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Five Friday Favorites!

I’m finally on the mend from the flu. it has taken forever to start feeling like normal again.  Talk about frustrating! I hope to get back into my training this weekend, if I feel up to it. It’s nice to be back blogging again…

Here are five of my favorite things this Friday!

 

Oiselle

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To say I am obsessed with this brand is an understatement.  I first discovered Oiselle while browsing social media one day, and knew I just had to try their clothing! The message behind the brand and the quality of the clothing speak volumes.  How could you not fall in love with Oiselle after reading this message from the CEO: And thus the name Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell). A French word for bird, it alludes to that feeling of weightlessness that most runners know and love. That sense of flight – when the legs go fast and the heart goes free.

My favorite piece, so far is the Flyte Long Sleeve (shown in the photo above)  The fabric is so incredibly soft, seamless and sweat wicking… it’s fantastic.  I just placed another order for my Boston Marathon outfit!

Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter

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I first saw Wild Friends on the show ‘Shark Tank’ and I love their Peanut Butter! The Sesame Cranberry is their newest flavor and it’s delicious… plenty of crunchy sesame seeds and dried cranberries in every bite. They are so creative with their flavors and packaging.  They also sell Almond and Sunflower Butters.

Hyacinth Flowers

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Aren’t these gorgeous?  I found these at Trader Joes a few weeks ago, and not only do they look beautiful, but they smell heavenly.  We have had such a long winter here in Boston, these flowers get me thinking Spring!

Burt’s Bees Natural Honey & Lemon Throat Drops

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Since I am still getting over the flu, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight my favorite throat drops.  I really like these drops because they don’t have artificial junk like most other drops at your local pharmacy. They also have a great taste, that’s not overpowering.  I highly recommend them for getting over a cold.

Gandhi Quotes

(especially this one)

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This quote tells you to be honest with yourself and believe.  Far too often I have struggled with believing in myself.  This quote really hits home.

Have a great weekend!

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Neverending Flu

Ugh.

I have had the flu since last Wednesday.  It’s the notorious flu that is named after a farm animal… and it’s definitely everything it’s cracked up to be, AWFUL. It all started with a cough and a fever, then fatigue, nausea and more fatigue.  I have not had an appetite in over a week and all I want to do is sit on the couch and not move.  This flu has literally sucked the life out of me.  I can’t wait to feel normal again- I forget what it feels like.

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The worst part about being sick right now, is I was just starting to get back into running. The Boston Marathon is in less than 50 days now, and I plan to run it.  Thanks to the flu, I worry that I will be even further behind.  Hopefully this is not the case!  I hope to be back to normal within a few days, if not, I just might have a breakdown… 🙂

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Here’s to hoping I get better… STAT!

 

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Trying “new foods”

One fact about me is that I LOVE to cook.  I find it enjoyable and also therapeutic. Well, I am even more excited to cook since having my Nutrition Assessment done last week by a Registered Dietitian at the Core Diet.  I had been thinking about a nutrition assessment since signing up with QT2 last year, knowing that it could probably really benefit me and my training!

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The Core Diet for Athletes was developed 10 years ago by QT2 Systems coach and founder Jesse Kropelnicki. The Core Diet was designed to help athletes live, train, and compete at their optimal level. Through proper nutrition that includes nutrient rich foods consumed at the right time, the Core Diet will have you performing and living at your very best.

Now that I’m doing an Ironman in August, proper nutrition will be even MORE important.  I was amazed at the results of the assessment and some of the changes that will need to be made.  Turns out I wasn’t fueling properly while riding my bike (not enough carbohydrate and electrolytes).  My post workout recovery fuel/food was also ‘off’ from what it should be.  No wonder I was always feeling really drained after a tough ride, run or swim! Now is the time to test out what works so I’ll be fully ready and prepared come August!

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Along with the Core diet came recommended recipes.  Here is one that I tried on Monday and it was delicious! My only regret was not doubling the recipe.  I would recommend this if you want plenty of leftovers:)

 

Kale Soup (by the Core Diet)

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped kale  (I used Tuscan Kale)
  • 4 cups low-fat, chicken broth
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, cannelloni or navy, undrained
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

In large pot, heat oil.

Add garlic and onion; saute until soft.

Add kale and saute, stirring until wilted.

Add 3 cups of broth, 2 cups of beans, and all of the tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper.

Simmer 5 minutes.

In blender or food processor, mix remaining beans and broth until smooth.

Stir into soup to thicken.

Simmer 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

 

Enjoy!! This soup is great for after a long endurance workout!

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Getting there.

Being an injured athlete really messes with my head. But things might be getting better.

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Until this morning, it had been over three weeks where my feet had not hit the pavement. I was doing of plenty other activities, but I was not running. I mentioned in a previous post that I have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and was told to take several weeks off from running.  Well I am training for the Boston Marathon and that was just heart crushing. I met with my Podiatrist yesterday for a three week follow up, and we discussed that it’s time to try running again.  If I want to run Boston in 8 weeks, I NEED to run.  There is nothing that will prepare you for a Marathon except running. Since I feel better after three weeks, I was elated just to hear the words ‘try’ ‘you can run.’  Although he did tell me to pick things up again, my Podiatrist is not a runner or an athlete, and I have been doubting the situation like crazy.  I know he’s thinking of the Boston Marathon, but I am thinking not only of the Marathon, but my Ironman in August.  Boston is my ‘B’ race, whereas Ironman Mont Tremblant is my ‘A’ race.  The hardest thing about being injured, is that no one knows your body but YOU.  No one knows how you feel when you run, but YOU.  Obviously, the thing I am most scared of is doing permanent damage  (the MD says this most likely won’t be the case).  As an athlete, “most likely” is not the answer I want… I want something that is a guarantee.  Cue the frustration.

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Feeling motivated, last night after work I went to my local running store and decided to try a new pair of running shoes!  I have thought all along with this injury, that new shoes might help my cause, I was just scared to get away from the shoes that I loved.  Since I am pretty much willing to try anything at this point, I decided to speak with a specialist at the store and have her watch me run in various shoes.  I explained my injury, my plan for Boston, etc and she recommended the Brooks Glycerin 11 shoes.  Years ago I ran in Brooks, and loved them!  I was excited to give them a try again.  I ended up purchasing the Glycerin 11’s and I ran in them this morning for 3 miles.  So far I really like them and I HOPE they are the shoes I get to run in during the Boston Marathon.

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The plan for now is to continue with my rehabilitation treatment: Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston, Acupuncture, self- massage and stretching, wear my new sneakers with arch support and more stabilization, and see where it takes me!  I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.

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{weekend recap}

Is it Monday already?

This weekend was quite busy and flew by (well don’t they all?)

Friday night Todd and I got a bottle of wine, had yummy leftovers and watched Breaking Bad on Netflix ( we are hooked!). I always love having a glass of wine on a Friday night, to help me decompress. Then by Saturday it was about getting down to business!

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Saturday

This was my long workout day! I was scheduled to ride my bike for 3.5 hours on the trainer. While I am just dying to get my bike outdoors, it’s still too cold and the roads are too messy. There is still tons of snow on the ground and cars can’t see bicycles around the large snow banks. For now, I will just have to wait. This being said, I rode indoors and figured out a way to make it more enjoyable. I placed my lap top in front of me (typically I just scroll through TV), went on Amazon.com and ordered some movies! I watched “Captain Phillips” which made the time go by really fast. After that movie was over, I switched to TV for the remaining hour or so of my ride. I’m definitely going to do that from now on!

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getting sweaty on my trainer!

 

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Fuel for the long ride.. shot blocks, pro bar gummies and skratch labs!

Total ride time 3.5 hours, total miles 56
After my ride, We took Oliver to the pond for a walk. Since it was near 50 degrees out, we were really looking forward to it! Oliver had fun and met lots of puppy friends

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Oliver loves sticking his head out the car window!

Sunday

In my training plan, Sunday’s are typically a short bike ride (with some sprinting bursts) followed by a long run afterwards. Since I still have not received the ‘green light’ to run, I headed to the pool to do my water running, then came home and got on the bike. The pool gets very crowded mid-morning, and I knew I had to get it out of the way before biking. Pool running can be verrrry boring, but music was playing and it made it go a little faster. For my bike ride, I did 1:15 on the trainer, with ten 30 second sprints thrown in there.

Total miles logged on the bike this weekend – 76! Wow it’s been a while since I’ve biked that long in a weekend.

 

How were your workouts this weekend?