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.
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.
Delight Gluten-Free magazine announces some big changes
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!