12k Hot Buttered Run. Done!

Well folks, Sunday was race day.  As of Saturday night I said I was 99.9% certain I was going to toss my race chip and run the 5k instead of the 12k. I was still struggling with a touch of Achilles pain and I hadn’t run in the last week to try and help recovery. …

10k (12k) Training – Week 7

First off, I was away all weekend, which is not always the best when you’re training for a race.  However, it was much needed and I enjoyed spending time with my parents.  We went to one of my favorite places in Oregon; I’ll try having a blog about this later in the week. As far…

Sweet & Salty Popcorn to end a girls night

Last Thursday a girl friend and I decided it was time to have a wine night.  We’ve been trying to plan one for a while but it hadn’t been working out.  Finally we made it happen. For dinner I decided I’d make balsamic chicken in the crockpot.  I’ve made this before and it is, hands-down,…

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Over the weekend I finally went grocery shopping.  Real grocery shopping, not the “run to the store for a couple ingredients” shopping. What came from this shopping trip was a quick stop in Costco because I wanted a big container of spinach.  While there I also purchased a couple whole chickens and thought making one…

My 10k has changed to a 12k! Week 5 Training Plan

Last week I received an e-mail regarding the Hot Buttered Run that I’m participating in.  In the e-mail it mentioned the race now finishing in a different location and all the extras they’re working on supplying… and then it mentioned the race is changing from a 10k to a 12k. Now, I understand that only…

Relaxing weekend and some interesting sights

This weekend was pretty nice.  For a basic run down: I completely relaxed I was able to organize! Got a run in Saw an offensive sign Finally went grocery shopping (and subsequently made a delicious chicken, recipe coming) Saw a parent that annoyed me Did something cool (which I’ll blog about later) So to start!…

5k Scavenger Run Review

Yesterday was a fun day of two different runs. I did a 9×400 tempo run in the morning per the 10k training plan (my intervals are below), and then in the evening went to a 5k Halloween scavenger run at Foot Traffic. I’ve been to a few other scavenger runs before (First Thursday in Portland)…

I lied… today is the new level of soreness!

Apparently I lied yesterday when I said I’d reached new levels of soreness.  That my friends, would clearly be a title reserved for today. Yesterday afternoon I started feeling my abs becoming sore, shortly followed by my forearms.  By the afternoon it hurt to laugh, sneeze, and open a drawer. By the end of the…

6 miles and a try at bouldering

Since I last posted I ended up taking 3 ½ days off from working out this week due to being extremely tired. The last time I posted was on Wednesday and I mentioned I didn’t even finish that run because I so tired.  Turns out I had reached some weird exhaustion point.  I didn’t even…

Being tired does not help a workout

Today I went to the gym with the anticipation of doing a 40 minute tempo run on the treadmill… Five minutes in I thought I’d just go for 3 miles and switch today and tomorrow’s workouts… I ended up making it 15 minutes at a 10 min/mile pace… and that was pushing myself. 😦  I…

10k Training – Week 3

Happy Monday! Last nights sleep was very interesting.  It started off with not being able to find that comfortable spot.  Then at 3am I woke up, wide awake! The mistake I made was not getting up at this point and just calling it good.  Instead I pushed myself to fall asleep again, which is something…

Tired legs and a OK onion soup

I did a 4 mile run this morning and boy my legs were tired!!! Yep, that deserved the three exclamation points. 🙂 I’m thinking the legs must have been tired from my great run yesterday, but it was also a long day at work… until 9:30pm.  Which means eating was a bit scattered throughout the…

8×400 – Treadmill workout

Today’s morning workout went really well as I typically enjoy interval workouts. Since I was on the treadmill the times for the quarters were done @ 7.5, and the recovery between was done @ 5.0.   The total time for the workout was almost exactly 30 minutes. Here’s the plan: Mile @5.0 until .25 Round 1…

Bean and Tortilla Soup

Updated: 10.16.13 – I changed up this post a bit because I realized this soup is more versatile. — Last week I was looking to make soup in the crockpot but wasn’t sure what kind I wanted.  What I ended up mixing together was really easy and basic. Ingredients: 1 chicken breast, cubed (optional) 1…

10k Training – Week 2

Today kicked off week two towards my 10k. Last week turned out really well. My 4-mile run yesterday was one of those runs where I felt like I could have run fifty more.  For a while I was tempted to just go to 6 or so, but figured I would be good and follow the…

Kale Stuffed Chicken Breast

Before I get into this recipe, I need to tell you a little story that I find amusing: Last night I went to the store because I needed conditioner.  The brand I use no longer has the formula I’ve been using for over a year.  So I needed a new conditioner.  I considered switching to…