Thanks to Morgan and her creative way of condensing Thursday posts into lists! My brain is temporarily disfunctional as I’ve already exhausted myself with an early 7-mile hill run (with Kate!), and proceeded to forget my coffee at home…for Fail #1. Stopping at Starbucks to make sure I got caffeine in some form this morning, I soon realized they pumped some Hazelnut into that Grande cup (despite my “unsweetened, black” request). Fail #2, but I’m consuming it anyway.
1) New Grocery Store Picks: During my lunch break yesterday, I wandered the aisles of Trader Joe’s and ended up with two “new” purchases:
I’m usually guilty of purchasing one a few of their Dark Chocolate Bars (for only $0.69!) and having squares for little “desserts” throughout the week. However, these Chocolate Pretzel Slims are singing to my taste buds. LOVE them.
After my run yesterday morning (back in the humidity of DC), hydration was the main focus of the day. I got a little tired of plain ol’ water, and while I’m a big fan of Cranberry juice, I am not a big fan of filling my cup with sugar. The ingredient list on this read “Cranberry Juice”. Done. That’s it. SOLD. I lined the bottom of my cup with juice (~1 oz) and filled the rest up with water. Sweet (but not too sweet) perfection!
2) Weekend Plans – Long Run priorities. You know it’s training season when your weekend plans revolve around whatever distance is on deck for Saturday morning! My car is getting a hitch attached for the move, with an 8 a.m. appointment. Since I have no desire to start 14 miles at 9 or 10 a.m., I’ll be up just as early as usual. 14 miles before 8 a.m.? That’ll be an interesting test for my energy endurance throughout the weekend.
Saturday night we’re going to see Jack Johnson in concert! Assuming I’m still awake by then.
3) The Walkability Score – While in Denver on Monday/Tuesday earlier this week, we finally decided on a place to live! I may or may not have excitedly spent yesterday wandering around the new ‘hood via Google Maps, finding grocery stores, restaurants, parks, trails, yoga studios, etc. Yes, Googe Maps is one of my very best friends.
Next on the agenda: check the walkability score! We spent a little while driving around before seeing the place, so I know there are sidewalks, parks and trails galore. But, just out of curiosity, I thought I’d let WalkScore.com do the calculations. I love this site; it’s a great tool if you’re checking out new areas! Not only does it give you an idea of how “walkable” the neighborhood is, it also provides distances to the closest food stores, restaurants, schools, libraries, parks, etc. If you ever wonder what’s surrounding you, this place has the answer (as does Google Maps. Just sayin’).
Happy (almost Friday) Thursday!