|Lake Eola- Via|
Where to start? Even though this weekend was oppressively hot we had a great time. John and I have been training for a 5k this September. Saturday we got together at downtown Lake Eola with one of our teammates for the run, my best friend Becky! It was so great to have a running buddy! Up until this day I had done all my running alone (John always flies past me as my running pace is slightly faster than most walkers) and I realized that running alone gives you entirely too much time in your head to doubt yourself. Having a running buddy offers a pleasant distraction and before you know it you've run a couple laps without thinking!
After the run we were hot and sweaty and needed something to cool down and a green monster just wasn't going to cut it. I decided I would try my hand at replicating my favorite Smoothie King smoothie- the Caribbean Way. Man, Smoothie King can suck it! I will never pay $6 for their smoothies ever again. Here's what you need:
Suck It, Smoothie King! Post-Run Smoothie
1.25 cups OJ
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen strawberry
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
4-5 ice cubes
P.S. I've written the word "smoothie" so much in this post that the word no longer means anything to me...
We spent the rest of our Saturday doing laundry and grocery shopping. I guess Mr. Snuggles wanted in on our laundry because this is what we found when we went to switch the load over. He's feeling those good vibrations.
We called Becky back up to see if her and her sister wanted to come back over for movie night (with unbelievable savings on pizza, #consumer anarchy). We had a blast playing cards and watching Unknown. Have you seen this movie? One of the best I've seen in a while. If you liked Taken, you'll like this. It rekindled my love for Liam Neeson...not that my love ever needed it.
Sunday morning we yoga'd before church. It's felt so good after running the previous day. There are so many different types of exercise to do, and many that I enjoy, but none that will ever match a good yoga session. Not only does it calm me, stretch me, and strengthen me, but it gives me time to reconnect with myself. Each pose helps me feel where I'm out of alignment and where I'm holding tension. It's a time for my body to do good for itself and that's something we desperately need in our fast paced lifestyles.
Sunday evening we went to our favorite Turkish place with couple John works with at Pioneers. It was so much fun to make new friends and learn about their life and experience. I've gotten to know a lot of his work friends over the last year and it's just so easy to dive right in to the meat of the conversation when you know there's a common mission and life purpose. The good food was the icing on the cake!
Question of the day:
Do you practice yoga? What are your motivations in doing so?