lunchtime run

A Run and a Recipe

This post is about a run and a recipe. First, the recipe.

I used my pressure cooker again over the weekend. First I made hard boiled eggs in it. Then I made this shredded chicken recipe:

Honey Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • ? c. La Choy Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ c. chicken broth
  • 2 lb chicken breasts
  • Green onions, chopped


  1. Electric Pressure Cooker - Add the Teriyaki sauce and honey to the Instant Pot and whisk until well combined. Add the chicken broth and chicken. Cook thawed chicken on high pressure for 12 minutes. (Cook frozen chicken on high pressure for 20 minutes.) Turn the pressure valve to “Vent” to release all of the pressure.
  2. Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and place on a plate or cutting board. Shred the chicken using two forks.
  3. Remove ½ cup of liquid from the pot. (Reserve the liquid for cooking rice.) Return the shredded chicken to pot and stir until well combined. Top chicken with green onions.
  4. Crock Pot - Add the chicken breasts to a sprayed or lined Crock Pot. Top with the Teriyaki sauce, honey and chicken broth. Add an additional ½ c. chicken broth.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. With 30 minutes of cooking time left, shred the chicken using two forks.
  6. (If using frozen chicken in the Crock Pot, cook on low for 5-6 hours.)
  7. Serving Suggestions:
  8. Make egg rolls with Honey Teriyaki Chicken, shredded carrots and shredded cabbage or broccoli slaw.
  9. Serve on a bed of rice or pasta.
  10. Make a salad by topping a bed of lettuce with Honey Teriyaki Chicken, shredded carrots, green onions and slivered almonds. Whisk some of the reserved juices with some olive oil for a quick vinaigrette.



While the chicken was cooking, I did food prep for the week for lunches. I sauteed up a bag of cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s and put them in individual containers for each lunch.

(Snacks, hard boiled egg and plain Greek yogurt with strawberries):

The chicken turned out great again! It shredded really easily. I put it back in the pressure cooker to soak up some of the teriyaki sauce and then put the chicken in containers with the rice. I topped it with chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds.

Now, the run!

It’s been YEARS since I ran on the waterfront during my lunch hour. Part of that was because my lunch hour was 30 minutes for many years. And the other part was that I wasn’t doing a lot of outdoors running. But after having Logan, I started taking him for walks when I was home. Then the walks got kind of slow and boring and I started jogging a bit. Then I started running. I got up to running a loop around our neighborhood, doing about 4-4.5 miles total.

My schedule changed a little while ago and I now have hour long lunches. So when I saw that Monday was going to be a sunny, warm day, I decided to give it a try! The idea of being stuck on the treadmill during my lunch hour sounded deflating.

I’m so glad I ran outside! It was SO NICE OUT! It just felt good to be outside with the sun on my skin, the fresh air, the waterfront…

Since it’s been a few months since I’ve been running outside (due to winter), I took it easy. Treadmill running and outdoor running is just way different. My body tends to get sore in weird places when I run outside. So I didn’t run too hard or too fast and I took some short walk breaks.

I ran down to the waterfront, crossed the Steel Bridge, and then decided to cross over the Morrison Bridge back to downtown. In the past, I usually ran the whole loop–Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge and then back to the office. It’s been a long time but I think I remember that loop being about 3.5 or 4 miles totals.

Since this was my first time out, I cut it short and didn’t push it. If the weather holds up later this week, I might try to go back out. I’m going to work my way up to running the whole loop again.

Here are my stats:

So when I run on the treadmill during lunch, I usually do between 3 and 3.25 miles in 48 minutes (so I have enough time to stretch, foam roll and then shower). I’m slightly disappointed I only made it 2.8 miles on the waterfront but I am reminded myself I was going to take it easy for the first time out!

I got back to work and ate my cauliflower rice with teriyaki chicken for lunch and felt SO amazing after my run!

Day in the Life

Friday Friday Friday!

I work long hours during the week with my (newish) schedule so that every other Friday I have the day off. The alternate Fridays I do work, it’s a shorter day! YAY!

Day in the Life

5:35am – Alarm goes off. I lay there for a minute hating life because I am SO not a morning person. (The perfect work schedule for me would be, like 9-4, with my sleeping until 8am!) Then up to shower. Weigh in – 166. Thankfully didn’t gain any weight over the holidays with Christmas cookies, being sick and taking prednisone! YAY!

6:00am – Get Logan up and dressed and in his highchair. Michael makes us breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, salsa and hot sauce, plus a big glass of EmergenC (doing everything I can to stay healthy!). Around 400 calories total. We eat and get ready to go.

6:25am – After several trips to load all the crap into the car, I drive to daycare. The new daycare is great and it’s nice that it’s pretty convenient for the commute.

6:40am – Drop Logan off at daycare, make funny faces in the window and then drive to work in traffic!

7:05am – Park in my parking place and depending on how late I am, run to the bus stop, take the bus across the river to work.

7:15am – Start working. Make my coffee (I should probably start making my coffee at home…) Since having a kid I’ve become a 2 coffee a day person often! I spend the next few hours working, working, working. I spend a lot of time walking back and forth from my desk to the printer for stuff. So I get a LOT of steps in. Here’s an example:

Quite a bit, huh? 3 of those miles was my run, but basically I walk several miles a day just around the office.

10:30am – Mid-morning snack before working out. Today it’s a small gala apple and a slice of Tillamook cheddar cheese. Around 150 calories. 

11:00am – Time to work out! If I want to use the gym at work during my lunch hour, I have to go kind of early. On certain days there are yoga classes and they don’t allow you to workout at the same time, so I stagger my lunch to avoid the class. I also go at odd times to avoid crowds in the gym (especially this time of year!).

This day, I run 3 miles on the treadmill in 43 minutes. Not a great run. It’s the second run I’ve done since being sick and taking a few weeks off. It was rough and my heart rate was pretty high the entire time and I had to take a lot of walking breaks just to get my heart rate normal.

11:45am – Finish workout. Foam roll and stretch. Quick shower and dry my hair.

12:15pm – Back to my desk. I heat up lunch, or make a salad, and eat at my desk while I go through emails I missed during my lunchbreak. This day is a salad with leftover steak.

2:30pm – Small snack. Salami. 80 calories. I take a quick break at work and finish reading my book (Mitch Rapp #9).

4:00pm – OFF WORK! YAY! WEEKEND! Bus back to my car, drive home. Play with Logan. Check out the video on my Instagram of Logan when I got home 🙂

5:30pm – Dinner and bath time for Logan! Maya came to visit Logan while he was in the bath. 🙂

7:00pm – Bedtime for the little Booger. We do the bedtime routine and Michael fixes us dinner. I open a bottle of wine and immediately change into my PJs. Exciting Friday night, huh? 😉

I really liked this wine. I got it at a discount store and went in blind and was happily surprised it was a good bottle! It smelled very sweet and floral but was not sweet to taste. It was very dry and crisp, like a Sauvignon Blanc.

Dinner was a grilled pork tenderloin, seasoned with lemon pepper, sauteed Brussels Sprouts with bacon (I LOVE Brussels sprouts and could eat them every day) and some fresh mozzarella cheese. Dinner was delicious! And around 700 calories. Dessert was a small piece of chocolate fudge, handmade by a friend. Yum!

8:00pm – We usually watch a movie on Friday nights (last Friday we watched “Get Out”! SO GOOD! Watch it!) but this night we decided to just hang out and talk for awhile. It was nice!

I’m not going to post when we went to bed because it’s embarrassingly early. But yeah, I started a new book and will let you know how it is!