Let’s be honest- sometimes the only thing that gets me through my runs is the promise of a smoothie at the end. A smoothie that packs lots of nutrients and a little bit of protein is the perfect lunch or post run snack. After my long runs I usually buy myself a smoothie for a treat, but can’t really justify it 5 times a week. Because it is entirely too much work to make a smoothie evvvery daaay (the cleaning lady doesnt come daily??) I make one big batch and put them into popsicle molds, and have a freezer full of healthy smoothie pops that I can eat as-is or put into a glass in the fridge to melt before my run.
Afterwards I feel light and healthy. Some people like protein powder, but I’ve tried it and makes me feel like I have cement in my stomach. If you’re a protein powder person you can add it, the possibilities are infinite.
What are your favorite smoothies?
My feet are tiny and they used to be cute (as cute as feet can be). After I started running pretty regularly this past year they became terribly ugly: blistered, calloused, black toenails, no toenails, or toenails that are growing back at an angle. Pedicures are a pointless, uphill battle (I haven’t yet tried shellack/gellish/biogel on my toes…does that work for anyone?). All I can do is schlup more and more nail polish on disguise my feet during sandal season (which is a lot of the time in South Africa). How do you keep your feet from becoming totally embarassing? Do blister band aids work for you? Shellack? Nylon socks? Two pairs of nylon socks?
What keeps you running pretty? One of the main attractions of running is that all it requires is your legs and a pair of running shoes. But not if you’re like me need more motivation than the sound of your damn feet hitting the pavement (RETAIL THERAPY).
1. The hair ties that don’t put bumps in your hair are a staple. I initially bought lots of colors but I only use black or brown.
2. The correct sports bra. So important. My ladies are pretty small so I don’t need to get too serious about this.
3. POST SAUNA SWEATS. The most important part of my running wardrobe. After showering in your gym’s shower and taking a sauna, no one wants to put your work clothes or your sweaty running clothes back on. They’re even CALLED post restorative sweat pants. That’s how I feel when I wear them.
4. I’m still not convinced I have the best arm band in town, but it does the job. If it weren’t for Robertson Dean reading Robert Caro’s Power Broker, lots of podcasts, and most importantly late 90’s r&b I would NEVER get off the couch in the first place. Arm bands for your iPhone are as important as keeping hydrated and breathing.
**Welcome to the consumerist column, where I detail things I want. Because I want a lot of things and I’m not ashamed to say it.