Mar 252014
 

A little while ago I announced I signed up for a 5k. The first running event since I did Hood to Coast four years ago! It feels good to be back at it and to have a goal. The training program I found online seems to be a 9 week plan. I have MORE than enough time train for my 5k. My goal is to get started now, maybe take it easy as I go, and build up to the point where I can maintain the 5k fitness til July. I’m not feeling rushed or like I need to push the training. Also, I imagine that a lot of my running will be on the treadmill at the gym until May-ish, weather permitting! Then I can transition to running only outside.

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Couch to 5k – Week 1

The first week suggested three workouts of 8 repetitions of 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking. I decided to follow the advice of a reader who suggested I stick to the plan even if I feel like I was ahead of the schedule. As much as I dislike strict workout plans, I decided to just give it a try. The nice thing was that my usual workouts didn’t change all that much–I just added some running on a more consistent basis!

My workouts for the week were this:

Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday
2.75 miles  elliptical 1.80 mile walk/jog&weights 1.125 mile swim 90 minute @ Warrior Room 1 mile walk/jog& yoga

Two rest days!

It was a good week. I was happy to be back at running and feeling really good about it! Following the plan was a lot harder than I expected but not in the way you might think. I found that I struggled to do the walking intervals. Besides that it felt like a step backwards in my progress, I also forgot! I get on the treadmill, turn on my favorite music and just run. I kept having to remind myself “oh yeah, I’m supposed to walk”.

Couch to 5k – Week 2

The second week changed to 6 repetitions of 90 second jogs and 2 minutes of walking. After going to the Warrior Room after a 3 week break, I was hobbling for days. That put kind of a crimp on my training plan! Here is this week:

Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday
3 miles onelliptical 1.45 mile walk/jogweights 1.125 mile swim 2 mile walk/jog& weight lifting 1.55 miles elliptical& yoga

 

Couch to 5k – Week  3

Week 3 was adding longer walking and jogging intervals. This time I did this set twice: 90 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, 3 minutes of walking. Here is this week:

Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday
1.83 mile walk/jog40 min yoga Warrior RoomTabata/Isolation 1.25 mile swim 3.05 mile hike 1.5 miles elliptical& yoga

I went a little easy on the running this week because my IT bands were feeling a little tight. Not too bad, but enough that I wanted to back down a little. So I might be repeating week 3 again this coming week. I’ve also started going to a massage therapist to work out some of the issues. My insurance pays for 12 sessions of massage/acupuncture or chiropractor services. I found a really good place near the house and the massage therapist I saw was great! She suggested I start using epsom salts, too. I bought some that is specifically for athletes and sore muscles. It has rosemary and mint in it. I love it! It feels like magic on my muscles!

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Mar 132014
 

This week has been GORGEOUS. The sun was out and it was in the mid-60′s. This combination created a palpable giddiness in the entire city. It was like everyone was suddenly in a good mood! Me included!

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It was such a nice day and I didn’t need a jacket. In fact, wear jeans was a little toasty–capris would have been nice. I got home from work and played with Bella in the yard and then took her for a quick walk before heading to the Warrior Room. I almost cancelled the class because it was SO NICE. I considered going for a bike ride instead but I went to the class and I’m glad I did. It was a fantastic class!

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It was the 1/2 Tabata, 1/2 Isolation class. We did squats, squat jumps, burpees, up/downs, deadlifts, goblet squats, two armed swing, and running. Even though I ran at the gym the day before (unfortunately it was the treadmill) doing the C25K, I went out for a jog with everyone else because it was just so nice outside.

After that I went home to clean up and Michael got home from work, also in a great mood. We decided to go out to dinner to celebrate some stuff that recently happened (more on that soon). Some of the good stuff I can share is that my promotion is still pending (they move very slowly) but I am still happy I’m being promoted. I just don’t have a date yet. Also, my cousin Anna and I are booking a girl’s weekend trip to Vegas soon! I CAN’T WAIT!

Michael and I went to Pronto Pizza for dinner. We both wanted to check it out after hearing good things about it and Amy from EatingMyWayThruPortland loved it.

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The restaurant is in a little strip mall and has that strip mall feel to it. That wasn’t great but I’m glad we tried it and didn’t let that scare us off. The service was fast and friendly. I started with a beer from a local brewery (it’s been ages since I had a beer). I got the Breakside IPA and loved it. They even carried gluten free beer (which Michael got).

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We split a small salad. As soon as the waitress said “brussels sprout salad” I knew I wanted it. I love Brussels Sprouts! The sprouts were grilled and had a smoky flavor. The warm sprouts topped the cold leafy salad and there were walnuts and small cubes of ham on the salad.

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I’m glad we split the salad for two reasons: 1) the small was actually quite large and 2) it was my favorite part of the meal. The salad was fantastic and complex! The pizza we ordered was the Clackamas. It came with pepperoni, house-made pork sausage, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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The style was similar to Apizza Scholl’s.  While I liked the pizza, I didn’t love it. The crust was thin and crispy, the flavors were pretty good but the sausage was overpowering. It was really all I tasted.

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I would definitely return to Pronto Pizza and try some of their other pizzas. I especially want to try their white pies. Those sounded so great!

UPDATE: I just had a piece of leftover pizza for lunch and it’s better as a leftover! Very tasty indeed.

I am so ready for summer!!!

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