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New Personal Record!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

I am feeling SOOOO good right now! Best recorded run for a 5K, and it was 4 minutes better than I anticipated!!! I'm so amazed at myself, I don't even understand how I did it. I had to go home and blog about it right away, but I'll need to do some extra stretching soon. My left calf is aching more than I'd like it to. It's totally worth the accomplishment today though!

I notice that:
- I run much better in running tights than any other types of bottoms. I'm definitely investing in more of these
- I'm highly motivated by people passing me by. It gives me the extra push or keeps me from giving in to walking. This will be key for the 5K on Sunday.
-Sun makes a HUUUUUUGE difference. Unfortunately it's very hard to come by in Seattle. I appreciated the sun today more than ever, and vow never to let a sunny run day go to waste if I can help it.

My reward today is a shopping trip @ the grocery store. Okay, I needed to go today anyway...but I'll probably end up picking up some ingredients to make a smoothie or something fun like that.



T Minus 6.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I registered for a 5K for next Sunday. I haven't properly trained, so I don't know what I was thinking. Here goes nothing... any advice for a one week training plan?!

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A good run, FINALLY.

Friday, April 22, 2011

It seems like it's been ages since I had a good solid run, and it finally happened today! Sheesh, I thought I was going to be in another long rut. Runner's high will keep me going through the weekend, yesssss!

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Two Days, No Workouts.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I was doing so well with not going out to eat during the week! Unfortunately (but fortunately), this week is the tail end of Seattle Restaurant Week and I need to take advantage as there are so many places on the list that I haven't tried.

Yesterday bf took me to Seastar in South Lake Union. Of course with my new found allergy, I stayed away from the shrimp. I ordered a spicy tuna roll as an appetizer (which came out as a full roll, 8 pieces!), a large prime sirloin steak Argintinean style with chimichurri and sauteed bell peppers, and a dessert trio that consisted of chocolate lava cake with a strange reduction, panna cotta with tropical fruit dressing, and a coconut creme pie. The sushi and entree were amazing (even more so for being a seafood restaurant), but the dessert missed the mark. I thought I was getting a steal by ordering the trio (three desserts for one?! Dream come true) but the dessert flavors did not mesh well with the meal or each other. Even with the meal ending on a low note, I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for quality food in downtown Seattle- the atmosphere was calming, the service was excellent, and parking is really easy.

Tonight, I will be joining my coworkers as we have one in town from England. Luckily it is an upscale, small plates setting where I know I can count on fresh ingredients and sharing with many.

Tomorrow would normally be date night. Luckily for me, bf is having boys night out and we will have our time on Saturday. This means a hardcore workout session tomorrow, no excuses- this time without the allergy attack at the end! Looking forward to it!


Au Revoir, Shrimp.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

After a blissful 26 years with shrimp, our love affair has come to an end. I can no longer eat more than a few without a severe allergic reaction. Last night I ate 4 shrimp, a couple of ounces of salmon, steamed veggies, and rice. About an hour later I went to the gym to have a pretty successful run. That is, until I was on my last segment (5K training intervals) and my face stopped feeling sweaty and changed to complete hotness and swelling. One light touch to my cheek and I knew there was a mountain of hives quickly forming. I pretty much ran out of the gym, all the while feeling guilty about not wiping down my treadmill. As I made my way home, I started to lose vision which resulted in my increased heart rate coupled with either headache or dizziness; I couldn't exactly tell what was going on with my body as this has never happened before. Luckily I made it home when I did, because I fainted right when I got into my house. Multiple times. Luckily my mom and cousin were there, so my mom ran to the drugstore while my cousin found some Zyrtec in my bathroom. I haphazardly put on Calamine in between my 30 second sessions of keeling over from the lightheadedness. Once I could finally stay awake for more than a few minutes, I soaked in a bath of baking soda and proceeded to sleep the rest of the night away.

While shrimp is the most likely culprit of this whole fiasco, I also had strawberries for the first time this year. And salmon. I also read that working out can trigger the histamines to be released into the bloodstream. While I am shocked (though it's common) to see my allergies develop so quickly and severely at a (relatively) young age, I guess I am grateful to have been able to taste and eat so many shrimp cuisines these past few decades. I will miss you, dear shrimp. Damn you for being so tasty and so lethal to me.


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