My 5 Favorite Ways to #TurnItGreen & REPREVE


Thanks to REPREVE for sponsoring today’s post!

Remember how I mentioned REPREVE a few weeks ago and all the cool things they’re doing, like my awesome hat made from plastic bottles?

Well I thought I would share some of my favorite ways of staying green! I don’t know about you, but reading about the glacier size plastic in our oceans, and all the drastic weather freaks me out. Besides yelling at anyone who throws out a plastic bottle, here’s my favorites of how I try to stay a little more green.

1. Recycling – That’s a given! It makes me feel good about myself and compared to trash pick up, it’s free in Malden. The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled.

2. Brita Filter + Soda Stream – Not only is my seltzer tastier but I don’t have to go through plastic bottles and cans. Also, since I have everything I need in my house to make seltzer, we no longer need to make trips to the store to buy some. Less driving, less gas!

3. Taking the train instead of driving – Cheaper, and better for the environment. Even though sometimes I really hate the train. Okay most of the times.

4. Runmute – Running instead of driving to work. Get to work, while getting your exercise in. With all the traffic, it takes just as long to run 8 miles as it does to drive!

5. Wearing REPREVE  Cute, WARM and made out of recycled bottles. REPREVE is what turns 6 recycled plastic bottles into a green beanie that keeps you warm and protects you in the winter weather. You can even wear your REPREVE while on your runmute!

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REPREVE will also take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).

Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will also hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green. So if you’re there, check it out!

REPREVE #TurnItGreen X Games contest:

Dates: Jan. 1-31
Grand Prize: $5,000 cash

To celebrate the X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the #TurnItGreen hashtag.

How to Enter

Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, you will be entered into a sweepstakes where five entries will be randomly selected as the Top Five. Those five will be voted on by visitors to Repreve[dot]com where the image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other four video entries will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $350).”

How will you turn it green? I read this post about picking up some bottles on a runmute. I’m thinking of trying this out myself on my next one. Or maybe next time I’m on an easy run on a trail.

My new haircut – 5 Things Weekend

1. Remember when my hair used to be up to my waist?

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Well it’s no longer attached to me head

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2. A visit to my parents came with an interesting alarm clock

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But that wasn’t enough to get me to go run outside with the freak snow storm that came around

3. My favorite meal of the weekend was my dinner at Bogota Latin Bistro

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Tony got Paella Bogota Latin Bistro Cat Fish

I got Jalapeno grilled cat fish. It was one of the best things I ate in a while.

4. Did you know that cough drops come with life advice now?

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5. During one of my many meals in my car (the drive from Boston to Brooklyn and back is a long way) I tried Fresh City as one of the road stops.

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I got the Thai Chicken Burrito Bowl. Aside from the disgusting blob of “peanut sauce” the rest of the dish was tolerable.

 

How was your weekend? Tell me one thing!

Fit Gear for the New Year – Koss Headphones Review

This post is sponsored by Koss and Fitfluential. All opinions are my own.

I haven’t had the greatest start to the new year. I got a sinus/ear infection. I lost my phone and I went through two pairs of headphones within a week. Luckily, Amazon has pretty good customer service, so I was able to get a refund, but I still had a problem. I had no headphones. For 4 out of the 6 days I run, I tend to be on a treadmill. If the weather is bad, the number could be 6 out of the 6 days. Treadmill running without headphones is like trying to cut something with a butter knife. Can you do it? Yea, but it’s so dull, why bother.

Luckily, I think things are turning around! I had a chance to try out some Koss Headphones! The people from Koss sent me two different styles, the fit buds and the fit clips. These headphones are designed by women, for women. Koss’s female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dana Torres to create them, with active women in mind. They come in fun colors and are reasonably priced.

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The Fit buds are 33% smaller than any earbud Koss has ever created. Both the buds and clips are sweat resistant and come in three different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit.

To be honest, I couldn’t get the fit buds to fit into my ears perfectly. I have never been able to fit any type of earbud into my ear. I don’t think it’s them it’s me; because everyone else in my house loved the fit buds. Maybe my ears come from a special alien life force? They did work well enough on my bike trainer, but when I started running, my ears were just too small. Or I like to pretend I’m too fast for ear buds to keep up with me.

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The fit clips; however, I’m obsessed with. After switching to the smallest ear cushion, they fit perfectly into my ear. They even block out some sound so I can focus on my teen dramas and need for speed instead of my own huffing and puffing of the treadmill clunking.

I even took them on my 20 miler to make sure I can wear them during RnR NOLA Marathon! They passed the test.

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Who needs a smartphone when you got an Ipod with a 2003 playlist?!

Besides the fit and lovely color, I noticed a few more differences between Koss and my other headphones (Phillips and Sony both around the same price range as these) that I used.

1. I don’t get static shock anymore. I’m not sure if that’s because they’re sweatproof, but my other 2 brands of headphones would static shock me once in a while just to trip me up. Or maybe it’s because I sweat like a beast. Hard running = hard sweating.

2. The wires seemed to be coated to last better. Since I run and hold my phone, I tend to twist the wires in all sorts of directions until the metal wires are poking and breaking through the casing. So far, the headphone wires seemed to be sturdier and holding up.

3. While they still seem to tangle up just like my others; the untangling process seems to be easier and faster then my old headphones. I think it has to do the with wire casing.

I’m officially converted to Koss. The headphones have been added to my nightly ritual where I pack a fresh set of running clothes, my Iphone (Ipod for now), socks and headphones to not forget anything the next morning.

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You can purchase your own Koss Fit Series headphones at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Kmart, and Sears for $29.99.

What’s your latest and greatest fit gear of 2014 so far? Koss Fit Clip headphones. I love the color and the fit.

What kinda headphones are you currently using? After having a Sony and Phillips (each about $20) break on me in one week, I’m using the Koss fit clips.

Weekly Recap – RnR NOLA Training

Mother nature is a fickle thing in Boston. If it’s sunny and beautiful, chances are the ground is covered in 2 feet of snow and anything that cleared up, is frozen into black ice. If it hits 50 degrees, well then you better prepare for pouring rain. 45? And sunny? Guess what, you better watch out, there’s 25MPH wind coming straight against you. But worry not, at least that wind may help you in the opposite direction. Of course, chances are by the time you turn around to make you way home, the wind will have changed directions to continue your battle against you.

New England winters… they never get boring.

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – 8 Miles
Incline 2, 7:39 pace. I was still in full on Sinus infection mood, but luckily, all I need to do is run for a little bit before my sinuses clear up.

Wednesday – 8 Miles
Incline 3, 7:52 pace. I don’t know how I was able to keep up the speed while on incline 3. Must be the rest for not doubling up on runs.

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Thursday – 10 Miles
Incline 2, 7:42 average pace. Once again, with lower mileage, I was able to hit up faster speed. Killed 8 miles just under an hour and cooled down with 2 more easier miles.

Friday – 4 Miles
I was planning on running 9, but with the stress of my missing phone, I ran an easy 4 miles in the evening at home at about 7:45 pace. I was drained and dead after the 4 miles.

Saturday – 13.25 Miles
It looked dark and misty outside. Weather was approaching 50 and humid. Actually, it was amazing to run in a tshirt and capris. I didn’t know how many miles I would get in before I would have to turn out to go home from the rain. It was also the first time in almost half a decade that I left my house without a phone. No music, just me, my garmin and my breathing. I was going to try to hold out for 10 miles, but the 13 came easier than I thought. I wanted to go for 15, but decided to save some energy in the tank for Sunday. Before I even got a chance to shower, it started to thunder and pour outside. Average pace was about 8:05 as I tried to main comfortable effort.

Saturday Run

Sunday – 20.2 Miles
Tony promised me a long run on Sunday so we set out. We ran together for about 9 miles at about a 9 minutes pace. He got cold and went to finish his run on the treadmill. I on the other hand had no desire to miss out on the 40s weather. 40s is a heatwave in my book, even if it did come with 25 mile winds. Instead, I gathered up my ancient Ipod with my awesome new headphones and headed out for 11 more by my lonesome self. Rocked out to Glee cover songs and tried to pick up some speed. However, after being on on my feet for 90 minutes, it was definitely harder to run faster. I don’t think I believe in negative splitting, no matter what I read! Average speed came to 8:38 for the 20 miler.

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Total – 63.45

Total Feels – A little sore

I’m not sure if it was picking up the pace on tired legs on my 20 miler that made me tired or the double back long runs. Either way the quads are feeling a little sore today.

How did your weekend go?

Core Power Fitness Kit Giveaway

And within a blink of an eye it’s Sunday night! I haven’t gotten my cell phone back, nor a replacement yet but to be honest, I’ve enjoyed my disconnected weekend a little bit. I went on two long runs this weekend. One in complete silence and one with an old ipod. It was old school, but I survived back then and I’ll survived the next few weeks.

I also got some fun mail this weekend! A fitness kit from Core Power just in time to start making those 2014 fitness goals. I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for Core Power and of course accepted it.  Core Power has been named the “Official Protein drink of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic .” If it’s good enough for Olympic elite athletes, it’s good enough for me!

Core Power

What exactly is Core Power? A Chicago based protein drink that launched nationally in Jul 2013. Core Power is a real milk protein drink made from fresh, lowfat, lactose-free milk and real honey. It’s optimum protein to carb ratio and nutrient-rich profile make for the perfect last stage of every workout. From endurance sports and bodybuilding to running, yoga and cross-fit, Core Power helps you recover faster, build lean muscle and stay at the top of your game. No matter which game you happen to play whether you’re an Olympian or just trail the back of the pack.

Core Power® is available in two varieties: the CORE version has 26 grams of protein and 240 calories, and the LIGHT version has 20 grams of protein and 150 calories. Core Power® CORE is available in vanilla, chocolate and banana while Core Power® LIGHT is available in chocolate and strawberry banana.

5 Olympic Bottles

Our household favorite flavor is Vanilla. It tastes just like melted down vanilla ice cream. In fact, at first we couldn’t figure out how they got all that protein in there! It tasted so creamy and delicious that I forgot I was drinking protein! We couldn’t believe how it turned out to be so delicious, so I asked!

NO powdered protein added – Yup it all comes from fresh milk!

80% Casein 20% Whey – The same combo that’s naturally found in milk

Lactose Free – Most lactose is reduced through a filtration system and the rest converted to sugar through enzyme process

Real Cane Sugar – As far as I could tell, no HFC, or corn sugar or whatever they call it nowadays

Combined, it makes for a lovely treat after 3 hours of running! So while I may never compete in the Olympics, I can sure train like one with my new kit!

Get Fit

Included in the kit is a Camelbak insulated water bottle, workout towel, stability ball, really awesome duffle bag with enough compartments for even a triathlete, and yoga mat.

Also, for the entire month of January you can get $5 off a case of Core Power on Amazon

And be sure to check out their blog for some great recipes and a New Year workout.

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Sad day

Tragedy happened! I lost my phone. Somewhere between leaving my house when I remember tweeting, to falling on a patch of ice, to getting on the train when I looked for it to play candy crush.

Worst case scenario, it’s broken in a snow covered ditch somewhere.

Best Case Scenario, a kind person/soul NEIGHBOR is going to turn it to the police or respond to one of the gazillion text I sent it today.

So far, I’m tracking it through icloud and work (they can locate it when it connects to their servers) and it has been offline all day even though it was fully charged this morning.

I’ve only had it for 7 months and we had a very deep maybe too strong of a relationship.

I’m still having phantom urges to go into my purse and grab it. To check the weather, instagram what I just ate, or jam out to some tunes.

I’d post a photo of me looking really sad, but I don’t have a phone to it with.

Inle Lake – Visiting the shops and the view from the top

Even before landing in Heho, the airport closest to Inle Lake, my camera was already filling up with photos.

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The taxi ride (about 25 USD) was a breathing taking hour ride through the mountains of the Shan state. We switched around as we made our way down to the lake.

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We drove by part of the lake, but only a small tease of what would see over the next few days.

We decided to try to bike around the lake, but the road doesn’t so much go around the lake, as it does around mountains, and vineyards and country roads. Sounds lovely, right? Only you’re still in a developing country, so your bikes are old cruisers, the road is an old country roads half crumbling, and you’re sharing it with trucks and tractors that blast past you. O and it’s really hot. It was lovely, but after a few hours we got tired and hired a boat man to take us around the lake.

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Tony negotiating. I tried to convince him we should just continue biking, but luckily he won. For $15 we had a boat for the rest of the day.

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Since we also had a full day of boating the next day, with ruins and markets, we decided it would be okay if we visited some tourist traps, I mean factories/shops.

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The first shop was a lotus making facility.

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It was actually a pretty cool sight to watch.

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Next we stopped by a metal works and watched some silver making.

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Afterwards we made over to the boat making shop where the tourist friendly price for your own boat was $3,000.

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Our final factory/shop was the Kayan women silk factory, which I found a little creepy.

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There are many ideas regarding why the coils are worn. Some anthropologists suggest the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes. Contrastingly it has been theorised that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive by exaggerating sexual dimorphism, as women have more slender necks than men. Kayan women, when asked, acknowledge these ideas, and often say that their purpose for wearing the rings is cultural identity (one associated with beauty). However, when it comes to Inle Lake, I think a large part of it has to do with the tourist revenue.

Final Tips

Boat rentals are easily negotiable, especially after 10AM when most tourists are already out on the lake. I heard people pay anywhere from up to 60USD for the day. We paid 15USD for a boat from 2PM til past sunset with just me and Tony.

Overall, if you have some extra time to kill, visiting the tourist factories/shops is a fun way to kill an hour or two, but the prices there are definitely 5 times higher than the normal tourist price you would get at the market.

Check out my other posts on Myanmar (with many more to come!)
Yangon –  Airport Rides and Botataung Pagoda
Mandalay – Mandalay Palace & Mandalay Hill