Always a Runner

This morning I was craving a big bowl of cereal.  I used to eat cereal every single morning, but lately it just doesn’t cut it for me in the “feeling full” department.  Adding a bit of healthy fat and subbing yogurt for the milk seems to do the trick though.  This kept me full for a good 3-1/2 hrs., which is all I would ever ask from my breakfast. 😀

  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • 1 T. crushed flax
  • 1.5 c. Kashi Go Lean
  • 1/2 banana
  • sprinkle of coconut
  • handful of almonds

Last night I layed out my gym clothes, so that I would have no excuse to skip the gym. 😉 

I also snagged 1/2 of this KIND Mango Macadamia Plus bar as a pre-workout snack…

Looks good, smells good…

Tastes good! 😀

I wasn’t sure if I would like this flavor, but I think the tropical flavored bars are starting to grow on me.  Coconut, mango, macadamia…what’s not to love?  I still like the KIND Fruit and Nut flavors the best though (i.e., Date and Almond = awesome!)

The gym was practically empty today.  I had the elliptical machines, treadmill and stairmaster all to myself, so I decided to switch off between machines and make things interesting.

  • Elliptical: 1.5 miles
  • Treadmill: 2.5 miles (intervals of running/walking)
  • Elliptical: 1.0 mile
  • Stairmaster: 10 minutes

I’ve been focusing on keeping my running fitness up by emulating my normal workouts.  The elliptical is actually pretty close to running in regards to fitness, only without the impact.  It makes a nice sub for when injuries prevail. 😉

That being said, what I was really interested in discovering through today’s workout was whether I still had knee and foot pains.  The elliptical felt perfectly fine, but the treadmill left me achy by the end.  My knee felt stiff and sore as soon as I stopped, and my plantar fascia near the ball of my foot felt tender.  No more messing around…it was time to call the doctor!

First I drove home and had a quick, easy lunch of Penne with Chickpeas, Feta and Tomatoes (courtesy of Cooking Light—click for the recipe!) with a side of mixed veggies.  This meal was super easy to throw together and is so versatile.  While I chose a vegetarian option, you could add diced chicken or shrimp if you wanted.  Black olives and spinach would also be a lovely addition. 😀

+ an apple-to-go as I was running out the door.

My doctor spent some time bending my knee and asking some questions, along with flexing my foot and massaging in different areas to see where my pain was.  She thinks I have plantar fasciitis (which was my first thought too) and chondromalacia patellae (damage to the cartilage which covers the back of the knee.)  In other words?  Running is still off limits!  In the meantime, she told me to build muscle in my quads for the knee problems and to buy some knee sleeves for stabilization.  I’m seeing a foot specialist by the end of March to see if there’s anything I can do aside from physical therapy for my foot.

One step at a time.

It did feel a little overwhelming to leave the doctor’s office with two new injuries to deal with, but I’m glad I went.  I will always consider myself a runner, and this is just the process I need to take in order to continue the activity that I love so much! 😀  It is not the end of the world and it is not the end of running!

When I arrived home, I got right into some exercises for my knee and took a break for a snack: plain yogurt with 2 T. wheat bran, 1/2 a banana and some granola.

+ the other half of my KIND bar

I can’t get enough salads and homemade bread lately.  :mrgreen:

Dinner involved 1.5 slices of toasted whole wheat and walnut bread with a pat of cashew butter…

And a big ol’ salad.

I think my repetitive dinner choice has something to do with the big box of fresh mesculin greens sitting in the fridge.  Just can’t get enough! 😀

For dessert, I broke into this Endangered Species Dark Chocolate bar.

One peice was perfect for hitting the sweet tooth, because it was so intensely dark. 😀

I’m about to make a snack and spend some time researching for a homework assignment.  Hopefully I’ll get to bed at a decent time tonight too, because I have an early morning planned for tomorrow. 😀

Question: Dark, milk, or white chocolate?  I will always choose dark chocolate over milk, but I’m a fan of white chocolate for an occasional treat too. 😀


16 thoughts on “Always a Runner

  1. I have a feeling you will be very diligent about your injury rehabilitation!

    I love dark chocolate, but I have to say, those Europeans know how to make milk chocolate.

  2. Dark Chocolate in general, and white chocolate if its a Lindt truffle.

    I had cereal this morning, but it was no where as good looking as yours! Inspiring though.

    I’m sorry to hear about your injuries… take care of yourself and im sure you’ll be back to running in no time 🙂

  3. hmm im not a fan of cereal anymore bc of the fullness factor either! maybe i should try to fancy mine up like yours!!
    girl you are so patient with your injury-rewards will come from that!

  4. Even though it’s discouraging, it’s so good that you went to the doctor and found out exactly what’s going on! That’s the best thing you can do to start getting better!
    Sounds like you’re able to remain positive and exercise your heart out anyway- so admirable!
    I loved cereal for years and years like you, but it really just never stuck with me. The fullness factor was why I broke up with it. Ha.
    And that whole wheat walnut bread sounds and looks fantastic!! yUMMM
    I love a nice piece of dark chocolate, but no chocolate is bad chocolate in my book!
    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  5. I was sorry to hear about your injuries, but you seem so positive about finding different forms of exercise that I know you will be ok (soon!)

    I prefer to eat cereal dry, as a little snack because it doesn’t keep me very full either. As far as chocolate goes, I only have it when I am craving it and I usually go for the dark stuff because it is too easy to eat an entire bar of the milk chocolate stuff. I do enjoy some white chocolate chips when I have a sudden sweet craving though.

    Happy Tuesday 🙂

  6. Sorry to hear about what you heard from the doctor but both of those should be very treatable from what I have heard. I too suffer from “knee pain” on longer runs and read that increasing strength in your quads helps so I have been working on that in the gym. Luckily, “knock on wood” I have yet to have “foot pain” and I totally feel for you on that as I am sure it is very hard NOT TO RUN…..=(


  7. I love the title of your blog! Found you through Kim and to answer your question…I love Dark Chocolate!

  8. Dark chocolate all the way! I love the bitter stuff.

    And I like your “tropical” snack – it makes me want to go somewhere warm and sunny.

  9. Dark, all the way! 🙂

    I love it when the gym is empty! Awesome workout.

    When I had plantar fasciitis, I would ice my foot in a big bucket of cold water and ice a few times a day. It helped, but it took a long time to go away. I would wake up every morning and as soon as I stepped on it, it hurt. I am anxious to hear what PT they tell you to follow.

  10. I’m so glad you went and got some definite answers. It may seem discouraging now, but here’s how I got through it. I told myself that each and every exercise, stretch, or cross-training activity I did was BECAUSE I was a runner, not INSTEAD of being a runner. I had a very hard time mentally as the weeks rolled by and all my runs were measured in tenths of miles instead of miles. But, it all paid off.

    As far as quad strength, did the doc suggest squats? My problem was I have one leg that is weaker in quad and glutes which made my IT band track wrong. One leg squats made a world of difference. I did them in the shower each morning/night in addition to a planned weight workout. They may work for you, too 🙂

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