Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Konfessions

What's up Wednesday, always good to see ya.

Don't worry, it's still raining here in Baltimore. But I got a slap on the wrist from Kathy yesterday basically reminding me to be glad it's not snowing. Or hailing. Touché. Sunny skies will be here soon enough I'm sure.

On to confessions.


I confess, that days that it rains I automatically feel entitled to a treat. "Oh sad it's grey outside, I really deserve a chocolate chip cookie."

Wouldn't ya know, I started 21 days of Kait's Klean eating yesterday (I dunno it sounded good?) so chocolate chips weren't on the menu today. "YUM this dried date, talk about some comfort food."

 
This will haunt my dreams tonight.


I confess, my sister taught me a new hilarious game where you endorse a friend on LinkedIn for outlandish skill sets. Garbage collection? Check. Latin jazz? Check. Geriatric dental? Sure will.

Luckily those only go to their profiles if they accept the endorsement, so from there the compliment is in their own hands to do what they wish.

I accepted a lawn mowing endorsement recently because that sh*t is the truth. I am the master of the lawn.

 
fairly accurate depiction of myself
I confess that I've had several moments lately where I dislike the blogosphere and the stupid crappy politics that goes into making other blog friends and promoting your blog and your brand yada yada yada. Sometimes I'm like eh whatever and other times I'm like this is stupid and I day dream about deleting the entire thing.

Yet if I didn't have Kait Makes a Run for it I would have nowhere to confess things like Monday was the first time I cleaned my shower, ever.

Or that I went to bed at 8 pm on Monday night. Or that I ate asparagus for breakfast on Tuesday morning and my pee smelled all day. Or that I'm editing this post as I ride my bike, using my underwear drawer as a desk.


Guys it's Wednesday, and tomorrow is May. Get those chins up and I'll be back for a morale check on Friday.

Cheers -

K

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May Flowers?

I’m back! After almost 4 straight hours of crazy turbulence on our Denver – Baltimore flight late Sunday night, I wasn’t sure if I would live to blog another day. I’m talking heart pounding, clasping my arm rests type of flight. Good stuff.  What actually was good was the flight into Denver on Friday instead - I was loving the views, per usual.



And of course, the view once we got there  :)




However, it's back to reality now. In the midst of an extremely rainy week here in Baltimore; I suppose I should just remind myself that April showers bring May flowers right? So come Thursday, enough is enough rain.

I squeezed in a couple miles after work last night before the rain rolled in, and then sat down to map out some May goals and thoughts. May is one of my favorite months, for absolutely no reason outside of it kind of being the intro month to summer.  I’ll write a more goal specific post later this week to give you a peep inside my crazy head. 

ya I know.

Something else cool: if you’re into workouts, or link-ups, or both, a more exciting announcement is this: I’m cohosting a Tuesday Blog Link-up for the month of May!

WOOOOOOOO LINK-UPS


Before you pee your pants, here are the deets:

The hosts are Rebecca from Getting to the Show and Chelsea from Delipsch, and they both rock.

Check out Rebecca
Check out Chelsea

May Challenge Guidelines:
Every Tuesday in May Link up with your favorite type of workout. Keep in mind that this link up does not have to be the only thing that you post about; feel free to post about whatever the heck else you want and then throw in your favorite workout/move/circuit at the end, etc., so we can all walk away ready to sweat.

May Link Up Schedule
6th- Favorite Core workout
13th- Favorite Arm workout
20th- Favorite Leg workout
27th- Favorite workout from another blog


It’s a super simple yet useful link up to participate in, especially for the month of May… the appetizer month to the main course summer months…. Ya dig? Come play.

That’s all I’ve got. I’ll be back for some hump day confessions tomorrow. Hold onto your pants.

Cheers -

Friday, April 25, 2014

Discussion Points

Well I wish I could say it's just been a crazy busy rush-around week and that's why I didn't write for Hump Day Confessions, but that would be a lie. Really I just got lazy on Tuesday and wasn't feeling inspired to write.

It happens.

The week workout wise was good - I got both a run and hot yoga in yesterday, followed by some frantic packing. Andrew and I are off to Colorado later this evening to meet the newest addition to his family - his new Nephew, Caleb! Can't wait to meet him!

I always like to try to utilize plane rides to do some longer-term planning; it's especially nice when Andrew is strapped into the seat next to me and I can talk his ear off and he has nowhere to hide.

Things to discuss with Andrew:

1.   Volleyball. It has been on my mind a lot lately, and I have a yearning to play it to some degree this summer. Baltimore has several beach courts, and I’ve seen a few things about some grass tournaments in the area, and I really just want to get signed up. CALLING ALL B'MORE VBALL PLAYERS, give me some guidance here.

I used to be able to jump before running took over my life.
2.   Bullet Proof Coffee. When I discover new fad/health trends that I want to try, I usually try to drag him down with me. While he didn’t jump on oil pulling (which I still occasionally do) I want to to hear his reaction to Bullet Proof coffee.  If you don’t know what it is, read more here – my cousin actually recently sent me an encouraging message about how much she loves it and feels great since she started drinking it.



3.   Puerto Rico. We have the flights and hotel booked, but outside of that, nothing. We need to nail down a few plans, don’t ya think?

TAKE ME THERE NOW
4.   Speaking of PR, I'm thinking about doing another 21 day detox come May 1. Puerto Rico is booked for May 23 so it would be pretty good timing. However I already have a few dates booked in May that would possibly have to warrant exceptions for staying sugar free... so we'll see.
5.    I discovered on Wednesday night that there is a Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Africa. Basically, it’s a hotel on the property of a 140 acre giraffe sanctuary. Windows and doors are left open so that the giraffes can come visit whenever they want.



WHAT.

If we ever go to Africa, that’s at the top of the list.
This reminds me, we also still need to go check out the new twin giraffes at the Maryland Zoo!

Solid discussion list for the 4ish hour plane ride, don’t you think? I’ll leave you all with a new recipe to try this weekend if you’re feeling adventurous.

Eggdrop Broccoli Slaw:

-          1 cup broccoli slaw
-          Handful of chopped mushrooms (or onions or whatever you like)
-          ½ cup shrimp (mine were frozen)
-          ½ cup vegetable broth
-          1 glove garlic
-          1 egg
-          Salt/pepper/crushed red pepper to taste


Saute the broccoli slaw, mushrooms and shrimp in the vegetable broth and garlic on medium heat. Meanwhile, boil water and follow these directions to poach your egg.

Throw it all in a bowl, and gently ladle your poached egg on top. Season to taste. Good stuff. I <3 poached eggs.

I’m off to start my Friday. I’ve got a plane to catch and a baby to see. #Backthatazzup today for me, will ya?





Cheers - 
Kait

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Rough One

Today was a rough one.

To start, I woke up feeling as if I had been run over by a train in my sleep. If we are being honest, I was already somewhat sore for the abundance of handstands and roundoffs, paired with some sprinting around in the park on Saturday. But the kind of hurt this morning was the sick kind of hurt.

My savior 


It feels like my body is fighting off the flu or something – I haven’t had much of an appetite, my body hurts and I was super cold last night.

On to more awesome things. Boston was today. Two years ago I was there, but this year I was sitting at my desk pouting because I can hardly run right now. In the midst of the craziness and the media coverage, this picture gave me chills –



A big congrats to Meb Keflezighi for becoming the first American man since 1983 to break that tape first. In the midst of last year’s tragedy, it seems pretty appropriate to me, don’t ya think?

As I sat at my desk and whined like a little girl, one coworker suggested that I start taping my big toe (the bothersome one) to my other toe in order to perhaps promote healing, and give it a little more stability.

Monday, 12:30 PM EST:

don't mind my shitty toenail polish

I’m desperate. So desperate, I may have broken my vow not to run in April. So desperate, I may have signed up for a 5k in early May….

In other news, this past Easter weekend consisted of a lot of glorious deck time:





My roommate recently purchased some new deck furniture, so Andrew and I decided to have our little Easter feast up there while soaking up some sun.

That’s all I’ve got for now. It’s blowing my mind that this is the last full week of April – it FLEW by. Anyone out there ever had a troublesome toe? I should probably be icing before bed too…. suggestions welcome, please and thank you!

Cheers to taping toes - 


K8

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eggs Eggs Eggs

This past week has been a tad abnormal for me. This weekend is actually looking to be the same. It’s one of the last weekends until June that we don’t have packed full of travel/activities, and so we literally have zero plans, outside of church on Sunday and some kind of Easter meal.

I was working out of a different office all week, so my gym has been too far away to make the commute after work. I’ve been mixing up my workouts between biking and interval stuff – last night I hit Brooke’s Dirty 30 pretty hard, the sesh looked something like this, with some jump rope mixed in –

http://www.babblingbrookelyn.com/
We haven’t talked food in awhile, and I think we should.  I committed hard to green smoothies for breakfast every morning this week, along with a hard boiled egg. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be filling enough, but it actually held me over well until my mid-morning snack. This past Wednesday I made this paleo Deconstructed Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, and added in a little sausage because I knew Andrew would want a little bit of substance…


and I poached eggs for the first time ever!
Wild success. He loved it, and said he would love to make the meal a weekly staple. I love when I can make him love paleo meals. I also love that we watched Frozen afterwards :)


What should I do this weekend? I’m thinking some hot yoga, and maybe some hiking if it’s nice? There’s also an apparently awesome Juice Bar in Fed Hill that I’ve been wanting to try.. maybe some egg dying is in order too?

Fingers crossed for another beautiful weather weekend. Any fun Easter traditions out there?? 

Linking up with Whitney to #Backthatazzup this Friday. Leaving you with one of my favorite songs right now - it's been my alarm all week to wake up to :)



Cheers!

Kait

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Strong Showers

It rained, all day yesterday. All. Day. It was quite the downer, and all I could think about was crawling into bed after work. Instead I crawled onto my bike and watched an episode of Suits, then got into my PJ’s shortly after.

This may be a bit more of a rant than confessions, a ranty Hump Day Confessions if you will.


I’ve come to hate the word skinny. 
I hate what it stands for actually, and that it is such a commonly used, positive descriptor.

That quote makes me want to punt a small animal.

Skinny girl brand, skinny taste, skinny this skinny that. 
I hate that girls are still striving to be “skinny.” And not even just girls, grown ass women.


Let me insert a disclaimer really quick. I’m not directly bashing 
anything, any website, any brand, anyone
The Skinnygirl line has some great tasting products out there, and I have tried some delicious recipes off of Skinny Taste and those kinds of websites. I have no beef with that.

It’s the word, and what it represents.

I personally, do not strive to be skinny. I’m over that. I’m SO over the mindset of 
“I’m a woman therefore I should be slender and thin and skinny and always need a man's help with heavy things.”

No.

As a woman, I strive to be strong. I don’t drag my ass out of bed at 5 AM and do kettlebell swings and push-ups before work to with the hopes of looking malnourished. I don't drag myself to hot yoga on a Friday night after work hoping I sweat off some weight before the weekend.


Confidence is sexy. Strength, in so many forms, is sexy. Desperately striving to conform to look like the airbrushed models and what society has consistently brainwashed women to think is the ‘norm’ – that just ain't sexy in my book. Nor is it healthy. So stop.


Healthy is beautiful. Strong is beautiful. (Most days) I take pride in honoring my body by what I put in it, and the amazing things I get to do with it. The joy that working towards handstand push-ups brings me is fantastic. The pride I have in being able to deadlift the prescribed weight in a crossfit workout last month is still hanging around. Strength workouts not only give me some shape to my 5'11'' frame, but they keep my muscles happy. 

When I moved into my house in Baltimore this past summer, I moved in alone. I moved my bed, my double mattress, my two dressers, by myself. And I'm damn proud of it.


Yes, this is another one of those love your body rants. But for the love people Girls, can we please stop with the idolizing skinny crap once and for all?  It's going to be the end of me.

My confession? I hate the word skinny.

Cheers to strong, and muscles, and fit.

Kait

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'm Baaaack - Confessions part III

I didn’t have to wear a coat to work this morning, so that’s encouraging. KEEP IT UP SPRING NICE WORK.

I’m feeling a little lax with my blogging this week. I’m not sure exactly what it is, possibly the busyness, possibly the anticipation of my sis and her man coming into town tomorrow. Love you guys, but I’m never gonna apologize for disappearing from the blogosphere for a couple days.

However, I’m not too busy not to link up for HumpDayConfessions, so let’s get after it shall we?

I keep a small bottle of hot sauce in my snack drawer at work. It is immensely handy when I bring eggs for breakfast. Or as a dressing on my salad. Or when I just need a snack.

Love me some hot sauce.

I confess that I wish Jillian Michael's was a little more screamy in her workout videos. I know she can be an absolute asshole terror from what I’ve seen on The Biggest Loser, and I wouldn’t mind an occasional insult or bash while I struggle through her side plank crunch things in her six week 6 pack video. (those will be the death of me)


Another confession – I like doing her workouts barefoot.

I snap chat too much. It may be a problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if my friends unfriend me soon on there.

...

HOWEVER, a good app that I’ve fallen in love with that is actually productive and helping me to do something with my life – Duolingo (thanks Les). Currently I’m working on sharpening back up my Spanish skills – I was one class away from minoring in it in college, and figured I may as well start getting ready for Puerot Rico, right??
                   

It’s free, has several different language options, and is actually really fun. Try it!

I hate washing my sheets. I do it, don’t get me wrong, I understand it’s politically correct or whatever. But after every time I wash them I feel it takes a couple nights to break them in again. Does anyone else feel me on this one? I get the vibe that most people love the feeling of clean sheets – don’t worry Bri and Jase, I’m washing my sheets for you guys as we speak – but I’m just not on that train.

A (good) confession – I‘ve gotten back in the habit of adding mint and lemon (and sometimes lime) to my water. I normally let it sit overnight to get maximum flavor the next day.  It looks a little weird - someone asked me at work last week why I had lettuce in my water – but I love it.


I confess, this may be the last time you guys hear from me for a couple days again. Sister time is sister time – there’s no room for blogging interruptions.

Confess something to me. Then be jealous that I only have one more work day left (after today).  

Cheers –
K8

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Cleaning & Stuff

I don’t get to say this very often, so I will right now. This week freaking flew by.

Guys it’s Friday. Let’s start with a workout, shall we?

On Wednesday it was warm out after work and I was fully prepared to completely punt on my afternoon workout and have an early date night on a patio with some wine. However, Andrew text me around 5 telling me he was about to head to the gym, so I pouted for a few minutes and then decided I may as well get a workout in as well.


After some brief Pinterest scanning, I got a few ideas, made my own modifications and came up with this:

15/30 Min. Total Body Sweat Sesh



I did this twice through, with a water break in between, coming out to 30 mins total. The second time around I did the second exercise listed just to mix it up. Feel free to alter depending what equipment you have on hand. I turned up the music, jumped around my room like a moron, and am proud to say that I'm sore today.

#success

The workout was actually followed by date night, during which we ate pizza in a park, and I discovered that the trees are starting to bud…



#spring

Another Pinterest success – these guys:


I made them on Monday night and have been snacking on them all week. They. Are. Delicious. I made them with turkey bacon (no reason in particular) and highly recommend them if 1. You love bacon 2. You love paleo 3. You love bacon

A new addition to my April to-do list is to clean out my closet (yes, just like the Eminem song) and pull out those warmer weather clothes. And maybe even buy some new spring-wear. However, per a recent conversation with my sister, I realized I have more catching up to do than I thought…

Bri: crop tops and kimonos ALL SUMMER
ALL SPRING
ALL FALL MAYBE EVEN
nah kimonos will prob be out by fall
my dream kimono is at urban but its 80 dollars and i dont deserve
i search state street and michigan avenue consistently for another perfect kimono but cannot find
im on a failing kimono hunt
kcomiskey: i dont know what a kimono is
Bri: sigh
this is the summer of kimonos so you need to learn
its basically see through flowy things youll wear over croptops
kcomiskey: oh yes i saw one at target once i liked it


I suppose I’m on the market for a kimono. And a croptop. Seeing that I own neither.

Any direction in this fashion issue is more than welcome. Tell me, what spring cleaning tasks do you have on your list?

Cheers to kimonos?


Kait

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shrieking & Streaking - Confessions Part Dos

HAPPY WEDNESDAY. Why is Wednesday spelled so weird? Hopefully your April is off to a spectacular start, and opening day was kind to your team. I know it was to mine (GO SOX!)

Anywho, Wednesdays = halfway = hump day = hump day confessions.


Ready?

So far this week I’ve been able to open my sunroof both days. It made me SO HAPPY, I cranked some country music, threw on my shades and sang at the top of my lungs. I was so happy I even thought about making a video for you all, but realized you probably don’t want your days ruined by my shrieking. Or my streaking.

I’m in love with Starbucks new brew – the Tribute blend. It’s like a dark-cherry-spice-tasty-thing – I think that’s actually the exact descriptor on the bag. I grabbed a venti (shame) for the plane ride home this past weekend, and enjoyed every last drop. Go try it.


Let’s jump from liquids to solids – I’m OBSESSED with QuestBars. I know I jumped on this train a bit late, but I love them for a solid protein option before or after a workout, or to make a tasty mock-dessert after dinner. The other night I baked the chocolate chunk flavor for a few minutes with almond butter wrapped in the middle. I cried tears of joys while I ate it.


Joy. Tears of joy.
If only they didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

I want to know why my face still randomly decides to break out like I’m a 16 year old. If you would have told me in high school I would still occasionally be dealing with this crap at age 26, I would have punched you square in the face.

My countdown app is near and dear to my heart. I consistently keep it updated, and when I want something to cheer me up I just stare at it for an hour minute or so. 




The one thing that I’m a little resistant towards with the onset of warm weather is taking my bike off my trainer. I love the option of spinning and watching something on my laptop, while occasionally hoping off for some jump roping/abs, whatever. I know deep down inside as it continues to get warmer that I should take Beth off her trainer and do some laps in the park instead, but the lazy side of me wants to just keep her on the trainer.


THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH KIDS THESE DAYS. WAY TOO MUCH TIME IN FRONT OF SCREENS.

Yesterday was my pup’s second birthday, and I feel bad that I didn’t give her a shout out in my Tuesday Post, so I’ll do it here instead. Happy Bday Jane!



That’s a wrap. Time to confess something to me, ready go.

Cheers –


Kait