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 282014
 

On Memorial Day, Michael and I went to Broder for breakfast. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go to breakfast forever but haven’t tried it because every single time I drive by it, there is a line around the block. I’m just not the type to stand in long lines for restaurants. Broder is a Swedish restaurant that is very popular! The place we planned to go to originally was closed for the holiday so we drove by Broder just to see how bad the line was. I was surprised that there were only about 15 people waiting. The restaurant was going to open in about 10 minutes. Perfect timing!

We got a table. (The place was completely packed and when we left, there were tons of people sitting on the benches outside waiting.) Michael got an iced tea and I got coffee. It came with a little jug of cream–the thickest cream I’ve ever had. The coffee was pretty good but a little on the sweet side for me.

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Michael got the hash. It was potatoes, diced ham, roast beef topped with baked eggs and pickled beats. There was a side of walnut toast. Michael loved his dish. He said it was very unique. I had a bite and it was quite good. I also liked the walnut bread. It was so interesting and different! There was a smoky flavor in addition to the nutty flavor.

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I went with the Ableskiver (Danish Pancakes). It was something I’d heard about for awhile and wanted to give it a try. I was not disappointed! The presentation of both dishes was fantastic and everything tasted great. My “pancakes” were airy and light and didn’t sit too heavy. They kind of look like donut holes.

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It came with a side of lingonberry jam and lemon curd. The pancakes were light and had a lemon flavor to them, even before dipping in the lemon curd. The powdered sugar on top was a nice tough. What a cool breakfast! While I would not return if it meant I was standing in line for along time, I would happily go back to eat there. Perhaps going at “off” times means the lines aren’t as long. They also serve lunch and the lunch menu sounded delicious!

After breakfast we returned home and I went for a run. It was such a nice, sunny, warm day out and I didn’t really want to go to the gym. We’d gone for a hike the day before and while my hamstrings were a little tight, my knees and quads felt good so I figured a run would be ok. I used my Couch to 5k app and walked down the street to the school nearby.

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I really like running on the track and it’s nice that it’s so close. I know track running can be monotonous but it’s a million times better than a treadmill. At least I’m outside and I can feel the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my hair! My legs were a little heavy as I started the workout but they loosened up a bit and the run was decent.

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I ran 2.40 miles in about a half an hour and then used the walk back to the house as my cool-down. I was feeling really great! Michael and I spent the next few hours working in the yard. This was the calorie burn for my run:

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Really, we’d been working on the yard all weekend long, but still had so much more to do. We split it up between the three days because there was just so much of it. On Saturday I’d lifted weights at the gym, then cleaned the whole house, did all the laundry and moved a bunch of heavy furniture. Then we’d spent a few hours weeding and I planted tomatoes. Lots and lots of heavy lifting. You better believe my back was sore. I took it a little easy on Sunday but Monday came around and we had to finish the rest of it. More weed pulling, more chopping down blackberries, and then planting 18 jalapeno plants!

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18 jalapenos, 5 roma tomatoes, 1 cherry tomato plant, and a zucchini plant. We’re going to make salsa and spaghetti sauce (hopefully) and the zucchini was so successful the first year we planted it I know we’ll have tons of it. I plan on canning a bunch of the salsa and spaghetti sauce.

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I’m a little bummed we aren’t doing kale this year. There’s just too much to do with the wedding and stuff and we almost skipped a veggie garden entirely. My hope is that they all ripen BEFORE we leave for two weeks on our honeymoon! Cross your fingers we’ll be lucky with our plants this year. Last year wasn’t that great. I think our compost soil wasn’t ready for the plants.

Michael and I wrapped up the long weekend with a movie. We haven’t gone to a movie since we got Bella! That’s a long time for us. We used to go to movies a few times a month at least. I guess our priorities shifted. We didn’t want to leave Bella in her crate any longer than need be; we already feel guilty enough leaving her while we are at work. Anyway, we went to see Godzilla. There were a few ridiculous moments in the movie but overall it was quite good and exciting! So the long weekend ended with a good movie and an unfortunate sunburn…. :( The first of the season ALWAYS gets me.

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