Knee Update and End of March Photo a Day

Hello again! How is your weekend going so far? I feel like I’ve done nothing, but it’s already half over!

Here’s a recap of the rest of my week:

Wednesday

Not a lot to report…I went for a short swim in the morning, and did some strength training later in the day. One highlight was buying this new garlic press when I went into Bed, Bath & Beyond to get some more k-cups. I broke 2 garlic presses within a month (it’s obviously because of my GUNS – not), and I had been holding out on buying a new one. I am happy to report that I used it on Thursday and I think it’s impossible to break! 😉

Nothing compares to fresh garlic

Thursday 

Spin class at my gym. It was okay, but definitely not my favorite. The instructor had a very unpleasant shout and used it wayyy too often.

I was really excited to cook somethin’ up this evening! I had been wanting to make some veggie burgers for a while now, and came across this recipe recently. It was definitely a winner.

The only changes I made were adding some extra flour & oats at the end of the mixing process because the mixture was super runny. Next time I will probably just add less egg whites.

Crispy on the top!

This made a LOT (9) of veggie burgers, but I am actually happy about it because I froze a few to have on hand for fast dinners/lunches.

One interesting side note: I had to use 2 different baking sheets, and I sprayed one with olive oil and the other with canola. I was amazed at how much better the canola burgers stayed together… Not really sure why?

I ate one immediately on top of a salad! Sooo good, great combo of flavors.

Romaine w/ veg burger, hummus, carrots, tomato, & roasted brussel sprouts...later drizzled with ketchup

Friday

I went for another swim, which was awesome! I finally bought a new swim suit that I wore..the old one was super stretched out and probably really see-through. Oops. The new suit felt so much better! I didn’t realize how much drag the old one was creating.

I also babysat for some cuties that I hadn’t seen in a longggg time, and they were just as much fun as usual! One of the kiddos had this really cool circuit kit for kids that we played with for a while.

Saturday

I have still been feeling a bit of pain in my knee…kind of just a dull ache. I talked with my coach and she advised me to rest it up because at this point in the training, I won’t lose much from missing one run. I was bummed, but I’d definitely rather have it get better than push it and have it become worse.

I still went to the group TNT practice, but just hung out inside our meeting place until everyone came back. We had a make-shift brunch set up for after the run, and we also had a special project to work on!

I haven’t talked about it on here before, but our group has adopted a special guy as our “team hero”. His name is Justin and he is a 16-year-old who has in the hospital receiving treatment for Leukemia. One of our teammates started a page for him, which you can see here. We are trying to visit him regularly as a group, and although I have not been able to go to any of the visits yet, I am looking forward to doing so soon!

Back to today, after the run everyone made posters to decorate his room! It was great to see everyone so involved…he is going to have one stylin’ room!

That’s all I’ve got for today folks, I’m off to get ready to meet up with my roommate for some shenanigans downtown! Have a great rest of your weekend!

Photo a Day Challenge 

Day 28: Trash

Day 29: Feet

Alien toes.

Day 30: Toy

Decision-maker for the indecisive.

Day 31: Where you relax

Daily spot. Wish it were a beach sometimes...

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March Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Hi guys, long time no chat! I’ll be back tomorrow (promise!) with a full post, but for now, I have a special post!

This month I participated in a program called Foodie Penpals that was created by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean . I have seen others post about when they participated in the program, and it looked like so much fun!! I also thought it would be a good way to start getting connected into the blog world, since I am still new.

Basically, you give Lindsay your info and she takes on the task of matching you up with a person who you send a package to, and a person who will send a package to you (bloggers and non-bloggers can participate). The exchange occurs once a month, and there is a $15 limit on the items, which can be store-bought and/or homemade. For more detailed information about the program, please visit this link.

Onto the good stuff!! Hannah, from Hannah Violin, sent me a great package full of goodies! She already knew that I am a vegetarian from reading my blog, but I told her that I was also trying to avoid gluten for digestive issues, and she did an awesome job of including things that fit into both categories! Thanks so much, Hannah!!

The goods, all together

  • Trader Joe’s Tricolor Quinoa: LOVE this stuff, I bought it once a long time ago but forgot how much I liked it!
  • Dark Chocolate Edamame: definitely opened this IMMEDIATELY upon receiving my box…so good!
  • Wasabi Peas: I never would have picked these myself, but I’m so glad I got them – they’re very different, but in a good way…HOT and CRUNCHY!
  • Dark Chocolate Dreams PB: no words needed. Perfect. This will be gone soon
  • Sunflower Seed Butter: I go through phases of loving/avoiding this stuff, but I’m liking it a lot recently…especially in a protein bar recipe I recently made 🙂
  • Skinny Skinny Soap: haven’t tried this yet, but excited to! love that it’s organic/handmade
  • Numi Puerth Tea – Chocolate: also haven’t tried yet… I always forget about making tea, even though I usually love it when I do… I but promise to report back when I do try it!

Thanks again Hannah!

I sent my package to Alaina at The Jogging Concierge, and was excited to find out that she is a fellow Bostonite, and her husband has family in the town I went to college in for my first year of undergrad (in Texas)…small world! 🙂

And finally, a big thanks to Lindsay, for all of her hard work to put this program together – over 300 people participated this month!!

 

It’s Backkkkk

I think I have patellar tendonitis in my knee again 😦 boo!!

Like I mentioned, I felt some pain in my knee on Saturday. Since then, I’ve foam rolled and stretched a few times, in addition to using an ice pack. Tonight I went to the gym because I wanted to do some leg strength training. This is especially important now, because it is likely that weak muscles surrounding my knee play a role in the tendonitis I’m dealing with. Anyway, my plan was to warm up on the treadmill for about 10 minutes to see how my knee felt and determine if I wanted to go to tonight’s hill workout. It felt absolutely fine, so it was a go!

However, once I got there, things started go downhill (literally). We did the hill 1/2way, back down, 4x full, and another 1/2 (the hill is about .25mi long all the way up). My knee felt fine until about the 3rd hill, going down. It pretty much only bothered me going downhill, which is not surprising because running downhill puts a lot more stress on your knees – it is much easier to get injured from running downhill.

really don’t want this pain to persist, so here’s my plan to nip this thing in the bud!

  • Take a few days off from running. I would still like to do the group long run on Saturday, but I’m going to take it easy and see how I feel
  • Continue foam rolling/stretching and icing
  • Take ibuprofen regularly. I was told to do this multiple times when I first had tendonitis, but I hate taking medication, so I didn’t. This time, I’m going to listen!
  • Go to the chiropractor. He has used the Graston technique on me before, and it has worked wonders! I’m trying to be really careful about going though, because insurance is a B and will only cover 10/appts per year, and it’s pretty expensive out-of-pocket.

I’m also curious if maybe I’m not in the right shoes. I’ve been fitted at a running store, and recently bought a new pair (same as I’ve had previously) but I’m curious if maybe I wasn’t fitted properly? I may investigate this in the next week or two if the problem doesn’t resolve itself before then (fingers crossed!).

Hope you’re all having a great week!

Photo a Day Challenge

Day 26: Key

Love secret pockets for Keys! Thanks Lululemon.

Day 27: Your Name

Obvs need to see the front of the card. I love cats

Taking the Plunge – My First Ice Bath Experience

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Mine was just fab! Much to talk about so let’s get to it!

Saturday

The TNT run was scheduled to be 105 minutes this week, which is the longest I’ve run in probably at least 6 months. We ran in the city today instead of along the Charles, but it was very nice; the streets were oddly quiet and peaceful. I felt great for about the first 6 miles, but around that point my left knee started to bug me. I have had patellar tendonitis in the past, and I could tell instantly that it was the same sensation. 😦

When I was training for the half marathons I did, I had read a lot about the benefits of ice baths, but never really had any desire to try one. Our coaches have talked about them at our recent practices, and I was starting to “warm up” to the idea. I was actually planning to wait until our runs got a bit longer, but as soon as I felt the knee pain I decided it wouldn’t be bad idea to give ice bathing a shot ASAP.  One of my teammates has done it before and recommended just using really cold water (no ice) and keeping my clothes on. So, when I got back from practice, I filled up the tub and hopped right in slowly and painfully entered.

Chillayyyyy

Once I got in, I was surprised to discover it was not nearly as bad as I thought it’d be!

Sure I was cold, but it wasn’t to the point where I could only think about getting out of the tub (which I had expected would be the case). I also distracted myself by using my phone to read up on ice-bathing and the time passed pretty quickly.

From what I read, after ice bathing it’s best to let your body and muscles warm themselves up on their own for at least 20-30 minutes before showering with hot water. I got out of the tub after about 20 minutes, had something to eat while cuddled up under a blanket,  then took a nice hot shower. Another tip that I read that I will use next time I take an ice bath is to drink a hot beverage while in the tub.  After my shower, I took a gloriously long nap (a.k.a. my favorite post-long run activity).

On Saturday night, one of my college friends, Lindsay, drove down to hang out. We went to dinner with another friend who we hadn’t seen in forever, so it was really nice to catch up with her. After that, Lindsay and I went to a couple of different bars to meet up with some other friends. I hadn’t been to either of them before, but they were a lot of fun! I can’t wait to get back once the weather is warm for good – they’re right on the water and had a lot of outdoor space for hanging out!

Sunday

I slept in pretty late for me, which was awesome/necessary. After some much needed stretching and breakfast-ing (recipe tomorrow!), Lindsay and I headed out to the mall. I get burned out from shopping pretty easily was a littttle overly ambitious about what I thought I wanted to buy, but I did end up with a few great things!

Later in the day, I went to the gym to do a quick run to loosen up my muscles. I definitely still felt the knee pain a little, so my plan for the week is lots of stretching, foam rolling, and ice. The good news is, other than my knee, I don’t feel very sore at all! Three cheers for ice baths!

That’s all I’ve got for today; I’m off to bed! Have a good Monday!

Photo a Day Challenge

Day 24: Animal

I didn’t encounter any animals on this day, but here’s a pic of my kitty cat (in TX)

Miss you, Fat Pete

Day 25: Breakfast (recipe to come tomorrow!)

Ingredients for Goodness

Running Goals

Hellooooooooo! How was the rest of your week?

Mine was pretty good! Here’s a quick recap:

Wednesday

I found out that I got a second interview for the job I phone-interviewed for on Friday! I’m going to the second interview on Monday. I’m actually not sure if the position is exactly what I’m interested in, but I’m going to keep an open mind about it. Also, I went on a date (!)…butttttt it turned out to be a huge bust. Win some, lose some.

Thursday

Thursday was my student’s birthday! He had a great day. I’ve really started to bond with him the past couple of months…I’m going to miss him when the school year ends. This might also have to do with the fact that he’s  made a lot of improvements in different areas and become a lot easier to work with everyday. After work, I drove down to my grandparents’ house to take my car to a repair shop to have a handle fixed on one of my car doors (it wouldn’t open from the outside). Then, I did my track workout at a nearby track (more on this below).

Friday

I finally had a dermatology appointment (that I’d made 3+ months ago). I have had eczema that comes and goes on my hands for years, but had never been to a real dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis or get treatment. She prescribed some steroid cream for me, and though I’m not too psyched about using it, I’m going to give it a try for 2 weeks as per her recommendation. After the appointment, I went swimming! Today was a great day to go because I didn’t have to worry about feeling cold before/after 🙂

Here’s what I did today

  • 500yd warm-up
  • 50 breast kick, 50 breast stroke (x2)
  • 100 free kick, 100 free, 100 pull, 100 free (x2)
  • Ladder – 100, 50, 25, 25, 50, 100; fast-pace
  • 50 back kick, 50 backstroke (x2)
  • 50 cool-down
  • Total: 2100 yd

I definitely want to start incorporating breaststroke and backstroke more to balance things out… my form in these strokes has not been worked on in a longgg time

Currently, I’m watching some Friends and planning an early bedtime staying up unnecessarily late so I’ll be well-rested tired for TNT practice tomorrow!

Running Goals

Last night I wore my Garmin while I was doing my track workout. I haven’t done speed intervals a) on my own/without a treadmill, or b) with my Garmin in a long time, so I was curious to see how fast my sprints were. I was surprised to discover they were a lot faster than I expected them to be!! Although I haven’t (nor do I plan to) set any goals as far as time goes for the marathon, I’d really like to push myself to see if I can make a new PR in my 5k time. There are a ton of 5k races in my hometown area on one of the weekends I’ll be home in Texas in a few weeks, so I’m going to pick one soon and go for it!

*Blog Update:


I’ve created categories which you will see on the right-hand side of my homepage. I’ll be adding more as I think of them.

Photo a Day Pics

Day 21: Delicious

+ PB = heaven

Day 22: Kitchen Sink

Nothin' fancy, but at least it's clean

Day 23: Moon – sorry, no dice on this one…can’t see the moon from where I am!

Have a happy Saturday!

Better with Braids

Hi again! How is your week going so far?

Today I had my first experience proctoring a standardized test. The 4th graders took the writing MCAS, which is a Massachusetts state exam. It was their first year to take the writing portion, so everyone was a little nervous. The kiddos are relieved to be done now, and I have to admit I was too, since I had never given a test like this before.

I had a lot of downtime while my student was testing, and I was able to read some interesting information about how the environment is affected by the way we grow and purchase foods. I will post more about this later in the week, but today I wanted to talk about my discovery of BRAIDS while running!

I am sure that many others have had this revelation, and I’m not sure why this took so long to dawn on me, but a braid while running rocks!! Especially since my hair has been getting longer, the standard pony-tail hasn’t been cutting it. Between the wind, headband wearing, and sweat, my hair was always getting super tangled by the end of my runs. Plus, pony-tails of such length can just be annoying if they’re moving around all of the time.

I just brushed my hair into a high pony-tail, put hair tie around it, then braided the pony tail and put another hair tie at the end. It worked great for tonight’s TNT hill workout! My hair stayed in place and the braid really helped it stay neat considering how sweaty I became tonight – SUPER warm in Boston tonight. It also kept me a lot cooler because it was totally off my face/neck!

Photos

Day 19 – Funny

I’m not sure when wild turkeys started hanging out right in front of my apartment building, but for some reason I found this hilarious when I was leaving for my run on Saturday morning.

Hey dude

Day 20 – Before/After

Unsettling

I can sleep calmly now, the mess is goneee
(Hopefully you catch where I was going with this tune?)

Yeah, I really needed to clean my room…enough said.

Goooooodnight!

St. Patty’s 2012 and A to Z Survey

Happy St. Patty’s day (one day late)! Hope your weekend was fabulous.

Saturday

Yesterday I had my first experience of the Irish holiday in Boston. It was a lot of fun! Although, I was totally dead by about 11:00pm. I guess that’s what happens when you start at 4:30…running 10 miles earlier in the morning may have contributed too, though.

At TNT practice, our clinic was about fueling during longer runs, which was appropriate because it was our first run that during which we had to actually worry about fueling. I tried some blueberry pomegranate GU chomps about halfway through the run, and they seemed to do the trick! I’m going to experiment with a few other things during the next few weeks to figure out what will work best for San Diego.

After practice, I came home and showered and napped; totally necessary before engaging in St. Patty’s festivities. We went to a bar downtown that was packed with people and characters! And of course lots of green. I had the honor of borrowing this little number from someone to temporarily make myself a bit more festive…

All in all a good time!

Sunday

Today I’ve just been relaxing, doing chores/errands, and watching Friends…pretty low key but exactly what I wanted to do. One fun errand was picking up some new compression sleeves and toe socks that I’m pretty excited about. I will probably talk more about these later this week after I’ve had a chance to use them. I also went on a short recovery run…the weather was GORGEOUS here today.


I’ve seen this survey going around for a bit on a number of blogs…(originally created by one of my fave bloggers) and thought it would be a fun weekend post!

A is for age: 22. I’ll be 23 in May, which is so weird because to me that marks the ‘real’ 20s. Also, I’ve always had bad luck with the number 23…but hopefully that doesn’t mean it will be a bad year 🙂

B is for breakfast today: oatmeal cooked with banana, eggwhites, cinnamon, and vanilla; topped nut butter

C is for currently craving: hmm…maybe frozen yogurt?

D is for dinner tonight: this soup! DELICIOUS! why have I never bought cabbage before now?

E is for favorite type of exercise: running! swimming is a close 2nd, though

F is for an irrational fear: that someone will break in and hurt/murder me. I had this fear when I was little, too. It was a LOT worse then, but every now and again I think about it

G is for gross food: olives, goat cheese (and a lot of other cheese too actually..), and beets. all are DISGUSTING

H is for hometown: we’ll go with McKinney, TX…it’s where I grew up for most of my life

I is for something important: my familyyyy

J is for current favorite jam: if we’re talking fruit spread, I’m in love with TJ’s Hot Pepper Jelly. I’m not that into music…I wouldn’t say I’m passionate about it. I do love the new Coldplay song “Paradise”!

K is for kids: someday!

L is for current location: futon in my living room

M is for the most recent way you spent money: aforementioned toe socks and compression sleeves

N is for something you need: to figure out my life plans….

O is for occupation: aide to a 4th grader

P is for pet peeve: audible chewing. and when people interrupt. itdrivesmecrazy

Q is for a quote: “We make plans, God laughs” such a simple quote that I should really tell myself more often

R is for random fact about you: I had a one-time modeling gig when I was a baby

S is for favorite healthy snack: yogurt with banana, pb, and a bit of granola

T is for favorite treat: brownies! or dark chocolate

U is for something that makes you unique: i was adopted

V is for favorite vegetable: toughie…broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes…

W is for today’s workout: easy 2.5 mile recovery run

X is for X-rays you’ve had:  foot (running injury), and chest (pneumonia), and teeth (standard)

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: going out with friends for St. Patty’s! Especially b/c I got to see a college friend I hadn’t seen in a while…or maybe wearing a clover face mask 😉

Z is for your time zone: eastern

Photo a Day Challenge
Day 17: Green

Day 18: Corner of your house

 

Just trying to get rid of a mouse... ugh