Morning! I am having some problems with both Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful, so if you recently e-mailed me, it might take a me while to get back to you. Silly blogs! Technology hates me.
Breakfast, however, was delicious:
I had a bowl of banana oatmeal. I canâ€™t believe I didnâ€™t try oatmeal until I was 22! What was I thinking?
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: granola, flax, and blackberries
I love using the little appetizer spoons from Crate and Barrel to eat things like ice cream, yogurt and granola, and oatmeal. It forces me to slow down and enjoy my food.
Plus, wheatgrass and coffee:
While I ate, I stared at these pretty flowers that Ryan brought me last night. Isnâ€™t that sweet? Ryan is such a nice person.
Holly recently e-mailed me to ask, â€œI was wondering if you had any thoughts/info on "safety devices" for running. Now that it gets darker earlier, I get a little nervous about my evening runs in the dark. I’ve looked online and seen combo whistles/pepper sprays on lanyards for female runners, but I was curious whether you or any other blog readers might have any other suggestions.â€
I get this question a lot, and I think itâ€™s wonderful that women are proactive and concerned about their safety when exercising outdoors. When I run alone in the dark, I make sure Iâ€™m wearing light-colored clothes and I wear a blinking light that clips onto my shirt. I also always wear my RoadID. I think itâ€™s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings and keep your music turned low.
Obviously, Iâ€™m more concerned about being hit by a car than mugged, so I didnâ€™t have any good suggestions for Holly about safety devices for protection.
Do you carry pepper spray, a taser, or a similar safety device while running? What brand? What other steps do you take to ensure your personal safety when exercising outdoors? Hereâ€™s to hoping no one ever needs to use any of their safety gear!