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