Friday, April 11, 2014


Mentally it is so nice to be outside and be warm! I have not minded the treadmill, but do need to start hitting the road more before my races. Yesterday was perfect!! The forecast is too!!

Mt Jefferson to the west.

Mt Hood to the northwest. I'm really looking forward to hiking too!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fall Half Marathon

 I signed up for this race that takes place September 13 on the Columbia River Gorge. It's going to be challenging but I didn't find a new race I wanted to do that wouldn't be so late into the year. It's an all women's race which I like too. Click HERE for more info.

Here's my spring half. I've been getting geared up for that. I'm still waiting for good outdoor running weather so I can get off the treadmill. . Got some decent temps one day last week but it sure was windy.Click HERE for more info.

Keep on moving!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gym Running

I've been doing my fair share of this lately.
And although I am looking forward to getting back on the road, I have to say it is nice to be warm! It is amazing how the cold affects my arthritis. I'm feeling rather spoiled. (yep! even on the treadmill)
Now that I've started officially training for the Happy Girls Half Marathon I've struggled with how to translate my min/mile to the treadmill. Ta-da! Google to the rescue.

You can find this chart HERE. So, now when my schedule says "distance 7 m including warm up. 3x1600 @10:20 with 800 jogs. Cool down." I'll know how to set the treadmill! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

(the doodle is by

I may run alone most of the time, but for everything else I really do like to have at least one other person doing it with me.  How about you? Solo? Or a group?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Aching Back Update

It was January 15th 2013 I made THIS post with this same photo saying I'd finally seen the Dr for my back pain. I didn't know it at the time but I had degenerative arthritis and nothing could reverse the damage.
I thought now would be a great time to give you an update. It has taken a year of trial and error, but I have been feeling really great these past two months.

The first thing is the cold weather really does make it worse. I joined the gym in February and can't believe how nice it is to be warm while walking or running. Sometimes I would run 5 miles outside, come home and still be cold!

I've really started watching my intake of sugar (fake, real, or natural) and processed foods. I've upped my leafy green vegetable intake and  try to have several choices of veggies at dinnertime.

I've kept moving. I'm walking. I'm running, I'm using weights or my own body weight as resistance to build muscles.
It's true: A body in motion will stay in motion, while a body at rest will remain at rest. You can't argue with Sir Isaac Newton. 

I'm still playing around with vitamins and supplements but haven't pinpointed anything for certain. 

It's taken a while and I don't imagine I'll always feel this good, but it is in my control and I'm glad I've taken the helm!

Thank you to those who have encouraged me and given me book recommendation and tips! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Review- The Daniel Plan

I've had this read for awhile and am just now finding time to write a review. Everything the book recommends, I agree with!

The premise of the book is based on the 5 F's-

Written by Pastor Rick Warren he admits it wasn't a very spiritual thought when he was baptizing and realized how large his congregation was, including him. (and we are talking girth size not members!) He enlisted some experts and put the Daniel Plan into action.

For me this sums up the book,
" Real food has the power to give you your life back and more fully engage in the purpose of your life. To be able to live with purpose, to love, serve, connect and celebrate the gifts God has given you."

How can you celebrate life and its gifts if you are lethargic, overweight and sick? You can't!

A few quotes from the book I jotted down while reading:

"Everyone wants to be healthy, but very few people choose to be healthy. It's a lifetime of choices, but begins with a decision."

"People rarely change until the pain exceeds the fear of change."

"We are good at planning lots of things but most of of us rarely plan for our health."

Referring to chronic diet related symptoms and diseases:
"If a horse has been standing on your foot your whole life, then you may not know how bad it feels until he gets off your foot. "

"Learn how to use your grocery store as a FARMacy. "

"Our social circles influence our health more than our DNA." (quit blaming your overweight grandmother!)

"When you are feeling good, eating right, life becomes an adventure with an unending list of opportunities to explore."

I like that the book encourages accountability in a group setting. If you've been reading my blog long you know I'm all about accountability. If you need a partner to help I'm all in! Let me know.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Do you HemP?

Hemp has been around for thousands of years and industrial hemp is grown everywhere except the United States.  I suggest you read THIS article about hemp and its early uses. Very informative!

Hulled hemp seeds are now a power food (And no, they will not get you high or cause you fail a drug test) My friend Kat has been adding them to her smoothies for some time, but only recently I was at A Marriott and they had them at their breakfast buffet. It was delicious sprinkled on my oatmeal. 
From Bob's Red Mill site: 
 Hemp seed may be one of nature's most perfect foods. Considered a complete protein, hemp seed delivers 5 grams of protein in a 2 Tbsp serving, making them a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. Hemp is truly a super food providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health.

I found protein powder too!

So, have you tried it?

Monday, March 10, 2014

First Run of the Year

I didn't even need a jacket!  There are a few signs of spring in Portland.

Thank you to those who donated to the cause. Knowing we are helping women who need it the most makes running even better!

With 3 km to go my outer knee started acting up. I have to say I think it is getting better, so I'll stick with the strength training and hope it improves.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Run for Congo

Tomorrow is my first "race" of the year. It is low-key. No bib numbers and no timing chips. It was one of my favorites of 2013 and I think it will be in 2014 as well.
If you'd like to donate today (Friday, March 7) is the last day.
Here is the link:
If anything please take the time to read this post.

Love to you all.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Working It!

Working out is more fun in a group! I ran into these girls who work at the salon at the gym and they wanted to workout. I always push myself with others. Now, need to get them there more than once!