Kitchen Germs and a Weekend Long Run

Good Morning! I hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled weekend! I certainly did!

I started Saturday morning with a 12 mile run.  I went to Team in Training practice and ran with my friend Lauren who I co-hosted my fundraiser with last week.  It was pretty warm and sunny for a January morning.  We chatted the whole time about jobs, boyfriends and husbands, families, running and life in general.  My favorite runs are the ones that are ran with friends!  We ran just about a 9 minute pace and finished in about 1 hour 48 minutes!

We did an out and back loop on the Boston Marathon course.  Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at Team in Training we had awesome water stops at miles 2.5 and 5.5 and 8.5!  They were complete with different flavors of Gatorade, water, GU, candy, pretzels, tissues and whatever else you may need! And they are all there to help encourage you and motivate you to get through the runs.  One of my favorite parts of Team in Training is the mission moments that we have before each practice.  On Saturday a girl in her 20’s spoke about her battle with cancer and her recent Stem Cell transplant.  She is running Boston this April to celebrate her one year anniversary since her transplant.  Talk about amazing.

Speaking of Team in Training, today is the last day for my promotion with Sparkly Soul headbands.  If you use the promo code WHITNEY you will receive 15% off your purchase! They will donate 25% of the purchase back to my fundraising efforts! So go on shop for a good cause!

Sparkly Soul Headbands

Also, I am still running my raffle!  There are tons of great prizes including a 4-week workout plan, a $50 Holabird Gift Card, a $25 gift card to Go Sport ID, books, Sparkly Soul Headbands and much more! A minimum $5 donation directly to my fundraising is all that is necessary to enter! Click here to enter.

Holabird Sport Gift Card!

After Team in Training. I went home and did a deep clean on my apartment.  I washed the floors, the counters, the walls and cabinets all with bleach.  Truth, your kitchen harbors more germs than your bathroom!

One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours! The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And infections spread when germs are transferred from a contaminated item (say, your cutting board) to your hands to your body.  source

Kitchens Are Dirtier Than Bathrooms!

With it be cold season I thought I would share a few tips to help you keep your kitchen and home clean and germ free:

  • Microwave your sponge.  Yep, your sponge is great for absorbing messes and cleaning your counters with it’s porous, soft surface but it is also a great place for bacteria to grow.  As a result, you just move germs from one surface to another.  Wet your sponge and microwave it for 2 minutes.  That will kill all the germs.  Alternatively, throw your sponge in the dishwasher every time you run it.

Microwave Your Sponge!

  • Use disinfecting sprays or wipes.  Wipe down counters, doorknobs, sink handles, the refrigerator handle, the stove handle, cabinet handles and the phone to kill germs on contact.  These surfaces pick up germs from raw meat and other ingredients during cooking.
  • Use separate cutting boards.   Avoid using the same cutting board to cut raw meat and vegetables.  Having a plastic one with antibacterial surface for raw meat is best.  A wooden one is good for vegetables.  Be cautious of wood cutting boards with deep knife grooves.  Bacteria can easily grow in these spots.  If you must use the same cutting board be sure to disinfect between uses.

    Separate Cutting Boards

  • Don’t share hand towels.  Use paper towels after washing your hands.  Hand towels often remain wet and can harbor germs.  Be sure to wash these towels and dry on high heat!

Sunday was a relaxing day for me.  I spent it with Michaels’s family watching playoff football and eating delicious food!  Ok, I’m off for a busy day at work! Hopefully some yoga and NASM studying tonight!  Have a great day!

What did you do this weekend?  Did you do a long run?  Do you use separate cutting boards for your meat and vegetables? Do you regularly clean and disinfect your kitchen?

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