Friday Favorites - 1/27/17

I don't know about you, but I could definitely use a reminder of all the things that did not suck this week. Here are a few of my favorite things:

Free Lululemon
I've joined Strava a few different times (I ultimately end up deleting my account when randos start giving me kudos on my runs or whatever and I get paranoid that people can see when and were I run), most recently a couple weeks ago. If you don't use or know about Strava, it's kind of like Garmin meets Twitter - the data and analysis for runs and bikes and swims is crazy amazing, but there is a big social component to it as well. Anyway,  there are all sorts of challenges and I joined one that was co-sponsored by Lululemon, to run either 40k (25 miles) or 80k (50 miles) in a specified 2-week period. The challenges I usually join aren't really "challenges", per se, since they're usually things I'm planning to do anyway (I'm training for marathon and an Ironman, I don't need any extra challenges!). To be honest I had kind of forgotten about it and ended up deleting my account the other night (see: aforementioned paranoia) when I was on r/running on Reddit and saw a PSA that if you had completed the challenge, you got a free shirt and shorts from Lululemon - say what?! I had deleted my account *literally* ten minutes before reading the post, but I looked at my emails from Strava and found the one that they had sent me about completing the challenge. I had deleted it thinking it was just junk mail, but sure enough, I scrolled to the bottom and saw that if I brought the email into the store I could get free stuff. I was still a little incredulous (and not sure they'd give it to me since technically the account I'd completed the challenge under was no longer active), but I pass by a Lulu every day on my way home from work, so I stopped in because I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask about it, and I walked out with a completely free short sleeve Swiftly shirt (I'm a recent Lululemon convert and have fallen in love with these shirts) and pair of Speed shorts.

Noise-Canceling Headphones 
My office gifted us all a sweet pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones for Christmas, and I am not sure how I ever lived without them. I borrowed a pair from someone years ago for a flight - I hate flying and they really did make a difference - and have wanted a pair ever since for that reason alone, but they're so much more useful than that! I use them all the time but my favorite thing to use them for is yoga. We have a separate bedroom and living room in our apartment, but there isn't a full wall between them and the door is a sliding door, which means there is really no way to block out sound from either one. But now! I can go in our room, put on my headphones, and literally hear nothing except my yoga video. It's the best.

Women Everywhere
I'm still not over how amazing the Women's Marches in DC and around the world were on Saturday. I now see every woman I pass on the streets of DC as my newfound sister (since I assume just about every woman in DC marched alongside me), and I just want to hug each and every one of them. It was a beautiful day and I have never been prouder to live not just in proximity of DC, meaning I would have been able to attend no matter where I've previously lived, but in DC. I will admit that reading some of the response articles about the marches from people who weren't there and don't understand or agree with why we marched is making my head spin, but I've been so encouraged and inspired by posts I've read from women (and men!) who were actually there.

This Gem on the Sidewalk
Sorry not sorry for the political stuff. I caught this on my way to work a few days ago. But seriously!

A Good Run
With everything that's been going on lately, I've had some trouble coming up with motivation to stick to my marathon/half Ironman training. It was clicking at first and then it stopped clicking and I just kept waiting for it to start clicking again when I realized - maybe I have to light the match. Yesterday I woke up and talked myself out of yet another run (too sore, too tired, 8 miles is too long to run on a treadmill, too boring, people will be mad at me for hogging the treadmill, all the usuals), but on my way to work I decided I could do it after work and turn things around. I ran 8 miles at a tempo pace, a couple of them sub-8, which is very fast for me, and I felt like I was flying. It felt so good to get out that energy and to push myself harder than I have in a while.

It's been a rough couple of weeks. I keep saying this, but DC feels like the best and worst place to be right now. It's hard to live here and not be reminded of the current political climate, and that is without a doubt affecting my mood, but at the same time, it's so nice to be surrounded by other people constantly going, "No, seriously, wtf?!" With that said, this weekend I'm getting out of the city for the first time since Christmas and I think the timing is just perfect. I definitely need a break, a recharge, a reboot, and I'm hoping that a little dose of sand and suburbia can do just that.


  1. noise cancelling earphones are amazing! i use them all the time at work.

  2. It's always the best feeling when you're just not feeling like sticking to a training plan... and then end up having an amazing run that motivates you again! I had one of those runs this past weekend and now I cannot wait to get back out and running tomorrow morning. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Okay so I've looked at Strava a few times but, same as you, decided it was a little too close for comfort for me, especially while living alone. But if Strava = free Lulu? I mean... come on, I might have to look into that. Can you mess with Strava's privacy settings to keep stranger out?

    I've decided to "not feed the trolls" as a self-care ritual this week. I'm not unaware of the backlash, but I honestly think it is so ludicrous that for the first time ever, I don't feel the need to read it and stay informed of what haters are saying. I don't need to arm myself against a fight with them. I'm already armed. Not a single woman there brought a dose of negativity to the march, and that's what I'm focusing on. The good ones.

    Have fun this weekend!

    1. You can set your privacy settings on Strava so that your workouts are private or only your followers can see them, and you can also set it so that it blacks out a certain radius around your home/work. When I was on Strava I had it as a .5 mile radius. I quit Strava for other reasons, but if you otherwise like the app but are concerned about safety/privacy, there are things you can do to be able to enjoy it and still feel safe!

  4. um, so awesome to get free stuff for completing a challenge! I love that you didn't even realize it was a thing when so many people probably did it just to get the free stuff! I get worse and worse with flying every time I fly and definitely need to invest in noise canceling headphones. I hope you have a great weekend at home!

  5. Yay for the free shirt and shorts! That is awesome!!! Congrats on the challenge :) And um my office needs to pay for some noise cancelling headphones for me. The working conditions in cube land can be rough. Have a great weekend!

  6. Congrats on the challenge!

    I think it's great that you're getting away, and I hope you come back feeling recharged. I don't even live in DC - halfway across the country, in fact - but I'm feeling the same way. It's been a very stressful week. This weekend I'm hoping to focus on self care and take a little media and social media timeout. I am all over the place lately.

  7. There never is no place like home.
    We've been looking for some good noise canceling headphones. Is there a specific Bose ones you got? Curious.

  8. Yay for happy things! I was just talking to someone a few days ago about how I just feel down lately. I feel like we're on the brink of living in a dystopian novel, and even people I AGREE with politically are driving me nuts. Because like.. I KNOW how important it is to act out and educate and resist, but at the same time, I just want some time to focus on the GOOD things that are still happening.

  9. What?! A whole free Lululemon outfit?! That's amazing! Man, maybe I should join Strava!

    I'm an extremely anxious flier (well, I'm pretty anxious just in general haha. But it's even worse when you put me on an airplane), and when I was looking up ways to deal with flight anxiety, a lot of people mentioned noise cancelling headphones. I tried Xanax when I went to San Francisco last weekend which worked really, really well at taking the edge off, but I'd still get jumpy when I'd hear noises in the plane change, or whenever that bell sound would go off (like the one that you use to call a flight attendant). Maybe I should invest in a pair!

  10. ooooh free Lululemon! stop telling me how awesome they are, i can't afford them!
    yay for a good run:) that's awesome. you go girl!
    and double yay for going home. i hope it's a great recharge/reset.
    i'm with alyssa on the haters and people who don't understand the marches and whatnot - honestly, seeking those things out or seeing the headlines or whatever and reading further when i know i shouldn't, it just makes me so mad, and serves no purpose. so like her, i'm not unaware, but i'm pretty much ignoring it and living in my happy little bubble of lets do things! how awesome are we! etc with other likeminded internet peeps (because, cough, not too many here, cough).

  11. Ah FREE Lululemon! That is awesome! I've heard really good things but man hello expensive. I'm glad you found a few things you like!

  12. Thanks for this post. I needed a happy note! Ok I'm seriously going to sign up for Strava now and we should definitely run again soon! As for DC right now. Yes girl, so much yes!


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