My day today began at 5 a.m. when the alarm clock blared and Ryan and I seriously debated sleeping in. I knew I would feel better after a workout and tried to psych myself up as we drove to the gym. Thankfully I started to get into my grove when I was about 10 minutes into my workout.
Today’s gym session began on the stair master with an interval workout that looked like this:
It was a good one and I was super sweaty by the end of it! I finished my workout with some strength training that focused on my shoulders and calves.
Reebok Nano Speed Review
During my workout I wore my new Reebok Nano Speed sneakers that I absolutely adore.
These are, hands down, my favorite Reebok shoes to date. Through our ongoing partnership, I’ve been able to try a handful of their sneakers and I feel like these shoes are perfectly suited to my workouts. Plus, they are so darn comfy! (I think they fit true to size, but I talked with Anne who also works with Reebok and she thinks they run a little big.)
Like the Nanos, the Nano Speed is lightweight and has a low heel to toe drop, but the main difference I noticed between the two shoes is the flexibility of the sole. The sole in the Nano Speed shoe is much more flexible than the traditional Nanos which I really appreciate for workouts that incorporate short bouts of running. The low profile still allows me to feel very stable during exercises like squats and lunges, but the flexibility in the sole makes them a better fit for me during boot camp workouts that incorporate some running. I’m a big fan!
I also like the way they feel as just a casual sneaker outside of my traditional workouts. I wore the Nano Speeds all over the Outaouais region of Canada zip lining and on a short hike in Gatineau Park and my feet felt comfortable the entire time.
Sometimes when I wear traditional running shoes for activities other than running, I feel like they are too bulky, so the Nano Speeds are a great alternative for me.
Once Ryan and I made it home from the gym, it was time for food.
On the menu for today was a batch of scrambled eggs with chicken sausage and a Jazz apple on the side.
I ate breakfast as I typed up my morning blog post and then hopped in the shower to rinse off before heading out to a doctor’s appointment.
Two weeks ago I scheduled an appointment with an allergist. Back in July I had an allergic reaction that freaked me out and then I actually had another allergic reaction a few weeks later that never made it on the blog. I made an appointment with an allergist to see if we could uncover what set off my reactions.
After the doctor asked me a series of questions, he scraped an “X” mark on my back and asked me some more questions before checking my back. He told me that the scrape he performed on my back caused my skin to raise, indicating that I have dermatographism, a condition that occurs in 4 to 5 percent of the population. The skin of those with dermatographism becomes raised and inflamed when it is scratched because mast cells on the surface of the skin release histamines without the presence of antigens.
As for what exactly caused me to break out into hives during my first allergic reaction and experience hives and slight difficulty breathing during my second reaction, the doctor said it will likely never be uncovered. I’ve never had any sort of reactions to food in my entire life and he said that testing patients like me rarely uncovers anything at all. It’s kind of confusing to me, but we have a follow-up appointment in four weeks where I’ll be able to ask more questions. It was an interesting morning!
Question of the Afternoon
- Have you ever been to an allergist?
- Are you allergic to anything?
I am not severely allergic to anything that I know of, but dust, pollen and cats make me sneeze like crazy. They also make my eyes water and the back of my throat itch. No fun!