Five Tips for Healthy Travel

Happy Friday! Tyler and I are headed to Seattle to visit his mom and escape the frigid East Coast for the next week!

Seattle bound!

Seattle bound!

I’m linking up with Mar, Cynthia and Courtney for the Friday Five, this week’s topic is free Friday, so I thought I would chat a bit about healthy travel since I’m currently sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to board.

Hydrate! I don’t know about you, but during road trips or air travel, I’m really bad about remembering to just drink water unless I have my own water bottle staring at me in the face reminding me to drink up. Luckily, Dulles has water stations where I can fill up my bottle.

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Eat a hearty breakfast before you leave. Travel makes me hungry. I’m sure half of it’s boredom, half of it is that I’m used to eating on a schedule, but either way if I don’t eat a good breakfast (which is rare for me) I turn into a hangry monster.   This morning before we left my mom’s house, I had eggs, bacon, an orange and an English muffin along with a cup of tea and water.  Definitely more than my typical breakfast, but it was delicious.

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Bring your own snacks. Since travel makes me hungry, I have a few granola bars, almonds and craisins to hold me over between/in flights. Airport snack options are getting better nutrition-wise (depending on where you are) but they are still super-expensive. The only thing I’m missing is some veggies—my fingers are crossed for some veggie options once we get to Boston!

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Scope out your food options before you travel, especially if you will be traveling during lunch or dinner hours. That way, you have a plan that you can stick to making it easier for you to resist the Cinnabon stand or the Chik Fil A on your way to the healthier option you already planned to eat.  So for lunch today, I’m having a Chipotle salad at Dulles, and still undecided about dinner at Logan.

And finally, a non-food related tip: wear comfortable clothing. For example today, I’m wearing a hoodie and some yoga pants not only so I’m comfortable, but also so I can do some stretching and planking between flights. Got to get my workouts in!

Have a great weekend!

#100HealthyDays

Good morning!  Just stopping by for a short and sweet post before I head into the office for the day.

I was perusing the interwebs this weekend for healthy meal ideas when I came across Cooking Light’s #100HealthyDays challenge and thought, what a fun way to remind myself  to make daily small healthy changes to my lifestyle.

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So, for the next 100 days, I’ll be posting a daily #100HealthyDays picture to Instagram and Twitter.  Follow along (and play along!) with me on Instagram at Running Muffin or on Twitter @staceyprivia!

Have a healthy day!

 

Active Snow Day

Good morning!

Monday night into Tuesday morning brought about 4 inches of snow to the Newport News area, which was more than enough to close the office for the day.

Delilah LOVES the snow!

Delilah LOVES the snow!

After taking care of calling afternoon patients to let them know we weren’t opening, I took advantage of a bright sunny day off and spent it outside in the snow :)

First up: a 2 mile run/walk.  Holy moly I forgot how difficult it was to run in the snow.  My calves got a great workout!

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the best traction, also made my shoes super-heavy

the best traction, also made my shoes super-heavy

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Next: a 3-ish mile snowshoe walk around the neighborhood/golf course.  It was my first time snowshoeing and it was so much fun!  I used poles so not only did my quads and hamstrings get a great workout, my arms did too!  I only ended up with a couple of bruises/abrasions on my ankles from knocking the shoes into them, but now I know for next time to wear my hiking boots and or gaiters to protect my ankles.

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And finally, we headed back inside for lunch followed by the ultimate snow day treat: homemade hot chocolate!

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Today it’s back to work, which I’m actually happy about because I don’t want to use all of my vacation time on snow days when I’m about to go on a real vacation in less than two weeks!

What is your favorite winter activity?

RM + Minted = Love

When I got engaged in at the end of 2013, I made a promise I wasn’t going to turn this into a wedding blog with some race recaps sprinkled in.  In fact, I have maybe talked about it once or twice since getting engaged.

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Well 2015 is the big year: Tyler and I are getting hitched in October.  And while I’m still not going to do a weekly wedding update, I do plan to post a few things here and there.

Since Tyler and I aren’t having a traditional wedding (we’re doing a destination elopement with two guests), we don’t have to do save the dates or invitations.  But we do plan on sending out wedding announcements to family and friends after the event.

Enter: Minted.  An online stationary marketplace that provides a ton of paper/design options for upcoming wedding invites, greeting cards for birthdays and so much more, and most everything is fully customizable.

For those of you who are getting married this year and sending out invites, Minted has launched their 2015 Wedding Collection.  There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from, no matter what your style.  In total (as of today), there are more than 800 designs to choose from.  Enough to spend the majority of your afternoon on Minted making a decision.  You can also get up to 10 free samples mailed right to your doorstep once you narrow it down to what you like so you be confident in the invitation you are sending out to loved ones.

Just one of the many designs to choose from!

Just one of the many designs to choose from!

The other thing I like about Minted is their blog, Julep. Julep features DYI projects for weddings, parties and holidays and inspiration for your own event.  Since we’re having an autumn wedding, I love these ideas for favors/color inspiration.

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As for our wedding announcements, we have narrowed it down to three options:

1.  Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Announcement

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2.  Modern Geometric Wedding Announcement

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3.  High Style Wedding Announcement

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Simplicity is what comes to mind when I look at these three announcements.  Just like Tyler and myself, they aren’t flashy or fancy, and I think they are the perfect complement to our style.

Question(s) of the day:
Have you heard of Minted?
Which announcement design do you like?

This post is sponsored by Minted.  I received compensation in exchange for writing this post, but as always, all opinions are my own.

It’s All In The Hips

Good morning!

I opened my mailbox on Saturday to find the new Runner’s World issue at my fingertips.  I immediately wanted to read the article titled “Get Fit & Strong: Why Healthy Running Is All In Your…Hips.”  I’ve had two serious running injuries, the dreaded IT Band Syndrome and a stress reaction in my right tibia.  While the hips may or may not have something to do with the stress reaction, they had everything to do with the IT band syndrome (my PT said so).

The article stated that the number one excuse people use for their injuries is “the wrong running shoes.”  According to Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, this is simply not the reason, in most cases.  The culprit is typically “weakness and imbalances in the hips,” which can be corrected.

Some other risk factors, as the article states can be: being female, working at a desk, previous injuries and increasing mileage.  All of these factors can affect your gait and hip strength.

So after reading, I put my hips to the test.  The article featured three tests you can do at home to determine if you need to strengthen, or if you are a-okay.

The step down test: FAIL–yikes! My knee was going in and look at how uneven my hips are!

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The leg raise test: PASS, my hips stayed level and my back did not arch.

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The gait test:  FAIL.  You can’t really see it in the picture (or maybe you can), but I used the Ubersense app to do a gait analysis.  It showed that my pelvis slants and at some points my knees go inward.

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So, what am I gonna do about my weak hips?  Yesterday I started following the Runner’s World 4-Phase Action Plan (this link is a preview of the workout, pick up the magazine for the full workout).

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As today I start training for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, I’m hoping following this routine along with my regular strength training will help me cross the finish line injury free and in my goal time of under 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Runners:  Do you make it a point to strengthen your hips?  

PS.  You may have noticed I haven’t been around too much lately.   I feel like as soon as I posted my #NoExcuses post and said work wasn’t going to be an excuse anymore, well, work exploded.  I pulled 50+ hour work weeks for the entire month of January.  For now, I am choosing to spend my minimal extra time training over blogging. I plan to post once a week, likely highlighting training for Cherry Blossom.  Change is coming, more on that soon.  You keep up with me on Instagram or Twitter.  Thank you for reading!