Hood to Coast Training Run

I woke up Saturday morning and debated in my mind whether or not to run or go to the gym. I decided running on the nearby track would be better than going to the gym and using the treadmill. I drank half an Atkin’s Shake for pre-run breakfast.

I filled my water and ran down to the track. The entire time I ran, I focused on Hood to Coast. I planned every detail in my head. I imagined myself finishing the race and crossing the finish line.

QUESTION: What do you think about when running?

My Hood to Coast Legs are 12, 24 and 36.

Leg 12: is 6.37 miles, classified Moderate, mostly flat, a few rolling hills in the city, start at 7pm.

Leg 24: is 4.92 miles, classified as Easy, flat terrain along the Nehalem River, start at 5:15am.

Leg 36: is 5.23 miles, classified as Moderate, challenging up and steep downhills, winding roads that finish on the beach, start at 2:30pm.

Saturday morning’s run was motivated by nerves. I will admit that I am pretty nervous and anxious about Hood to Coast. I didn’t have any specific goals in mind for yesterday’s run. I just wanted to get in some good mileage.

I felt good during my run. I didn’t have any pain or discomfort. My stomach was a tad uncomfortable from the antibiotics, but I powered through it for about 6 miles without having to walk or stop to rest.

I ran the half mile back to the house and did some stretching and used my Foam Roller.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 1:18

Distance: 7 miles

Calories Burned: 852

I immediately drank the rest of my Atkin’s Shake and fixed a breakfast for myself while the boys helped me move the blog. First, I had half a bagel with light cream cheese.

Then I put some unflavored Chobani Greek yogurt in the bowl and topped it will fresh blueberries. I think I prefer the plain yogurt. It’s not sweet at all (which is much better for me lately) and adding fresh fruit is just enough sweetness.

It was a great post-run breakfast.

One suggestion I do have for people taking antibiotics, be sure to eat a LOT of yogurt and take acidophilus to replenish the good bacteria that antibiotics kill off. “Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Once ingested, probiotics colonize the intestines and other parts of the body and can sustain themselves unless they are destroyed by antibiotics or other factors.” Besides eating yogurt, I’m also taking acidophilus supplements. Probiotics are so important!

I have to take my antibiotics with food that has substance (bread usually works). For lunch I made ravioli with pesto.

I measured out a serving of pesto, which happens to be 1/4 of a cup. I used half of that and put the rest of the pesto back in the jar. Instead of like 250 calories, it was 125 calories or so.

Lunch was great. Do you have any other ideas for pesto? Cause I think I could put it on everything. 🙂

Sunkissed Raspberries

The good news: the antibiotics seem to be helping already. The tooth pain has diminished a lot. The bad news: antibiotics make me feel a little sick to my stomach. 🙁 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am crossing my fingers that the healing process continues (and does so quickly).

I stopped at the produce stand to buy some fruit. I have been craving fruit and veggies all week!

The raspberries barely made it home. I sort of ate a lot of them before I got home. 🙂 For lunch I cooked some more soup.

Rosemary Chicken with White Beans and Bacon = 220 calories. It was pretty good. The chicken chunks were a little too big for me to eat but I liked the soup.

I barely toasted half a bagel (so it was warm but still a little soft) and spread some light cream cheese on it.

It took me forever to eat that half bagel. I have to chew very slowly. This whole situation has pointed out to me that I eat way too fast normally.

QUESTION: Are you a fast eater? How do you slow yourself down?

The lunch should keep me from getting sick from the antibiotics. Later, I’ll eat the rest of these beauties:

Spending the afternoon relaxing, healing, sucking down water, and watching episodes of “Weeds.” This weekend is The Bite of Oregon. I had wanted to go experience it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

QUESTION: What are your weekend plans? Anything fun going on?