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Soup is Not Filling

I’m so sick of this tooth! I had the root canal on Tuesday and have been in pain ever since. 😦 That does not bode well for my training. I need to be able to eat real food and I’m telling you, soup is NOT filling.

For dinner last night I tried to eat some real food and was pretty successful. Michael blackened some salmon again (it was soft enough for me to eat) and we steamed some veggies. I overcooked the veggies so they weren’t crunchy at all. I was able to eat with no problem, so that’s good.

I topped the veggies with some Goddess Dressing (broccoli and sliced baby carrots).

It was nice being able to eat real food. I can’t wait for this drama to be done with.

I also got a package in the mail yesterday that cheered me up a little. My Bondi Band!

It’s purple with white writing (even if the picture doesn’t look it). I love it. I’m glad I got that saying on it. It’s totally me. I run because I like to, because I like that my body can do it…but I let’s be honest. I also love cheesecake and pizza. πŸ™‚ I also got a decal for my car:

It’s kind of goofy, but I like it. πŸ™‚

I spoke with my dentist this morning. I decided to stay home from work today and take it easy. Last night was ROUGH. I was in so much pain I was crying. And my threshold for pain is pretty high. I have numerous tattoos. I RUN. I’m training for an insane relay race. I can TAKE PAIN. But this tooth is bringing me down! My dentist is prescribing me some antibiotics. That’s usually a last resort for me because I hate taking them. I hate the side effects, I hate the way I feel on them. But I’m desperate at this point and Hood to Coast is in 21 days. I need to be on my game!

Hood to Coast Relay: In 21 Days!!!!


Amazing August

I think my Report Card for July Goals is a big fat Zero.

July Goals:

1. Heal! Be 100%.

2. Make Sun Tea.

3. Train for Hood to Coast.

4. Have a picnic.

5. Try Trail running for the first time.

I suppose I’ve technically been training for Hood to Coast with every single workout I do (even workouts that don’t involve running)….but for the most part, I accomplished nothing in July. My July Goals SHOULD have been:

1. Heal.

2. Survive House Guest-Palooza.

3. Finish installing the kitchen floor.

4. Train for Hood To Coast.

If those had been my goals, I think I’d be in better shape right now. So in light of that, I’m going to be very easy with my goals for August:

August Goals


2. Survive Hood to Coast.

3. ENJOY Hood to Coast.

4. Recover from Hood to Coast.

Noticing a theme here? πŸ˜‰

QUESTION: What are you goals for August?

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. πŸ™‚

Tonight will be dinner out #2!

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

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

Up Hill Both Ways

Before heading out the door, I drank half of my Atkin’s Protein Shake. Friday’s run was brutal for many reasons. First, I set out to just run the track near my house.

I ran the half mile there and saw that it was overrun with girls playing soccer. Change of plans. I decided to just run the neighborhood, which happens to be all hills. Seriously–you go up a huge hill and at the top of the hill is another hill.

None of the pictures will do these hills justice because seriously, I ran up a mountain Friday morning.

The first 3 miles or so of my run were really good (and relatively flat). Then I came to the Mountain in my neighborhood. The view going down the mountain:

I basically ran up the mountain on my tip-toes. To be honest about halfway up the hill, it because a run/walk for pretty much the rest of my run. I was spent. I continued the route I used to do and found that I was walking  more than I was running. 😦

I kept going and tried to run as much as I could. I hadn’t realized how much work hills are. It had been months since I ran the crazy hills in my neighborhood because of a few injuries. I realized yesterday that my conditioning for hills is not what it used to be.

I took my hand-held water bottle with me (thankfully) but ran out of water. That last hilly stretch my thoughts were consumed with finding water. I saw people with sprinklers going in their yards…I thought, “Would anyone notice if I crept into their yard to get some water??” Hmm….I kept thinking that as I passed by house after house. I decided that was weird. πŸ™‚ I pictured the “Jack Ass Shows” where they crept into stranger’s yards and did weird things. I couldn’t be THAT GUY.

I eventually decided to just go up to an empty church and turn on their spicket to get water! I was desperate! I realized that the church spicket was LOCKED! Boo. I suffered the rest of the way home and downed two glasses of water and the rest of my Atkin’s Shake.

Friday’s Stats:

Time: 1:20

Calories Burned: 960

Distance: 6.5 miles

Terrain: ALL HILLS!

I stretched and used my Foam Roller immediately. The last mile of the run my left ankle had started to hurt so I walked that last mile as my cool-down instead. I was really worried about my ankle. I was also feeling dizzy and nauseous. Too few calories for a too long run! I hadn’t prepared to do a long run, and I definitely hadn’t prepared to do the crazy hills. After my stretching I ate a GU to help my recovery.

Not a horrible run, but definitely not my best as of late!

I also discovered around mile 1 of my run that my Nike+ was dead. 😦 It wasn’t tracking my pace or mileage AT ALL. I was really irritated with that. So after my shower, I hopped in the car and drove the exact route to figure out my mileage.

Give Your Lungs a Workout

Walking IS a workout!

That seems to be the unanimous response from yesterday’s question about whether or not Walking is a Workout. I go back and forth on the issue because I happen to be a CARDIO JUNKIE. I run. I swim. I bike. I hike FAST. Everything is fast. I even walk fast. So it is sometimes hard for me to think of walking as a workout equal to those activities.

Do you hate running or working out because it feels like you can’t breath and your chest is going to explode?

This is a common occurrence for people just starting out their workout routines. When I was 250 I got winded pretty easily. I started swimming to lose weight and it was a difficult, tiring process. I couldn’t swim for very long before I had to rest and I was exhausted, breathing hard and my heart was pounding!

Practice, practice, practice. The swimming got easier. I could swim longer without stopping to rest, eventually I could swim 1.25 to 1.5 miles without stopping to rest or take a breather. My heart no longer felt like it was exploding and breathing felt natural.

I truly believe that because of the years of Swimming I was able to transition to Running without experiencing any breathing problems!

So here are a few ideas on how to improve lung health:

1. Swimming

Swimming is the single most effective activity in my opinion. Not only does it burn an insane amount of calories, it’s an excellent workout for the entire body. The other positive? One website claims Swimmer’s lungsΒ  use oxygen three times more effectively than the average person.

2. Altitude Training

This is the act of training 5,000+ feet above sea level. Athletes have been using this to gain a competitive edge for years.

Why does it work? “At sea level, air is denser and there are more molecules of gas per liter of air. Because atmospheric pressure is lower at high altitudes, air is less dense and there are fewer molecules of gas per liter of air; this causes a decrease in partial pressures of gases in the body, which elicits a variety of physiological changes in the body that occur at high altitude.” [Source]

This is something I am really interested in experiencing someday. I have noticed that when hiking I don’t suffer from altitude discomfort. I attribute that to my swimming.

3. Yoga

An essential part of yoga is the breathing aspect. Often times this is neglected. I’ve been to many yoga classes where breathing wasn’t even addressed. I thought that was strange since yoga is all about the mind-body connection.

4. Don’t Smoke.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory!

5. Practice deep breathing exercises throughout the day.

This is something I need to start doing on a regular basis. Because of anxiety, I find that I hold my breath a lot. Sometimes I don’t even notice that I’m doing it until I feel lightheaded!

QUESTION: How do you give your lungs a workout? Is there any activity that is harder for you to do?

A Gloomy Run

What the heck is going on in Oregon? It was supposed to be sunny and 85 degrees all week and instead, this is what I saw on my run today at lunch:

Yes, those are dark, gloomy clouds! And it was even cold, too. I didn’t pack for a cold run this morning…so I had to just suffer. Luckily I warmed up pretty quickly on my run.

While I was running I saw a guy running with his greyhound. It was a beautiful dog. That could be me someday!

Michael and I have been talking about getting a dog for awhile now. He wants to wait until the kitchen is completely done being remodeled–which I think is a good plan. We also can’t decide on what breed to get. I like:


Greyhounds, or Italian Greyhounds (just smaller versions I guess) or a French Bulldog:

French Bulldog

Michael wants a Pug:

Pug Face

And we both agree a Black Lab would probably be best.

Black Lab

My requirements are: doesn’t shed like crazy, not a huge dog, and WON’T EAT MY CATS! It would also be nice if the dog could go running with me.

QUESTION: Which of these breeds do you recommend? Either from personal experience or just your opinion?

Anyways, the little Greyhound running the Waterfront was a bit too fast for me to keep up with. I let it go and watched as they got further and further away. Then I saw that the Hawthorne Bridge was up. Dang it!

I hate when the Bridges go up! As a result, my run time isn’t great. I went the long way (over by OMSI) and slowed my pace down so that by the time I got to the bridge it would be open again.

I timed it just right and didn’t have to stop and wait. I got back to work after cleaning up and doing A LOT of stretching and had my lunch: salad with Asian Sesame dressing and leftover blackened salmon.


I think I’ve discovered what part of my pain is…Running at lunch and then going back to work to sit for hours causes everything to just LOCK UP. It’s not pretty. I stretch, I get up frequently but it still seems to happen.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 32:36

Distance: About 4 miles

Calories Burned: 440

QUESTION: Those of you that have desk jobs, how do you keep from locking up?

New Toy!

The other day I opened a package in the mail and excited to see my new running water bottle! I got this: The Ultimate Direction 10 oz Fastdraw HandHeld Bottle.

Today wasn’t overly hot but I wanted to try out my new toy! I filled my water bottle and took it with me on today’s run. The weather was absolutely perfect. Not too hot, sunny and warm-about 77 degrees.

I slathered on the sunscreen and headed out with my new water bottle. First, the pros.

  • I like having water when I run, especially in the summer
  • I like the color and shape.
  • I like that it comes with a zipper pouch to put stuff in it.
  • It was affordable.
  • There’s grooves on the sides for gripping.

Now, the cons.

  • It is slightly too big for my hands. But I have small hands.
  • Apparently I sweat a lot, even in my hands! It was kind of hard to grip once I got sweaty.
  • The nozzle is a tad awkward. I feel like it should point other way, but maybe I just need to practice more?

QUESTION: Do you have a running water bottle? What kind? Do you like it?

My run was pretty good. I felt energized and even though I was still a bit sore from the intervals on Monday, it didn’t hinder my run in any way.

I got to the Steele Bridge and heard the alarm sound. The bridge was going up so I turned around and took the stairs:

I took the stairs slowly and didn’t try to run up them. I have no intention of irritating my injury. I ran across the top of the Bridge and came back down to the waterfront on the other side.

The rest of the run was pretty uneventful. I knew my time wouldn’t be great because of the detour but I was okay with that. I cross the Hawthorne Bridge and took the stairs back down to the Waterfront and continued running. Then I ran passed this:

The picture isn’t great but trust me when I tell you it’s a Gelato stand on the waterfront! Dang it! If I had cash, I totally would have stopped for gelato. I can run without using my hands, right?

Today’s Stats:

Time: 34:23

Calories Burned: 431

Not my best time, but that’s alright. My goal right now is to just run (and recover) pain-free. I did a lot of stretching when I got back to the office and then I devoured my Lean Cuisine for lunch. On days I run, I become an eating machine!

QUESTION: Is there a certain activity that causes more hunger for you? What is it?