So you know when you hear all the advice or see the cool pictures on Pinterest and think, “Hey! I should do that!” but then you immediately forget all about it and go about your boring life? Well I had been doing that for awhile and I wanted to share a few smart things I’d never done before the past few weeks. These are game-changers folks.
1. Oatmeal in a Crockpot
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Instead of making up a little pot of oatmeal 4-5 days a week on Sunday or Monday night I throw all the ingredients in a crockpot and wake up to delicious oatmeal. Then I stick it in the fridge and just have to reheat it and add my fruit every morning.
My simple recipe:
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
3 cups water
2 cups almond milk (or whatever type of milk rocks your socks)
Hearty sprinkle of salt
1 T Butter
1 T cinnamon
3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1-2 T flaxseed
1 T-1/4 cup sweetener (optional)
Spray large (I use a 7 quart) crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. (My 7 quart fills about halfway) Stir gently. Place on warm and let cook overnight 9-10 hours; if you sleep more like 6 hours then feel free to bump it up to low. My disclaimer here is that I have only ever used the warm setting for approximately 9 hours—it turns out perfect!
2. Foam Roller
Oh yeah, since I started running everyone has said “Get a foam roller” and “Oh yeah, I foam roller after every long run”. Well after having issues with my IT Band I finally broke down and bought one!
It is as painful as everyone said it was, but it had really loosened up my IT band—I’m not sure if it has done enough magic for me to still complete my marathon, but guaranteed next time around I will be romancing the foam roller hard.
3. Flavored Water
Yesterday on a whim I add raspberries and lemon to a pitcher of water and left it to chill in the fridge. A few hours later I was sipping on the most amazing tasting concoction—it was light and refreshing, I could taste the lemon and the raspberry, but they didn’t over power each other and I felt super-fancy. Water for the win.
4. Get Fitted for Running Shoes at a Specialty Running Store
Will you pay a bit more? Most likely. Will it be worth every penny to have a trained associate, who knows about running and is a runner spend quality time with you helping you find the perfect shoe? Heck yes! This is now my TOP recommendation to new runners, I can’t believe how long I waited to do this and the blisters I suffered from ill-advised shoe choices.Get thee to a running store and bring your friends with you! My friend Cindy, in the below photo has gotten her first taste of Gazelle Sports sweetness! The employee helping her actually gave her a discount to keep her old shoes to use as an example of poor shoe choice/waiting too long to get new shoes. Ha!
What smart thing do you wish you’d done sooner?