The Little Bit of Everything Post

First, thank you all for the support on my post about Hood to Coast. There were so many great comments!

Suzanne said: “Nice honest post, Lisa. You’re right, running is very hard on the body. The endorphins make it intoxicating, but I’ve found that high in other ways. My body just can’t take the pounding and it’s not worth it. I get a high from intense weight training and circuit routines. Most runners I know obsess about their “times.” I just don’t get it… I love planning and tracking my routines but I can honestly say I don’t obsess about it. Oh well, just my opinion.”

The Runner’s High is definitely addicting. I fell for it. And it changed the way I thought about fitness…all of a sudden nothing else compared to running because I didn’t get that same “high.” I wanted more. I wanted to feel like that all the time. Weight lifting, stair-master, nothing was like running. So I started to diminish the value in other activities.

Susan said: “Oh Lisa, I cannot put into words how much I GET this post. I did my first triathlon a year and a half ago. From my experience, people do races like these and get hooked. But for me, I finished and said “well I’m never doing that again.” I’m all for challenging yourself physically and mentally, but never when it puts your physical health at risk. Something I try to hammer into the heads of my clients all the time! I’m more about finding those few activities you truly love and doing them in MODERATION :) Excellent reflection xo”

The comment from Susan meant a lot because she’s a personal trainer. Honestly one of the first thoughts I had when I first got injured was “Oh my god if I’m no longer a runner what will I talk about on the blog? Who will read it??” But I found other things to write about and it ended up being a good thing!

AJ said: “I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve heard the same thing said about marathons and other long distance running events – people who loved to run before lost their passion or were too injured afterward. It’s great that you were able to accomplish something from your Bucket List and it seems the commitment was not only the preparation but the recovery too! Despite knowing how tough running can be – especially on my body for some reason! – a full marathon is on my Bucket List. I’m delaying it until I truly have time to train properly. 16 miles in 3ish hours IS epic! That’s amazing!”

I accomplished something pretty awesome by running Hood to Coast. Despite being injured, I do NOT regret doing it and I’m happy I ran it!

From Portland Running Co.

To be honest it made me feel really good to hear from other people who felt the same way–who felt like if they weren’t a runner doing races they weren’t part of the “cool club” in the blogging community. That’s not true. We all have a place within the community and it doesn’t mean we have to conform to the “norm” or the “popular.”

Onto bigger and better things…

Thank you all for checking out Michael’s first Guest Post yesterday! The comments were encouraging as well. I’m glad the topic was popular. Coming soon will be a post from Michael on how to choose the RIGHT bike.

Last night on the way home from work I stopped at the Portland Running Company to pick up my new shoes!

I got another pair of my favorite running shoes: Brooks Ravenna. They changed the look of the shoes (which is a bummer because they aren’t purple anymore) but I am happy to have a new pair!

Michael’s mom gave me a gift card to that store for Christmas. It was a generous gift and I was able to buy my shoes with it. While I was there, I also picked up one of these:

I’ve never tried one before and I hope it is beneficial to my problem. Maybe the combination of new shoes and the wrap I will be in good shape.

I also have two updates. The first: I’ve successfully completed week 1 of making my own coffee at work.

It was a bit of a pain the first two days but then it became part of my morning routine at work and it’s easy now. Plus I saved $6.25 this week just from not buying coffee!

Finally the last update: Michael was able to recover my old photos from an old computer! YAY!! He’s the awesomest boyfriend ever. Thank you babes. 😀

QUESTION: How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

Leg Massage and Sushi…Perfect Night

I got a much needed pedicure after work yesterday. I met my friend at our usual spot and relaxed in the massaging chair. It was heavenly! The lady massage my legs and my feet for a good 15 minutes or more.

It felt sooo good. I told her that I’d run that day and I think she spent extra time on my legs. I literally melted into the chair.

After the pedicures, my friend and I went to Mio Sushi. A new Mio opened up in Sellwood (which is awesome because it’s right by my house!). The place was packed but we got seats quickly.

I ordered a peach and mango iced tea. It was more like a dessert than a drink! There were chunks of sweet mango in the tea. It was amazing (and I think my new favorite thing).

I ordered a cucumber and asparagus salad before the sushi came. I was hungry all day yesterday.

My friend doesn’t eat meat or raw fish, so she chose a few vegetarian rolls. I  ordered a Philly Roll and a Dragon Roll (it had spicy tuna, cucumber and I think eel).

I had them all to myself! 😀

Usually when I get sushi with Michael or my friend Robyn, we share two or three different rolls. I decided that I can only eat about one and a half rolls by myself.

The Philly Roll is by far my favorite. I have no idea why, but anything with cream cheese in it–I’ll eat. I was STUFFED by the time we were done eating.

It was a really good night and it was nice spending time with my friend. We don’t spend enough time together anymore since I moved. 🙁

I went home and read in bed. But not for very long. Then this happened:

NUDGE. NUDGE. Fat Kitty decided I wasn’t going to read. Instead, I was supposed to pay attention to him.

How could I resist that face?

I woke up this morning with SORE LEGS! Ugh. I haven’t felt this sore in awhile. I have no idea why–yesterday’s run wasn’t all that different from what it usually is.

The consensus of my readers regarding Jello Legs was low blood sugar/not enough food before running. When I run at lunch, I usually eat a banana 45 minutes-1 hours before I run. Yesterday I had a Chobani Greek yogurt. So I think I will go back to the tried and true banana.

This morning I have one of these:

And it’s really hitting the spot after a long, exhausting week!

QUESTION: Do you get pedicures on a regular basis? What’s your favorite sushi roll?