Monday, October 5, 2015

Portland Half Marathon

So, the race I've been training for is here and gone. 

 I finished in 2 hours 29 minutes and am happy with that. Anything under 2.5 is good for me
 Saturday was packet pick up and Sports Expo. I met up with Michele and we had a really fun afternoon together.
 The race starts very early since it is also a full marathon. The first wave leaves the start line at 7AM.
 The line slowly moves up as each wave starts. 
 Not a flattering photo. The headband is perfect for keeping stray hairs in check and keeping the sweat out of my eyes. It just is not flattering at all. (egg head, anyone?)
 There's the start line......finally made it!
Portland is known for their great medals and swag. Along with all of this ,we got a rose (Portland is the rose city) and a cedar tree seedling.

I'm looking forward to focusing on healthy clean eating and giving my legs a rest.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Hiking

 We couldn't pass up a beautifyl day in autumn to go hiking!
It was so pretty and the weather warmed up quite nicely!

I hope you are enjoying nice fall days.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Running in Europe

On the right side of the map I've added two more dots for running! One in France and one in Iceland.

Here's a few photos that I snapped while out in Thannenkirch, France. (I'd go back here in a heartbeat)

 Stacking wood is an art form!

 I heard pounding and tapping and when I arrived up the hill, there was a sign (with an arrow) and an open door- I went in. He spoke enough English to tell me his dad taught him woodcarving. It was so awesome!!
 Amazing, intricate and detailed.

 I used air bnb to find this place. This was the view out our kitchen window.

And the church bells rang beautifully through the countryside.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Still Moving

I haven't been posting here much but I'm still moving and still eating healthy with occasional splurges. 24 days to the Portland Half Marathon and my training is going well, despite my longer work days.

Today I had to get up before sunrise to get in 8 miles. It was a pretty morning.

Tuesdays are generally my interval runs at the gym on the treadmill. 

Saturdays are my long run. Tomorrow I'm out for 13 miles. 
We plan on running while on vacation, but not lots of miles.

Take care!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It's Zucchini Season

Anybody else eating and enjoying lots of zucchini? At our Saturday market  one woman has been packaging mixed zucchini with garlic and an onion and vacuum sealing it.
We have been loving it! I saute them for dinner then add any leftovers to my morning scrambled eggs.
Do you have any wonderful summertime recipes you'd like to share?

Make it a healthy week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

C'mon With Me on a Scenic Run

 While out camping this past weekend I thought I'd go ahead and stick with my running schedule which called for a 10 mile run!

 The first mile was on dirt/ dust road. I was up and going pretty early so I wasn't too concerned with traffic blowing dust. I love seeing my surroundings up close and personal!
 You may be able to see how white the brush is next to the road. It is so dry and dusty and it coats everything close to the road. Love these big trees in the forest! I live in the desert and do not have tall trees like this.
 The north fork of the Clackamas River. 
 This doesn't look steep but it was a steady climb to the 5 mile point.

 I climbed about 1000 feet in elevation . It was so nice to know that what goes up must come down!
This was the best 10 miles I've done in a long time.  Thanks for coming along with me on my run!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Exercise this Week

 I haven't posted much here but have been staying on track of my half marathon training goals.

A Sunday long run instead of Saturday.
1200x4 intervals at the gym
Mid week, mid length run.

I've been trying to eat healthy and will be sad when all the wonderful summer fruit and veggies will be no more. I'm especially enjoying watermelon!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Oregon Outdoor Adventures

Every couple of years we like to take a family rafting trip. This year hubby couldn't come because of a last minute scheduling conflict, We were bummed, but managed to find a friend who wanted to join in.

 This is on the Deschutes River and less than an hour from our hometown. 
The weather was a balmy 91 degrees so it was a great day to be on the river. 
If you've never been river rafting I'd highly recommend it!

Going backwards to the weekend, we are trying to enjoy any free time we have. The weather has been amazing and autumn will be here before you know it.

 We took off to the mountains for berry picking. We had heard the early hot weather and lack of rain may have made the berries elusive and that was the truth!

 This cedar tree was huge! I love being in the forest!!
Picnic lunch on the tailgate: hummus, tzatziki, pita bread, greek olives, feta cheese, veggies and curry chicken. The fresh air makes it taste even better!!

I hope you are finding outdoor adventures in your life!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Keep on Movin'

Last weekend we got away, but we always make opportunities to keep moving no matter where we are.

 Mount Thielsen
 Rogue River

 Rogue River
 I have my half marathon schedule and find it is fun to see other places on foot. This was near the jetty at Newport bay, Oregon.

I'm lucky my husband didn't mind wandering the beach while I ran. 

Keep on Moving!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Workout with Weights

I've been doing one of these Muscle Burns Fat workouts at the gym with my old aerobics instructor. It's whipping my butt! Then trying to run 3x a week. We had an extra hard workout at the gym on Monday so my intervals on Tuesday didn't go so well. Gotta find a balance. I am enjoying it though and know working with weights again will improve my overall fitness level.

What do you think about weights?

Now go do something healthy for yourself!!