Thursday, October 30, 2014

Now what?! Another running injury...

I've been injured before but somehow not even knowing the cause makes it even worse!

Here's a little right foot is a problem child! Ever since a surgery at age 16 due to years of dance injuries, then two cuboid stress fractures during my 2nd marathon which resulted in cuboid subluxation. Add to that posterior tibial tendonosis and you have one angry foot!

It all started Sunday during my run when early on I had this slight foot pain (nothing different than I frequently get). The pain went away but quickly came back while I was walking Cooper after my run. By Monday morning every step meant pain that radiated mid lateral foot to ankle. I even gave in a went to urgent care wondering if I had broken it and not known, but X-Ray negative. This worsened despite doing nothing but walking on my foot and by Wednesday I had enough and saw my sports medicine friend. Sure enough a reread of the X-Ray showed signs of injury around cuboid. So diagnosis is still uncertain: cuboid stress fracture or peroneal tendon partial tear.

So what now?! I have some new foot wear and no running for another 7-10 days.hen see how things feel. Today is day 4 of no running and already I am getting antsy and frustrated! I think the worst part is being so limited. So far upper body strength, pilates, core and bike. Even yoga is too painful! I need to get in the pool this weekend. Unfortunately this week is crazy with Halloween events with O and work schedule that my gym opportunities are very limited. At least I'll have a super strong core after this!

Injuries suck but at least the timing is good considering I planned an easy 1-2 months then back to training. Besides swimming and biking what cardio workouts do you suggest? Maybe I'll be an injured runner for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hemp Hearts- Benefits and a Review with Recipe!

I'm I've been hearing a lot about hemp hearts for a while now but have never tried them so I was thrilled when I was offered a bag of Manitoba Harvest to review. Honestly I was clueless and had no idea how to use them!
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Benefits of Hemp Hearts
Plant Based Protein - 10g per tablespoon
High Fiber - 1g per tablespoon
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Lots of Vitamins - Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B, Manganese, Zinc and Calcium

They sound perfect for a vegetarian runner! I'm always looking for ways to increase protein, iron and calcium. Plus Omega 3s are great for recovery,

I decided to give them a try and here's what I thought...

First try...Salad topper. Wonderful! A little nutty flavor and crunch but not overwhelming.

Next...Pumpkin Mug Cake. Another good pick here! No really added flavor but extra protein is always great!

Pumpkin Mug Cake (GF/Vegan)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (or other sweetener to add sweetness)
2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 scoop protein powder (Shakeology of course!)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Grease microwave safe bowl. Mix liquid ingredients, then add in dry ingredients. Cook 3-4 minutes in microwave. Top with almond butter and enjoy!

Have you tried hemp hearts? How do you use them? Want to try your own? Use code HHSweatPink14 to save 20% off Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Goals and Looking Ahead

With the marathon behind me and no real goal races in the near future I'm sitting in that time of the year where things often go the wrong direction, my eating falls apart and I take the rest phase a little too seriously! My new plan for the off season is mini goals and staying on track.

Fitness Goals
  • Morning workouts Monday through Friday
  • P90X3 x 6 days and 2 more core focused
  • Try a new workout
  • 3 pull ups in a row (stuck at 2 right now!)
  • Run 3 days, no technology, just run whatever pace and distance feel good
Non Fitness Goals
  • Stick with meal plan this week
  • Blog 3-4 days
  • Start editing my thesis proposal
  • Work on organizing downstairs
What are your goals this week? Do you suffer when not training for an event?

Remember to keep me on track and help everyone else too I have a 7 Day Healthy Eating Group starting next Monday! To get more info email or enter info on the form and I will be in contact.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Urbini Avi Running Stroller Review- Ready for a change?

Last month I was contacted to review a running stroller and while O is getting older she is still up for the occasional run with mom, although I know our days are limited. The Urbini Avi All-Terrain stroller arrived and the first thing I will say is assembly was a breeze even for me who has an issue reading the instructions! O and I had it out of the box and ready to go in 5 minutes!

I will preface this by saying my run with the Urbini was my first post-marathon run on a windy day and resulted in more of a run walk. We needed to make our typical run to the store for a few groceries before dinner and grabbed the stroller to go. We are lucky to live within 2 miles of 3 different grocery stores meaning most of my small trips are done as part of a run. My first thought was “wow this thing is tough to push!” but then I looked down and realized I never inflated the tires! Oops!

Love the back pocket!
What did I think?
  • For a run/walk with lockable swivel wheel was great
  • Easy to push and steer
  • The bottom had large storage area for all my groceries because those few things always lead to more!
  • Loved the ease of having a small pocket on back of seat (perfect for phone or wallet)
  • Lightweight 22.3lbs (about the same as my other stroller at 23lbs)
  • The adjustable handle allowed for more comfort when transitioning running to walking

A few great features…
  • Self Stands (when folded)
  • Inflatable Rubber Tires
  • 5-Point Harness
  • 2-Position Canopy that blocks more sun than my other stroller
  • Safety Wrist Strap
  • Reclining Seat
  • Cup holder
  • Weight limit of 65lbs so still able to run with my 33lb 4 ½ yo! (other stroller is 70lbs)
  • About half the price of my other stroller $199 v $399 and sold exclusively at Walmart (meaning I would not be in a position to even see this stroller since I do not shop there! But not starting that discussion today!)
  • Available in 5 colors: Blue, Pink, Gray, Red and Yellow
  • Car Seat Package available

Lots of room for groceries

What did O think?
  • She loved hiding behind the large canopy and having the peek-a-boo window above
  • The seat cushion was comfortable
  • Reclining was fun
  • “Mom I could sleep in here!” What more do we need!
  • There was a bar running across the back of her head that she didn’t like!
  • No kid cup holder

"Look mom I can hide!"

Overall I think this is a great stroller for shorter runs, walks or just everyday use at a lower price. The cup holder and back pocket are so convenient and a huge perk. But as someone who ran 75% of their marathon training miles with a stroller I’ll stick with my other for the long runs. I also think that despite O still meeting the weight requirements the set up isn’t ideal for a larger child with the support bars. 

*I was provided the Urbini Avi stroller for review but all opinions are my own.

 What do you look for in a running stroller? What is your favorite?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Planning 2015- What marathons should I run?

What does a typical runner do in the days after a marathon? You pick your next marathon of course! But I need your help...

I've been researching Spring marathons but just can't decide so I need suggestions. Remember I live in the midwest that can easily become a frozen tundra all winter meaning training only happens on the treadmill.

My criteria...

  • Late spring or early summer
  • PR type course
  • Easy for spectators to get around
  • Not too crowded but not 10 runners either (I've run both extremes)
  • Easy to travel to either by car or plane from midwest
  • Not over priced
Bonus criteria...
  • Associated kids race (in case we bring O) and 1/2 marathon
  • Fun destination to turn into a mini vacation
  • In a state I haven't run yet, so far I have run: AZ, CA, FL, WA, MA, IL, MN, SD, ND, IA, GA
Alright share your favorite spring marathons...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marathon Recap...The short version

The long version will come later once I finish and edit the novel it is becoming...

Anyone who has followed me knows the past couple years have been injury filled with the peak coming at Boston this April where I nearly quit at Mile 15 due to pain which resulted in time off and lots of rehab. I was back at running but with no speedwork. 5 months ago I was told by my sports doctor and PT that it was unlikely I'd run a fall marathon but I'm thrilled that Sunday I ran my 26th marathon!

This was all thanks to lots of hard work, intense PT, session of graston and acupuncture with my sport chiro and all the rgith workouts. These workouts meant decreased miles and increased cross training: P90x3 for the agility, core and eccentric strength and PiYo for core stability and balance and I was able to run again even sooner than anyone thought!

This wasn't a goal race but starting out with a great 21 miles I thought it might end up that way. My plans soon changed as I struggled the final 5 due to what was likely hypoglycemia (an issue I've never had during a marathon) I finished in 3:40:13 missed a BQ by 14 sec. After a few minutes of disappointment I quickly decided I was thrilled to be running pain free and accomplishing something that just months ago wasn't going to happen!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Staying on track with healthy eating post marathon

I know I’ve said it many times but I have a slight obsession with fall foods: pumpkin, apples, squash, etc. and love the winter comfort foods of chili, soups, ciders, etc. Combine this post-marathon and less training and I tend to eat less healthy, indulge more and feel more sluggish come fall/winter. This year I am not letting this happen! Does anyone else feel this way?

This weekend is my marathon and I’m allowing myself a week of recovery, indulging, wine tasting and fun but then I’m holding myself accountable for healthy eating including no Halloween candy. I decided to extend this to others who want to join me for this accountability. I’m opening a FREE 7 Day Healthy Halloween Eating Challenge group beginning October 23rd.

Do you need to…
Get back on track or stay on track with healthy eating?
Figure out easier ways to make comfort foods?
Limit the indulgences?
Get your family into healthy eating?

Do you want accountability and support of others on this journey? Join us on this 1 week real food eating challenge. Take a week to give up refined sugars, refined carbs, increase water intake and healthy carbs, fruits, veggies. There will be options for vegan plans too!

Fill out your info Here and I’ll get you added to the group next week. Also feel free to post questions in comments or email me

I'm ready to get started and stay on track as winter arrives, I'm brainstorming ways to make this a recurrent group throughout winter if there is interest.