L’s Spring Running Essentials

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I thought my feet were lookin’ cuter than my face last night after running 7 miles πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

Last night after work I had an amazing, mega decompressing sunset run. It was fantastic. And while I was running free around town, breathing all the spring in deeply, I thought of how joyful spring running is. The snow is gone, the temperatures are finally heating up, and you really appreciate the freedom of being outside (it’s still sunny after work!) after being cooped up all winter long. It’s my favorite time of year for running. Thus, I thought I’d throw together a short list of all my spring running essentials. Here we go!

1. A Legit Spring Jacket

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This breathable, lightweight hooded jacket is designed to maximize airflow while keeping you dry during foul weather runs (after the winter we had in Boston, there is no way a downpour will keep me inside). To amp up this waterproof shell’s airflow, designers installed a cinch cord around the hips that allows the jacket to suck air into two big, closeable wind gills up front, then force it up and out big, fixed openings on the back. It’s the closest anyone has ever come to solving the chronic breathability dilemma for waterproof running shells – because nothing is grosser that running in your own sweat that is condensed on the inside of your running jacket (ewwwww). Since you can zip those front airflow pockets closed, it’s also a good wind blocker on cold morning runs. And you can use it for all kinds of things: road running, trail running, hiking, camping, adventuring, shopping on Newbury Street in a rainstorm.

AND, (happy surprise) it’s on sale!!! You can find it 50% off at REI, The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket, right here. Boom.

2. Really Nice Running Socks

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My mom got me a pair of these running socks, and they are perfect for warmer weather spring runs. My feet get too hot and sweaty in the thicker wool socks I usually reserve for cold winter runs, and these ones are thin, but wick sweat like a boss. I love them! They also have extra compression around the arch to help support your feet. And, they come in wicked cute spring colors. So dope. Everyone needs a pair.

Also, until you really start racking up the miles, you don’t realize how much of a difference nice running socks make in your long runs. I use my everyday athletic socks (you know – the ones I bought from Target! πŸ˜‰ ) for my early morning workouts (like bootcamp and spin), and save my few pairs of nice running socks for my longer weekend and evening runs – it has made a difference in the amount of blisters my poor feet get. So necessary!!

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3. SHORTS!!

luluIf you’ve read B&B ever, you will know my love for Lululemon by now. I am obsessed with their Speed Shorts (they’ve made my Friday Faves before). I can’t resist the cute spring-y colors that they are coming out with, and even if it’s freezing outside, I will wear shorts and compression sleeves just because I can, dammit. Finally! My legs can see the sun!! πŸ˜€

Lululemon Speed Shorts in Blue Tropics

4. A Rad Playlist

I cannot run on the road without music. Like cannot. Mainly because this is what I am doing in my head as I’m running:

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I’ve previously posted a few of my long run playlists, you can check them out here.

A few of my new fave songs (besides the best song ever, Uptown Funk):

  • Rocksteady – The Bloody Beetroots
  • Cool (feat. Roy English) – Alesso
  • Intoxicated – Martin Solveig & GTA
  • Pay No Mind (feat. Passion Pit) – Madeon
  • Don’t Look Down (feat. Usher) – Martin Garrix

Wooooo! Who’s ready for a running dance party?!

5. Solid Running Fuel

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I first wrote about these at the very beginning of Bubbles and Booyah’s existence. I still purchase these, and they are still awesome. If I know I’m going for an after work run, I’ll stash one in my lunch and eat it about an hour or so before my feet will be hitting the pavement. They help me power through my evening runs when I’m tired from my day and starving for dinner without ruining my appetite for whatever super excellent creation I’m whipping up that evening. And HELLO, they come in a flavor called Peanut Butter Booyah. HOW can you even resist that?! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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I hope you all have happy spring runs!! Woohooo!! Spring is here! ❀ ❀ ❀

With warmth,

L

L’s Workout Playlist of the Moment

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It’s Thursday! Time for comfy sweaters and smiles. πŸ˜€

Oh hey. So, I was totally supposed to cook something last night, but instead got sidetracked at the grocery store trying to find vegan chocolate and got home late. I found some!

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…And then I sat on my couch in comfy pants and munched on it while I simmered my chickpeas. I decided to go all out for this chickpea/kale dish I’ve formulated in my head and started with dried chickpeas. Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve cooked with dried beans (which are of course better for you/more budget-friendly but my general feeling is “ain’t nobody got time for that” and end up with a bomb-shelter worthy amount of Goya canned beans in my pantry). So, I soaked them the night before, like you’re supposed to, and since I threw the packaging out had to ask the Almighty Googles how long to cook them for. Answer? Two hours. I looked at the clock – it was almost 7 pm. When you get up at 5 am everyday, bedtime is the same for me as it is for 8 year olds: 9:30 pm. Then I looked at the chocolate I had just purchased and cracked that open instead (it was divine, in case you’re wondering). Oh, and my Farro with Tempeh, Leeks and Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts continues to be epic, even when you have it for lunch AND dinner in one day. πŸ˜‰

Unfortch, I have no new dishes to provide you with, but am making an stellar one tonight (recipe will be coming tomorrow, I pinkie swear). Once I simmered the chickpeas, I rinsed and drained them and stuck them in a glass container and stuck them right into the fridge. If I get my act together, this will be my new Sunday Funday activity: cooking beans for the week! πŸ˜€ Also on my Sunday Funday list: long run!

I could probably run forever listening to house music, so that’s my theme of the week, as I’m about to crank up the miles this Sunday. I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t had a good long run in my element in awhile. It was hella fun to run on the beach (don’t get me wrong) in Florida, but there is something great about getting up and running my usual path with all the early morning Boston runners in the freezing cold. I’m part polar bear, because I truly love cold-weather running. I figured I would share my playlist for this weekend. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have a playlist called “5K” on my iPhone, that once upon a time had only a few songs totaling less than 30 minutes (you guessed it – I used to listen to it when I ran a 5 km race). I liked it so much that it became my run pump-up mix, and every time I downloaded new songs, I would just add them to the end of the list. When I listen, I start down near the end of the list where I’ve added my new songs. Sometimes I’ll play them all over again, or sometimes I’ll let it restart all the way at the beginning . I’m a weirdo like that. Here is what I’ll be listening to:

  • No Beef – Steve Aoki & Afrojack
  • Drinking from the Bottle – Calvin Harris
  • Don’t Stop the Madness – Hardwell & W&W
  • Ping Pong – Armin van Buuren
  • Need U (100%) – Duke Dumont
  • Turn it Up- Mercer
  • The Show – Mike Mago
  • Man Hands – Mike Mago
  • Work B**ch – Britney
  • Are You With Me – Lost Frequencies
  • I’m an Albatraoz – AronChupa*
  • 7/11 – Beyonce
  • Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack) – David Guetta

If you’re curious as to what else is on there, check out these posts with more of my playlists:

It’s FRIDAY!Β  *High Kicks*

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Well, I hope you guys all have a fantastic Thursday – it’s ALMOST Friday! Wohoooo!!! I can’t wait, I have some fun weekend plans up my sleeve. What are you guys doing this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments. You know I love that shiz.

In the words of my mom, “I hope you have a BOOYAH day!” πŸ˜‰

With warmth,

L ❀

*This song is actually kind of annoying/weird but I feel like it goes along with the “It’s so fugly it’s cute!” mentality that applies to clothing/accessories that I seem to really love – I looooooove to straddle that fugly/cute line sometimes. B, I know you’ve got my back on this one! ❀

It’s FRIDAY!! *High kicks*

In college, whenever my Little Sister (I was in a sorority) and I got super pumped about something, we would high kick. No matter what circumstance, no matter how out of place that leg up in the air seemed, it would happen. It seems especially appropriate today because I will see her in less than one month from today! And it’s Friday AND it’s Long Run Day! *double high kick*

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Smiles, Sunshine & Scarves – the three S’s of a stellar Friday πŸ˜‰

In preparation for Long Run Day, I started my day off with an especially fantastic batch of Tropical Overnight Oats (if I could stick an mini umbrella in my bowl of oats this morning, I would have. It was very deserving of one). It had half of a pomegranate (I was driving the struggle bus trying to get those gorge ruby pom seeds out last night, without destroying them – but I did it!), a whole kiwi, a small handful of coconut flakes, two dates, almond butter and of course – because we can’t do anything around here without adding a little spice to jazz it up, from stews to smoothies – cinnamon, cloves and cardamom (I should literally buy stock in McCormick the way I’m going through cinnamon).

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Last night’s maj meal prep struggles. All the best fruits and veggies make you work for it! πŸ˜›

YUM! It was super tasty, and offset the fact that I need to work on my French Press coffee : water ratios to have my coffee not be caffeinated tar (whoops – overzealous scooping this AM).

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Breakfast at my desk! Tropical overnight oats with pomegranate, dates, kiwi, coconut, almond butter and trifecta of spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom). Def worthy of a cocktail umbrella.

For lunch I have a salad (I pack one just about everyday!) this one has baby kale, baby spinach, red onion, grated carrots, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes and avocado. Because it’s Bagel Friday at the office, I brought a packet of Justin’s Honey Almond Butter to put on my bagel instead of cream cheese (which I will save til lunch – those overnight oats stick with ya!), two apples and dessert – a Chocolate Almond vegan protein bar! So many noms. The Greek yogurt (topped with local honey) is my snack to fight of the hangry at 3 pm. Solidddd.

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Carbs to the face! This will power my stems on my long run later, woop woop!

I also just made a new playlist last night in anticipation of my long run! I thought I’d share, since I’m always on the lookout for new running music, maybe you are too. πŸ˜€

L’s Playlist of the Moment

  • Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) – Calvin Harris
  • Divine Sorrow (feat. Avicii) – Wyclef Jean
  • Dangerous (feat. Sam Martin) – David Guetta
  • Won’t Look Back – Duke Dumont
  • Some Chords (Dillon Francis remix) – deadmau5
  • Exceeder (UMEX & Mike Vale Remix) – Mason
  • Burnin – Calvin Harris & R3hab
  • #SELFIE – Botnek remix
  • Virus (How About Now) – Martin Garrix & MOTi
  • Wicked Games (feat. Anna Naklab) – Parra for Cuva
  • Booty – Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea
  • Cool down/Stretching: Gravity – Sara Bareilles

It’s pretty dance heavy, but I like the intense beats while I’m pounding the pavement. It keeps me moving in the cold! I’m already mentally preparing for the 26Β°F (-3Β°C) degree night run that’s waiting for me this evening. Brrrr! Lots of layering will be happening tonight.

Happy Frid-YAY!! (Too much?? Lol). I hope you all have stellar days, and an even better weekend! Have a great one! πŸ™‚

xoxox

L ❀

Well, sh*t.

Today I’ve learned something very important about rest days.

TAKE THEM!

Don’t be like me, think you are unstoppable and tweak your right knee five days before your first half marathon while trying to do dips off a bench for your triceps (yes, an exercise that has nothing really to do with your legs). GAH! I can’t even believe it. Sometimes, that voice in your head – the one that tells you that you can do just ONE more push-up, sometimes it just needs to shut the F up. It’s okay to not be perfect, or the person who leaps out of bed every morning ready to take on the world. It’s okay to be the person who sleeps in a little extra to get the rest they need (and have earned!) and doesn’t care that they didn’t push themselves that extra inch or mile. This mentality is especially important before a big event that you have been working your ass off for. I really should be practicing this soliloquy in front of a mirror right now, but hey. What’s done is done, and hopefully time and rest will make up for my own foolishness.

Let’s shift gears to something a little more fun, shall we? I’d love to share with you the playlist that pumped me up during my 11 mile training run on Sunday. I always love finding new music to run to, and so I thought I’d share my current favorites with you! If you don’t like dance/EDM music, then you should check yo’self and give it another shot. When it comes to running or working out, I like to dance in my sneakers for the entirety of the sweat fest.

Hope you like it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

L’s Kick-AssΒ Dance PartyΒ  Long Run Playlist:

Under Control (feat. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso

NRG – Duck Sauce

Hideaway – Kiesza

How We Party – R3hab & Vinai

Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix) – Robin Schulz & LILLYWOOD

Blame (feat. John Newman) – Calvin Harris

Delirious (Boneless) [feat. Kid INk] – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo

Take U There (feat. Kiesza) – Jack U

Giant In My Heart – Kiesza

Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) – Calvin Harris

Feel the Love (feat. John Newman) – Rudimental

Colors (feat. Sterling Fox) – Tritonal & Paris Blohm

I Got U (feat. Jax Jones) – Duke Dumont

Booyah (feat. We Are Loud!) – Showtek

Wildfire – Borgeous

Bend Ova (feat. Tyga) – Lil Jon

Bad (feat. Vassy) – David Guetta & Showtek

The Days – Avicii

Summer – Calvin Harris

Gonna Be Mine (Far Too Loud Remix) – Napt & Peo de Pitte

We Are Your Friends (FTampa Remix) – DJ Exodus & Leewise

Don’t Go Lose It – MOTi

Rasie Your Hands – Ummet Ozcan

Gecko – Mr. Blinck

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Aw Yeah (TJR edit) – Will Sparks

Dechorro – Deorro

Revolution – R3hab, NERVO & Ummet Ozcan

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday today! For all of you who had yesterday off – you lucky ducks! Four-day work week, woohoo!

I will actively try not to kick myself all day for being stubborn. *Le sigh*

Channeling all positive thoughts and vibes toward my right knee,

L.

PS: For all of those who appreciate my recipes more than my musings on life, stay tuned: something magical is happening tonight with a pumpkin, beets, chickpeas, green beans and barley. πŸ˜›