pacific northwest

I spent last week adventuring in the Pacific Northwest. Flew into Seattle, Washington and spent a couple days in the city and around UW. Then took a bus to Portland, Oregon and spent time in the city, at Pacific University in Forest Grove, and Beaverton (visiting the Nike national headquarters).

Here’s a visual recap…

On the awesome Seattle transportation with the guy I kinda like.

Pike’s Place

The fish market. Yes, fish were thrown.

I’ve eaten this!!! In Sweden…I wasn’t a fan, but it brings back memories.

Who knew there was a chicken of the woods?

A whole shop dedicated to cheese. Om.

Only in PBR country. Tried it on tap and I have to say, I’m a fan.

The Space Needle!!!

View from the Needle.

I know, we’re cute aren’t we.

Repping that Bruin swag.

Riding the UW mascot. Woof!

Let’s talk about the best.donuts.in.the.world.

At Top Shop in Seattle. One pumpkin spice donut + one original glazed. TO DIE FOR.

OMG. OMG.

And then it was off to Oregon!

Being silly around Nike headquarters.

And that’s all the pics I took in Oregon. I really liked Washington I guess…

There is talk of a rib cookout this weekend…stay tuned!

Lauren

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WW | naked running

Before I get into it, let me review the series of unfortunate circumstances that led up to my naked run.

Monday: On my way out for a run and as I go to grab my watch what do I see?

Nothing. The poor little guy died in his sleep. He was getting old, but did we ever share some good times. Sorry, this is no time to be pun-ny. Me and that Target watch spent 8 whole years together. He got me through all my high school + college training. He was one of the good ones. RIP Target running watch. You will be missed.

Tuesday afternoon: New Nike GPS watch arrives in the mail! Good timing! Gosh I’m just darn pun-ny today. Super excited to put it into action, I charge it up immediately + download the necessary software. Eeek!

Tuesday night: I am learning how to drive the stick shift car that my family just got, and the clutch dies. We have to take the car in to replace the clutch. Sigh.

Are you confused yet? Where is she going with this story? Keep reading…

Wednesday morning: Wake up at 5:30 AM to meet up with my running group for our workout. Since the car died last night my mom insists I have to take my brother to school, making me late for my workout and the group leaves before I get there. I can’t catch up with them so I decide I’ll just do my tempo on my own with my new GPS watch! Only to find…it has died. What?! It was fully charged last night. Double sigh.


It’s pretty cool looking though isn’t it? And yes I took all these pictures today, I don’t rewear running clothes. I’m just the laziest photographer ever.

So…I ran naked. And by that I mean, I ran watch-less. Not what you were thinking was it? I’m just that sneaky.

Now running watch-less has it’s pros and cons. For me, I literally feel naked when I run without my watch. I like knowing my time, pace, and distance. It helps me track my progress and push myself. But there are times when it’s good to just go by how you feel. Like today, I still did my tempo but I relied solely on how I was feeling. I pushed myself to get to the level of stress I usually feel when I do my tempos timed (I usually hit 6-6:15min/miles). But without any way to time myself, I had to go off feel. It was definitely different, but it felt good to focus on myself and my run. And it simulates how you might feel in a race, going more off feel than pace.

There you have it. My naked run.

And in case you wanted to see some actual naked running, feel free to watch this Nike Free ad.

Anyone else run naked lately?

And I promise to post more regularly again soon. Life’s been well, life lately.

Lauren

quinoa + honey roasted almond salad

Why hello stranger. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blogging scene. I have been traveling in in the Pacific Northwest this past week and have lots of fun trip pics + eats to share.

But since I’m sure you’re all longing for a recipe …

Quinoa + Honey Roasted Almond Salad
Something quick + easy after a long week of incredible food and too much beer. Serves 1
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup honey roasted almonds – I used TJ’s
1/2 cup sautéed mushrooms
greens of your choice
balsamic reduction

Combine. Enjoy.

Even if you don’t like quinoa, cover it up with all this goodness and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Lauren