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Race the Rain

We’ve had a house guest for the last few days and over the weekend I had a bit of a stomach bug. Not sure if I ate some that didn’t agree with me or what, but I took it a little easy. Honestly after having a busy few weeks it was nice to relax and watch some Netflix and decompress. I started watching “Bosch” on Amazon Prime. If you have Prime, I highly recommend it! It’s REALLY good! The books are great, too, if you haven’t read those.

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So Sunday came and I met a friend for a walk. She recently had a baby and it was a pleasure seeing the little one! We got in a nice walk–around 3 miles or so. Then Michael and I went out for a hike after lunch. We needed something near the city because we were racing the forecast of rain.

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We went out to Powell Butte Park in SE Portland. It’s a quick, easy drive and a nice little park in the city. If you’re looking for a hike to do on the east side of town, this is a good one. The last time I was there it was under construction but now it’s mostly done and the trails are really nice! It’s a huge park with sweeping views of the city, the countryside and various mountains.

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It’s not a really strenuous hike, but there were a few parts of the trail that got my blood pumping. There are mountain bike trails and we saw evidence of horses, too. The clouds were looking ominous, but it seemed to be off in the distance.

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Part of the path is paved. Then it turns into gravel. Then the trail goes downhill and into the woods. There were tons of mountain bike trails with hills and stuff. We hiked through the woods and it was nice. Not too crowded out there.

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We came out of the woods and started hiking back up the hill. We saw the dark clouds and could see the rain far off in the distance but it still looked far enough way. We hiked around the summit and looped around the whole park.

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There was a viewpoint with markers showing what each mountain was off in the distance.

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I was starting to get tired and a little sore. (I did a lot of weights Saturday and was a bit sore from that in addition to walking earlier in the day.) We saw the dark clouds moving even closer and then we heard thunder! Thankfully Bella didn’t seem to notice or hear it, so that was good. We picked up the pace and headed back down the trails to the parking lot. Then we saw this guy:

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We’d heard rustling in the hillside above us and then we looked up and saw the deer! Wow! Again, Bella was oblivious–which was good. She didn’t bark at the deer and freak it out. Bella was too preoccupied by smelling something in the bushes. LOL

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Back at the car. We did just under 4 miles. I burned 431 calories. It was a good little hike for a quickie exercise when pressed for time. I was happy with my numbers. Michael’s were a little lower than he wanted.

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As Michael was driving out of the parking lot the rain started. We’d just missed it! Then it started to downpour and it rained for most of the drive home.

Dinner was jalapeno poppers (fresh from our garden) and steak topped with caramelized onions. I made us side salads with romaine and spinach and fresh roma tomatoes from the garden. Dessert was some vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and some chocolate on top.

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Those poppers, by the way, were borderline nuclear hot. We are definitely having a HOT jalapeno summer!

Racing!

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!