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Weekend with all the Soreness

My week had a whole bunch of ups and down but I did know one thing. I was so SORE this weekend. I was very thankful for some couch time and some foam rolling.

Saturday

I started the morning with a short run. Jordan’s bike had a flat so I ran at the park instead of the trails. I felt like the heat and humidity made me slower. My quads were still on fire since I had tough workouts this week. So you can imagine my surprise when I finished my two miles and saw that I averaged an 8:44 pace. That’s pretty speedy for me so I was glad I pushed through and kept going!

I learned about a free yoga event held by a local spin and yoga studio. It was a free Power Flow classes outdoors. I figured I would stop by so after my run, I ate a quick breakfast and was on my way!

It was so nice doing yoga outdoors since the sun wasn’t right above us. Of course the sweat was pouring but because it was warm, I was able to stretch and get deeper into some poses. The practice was so good and the teacher even encouraged binds and gave us time to practice. I was so proud of myself because I was able to bind while working keeping my balance! There’s some days where I have my yoga act together, haha!

The event also had a live DJ providing the music and I thought that was pretty neat! I love events like these because it’s a chance to explore the community and meet others in the Houston fitness community.

Much needed snack after yoga!

After yoga, I cleaned up and we were off to do our errands for the day! Like I mentioned before, Jordan’s bike had a flat so we took it back to Bike Barn to get it looked at. While Jordan was with the mechanics, I was looking at all the energy gels. I didn’t take a picture but there were so many flavors! We may have to come back just so I can stock up for my long runs.

I LOVED my salad from Überrito!

We stopped by the mall for a quick lunch and then we were on our way to get a mattress! Our bed was basically a hand me down and we’ve had it for years so it was time for a new one. It was definitely interesting trying to find a bed that firm enough for me and soft enough for him. Luckily we found one and they were able to get us delivery for Sunday! It was actually a pleasant experience. Jordan and I were joking around the whole time and there was a time where the salesman thought Jordan was actually asleep since he was splayed out on a mattress at one point!

Once we were all scheduled for the delivery, Jordan and I drove back home. We attempted to get Snowflake’s nails trimmed but it looks like she is due for her shots so we’d have to get her a vet appointment.

Yes, I know technically that’s not how you make a pizza.

I made a homemade pizza and we watched Fury to end the day. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of it. The acting is okay but the story was underwhelming. Plus it’s rated R and we just don’t watch too many movies like that.

Sunday
This guy plopped by our car and refused to move.

I woke up so SORE. Yoga was lovely but it opened up another can of soreness. My husband was wide awake and ready for a walk in the park. I, however, was moving at the speed of molasses. We got there however and I walked!

Goose update! We believe she’s still nesting but her little head was hidden and we didn’t want to disturb her. The other goose won’t leave the area and peck at anyone who gets too close. I hope people leave her alone and she’s able to keep her baby warm.

Chocolate iced is my favorite kind of donut!

We had donuts for breakfast and headed home since we had to wait for our bed to be delivered. Unfortunately, the only time they had available meant we had to miss church but we stayed positive.

I got started on meal prep and laundry early since we were stuck waiting and we had everything done by 3pm! Once our bed arrived, we had Panera delivered and relaxed for a bit. We finally got off our butts and cleaned up a bit before we took our first nap on our bed. We both fell asleep within seconds and I could hardly wake Jordan up. It’s safe to say we got the right bed!

Overall, it was a lovely weekend and we did everything we needed to do! I’m excited for the week ahead since I’ll be seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while.

How was your weekend? Have you seen Fury? If so, what did you think of it?

Friday Favorites: Skin Care Edition!

Friday’s are amazing for all the reasons. Friday’s are rest days for me so I get to sleep in. I usually treat myself to some awesome coffee in the mornings and most of my day is in meetings which makes the day go by quickly. Also, every Friday evening is date night! Keeping in the fun spirit of Friday, I decided to share a bit of my favorite skincare products today!

Friday Favorites: Skin Care Edition

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Skin Care Favorite #1

If you haven’t tried BB Cream, you are missing out! I wear a full face of make up to work every day. However, some days I’m running late or I’m just not in the mood for the full routine. That’s when I bring this baby out. Not only does it give me a full coverage throughout the day but it hides all my acne scars! It’s super lightweight so you can simply apply this in the morning and go on with your day.

Skin Care Favorite #2

As I mentioned before, I get the occasional break out and I have a few acne scars from when I was a teenager and I used to pick at my face. However, this scrub from Lush is AMAZING! Not only does it feel great to get everything off your face at the end of the day but it helps avoid blackheads and lightens up any scars. I really love how all Lush products are vegan and don’t contain any harsh chemicals.

Skin Care Favorite #3

I love Lush products so much that I’m sharing another one of my favorites! For some reason, I really love a good exfoliation session. This is a face mask which contains caffeine so it perks up your skin and leaves you feeling fresh. But what I love about it is that it contains little coffee grounds. When you wash it off, those grounds exfoliate your skin and gets rid off any leftover gunk from your day. I use it in the shower and use the grounds to exfoliate my neck and collarbone too. I’m low-key obsessed, haha!

Skin-Care Favorite #4

This is one is something I use every day. I really like it because not only does this provide a good level of moisture but it also contains sunscreen. Obviously, if you’re out in the sun a lot, you’ll need more protection but this serves as a good base. Aveeno also offers a tinted moisturizer which you can use on days you wish to skip the makeup. This moisturizer is also great for sensitive and acne prone skin!

Skin-Care Favorite #5

Since I workout a lot and that means a lot of sweat, I want something that’s going to remove all my makeup easily so I don’t have to deal with clogged pores. I also have sensitive skin so I don’y like using products with a lot of weird chemicals. Not only is Simple good at make up removal, it’s gentle for use on all skin types and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily. This is definitely a must for all skin types!

What are some of your skin care favorites?

Favorite Running Songs!

Can you believe the weekend is already here? This 4th of July happening on a Tuesday thing had everyone mixed up. Coming back to work for only a few days then POOF! It’s the weekend again!

Today, I’d figure I would keep it light and share a few of my favorite running songs. I like to change up my playlists every few weeks and add songs and I find them as well. Even when I’m not training for a race in particular, it’s nice to have music to run with. These songs are good for any kind of workout too!

Favorite Running Songs

Move Your Body – Sia

Feel the beat in your chest
Beat your chest like an animal

I really love the heavy beat and fast tempo of this song. This song is great for speed work or when you’re just trying to get pumped up!

Symphony (Remix) – Clean Bandit 

This song has great intervals and it’s a good tempo for an easier run.

Stay – Zedd

There’s a theme with my songs here isn’t there? I like an electro/dance vibes with my workouts. Here’s a slower song without much of a heavy drop. I’d consider this a warm up song.

Believer – Imagine Dragons

I’ma say all the words inside my head
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been,

I’m not a big Imagine Dragons fan so I was surprised to find myself liking this song. I would consider this a good song to get yourself in the zone. Sometimes I like to throw in songs like this in the middle of my long runs so get back in focus.

I’m The One – DJ Khaled

Once I found out who did this song, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. However, it’s super catchy and upbeat so it works well with any workout. Also, there’s language if you’re not into that sort of thing.

Strip That Down – Liam Payne

Last but not least, here’s one from former One Direction, Liam. It’s poppy and a bit close to some of their later music. I would consider this a warm up or cool down song since it’s a bit slower.

Here’s the Spotify link to these songs if you’d like to give them a listen! I’ve also added a few others that round out the playlist. Let me know what are some of your favorite workout or running songs!

Cryotherapy with The Athletic Room!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to finally try out cryotherapy.  I found The Athletic Room through a friend. Before that, I had been interested in cryotherapy but the selling point for me was the fact that they offered compression therapy as well. As soon as I learned about this, I booked an appointment for my husband and me!

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomYou’ve probably seen football players and athletes standing in these super cold chambers. That’s basically what cryotherapy is. You’ll spend 2-3 minutes in a chamber that is cooled with nitrogen vapor. It’s completely safe and pain free. There’s different levels that they can set the machines to so they get as cold as you can stand.

During Cryotherapy, nitrogen vapor passes over your skin stimulating the cold sensors and prompting survival mode in your body. This response moves blood and other resources to your core organs. There blood is enriched with oxygen, collagen, erythrocytes and other nutrients. Once you exit the cryo chamber, the refreshed, nutrient-rich blood moves throughout your body, back into the skin, muscles and soft tissue. Other chemical responses, like the release of endorphins and adrenalin, create bursts of energy that can last for hours.

Athletes tend to favor cryotherapy because it promotes blood circulation and speeds up recovery. It’s interesting to note that the week before our session I had harder workouts and was pretty sore. Shortly after my session in the chamber, my soreness was reduced and the mobility in my arm (which I could hardly move beforehand) was DRASTICALLY improved. The best part of it is, you are literally in and out in about five minutes!

cryotherapy The Athletic RoomThe Athletic Room is set up as an open environment where you can walk in and get compression therapy, a stretch-mobility session, or cryotherapy. One thing to note is that you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from all this. We put our bodies through a lot of stress daily but I’m inclined to believe that sitting at a desk for the majority of the day leaves you feeling tight and sore. The Athletic Room recognizes this and welcomes people with all backgrounds. They work with you and try to find out which therapy will benefit you the most!

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Enjoying our compression therapy before cryo!

When Jordan and I arrived, we had a quick tour of the area and we were promptly seated in the lounge to receive our compression therapy. The NormaTec sleeves are very popular with professional runners and athletes alike. It basically delivers a pulsating air massage up and down your legs. Our session lasted for 20 minutes and it was great! By the time our session was up, my legs already felt less sore.

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The Cryotherapy chamber!

After compression, we were shown the Cryotheraphy chamber! Since we were the first ones to receive cryotherapy for the day, they had to prime the chamber for us. Jordan was the most nervous about it so the tech, Shane, explained that the first session of the day usually wasn’t as cold so Jordan should probably go first.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomWe were given some quick tips and we scurried into the changing rooms. There’s no metal allowed in the chamber so no jewelry and we basically stripped down to our underwear. They give you gloves and socks to protect them from the cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomOnce we changed, we went to the chamber in our robes and Jordan was the first to go! Shane made sure the chamber was at the right temperature (I believe he was around -30 degrees) and then opened the door for Jordan to get in. They place a cover on the top of the chamber so only your head is out the top. This is so all the nitrogen vapor stays in and you stay cold.

Cryotherapy The Athletic RoomJordan didn’t know what to expect but he really loved it! His three minutes went by pretty quickly and he was actually sad it was over. Of course, if you want to get out because it’s too cold, they can hit the button to stop the vapor from coming in and let you out. However, Jordan and I were both intent on finishing the three minutes. Once Jordan was out, the temperature kept dropping in the chamber. I was pretty nervous since I get pretty chilly in 60 degree weather and this stuff was COLD.

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I was freezing. This is the best smile I could muster during my turn!

As soon as I was inside and my robe was off, I started shivering. Because Jordan was in the chamber previously, it was already cold and it was only getting colder. The temperature was about negative 40 and I was definitely shivering. I focused really hard on the music that was playing and moving around so I didn’t freeze too much. Once my three minutes were done, I got my robe on as fast as possible and ran out of there!

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All smiles afterwards!

While it was pretty chilly, I do see why people like it so much. Like I mentioned before, most of my soreness was gone soon after. I believe it truly sped up my recovery and I really enjoyed it! Jordan already wants to go back. We felt amazing for the rest of the day and full of energy!

The Athletic Room is a great place for a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior in the Houston area. They help you recover faster with many different therapies and can help you device a plan to help you achieve your goals. With easy online scheduling and drop in appointments, they take the hassle out of recovery. Their staff is very knowledgeable and will guide you through the process. I would recommend The Athletic Room to everyone!

Have you ever done cryotheraphy before?

What If You Don’t Want To Workout?

This week has been weird for me. The rainy weather has been ruining my plans and with my father-in-law in the hospital, I’ve been a big ball of blah. In situations like this, I like to surround myself with people and activities that make me happy and keep my anxiety levels at bay. Lately, this has been easier said than done.

Monday morning was supposed to be an easy run around the neighborhood. No time or distance limit, just listen to my music and run. Normally, running makes me feel so dang happy and my heart is practically bursting with joy. But Monday? Running was the last thing I wanted to do. Since I was already wide awake (and I had to wash my hair anyways), I opted to stretch and do yoga. I even challenged myself to close my eyes during the whole video and just take vocal cues.

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Movie Weekend and June Goals!

I can’t believe it’s already June! The humidity has hit Houston at full speed so I guess I should get used to frizzy hair and practice my ponytails again.

This weekend was a low key type of weekend. I had a list of things I wanted to get done this weekend but other than that, we just relaxed. Since the past few days we’ve been plagued with storms here in Houston, Jordan and I opted to pick up some movies at RedBox! There were so many movies we needed to catch up on we picked up a few and sprinkled them throughout our weekend. Continue reading Movie Weekend and June Goals!

My Favorite Meditation App!

With everything we have going on nowadays and a billion commitments to tend to, how do you find time to relax? If you’re anything like most people, your time to relax usually involves some form of technology: scrolling through Facebook or Instagram or mindlessly watching TV. While I do believe these can be a way to unwind, I found meditation takes it to another level.  Continue reading My Favorite Meditation App!