running

Sunny Sunny Spring

It’s GORGEOUS in Portland! For the last week or so it’s been sunny and warm and yesterday it was 80 degrees. Thank goddess! I am so over icky gray rain.

Over the weekend we worked in the garden a bunch. It was nice just being out in the sunshine. Every day after work we’ve eaten dinner on the deck. Logan immediately wants to go outside and play when we get home from daycare. It’s just so nice! I want to soak it up. The downside? My allergies are TERRIBLE!

Wednesday I went for a nice run in the sun during my lunch break. I’ve been running the waterfront loop downtown about once or twice a week depending on the weather. Pre-run I had my apple and string cheese for a snack, slathered on the sunscreen and headed outside.

It was perfect outside and not crowded yet!

This time I went across the Steel Bridge first then ran down to the Hawthorne Bridge. I like to switch it up periodically so it doesn’t get boring. I’m thinking that if I get a little faster I might be able to extend it to the new pedestrian bridge and make my run a little longer but I’m not there yet.

The waterfront wasn’t busy when I went out, which was nice. Unfortunately, I had to take a lot of walking breaks. I have no idea why. My legs just felt like lead. The first mile was great. I felt good, had energy, but then I started to slow down.

After my run I walked the last block to cool off then went to the gym in my building to stretch and foam roll.

Lunch was shredded Thai chicken I made in the pressure cooker with kimchi. My afternoon snack was plain Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, walnuts and some low sugar granola. I’ve been REALLY really hungry lately and the normal stuff hasn’t been satisfying my hunger, so I added the walnuts and granola in hopes that it would tide me over better.

Dinner was Trader Joe’s carrot “noodles” with spaghetti sauce, meatballs, fresh parmesan and garlic bread. I like the carrot noodles better than the zucchini noodles. I felt like the zucchini ones cooked down to nothing. But the carrots kind of hold their shape and are a little al dente. They feel more like you’re eating pasta.

Very delicious, satisfying and filling dinner. We watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain (Southern Italy) and then crashed in bed early. On days I run the waterfront I am CRUSHED by bedtime! I was hoping to get in an epsom salt bath but I had no time. Oh well. Next week!

QUESTION: What is your favorite way (besides salads) to get more veggies into your meals?

The Full Loop

I wish I could remember when the last time it was that I ran the full loop on the waterfront. I don’t know if I documented it on here, but I’m guessing it was about 5-6 years ago. Last week I ran part of the loop. This week I got to run the full thing! I felt so happy and accomplished afterwards.

Don’t mind the derpy photo! I was trying to get a photo of the beautiful cherry blossom trees that are now in full bloom on the waterfront. They are one of my favorite trees.

It was supposed to be 60+ degrees. But by the time I was ready to run, the sun was out and it was a chilly 50 degrees. I wore my running sweater but after about 10 minutes, I didn’t need it and took it off. It was a gorgeous sunny day for a run.

Here is a photo of me crossing the Steel Bridge:

And across the river:

Once I got across the river, I did some run/walk intervals. My left knee was bugging me slightly but it wasn’t too terrible. This time I ran across the Hawthorne Bridge instead of cutting it short like last time.

After my run last week, I ordered a running belt on Amazon.I was having an issue trying to figure out where to put my work badge so I could get back into the building. But I didn’t have pockets big enough. This was the first time I ran with a belt. I didn’t particularly like it–if you don’t have a muffin top, you will wearing a running belt!!–but it did work pretty well. And it stayed in place, too, so that’s a plus.

It was such a nice day out, I didn’t want to go back into the office. I walked the last few blocks to work and then went to the gym to foam roll and stretch.

I showered and then was back at my desk to eat my sad frozen meal for lunch. It’s the quickest and easiest thing on days I run outside because I use my full lunch hour for the run/stretch/shower.

Here are my stats:

I’ve been noticing that my run pattern seems to be: fastest mile is the first mile. Probably because I can run for about 1 to 1.5 miles without having to take a walk break and towards the end of the run I take more walk breaks. Oh well, I’m not trying to beat any records. Maybe my own. 😉

Last night I took a hot bath with epsom salts to hopefully stave off the soreness from my run (it seemed to help) and slept SO good that night. I love running outside.