Good Morning friends! I woke up at my normal time this morning with the intention to carry out my usual morning workout routine. It’s never a hard thing for me to do, but this morning was a different story. I was forcing myself to get into the gym, but I was beyond tired and my throat was a bit sore. Usually I would fight this feeling and go to the gym anyway, but Kyle reminded me that my body is begging for rest.
He was right, I have been fighting my body. It’s been asking for rest, but I’ve been refusing to give in. I was in a walking boot for 10+ weeks, and I never took a break. I pushed my body to the limit even though I really should have been resting. I won’t lie the reason I never took a break while in the boot was because I feared gaining weight and losing my fitness.
Hiking in my boot may not have been smart, but I would do it all over again. The boot cannot hold you back from experiencing life!
I need to remember to listen to my body more in terms of rest. Sometimes I just get going and forget to listen. This is most important since I will soon be introducing running back into my life. Starting tomorrow I get to run for 30 minutes. Thirty minutes 4 months ago was a cake walk. Now, I’m starting all over again. After running for 30 minutes three times, I will start to add 10% every time. It’s discouraging because I was running 20 miles at a time before this injury, but looks like I’ll be doing the journey all over.
Remember to listen to your body. When you can barley keep your eyes open or your body is hurting, your body is begging for rest. As the Hungry Runner Girlsaid today… “Running will always be there for you when you’re ready to come back.” Tomorrow I will get my early workout in, but today I will try to not beat myself up for getting a little extra sleep.
The lottery for the Chicago Marathon opens this week! After finishing last year’s race I said I’d never do another marathon again, but that feeling only lasted 12 hours. Now we are 2 days away registration, and I am conflicted on whether or not I should enter.
It’s not that I don’t want to run it because I want nothing more than to run it again. The problem is this foot of mine. It’s been feeling so good lately, but will it be fully ready for a marathon in October? I’m not even allowed to run 30 minutes yet. Will I injure it more pushing it back into training too soon?
For the first time I am looking at the marathon lottery as a good thing because if I don’t get in I will take it as a sign and just stick to half marathons this year. If I do get in then I will gage how my recovery is going and choose either 2014 or defer to 2015.
I guess that means I’ve made my decision. I will enter the lottery for Chicago 2014.
Wow, I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever. It’s only been a couple of days, but life has been a whirlwind lately. I’m not complaining one bit though because I’m loving every second.
It’s time for another Throwback Thursday. Today I am throwing it back to my first half marathon in 2011. I went into this race a total rookie, but since then I’ve been addicted to running.
The plan is to run this race again this year with Kyle, but I have to make it through my Back to Running Program before I can make the final decision. I will only have 8 weeks to train, and that would be fine but coming back from a stress fracture right into a short half marathon training may be problematic. I have two more weeks until I make the decision, so here’s top hoping this foot cooperates.
Have you guys seen the Today Show’s Love Your Selfie Segment? All week they are putting an emphasis on changing the way we look at our bodies. Instead of spending hours pointing out our flaws, the Today Show is asking both men and women to embrace imperfection and to love your bodies.
I am loving this campaign. I’ll be the first to admit that I am way too critical about my body. I can spit off all of the things I want to change on my body, but hesitate to tell others what I love most about myself.
This week I am going to join the Today Show in loving my selfie. I hope you will also join in! First things first, what do I love most about my body? I have learned to embrace my athletic build. I am not stick skinny, but instead I’ve been blessed with an athletic physique. This athletic build has taken me on many journeys from collegiate volleyball to a marathon.
I also love that I am not dependent on makeup. I wear it to make my eyes pop and to look like I’m 25 and not 12, but there are a lot of days when I go with out it. The Today show challenged women to go without make up today. Will you join in this challenge? Share your selfie on your social media channels and tag #LoveYourSelfie to join in the movement.
On Thursday’s I’m going to start a little “Throwback” version on the blog. I’ll include a previously posted recipe, and a throwback picture giving you a look into my life prior to starting this blog.
I had to think long and hard about which picture I wanted to start my throwbacks with, and this one is the winner. Yep, young Mr. and Mrs. Fueling Strong at our high school graduation (2007).
What’s funny about this picture is that Kyle and I started dating a week or so before our graduation. I remember being “forced” to take this picture, and thinking I’d look back on it in 10 years and be like oh ya my boyfriend of one month.
Little did I know that we would endure 4 years of long distance and crazy volleyball and rugby schedules yet still find a way to make our relationship work. God had this all worked out when Kyle and I had no idea what were getting ourselves into.
Since we’re on the topic of Kyle, I’ll throw back to one of his favorite dishes that my grandma makes for today’s throwback recipe… Cabbage and Noodles… Click here for the recipe.
I’m starting to think we will be stuck in winter forever. It’s 40 degrees today, but tomorrow is another story. Seriously, Chicago it’s time for you to give us a break. With all of this cold weather I find myself gravitating towards soup more than usual. I’m sure you all can understand the feeling.
Last week I made Cooking Light’s chicken and vegetable soup. It takes chicken and noodle soup to a whole new level with the addition of parsnips and leeks. The only changes I made were substituting the egg noodles for whole wheat bowtie noodles and omitting the turnips because I didn’t have any on hand. I also only used chicken breasts because I can’t handle meat on the bone.
The soup is amazing, but it has a little too much chicken for my liking, but I’m sure it will be just fine for you meat lovers. Next time I’m going to half the chicken and double the veggies because that’s just my style.
I hope you all had a great weekend. Kyle and I enjoyed a Valentine’s Dinner at home of stout balsamic scallops, steamed crab legs, brussels sprout salad, and wine. That meal in Chicago on Vday would have been $200+, so wise choice to only spend $40 (not including wine) or so at Whole Foods and just make it myself.
We then went out on a date night Saturday to Webster Wine Bar in Lincoln Park. How did I not find this place sooner? They have great tapas, and the wine list is a dream. Seriously 200+ wines. This wino was in Heaven! We shared the hummus plate, ratatouille, brussels sprouts, and arctic char. Kyle also enjoyed some lamb skewers.
We are on a quest to visit every wine bar in Chicago, so far we have done: Blue Bird, Bar Pastoral (personal favorite), Webster Wine Bar, Lincoln Park Whole Foods Wine Bar (Yes, they have a great laid back wine bar), and Eno. Some must visits on our list are Bin 36, City Winery, Ada St, and Telegraph. The best part of this adventure is it takes us into neighborhoods we wouldn’t typically visit. Chicago is so diverse, so it’s always great to see what the different neighborhoods have to offer.
Exploring Chicago’s wine bars will have to hold us over until our next trip to California Wine Country. Have a great week my friends…cheers!
Happy Valentine’s Day my friends! I’m happy to announce that one of my loves has made its way back into my life. Welcome back running!
I’ve waited since November to get back to running, so it’s been a while. Before I can officially hit the pavement for a 10+ mile run, I first have to endure 4-5 weeks of a Back to Running Program. It’s painful… not painful for my foot… just a painfully slow progression. I know it’s the right thing to do though.
Yesterday’s “run” consisted of 4.5 minutes of walking followed by 30 seconds of running (repeat 6 times). Tomorrow I’ll advance to 4 minutes of walking and 1 minute of running. By the end of the program I get to start running 30 minutes at a time and increasing by 10% each time. Sure, it’s no 20 mile run, but it’s better than nothing.
Of course, I promise to follow the program. I’ve promised one too many people that I will abide by the program, so I can’t let them down. My PT even threatened to make me come into the office to do the program just to make sure abide, but I told him that’s not necessary. I know what the end goal is, so I will listen.
In the mean time I will continue with PT twice a week, daily hip and foot strengthening exercises, and my daily workouts.
For those of you coming back from an injury or want to start running, give this program a try. It’s a great way to slowly introduce yourself to running!
Yes, you read the title right, I have found a cookie you can eat for breakfast. Before you run to the kitchen to grab your box of Girl Scout Cookies, you may want to read a little more. I’m not giving you permission to break into your store bought cookie stash before 9AM, but I do have a healthy cookie recipe that you can make in 30 minutes (including baking time) to satisfy your morning sweet tooth.
These breakfast cookies are filled with oats, bananas, and a touch of Greek yogurt. They’re the perfect breakfast on the run, or you can be like my husband and eat them for dessert too.
I have to credit Eat Yourself Skinny for inspiring me to make them. Her original recipe is great, but I made a couple of changes to fit my liking. I promise you that you will not feel guilty eating these for breakfast or dessert!
With February being the “month of love” Abe’s Market asked me to brainstorm article ideas about working out and love. The first one, Sweat Together, was easy for me to come up because I love working out with my husband. We are both super competitive people, so working out together helps us push each other to the limit. Check out the article hereon how working out with your spouse.
The other articlewas a little more difficult for me to write because it’s about finding a date at the gym. Note, I haven’t been single in over 7 years, so clearly I’m off of my dating game…but I think I gave some pretty good ideas for meeting people in the fitness environment. If you choose to meet someone at the gym, I beg you to not be the creepy guy who throws themselves at every hot girl that walks in. Be settle… and remember a lot of women (including myself) don’t wear wedding rings to work out, so tread lightly.
Head on over to Abe’s Market to dive into the details on each of these topics. Enjoy!