Hi there! How are you doing this week? It’s been a while since I’ve done a Currently post, so today I’m going to think out loud so we can catch up!
Currently… I’m not running
The return from injury is a rocky and windy road, isn’t it? Now that my foot is feeling almost back to normal, my hamstring hurts. I tried to reintroduce strides after an easy 5 mile run on Monday, only to feel a twinge in the bottom of my right hamstring on the fourth and last stride. So I iced, compressed, and rested on Tuesday.
By Wednesday I forgot about the whole thing, since I was walking without any discomfort or limping…but sure enough, my right hamstring still feels tight and sensitive while running. I gave it a mile to loosen up, then quit so not to make it worse, iced it when I got home, and vowed to rest on Thursday (today) and Friday. There’s no pain, bruising, or swelling, but I’m not in the mood to play fast and loose with any potential injury.
I’m just actually not in the mood for injury. But whoever is? I try to keep a positive attitude, but after years of running with no problems I’m just frustrated and upset to have two issues within a few weeks, even if this one is minor.
It’s frustrating because I just got back into running after my ankle sprain, and because I focus heavily on hamstring strength with Pilates, hamstring ball curls, bridges, and other exercises. But, injuries can be opportunities for better, stronger running, if you have the right mindset, patience, and a smart approach.
The good thing is it doesn’t even twinge at rest or while walking, which means whether it’s a strain or a niggle it’s very minor.
So a few days of just walking and Pilates and we’ll see…either back to cross-training or back to easy running.
Currently…I’m grateful for ergogenic aids for recovery.
Body Glide (not an affiliate link) sent me several samples to try, and their Relief glide feels, well, very relieving on any sore or tight spot. Ryan’s hamstring is bothering him also (apparently we’re injury twins…he sprained his ankle a couple weeks before I sprained my foot, and now we’re both having hamstring issues) and we’ve both found this product helps.
Charlie, however, is both intrigued and disturbed by its menthol/spearmint smell.
Something about summer makes me crave a glass of wine, especially a good oaky and dry Chardonnay. Our apartment complex has been hosting Wine Down Wednesdays at least once a month which just fosters my current love of a good wine even more. I take comfort in how sports nutritionists such as Matt Fitzgerald (Racing Weight and The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition) include one drink of beer or wine a day in a high-quality diet.
Admittedly, some nights it’s two glasses, but that’s part of the fun of not specifically training for a goal race yet, right?
Currently…I’m in Women’s Running Magazine
A couple months ago the web editor at Women’s Running Magazine contacted me to feature me as a Blogger on the Run in their July issue! To say I am excited and honored is an understatement.
Currently…I’m feeling heartbroken for the state of our nation.
The Orlando shootings were horrific. If you haven’t already seen it, Stephen Colbert addressed the tragedy in a thought-provoking speech on his show. To paraphrase what he say, the easy route is to be paralyzed and despair over violence, but despair gives victory to hatred. “So love your country, love your family, love the families and the victims and the people of Orlando. But let’s remember love is a verb. And to love means to do something,” Colbert said, and I could not agree more.
Currently…I’m enjoying quick and easy cooking methods.
The broiler is my favorite tool in the kitchen right now for quick dinner: just pop some sliced vegetables and potatoes under there and 15-20 minutes later (I stick the food in as the broiler preheats) we have crispy, roasted, delicious food to enjoy. We also started using the broiler while making homemade pizza: 5 minutes at 500 degrees, 5 minutes on broil, and the product is a chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside crust.
The grill is also a favorite for summer cooking, especially because Ryan and I love a meal of grilled chicken, lots of grilled vegetables, and grilled corn on the cob. I mean, is there a more delicious summer food than grilled vegetables?
Currently…I’m loving Seattle weather.
I say currently, but this might as well be always. Once that heat wave died down, temperatures settled into the high 40s to low 60s. The weather is almost like perpetual fall – perfect running, hiking, everything outdoor weather! Long sleeves and shorts are my all-time favorite workout wear combination and I’m happy avoiding tank tops as long as I can on runs. Although oftentimes I forget what month it is since the weather is so mild year round.
Currently…hiking has been extra amazing.
I missed hiking so much in the 4 weeks off from hiking after my sprained foot, but at least we missed a time when several of our favorite or to-do hikes were still buried in snow at the top. Now that the snow is melted but the temperatures are still chilly, hiking has been ideal, from the shorts and long sleeve temperatures to the stunning, freshly filled with snow melt alpine lakes.
Currently…pumpkin seeds are the new obsession in our house.
My love for peanut butter will never die, but over the past several months we’ve shifted from eating nuts to seeds due to allergies (Ryan’s mildly allergic to almonds) and grocery budgets. Chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds are staples, and the more I eat them, the more I crave them and contemplate new recipes to include them. I decided to try to make pumpkin seed butter soon, and now I NEED to make these pumpkin seed chocolate cups the next time a sweet craving strikes.
What’s an exciting thing that’s happened to you recentl?
Do you have hamstring issues? Please tell me how you deal, I just want to get back to running soon.
What’s recipe or food you’ve been wanting to try?
What’s your favorite workout clothes combination?