Business Trip: Portland, OR

In Portland for work, and it’s perfect. The trees are all shades of orange and yellow for fall – so pretty! It’s so lovely I’m pondering how I could get my company to move me to the Portland office. (Answer: not very likely.) Even though food, including hitting the numerous food carts is off the table for me tonight, I’m strangely pleased about my plans for the evening. Here they are, in all their glamorous wonder, and in no particular order:

1. Hit the gym. Done. 45 minutes of walk/jog on the treadmill = 5K, and about 15 minutes of lifting heavy things.
2. Shower. Up next. Actually might skip and go straight to the bath.
3. Paint my nails (I brought the polish with me, figured I’d have some down time).
4. Bath in my bathtub (this hotel is FABULOUS. I have a big fancy bathtub and a separate shower!)
5. Read my book.

Hopefully then sleep, as I didn’t sleep at all last night due to insomnia and having to get up early for a flight (“Oh you have to be up early? Let me just wake you up every time you doze so you don’t miss your flight!” says my brain).

Back home tomorrow night, late. Then Saturday my first Mud Run/Dirty Girl 5K!

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2 Responses to “Business Trip: Portland, OR”

  1. Tracy Renae Cote Serros Says:

    Wow, mud run sounds fun! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. tucking_fwit Says:

    I can so relate to your back pain and your inability to run. I used to love my running but had to give it up due to osteoarthritis in both knees. I also have a problem back, especially my lower back. A number of years ago I slipped a disc in my spine and was unable to get up and could hardly walk because the pain was so severe. I went to a physiotherapist to get my back aligned again.

    However, to keep my back in shape I had to do regular lower-back strengthening exercises in addition to my aerobics and strength training as my lower back would hurt periodically and get twingy. Strengthening my lower back kept the pain away and kept me supple.

    Fast forward a few years and I kept up the strength training (which involved exercises for the upper back as well) but I cut out the lower back exercises. Bam. My back started going again and I was in pain and had to get help with getting up.

    I reintroduced the lower back exercises and I’m able to go for 15 K power walks and lift heavy weights, in addition to being very supple.

    Google lower back strengthening exercises and that should help.


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