Mar 112015
 

Portland Parks & Rec is doing their $5 5k series again. I had marked my calender to make sure I was registered on the day they opened it because the series sold out so fast last year. They might be sold out by now, but if you live in the Portland area and want to do a 5K this summer, check out their website here.

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Last year I ran the Gabriel Park 5k, in 35 minutes. It was the first race I’d run in a LONG time (I think Hood to Coast was the last running race I’d done) and I’d spent most of the spring and summer training for it (using the Couch To 5k App). It felt great to be running again and it felt even better to race, even if it was just a “fun” no pressure kind of race.

I’ve signed up for two races for this summer, one in August and one in September. The one in September I’m running with my dad! I’m really excited about that and I know he is too. I’m also a little nervous because he’s faster than me. Yep, my 65 year old father is in better shape and a faster runner than I am! Talk about a complex, right? But it’s just something fun that we can do together and I’m looking forward to it. I think my friend Robyn (who I ran with last year) and my dog walker Amy is signed up for the August race so it will be fun to run with them!

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After work on Tuesday I decided to go for a run instead of going to the gym. The weather was too nice to be inside–60+ degrees and sunny. I decided to run the track near the house. The weather was perfect and it’s now much lighter in the evenings so that’s nice. Since I was running the track, I left Bella at home.

I jogged down our street and then jogged/walked to the neighborhood track. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sunglasses! In MARCH! Unheard of.

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I ran/walked around the track and enjoyed the warm air and the fresh air. I was so glad I decided to run. It took about a mile to warm up and not feel stiff/achy, but once I warmed up the running was fantastic and I didn’t want to stop.

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After running for about 30 minutes I decided to head back home and I had planned on doing some ab work and some yoga stretches. When I got to our street I saw Michael walking Bella up the street so I ended up joining them for their walk as my cool-down. Here was the walk:

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It was still nice out but the clouds were rolling in. The three of us walked around the neighborhood and then headed back home. I skipped the ab work and instead just did stretches. Here’s my calorie count:

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421 calories, 3.05 miles run. I stretched and cleaned up and then Michael and fixed a quick dinner of leftovers (pork tenderloin, asparagus, cottage cheese and some polenta). It was a low calorie dinner but filling. I iced my knees to be safe, since I’m used to treadmill running right now, and we relaxed.

I’m excited about the 5k’s I signed up for. My mistake with choosing Gabriel Park last year was that it was ALL HILLS. The ones I picked for this summer, thankfully, are more flat. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself, but I am hoping I can run most of the 5k’s and not walk as much as I did last year. We’ll see. I hope the weather stays nice so I can continue to train outside! The rain is back now, so who knows!

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Dec 292014
 

On Christmas morning I woke up earlier than I was expecting. Michael and had a small snack and opened presents. Bella was super excited about her Santa hat! She got a new squeak toy from her foster mom Jen and Michael got her a new rope to chew on.

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After all that was done, I had some time to kill before my parents were going to arrive.  Michael was in the shower so I figured I’d go for a quick run. It was chilly out but not raining. I had about 30 minutes and that was really all I wanted to do. I just wanted to get a little exercise in to offset some of the calories I’d be eating for the holiday.

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My parents drove down from Seattle and the four of us went to Gracie’s for brunch. It’s our tradition and I enjoy going there. It’s a nice treat and the place is so classy. If you’re ever looking for a really nice meal and want to spend some time surrounded by old world decadence, The Hotel deLuxe is the place to be!

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I love that place. It’s always such a nice experience and everyone is always happy with the food. I was glad we made reservations because the place was packed. We got there a few minutes early and wandered around the lobby while we waited. It’s always decorated nicely.

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I got some coffee and agonized over the menu. There were so many good sounding things! I ended up getting the Belgian Waffle. I never eat stuff like that and it just sounded so good. It came with toasted pecans and banana slices on it. It was so good!

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Michael and my mom both got the Huevos Rancheros (per usual) and I had a bite of Michael’s. Once again I thought I should have gotten that! So next year I will definitely get it. I kick myself every year. My dad got the whole wheat pancakes and said they were fantastic.

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We had a lovely brunch–relaxing and fun. Caught up on things, talked about our honeymoon. After brunch we went back to the house and opened gifts and spent some time together. They were on their way to the beach and we had to get to Michael’s mom’s house. It felt a little rushed this year but I was really glad I was able to see everyone.

We went to Michael’s mom’s house for dinner. She did a roast. She just seasoned it with salt, pepper and garlic but it was so amazing. It was absolutely delicious! She made a salad with pears, walnuts, craisins and goat cheese. There was steamed broccoli and then mashed potatoes with green onions, cheese and bacon mixed into it.

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Everything tasted so great and pretty healthy. It was a nice balance of splurging and healthy food. Michael’s stepsister made her famous deviled eggs (adding some hot pepper flakes to it this time which were fantastic and spicy!!).

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We relaxed and then opened gifts. Michael’s mom gave me new running shoes that I desperately needed! Bella also got some treats and a new bed! My mom got Bella a little lighted key chain thing for when we go on walks in the dark.

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It was so nice to spend time with everyone. Quality time, laid back, socializing and eating and drinking. After opening gifts we all just lounged around a bit before heading home. I missed Bell. I hate leaving her alone at home! Especially on a holiday. But she was so spoiled and she LOVED her new deluxe bed from “Grandma”. 😉 It was a lovely holiday and our first married Christmas! <3

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