Jun 182014
 

I found this article recently, 25 Rules Every Runner Should Follow, expecting it to be just recycled tidbits I already knew but was surprised at how many things I hadn’t heard of or considered. Some of them were particularly good and I wanted to share those.

“5. The 2-Day Rule: If something hurts for two straight days while running, take two days off. Two straight days of pain may signal the beginning of an injury. “Even taking five days of complete rest from running will have little impact on your fitness level,” says Troy Smurawa, M.D., team physician for USA Triathlon. If something hurts for two weeks, even if you’ve taken your rest days, see a doctor.”

That makes a lot of sense! After my knee issues I’ve found that I can’t do really hard activities two days in a row. For example, if I bike to work one day, running the next day hurts. But having a day or two in between and I’m usually okay.

“7. The Race-Recovery Rule: For each mile that you race, allow one day of recovery before returning to hard training or racing.”

That makes a lot of sense to me. So does this next one (which is something I never knew before and certainly didn’t follow!):

“15. The Sleep Rule: Sleep one extra minute per night for each mile per week that you train. So if you run 30 miles a week, sleep an extra half hour each night. “Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on training,” says David Claman, M.D., director of the University of California-San Francisco Sleep Disorders Center.”

There were a few other good things to note, so check out that article if you’re a runner, or would like to be!

I woke up one morning recently without any desire to go to the gym. I laid in bed feeling very blah about it. I decided I’d skip the gym (even though my body really did need the yoga class I was planning on going to) and go for a run. It was kind of gray day but wasn’t too cold old. I headed outside after breakfast and walked over to the track near the house. It was a really quiet morning and I was the only one out there, which was nice.

I was doing the Couch to 5K app and the running intervals were between 6-8 minutes at a time. I actually ran 1 mile around the track without having to walk at all! That made me feel really good.

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I’d run about a mile and a half by this point and then I started to feel some sprinkles. I was like, Meh, it’s not a big deal. And kept running (of course I wasn’t wearing my running hat) and then a few minutes later is was not just sprinkles, it was pouring rain! UGH! The rain was a lot but not horrid and I kept running because I didn’t want to quit early.  Then it just drenched me. There is definitely something a little exhilarating about running in the rain. It feels very primal and like you’re one with the earth as the rain falls down.

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The rain kept coming down harder and harder and I finally took refuge underneath the bleacher roof.  I thought it would let up so I waited for a few minutes, my run jacket and headband completely soaked, and then gave up and ran back to the house. Boo.

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Even though the rain cut my run short (only by about 10 minutes or so), I was glad I stayed out there and got some miles in. I walked the last half mile to the house to cool down and when I got inside (and stripped off the very wet jacket) I did some yoga stretches in the bedroom for about 10 minutes. I’m trying to be REALLY GOOD about stretching after each run. I know my IT bands need that.

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Later I met my friend Star for dinner at a new restaurant. The SE Division area of town has been under so much change and development! Every time I drive up there, there’s new condos, new restaurants and everything looks different! We went to Bollywood Theater, which a friend recommended. I was excited to try it because it’s been AGES since I had Indian food.

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The restaurant itself was very cool. It was nearly empty when I got there and when we left it was packed full. It was loud and sometimes difficult to talk to my friend and hear what she was saying. First–what I didn’t like. I absolutely HATE restaurants that make you bus your own table, get your own water and silverware and order at the counter. Call me high maintenance, I don’t care, but if I’m going out to a restaurant I don’t want to do the work. I want to be served. And if service is good I tip well. It really irritates me when restaurants adopt this model and I probably won’t go back based on that. Also, the line to order food snaked through the restaurant and out the front door. It was also a VERY slow line and took forever to order.

Second–what I did like, the food. The food was excellent. Star ordered the Egg Masala small plate and I ordered the chicken curry small plate. Both came with saffron rice. The curry was rich and spicy, the chicken in my dish was overcooked, so that was disappointing.

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What really made the food excellent was the Kati Roll I ordered for us to share. It was egg, pickled onion, green chutney, spinach and paneer cheese wrapped in fried indian flatbread. It was A-MAZ-ING!!! Probably one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time and will crave that wrap for awhile. Both Star and I were raving about it the entire time we were there. It was THAT good! It’s a shame my chicken dish was a little overcooked and the whole serve yourself thing, otherwise I’d be raving about this place.

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Would I come back? Maybe–but I would get the food to go (especially that kati roll!!!) and eat it somewhere else. I love Indian food and it’s been so long since I had it, but I’d probably find somewhere else to go so I could have the full restaurant experience. Anyway, other than that it was good to catch up with my friend and as I write this I’m still thinking about that wrap…yum!

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May 132014
 

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Biking to work 2 weeks in a row! Go me! I was happy when the rainy weather changed last Wednesday to NO rain. It wasn’t quite as hot as it was the day of my first bike commute, in fact the morning commute was quite chilly, but it wasn’t wet and that means I ride.

The morning was cool and quiet. I drove part way and parked and then rode in on the Springwater Trail. There weren’t a lot of bikers or runners on the trail this time. My fingers were very cold–even wearing my thicker colder weather gloves. I had to constantly wiggle my fingers and make a fist to keep the blood flowing.

The trail has had a lot of repairs since I rode last summer. There was a giant sinkhole on part of the trail near Ross Island. I feel like it was that way for two years. You can see pictures of it here. I don’t know why it took them so long to fix it. It wasn’t a huge issue but when the trail was crowded, especially in the afternoon or on weekends, having to go down to one narrow lane for both ways of traffic was difficult. It’s finally fixed!

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It’s so nice! They did a good job and I’m glad it’s finished and wide enough for lots of people.

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I mentioned last week that my heart rate monitor stopped working. I’ve had Polar Heart Rate Monitors for years and LOVED them. They were so great and I loved seeing the calories I burn as well as training SMARTER by paying attention to my heart rate. The last two I’ve owned have been total duds. The most recent one I bought in January. It barely lasted 3 months before it started quitting on me on a regular basis. I bought it on Amazon and of course the window to return it passed. I talked to their customer service and they were very nice to allow me to return in. So now I’m in the market for a new heart rate monitor that is NOT a Polar. In the meantime, Michael gave me his old one and it’s working pretty well.

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I’m thinking about biting the bullet and getting a Garmin. Any tips? Recommendations? Suggestions?

Afternoon Ride

It didn’t get super warm in the afternoon but the sun was out and it was warm enough I could leave my jacket and compression tights at work. I biked 10.73 miles that day.

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I pushed it a little harder on the way home than in the morning and about the last mile or so my right knee started to bug me. Thankfully it didn’t last very long and the next day I felt okay.

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I met Michael at home, we cleaned up and then went out to dinner. Bella came with us. We went to this really good hot dog stand on E Burnside Street called Franks-A-Lot. It used to be called The Dog House.

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They have a patio area where you can sit in the sun and enjoy your hot dog. It’s been ages since we’ve been–probably at least a year. It’s a good pit-stop after a hike on a Saturday afternoon. :)

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Michael got tons of jalapenos on his dog and a bag of chips. I got a regular beef hot dog with some coleslaw on the side. The owner came out and sat with us and played with Bella and gave her dog biscuits. It was cute. The sun was out and it was nice to just sit outside.

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