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Sunkissed Raspberries

The good news: the antibiotics seem to be helping already. The tooth pain has diminished a lot. The bad news: antibiotics make me feel a little sick to my stomach. 😦 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am crossing my fingers that the healing process continues (and does so quickly).

I stopped at the produce stand to buy some fruit. I have been craving fruit and veggies all week!

The raspberries barely made it home. I sort of ate a lot of them before I got home. 🙂 For lunch I cooked some more soup.

Rosemary Chicken with White Beans and Bacon = 220 calories. It was pretty good. The chicken chunks were a little too big for me to eat but I liked the soup.

I barely toasted half a bagel (so it was warm but still a little soft) and spread some light cream cheese on it.

It took me forever to eat that half bagel. I have to chew very slowly. This whole situation has pointed out to me that I eat way too fast normally.

QUESTION: Are you a fast eater? How do you slow yourself down?

The lunch should keep me from getting sick from the antibiotics. Later, I’ll eat the rest of these beauties:

Spending the afternoon relaxing, healing, sucking down water, and watching episodes of “Weeds.” This weekend is The Bite of Oregon. I had wanted to go experience it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

QUESTION: What are your weekend plans? Anything fun going on?


Zombie Run

Remember how I got that root canal yesterday and then didn’t sleep well? Yeah, I think I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I woke up not very happy this morning and have been a zombie ever since.

Especially in the two hour long work meeting this morning. I was dragging ass. I DEFINITELY did not feel up to running. To be honest, I’ve never NOT wanted to run more than today. Then I started to think about it.

  • I’m exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep = excellent simulation of how I will be able to run in Hood to Coast completely sleep deprived.
  • I need to practice running a few times close together– again to simulate Hood to Coast and having my 3 Legs about 10 hours apart.
  • I ran last night at 8:30pm with the plan to run again today at lunch. I needed to just suck it up.

So I made a compromise. I decided to run in the gym in my office instead of the 4 mile loop I usually do.

The GOOD thing about running the Esplanade Loop is that I am committed to running the entire thing. You’re kinda stuck on the other side of the river if you decide to be lazy. So I am never lazy. 🙂 But I find that when I run the track, or run the treadmill, I don’t have that same staying power and I tend to get bored easily.

Today I ran on the treadmill in the gym. It was nice, I had the gym all to myself and it was a peaceful run. Amazingly enough I was NOT a zombie once I started running!!

I ran at a fast pace, felt light on my feet, felt suddenly energized. I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill at that pace and then did a bunch of work with the jump rope and ab ball:

I felt pretty fantastic. And the best news? My legs felt awesome! No stiffness, no soreness, nothing! I was fully prepared to be slow and sore from last night’s run and I wasn’t. 🙂

I still can’t get over how awesome of a workout that jump rope is! It’s baffling but I was running at a fast pace on the treadmill and my heart rate never maxed out like it did with the jump rope!

The outcome? I feel pretty awesome after my workout. Energized. Happier. Stronger. Excited about Hood to Coast!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 38:24

Calories Burned:  352

Miles Run: 2.25

Activities: Treadmill, jump rope, ab ball

Feeling pretty darn good about my workout right now. 🙂

QUESTION: Do you have a new workout that you’ve discovered and love?

Liquid Diet

Before I get to the Liquid Diet part, last night’s dinner was good. It was back to our “norm” food. Michael blackened salmon:

I steamed a bunch of broccoli. I’ve been craving veggies with all the eating out lately.

It was nice eating food I’m used to again. We had part of a tomato left over and Michael sliced it up and sprinkled some salt on it. I topped the broccoli with Goddess Dressing.

Michael felt like the salmon was overdone and had too much blackening on it but I thought everything tasted pretty good. I usually don’t like tomatoes except on BLTs or burgers (or in ketchup form) but adding the salt to the slices made a huge difference.

My evening was spent reading a new library book:

And working on a project I will soon reveal. I had another sliver of fudge and a glass of milk for dessert.

Fast forward to Tuesday morning. My tooth has been bothering me for over a month now. I was able to get in to see the dentist and he told me I has to have a root canal. Of course I hadn’t eaten lunch BEFORE the dentist, so I was starving by the time I got out of there. I see a lot of soup in my future.

I got home from the dentist/pharmacy and made soup for lunch. I thought I had a creamy can of soup in the pantry but Mrs. Grass’s Soup was all I found. That’s okay because I happen to love Mrs. Grass’s soup.

Nothing like eating soup in the middle of summer!

QUESTION: Any food suggestions for me while I heal from my root canal?

Road Trip and Seafood Lunch

Saturday morning the brood got up early and we all piled into the rental car to go to the Coast for the day. We decided to skip breakfast and go to lunch once we got to the Coast. I had some ice tea and a banana when I first got up. We stopped at 7-11 for snacks and I was tempted to get a muffin or something but I got carrots and a diet coke to tide me over until lunch.

The drive from Portland to the Coast is very scenic. I knew our guests would enjoy it and they did. It’s about a 90 minute drive through forest, rolling hills, mountains, and once we get closer to the Coast–fog hanging above the trees. It’s a pretty wonderful spot in Oregon.

Once we got to Cannon Beach, we stopped at a restaurant called Dooger’s for lunch. I was starving! I got a cup of clam chowder.

It was good. I hate it when clam chowder is overdone and the clams are too chewy. This was done right. For my lunch entree I ordered the scallops sauteed and it came with toast and coleslaw.

I was glad I ordered the chowder because the scallops were tiny! They were prepared perfectly though. Not too chewy. I also had one beer with lunch. I hadn’t planned on it, but a beer sounded really good once we got to the restaurant.

After lunch, we headed down to the beach. It was the perfect summer day at the beach! Not cold, not too windy. The sun was out, and the weather warmed up as the day went one. It was such a gorgeous trip! I will post pictures of the beach in the next post. 🙂

After walking on the beach for a few hours, we went into Cannon Beach to walk the town. It was packed with people. We made a few stops and one of them was to the candy store, of course!

Michael and I bought some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge and Peanut Butter and Chocolate fudge. 🙂


The step-sister’s boyfriend was like a kid in a candy store. He bought tons of candy to take back home to Texas. 🙂


And I got to watch taffy be made! It was cool and mouthwatering!

I wanted to resist the sweets but it was so hard. I broke down and got a cup of Tillamook Ice Cream (mostly because everyone else was getting ice cream–and what goes better than ice cream at the beach?).

We sat outside of the candy store eating our treats and then headed back to Portland for our dinner reservations.

Food, Windsurfing and Hiking

Day 3 of the family visit was a long one!

The first stop was to Oaks Bottom Pub for lunch. I ordered the half roast beef sandwich with a salad. Michael ordered the famous “Totchos” for the whole table to try.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned totchos before. They are nachos but instead of chips, it’s tots. It’s very decadent and sometimes a gut-bomb of food. Luckily, the small plate was split between 6 people so I only had one or two bites.

We sat on the back patio for lunch and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! My lunch was pretty good. I was glad I got the half sandwich. The roast beef was a little on the dry side but the salad was delicious. It came with a lemon, garlic and pepper vinaigrette dressing. Delish.

I ordered a diet coke with lunch. I am much more successful with ordering healthy lunches than I am with dinners. I have no idea why dinner is so much harder for me, but it is. I tend to splurge more, and then of course, get a glass or two of wine AND dessert!

Michael and I thought it would be a good day trip to take our guests to Hood River. The Columbia River Gorge is really scenic and for people who have never been to Oregon, it’s a good introduction to the different types of landscapes in this area. Our guests are from Texas and two of them had never been to Oregon.

We went down to the water once we got to Hood River and showed them the kiteboards and windsurfers. It’s a really cool thing to watch! I really want to try both someday. It just looks like a lot of fun.

Our guests had a great time and thought it was a cool thing to watch. These people at Hood River are serious too. They have all the gear!

It was so windy down in Hood River yesterday! I don’t remember the last time it was that windy. A few times I felt like I was going to get blown away. I lost my footing and almost blew over. That never happened at 250!

After checking out the waterfront, we drove to the Old Highway 30 to go for a hike. If you remember, dear readers, this is the same place Michael and I biked for our anniversary last month.

It’s such a beautiful location, with a view of the whole Gorge!

It was a hot day yesterday and while I loved the bike ride there, it was a bit too hot to be hiking there. The shade was limited and I felt dehydrated. What’s the best thing to do when feeling dehydrated? Drink a bunch of wine!! 🙂

To Be Continued…..


Stinky Run

This is how the conversation went in my head this morning:

“I should run today.”

“Hood to Coast is coming up fast. I should train today.”

“I’m a little sore from yesterday’s run and I forgot to use the Foam Roller last night…”

“I shouldn’t run today. I should rest so I don’t injure myself.”

“Maybe if I run today the stiffness and soreness will go away….”

I decided to just suck it up. I’ve never regretted a run and knew I’d feel better after doing it.

It was COLD this morning! It’s almost August and it was freaking cold this morning. I wore my pants and a jacket walking to work this morning:

This Morning

But my lunchtime run was surprisingly nice! It was hotter than yesterday’s run and there was no breeze.

I took it easy and didn’t look at my Heart Rate Monitor once. I decided to have an “easy” run and not care about time, pace or speed. And surprisingly, my run today was faster than yesterday’s run by 2 minutes!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 34:09

Calories Burned: 443

I did a bunch of stretching after my run, paying particular attention to stretching my hips.

I was extra stinky after today’s run. I’m usually not a stinky person when I exercise. Today was not the case!

Extra long shower, extra deodorant and I felt much better! I got back to work and ate my leftover half halibut and leftover couscous for lunch. I also iced my hip/sacrum just to be safe. So far, so good.

On another note, I’m glad that everyone enjoyed Rae’s interview about being pregnant! I loved reading her answers (and not just because I know her) and hope she’ll give me an update after the baby is born. 🙂

Tonight will be dinner out #2!

Updated to Add: When I used to swim at the community pool I’d sweat chlorine. 🙂

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite deodorant that works really well for super sweaty workouts?

29 Days and Counting

I saw the news update in my RSS Feed that the Steel Bridge walkway was closed, so I knew ahead of time I had to run over the top of it.

Today’s run was pretty good because it wasn’t very hot out. The sun was out but there was a cool breeze.

Because I had to run over the Steel Bridge top, and I also ran towards OMSI before crossing the Hawthorne Bridge, my time wasn’t fast. I added some distance to my workout so that explains it. I’m alright with that. I don’t feel like I need to be super fast right now. I am more concerned about adding mileage and being comfortable with running distances.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 36:43

Calories Burned: 487

Today I realized there are 29 days left until Hood to Coast. 29 days. Oh. My. God. Less than a month! I’m sort of at a loss as to how I train for it. Here is where I am confused:

  • My fitness level is pretty high with all the cross-training I do. I’m not concerned about being “out of shape” for the run.
  • Since I work out all the time, do I *really* need to amp up my training??
  • How often should I be running for the next three weeks to prepare?
  • Do I really need to get up in the middle of the night to practice running at night (I will have to do one leg of the race in the middle of nowhere at like 2am)? And if I do, is it safe to do it by myself?

QUESTION: Has anyone participated in a running Relay Race? How did you train?