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Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes

I am pretty sure that I just wrote last week about being surprised at how good I felt after running my 20 miler on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Apparently I shouldn’t make statements like that until I actually run again after said long run.  I took Sunday & Monday off, per my training schedule and then ran on Tuesday.  As I was running I had some knee pain going on that had not been there previously.  Are you kidding me?  Fortunately I already had a follow up scheduled with my sports doctor that day, so I chatted with him about it and it was being caused by a tight hamstring.  I was to stretch, ice, foam roll, repeat.

I ran again on Wednesday and the pain was still there, though the more I ran (and warmed up) the better it got.  I took Thursday off and spent the day stretching, icing & foam rolling and it still wasn’t much better, as a matter of fact, it now hurt when I walked instead of just when I ran.  I went back to my PT and started getting ultrasound treatments, which I will continue for 8 sessions.  Bottom line is this – I am going to drop down to the half marathon and not force my body to try to complete a full marathon when it is clearly trying to tell me something.  It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I have no interest in being sidelined from running again.  For me there was no joy left in running – I was too stressed about being injured and how many miles I had to run to meet my training needs.  I want to run for the rest of my life and this is the best way for me to do that.  I am going to focus on getting my body healthy and training for half marathons for the time being.

Onto a brighter topic – gluten-free food!!  We love food here (who doesn’t?) and I received 2 amazing cookbooks this week that I can’t wait to try out & share my thoughts about with you.  In addition to cookbooks, I also had the opportunity to sample some amazing new gluten-free products this week.  Fun stuff to come!

Guess what?  Got the results of my latest blood work and I have finally kicked anemia’s butt!  That took me quite a while – 7+ months to be exact.  What I have learned from this is that I need to make sure I am getting a well-balance diet.

This week’s menu is going to once again be based on using things up in my freezer and/or pantry.  It is that time of year where we took inventory & decided we really need to pay more attention when we are shopping.  I am such a sucker for a good sale.

Weekly Plan

Sunday – Pei Wei (see how good I am doing at sticking to using the stuff in my freezer?)

Monday – Baked Lemon Tilapia, roasted fingerling potatoes, steamed green beans & salad

Tuesday – Burritos with ground turkey, refried beans, corn & salad

Wednesday – Homemade macaroni & cheese, baked beans, broccoli & salad

Thursday – Grilled chicken alfredo with a side of gluten-free pasta, sugar snap peas & salad

Friday – Bison burgers, baked potatoes, roasted zucchini and salad

Saturday – Pizza with roasted veggies and salad

Week in Review

Check out the new movement for gluten-free food labeling – 1in133. Do what you can to help support this movement, even if it is just sharing with your friends & family.

Trusting restaurants

Delight Gluten-Free magazine announces some big changes

Recall: Jennie-O frozen ground turkey burgers

Recall: Trader Joe’s Pizza al Pollo Asada

2011 Gluten-Free Easter Candy List – make sure to check this out!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Maybe, just maybe it will get warm & stay warm!

6 comments to Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes

  • So sorry to hear about the knee pain. Glad you're choosing to rest it so you can run again later on and not risk doing damage. I know how hard that decision must have been.

  • Kim

    Thanks Evan! I had to really consider at what cost I was going to push forward if I chose to continue on the full marathon path and after being sidelined last year, it wasn't worth it to me. I love running too much!

  • MJ

    A tough decision, but sounds like the right call. (speaking as someone who didn't make the same decision years ago and is still coming back from the injury). It's so easy to forget it's not just about the one race when so much time and energy is focused on it, great you were able to see the bigger picture and take a long-term perspective. Glad to hear you've gotten the anemia under control too!

    (Also glad I'm not the only one who looks at my pantry, cupboard or freezer and thinks "we could eat off this for a month…how did that happen?")

  • Kim

    @MJ – Thank you. LOL about your pantry too….what do we do? ;)

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