Jul 212014
 

Friday

On Friday Michael and I biked into work together from the park and ride. I was a little wary because my right knee had bugged me the night before (I have no idea why because I’d taken it easy that week after my race). It didn’t end up being too bad, though, and I made good time getting into work. Here is a break down of the morning commute:

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I burned 327 calories in the morning. The ride home was really warm but comfortable, the sun was out and it was really pretty outside. My knee was doing ok. Michael left work earlier than I did and rode all the way home, I rode to the park and ride and then drove home from there. I know now that I most likely will not reach the goal of being able to bike the entire way this summer. Hopefully next year… :(

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Here are the afternoon stats:

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I burned 296 calories on the way home. When I got home Michael and I got ready for our new mattress to be delivered (more on that later) and then jumped on the bed with excitement!

Saturday

Saturday morning Michael and I went over to Dove Lewis Hospital for a two hour Pet First Aid class. I had been looking forward to this class for months! We tried signing up back in March but it was full. Bella is such an active (crazy) dog and she hurts herself a lot (and we’ve hurt her accidentally), so I knew it would be beneficial to take a class like this.

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The class was really thorough and the instructor was funny and made the two hours fly by. She had anecdotal stories and used some “dummy” dogs as examples. We learned how to perform CPR on dogs and cats and even got to practice on the fake dogs. It was a lot harder than you think it is. The heimlich maneuver is the same principle as with humans, except with cats you turn them upside down. Doing CPR on a dog is very similar to humans. Put them on their side, though, and the compression rate is the same as humans. She suggested to do it to the beat of Staying Alive by the BeeGees.

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I wanted to share some of the tips and information we learned in the class. One of the big tips was to use KY Lubricant on open wounds. For example, if Bella is out and about and gets a gash or open wound, clean it with water to get the dirt and stuff out of the wound, then put KY on it and wrap it with a bandage. This is for a few reasons–first, using something Neosporin traps germs and dirt in the wound. Second, the tissues needs to stay moist in order for the vets to sew it back together. Good tip!

We learned how to take the pulse on a dog and cat and even got to practice on a real live dog. This is Phoebe:

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Phoebe was super cute and a really good dog. And she was clearly used to being man-handled in classes! So if you put your hand underneath the dog’s leg, kind of like the “armpit” or elbow, you can feel a pulse. A normal heart rate for dogs is 80-140 beats per minute, for cats it’s 140-200 beats per minute. If the pulse is really slow in cats, that’s a bad thing. When they are in distress their heart rates and temperatures tend to decrease instead of increase.

If the dog has been injured badly and needs to be picked up, or has injured their head/face in any way, you want to muzzle them to prevent further injury–especially to yourself. The vet said that even if it’s YOUR DOG, that doesn’t mean it won’t bite you if it’s freaked out. She showed us how to create a muzzle with a scarf (or belt or leash). You wrap it around their snouts (not too tight, they still need to breathe and swallow) then wrap it around the back of their ears and tie it off.

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Giving mouth to mouth is the same as humans, too. You cover their nose and mouth, letting the tongue hang out a little bit and then breathe. If the dog is still breathing but they seem weird, check their gum color. If it’s grey/blue/white/purple, get to a vet hospital right away. If it’s pink they are doing ok and the heart is working properly. If the gums are bright red they might be suffering from heat stroke.

Heat Stroke! Something I have worried about with Bella. She said that some tips for heat stroke is to cool the dog down with room temperature water–just get them all wet. Put them in front of a fan to cool off. If they are panting really hard, check for saliva. If they are drooling and it’s a normal amount/color/consistency, they are probably ok. If there is no saliva or it’s a weird color or thickness, they are dehydrated and need to go to the vet hospital right away. She said don’t use ice water to cool down the dog because it causes the blood vessels to constrict and is counter-intuitive to how dogs cool down.

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The class was definitely more dog focused, but it did cover some good cat stuff and there was some hands-on experience as well as discussion. The vet answered a lot of questions that people had and everyone had some good questions. I asked her about some of the stuff we’ve wondered about Bella and she reassured us about things. I asked about the mushrooms that sometimes pop up in our yard. I do my best to check the yard a few times a week and pull out any that I see but you just never know. She said the ones that grow in our yards here in Portland SHOULDN’T be poisonous, that Bella might just get diarrhea for a day or so. But there ARE some super poisonous mushrooms, especially out in the wilderness, and she suggested you don’t let the dog off leash in the springtime while hiking just in case she finds something. Some signs of poison–diarrhea, vomiting, neurological issues (like stumbling, not being able to walk, her dog had been poisoned once and was licking the walls–so just look for abnormal behavior) and seizures. Those are obviously medical emergencies and the pet should go to the hospital.

It was a great class!! I am so glad we went and I would recommend it to anyone here in Portland. It was by donation (and donations are great because the hospital is open 24/7). If you live elsewhere, definitely find a pet first aid class near you. It was so helpful and I think it taught us a few tricks that we didn’t know before and gave us some insight on what to look for.

After the class Michael and I went downtown and grabbed lunch on our way home. We stopped at a sushi cart, The Rolling Gourmet. I know, I know, sushi from a food cart? It sounds terrifying but it was really good. Michael has been raving about this food cart for awhile now. The rolls are really big, so you only need to order one specialty roll. They come with two sides–I got a california roll and a cucumber salad. The specialty rolls rotate every day so it’s something different each time.

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I got the LOL roll, which was spicy and had tuna, tempura, cream cheese, mango and avocado in it. Michael got the Ruby Red roll. It was even spicier! It had fish eggs on top and jalapenos. We sat in the park across from the food carts and enjoyed our lunches in the sunshine while the musicians played their banjos and kazoos and sang. :)

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I hit the gym in the afternoon (which was actually kind of nice because the gym was completely empty!). I did some weights and then the elliptical for about 15 minutes. I went hard on the weight lifting and kettle bell work but half-assed the elliptical. I just wasn’t feeling it. I don’t know why going in the afternoon makes me less motivated to go hard…

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Sunday

My Sunday started with a warm-up on the elliptical and then yoga class. I really needed that yoga class. I’d been feeling tight in all the wrong places.

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Then I spent some time in the garden. All that work I did getting rid of the blackberry bushes…they are all back! So frustrating. I did a ton of weeding and trimming and trying to dig out the blackberry bushes. A few months ago when Michael and I planted our veggie garden, we got something like 18 jalapeno plants. Well this weekend I noticed that one of the plants was growing weird looking jalapenos…

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Um, what are they?? Pictures posted to Facebook. Some people said anaheim peppers, I thought banana peppers, someone else said poblano, someone else said Hungarian yellow waxing peppers. Still no idea. The plant looks EXACTLY like the other jalapeno plants. Just with neon yellow peppers on them.

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I ended up slicing up some of the larger mysterious peppers and put them in a jar with salt and vinegar. This is something Michael does every year with our jalapenos and we have delicious pickled jalapenos all winter long. I decided to do the same with these peppers and time will tell what they taste like…Oh and that tip they say to use latex gloves when chopping peppers? Yeah. Ooops. Didn’t know about that until after I cut these babies…lesson learned!

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Jul 152014
 

5k

The big day finally arrived! I was excited to run the 5k (after like 3 years off from doing running races) but also nervous. I did the Couch to 5k program, as you can read in the updates I did, and while I had enough time to train for it, I don’t necessarily feel like I was well trained for it. I didn’t feel prepared and honestly could have used another month to train for it. But instead of beating myself up about it, I decided to look at this as just something fun and not have the expectation to run the entire thing. Walking breaks are ok.

I did the Gabriel Park 5k with my friend Robyn. I am so glad we were able to run it together. It was nice to have the encouragement of a partner. I woke up early in order to get over to that side of town in time and pick up my racing bib. I met up with Robyn and we got ready for the race. It was going to be a hot day–in the high 80′s–and they were predicting thunder storms too, but thankfully at 8am it wasn’t too hot already.

This series is obviously meant for families and to encourage youngsters to try running. They did a little kid 1k before the race started that was totally adorable! There were so pretty tiny runners! Some that needed the help of mom and dad, too. :)

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Robyn and I got our bibs and hit the bathroom line before it was super long then stretched. It was almost time! When I had signed up for this 5k I didn’t really give much thought to which park. I was more focused on the date. As the race got closer I realized, Oh crap–that’s the park in SW Portland with all the hills. I used to live in Multnomah Village ages ago and Gabriel Park is quite hilly.

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We got in the middle of the pack and the race started. The trail through Gabriel Park is rather narrow and there were spots where there was gravel or tree roots coming up so I just focused on where my feet were going. It was partially downhill for the start. In the past I made the common mistake of starting too fast in races. This time I didn’t–I knew that I needed to go slow on this race and the narrow trail kind of forced me to slow down.

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The trail went downhill and then started to go into a wooded area. It was almost like trail running! It was darker (sunglasses came off) and the ground was soft with dirt and pine needles, so that was nice!

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The course was two times around the park to make it a 5k. I started out pretty strong without walking too much, and then I took too many walking breaks to count. The hills were killer and I started walking up the steep hills instead of trying to run them. I definitely liked the wooded part of the trail best (except for the downhill parts because that made me faster LOL). We crossed a few different foot bridges over creeks, too.

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That poor kid in front of us, he kept telling his mom he felt like he was going to puke. Robyn and I kept passing them and then they’d pass us whenever we walked. I wanted as far away from that kid as possible in case he did puke! After making the first time around the park, I was still feeling pretty good and my knees were doing great. Towards the tail end the route the hills were getting a lot harder and I ended up walking them. I knew that was going to make my “official time” crap but oh well…what are you gonna do, right?

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It’s difficult to tell in the above picture but the parts of the trail that had hills also had switch backs. This picture was taken from one of the switch backs at the bottom. So it was pretty steep at the end. Once Robyn and I got to the top of the hill we could see the finish and it was pretty much downhill. We finished strong and ran across the finish line.

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(That picture was taken before the race.) The finish line was crowded and there was music and a photographer. The person on the microphone was encouraging and congratulating all the runners as they crossed the finish line and we got our ribbons. :D Right as we finished the thunder and lightening storms started (thankfully no rain). It was really loud! The thunder boomed in the sky and it was kind of ominous.

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I don’t care if it’s a dorky ribbon, I like it! I’m so happy I got to race. I wish I could have run more of it but I just wasn’t prepared for hills. I had been training on a track most of these months. My knees did great during most of the race. Towards the end my right knee started to feel a little tight and achy and I think part of that was the hills and part of it was running downhill and stepping too hard. I need to be more mindful of being light on my feet. Other than that I was feeling really good.

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OFFICIAL TIME: 35:45

After that Robyn and I went out for brunch. Pre-race I’d had a bagel thin with cream cheese with some vanilla yogurt mixed with strawberries and blueberries. I was ready for food AND COFFEE.

Post-Race

We went over to Down to Earth Cafe in Multnomah Village. Because I used to live in Multnomah Village it was kind of cool to go back there. I saw my old apartment, which brought up lots of weird and fond memories. There were lots of new businesses and restaurants in the Village and I want to go back and explore some of them. I just never really go over to SW Portland.

The Cafe was super cute (and small) but we got there just in time to get a table without having to wait. Other places were starting to get lines waiting. I ended up ordering the brie and turkey grilled sandwich with a salad and dijon vinaigrette. It was all pretty tasty. I do think the sandwich could have used maybe some balsamic or something on it but other than that it tasted great. Service was excellent and it was pretty affordable. They had vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Robyn got the Northwest Scramble and it came with an English muffin and cottage cheese (it looked really tasty).

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After brunch I headed home. First things first: foam roller! Ouch ouch. I did a few times throughout the day. Then I took a bath with the eucalyptus and spearmint epsom salts. The hot bath felt so nice after that sweaty, humid run. Both Bella and Fat Kitty perched on the edge of the tub and supervised, of course. I closed my eyes and felt like I could have taken a nap! Man I was tired. After the bath I put on some Biofreeze on my quads and iced my knees just in case.

I felt really really good the rest of the day, if not a little overly tired. The next day I woke up a little stiff but ok. Walking helped loosen things up. My quads were sore and my right knee was a little achy but it wasn’t painful–just your typical soreness after a hard run.

I was so happy with the race. Sure it was harder than I was expecting, I had to walk more than I had hoped, and my time wasn’t anything special, but I’m glad I finished it successfully and felt good afterward.

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