Ok, so today, both Kristie and I weren’t feeling exactly motivated to give everything we’ve got to the run. In fact, we were feeling quite apathetic about the whole thing. We still did it though; granted, it wasn’t a great run. We ran along one of the trails in Miramar, and only went for a 2 KM hill run.
On the way back however, Kristie made an interesting point: Even a pathetic effort is still an effort. No, we didn’t run 5-7 KM, but we still ran, and both of us were looking for excuses not to go at all. This is the attitude I want to adopt going forward. On days like this, where we’re both run down, or on days where the weather is absolute crap, if we can get out and do just 2 KM, it is still keeping the momentum going.
Am I making excuses? Yeah, probably. But the alternative is to sit on the couch and make excuses.
More Boring Bits
So starting back on June 1st, Kristie and I embarked on a 30 day abdominal challenge. We saw it on Facebook, and since we’ve been into challenging ourselves as of late, we thought it might be a good idea to add a bit more exercise into our normal routines.
The challenge started out easily enough, but each day they would ramp up the amount of exercise you’d have to do. The first day, you only had to do 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 5 leg lifts, and a 10 second plank, and each day you would have to do a few more of each. Well the first week was a cake walk. Even on day 7 you only had to do 40 sit-ups, 20 crunches, 20 leg lifts, and a 30 second plank. Well fast forward to day 23, and your tasked with doing 100 sit-ups, 150 crunches, 58 leg lifts and a 90 second plank! Now that I think of it, this is more than I use to do in my prime!
We’re both finding that getting through all the exercises, and we’re committed to doing this, is taking much longer and longer to complete. Add to that the fact that our recovery isn’t happening as fast either, and you get a day like yesterday:
Me: Well, I guess I’ll do my ab exercises
Abs: You’re doing more ab exercises? You just did a bunch yesterday!
Me: Gotta get that challenge out of the way.
Abs: Ummmm…I don’t think you should do any today. I’m not sure you’ve recovered from yesterday.
Me: Nonsense! I’ll be fine.
[start doing the ab exercises]
Me: Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrghhhhh! Sweet Jeebus, my stomach feels like it is ripped off by a pack of werewolves!
Abs: Well, looks like you’ve got everything under control here…
We’ve only got about 7 more days of increases, but we’re scared of what’s to come!
Last year, we bought a cookbook from a Canadian restaurant called Rebar. In this cookbook, we have found some new, all-time favourites! One of these new favourites is Calypso Roti. It is made with a fabulous black bean hummus which is freaking awesome! You also make a mango chutney, which they call a mojo. We also found the same recipe on a website called The Hippie Triathlete. Regardless of where you get this recipe, it is a must try! If you like the recipe, I’d suggest you pick up the cookbook, as there are several out-of-this-world recipes in there, or visit the website and the restaurant itself. We’re going there when we visit Victoria again in September.
makes 4 large or 6 medium rotis
Black bean hummus
2 – 14-ounce cans black beans
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp chipotle puree (puree made of canned chipotles in adobo sauce…the best!)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 – 1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground corainder
2 – 3 tbsps chopped cilantro
2 tbsp flax seed oil
1 bunch cilantro
1 ripe mango (use two if they are very small)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 habanero (seeded and chopped…use gloves!)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
Note: The roti recipe doesn’t come from the rebar cookbook.
4 roti, chapati or whole wheat tortillas (I used 6 medium-sized tortillas)
2 sweet red peppers
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 cups shredded cabbage, tossed with some lime juice
4 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
1. Puree the ingredients for the hummus in a food processor or blender until smooth. Set aside. Puree the Mango Mojo ingredients using a hand blender or standard blender. Set aside.
2. Halve, seed and julienne the red peppers. Head the oil in a skillet, and saute the peppers for 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Heat the wraps in the microwave to soften. Spread hummus over wrap up to 2 inches from the edges. Line with grilled peppers, cabbage, Mango Mojo, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Roll, and place in a warm over (250-275) until ready to serve, or serve immediately.
Yesterday we did our first trial run for this year’s Powerade Challenge. This is an 8 KM course that follows along Wellington’s waterfront. This is a really cool promotion that not only promotes the Powerade brand, but it encourages people to get out, and get active.
This was the first time I’ve gone over 5 KM since the injury, and it felt great to be out and starting to push the limits again. It was pretty cold last night, so we were bundled up pretty well; this was the first time I’ve had to wear tights this year. I also wore a double-layer on top, and found it warm, but not too warm to take off. The good part was that it wasn’t very windy last night, which would have made the cold run a real chore. Tonight’s run is pretty much going to be a carbon copy of last night’s run, except maybe a little less wind.
Looking forward to the run tonight.
- Bowl of oatmeal
- home-made, carrot date slice
- home-made Mac & Cheese with roasted veggies
- Calypso Roti with Mango Mojo
In addition to the 8 KM we did tonight, I also walked to meet up with Kristie after work.. This isn’t a huge walk; about 4 KM in total, but it does have quite a few hills and gives us a built in walk with the dogs.
The plan for today was to go for about an 8 KM run, but Kristie had relayed some information to me about best practices when coming back from plantar fasciitis injuries, and we decided to go the long slow route to recovery rather than risk re-injuring it. We still went 5 KM, and for the most part, it didn’t hurt much throughout the whole run.
And what a glorious day for a run it was! Virtually no wind, nothing but blue skies and picturesque scenery! After the run, we walked over the Seatoun hill for a little treat, and then walked a little further to buy a loaf of bread to have along with lunch and dinner. We haven’t bought bread in ages as we didn’t want the high-calorie and high starch content while we weren’t able to exercise. The bread was fantastic!!!
Along with the 5 KM run, we had a 3 KM walk afterwards as well as a couple more kilometres with the dogs later on in the day. It’s no marathon, but we’re getting there!
We’ve been running again for less than a week now; actually, today was only our fourth run since starting up again since my heel injury. I would have like to have at least one more under my belt before a semi-long run (8 KM) tomorrow, but both Kristie and I had a couple commitments this week that took our attention away from the running.
Although we only have three runs under our belts, I am noticing that my heel isn’t as stiff at the start of each run, so I take that as a good sign.
I never thought I’d say this, but I really missed running! I know that I whinge and blather on about being tired, or running in bad weather, but I’ve really come to enjoy the act of being outside, and getting some exercise. Who knew? Tomorrow should be an interesting run as the furthest we’ve gone since getting back into it was 4 KM. Should be interesting to see if we have more in the tank.
Today was the official weekly weigh in, and both Kristie and I are at our lowest weight since starting this endeavour! Kristie has 1 KG left to make her goal, and I’ve got 1.1 KG. We’re hoping to get there (or very close) by the end of this month. If we can really ramp up our running, we just might be able to do it!
Only 3 KM, but we’re going for 8 KM tomorrow.
Ok, so now I’m thinking that I might have been able to start running much earlier. Kristie was looking up some information for me about plantar fasciitis and how when you start running again, you can expect to feel some pain as there is a fair amount of scar tissue that has built up from the injury. Had I known this earlier, I think I would have tried to push through the pain much earlier. As it was, every time I tried to go for a run, or even a brisk walk, I would often stop due to the pain in my foot, as I didn’t want to exacerbate the injury.
To date, we started running three days ago, and I am already feeling better with each run. Now, none of the runs are of any epic length, but each one seems to be helping the healing process. The first run, we went about 4 KM, the second was only 1.5 KM (there was a reason for the short distance that had nothing to do with the injury), and finally, today’s run was 4 KM again. Like I said, with each run, my foot seems to be progressing a little bit along the healing process. Which is great, because it feels wonderful being out there again!
- Scone (purchased on the weekend from the best bakery ever!)
- slice of sugar free, home-made pumpkin loaf
- 3 blueberry, whole wheat pancakes (left over removal)
- 2 eggs
- Kale salad
Today we went for a wonderful, if windy, 4 KM run. No records were broken and no harm came to the runners!