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Driving Like a Granny and Taking a Break

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Good Morning!

Last night was yet another late night.  How is it that whenever I make it a goal to go to bed early, everything in the world occurs in the later evening hours forcing me to stay up late…Oh well!  Here’s to trying again tonight 😉

At least I had a good excuse for why I was up late last night.  I got my first haircut at the salon my sister works at, Salon Orange Moon.


That’s my sister cutting hair!

The salon has a very welcoming and cool feel, and has a crisp look because of the bright orange and white color scheme matching their logo.

My sister has cut my hair numerous times, but it has always been in a bathroom, kitchen, or at school.  I was so excited to have my first experience at her salon.  So many of my friends have gone to her and rave about her, and I feel like I was the last one to join the loop.

She began the treatment with a head and neck massage (much needed!), then took me straight to the wash tank where she massaged my head as she washed it.  The haircut I got was just a simple trim because I am growing it out, but she used several products on my hair that made it silky smooth!

I was definitely tired by the end of it because we didn’t start until a little after 8pm, but it was worth it!

Driving Home

I have never thought myself to be an amazing driver by any means.  People who ride with me often comment on how close I sit to the steering wheel, how non-agressive I am at the wheel, and many other things.  Well, if I had any doubt in my mind about my driving, last night sealed the deal.

I was simply driving home from my hair appointment with Brenna, not thinking much about the speed  I was driving, but making sure not to go over the speed limit…when I noticed bright lights in my rear view mirror.  The car behind me was getting awfully close.  I didn’t want to speed up though because I was content with my speed, and I didn’t want to go over the limit.  Then, the car passed me…and it was a cop.  Apparently, I was driving too slow for even a cop to follow me!  Remember, I wasn’t under the limit, just right at the limit.  Oh well!  At least I didn’t get a ticket…

Taking a Running Break

Lately, I have been training for my second half marathon.  The race isn’t until September, but I really want to feel good during the race and run the half marathon sub two hours.  I think that those are pretty obtainable goals

My first half marathon last September

Saturday, I completed a nice 8 mile run, and last week I was able to fit running into my schedule.  This week, it just doesn’t look like that is going to happen, so I decided to take a one week break from running and focus on trying to fit more sleep into my routine.

Now, whenever it comes to skipping a workout, I always get a little pang of guilt fluttering in my stomach because I am rarely the one to quit, stop early, or not follow through with a commitment.  I have had to remind myself that although I am not running this week, I am completing other workouts, and that rest is just as important as work…especially when trying to obtain a goal such as increase my speed.

It is far enough out from the race that this week won’t have a negative effect on my training, and my body needs the extra rest more than it needs to log the miles right now.

So, my goal for today (and the next day and the next…) early to bed!

PS:  Don’t forget to submit questions for an upcoming Q and A post!!

Do you ever skip a workout in order to give your body more rest???

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Finding workout moves to do with a mini exercise band is actually harder than I expected.  Luckily, I was able to come up with some moves on my own.

  • Side leg raises with band around ankles
  • Forward and backward leg movement while lying on side with band around ankles
  • Opening and closing of knees with band around knees and knees bent to 90 degrees
  • Squats with band just below knees and pushing resistance outward
  • Stepping side ways with band around ankles
  • Band around knees and raising and lowering hips in bridge position while pushing resistance on band
  • Band around wrists, in plank position and lifting hands to feel resistance
My mom also sent me this video that I will try tomorrow.
Brian then sent me a text saying that he totally forgot his lunch in the refrigerator so I decided to bike it to him!
It is such a beautiful day outside which is much needed after a weekend full of rain.  The bike ride was pretty quick and a good way to squeeze in some cardio.
Unfortunately, my knee started to hurt around lunch time so I took some anti-inflammatory medicine and I am now doing the R.I.C.E. method in order to help it heal.
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression (I’m not really doing compression)
  • Elevation
Resting is so hard for me because I honestly feel like I always have a ton of pent-up energy inside of me that I just need to get out, but after talking to Mom about how important it is to rest and take it easy when things hurt differently than usual I am going to take it suuper easy this week on my poor little knee.
What do you do when you can’t do your usual workout because of pain or an injury?
I then made myself a blackberry banana smoothie with a little spinach in it topped with granola.   I guess when I don’t have one for breakfast I have to squeeze my daily smoothie in somewhere.
Does anyone have any experience with knee injuries/pain and how they dealt with it?  I would love to have you share!!