How’s your week going so far? Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who entered my blogiversary giveaway last week. The randomly selected winner is Cydney. Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you shortly via email to get your deets. For everyone else, don’t be sad because it’s giveaway city here on the blog this month and I’ve got yet another one for you today. But first… we must talk food.
1. Recipe of the Week. Compared to the average person, I don’t think I eat out at restaurants very often. Special occasions and blogger meet-ups aside, the majority of my meals are made by yours truly. While I thoroughly enjoy the social side that comes with dining out, I really enjoy cooking, both for myself and others. However, for those meals that take place in restaurants, I tend to gravitate towards my favourites and those are usually in the fish and seafood part of the menu.
Going in, I’ll have every intention of being adventurous and ordering something like mussels or lobster that I rarely prepare at home (either because it’s a lot of work or because I’d rather leave it to someone who knows what they’re doing.) But as soon as I see that there’s salmon or tuna, those intentions fall apart.
At that point, I’m left dealing with a tough decision: Tuna or salmon? Salmon is so gorgeous and rich, and tastes freakin’ amazing when grilled on a cedar plank (which by the way, if I had to choose a last meal, that would be it). But tuna – especially seared ahi tuna caught out off the coast of BC and thrown into a gorgeous ahi tuna salad like this one I ate last summer has me salivating, just at the thought of it. Unfortunately though, tuna is a big fish and therefore has that whole mercury problem, and in order to limit exposure to heavy metals, salmon usually wins the battle.
I put this recipe together last weekend while feeling particularly reminiscent about my holiday last year to BC for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon 2013. I have every intention of making this year’s SeaWheeze just as memorable, and while planning all of the fun adventures, I’d like to sit here and devour this Sea Goddess Bowl.
It’s a delicious, vibrant mixture of greens, edamame, shredded carrot, avocado, peanuts and seaweed, topped with a pan-fried salmon fillet. Rather than using gobs of oil for the salmon, I simply cooked it in some of the ginger-miso dressing that I used later to pour over the entire bowl. Oh, and if seaweed freaks you out a bit – don’t worry – it’s really good for you! Super high in iodine, it provides great support for the thyroid and it’s pretty darn tasty too. I used dried wakame here, and soaked it in warm water for about 5 minutes before draining it and adding it to the rest of the mix. Easy peasy!
2. Tommie Copper Compression Socks and Capris. I wouldn’t consider myself a total gearhead when it comes to workouts. I tend to stick with the basics – my iPod, proper shoes, breathable clothes, and when running outside, my Garmin. Sometimes I’ll go for ‘naked runs’ – as in, no electronics at all. However, recently I’ve been fortunate enough to receive some really high-quality compression gear from some great companies. One in particular, Tommie Copper, asked if I’d like to try some of their copper-infused clothing and since I’d been curious about the brand for a while, I agreed. They hooked me up with some performance compression capris and their athletic calf socks, both of which I’ve been testing out for the past week.
So what makes Tommie Copper different from other compression wear? Well first, let’s chat about what compression gear does in general (because up until this year, I was a newbie myself). In a nutshell, compression clothing helps to support and stabilize your muscles. Thanks to the lovely force of gravity, fluid can build up in the muscles (during and after exercise, as well as with other repetitive movements) leading to muscle soreness and stiffness. If you’ve ever experienced DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), you’ll know how unpleasant this is!
The tightness of compression clothing squeezes the blood vessels (for example, in your legs) which forces them to open, allowing more blood and oxygen into the compressed muscle. When you’re running or doing any other activity that causes your muscles to jiggle around, tight compression clothes help things to stay stable and help to clear metabolic waste, which supposedly prevents the muscle fibres from breaking down. This makes the gear a good idea for both during and post-workout situations. According to this source, there isn’t a hard conclusion that compression clothing definitely works, but there has been a lot of research that suggests it does.
And what about all this copper business? This is what’s different about Tommie Copper clothing (the brand’s compression line, the Active-Fit gear which fits more loosely, and the new women’s Innergywear Agility line coming this spring):
- Activated copper is permanently infused into the fabric
- Copper has been used in medicine for thousands of years (often for osteoarthritis), and is one of the nutrients found in our bodies – mostly in bones and muscles
- It is believed to releases ions that provide anti-microbial protection, skin benefits, increased muscle & joint performance, pain relief and recovery, and help you feel better in general
- The clothes can be worn during sports, but also during every-day activities
Olympic Sprinters, NFL, NHL, and NBA players wear Tommie Copper gear, so I figured that if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. Coincidentally, eating copper-rich foods was something my naturopath recommended when we were chatting about my iron deficiency because our bodies need copper to produce and store iron. With that in mind, I figure I might as well be trying out some copper-infused clothes!
First up: the compression socks. They look like this:
I wore them all day after my 10-mile run on Friday, taking them off just before going to bed. While they were quite difficult to get on thanks to their tightness (which I suppose is the whole point!) the socks were really comfortable. They’re marked with a L and R to indicate which foot each needs to go on, and didn’t feel too tight at any point during the day.
When I took them off before bed, my calves didn’t feel any different than usual. However, when I woke up the next morning with legs feeling way more fresh than usual the day after an outdoor 10-miler, I was pretty excited. I’m pretty sure these are going to be a big part of my recovery routine as I train for my races this year, in addition to my usual stretching, foam rolling, and eating optimally to speed up the process.
Next, the compression capris:
I wore these on the weekend for my 3-hour drive home from my mum’s house, then again to the gym on Tuesday for a 1-hour bike and weight lifting session. They fit much more loosely than some of my other compression capris/tights, but I’m wondering if maybe I just need to order a smaller size. Regardless, they were really comfortable, soft, and being the pink-a-holic that I am, it’s no surprise that I loved the colour. One of the cool features of these capris is that the fabric has a sun protection rating of UPF 50+, as well as anti-bacterial and fungal protection which is very important when it comes to being sweaty on a bike!
Have you tried compression clothes before, or Tommie Copper gear? Whether you’re a compression newbie or you wear it from head to toe already, here’s a chance for you to get some. One lucky winner will receive their choice of any Tommie Copper garment available on the brand’s website (except for jackets).
Here’s how to enter:
- Mandatory – Leave a comment on the post telling me which product you’d like to try most.
- Bonus – tweet about the giveaway, mentioning @eatspinrunrpt, #tommiecopper, #Innergywear, and #liferecharged. If you’d like, you can use this tweet that I’ve written for you, or create your own.
- Bonus – pin the product to Pinterest and provide the link to your pin in a comment.
- Bonus – re-post the Tommie Copper compression sock image I’ve put up on Instagram and tag it with @eatspinrunrpt, #tommiecopper, and #innergywear.
This giveaway is open to anyone in Canada and the US and closes on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at midnight EST. The winner will be announced first thing on Monday morning.
Good luck! 🙂