Friday, May 30, 2014

Fun for Friday - 4 Things I'm Miffed About



Happy Friday! Anyone else think short weeks somehow feel longer? And to top it off, it's been rainy and dreary all week long. I've forgotten what the sun looks like at this point. I guess the upside is that we don't have to water the garden.

I'll admit that this weather has left me in a bit of a snit. I know, I know ... look for the positives. And I am. For example, running in the rain means you're not dying of a heat stroke. But as the rain continues to pour down, the streets flood, my feet get soaked, I'm a bit miffed and that's my theme for Fun for Friday ;-)

I'm Miffed Because ...


My Garmin Died
My little jaunt in the rain yesterday cost me $99. Apparently my Garmin 610 is not actually waterproof as suggested. I have run in the rain many many times before, but yesterday was apparently the last straw for this costly piece of equipment. It's been freezing up lately, not charging, loosing charge and frustrating the heck out of me. At mile 1 yesterday, I felt it buzz, but the screen was totally blank and remains that way. I guess $99 to replace is better than shelling out cashola for a brand new one, but still. It was only 2 1/2 years old. Not cool.

MapMyRun is a Poor Substitute for the Garmin
Don't get me wrong, I'm really glad I have some sort of option available to help me navigate my runs, but it's not ideal to have to carry your phone in your hand to hear the lady call out the mile. Also, it can really get annoying when it goes haywire and she starts saying "Workout Paused," "Workout Resumed," "Workout Paused," "Workout Resumed," over and over and over again. And, the display - it's a huge map and teeny tiny below tells you the mileage, pace, time. I really just wanted to know mileage more than anything so I would know which direction to go so as not to go too far out and add unwanted mileage trying to get back home. It's also a big trip and fall hazard trying to look at the phone while running in case anyone was curious.

It Won't Stop Raining
Not only did the rain kill my Garmin, I have fantastic chafing marks from my shorts, my feet have been wet all week basically (sandals are not a smart rainy day choice by the way), the dogs refuse to go out in the yard and who can blame them, but that means indoor messes.

Parenthood Season 5 is Not on Amazon Prime
I know, silly thing to be miffed about. But I've become slightly addicted to riding my bike on the trainer and watching Parenthood. I went to start Season 5 and realized it's not on Prime, meaning it's $2.99 an episode. Um, nope. Not gonna happen.

This is my "I'm annoyed with Garmin, MapMyRun and Rain" Face as it started pouring once again.
Ok, now that I have all of that silliness off my chest, what are you miffed about this week?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's Raining, It's Pouring .. I'm Running

Do you  ever have those moments when you think, "I must be flat out crazy."? This morning was one of those moments. I had planned on running 6-7 miles. I watched the weather, I'm a runner and that's what we do after all right? The forecast was for 30% chance of rain around the time I was planning on heading out. 

When I got out of bed, however, it was pouring. Not just a little bit of rain, but absolute downpour. I decided to go check the radar in hopes that it would be passing quickly. But it was coming down in buckets and the radar wasn't showing me what I wanted to see. 

I decided I'd just get on the bike trainer, reluctantly of course as this was not my plan. I ran out of free Amazon Prime episodes of Parenthood and started trying to watch Friday Night LIghts. Totally not doing the job for distracting me by the way. So, changed into bike shorts, my cycling shoes and tried to pull up the show. Annnddddd cue internet outage. 

There was no Plan C. It was too late to try to go back to bed. I was quite miffed to say the least. How dare the rain ruin my running plans like this. I decided to do what any insane runner would do, head out for a run. 

There was no avoiding puddles and wet feet. I hit a puddle almost immediately. Squish, squish, squish goes my shoes. I had to giggle at myself honestly. I would have taken pictures of the water gushing out of rain spouts if it wouldn't have ruined my phone. 

I had a route sort of in my head. I thought if I went one particular direction, the puddling in the roads wouldn't be as bad. I was very wrong about that plan. Splash splash splash. My watched buzzed at mile 1, I glanced down and noticed that the face had gone gray. There was nothing displayed. Uh oh. 

I stopped it and tried pushing buttons randomly. Nothing, nada. I pushed start again and it buzzed at me like it had started. I stopped and it buzzed again like it stopped. Hmmm … hoping I had done it correctly, I hit what I hoped was start again and took off. Luckily, it kept up with my miles so I just had to pay attention to how many times it buzzed at me. 

I was ok not knowing my pace, however, I think I was running too fast, sort of willy nilly because I was clueless. The other problem with not being able to actually see the miles was knowing which way to go so I wasn't too far from the house OR too close to where I would have to keep circling the block or something silly waiting impatiently for it to buzz.

Luckily, I am more than familiar with various routes and had a vague idea of distances. But that meant I had to be mentally paying attention to where I was, how many blocks I had gone or had left to go to get to a particular point. I guess that helped distract me from the sudden chafing thanks so soaked shorts. Oh, and singing, "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring ... " for about 2 miles also distracted me, and made me laugh at myself. I'm sure I looked like a total lunatic running, grinning, laughing, singing ... in the rain


On the upside, I never got hot today. Stubborn, crazy? I'll let you make the call.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lemon Mint Tofu and Fig Cashew Couscous


The premise for this dish was inspired by Jason's mint plant. We have it, but I rarely cook with mint. I always think of it as something that will be too over-powering for a dish. But, I was wanting to try something different and use up at least a small portion of the copious amounts of mint we have taking over a particular spot in my flower beds.

I decided to pair the mint with lemon for a bright freshness. It just sounded summery, bright and cheery. I had some leftover grilled veggies on hand and decided to go with an Israeli couscous, again, mostly just trying to do something a little different.

I love the texture of the Israeli couscous, and it can really take on so many flavor variations. Part of me was torn between the idea of going more towards the Indian spices, but I wasn't sure the Indian flavors would pair well with the lemon and mint I had planned out for the tofu.

Because I felt like the tofu was going to have stronger flavors, I wanted a hint of sweetness with the couscous so I went with dried figs. I love how dried figs can really impart the hint of sweet but also added texture. I'm all about texture when it comes to putting together a dish. I mean, who wants one texture? Not this girl.


Lemon & Mint Tofu
Ingredients:
1 package extra firm tofu (not silken), pressed and cut into 4 slices
1-2 large garlic cloves
1 cup fresh mint
3 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 large lemon)
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
1/2-1 tsp agave nectar or honey

Directions:
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients except for tofu. Then pour mixture over the tofu and allow to marinate 1 hour or overnight.

Remove tofu from the marinade (reserve for the couscous) and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes, flip and continue to bake until browned.



Fig & Cashew Couscous
Ingredients:
1 cup Israeli couscous
1/2 cup water
3-5 dried figs depending on size, diced
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
Remainder of the Lemon Mint Tofu marinade
Juice 1/2 lemon
Handful raw cashews, rough chop

Directions:
In a medium pan bring water to boil then add in the couscous and dried figs and reduce to a simmer. Cook 10-12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, marinade, salt, red pepper flakes and cashews. Remove from heat then add in some chopped fresh mint.

Roasted or Grilled Veggies
Method:
zucchini, squash, eggplant (or any veggies of your choosing) - simply cube veggies to even sizes, toss in small amount of olive oil, salt, pepper and bake or grill until tender.

To assemble the dish, combine veggies with couscous and cubed tofu. Serve warm or room temperature.

I think this turned out really well. There were no leftovers I can say that much. The lemon and mint marinade wasn't quite as strong as I had expected or perhaps intended, but it had a nice freshness to it. I loved the textures of the couscous - the chew from the dried figs and slight crunch from the cashews made my mouth happy.

What's great about this dish is that you can use any grilled or roasted veggies you prefer (or have leftover). You can also add feta or goat cheese if you wish for a salty, tangy punch. And, for a bit of nutritional info about mint, it's actually rich in many vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium.

Are you a fan of mint? What's your favorite way to use it?


Friday, May 23, 2014

Fun for Friday - Reoccurring Dreams



Let's talk dreams, and not the hopes and wishes for the future type, but those you have when sleeping. I mean, it's Fun for Friday after all right?

Do you have those weird dreams that keep reoccurring? Maybe not nightly, but often enough that you remember having them. They tend to be mostly the same, only slight variations perhaps.

Contact too large. As in it's like the size of my hand and I'm trying to squish it into my eye.

One leg longer than the other. Which is much different than one leg being shorter right?

Falling with stomach drop sensation. I hate hate hate that feeling.

Horror novel ideas. I have always had very horror-movie like dreams. Jason thinks I should write them down.

Racing a full-marathon dream. In this dream, I am getting lost on the course that becomes more like trail running and rock climbing or starting a race too late.

Late to a race. Short distance racing where I'm running late to the start and miss the start completely.

Can't find a classroom and have a test. I'm in college and trying to find a math class that I've not gone to the entire year. The worst part is that I know there's a test that day.

Forgotten locker combo. I don't ever remember being worried about my locker combo in high school, but apparently it's a big concern now.

Ok, your turn. What's an oddball dream that you have often?


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Party! Pin It Party Style

Lindsay (AKA The Lean Green Bean) is hosting another Pin it Party.


Here’s what you do:
  • Round up 5 blog posts you’ve written that you would like to see on Pinterest.
  • Make sure there is a nice, pinable image or photo included in each post.
  • Write a short post featuring the posts you chose - Put 5 nice images & links to the posts all in one place, along with a short description of each post.
  • On first Thursday of each month, publish your post, then visit The Lindsay’s Lean Green Bean and add your post to the linkup! The linkup is open for about a week!
1. Vacation Workout - Full-Body Resistance Band & Cardio Workout

Typically when I'm on vacation, I don't have access to weights. Resistance bands are fantastic for travel and allowing you to get in a good resistance workout even when you don't have dumbbells, barbells or machines. Plus, sometimes it's just fun to mix it up with something new.



2. Don't Apologize for Living

This post is all about remembering to live in the present, not blogging about life, not tweeting, facebooking, instagraming it, but living it. Even better, don't apologize for doing so. Don't apologize if you neglect your blog or blogging in general for a few days, a week, even a month.


3. Chipotle Maple Tofu Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad 

Sometimes recipes are inspired by what you have on hand or even the weather. Butternut squash and maple may sound like fall or winter flavors, but this is one salad that works year-round.


4. Full-Body Tabata Strength Workout

I know I can get into a rut with my weight training. I thought it would be fun to create a weight workout tabata style for a fun, unique challenge.

5. Measuring Progress Without the Scale

I think far too often people get hung up on the number on the scale. But progress can be measured in so many other ways. The number on that scale never tells the whole picture, so it's important to learn to measure progress in other ways.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Runners are Thinkers - Random Running Thoughts

I had meant to do a Tasty Tuesday recipe today. But I was lazy over the weekend and didn't edit the photos. I was thinking about that on my morning run. I was thinking a lot actually. I'm certain that most runners tend to have a million and one thoughts flitting around during any given run. If you're like me, they come in spurts and rarely string together. SQUIRREL.

Just for fun, I thought I'd share some of the random, flitting thoughts from this morning.

  • How is it already 65 degrees, we didn't even make it to 65 degrees Thursday through Saturday. 
  • Thank goodness for the wind.
  • Ok, that's enough wind. 
  • I think I'll stick to 6 miles today. Definitely no more than 7. 
  • It might be a really pretty sunrise. Maybe I should have headed north first. 
  • I can't believe how light it is already. 
  • Why are there so many people out driving around at this ungodly hour? Shouldn't they be sleeping?
  • Only runners should be out this early. 
  • I hope there are cars coming at the next intersection. 
  • Ok, too many cars. Hurry it up already.
  • I'm defiantly not running around the Arts Center today. High five to that. 
  • Crud, I'm going to miss the sunrise I think. Should have gone north first.
  • Wait, gates, tents, what's going on. 
  • What do you mean I can't run through there, that's my route. That's MY route!
  • Stupid Riverfest. Why are they setting up already, it's only Tuesday.
  • Now I have to figure out another route. Which way can I go ... hmmm ... 
  • Oh look, other runners!
  • Ok, why do they keep digging up the streets? That makes it so hard to run on. 
  • I would run on the sidewalk if they were remotely decent, and now the street is all torn up. 
  • Man I need the wind. I should have brought water.
  • I hate carrying my water bottle.
  • I need to do weights at lunch. Yep, weights at lunch for sure.
  • What mile am I at. Man. I have to go around the Arts Center after all. Shoot.
  • Oh look, I hit mile 7 really close to the Little Rock Marathon Mile 7 Marker. That's kind of cool.
  • Guess I'll finish out to 8.
  • Ready to be done.
  • Hopefully I'll stop sweating.


  • But first, let me take a selfie.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Things I've Never Done and Things I Never Thought I'd Do


Happy Happy Friday!

This has been one heck of a week trying to readjust after vacation. Is it possible to have a vacation hangover? I think that's been my affliction this week. I've been utterly exhausted feeling. Of course, waking up early to get in my workouts hasn't helped. Then there's the whole having to go to work thing. Actually, the biggest post-beach-vacation shock is having to actually get ready each day. Real shoes, real clothes, hair and makeup???

But, it's finally here, Fun for Friday! I had a few ideas for a post, but then I found some inspiration from my friend Lindsay. She had a post today that was talking about summer camps, more specifically Camp Spark.

She asked everyone for their favorite summer camp memories. I don't have one. I never went to summer camp. I barely went to Vacation Bible School because I was so painfully, incredibly painfully shy. Seriously, the thought of having to have gone to camp would have sent me into a complete tizzy. It was hard enough for mom to convince me to go to VBS with kids I actually knew, let alone being away overnight with kids I didn't know.

Where on earth am I going with this you're likely asking. I'm not going to talk about camps or camping. But it got me thinking about things I've never done or never tried because I was too shy and scared
like ...

  • Summer camps - Closest thing to a camp was an overnight Girl Scout camp out. 
  • Softball - My dad taught us early on how to bat, pitch, catch. But I would never ever join a team. 
  • Easter egg hunts - Other than family hunts, I refused to do any big egg hunt. I vividly remember one incident specifically where I refused to hunt for the golden egg in the parking lot of a K-Mart. 


On the flip side, there are things I have done that I never thought I'd do like ...


  • Fly in a 4-seater plane - I'm terrified of flying, but a friend of ours is a pilot and wanted to take us to Harbor Island while we were visiting in Seattle. I took 2 ativan, but I did it. 
  • Audition for a musical - In high school, I actually sang to audition for Oklahoma where I, of course didn't sing, but had a dancing role. I cannot carry a tune, but I went in, sang Sweet Child of Mine and that was that. 
  • Run a half marathon - Never in my wildest, asthmatic dreams would I have thought I'd be able to accomplish running 13.1 miles. Now I've completed 8.


What are some things you've never done? What are things you've done but never thought you would do?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vacation Takeaways on Relaxing

Do you ever feel like you can be too strict with yourself, your routine, your "healthy" habits? I think that sometimes, in all our efforts to be the healthiest selves we can be, we forget to relax. (And I will admit, ahead of time, that I wrote this post and almost deleted it.)

Last week, while in Perdido Key, FL, I let myself relax. Not only relax all day sitting on the beach, but also letting myself not get caught up in being super strict with my eating habits, not stressing out about missing my strength training or even core work for that matter.
Let me first say that I try to eat clean, whole foods because it makes me feel better. Plain and simple. I don't log my food, I don't count macros, I just try to avoid processed junk (not to say I don't indulge in pizza or nachos), and eat clean 80% of the time. Ok, moving onward ... 
On vacation, I relaxed (as already stated). I ate more Almond M&M's than one person should be allowed to eat, I dug into pretzels with abandon, and helped myself to a cocktail well before 5pm. I still ran, but I stopped along the way to take in the scenery, to enjoy the moment, and maybe try to cool off in the breeze as well.

While I readily indulged, I also drank water by the gallons, got in miles, ate healthy meals cooked at the condo or at our friends' home (though perhaps not all snacks), I got in pounds of grapes and apples, loaded up my sandwiches and dinners with vegetables, and ate a healthy breakfast to kick off the day. Fairly typical eating (except for the M&Ms and pretzels).

I won't say it was exactly balanced though. I seriously ate a lot of M&M's and pretzels! Like really. No lie. But why did I go crazy with them? It's because I never allow myself to have things like that. You won't find M&Ms, cookies, candies in the house. Wine? Yes. But M&M's? No way. Pretzels sometimes, mostly in the summer because I start to crave salt after running in the heat.

Another thing that I did was to take a break from blogging. I didn't really read blogs and had no desire to write a single post. I didn't check Twitter, but would occasionally check Facebook or Instagram while sitting oceanside, but I rarely opened my laptop. We almost never even turned on the tv for that matter.

So again, I realized how connected I tend to be, even though I know I'm far better than I once was in regards to really savoring the moments and not stressing about getting a post out or reading and commenting on posts.

I thought I'd do a vacation takeaway list:


  • Ditching social media (or mostly ditching it) for an entire week is good for the soul, the mind, the spirit. It's freeing. More people should try it. 
  • Letting go of strict eating habits might not be a bad idea (within reason of course). It means I will be less likely to eat M&Ms like it's my last meal.
  • Stopping to enjoy the views during a run is pretty awesome. I do try to do that more and more. Forget the pace and enjoy the moments. 
  • Sitting for hours on end reading or just staring off at gorgeous views is not being lazy. It's relaxing, breathing, being. 
  • Being ok with letting go, not worrying about gaining a pound or two, can be pretty freeing as well. 

It may come across that in my typical routine I overdo everything from strict eating to working out too much. It's not like I don't indulge. I love my homemade ciabatta (we go through 2 loaves a week), wine and I are friends, I love pizza and cheese dip (not together) on the weekend. With exercise, I vary intensity and duration always. I've been injured far too often to keep being stupid about it. But I know to many people, that sounds like a lot I know. I guess it's about perspective as well, perhaps.

Do you think it's easy to go overboard with being too healthy? Should we let ourselves relax during vacations or perhaps a little more often here and there? Would love your thoughts. 




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National Women's Health Week - Caring for Yourself


May 11-17 is National Women's Health Week. It's a great reminder for women to stop and think about our health, ourselves. So often women, especially mothers, become so involved in taking care of others that they forget to do the same for themselves. 

There are many things that we can do to take care of ourselves to become happier and healthier. 

Be active

Being active is more than trying to lose or maintain a certain weight. Exercise (both cardio and resistance training) has amazing benefits for your body and mind. Exercise can help ease the effects of stress, elevate your mood, reduce your chances of many health conditions and disease such as heart disease and high cholesterol. 

In a busy world filled with taking care of the family, household chores, demanding jobs, it's so easy to say, "I don't have time to workout." You don't have to work out for hours on end to reap the benefits. As a personal trainer, I strive to make sure that my clients enjoy their workouts (if you hate to run, don't run) and that they fit into their schedules. 

Eat healthy

Eating a healthy diet with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats will help ensure you get the vital nutrients and minerals your body needs. A healthy diet can help reduce your chances for many diseases, increase your energy levels, and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Fast food options are pretty much on every corner. It's temptingly easy to just go through the drive thru windows. But cooking at home doesn't have to be an all-evening event. With a little planning and prepping, dinners can be put together in 30 minutes or less. 

Go to the doctor

No one enjoys going to the doctor, but it's important to get annual checkups and breast exams. A regular checkup will help you monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, as well as identify any possible health conditions. 

Find a doctor that you truly trust - ask around - it'll make the whole notion of the visit a little less stressful when you find someone you can trust, can talk to. 

Manage your stress

It's impossible to avoid the stressors of every day life. But constant or chronic stress can lead to digestive problems, headaches, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, heart disease and depression. Take time to meditate, try yoga, go for walks, or even seek help from a professional.

Being a super Type A person, I know that it can be too easy to take on too much, to let yourself get stressed over the little things, the unimportant, uncontrollable things in life. Stop. Breathe. Really stop and breathe. Look around and take in what's around you, finding joy in the little things each day. 

Ladies, what do you do to be a healthier, happier you? 




Monday, May 12, 2014

Perdido Key, FL Vacation Recap

It's amazing how quickly a vacation flies by isn't it? Last Friday we hit the road and drove halfway to our destination, Perdido Key, FL. Perdido Key is to the east of Gulf Shores. We love the area because it's far quieter than the hustle and touristy bustle of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.

We finished our drive Saturday morning arriving with plenty of time to enjoy the beach and ocean views and our first dinner of the week on the balcony watching the sun set.


Sunday morning I woke up around 6:45 ready to run. The only complaint about the area is in regards to running. The sun starts to rise around 5:30, so by 7 it's already fairly high in the sky. It's humid, I mean, it's near the beach after all. The temperatures were hovering around 68, which wouldn't be too bad if there was any shade to be found. There is none.

It's just over a mile on the main, very busy road to get to a neighborhood. The most dreaded parts of my run are on that main thoroughfare. But as soon as you get to the neighborhood, it's much less frightening, and more peaceful. The road has views of the old river and the bay, but it's hot. I gladly stopped a few times to enjoy the views, take some pictures, and try to recover.


After my 8-mile run, we packed up the cooler with lunch and beverages, toted all of our "stuff" down to the beach where we basically sat and read for 6 hours. Jason did do some fishing. Because we went so early in the season, it felt as if we had the beach to ourselves.


The next morning I decided to try to run down to Johnson Beach. I brought money with me, because in the past we went around 8-ish and they would charge you just to run through, so we never did. But I was kind of desperate for different running views. I got to the gate and it was closed.

They didn't open until 8 and it was about 7:15. Hmmmm, I looked around, saw no one and decided to run on through and see what happened. I felt like such a rebel. I am so glad I decided to take the chance. There were others there walking or riding bikes. I found a path through some wetlands along with a very flat, long stretch of road that felt like it was all mine.


I convinced Jason to run with me the next day and we ventured a little farther down the road, but didn't make it to the end. I did that on another run by myself.


The days were pretty much the same and included lots of beach time - Jason fishing, me reading. We did go have dinner with our dear friends who are retired in Perdido Key. They built a wonderful home that overlooks the bay. They are always such gracious hosts to us. A is a fantastic cook as well, so it's something we really look forward to each time we visit.


Our beach neighbors had a kayak and offered up to Jason to use. He got out there just in time to kayak with a pod of dolphins. Very very neat experience to say the least.


I finally made it to the end of Johnson Beach and stopped to enjoy the breeze (basically trying not to melt into a puddle).

My last run (Friday) was very tough. I struggled pretty much the entire time. So I tried to distract myself with the views.

Friday ended up being overcast, threatening rain. We spent the day on the balcony reading then decided to go for a stroll. Then we headed back over to our friends' home for another dinner. We also were able to visit with another couple who just happened to be in town as well. They were staying with D & A for two nights before staying with their family in Orange Beach. The timing just couldn't have been more perfect for us to all be together.

B & MJ are the parents of a dear friend who is no longer with us. I danced with her and that's how I met A, he was her ballet teacher throughout high school and then later mine when I moved to Little Rock. It's been years since we have all been together, so to say my heart was happy is an understatement. While I adore the beach, the lazy days, the sun and sand, the best part of this trip was spending time with precious friends.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Fun for Friday - Exercise is Dangerous


Have you ever had a workout mishap, like taking a spill during a run, then you hear repeatedly, "Exercise will kill ya!" And it's often said with a beaming, know it all, told ya so smile right? 

Well, maybe they're right? Exercise is dangerous! GASP 

Ok, I didn't fall and hit my noggin' this morning if that's what you're concerned about. I'm most certainly not saying that we shouldn't exercise. But face it, sometimes the things we do can hurt us, especially if you're a super klutz like me. 

I thought it'd be fun to share just a few of my exercise mishaps over the years:

  • Falling off a stability ball - this has happened many times, thankfully never in the gym where others were there to witness the scene.
  • Hitting myself with a resistance band - those suckers can pack a wallop by the way!
  • Scraping my shins with a barbell - hello deadlift battle wounds
  • Hitting myself with a dumbbell - I've had more bruises over the years from accidentally hitting myself with a dumbbell, I do bruise easily so that'll be a partial excuse.
  • Falling while running - I became very much acquainted with the pavement after mis-stepping into a depression in the road. 
  • Falling off a bike - I took my first spill on my 4th bike ride out thanks to trolly tracks and a jerk of a driver. 
  • Knocking a hole in your shin on the bike - I've hit my shins more times than I can count on the pedals of both a spin bike and my road bike. 
  • Misstep on an elliptical - I've totally stepped off the edge of an elliptical. Thank goodness for those annoying arms that often cause bruises too.
  • Misstep on treadmill - Don't you just love that moment when you step on to the front of the treadmill because you're somehow trying to go faster without increasing the speed then everyone in the gym turns to look at you? No? Just me? Thankfully I haven't taken a tumble but we've all seen the videos! 
  • Running injuries - do I even have to explain this one? But running is FUN!
  • DOMS - again, sore muscles and not being able to hover over a toilet after leg day … lifting is FUN!
What are some of your exercise induced injuries?