a run – warm but with a nice cool breeze.

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When we got to the start area, we took our time checking our gear and checking out the free swag that was there.  One thing I loved about this race was that the event was well organized and also very low key.  I think there were only a total of 600 or so runners that actually ran the race.  One thing thing that kind of sucked, but was hard to avoid was the fact that it was run on the Lakeshore Path.  The Lakeshore Path is a beautiful and flat path to run, but it is open to the public.  There were lots of bikers and other runners weaving in and out of the race which made it pretty congested for the first mile.

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Once it thinned out a bit, we really hit our stride.

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… and the views, well they were unbeatable.

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(Special ‘thanks’ to Tracy for her awesome photography skills!)

As an avid runner, I really enjoy 5k’s.  They aren’t long enough for my body or mind to start hurting, but they are long enough to fit in a good workout.  If 5k’s aren’t easy for you, I encourage you to keep at it and sign up for some!  There are a lot of inexpensive races that you can sign up for that go towards a good cause.  The Burgers and Beer 5k donated a portion of their proceeds to the Special Olympics and there were a lot of Special Olympians there to cheer us on!  It was a really awesome sight to see :)

Once we finished, we headed directly to the Burger tent to grab a Billy Goat burger.  I actually never had a Billy Goat burger before (a Chicago staple) and I have to say they were pretty good! The patty is super thin, so if you ever go to the real place, be sure to order a double!

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We also got to choose between a 312 or Goose Island Pale ale which really hit the spot.

The Rainbow Cone people where there as well (another Chicago staple), which was a first for me again.  A night of firsts!

Overall, I would recommend this race to anyone who is looking to have a good time and fit in a workout at the same time.  It’s not the best race for those who are trying to accomplish a PR due to the congestion on the Lakeshore Path.

What fun 5k have you participated in recently?

 

Liebster Award

15 Jul

Hi friends!

Genevieve, over at Broke Girl Fitness, nominated me for a Liebster award!  This award is given from bloggers to bloggers that have smaller followers to help promote their blog and get their names out there!

Liebster

Once you are nominated, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Answer the 10 Liebster questions give to you by the blogger who nominated you
  • Select 10 blogs with a small following to nominate for the award
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees
  • Link back to your nominator
  • Inform each of your nominees of your nomination

Simple as that!  Thanks, Genevieve for the nomination.  Be sure to check out her awesome fitness tips over at Broke Girl Fitness and see the answers to her questions below!

 

1.  You are going to be stranded on a deserted island for a year and you are allowed to bring 3 pieces of exercise equipment.  What would you bring?

  • Yoga mat – To stay off the hot sand and use as a possible flotation device to get off the island.  Do they float?  Oh and to practice yoga, of course :)
  • FitBit – To see if being by an ocean really does improve sleep.  And to track all my awesome steps since I’m stranded on an island
  • Soccer Ball – I would have plenty of time to practice my sweet moves and also so I could have a friend. WILSON!!!!!!!!!!

2.  What is your summer cocktail?

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3.  What time did you get up this morning?

  • 5:30 a.m. – yaawwwnnn.

4.  Where would you retire?

  • Tough question.  Since I plan on being rich one day, I want to have multiple homes.  But I believe my home base will be in Hilton Head Island, SC.  It’s one of my favorite places in the world and I would eat fresh shrimp daily.

5.  Sweet or salty?

  •  Salty.

6.  What was your dream career growing up?

  • I wanted to be a professional soccer player just like Mia Hamm

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7.  What is your dream job now?

  • Retirement?  KIDDING. … wait, am I?

8.  What is your favorite sport to watch vs. play?

  • Favorite sport to watch: Football – DAAAAAA BEARS.
  • Favorite sport to play: Soccer obv. – See question 6.  Tennis is a close runner up.

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9.  If you could invite three people, living or dead over for a party, who would they be?

  • Brian – awwww, I know.  Whata lush I am!  But really, the kid knows how to drink and is very conversational.  I’m the awkward one in this relationship, so he needs to be there.
  • Kaley Cuoco – She is funny and shares my passion for dog rescues and pitbulls.  We would have so much to talk about!
  • Mindy Kaling – I like to surround myself with people who are just as awkward as me. – Yes, I realize Brian would be the only man at this party, but I don’t think he would complain ;)

10.  If someone’s underwear was showing, would you tell them?

  • I guess it depends on the context of the situation.  I want to say yes, but I can definitely think of some instances I wouldn’t.  ie: If I walked by a drunk kid in Wrigleyville passed out on the grass or if it was a little child whose parents might think it was super creepy if I said something, etc.

That’s it folks!  Here are my nominations:

  1. StateEats by Katharine
  2. Sweet Endeavors by Erica
  3. Miles for Thought by Ani
  4. The Sideache by Kari
  5. Forage & Bloom by Meg
  6. Shh… Fit Happens by Sarah
  7. The Trendy Trainer by Caroline
  8. The Hungry Running Girl by Janae
  9. Windy City Running Girl by Natalia
  10. A Trail Runner’s Blog by Scott

My Liebster Questions:

  1. If you could visit any place in the world where would it be?
  2. Are you a cat or dog person? Or just not a pet person?
  3. What is your daily breakfast routine?
  4. What is your favorite go-to summer recipe?
  5. Where do you go or what do you to do relax and de-stress?
  6. What workout fad have you been itching to try?
  7. What was your favorite television show as a child?
  8. If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
  9. Where/what is your favorite restaurant?
  10. What’s your favorite tech gadget?
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