Quick Tip: Get the Short

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? It seemed too short (<– see what I did there?), as usual, but I definitely relaxed!

Since it’s Monday, I’m going to try to keep it short (can’t help myself!) and sweet with a Quick Tip. My brew of choice when I go to Starbucks is usually a tall bold coffee, black. Every once in a while, though, I like to indulge with a non-fat cappuccino, chai, or, once a year (usually on my birthday), a salted caramel hot chocolate. However, when I get a drink that’s not black coffee I order the short.

Note: I have a small hand so I’m making it look larger than it is (my FIL calls me “Doll Hands”)

Now, you may be wondering, “What the heck is the short?” It’s a size smaller than the tall and even thought it’s not advertised on their menu, they do offer it. It’s 8 oz., as opposed to the tall’s 12 oz. Not only will you save on calories, but you’ll save yourself a little money, too! I also like my cappuccinos strong as they were in Italy, so when I get the short, they naturally have to add less milk than they do with the tall, making it automatically stronger!

That’s all I have for today’s tip. In terms of my weekend and running…

Note: There are some graphic images below of the Body Worlds exhibit. Viewer discretion advised. 🙂

Friday night I went to see the Body Worlds exhibit at Quincy Market in Boston. I previously saw it about seven years ago when it was at the Museum of Science and loved it then. Body Worlds has traveling exhibits throughout the world showcasing preserved human bodies and body parts uniquely displayed to show a variety of systems and diseases.

It was a warm night for January in Boston (mid 30s), so it was nice to walk around a bit outside before meeting up with my friend.

Once inside Quincy Market, the second floor was jammed because it was the last day to use a Living Social deal. The line moved quickly given the size and we were soon inside. They let too many people in at once and it was hot, so we moved along quickly.

My friend is also a research coordinator, so we had a fun time comparing what we found interesting and discussing the specimens (nerd alert?). Like me, my friend is enthusiastic about eating well and working out, so we found some of the most fascinating pieces to be the comparison of a normal weight person to an overweight person.

I had a hard time getting good pictures due to the lighting, but here is a slice of the body, as seen from the side:

Body slice

Slice of the leg, as seen from top to bottom:

Leg slice

Look at all of the pressure being put on the body systems by the additional fat! This exhibit is a great visual for how important it is to keep your body healthy.

We had an unexpected storm here on Saturday. That is, we were only supposed to get a dusting and instead we got nearly six inches. I love how peaceful it looks when it snows.

Another winter wonderland

The roads were decent enough on Sunday for me to venture out for another stab at stage 6.

Layered and ready to go, dork style.

The time went by really quickly even though it was pretty cold. I tried to focus on my form (legs falling directly under my body, slight forward lean, relaxed shoulders). I went to a Chi Running clinic last February at a Greater Boston Running Company location and a lot of what they said stuck with me, particularly the forward lean helping you run.

I had a slightly slower pace than last week and my arch and heel felt tight, though no pain.

1-19 run

We’ll see how it does over the next couple of days. Perhaps even though it was tight, I can move on to stage 7? Here’s where I’m at with my mileage:

Mileage increase 1-19

I’m looking forward to seeing a physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH, or, as it’s known to the medical community, “Man’s Greatest Hospital”) this week for an orthotics consult . My husband has an appointment as well the same day. Hot date, huh?

Questions: Do you like Starbucks? What’s your favorite drink? Have you ever gotten a short? Have you seen Body Worlds? Anyone else try Chi Running?

As always, I welcome all comments, questions, and suggestions!

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21 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Get the Short

  1. This is Shannon from the SITS tribe challenge. I love the look and feel of your blog. And I had no idea I could order a short – brilliant. I look forward to getting to know you!

    • Hi Shannon! Thanks so much! I would love to keep the design minimal and clean, like your site (side note: Couldn’t comment on your site because it looks like the comments are closed. Hope your little one is doing well! Love your new year post!). Thinking about moving over to a host for more options…what do you think?

      Yes, the short is on their “secret” menu. Weird, huh? I look forward to getting to know you, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I had no idea Starbucks makes a short. Thanks for the tip. I usually get a tall skinny caramel macchiato but I usually have a little leftover so 8 oz. would be perfect. I saw the Body exhibit in Vegas (or something similar). It was amazing!

  3. Hey! It’s Patty from Reach Your Peak and our Sits Girls tribe 🙂

    I should order more shorts! I knew they had them but figured it was for kids’ hot chocolates. I actually am trying to wean myself off of coffee though BUT on days where I need them, a short would be a good idea, and same me some bucks 🙂

  4. I never heard of a short- how cool!

  5. Lora from The SITS Tribe Challenge… 🙂 Great tip!! Love your winter pics!!

  6. Starbucks LIFE HACK! Wow! I am so doing this on my next starbucks trip xo #sitsblogging

  7. I love Starbucks but it is not readily available in Paris, except center of the city. Thus, its often a treat when I stumble upon one. Tall cappuccino !

    Love the photos of Quincy Market – went to college in Boston and it always has a place in my heart !

    • Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I agree, if you’re having it so rarely, it’s worth it get a “real” size. Plus you probably walk a lot more than us Americans! Though I did find I enjoyed the local cafe cappuccino and espressos more than Starbucks when we were there back in July.

      A tout a l’heure!

  8. I read Chi Running several years ago and try to remember to lean in to let gravity help pull me along. It makes sense. I’m so glad I found your blog (through your comment about healthy living criticism on Patty’s blog) because that return to running plan really speaks to me! I’m recovering from a stress fracture and my doc said I could resume running by doing half of what I used to and adding a mile each week but that proved to be too much for me. My last run was a week and a half ago. I ended it after five minutes because of pain that wouldn’t go away and planned to just stop running completely for a while. I’m walking briskly very well and I like the idea of walking for 30 minutes without pain and then trying those run/walk stages. That’s a lot less pressure than continuous miles, and a safer way to ease into running. Thanks!
    Also, I wear orthotics. I have slightly flat feet and when I first started running long distances in 2011 I got a pain on the top front of my left foot. Since wearing the orthotics that pain hasn’t returned.

    • Hi Nora! Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE the shirt you’re wearing in your picture. That is definitely me! I’m so sorry you’re injured. That stinks. My husband also currently has a stress fracture and he’s quite frustrated. He’s slowly getting better.

      I’m glad you found my blog, too! Being an injured runner can make you feel so isolated sometimes. For a good few months whenever I was driving home and would see people running outside, I would curse them for being able to run while I couldn’t. I felt awful about thinking such terrible thoughts, but it’s what goes through your head.

      I have had a lot of success with this program so far. I felt kind of lost about how to return, but if you stick to this and are honest about how you feel (if you feel any pain, do not move on to the next stage!), it will work. It’s been slow going, which is hard for me as I like to push my body, but I haven’t had any problems using this program. Also, don’t forget (and I’m sure you know this) that you shouldn’t increase your mileage more than 10% a week. That’s key.

      Keep me updated! I’m here if you want to complain to someone about being injured!

      • I agree about the isolation! At first I felt a lot of anger that my running friends were participating in races I couldn’t, and then felt guilt, like you said. I do feel like I’m missing out a little bit still, but I think I’m doing much better at focusing on what I can do and trying to improve on those things. I know the strength training is making a difference. Ideally I’ll be running again by spring, because that’s when it’s most enjoyable for me. But it’s been nice to not have an officially timetable and no races to prepare for–far less pressure.

        And thanks for the compliment on my shirt; lots of people love it! 🙂

      • I was in a foul mood all day when I accompanied my husband to his first half marathon last year. I was so happy for him, but I couldn’t stand being around a huge crowd of runners, feeling stupid or not cool because I obviously wasn’t running the race.

        Strength training is HUGE! I wasn’t as focused on it before, but now I am. I’ll be sharing my routine shortly. It’s a lot of glute, hamstring, and hip work. I’ve noticed a big difference, and my butt is nicer looking now, too!

        Keep up the hard work!

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