Thursday, January 30, 2014

Post-Doctor Visit

A week ago I saw a foot and ankle specialist about the Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot.  Going in, I pretty much thought the worst case scenario would be that I would have to continue the physical therapy I've been doing (since late October) and maybe still not run or walk.

Boy was I wrong!  I went in wearing two shoes, but only came out with one.

I get to sport this lovely fashion accessory for the next 4 -6 weeks, minimum due to both plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.  That means that any races before June are pretty much out of the question.  And, since I really wasn't planning to train much through the summer (it's just too stinking hot) my plans have been shot all to hell.

I have a feeling I'll be training in the summer (ugh) just to get my fitness back instead of maintaining all the progress I made through the winter and spring.

Oh well, c'est la vie!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dipping My Toes Back in the Blog Water

Lately I've been feeling the need to blog again.  I hesitated because it has been soooooo long since my last post, and I felt funny about starting again.  But, I used the word "Journey" in the name of this blog for a reason!

In many ways my life is the same as it was 18 months ago, but at the same time it is totally different.  I find it fascinating that the small changes that seem almost totally insignificant actually make a big difference when you look back over a period of months or years.

I'm still running.  Except not right now, because I've developed plantar fasciitis and have been having Graston treatments twice a week for a couple of months.  While it has improved, I'm not able to run or walk or be on my feet for an extended period of time.  I see a specialist tomorrow morning and I have to admit that I'm kinda scared.

Friday, June 29, 2012


Please bear with me on this post.  I've been trying to work out some goals for this training season and am not getting anywhere working it out in my head.  So, I'm going to try writing it out.  There won't be pictures and it might not make sense, so continue reading at your own risk!  :-)

I've got an awesome coach through TNT so I'm totally comfortable with my mileage plan.  I just need to work on exactly how I do those miles.  

I want to do two things this year. 

1.  Get faster.
2.  Increase endurance.

Now, which do I work on first?  Logically, probably #2.  But emotionally, I want to get over running 15+ minute miles.  I really, really want to consistently post sub 15 minute miles.  Really.  (Just had to throw that one in.)  Gah.

On the treadmill last week I could do 3 minutes at 4.0 mph with 1 minute walking recovery.  (3-1 intervals)
I also did some 1-1 intervals at 4.5 mph.  But I can't run a mile without stopping.  Gah again.

I'm so stuck on what to do next.

I don't have a race until October, so I have some time to work with.  I'm currently running 4 days a week, long runs on the weekend (usually Saturday mornings.)  What if I do track workouts on Monday, recovery run on Tuesday, and work on endurance on Thursday?  Hmmm.

I would love to hire a "second" running coach to give me some accountability on my speed and endurance, but I don't think that is in the budget just now.  Maybe in a few months, but not now.

I think we're going to give this schedule a try (yes, that is the royal we):

Monday - track workout
Tuesday - medium distance "recovery" run
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - "endurance" run
Friday - boot camp or other workout
Saturday - LSD run
Sunday - bike ride

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WIAW - Comfort Food

When I get sick, the only foods that sounds appealing to me are KFC's mashed potatoes and shrimp fried rice.  Neither are healthy choices!  This week I tried a new Cooking Light recipe for shrimp fried rice and it was wonderful!  I substituted bay scallops for the shrimp because I had them on hand, and used broccolini and snow peas instead of broccoli and sugar snap peas.  The flavor was very good, and I'm sure you could substitute chicken breast instead of shrimp if you're not a fan of shellfish.  I love when my food is colorful and pretty like this, don't you?  (Click HERE for the recipe.)

Today for lunch I tried a Chinese Chicken Salad from Paradise Bakery.  It was quite good, although I would have liked it to have a bit more chicken for added protein.

Check out more fun eats over at Peas and Crayons!

Peas and Crayons

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thank you!!!!

I know I've been MIA for quite a while - life just got a bit crazy and time has gotten away from me.  It has been so amazing to see that I'm still getting readers checking out the blog, and even a couple new followers.  I'm working on a new Birchbox post, something about my first visit to a Lush store, two race recaps, and much more!

But first, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for continuing to read my ramblings!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIAW - Where do these foods come from?

I haven't been very good about taking pictures of food this week. (Never mind last week when I dropped off the face of the earth.  Sorry about that.)  But, that fits right in with at WIAW post I've been thinking about - writing about how I plan food and where I find recipes.

I grocery shop for the week on Sunday mornings, but the process often starts long before that.  I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine and once a month I read through the magazine and mark the recipes that look tasty.  A day or two later I sit down at the computer and pin those recipes to Pinterest, so that I have them all in one place (and I don't have a huge pile of magazines sitting around).  I also have a digital copy of the magazine on my Nook, so I can recycle the magazines but I can always go back and look for recipes.  I also pin recipes from other locations, but lately I've been cooking mostly using recipes from Cooking Light.

Before heading to the grocery store, I sit down with my computer and figure out what meals I'm going to cook during the following week.  This includes checking the calendar for events that impact dinner (like fundraisers at Cantina Laredo!)  I then pin the recipes I'll be using to a Pinterest board I named "This Week's Recipes."  This means that if I get tied up downtown, my husband can easily find the night's recipe and start dinner rather than having to hunt through recipe books.

Now, since this has been a post with lots of writing, I'm going to share a few of my recent favorites, with links so you can try them as well.  Enjoy!

Creamy Spring Pasta Recipe
Creamy Spring Pasta - from Cooking Light Magazine
Crab Cakes with Spicy RĂ©moulade Recipe
Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade - from Cooking Light Magazine

Grilled Sirloin with Anchovy-Lemon Butter and Broccoli Rabe Recipe
Grilled Sirloin with Anchovy-Lemon Butter and Broccoli Rabe - from Cooking Light Magazine
Check out more yummy eats over at Peas and Crayons!

 Peas and Crayons


Monday, May 21, 2012

Week in Review

Last week started out a bit rough.  I went for my run Monday afternoon, and only managed about 1.5 miles.  I was wearing my Newtons, but my calves were hurting, and I felt like I was really struggling to run and I started to wonder if I was ever going to have fun running again.  Then I looked at my paces on Runkeeper.  I had been running faster than I ever had before!  No wonder I was so tired!

The rest of my runs got progressively better (and faster) and even though I had to dial it back a bit on Saturday's run due to a reaction to my allergy shot I still put in run at a time as fast or faster than my recent 5K times!


This week I'm adding heart rate monitor to my training tools, so stay tuned for information on that!