I ran my first 5k race two years ago. I wasn’t necessarily interested in running but my sister-in-law thought it would be fun and I thought “sure, why not!” I put together a playlist, bought a new pair of runners and attempted to run around the block a few times before race day. On the actual race day, I huffed and I puffed and I ran but I mostly walked fast. I completed the race in 42 minutes. That isn’t the greatest time but I was so happy to cross that finish line.
The race was my first and I was convinced it was my last but turns out that I ended up having a love/hate relationship with running. After that, I signed up for a running room 10 week clinic… twice. I signed up for 2 more 5K runs and another 10K run but no matter how much I wanted to be a runner, I was as slow as molasses and could never really run more than 10 minutes before needing a walk break.
So why did I sign up for another race? Well I got caught up in the excitement of running it with my friend C. She’s been training and her goal is not to just run it but to run it non stop. I don’t want to let her down so I finally started to train 2 weeks ago. I’m not sure if it was because we had such a long winter or because I’m eating healthier now than ever before but I’m really enjoying my runs. Crazy right? I started small by running 3k and slowly been adding some more distance each time I went out. I struggled a bit on my run after Easter, too much chocolate and white bread but this weekend I finally did it. Did what? I’ll tell you! I ran a whole 5 kilometres WITHOUT stopping. Yep folks, you heard that right. I huffed and I puffed but I didn’t slow down to take any walk breaks. This may seem like a walk in the park for some but to me, this is huge! I may have experienced runner’s high. I’m not sure though so I have a few more weeks to keep training before the big race but until then, I agree Nike+ app… Nicely done!
I mentioned the other day that I am OBSESSED with coconut oil and I wasn’t kidding. Ever since I bought a big tub at Costco, I’ve used it for everything!
How much do I love coconut oil? oh let me count the ways;
1. As a kitchen staple. According to google, it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It works as a frying oil and I use it as a substitute for butter or any other oils that are called for in recipes. In case you weren’t a huge coconut fan like I was, it doesn’t make all your meals taste or smell like coconut but it’s lower in calories and is good cholesterol. Sometimes, I melt a bit of coconut oil and add it to my morning smoothie.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! My skin has never felt so soft. We have had the worst winter and my skin was so dry until I discovered coconut oil. Careful when you apply it though, the first time I applied it a little too generously and was stuck hanging out in bathroom for half an hour unable to get dress and waiting for it to absorb. I would also recommend a night time application because sometimes it makes it’s way into your hair and you’re stuck trying to pull off a slick hair look all day… leading me to #3
3. To tame the frizzes. I sleep with coconut oil in my hair once a week and in the morning, I wash it out. It takes a little practice to figure out the right amount but as a girl with hair that is never straight and smooth, I have seen a difference in flyaways. Again according to google, it’s suppose to stimulate hair growth. Time will tell.
4. Whiter teeth. Been hearing a lot about Oil Pulling but I am lazy, therefore I have purchased Salty Kisses toothpaste from Holistic Wellness. It’s main ingredient is Coconut Oil. No more crest white strips for this gal.
5. Nicer nails. Since I am trying to save money, one of the things cut from my budget was getting manicures. Applying a little coconut oil on your cuticles helps you push them back and without all that dry skin around your nail, your nail polish looks like it was professionally applied.
There are so many ways you can use coconut oil and the benefits are endless. I’ve been told that it helps reduce stretch marks and will help with my cracked heels. Every time I mention coconut oil, someone tells me about another great way to use it so it’s pretty clear why I’m so coco for coconut oil!