I’m Pretty Happy Today (even though it’s Monday)

The architect & I made a new deal (much like FDR’s New Deal – I’m sure you’ll see the similarities) that on Monday mornings, he will drive me to work and in exchange, I will no longer ask him to drive me to the gym at 6 AM.

So this morning, I got to be…leisurely. I got up about 7:20 or so, showered, and then made my lunch while the architect made me coffee to drink on the way to work (he’s trying to help me resist the coffee shops & triple-shots of espresso so I don’t feel like a crazy addict).

After I got to work, I started out my work day with a green smoothie.

(Please ignore the smoothie spots on the counter & the groceries that weren’t put in the pantry yet.)

I made my smoothie last night so that I wouldn’t be tempted to skip it this morning in case I was running low on time. It blended a lot better this time, so maybe I just didn’t put things in the right order last time. Today I had: baby carrots (about 5-6, I think), about 1/3 of a large bunch of spinach (can’t wait until my garden spinach is ready – maybe in another 3 weeks!), some grapes, some flax seed, and some frozen fruit (I think it was strawberries & pineapple) and about 1/3 cup of vanilla soy milk. Today the only “chewy” bits in my smoothie were a couple of strawberry chunks, and that was A-OK. It was sweet & delicious, although I couldn’t talk either the architect OR my office mate into trying it!

Between my smoothie & my mid-morning snack, I wasn’t even hungry when lunch rolled around, so delayed it until about 1.

I am still feeling really good post-15 miler. In fact, I’d say even better than good! I didn’t have any knee or shin pain at all during either of my trail runs, and the only soreness (other than a weird sharp hammering pain in the last 20 feet of the 15 miler that went away as soon as I stopped moving & never returned) is some muscle soreness which is completely gone now. I feel so strong! I was so worried about breaking the 13 mile barrier, since I had never gone that far before, and I am so pleased that I have now – and honestly, although I ready to be done at the end of that run, I know now that if I can go 15, I can go 18. And once I hit 18, really what is there to stop me? 🙂

Today I am debating between running my Wednesday easy 3 today or just waiting until Wednesday – since I didn’t bring any running clothes to work, I guess that might depend on what time I get out of here today!

My other big fitness news is that I have officially moved from week 2 to week 3 of the push-up challenge, and in my exhaustion test at the end of week 2, I cranked out 22. Which was actually less than I’d expected – but I did them Saturday morning before the long run – and the day after day 3 of the push-up challenge, where I maxed out at 20 – so maybe my arms were a wee bit tired from the previous afternoon’s 65 push-ups. 🙂  Tonight starts week 3 – a minimum of 72 push-ups will be happening tonight! My hanging is still just…hanging. But sometimes I feel that I’m almost moving.

And finally – a picture I took on my walk home from work Thursday afternoon (well, a walk from work to MAX, I’m not ready to commit 3-ish hours just for a WALK!

Isn’t this town beautiful?

Recent Comments

  • Susan
    April 13, 2009 - 12:32 pm ·

    I did a few weeks of the push up challenge, then I think I got really busy with school. I need to start it up again…72 pushups is awesome!

    15 miles IS close to 18 miles…and once you hit 18, you might as well go for the m-word…are you thinking about a marathon at all??

    • gazelle
      April 13, 2009 - 12:38 pm ·

      oh yeah – I was supposed to do the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll, but due to financial concerns (the architect is still unemployed – 5 months now), had to cancel the travel plans. Right now, I am thinking I will most likely do the Portland marathon (no travel involved there), but I will definitely run a marathon in 2009.

  • Kristen
    April 13, 2009 - 3:11 pm ·

    I won’t knock it til I try it but I have to say I am with your husband and co-worker! Although, it is a tempting way to get a big serving of veggies.

    Great job with the push-ups! I suck at them.

    • gazelle
      April 13, 2009 - 3:40 pm ·

      I was REALLY uncertain that I could stomach it – not that I thought the green smoothie drinkers who said they were tasty were actually LYING to me, I just thought maybe they had warped taste!

      But – they are actually good. I can’t taste the veggies at all, and today’s was even a bit sweet tasting.

  • Julianne
    April 13, 2009 - 3:37 pm ·

    Yes, PDX is beautiful!! You know I love visiting. 😉
    Oh and congrats on your 15 miler!!! You are so on your way to 26.2, I think 18 should be a breeze for you now!

    • gazelle
      April 13, 2009 - 3:41 pm ·

      Thank you! I feel a lot more confident now (and pretty good about my upcoming half marathon in May – I think I’ll be PR-ing that one, too).

      As it gets closer to summer, PDX gets prettier & prettier (although spring with all the cherry trees in bloom is hard to beat) – I’m glad you’re getting to see the pretty as well as the winter crap!

  • Sarah
    April 13, 2009 - 5:00 pm ·

    Yeah – I thought the same thing about our mileage this week! We’re seconds away from The Marathon!

  • hebba
    April 13, 2009 - 6:40 pm ·

    Oh, congrats on the 15 miler! I am inspired to try throwing some baby carrots into my morning smoothie. I’ll let you know how it goes. Is that Mt Hood? I’m missing the west coast lately.

    • gazelle
      April 14, 2009 - 7:25 am ·

      It is Mt. Hood – I can’t QUITE see it from my office window, but I do get to see it almost every day from work!

      I hope you like the carrots – I’m feeling so healthy. Oh – and a bit over-fibered. 🙂

  • Alisa
    April 14, 2009 - 6:52 am ·

    You’re going to rock marathon training when you start! I’m so glad you guys had such a great run.

    I haven’t tried anything but spinach as my “green” in the smoothie. I may have to try adding others. I do know that I cannot drink them in the morning…I’m a green smoothie afternoon person =).

    • gazelle
      April 14, 2009 - 7:26 am ·

      I used to drink fruit & protein powder smoothies every morning for breakfast – and they were awesome! I go through phases where I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning for 1-2 months, and then I move on to something else, so this will be good for now. Plus it makes me feel all virtuous to get so many fruits & veggies!