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 082014
 

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I am a firm believer in learning from past mistakes. The problem is, it sometimes takes awhile to figure out what those mistakes were until you repeat them a few times, or enough time has passed that you can see clearly. I’ve had enough time the last few years to reflect on some of my events and can pinpoint the mistakes I made for each one.

My First 5K

Run Like Hell 5k was my very first race. I’d trained for the 5k but wasn’t following any program, which I wish I’d done now that I’ve been working through the Couch to 5K program. The mistake I made in my first race was pacing. I did not pace myself and halfway through I was fizzling out. Part of that could have been the fact that I had the flu for two weeks leading up to the race and just wasn’t healthy enough to run it (but did it anyways), but PACING was huge. It’s so hard not to go really fast at the beginning!

 

Reach The Beach

You can read the Reach The Beach posts here: Recap 1,Recap 2Recap 3. Reach the Beach was my first cycling event. Michael started from the 75 mile start point and I started at the 55 mile start point. The race a great one and even though my bike broke in the last 10 miles (that was not fun) I crossed the finish line and overall felt great about the whole thing. Michael and I had been training every weekend doing the 40 mile loop through Portland and it helped a lot! Physically I was ready for it.

What was the mistake? There were two. The first was not being prepared for the drastic climate change at the beach. It was freezing and I was wearing shorts and a short-sleeved jersey and was shivering so badly we thought I was getting hypothermia. The other mistake was not fueling properly.

Fuel is SO important for any long distance event. I should have known better because there were several training rides where I crashed because I didn’t eat enough along the way. It took awhile after all of this to figure out WHAT to eat while riding (dried apricots work well) so I don’t crash. That crash is not fun.

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Shamrock 8K

Taking my experience from the 5k I think I did really well on this race. I trained, I paced myself the entire time and felt really good afterward. You can read the recap here: I DID IT!!!!!!

So what was the mistake in this one if everything went well? I ended up injured afterward (thankfully for only about a week after) with bursitis in my ankle. It hurt like hell. The reason I got bursitis? Not paying attention to how I was running for that last mile of the race. I was getting wrapped up in being almost done and the excitement of the crowd…I was running DOWNHILL and I was running too fast, stomping my feet too hard, and my stride was too long. Basically, I hurt myself because I wasn’t paying attention.

Hood to Coast

Hood to Coast…so many emotions, so many feelings. It was something so epic and massive and I’m happy I accomplished it. It was difficult, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Here are some of the Hood to Coast posts:  Hood to CoastLeg 12Leg 24Leg 36Crossing the Finish Line , Day OneAfter my First RunHurry Up and WaitThe Home Stretch,  Because You Can’t Do Epic Alone.

I made a few mistakes in HTC…The first was training. I did NOT train properly leading up to the event. I had tons of time, nearly a year, to train. I wish I had done a structured program instead of just running. I also didn’t do ENOUGH miles. I had 3 legs in the race and each were around 4-6 miles each. The most I ran in one training session was I think 8 1/2 miles? I should have been building up to 15 miles at a time and I never got there.

The mistake during the race was in the last leg. I was exhausted, sore, my legs were tightening up, and I should have listened to my body those last two miles and given myself permission to take a walking break. I did not and I think that’s what started my knee issues. Sure I accomplished Hood to Coast without walking, but now I wish I had.

The last mistake was a week after. I went back to running too soon. I had my heart set on running a half marathon and I wanted to get started training ASAP. I should have taken it easy, I should have stuck to light workouts and swimming only. Instead, I pushed it and injured my IT Band.

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The Portland Century

There wasn’t anything I necessarily did wrong with this one. I’d say this is one of the more successful events I’ve done. I biked 72 miles with the bare minimum of training. If I had to do it over again I would have trained more, but the little bit I did seemed to be okay.  The posts can be read here: Part 1Part 2The EndRecovery.

Peach of a Century

I did the metric century in Peach of a Century a few summers ago. This was the last event I did. You can read the posts here: Peach of a Century Part 1Peach of a Century Part 2. I did okay with my training and did really well during the event. I felt really good afterwards. I fueled properly, I paced myself. It was good.

So what was the mistake? It was the same one I made with Hood to Coast — I went back to activity TOO SOON. This was the event that started my Runner’s Knee. I guess the only GOOD thing that came out of this was that I FINALLY admitted that I needed to fix the weaknesses in my body. I started weight lifting on a consistent basis and improved my body in a lot of ways. That runner’s knee still plagues me off and on and it will probably be something I always have to deal with…but I am focusing on strengthening my glutes, consistently doing yoga to stretch out my tight muscles and working on my balance. It will be a lifelong project I think.

Portland Parks & Rec 5K

It’s coming up soon! I really hope that I’ve done well with my training and learned from my mistakes in the past. Time will tell!

Lessons Learned

To sum it up…I learned how important crosstraining is, that RECOVERY is crucial, and that I need to listen to my body–when it hurts, when I should back off and when there’s clearly something unbalanced!

What lessons have you learned from past mistakes?

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