9:14 Mile Pace!

Wow, thanks for all your well wishes comments and emails yesterday about the biopsy of my “spot” as I am going to call it.  I am sure it will be fine, but if nothing else, hopefully my experience persuaded a few of you to get some suspicious spots of your own checked out. Open-mouthed smile

On the way to work I picked up my prescription shampoos for the psoriasis of the scalp.  One is a shampoo I use three times a week.  The other is a topical steroid oil that I use every other night, but can’t use it more than 2 weeks in a row.  Oh, and I can’t use it on my face, groin, or body folds.  Not kidding, that’s what it said on the instructions!  So with my $40 dollar co-pay and the shampoo – I spent $86.64 to get rid of an itchy scalp!

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It reminded me that I think I’ve had psoriasis probably most of my life.  I remember being a freshman in high school.  My grandma lived with us and she was kind of on the nutty side.  She used to love playing scrabble and Monopoly, but the games would go on forever because it would take her forever to make a decision.  The worst?  When she would spend 20 minutes playing a word on Scrabble and come up with CAT.  Really?

Anywho, I remember having scalp problems back then, and her remedy for everything was vitamin E.  One night she decided she was going to help me.  We sat and cut pill after pill of vitamin E and poured the oily contents into a bowl.  She then proceeded to spread this oil all over my scalp.

In 5th grade, my twin sister and I, at 5 feet 2 inches, were the tallest kids in class.  Um, turns out by high school everyone caught up with us.  I just remember walking down the hallway with this greasy mop of hair and kids looking at it like “WTF is with her hair?”   Why I listened to my grandma, I’ll never know! 

She’s the same crazy grandma that made me wear a “Jesus First” pin for one of my school pictures!  Hopefully this oily stuff won’t do the same damage it did back in the day. Open-mouthed smile

It’s Wednesday, so it was bagel Wednesday!  I did have a microwaved egg in the middle but you can’t see it.  Loves me some jalapenos first thing in the morning!

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I was set for my workout, and taking Lori’s suggestion, I lifted weights!  I did 25 minutes of lower body.  Then I decided to see how fast I could run just one mile.  It’s always mind over matter with me and running.  My feet and body tell me I can go faster, but my mind says “slow the hell down!”

But I told myself – it’s one mile!  Guess what pace I did – 6.5 mph which equates to a 9:14 mile!

6.5 mph

It was hard, but I did it.  Now I just need to build up my stamina to go faster and longer. Turtle


All while sporting my Band-Aid on my face! Open-mouthed smile  I ended up running/walking another mile for 2 miles total.

I was really hungry by the time I got back to work.  Copycat Panera broccoli cheddar soup!  I prefer a smooth soup, but you could leave it chunky if you want.  You can find my recipe here.  On the side I had a cheezy Arnold thin for dipping.

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While delicious, after my workout by the time I got home I was hungry!  I defrosted some chicken breasts.  I am not sure where I saw this recently, so if it was on your blog, please let me know.  I now pound my meat in a ziploc bag – not only does it prevent germs getting on my counter, but my meat mallet stays clean.

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This was half of one chicken breast – they were huge!  Just dipped in egg whites, then seasoned bread crumbs and a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  Pan fried in 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon butter and lots of Pam.

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I cooked up some pasta on the side – Tony prefers not to have red sauce, I love it. Open-mouthed smile

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I ate all but about 3 pieces of the chicken – perfectly cooked, and I love the added zip of the crushed red pepper to my plate.

Oh, and here’s a really shitty picture I took of dinner, which is about what 75% of my pictures look like after I down load them.  One of these days I’ll take a photography class. Open-mouthed smile

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So this will be my last post until Monday!  My Mom, Hannah and I are going for a girls weekend in South Haven, Michigan and I have tomorrow off.  I’ve already found thrift stores, and farmers markets that I want to check out.  But if you know of any good restaurants in the area, could you let me know in the comments section?  I’ve never been to this area of Michigan before.

The house belongs to one of my Mom’s friends and she’s letting us use it for the weekend – it has a grill so I am happy about that – and it has a nearby lake – I will definitely be floating, of course while wearing a hat and 50 spf sunscreen!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll recap on Monday.  Make it a great day!

22 thoughts on “9:14 Mile Pace!

  1. Clementines! Yummy! Have a good weekend.

    • Yep! I second Clem’s! My SIL Erica works there! Try the onion ring stack/tower, I think it’s great!! Go to Blueberry store across the street from Clementine’s, unique stuff! Have fun!

  2. Awesome run, Biz!!

    Hope you have a great weekend with your mom and Hannah! Girl time with family is priceless 🙂 Don’t forget that sunscreen!

  3. Have fun!~ The chicken looks delicious.

  4. Great job on the run! Haha I love your grandma!

  5. Woot!! Way to go on the 9:14, Biz!
    And it sounds like you’re going to have a fantastic time with the girls. Have fun!

  6. Oh my gosh I love your grandma! Grandmas can always get kids to do things that moms cannot. Have a great girls weekend!!

  7. my hubby actually has this problem (psoriasis of the scalp) and he uses selsun blue which works great. it’s cheap – i wanna say about $8/bottle (though it is more pricey than other dandruff shampoos). i should have commented yesterday!!

    enjoy your girls’ weekend. i’ve never been to michigan so no recommendations from me!

  8. Grandmas are just full of “awesomeness” so of course we do what they tell us 🙂 Have a super fun filled, yummy food finding weekend with the girls!

  9. findingradiance

    Yay for lifting and yay for sub 10 minute mile! Hope your legs feel okay today LOL.

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Hope you all have a blast on your girl’s weekend – can’t wait to see what treasures you unearth at the thrift stores!

  11. Have a great weekend! I’ve been thinking of going to a photography class of some sort. I don’t usually have the time to prep good shots or even know how to get good shots.

    Body folds? Eww.

  12. Enjoy your girls weekend getaway! Can’t wait to hear all about it on Monday!

  13. Great job on that mile – just keep at it and you’ll get faster, promise!

  14. Darn, I looked up South Haven and it’s about 3 1/2 hours away from me. It would have been great to see you and I’d thrift with ya’! I’m in Sterling, MI. Enjoy your little get-away and I hope you find some great buys!

  15. Wow! Nice job on that pace! I’ve done that on the treadmill too (push for that 1 mile)…it’s long and hard!! …uh…that’s what she said. Anyway (lol)…that’s awesome!!

    Good luck on your results from your biopsy!

  16. Woohoo! Way to go on that mile! That’s awesome!

    I need that bagel in my life. Like now. 🙂

  17. I just could not let the day go by without commenting on your awesome run. Great job Biz!! Enjoy your weekend, sounds like a lot of fun.

  18. I’ve never been to Michigan except drive straight through it, but have fun, Biz! Great job on the mile pace…that’s a full minute faster than I usually run..uh…jog.

  19. Good job on the workout! The chicken looks simple and delicious, I need to buy more chicken breasts. Have a wonderful weekend!

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