Aug 242015
 

Saturday I awoke to a yellow, glowing hazy outside. The light was very weird, abnormal, and I couldn’t figure out why until I went outside. Then I realized it was all the wildfires in Oregon. Apparently the wind shifted and Portland was engulfed in a haze. It was gross, smelly and hard for me to breathe. Thankfully I already had plans to go to the gym and not try to run outside or go for a hike. I don’t see hiking in the future until the air quality clears up.

It was the first time I was back at lifting weights since my back injury. I took it easy and focused on things like shoulders, triceps and core instead of my back. I was back at doing my PT exercises and glute/core work. It felt good to do it again. Then I did a walk/run on the treadmill. First run since my 5k! I felt pretty good and did 2.5 miles.

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I burned 559 calories, went home to clean up and have lunch (leftover turkey enchiladas I made). Saturday I spent most of the day inside to avoid the smoke!

Saturday evening we went to a friend’s house for dinner. It was so good to see them! And to get out of the house and be social. After my back stuff I kind of hid in the house for awhile. I was tired, feeling wounded and a little bit mopey I think. I didn’t do much socializing (aside from our parents visiting) so once I was starting to feel more like myself I was glad to see some friends.

They made delicious margaritas from scratch (limeade, rhubarb compote, simple syrup, lime verbena juice and ice). So delicious and refreshing!! Mine was a virgin because me and Tequila AIN’T friends. No thank you!

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Dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob and a delicious salad with greens, mint, feta, onions and watermelon.

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For dessert they made root beer floats with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. What a treat! I can’t remember the last time I had a root beer float…

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It was a fun night. The kids are getting so big.

Sunday

Michael made french toast for breakfast. It was quite a treat. I hadn’t had french toast in I don’t know how long…at least a year. I’ve been craving it recently and Michael kindly satisfied my craving. He made the fabulous Martha Stewart recipe (it’s a winner for sure).

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After breakfast I went to the gym. It was too late for yoga class and honestly I was a bit too sore for it I think. Those jump squats always do me in. I was so sore (hamstrings) from Saturday’s workout. Instead I used the elliptical for a mild workout.

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Sometimes doing something like the elliptical can help loosen up the sore muscles. Time will tell. The afternoon was spent in the kitchen working on tomatoes from the garden. I decided to can whole tomatoes. I had so many ripe ones in the garden that needed to be cooked or something. I picked a big batch and got started.

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I did a combo of romas and heirloom tomatoes. I love canning whole tomatoes because it’s super easy and fast. I boiled the tomatoes, peeled the skins in no time, cored the tomatoes and then canned them whole. The longest part of this process was the canning part. It took forever to get the water boiling and I had to do the jars in two batches because my pot wasn’t big enough.

Sunday evening we had Michael’s mom and stepdad over for dinner. It had been way too long since we saw them and I was excited to make dinner using the spaghetti sauce I made last weekend. Michael’s mom made a fantastic salad with greens, tomatoes and lemon cucumbers from their neighbor’s garden. I baked a loaf of garlic bread (my weakness).

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We did gluten free spaghetti and I cooked up my spaghetti sauce with meatballs. I was so happy with my sauce! It was delicious! Thick and flavorful and just right.

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Dessert was a little bit of a cheat. :) I baked cookies.

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It was a busy weekend! But a good one. How was yours?

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Aug 192015
 

Race Day!

The night before we tried to go to dinner at Apizza Scholls but there was over an hour wait just to get a table and it wasn’t even 5:30 yet. Man, I hate Portland restaurant lines. Seriously. I wish more restaurants would allow reservations. Who wants to stand in line that long? Not me. We went to Plan B instead–The Matador. It’s the restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner almost a year ago!

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There was no line, got a nice table outside immediately and it was much better experience. I got the enchiladas. They were really good–the rice and beans not so much so I didn’t eat much of them (the food is always great at Matador, not sure what happened this night but the rice was like overcooked or day-old or something. Dry and gross. No thanks.)

Sunday morning Michael and I got up early and went out to Laurelhurst Park for our 5k run! It was Michael’s first race. This was my 3rd 5k race and my 5th running race.

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It was a really nice morning! The sun was out, it was a little chilly in the shade but nice and warm in the sun and the perfect temperature for a race.

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Since my back injury last week, I went in to this race with no expectations. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to run it until Sunday morning. I took 5 days off from exercising, went to the chiropractor a few times, got a massage, went swimming Friday and did a light elliptical workout Saturday. I iced my back, I stretched. And then I just waited to see how I felt.

And I was feeling really good! I’d say my back injury was healed 95% by the time the weekend came. Michael was shocked at my “miraculous” recovery. I guess it was a pretty fast! And considering I could barely walk a week ago, I was really happy I was able to run some of my race!

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We got in line for the start. I knew Michael would be leaving me during the race, which was okay with me. He’s much faster than me and honestly I knew I’d be walking some of the race. Like I said, I wasn’t pushing myself or having high expectations.

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There were people of all ages, shapes and sizes running. Some were walking. There were families running together. I also saw a little kid running with his little sister, holding hands, and he was telling her to keep running. It was pretty cute.

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The race was through the park, mostly on the paved pathways but there was an uphill stretch on gravel. You did the trail three times to make it a 5k. I walked on the hills but for the most part I was jogging slowly and keeping an okay pace.

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My back was feeling great–no issues. My knees were feeling good, too. I did a little more walking on that third lap, but overall I’m happy with how I did.

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On the last lap I was feeling pretty good and managed to run the last half of it and cross the finish line! Michael was there waiting for me and he snapped a few pictures. :) Here are my calories for the run:

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Michael was feeling okay but his shins and calves were sore from the hills (he ran the whole thing). I am glad I took it easy. Jogging and walking was okay with me. And my body wasn’t sore afterward.

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Finished! We got our finisher ribbons and then walked around a bit to cool off. There was water, free Luna bars (yum) and bananas. We hung around for a bit for the raffle but didn’t win anything and then we went home. I stretched, foam rolled my legs, did my back PT exercises and iced. I was feeling great!

Official Time

Michael’s Run Time: 29:18

Lisa’s Run Time: 39:41

I had a very lazy day after the race. I ran some errands (grocery shopping) and pretty much spent the rest of the day going between lounging in bed watching Netflix and working on the computer (also watching Netflix). I was SO TIRED. Body still felt great but I just couldn’t shake the fatigue. So I rested.

I have another 5k in about a month!

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