This weekend I did a few things that I have never done before. First, I went to a Starbucks. I donated blood a few weeks ago, and the American Red Cross sent me a 5$ gift card to the coffee chain. C and I were doing some grocery shopping at our local Safeway Saturday morning. This Safeway happens to have a Starbucks in it, so we decided to get some breakfast. Knowing that everything there has way too much fat for fat-phobic me, my only option was a low-fat blueberry muffin. (Being more daring, C ordered a butter croissant and a hot chocolate.) Checking their website this morning revealed surprising results: the low-fat blueberry muffin is not only "lower" in fat, but actually low fat! It had just under 300 calories, but only 1.5 grams of fat. I'm impressed. (C's croissant, on the other hand, packed 390 calories and 20 grams of fat, and the hot chocolate had 450 calories and 24 grams of fat. Wow.) But as a non-coffee drinker and as a person who tries to support locally-owned businesses as much as possible, I don't think I'll be returning.
Later that afternoon, I experienced my second first of the day. I have been experiencing some knee pain which my doctor thinks may be a combination of torn tendons and a small tear in the hamstring muscle. He recommended staying away from long-distance runs, and trying "water running." So C and I went to our local pool (I was too embarrassed to go alone), and I tried out the water running. I had to rent a buoyancy belt, but other than that, no extra props are needed. Basically, you just get in the water and run. I did it for almost an hour, but it wasn't until the last 15 minutes that I actually felt my heart rate rising, probably due to the fact that I actually started "running" harder. It was definitely interesting, and I'm considering taking some sort of water running or water aerobics class just to supplement my running. Thankfully my knee is feeling better today (maybe 70%) so hopefully today's run won't kill all the good that the water running did.
And my last semi-first of the weekend was that during the post-water-running shower, I used conditioner in my hair. I haven't used conditioner in my hair for over one year, thanks to advice from a hairdresser. I was amazed at how easy it was to put the pick through my hair after the shower, but other than that, I saw no benefit. I won't be returning to this.