I took the leap and bought Air Pod Pros. Blame it on quarantine, overlapping conference calls and trying to multitask on said conference calls. I originally was going back and forth between the two different models. Finally got some intel from a friend who has had both that Air Pod Pros were the way to go, and pulled the trigger. Now would be a great time to tell you, that I over research any purchase (small or large), so found it a little shocking that I made such quick decision.
Long story short – I’m not a fan (enough so that I’m giving them to my husband, and y’all I’m frugal – so this is 1) a huge pick up for him and 2) speaks loudly about how I feel about them). Now let me give you my pro-con-pro (hello to all my former sorority girls out there) feedback.
They’re a nice headphone, which my husband will now be the lucky recipient of. But if you have small ears like me, stay away from them.
– Great Noise Cancelling Headphone with option to turn Noise Cancelling off – Audio is improved over corded Apple Headphones that come with your phone’s purchase. – Love the cordless feature. Honestly didn’t think it was necessary and laughed at myself a little for thinking I needed it, but it’s ruined me and I don’t think I could use a corded headphone again) – Offers different sizes for in-ear piece
– Difficult to transition form noise canceling to transparent mode. – They fall out of my ears if I’m doing anything other than sitting down. – I accidentally end calls when trying to push the headphones back into my ears.
– Love the idea of them and will be giving Apple more of my money when I buy AirPods.
This year we went pretty wild with the items we gave up for lent: Shopping and Meat. I broke down the rules and the reasoning in a blog post, here.
Originally, I thought giving up meat would be the hardest part of this whole situation.
Results: We ate meat for one meal over the 40 days. Thoughts: I loved it. I physically felt really good and found that we cooked interesting dishes that I wouldn’t have normally thought up. The hardest part was lunch and making sure I was getting enough protein to not crave candy in the afternoon. On Easter, we had bacon for breakfast and Chile con Carne for dinner – may have broken a little too much into the meat category for our first day back, but it was nice. We’re committed to eating mostly a pescatarian (removing meat) diet moving forward and sprinkling in meat every so often.
Overall, I am wildly impressed with myself.
Results: I went out to eat a handful of times (thank you social distancing), purchased AirPod Pro (by using gift cards to pay for 2/3 the cost) and an Echelon Connect EX3 Indoor Bike (From Bed Bath and Beyond – using a 20% off Coupon). And those were essential the only purchases I made in 40 days. Thoughts: If you were to look at this as black and white – I didn’t pass. But I look at this as a win. I changed my mental attitude regarding purchasing things and only bought items that were good for my mental and physical well-being.
Have you given something up for Lent that has ended up changing your lifestyle?
2020 has become an interesting place for all of us. While Self Distancing isn’t ideal – it will hopefully help to save hundreds and thousands of lives.
I’m trying to do my best to practice gratitude and relax into this situation. (A lot easier said than done, we don’t have kids and we try to be easy going). I encourage you to find one thing each day that you’re grateful for.
2019 was a big year for me – reading-wise. I joined my first book club, got a library card and joined Goodreads. Soooo yeah, a big BIG year. In total I read 32 books – some were good, some great and some I’d rather not remember.
Pre-Run Energy and Hydration. – A plain bagel (sometimes with some Almond Butter on top if I was feeling Wild) – Enhanced hydration of either Liquid IV (Passion Fruit or Lemon Lime) or Nuun’s (Watermelon or Orange) in a water. – Clif Bar – Preventing Runner’s Trots by taking Imodium.
Nutrition while Running.
Clif Cubes Double Peanut: Is exactly like a Clif Bar, but is serrated into 4 cubes for easy consumption – filled with Almond Butter. It’s nice to break up the Gel’s with something you can chew.
Clif BLOKS Salted Watermelon: Eat 1-2 at a time, and use in between the miles when you are using Gel Packs.
Honey Stinger Waffles (Caramel and Gingersnap): So tasty. They taste like a healthy version of a Stroopwafel.
Peter Rabbit Organic Baby Food(Mango, Banana and Orange; Banana, Mango and Kale): Baby Food has a similar nutritional statement as the Gel packets – with the only difference being Sodium. Due to the high fiber and low sodium I would not recommend eating a great deal of these on your run – I limit myself to one.
Mental Toughness. Woof. You will have runs that kick your ass and you will have runs where you think you can concur the world. Highs and Lows man.
Training Plan. I used the Nike Run Club Training Plan. Pro: – You put in the race date and they create a tailored training plan. – Great in app tracking. – Free Con: – If you miss a run, the plan will update – sounds great in theory, however it becomes difficult to get back on track. Some weeks it would say I have to run 3 miles when I really needed to run 15.
Strava also offers a training plan in their Summit Training Pack – $6/month. – If I had to do it again, I would try out the Strava Summit Training Pack – which would only run you $2/month.
Chafing. For any long run, make sure you are not wearing new clothes. Vaseline works wonders if you do experience it. – Vaseline between and on top of your toes. I never tried this, but Jay swears by it.
We are marathon finishers and I now understand why someone would put a 26.2 sticker on the back of their car (don’t worry – I wont be putting a sticker on my car unless I get a few more marathons under my belt).
Running a marathon is a joyful, emotional, powerful, humbling and miserable experience. Our finish time was no where near record breaking, but we make it thru and are finishers.
Results: My dad and I finished, holding hands in 5:30:02. If you were to take out our bathroom breaks, our unofficial time is somewhere around 5:10-5:15.
Our goal was first off to finish, and secondly to finish under 5 hours. We met one of our goals and weren’t too far away from the second. It is easy to get defeated if you read this and say that we didn’t meet our 5 hour goal. But damn, run a marathon and give everyone grace who has crossed the finish-line no matter what time it is in.
The Why: We ran to raise money for Project Purple – who’s goal is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope and compassion. I am very proud to say that thus far, I’ve raise over $3,000.
Emotional Struggle. When training, no one talks about the emotional roller coaster you go on when actually running the race. Yes, there’s the pain – but I’m talking a real life emotional struggle. Breaking down crying out of no where type emotions.
Number of Times I cried:1) Teared up Crossing the Ambassador bridge, when the sun was rising- super thankful for the experience. 2) Seeing our cheering squad (My Husband and Mom) at mile 12. 3) Mile 17 when Jay was crying 4) Mile 18 when we saw my brother, sister-in-law and nephews 5) Mile 21 when it got so damn hard, we’d ran the furthest we ever had before and I started to really think about Uncle Scott 6) Anytime I thought about taking a Gratitude Mile.
Race day photos:
I promise to never try to talk someone into running a marathon – however I will be there to support you every step of the way if you want to do it!
We finally did it. We moved to a Streaming Service as our TV Provider. I know I’m making a bigger deal of this than it may be – but I’m really excited. I’ve pulled together some details of how we made the decision to move to Sling and what you’ll need to get the party started: