Travel Day

I am two things.  Indecisive, and a book nerd. Mix them together, throw in 24 hours in a van and four or five beach days, and this is what you get in my suitcase:

[books photo]

Yes, I actually packed all of these.  No, I won’t read them all on this vacation.  But I like to have two or three books going at once, and it’s so hard to predict what kind of mood I’ll be in!  Let’s hope everyone else in the van, who was told to pack lightly, doesn’t find out… but it’s much better than when I used to haul drums and guitars everywhere I went.  Speaking of music, you could say I’m on a bit of a Conor Oberst kick right now, so I brought a few of his solo albums and some Bright Eyes with me.

Also for the ride, we have lots of food to eat.  Eating well on the road is hard enough when you CAN eat meat, let alone when you can’t.  We brought fruit, nuts, FEED granola, and we made a batch of Christine’s energy bars too.  It pays to have a health-conscious baker for a sister!  And of course, my Recovery Socks, which are supposed to be great for travel, when you can’t move around much.

Running Woes

My knees and shins have felt a little stiff and sore since my 5k on Sunday, so I’ve given my legs the past two days off.  This was probably the wrong thing to do, since as soon as I started running today, everything started to feel much better.  Maybe the time off only serves to make things tighter, so I’m going to try to get in more easy runs and see how that works.  I’m a little worried about a tender spot on my shin–I got a stress fracture during the training for my first marathon, so I’m always paranoid about shin pain.  But as of yet, it hasn’t hurt me during runs, and until it does I’ll do my best not to worry about it.I have a 17-miler planned while I’m in Hilton Head, so if there’s anything wrong, that will certainly make it obvious!

Guest Posts

I’ll be checking in a few times during my vacation, but in the meantime I’ve lined up some guest posts that I’m really excited about!  That includes another Sweet Tooth Friday from Christine; something really funny happened to her this week that I can’t wait to read about.

Alright, I’m off for some fun in the sun; catch you later! And keep signing up for those 30-Day Challenges.  Only five days left!



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  1. Looks like you’re all set for a great vacation! I feel like packing a bag and setting off somewhere as well…

    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..I’m so over that! =-.

  2. I also always pack way too many books! Have fun on your trip. I am signing up for the 30 Day Challenge…but since I failed last time I want to be more public and official by laying out the details on my Sweet-Tooth Friday post. I will say this though- I finally signed up for a gym membership and worked up a great sweat today!

  3. i almost always feel worse after a day off – i don’t get it! 🙂 safe travels and have a good vacation! don’t forget to run a little.
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..babying a head cold =-.

  4. I do the same thing with the books 🙂 Prepping healthy food for traveling is loads of fun! Have a great time.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Exercise vs. Sleep =-.

  5. I pack a ton of books like you do. I just got a Kindle about a month ago and it has changed my reading life. You may want to check it out. I am joining in on the 30 Day Challenge. I started mine last week, but I can finish with everyone else. I will eat vegetarian, high raw for 30 days (very ‘Thrive’), prepare for my first 5K by following my running plan every other day (running 4 days a week).

    P.S. You may want to check out Brandon’s ‘Thrive in 30’ online free program: I am on lesson 3 and it has been really great so far.

    • Interesting about Kindle. My cousin just got one, and I was thinking about whether I’d ever like one. But I couldn’t really figure out what I’d do with it that I can’t do with regular books, other than get them a little cheaper. In what way has it changed your reading life? Great challenge, I think mine’s going to be high raw also, but I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to specify it. I’ll check out Thrive in 30!

  6. There are two things about the Kindle that I love. The first is that I can get books within 30 seconds (this can be bad as well, as I am now reading about 3 a week). The second is that it makes reading easier, I did not know this would happen. I read a lot faster with it and it is more comfortable to read (no awkward position while trying to read the left page of the book in bed). You can try it for 30 days and if you do not like, send it back for full refund. There is also a waterproof/sand proof cover I would recommend if you travel a lot or read outdoors often.

    My eating plan has been Raw food for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and grains/legumes/veggies for dinner. Smoothies have become my best friend, as well as the puddings in Thrive. I also have made the pre-exercise date/coconut thingies from Thrive and they work great. Feeling good!

    Here is my current favorite smoothie recipe:

    1 Banana
    2T hemp seeds
    1/2c frozen strawberries
    1 handful spinach (just try it, you can’t taste it)
    Pinch vanilla (powder or extract)
    1 date

    ok here is another…

    1 Banana, frozen
    1T almond butter
    1t spirulina
    1T cocoa powder
    1 date
    2T hemp seeds


    • Yeah I guess the ability to impulse-buy books from home and have them instantly could become a problem… but I’d be proud of reading 3 books a week!

      I am also excited about the date/coconut energy things, they seem a billion times more palatable than gels, which I can’t stand. Thanks for the smoothie recipes, are they from Thrive or your own modifications? I have no problem with spinach in smoothies, it’s surprising how undetectable it is. By the way, where do you get hemp seeds? I think they are illegal to grow in the U.S. so maybe they are imported?

      • There are 11 US states that now grows hemp. I order my hempseeds from Nutiva on These smoothies are my own concoctions.

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