Good morning! I just realized how weird the first part of that title must sound to anyone who’s not a runner/doesn’t know about compression sleeves. It will make more sense a little later in the post, I promise.
As part of my mission to stop being lazy when it comes to making dinners lately, I threw together a delicious stir fry for myself last night!
I mean, not that stir fry is all that complicated, but it was delicious. And ready in 5 minutes flat, too! Win.
I added shrimp, green beans, broccoli, and a dash each of sesame oil, fish sauce, and soy sauce to the wok. Plus this delicious sticky brown rice that I added in after cooking it in the microwave.
The Annie Chun’s peeps sent this to me to review and it was AWESOME. 2 minutes in the microwave to delicious sticky brown rice. Definitely buying this next time I see it. Love that their products don’t have any weird additives or preservatives, either!
Anyway! Thanks for all the great advice re: my calf/shin issues — I decided I’m going to do a shorter run (instead of my 10 mile training run) this weekend and I also went out and purchased a compression sleeve at the recommendation of many of you!
Any of you guys have experience with compression sleeves? The sales clerk at Fleet Feet where I picked it up said to wear it for a couple hours every day, and also during my runs if I want. I decided to test it out today on my standard Thursday early morning running date with Elle:
We ran our usual 4.4 mile hilly loop. As for the running sleeve — I really like it! I also wore it yesterday for a few hours and my calf actually feels a lot better right now. Apparently compression sleeves help improve blood circulation and can speed recovery/help with random pain? It seems to be working, so I’m all for it! The only thing that still feels really sore is my inner ankle area. I think the problem with all of this is that my hips/lateral leg muscles are weak so everything else is overcompensating, so I’m going to start doing some hip strengthening moves that blog reader Kira recommended, too! I’ll keep you guys updated.
In other news, I made it back to Franklin Street Yoga last night after missing last week due to fall break! I went to my favorite class — “Rock Your Asana” — which is a hard 1.5 hour power yoga class with fun, upbeat music. Last night’s music theme was Halloween — they played Ghostbusters, Thriller, the Harry Potter theme song, and, during the end of class when we were holding a hip opening pose for awhile, she played a hilarious Seinfeld Halloween stand up! We were all laughing up a storm. So fun. I freaking love that yoga studio.
While I was there, I also bought a ticket to the yoga studio’s Eve Ball this Friday! The Eve Ball is a charity Halloween costume party bash held here in Chapel Hill every year to raise money for the Eve Carson Scholarship Fund.
Fun for a great cause? Sign me up! If you’re in the area, you should consider going — I hear it’s fun. Now all I need to do is figure out a costume — any ideas?! What are you guys being this year?
Just for a fun trip down memory lane, here are some costumes from previous years. Here I am in 2006 with my friend Kristen, both of us rocking the standard young 20-something scantily clad _______ costume:
And below in 2007 with Matt — I was Britney Spears (remember when she wore that pink wig around? And note I’m holding Starbucks, obvi), and Matt was a rock star.
Yep, I’m marrying this guy. That’s pretty awesome. And yes, those are white platform shoes he’s wearing.
On that note… I’m off to class. Have a good one. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had? I used to always be a cat or a witch when I was little!