Running and Reading: November 14 – 20, 2016

1) Have you ever considered using a mail-order genetic testing kit to find out, among other things, your ideal diet and genetic propensity to excel at athletics? These kits are fairly new to the market of “personalized medicine” (or least their sudden availability through both modern and conventional over-the-counter methods has made them seem new), but as one reader who tried over 5 concluded, they can sometimes be as confusing, overwhelming, and contradictory as healthcare management plans themselves seem to the average healthcare consumer. There’s a real opportunity to refine these tests based on what the consumer is looking to find out, so until then, I’ll just keep eating avocados and fish and hope for the best.

2) Two months ago, I ended my relationship with Twitter. I didn’t use it throughout the entire tumultuous Presidential campaign season or to tweet my thoughts about it afterwards, and, while I still tweet links externally, I don’t know that I’ll ever get back on it. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has seen the value of walking away from something that was a toxic pull on my life.

3) REI is busy promoting its #OptOutside campaign ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, which encourages people to ditch the insanity of Black Friday and get outdoors. I think it’s a great idea, but if you’re clueless about what to do in the great outdoors, many local parks (like the Delaware State Parks, which are offering free admission on Black Friday!) are posting ideas for you on how to take advantage of the movement. And I’m over here wishing I already owned that inflatable stand-up paddle-board that’s on my Christmas list and thinking this is an insanely great idea of how the public and private sectors can work together to champion a movement.

4) Nike just debuted a rose gold shoe collection that has me like yes, yes, and yes. There are only 5 pairs in its lineup, but I think these Metcon 2 training shoes ($130, Nike.com) would be just as fabulous for training as they would be for us working girls who have to wear black tights under our dresses in winter but don’t want to feel like dorks wearing athletic shoes with tights on our commutes. Bonus: you don’t have to carry a pair of cross-trainers for those off-season classes at the gym!

5) Every time I see a physical therapist for something else, I get an appreciation for the complexity that is human physiology.  However, I am still the one in charge here, and I tend to be sort of a hard-ass when it comes to my leadership style over the tasks I require of my body. That’s why I’m grateful that BreakingMuscle.com put the incessant labor strikes my hips, glutes, and hip flexors go on in terms I can appreciate and gave some tips on how to test them for weakness and ways to build them up. This is guide is excellent.

6) Honestly, I think I love Friendsgiving more than I love Thanksgiving with my family. Okay, that’s not true, but for some people it is. If you are hosting Friendsgiving this year and don’t want to spend your entire holiday texting and calling your mom, aunts, and grandmas to ask how many grams are in a cup or what exactly you pierced to make the turkey pan fill with juice, read Whole Foods’s blog post on how to host a successful Friendsgiving.

7) Speaking of Thanksgiving, if you are flying home or somewhere, you can’t miss this guide from Bloglovin’ on how to look good coming off a plane. Yes, to some people this is important, especially if you are traveling to meet your significant’s family and they’re planning to come into the terminal to pick you up (help!) It’s also good for business trips or vacations with packed itineraries.

8) It is insanely easy to get wrapped up in a political discussion with dissenting family and friends over the holidays, even if you all agree not to bring it up or talk about it. Even an off-hand comment can turn into an avalanche, and even if you do manage to quell a heated discussion before it starts, it typically leaves someone feeling superior and someone else feeling inferior, heard and unheard, and both people pissed off and likely more stubborn about their views than they were to begin with, and just overall awkwardness for the rest of the day. Don’t let that happen this year, and read this guide from the Wall Street Journal on “How to Reconcile With Friends and Family After the Election.”

9) The Work Edit by Capitol Hill Style, one of my enduring favorite blogs, wrote a quick post recommending a must-have for this season: the plaid cape. It’s definitely space heater season, so having one of these on-hand is as essential to getting my work done as highlighters and Post-It notes. To add to her list, I recommend this affordable My Main Manhattan shawl from Modcloth ($40, Modcloth.com), which I think I will struggle with keeping it at the office and bringing it home to curl up on the couch under.

10)  Looking for that side dish to bring to Thanksgiving that will make everyone oooohhh and ahhhh? This Autumn Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette from HowSweetEats.com might do the trick. If anyone objects, tell them it has avocado in it.

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