March 5, 2013

Rainy day optimism

Do you guys remember Kid President? And his pep talk? It's the pep talk I watched the morning of Mercedes Marathon, so I'm saying it works. Well, today I watched the story behind Kid President, and I have to say it made me love him even more. I've wondered who this kid is and if he's being scripted for the videos. Do kids that young even know what Space Jam is? But after watching his back story, his optimism is even more contagious. And we share similar viewpoints on freestyle dancing.

So in an effort to combat the rainy, gross weather from today and be more optimistic, like Kid President, I'm going to look at some of the happy things from this week.

1. Getting back on track with eating clean-ish. I have so much more energy when I'm not eating cookies every day, and I can actually fall asleep at a normal time. But I currently have teenage-style acne on my face and am 100% blaming that on the gross food I ate after Mt. Cheaha. Dang you, junk food!

Boiled eggs go with everything.


Purple sweet potatoes -- my first time trying them, and I approve.  


2. At least we had one day of warm weather that was perfect for playing outside with our cousins. 


3. Half off sales and bright colors.


4. A Target opening up five minutes from my house. Grand opening, baby!


Here are some socks I recently found on sale at Target. 


I'm hoping they work well for running because they were much cheaper than the Asics I normally buy. 


5. A Runnerbox in the mail, sent as a congratulatory present for my BQ. After getting this package in the mail, I am 100% converted to sending Runnerboxes as a present to any runner. It was so exciting to discover all these goodies in my mailbox, and there are even more treats hidden in there that didn't fit in the photo frame. I can't wait to try Picky Bars, developed by my Oiselle teammate Lauren Fleshman
 

6. Holy cow, Lauren Fleshman is officially on the same running team as me. That is freaking cool.

7. After over a year of no crocheting, I started this project today. They're dish clothes for teacher/friend presents. Even more important, they're a very simple project for someone who is feeling pretty rusty with their crochet skills. 

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Have you ever tried or heard of purple sweet potatoes? They taste very similar to the regular ones and made a great night-before-racing supper.

Do you have any crafting hobbies? I love how methodical crocheting is. It's quite therapeutic when you're feeling stressed. In general, I am pretty uncrafty.

Have you ever tried Target socks for running? Or their running clothes? Thumbs up or down?

29 comments:

  1. That Runners Box looks pretty freakin' amazing.......

    Never tried purple sweet potatoes and have never seen them either!

    I can knit but haven't done it in a year or so either...

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  2. I love that Target has opened so close to your house, lucky you! Eggs are my favourite protein, I have at least 2 a day.... Just had some on salad for lunch, in fact. I've never heard of purple sweet potatoes but would definitely give them a go.
    I don't craft (those cloths are lovely) but I go to art classes once a week, love it!

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  3. I have tried a purple sweet potato before! It's yummy! Target, tjmaxx, and marshall's are my go-to athletic wear stores.
    Right now, I'm trying to get into sewing more...need to find more time for that hobby!

    I'm doing a 7 weeks of clean eating challenge...and its kind of hard. But i needed to get back into clean eating after the mercedes half marathon...and i needed another challenge:)

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  4. I have not heard of purple sweet potatoes but now I want to find them. I have been eating clean since my husband left and you are right, it feels much better. Love not being ruled by the sugar monster!

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    1. Found the purple sweet potato at Whole Foods.

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  5. I love Targets C9 line; it's all I wear (because I'm cheap like that). I've worn through several pairs of knee tights, but they lasted a year. The seamless tanks and bras are fantastic!

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  6. I've bought a lot of Target running stuff including socks and I've been really happy with it all. I just bought some Asics ones and I like them more because they're prettier but I don't think they're any more fabulous.

    I knitted me and the Dude matching scarves last Winter. I finished them in February as it got warmer. They weren't amazing, I have to be honest. I have very craft-y friends so I just outsource things :) I did make an amazing Vegas style Christmas wreath a few years ago that I am very very proud of!!!

    Hey, have you tried farro? It's my latest food obsession...it's wonderful!!!!!

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    1. Farrrrooooo...not had it for 48 hours....must cook some now....

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  7. I have never tried a purple sweet potato but I want to now! I do not have a Whole Foods close to my house but when I am close to one I have to stop and hit up the food bar. You have to tell me where to buy the cashew butter! I have been thinking about ever since you mentioned it! I have never tried running socks or clothes from Target. I have heard good things about them though.

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    1. I get the cashew butter at Whole Foods too. I'll try to remember to post a photo of it in case you make it by there one day! Their store brand is the cheapest I have found it (still not really cheap, but I ration it). I don't buy very many things at Whole Foods, mainly just the cashew butter and the random interesting looking fruit or veggie. I stock up on the cashew butter when I go. Soooo good!

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  8. I have not seen the purple sweet potatoes either. Were they comparable in price to the regular sweet potatoes (since they taste the same after all!)?
    I am cheap and love the Target workout clothes.

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  9. I love the Target brands for running. Excepted for the bras don't work for my DD being, and I shouldn't have to be a contortionist to get into one opinion. As with all socks watch the seam if you get blisters on the seam line. I've only managed to shrink one Target item with my throw everything in the washer and hope for the best attitude.

    I have never tried purple sweet potatoes, because I can't find them.

    Enjoy that project looks like fun. :)

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  10. I'm over visiting from Diapered Daze and Knights...thanks for stopping by! I'm a new FB follower of your as your energy is so refreshing! I have never tried purple sweet potatoes, but I love the orange ones! We are joining our first CSA this summer, so maybe the farm will throw them in the pile and I will be forced to try them!!

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  11. Hubby had never seen or heard of purple sweet potatoes until one of his dinners he had while we were in Hawai'i had some on it. He liked them as well :) I like being crafty - about to start on a medal/bib display for myself this week. Never tried the Target workout clothes so can't help ya there. Let me know what ya think!

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  12. I love Target workout clothes! The C9 line is really nice and the price is right. I particularly like their capri's, they just fit me right and don't move when I run. :) Never tried the socks though.

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  13. I love Target for all things including their fitness stuff. I have a couple pair of running tights and lots of the tops (with thumbholes) that I LOVE!! I think I've used their sock without any problems, too.

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  14. I love Target's sports bras. They are the only ones I buy. Also loving my bright pink running tights from there.

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  15. I love Target's sports bras. They are the only ones I buy. Also loving my bright pink running tights from there.

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  16. LOVE Target running clothes. Watch out, though...I have a Target 5 minutes from me and I'm astounded at how much I spend there. Oh, it adds up!!

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  17. My favorite pair of running capris are from Target. Unfortunately, they have permastink from 5 years of running in them. I need to go back and hope they have something similar:) That Runnerbox is awesome! So fun to try new things:)

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  18. I'm lucky that the Target that is 5 minutes from my house is not a very good one, so I spend less money there than I had initially anticipated! I have never seen/heard of purple sweet potatoes, but I'd love to try them! Where do you buy them?

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  19. The first Canadian Target is opening here soon and is five minutes from my house! I can't wait!!!! And I do have a couple crafty hobbies that I try and find time for. I knit those same dish clothes and I love cross-stitching. I find both very relaxing while accomplishing something at the same time.

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  20. I've had a blue potato, but never a purple sweet potato - I'll have to check it out!

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  21. My wife and I wear the Duo Dry socks and LOVE them!

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  22. I have a ton of Target running clothes and they have held up fairly well over the last two years. Some of the socks are better than others. I have some like the ones you bought, but the C9 logo on the top leaves an imprint on my foot after running. I have a different pair that have the logo on the arch and wore them though a downpour marathon with no blisters, though I did just get a blister the other day, but I don't think my shoes were tied tight enough.

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  23. I have some Target C9 socks, which are great for running - they have a little extra cushioning on the bottoms for reduced impact.

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  24. My running bra is from Target - does that count? I love Target but my running bra is the only "running" article I've purchased there! Speaking of socks...thanks for reminding me I need to order mine. I lost one of my favorite socks somewhere between here and Orlando!

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