Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dealing with injury: Ouch Wraps giveaway

Pre and post workout routine!
This only seems fitting after yesterday's post on my latest injury that came out of no where! Over the past year I have dealt with a right hamstring injury that finally resolved but now my right glute/hip is mad! I'm hoping because it came on quick and big that is goes away just the same! In the mean time I'm spending lots of quality time with my pals: foam roller, therapy ball and ice pack!

In the midst of dealing with the left leg junk I was contacted by Ashley to try Ouch Wraps they are premade, reusable hot or cold packs that you either throw in the freezer or microwave and done. They are great size and easy to use everywhere and even better easy to wrap on and stay put! I've used mine as ice for the legs and heat for my shoulder and back.

I loved my Ouch Wrap and so did O thanks to the cute design, many others available online. Now you can try one too with the discount code: MARATHON! Or better yet, enter to win your own Ouch Wrap- Wrecked Wrap!

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Day 2...A New Injury

Last Monday I thought I had irritated my SI joint which happens too frequently, but I soon found out I was wrong. I quit part way through my Sunday run as my low back and hip were so tight and achy and decided that was it...1 week off running.

Monday I headed to the sports chiro and it looks like the whole things stems from a super tight glute medius and low back. So here I was undergoing 1 hour of Graston, the pain of someone pushing their body weight into my butt followed by acupuncture. Sounds like a fun Monday, right?! The good news, the hamstring is nothing and is all radiating from the glute, yay! but the bad news is my self imposed 1 week running break in hopes it is all I need to run a strong 2014.

Wish me luck! I never thought I'd be running towards nontraditional therapies with all my issues. Instead of racking up the miles this week, I will hit the pool (yes it is out to the world, so hold me to it!), bike and elliptical. Also in the plans is 3 strength sessions, daily core work, pilates and yoga.

What's your trick for surviving a run break? Besides baking cookies!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cookies! and Menu Planning

I should first mention I began this post Friday morning, so if it makes little sense that I am heading to conference on a Sunday that is why! Life got in the way of finishing so here it is, better late, right?

Just a quick post before I run off to sit all day at a conference on infectious disease, I may come back thinking I have some strange disease and full of nasty bugs so watch out! (Actually I got to listen to all the outbreaks traced to reptiles, perfect considering O was having reptile day at school complete with animals!).

But first a couple better things...

Nut Butter Monster Cookies- Gluten Free/Vegan
1 cup Peanut Butter (sub any nut or Sun Butter)
1/4 cup Applesauce
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Unrefined or Coconut Sugar (could do less)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Oats
1/4 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 cup Salted Nuts (the sweet and salty mix is great)
1/2 cup Raisins (can sub choc chips or other dried fruit)

Mix nut butter, applesauce and vanilla. Add in sugar, oats and baking powder until mixed. Mix in coconut, nuts and raisins. Drop by spoonfuls on prepped baking sheet, flatten. Bake at 350F for 8-10 min. They will be soft when taken out of oven but let sit on pan about 5 min and will firm up.

And now our weekly menu plan...
Sunday: Spinach & White Bean Enchiladas
Monday: Broccoli Mac 'n "Cheese"
Tuesday: Pre-run protein shake
Wednesday: Red Lentil Veggie Stew
Thursday: Thanksgiving (plans still up in the air)
Friday: Veggie Pizza
Saturday: Dinner out 

What's on your menu for the week? Any good winter meals in the works?

And finally, The BAMR Bands winner is...Teri Mazzuca Gosselin (please respond to my email before Tuesday)

Don't forget to start planning for 2014 and enter the 14 in 2014 Challenge

Friday, November 15, 2013

Changing my focus & BAMR Band giveaway

Guess what I’m still here, 3 days in a row! Starting to get back to “real” running now that the leg is better. Still following with my sports chiro monthly and focusing on strength with lower mileage. I am happy to be back into some speed work and looking a forward to working with a new coach (other than myself!) and improving my running. I decided that I need a change, I written my own plans for years but think after my year of injury I need to change things up a bit. I should be stronger and faster now with all the strength and core training but I’m not thanks to injury. I know with a change in training and injury free I can get to where I want to be.

Thursday morning I grabbed my cute new BAMR band and hit the treadmill nice and early for some intervals. Tracy has me running less miles but high intensity and I’m loving it! So how’d it go: After an easy 10 min warm up my ¼ mile repeats were:
1:30 (Had to try with the treadmill set at top speed!)
The benefit of the treadmill is consistency! I’m never this close on the track.

Ready to run!
I felt great, legs got some speed and I was ready for the day. Loved the headband, I have such an issue with other ones staying in place but this was great, didn’t move, no headache. The downside, I think I may be losing it to my child! O loves the BAMR band too, she actually wore it before I even had the chance. The designs available are great, I was thrilled to receive 2 Disney themed bands with my upcoming Dopey Challenge they will be perfect. Headbands get a lot of use in the winter around here since I’m normally a hat runner but with indoor spin, treadmill runs, elliptical and yoga these will be great.

Guess what I BAMR Bands is giving away a headband of your choice to one of my readers!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

More experiments in the kitchen: Broccoli "Cheese" Quinoa- Vegan & Gluten Free

Here I am again, 2 days in a row posting. Looks like I may have finally found time for things besides work! With less workouts my focus has turned to healthy eating and I think most days have been great, lots of fruit and veggies for snacks and limiting processed foods and mindless snacking. I feel great.

Of course I have been experimenting in the kitchen during my low running weeks and another success! Had to share my main dish first, cookies will come later.

Broccoli "Cheese" Quinoa - Gluten Free & Vegan
1 onion chopped
2 cloves minced garlic 
1 head broccoli  
1 cup uncooked quinoa 
2 cups water Mix in cheese sauce:

Cheese Sauce
1 acorn squash roasted & puréed (about 1-2 cups) 
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1-2 tsp red pepper 

Cook quinoa, while that cooks sauté onion and garlic until soft, add broccoli cook about 10 min mix into cooked quinoa. Combine "cheese" sauce ingredients and mix into quinoa. Can top with gluten free bread crumbs. Bake at 350 30 min

I wasn't so sure of the nutritional yeast mix but it tasted just like cheese! Matt loved it too. We ate this with roasted cauliflower, it would be great as a side or main dish. 

Make sure to come back later this week (and next) as I have a few great giveaways to finish out the year. I promise I will get back to posting more frequently.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

14 in 2014 Running Challenge...Are you ready?

2014 Running Challenge

First, 12 runners committed to running 12 races in 2012. Then, in 2013, almost 900 runners signed up to run 13 in 2013. Many have even gone beyond 13 races! In September 2012 I had what I thought was a little idea to run 13 half marathons in 2013, I shared this idea with Jill and we were shocked at how far reaching this little idea grew! Not only has it been fun to share this with so many others but the inspiration is huge!

Next? It's time time to start thinking about the new year. New goals and endless possibilities of what you can accomplish. I'm excited to announce that I'm teaming up with Jill again in 2014 to bring you 14 in 2014! Now, it’s time to plan and commit to a running challenge for 2014

COMMIT to a year-long running goal!

To be honest, 13 in 2013 was tough, I spend much of the year dealing with an injury that sidelined my running goals. While I was able to complete my races with less then the performance I wanted, I was hoping for a better year. Am I disappointed about how 13 in 2013 turned out? Yes. Am I giving up on accomplishing a year-long running goal? No way! In fact my resolve is probably stronger than ever! I have finally turned a corner and ready for 2014!
  1. Pick a goal (5K, 10K, Half, Full, Combination, Trails) and sign up.
  2. Run 14 registered virtual or real life races in 2014.
  3. The number of participants will not be limited.
  4. Prizes throughout the year. Hint: Some of my favorite running and fitness products!
  5. We will have a 14 in 2014 Facebook group to support and encourage each other and share the experience.
  6. To support everyone reaching their goal Jill and I will host 4 virtual races throughout the year.
  7. Share with Instagram and Twitter using the #14in2014 hashtag.
How to join:
  1. Sign up [and commit] Here
  2. If you blog, post the challenge button with the distance of your choice on the sidebar of your blog.

T-Shirt Design Contest

We're taking submissions for a 14 in 2014 t-shirt design! The designer of the design that is chosen will receive a prize! Submit your design to Jen marathonmom28@gmail.com. Entries accepted until December 6 at midnight EST
Coming soon:
14 in 2014 Challenge buttons.
2014 Virtual race calendar.
Sponsor reveal.
Order t-shirts.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me marathonmom28@gmail.com or Jill

Are you ready to commit? Do you have a running goal for 2014? What do you think would be the toughest part of running 14 races in one year?