“Do I Look Like a Runner?”

I wish I hadn’t gone from 11:00am to 3:00 pm to eat yesterday. That was a bad move on my part. And probably part of what was making me not feel good. I left work a bit early to go home and rest. Thank goodness for car snacks:

Kashi 7 Grain sample pack: 120 calories. Not quite as good as regular Wheat Thins, in my opinion, rather plain tasting. I stopped at the store for essentials.

Roasted Red Pepper and Crab Bisque, 170 calories a serving, plus salad fixings.

I’ve been drinking Emergen-C too.

I made a salad because I was craving veggies! Especially sweet grape tomatoes.

I devoured my lunch, gulping down my Emergen-C. Hopefully I won’t need to use this too much:

What did I do with my afternoon home sick? I watched this movie:

I was so excited when it finally arrived from Netflix yesterday. Why haven’t I watched this movie sooner?? Not only am I runner, I live in Oregon! Seems like a no-brainer.

Who was Steve Prefontaine? He was running superstar from Oregon. He grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, ran a 4:31 indoor mile in high-school and went to the University of Oregon where he beat record after record. He trained under coach Bill Bowerman (who in 1964 founded Blue Ribbon Sports, later known as Nike). He held every American record between 2,000 meters and 10,000 meters (a feat that has never been equaled).  He was in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. May 30, 1975 he died in a drunk driving accident when he was 24.

It was a really inspiring story. Pre was an amazing runner and the movie just really stressed how much of the sport was MENTAL for him. He even had one leg shorter than the other! He would ask his girlfriend before each race, “Do I look like a Runner?” It made me think: do I look like a runner? Maybe not. I don’t have the long, lean legs like Prefontaine. I don’t have the speed of Prefontaine. But what I do have is the mental drive and determination to achieve whatever goal I set my mind to.

If you haven’t seen this movie, you MUST.

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

QUESTION: Have you seen this movie? And do you believe that running is a mental sport?

Girl Talk Happy Hour

Thursday I was starting to feel funky. Swollen glands, a bit of a sore throat. It wasn’t getting any worse, though, so I didn’t cancel my happy hour plans with my friend Erika.

I met her after work at Gold Dust Meridian. It’s on SE Hawthorne–a trendy, hippie, yuppie area of town. Lots of boutiques, bars, restaurants, and funky hippie stores.

One of the bonuses for this place was that happy hour lasted until 8pm! I love finding places that have longer happy hours because sometimes I can’t get their after work before happy hour ends.

Even though I wasn’t feeling top notch, I got a pint of the Hop Works Lager.

Yes, yes I know that drinking a beer when under the weather probably wasn’t the smartest move. Oh well!

I ordered the petite salad: organic greens, grape tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and citrus vinaigrette. It was delicious. I was really hungry too. The photo of the salad didn’t turn out. Trust me, it was tasty. I liked the citrus dressing.

I also ordered the mac n’ cheese. It was made with Vermont aged cheddar and topped with breadcrumbs. It was gooey and delicious. Not the best mac n’ cheese I’ve ever had but it was good. Between the salad and mac n’ cheese, it was enough food for dinner.

The place was stylishly retro.

The decor reminded me of my grandmother’s basement.

Bottom Line:

-Food was good.

-Happy Hour was cheap

-The place wasn’t crowded at 5:30, but by 8pm it was packed.

-Service was typical Portland: Mediocre at best but not horrible.

-I’d probably go back.

Before I knew it, 3 hours had passed and it was time to get home. My throat was hurting so I reverted to comfort food to soothe my throat:

Ice cream!

I did not sleep well last night. My throat started hurting more in the middle of the night, I was out of numbing throat spray, and feeling grumpy this morning! I bought a bunch of EmergenC, drank Airborne and took my Zicam. I am determined to beat this!

I will NOT get sick! Now gimme something warm for my throat!

QUESTION: Cure me! Besides the Zicam, zinc, EmergenC, Airborne and vitamins, what else can I do to shake this?