Marathon Training and Hamstrings


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Not here yet, but a reminder not to get to this point!

Not the week I had hoped for, but I am dealing and surviving. I made it through day 1 & 2 of classes and now prepare for next week that becomes even busier. My trainer is back and had a great workout planned yesterday that I needed to make him change due to my hamstring (and the lingering migraine). Instead of a fun mix of running intervals and strength outside we opted for  functional lower extremity movement and upper body/core strength. We have now changed the focus to strengthen and recovery in hopes of fully running and racing TC in just over 4 weeks.

The good news is my hamstring is feeling better at least at easy running and I am being smart, have actually take time off running, a big thing for me. I ran few easy 200m, 400m, 800m repeats on Wednesday and it was fine, yeah! Heading to spin class today and maybe an easy run (or save it for tomorrow). I actually just saw an article suggesting that running backwards can help with hamstring injury, interesting. Although I can this resulting in worse injuries for me ans I fall!

And now...My debate: The final team race is on Sunday, a 25K, and it fits perfectly into my training. Is it worth the last minute registration fee to run it easy and have fun with my team or do I save the $ and stay home, still planning to run the same distance?

I could eat pumpkin year round, but with Fall in sight I am ready to bring it back in full force so here is my latest creation, a healthy, protein packed snack bar. It is not sweet, but you could remedy that with the addition of more sweetener.


Pumpkin Quinoa Protein Bars
½ cup cooked quinoa (I cooked ¼ cup in ½ cup water with pumpkin pie spice added)
1 cup brown rice flour
¼ cup vanilla protein powder (plain would work too or add ¼ cup more flour)
2 cups oats
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4-1/2 tsp stevia (optional or 1/4-1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup dates soaked
2 cups pumpkin puree
½ cup applesauce
1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup pumpkin seeds

Mix flour, oats, seasoning and set aside. Puree dates, vanilla and pumpkin, add quinoa, maple syrup and applesauce and mix. Combine wet and dry ingredients, then mix in raisins, nuts and seeds. Spread into greased 9x13 pan and bake 30-35 min at 350F.

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  1. Good luck with your race! SPA <3

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    1. Thanks, I actually didn't do the race. Decided for an easy long run instead.

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  2. Yum. I am off to make those bars now. I love pumpkin anything! Oh, except that SBux latte. But give me a muffin or a scone or a pancake...or these bars...any day! Thanks.

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    1. Yum, scones! I'm not a big latte fan either but I did have a pumpkin chai that was wonderful.

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  3. I say have fun and run with your team:) Good luck and have a great time!

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    1. That was my plan but actually woke up late and decided to stay home rather then be super rushed.

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  4. Good luck with the race!

    A friend just posted a link to a gluten-free pumpkin pancake recipe for me on FB. I'm making them for the kids for breakfast tomorrow.

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  5. I really can't wait to try these!! Good luck with the 25K (and making your decision).

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  6. Mmm! I've been playing around with similar bars made from mashed sweet potato... so good! Great hamstring advice. The race decision is tough- is there someone else you could run it with on your own?

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    1. Sweet potato is always good in bars too!

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  7. I don't know about you, but I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). If I were you, I'd have to go for the race, because otherwise I'd think about it all day and be sad I didn't compete!

    Hope it all gets sorted for you :-)

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    1. Love it, FOMO! That is my problem too :)

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  8. Winter squash, pumpkin and soups! So ready for fall! The bars look delicious.

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    1. Yum, love fall foods just hate knowing winter is coming!

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  9. I say if you'll be able to have fun and not push yourself too hard go for it and enjoy.
    If you think you are going to get there, get in the moment, and possibly hurt it more don't risk it and stay home.

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    1. Yep, that is the problem. I have a tough time not racing.

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  10. Hey, just visiting for the first time! I love this recipe, and we already have almost all the ingredients (except pumpkin seeds) to try it out. Thanks for posting.

    For the race, I would definitely be tempted to sign up, but I have a hard time just having fun at a race. I always want to run as fast as I can, even with an injury. But if it's pretty cheap, then it might be a good one to just take up for fun. Price would be my biggest swayer.

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    1. The race was rather pricey, why does that always seem to be the case?!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us at gluten free fridays. I'm excited to give them a try! Always on the look out for some great bars I can take with me. I'm going to feature your recipe this week on gf fridays!

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  12. Good luck! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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