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!

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