running

The Full Loop

I wish I could remember when the last time it was that I ran the full loop on the waterfront. I don’t know if I documented it on here, but I’m guessing it was about 5-6 years ago. Last week I ran part of the loop. This week I got to run the full thing! I felt so happy and accomplished afterwards.

Don’t mind the derpy photo! I was trying to get a photo of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that are now in full bloom on the waterfront. They are one of my favorite trees.

It was supposed to be 60+ degrees. But by the time I was ready to run, the sun was out and it was a chilly 50 degrees. I wore my running sweater but after about 10 minutes, I didn’t need it and took it off. It was a gorgeous sunny day for a run.

Here is a photo of me crossing the Steel Bridge:

And across the river:

Once I got across the river, I did some run/walk intervals. My left knee was bugging me slightly but it wasn’t too terrible. This time I ran across the Hawthorne Bridge instead of cutting it short like last time.

After my run last week, I ordered a running belt on Amazon.I was having an issue trying to figure out where to put my work badge so I could get back into the building. But I didn’t have pockets big enough. This was the first time I ran with a belt. I didn’t particularly like it–if you don’t have a muffin top, you will wearing a running belt!!–but it did work pretty well. And it stayed in place, too, so that’s a plus.

It was such a nice day out, I didn’t want to go back into the office. I walked the last few blocks to work and then went to the gym to foam roll and stretch.

I showered and then was back at my desk to eat my sad frozen meal for lunch. It’s the quickest and easiest thing on days I run outside because I use my full lunch hour for the run/stretch/shower.

Here are my stats:

I’ve been noticing that my run pattern seems to be: fastest mile is the first mile. Probably because I can run for about 1 to 1.5 miles without having to take a walk break and towards the end of the run I take more walk breaks. Oh well, I’m not trying to beat any records. Maybe my own. 😉

Last night I took a hot bath with epsom salts to hopefully stave off the soreness from my run (it seemed to help) and slept SO good that night. I love running outside.

A Run and a Recipe

This post is about a run and a recipe. First, the recipe.

I used my pressure cooker again over the weekend. First I made hard boiled eggs in it. Then I made this shredded chicken recipe:

Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • ? c. La Choy Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ c. chicken broth
  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • Green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Electric Pressure Cooker - Add the Teriyaki sauce and honey to the Instant Pot and whisk until well combined. Add the chicken broth and chicken. Cook thawed chicken on high pressure for 12 minutes. (Cook frozen chicken on high pressure for 20 minutes.) Turn the pressure valve to “Vent” to release all of the pressure.
  2. Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and place on a plate or cutting board. Shred the chicken using two forks.
  3. Remove ½ cup of liquid from the pot. (Reserve the liquid for cooking rice.) Return the shredded chicken to pot and stir until well combined. Top chicken with green onions.
  4. Crock Pot - Add the chicken breasts to a sprayed or lined Crock Pot. Top with the Teriyaki sauce, honey and chicken broth. Add an additional ½ c. chicken broth.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. With 30 minutes of cooking time left, shred the chicken using two forks.
  6. (If using frozen chicken in the Crock Pot, cook on low for 5-6 hours.)
  7. Serving Suggestions:
  8. Make egg rolls with Honey Teriyaki Chicken, shredded carrots and shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw.
  9. Serve on a bed of rice or pasta.
  10. Make a salad by topping a bed of lettuce with Honey Teriyaki Chicken, shredded carrots, green onions and slivered almonds. Whisk some of the reserved juices with some olive oil for a quick vinaigrette.

Notes

From: http://www.thecreativebite.com/10-healthy-chicken-recipes-in-a-pressure-cooker-or-crock-pot/

http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54390

While the chicken was cooking, I did food prep for the week for lunches. I sauteed up a bag of cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s and put them in individual containers for each lunch.

(Snacks, hard boiled egg and plain Greek yogurt with strawberries):

The chicken turned out great again! It shredded really easily. I put it back in the pressure cooker to soak up some of the teriyaki sauce and then put the chicken in containers with the rice. I topped it with chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds.

Now, the run!

It’s been YEARS since I ran on the waterfront during my lunch hour. Part of that was because my lunch hour was 30 minutes for many years. And the other part was that I wasn’t doing a lot of outdoors running. But after having Logan, I started taking him for walks when I was home. Then the walks got kind of slow and boring and I started jogging a bit. Then I started running. I got up to running a loop around our neighborhood, doing about 4-4.5 miles total.

My schedule changed a little while ago and I now have hour long lunches. So when I saw that Monday was going to be a sunny, warm day, I decided to give it a try! The idea of being stuck on the treadmill during my lunch hour sounded deflating.

I’m so glad I ran outside! It was SO NICE OUT! It just felt good to be outside with the sun on my skin, the fresh air, the waterfront…

Since it’s been a few months since I’ve been running outside (due to winter), I took it easy. Treadmill running and outdoor running is just way different. My body tends to get sore in weird places when I run outside. So I didn’t run too hard or too fast and I took some short walk breaks.

I ran down to the waterfront, crossed the Steel Bridge, and then decided to cross over the Morrison Bridge back to downtown. In the past, I usually ran the whole loop–Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge and then back to the office. It’s been a long time but I think I remember that loop being about 3.5 or 4 miles totals.

Since this was my first time out, I cut it short and didn’t push it. If the weather holds up later this week, I might try to go back out. I’m going to work my way up to running the whole loop again.

Here are my stats:

So when I run on the treadmill during lunch, I usually do between 3 and 3.25 miles in 48 minutes (so I have enough time to stretch, foam roll and then shower). I’m slightly disappointed I only made it 2.8 miles on the waterfront but I am reminded myself I was going to take it easy for the first time out!

I got back to work and ate my cauliflower rice with teriyaki chicken for lunch and felt SO amazing after my run!