Today I ran nine miles, and saved a life. Feeling like superwoman today!

I woke up early this morning to get my long run in before I partook in this morning’s adventure. I was a little anxious the night before so I didn’t sleep too well, but that didn’t stop me from finishing my 9 mile run for my training plan this week! Today was tough though and my warm bed almost won our morning ritual of trying to tempt me to stay in bed instead of venturing out into the chilly morning. Especially since it’s been very rainy lately. But once again, I knew I wouldn’t regret leaving my cozy comforter for my neon running shoes. I’m a believer that if I wear super bright colors while I’m running that first, it will prevent me from being hit by moving vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. And second, it’s added motivation to get out and get in an awesome workout. How can you not feel motivated by neon green, electric blue, and lemon yellow?

Because it was tough to get out the door this morning, I knew my playlist had to have incredibly high energy to keep my feet from dragging. Typically in the mornings I like to ease into my playlist with something light and upbeat, a little melancholy, and thought provoking. And slowly work my way into upbeat, energetic music. I wasn’t messing around today and started my morning off with some of my favorite go to songs to get my energy up.

Telephone– Lady Gaga

Avicci– Levels

Blue Suede Shoes (From the Viva Elvis Cirque Du Soleil) – Elvis

Technologic– Daft Punk

Everybody Dance Now (remix)– Bob Sinclar

Woohoo ft. Nicki Minaj– Christina Aguilera

Lights (Bassnectar Remix)- Ellie Goulding

Let Me Think About It– Ida Corr vs Fredde Le Grande 

I couldn’t resist busting this about halfway throuh   Sexy and I know it– LMFAO

Hello– Karmin

Die Another Day– Madonna

You Oughta Know– Alanis Morissette

Stronger– Kelly Clarkson

Push it– Salt N Pepa

This is one of those songs that I find myself jamming out to while I’m running or really any time it comes on. Lips start to mouth the words, then I’ll get a little head bobbing going on and before I know it my fingers start pointing and my hands start dancing and “pushing” during the chorus. I’m sure it’s quite the show for the drivers that pass me, and even more so for the other pedestrians who actually get to enjoy the show for an extended period of time.

Piece of Me– Brittany Spears

All My Life– Foo Fighters

Keep Up– Hyper Crush

It was just one of those days where I needed all the energy boosters I could get!

I raced home (literally, because I realized I was “pushing” it for time. Salt N Pepa can just be so distracting!) and got ready to head to campus with my roommate Ellie to join…..

the Red Cross Blood Drive

One thing I mentioned on my bucket list is that I want to donate blood one day. Two factors have played into preventing this from happening.

1. Needles freak me out. I have yet to go to a doctor’s appointment alone when I know there is the possibility of a shot or blood needing to be drawn.

2. Blood freaks me out. I sliced a tiny sliver off my thumb a few weeks ago when no one was home and was so distracted by the blood dripping out of my thumb (it was a gusher) that I started to space what you should do in that case. You should wrap it with a cloth and apply pressure to prevent it from bleeding. It took me a minute to get to that point but that just gives a little idea as to my feelings towards blood. I’d rather just think it will never leave my body.

Our other roommate had convinced us to give it a try since neither Ellie nor I had donated blood but had always wanted to. Without further hesitation we both made an appointment the night before and were headed in that next morning so there was no time to psych ourselves out.

Before going in, you are advised to drink plenty of water, have a protein rich meal, wear clothing that allows access to your forearm, maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet, and bring your id and a friend.

I didn’t have my protein rich breakfast until afterwards, but here’s what my breakfast looked like this morning!

Egg white scramble with brown rice, orange bell pepper, corn, and spices.

I took 4 egg whites and 1 yolk and started to scramble them in a pan. Then I added in 1/4 cup premade brown rice, 1/4 of a bell pepper, and 1/4 cup corn and scrambled them all together. I sprinkled a little taco seasoning and chili powder on top and enjoyed it with 1/4 of a fresh grapefruit and a cup of green tea. By the way, this meal is full of vitamin b because of the brown rice and eggs. I also enjoyed my Nalgene full of water since I needed to hydrate!

When we got in, we read several pamphlets on what to expect, what the blood is used for, restrictions from donating blood, and what to do after you donate blood. Then, we were taken into a little closed off desk where we were asked a series of questions  and a few tests to make sure we were healthy candidates. They tested our blood pressure and red blood cell count to make sure we weren’t iron deficient. The worst part for me was honestly the finger prick because it gives a little sting and makes a little gunshot noise. It’s not that bad, but because your fingers have more nerves on them, they are more sensitive.

Once we were approved, we were transferred to another room where they laid us down in a chair and propped up our arms. They cleansed our arm and used a new, sterile needle. I made sure to look the other way when they put mine in, I made the mistake of watching when Ellie’s needle was put in though! Then, they draw a pint of blood which takes about 6-8 minutes on average. For some reason my blood decided to start really slowly and the woman was concerned I wouldn’t be able to fill the bag without clotting. YIKES! She fixed a couple of things though and gave me a ball to squeeze which made it a much faster process and before I knew it I was good to go! You feel a little bit of a pinch as the needle slides in and another pinch as the needles comes out. Then, you place your arm over your head for 30 seconds, get all bandaged up, and are provided cookies and OJ while you rest for 10-15 minutes.

I’m currently in the middle of an intense bet with Luke on who can go the longest without our guilty pleasures. He has to go without fast food and I have to go without sweets and treats. Right around Halloween, too! No Reese’s and Swedish Fish for me. He had told me since I would need a little sugar after giving blood that this could be an exception to our bet, but I wasn’t about to back down that easily! For me, the orange juice was enough to get me going again.

Ellie and I were so happy after we had finished though! We even had to take a little celebration picture with our sweet bandages. After reading more, I learned that your body holds roughly 10 pints of blood, which means you are giving 10% of your blood when you  donate. But the effects that it has on other people’s lives are extraordinary.

After donating, you are advised to drink 24 extra ounces of non-alcoholic liquids and not to do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise the remainder of the day. So I decided to take a light afternoon to do some homework and fill you in on my experience donating blood! I would highly recommend it to anyone and advise you to definitely bring a friend because it makes it a much more enjoyable process and helps spread the word. You can find out more information or make an appointment on the American Red Cross website.

Much love and hugs!

Genevieve Marie

Random Fact of the Day

Did you know that one pint of blood could potentially save not just one but three lives? Every 2 seconds, there is someone who will need blood. As a donor, you can donate your blood every 56 days!

Did you also know that you  burn about 650 calories by donating blood? That explains why I wanted to eat everything in sight afterwards! I tried to look up more information on this and I couldn’t tell if this was over the course of the next two days while your body was working on replenishing your red blood cells. But I thought that was pretty interesting, all those intense workouts and all I needed to do was donate blood!

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Scream your head off, scare your pants off

      Another one of my favorite things about fall is corn mazes. Ever since my sister and I were little, my family has gone to different corn mazes and made quite the event out of it. Everything including hay rides to pick out our pumpkins to carve for the year, getting our faces painted, hot cocoa and apple cider, and of course goofy pictures to go along with our “corny” extravaganzas.

This year we started out with some of Mom’s delicious Chili Chicken Stew and decided to one up the other corn mazes by challenging ourselves to see if we could make it out of a haunted corn maze. Here’s the thing, I am the biggest scaredy cat known to mankind. When I was little, I ran into the living room to tell my parents to turn down the television because whatever it was they were watching sounded scary. It was a Toys “R” Us ® commercial. I was also the one who received a phone call while my friends and I were watching The Ring and there was nothing on the other line but heavy breathing. I was paranoid for months! Just a little background so you understand why this was going to be a huge challenge.

We layered up, grabbed some hot cocoa, and started venturing our way through the regular corn maze until the Field of Screams opened up. Then we proceeded to wait in line for what felt like forever. To my surprise, I was not even nervous. It helped that we had kettle corn and quite the entertainment with all the 14-year-old’s who were hyped up on sugar, lovey dovey couples who couldn’t keep their hands off one another, and some older women who were out for a ladies’ night and were very much enjoying themselves. We had no choice but to take some of the infamous goofy Nutting photos while we waited.

It wasn’t until I got up to the front of the line that I suddenly got butterflies in my stomach and slightly felt like I may have to go back and join the 12 years and under crowd. But in we went, my mom clasped onto my dad and I trying to clasp onto my sister who just wasn’t having it, initially. By the time we had made our way out of the Field of Screams, both my sister and mom had fallen face first over a corn-stalk and were flailing around on the ground, my dad was holding casual conversations with the chainsaw man, and I was attempting to discreetly walk/sprint out of the maze and into what I thought would be considered “base” once you made your way back into the real world. I was poorly mistaken. I realized once people were staring at me that one of the characters from the maze had chased me out and was continuing to breath down my neck with a chainsaw roaring in his hand as I tried to blend in with the crowd. I felt like at 4-year-old when I saw my family and started to run over to my dad in absolute terror of what had just taken place!

I wasn’t able to make either of the 3 DIY projects listed in my last blog, because I was busy making this masterpiece!

No, it’s not an abstract lamp shade and disregard the flower holder underneath it (this was the only way I could get it to stand up correctly). It’s a colorful, incredibly puffy tutu!

This weekend I am going to be running the Color Run with my mom and a group of friends. I told you about how bummed I was that my mom, sister, and I missed out on running our annual Women’s Fitness Celebration race. But I’ve been waiting years for the Color Run to come to Boise and have a feeling that after this year it may have to become another annual run. My mom and I decided we were going to get all decked out in crazy costumes. I won’t give away the rest of my costume but I was quite proud of my $11 masterpiece.

I bought an orange tutu that was premade because I didn’t think I would have time to make my own this week with the deadlines and projects that I have coming up. But once I tried the tutu on I decided it just wasn’t quite fluffy enough so I bought some extra tulle at the fabric store (which conveniently was 50% off for Halloween, double whammy!) and also found some extra fun gadgets to add to my colorful attire for the run. Then I cut the tulle into little strips and tied them in layers between pieces of the tutu that I had cut up individually as well. The final result? Well, you’ll have to see what it looks like in my post this weekend!

Tomorrow is going to be a BIG day for me because I get to cross something off my bucket list! It involves one of my biggest fears and making a difference all at the same time. Think you can guess what it is? I’ll let you know tomorrow how it goes!

Much love and hugs!

Genevieve Marie

Random Fact of the Day

Did you know that short periods of being afraid are actually a health benefit? The adrenaline increases your heart rate and oxygen and glucose are supplied to your muscles. It’s similar to a workout in that it increases your breathing rate and depth, similar to a cardiovascular workout. It also helps to relax you. This explains why I slept so well the night after being scared out of my mind at the Field of Screams!