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The long road to 26.2

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Truly the biggest calamity of the holiday season.

Husband and I are celebrating the holiday out of town, where the dogs outnumber the people by 150%. I’m having visions of the turkey massacre scene from A Christmas Story.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


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First run!

I finally got in my first run today!

Okay, so it was more of an asterisk kinda run. I met with a PT today for a running evaluation to see if we can get to the root of my problems. I was poked and prodded and measured and bent every which way and then had some strategic dots attached to me for running analysis. He had me run barefoot and shod. Interestingly enough, when barefoot, I run with much more of a forefoot strike – I actually land toe-heel rather than heel-toe. I’ve never run barefoot before so that was definitely an experience. As this was my first real run post-injury we kept it short, only about .3 miles or so.

It turns out my problems come from a hip imbalance. My pelvis isn’t aligned properly and my hip doesn’t move symmetrically when running. We are going to work on strengthening my hips, glutes, and core, and he’s basically going to re-teach me how to run. It works out well because having been off for so long the “bad” habits are less prevalent. Another component of that is increasing my foot strike.

Then, came the fun part. Have you ever heard of the Alter-G? It’s quite possibly the coolest piece of technology I’ve seen in a long time. You have to don some wonky clown pants for it, but you zip yourself in and the thing, which is basically a big bubble-covered treadmill, inflates and actually reduces your weight load. It’s great for post-injury recovery. And it made me feel like I could have run for hours. He had me run a mile at 60% body weight at a 10:10 pace (pretty fast for me) and a 159 cadence. All those years of marching band are paying off! It took about two seconds for my mind to remember how to follow a metronome and move my feet accordingly. Now if only they could make a mobile version of that contraption to use in races…

I go for Alter-G sessions and PT twice a week for the next month, then I should be able to run outdoors again. I am allowed (and expected) to keep doing non-impact cardio and strength training on my own. I’m a little bummed that I can’t run outdoors yet, but if know it’s for the best. And the Alter-G is super fun.


Consider the Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is really having its moment in the spotlight right now. If you don’t know what a kohlrabi is, It’s a funky, alien looking veggie that inspires more questions than meals for most. I have been intrigued by it for a while – the NYT has been talking about it for about a year now – but finally tried some when of the farms at our local farm market had some at the last day of the season. It was a deep purple and just begging to be tested. I must admit, I wish I had tried it sooner. It’s fantastic sliced into a salad. I never made it beyond that because it was just too damn good in salad form and was devoured before we could try any other recipes.

20131113-005247.jpgA recent article in the Washington Post reminded me of our extraterrestrial little friend. I’ve always been a huge fan of broccoli, cauliflower, and iceberg lettuce (like, ridiculously so), and recently spinach, bell peppers, and onions, but have often struggled to add new veggies into my repertoire.

What are your favorite veggies? What do you do with them? What’s your favorite veggie side-dish or entree? I’m a sucker for roasted broccoli with a bit of olive oil (or truffle oil), salt, pepper, red pepper, and parmesano-reggiano cheese. But one can only subsist on broccoli for so long (although it has served me well for 30 years)

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Perspective from an elite

We all have bad runs. Even the elites have bad runs. We’ve all had to walk at some point. And who would have thought – sometimes even they have to stop and walk for a few minutes, too.

Great perspective from Meb for the next time your run – whether it’s one mile or 50 – isn’t going according to plan.