Catch Up

2 days. 72 hours. 4,320 minutes. Until? Until my summer class is over and I have my life back again! For two weeks, until Fall classes start. BUT, that’s two whole weeks of fun (and some work thrown in there). This week alone, I have tentative plans to go to a theme park, tubing, and spending lots and lots of time with friends.. Otherwise known as, making up for an entire summer of not doing much into the last few weeks we have left.

A big event took place last week. Well.. a big event to a runner. I ran six pain free miles last Wednesday! As I have previously mentioned, I had a stress fracture that kept me away from running for years and I’m just getting back into full force.A year ago today I could only run a very slow and painful 1 mile once a week. And now? Last week I reached 5 miles, and this week it was 6. To say I am excited is an understatement. The runner’s high? That is some real stuff my friends. However, this brings me to another question. While six miles isn’t my lifetime PDR, it is my post stress fracture PDR. Caitlin at HTP debated this topic a while back on her blog.. are PDR’s a lifetime thing? Is a PR or PDR that you reached when you were 19 still applicable when you are 30? Or, something like having a child or having a serious injury.. do your previous PDR’s still apply? For myself, I still consider those past accomplishments true and yes, I have ran six miles before but that was three years ago and I fought HARD to get back to where I was then, and I’m still not close. In my opinion, post injury or post baby, these new PDR”s deserve their own recognition and celebration.

You can check out my running story and some of my past PR’s here

And now, on to the food…

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Gluten free blueberry pancakes made from a mix that I am slightly obsessed with

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A whole wheat bagel thin topped with cinnamon laughing cow cream cheese and peanut butter, with a side of the juiciest peach on the planet.

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Random craving for a salad with iceberg lettuce, tomato, cheese, and Ranch dressing. Maybe not the “healthiest” salad, but oh so good.

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Fresh corn and okra… helllllooo summertime

And here we have, quite possibly, the best meal I’ve cooked in a long, long time.

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We have here Shrimp Alfredo with Broccoli

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Dinner tonight, however, wasn’t too far behind

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Starting off with a simple salad tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette.

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And followed by a homemade pizza

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I bought some pizza dough from Earth Fare and topped it with their homemade sauce, mozzarella, and Canadian bacon.

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Just add another slice to that plate.. I definitely had more

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And now, off to ponder dessert!

Back At It

At one point in my life, running was my life. Until it wasn’t. From a combination of over-training, under-fueling, and weak bones, I developed a serious stress fracture in my pubic ramus in December of 2010. In one of the worst places possible. In a place that can take forever to heal. And, it did. I had a very long road to recovery (that  I’m still walking on) involving misdiagnosis, multiple doctors, bed rest, crutches, and many many bouts of physical therapy.

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My time off from running taught me a lot, first and foremost that running is a gift, it something to be thankful for. And, our bodies are not indestructible, no matter how young or thin or fit we are. Two and a half years later, I am finally (FINALLY) back at it but with a new mentality.

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Gone are the days of back to back runs. While it works for some people, my body is simply to able to endure those at this point in time. I’ve learned to embrace cross-training.

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Gone are the days of under fueling, a lesson I needed to learn. If you want your body to endure something like running, you have to take care of it and nourish it and strengthen it.

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Since been given the OK to get back to it and then waiting until my BODY told me it was Ok, I’ve increased my mileage slowly and, most importantly, listened to my body. And my reward?

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That’s right. 5 miles. Otherwise known as the longest run since the diagnosis of my stress fracture.

To some, 5 miles is nothing.

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To me? It’s the world.