Week 4 Update: Still Broken

Yep, that’s my update, still broken, ha!

4 weeks down, 4 weeks to go. I don’t actually know what will happen at the end of “8 weeks”. I assume that’s just when I will be able to walk without crutches and probably be able to start doing “things”, but I really have no idea.

So this is the follow up post I promised to re-cap my follow up blood work/bone scan and talk about my feelings! Yay, I love feeling feelings!

First off, I had a “bone metabolic” blood panel done to make sure my bones were healthy and nothing weird was going on. Everything was right where it should be. The only thing I’m low in is Vitamin D, but I think almost everyone has some vitamin D deficiency unless you live in Florida maybe. And it was low but not in the low-low category.

Then I had a DEXA bone scan done and all was well there too. My doctor pointed out that I didn’t have bone cancer or any tumors and I was like…”oh good!”. I hadn’t even considered those things.

At my 2 week follow up appointment I got my staples removed (not painful at all) and they took new X-Rays! The surgeon was very pleased with how I was healing and he said it’s going to heal up great. He said, “I’ll see you back for your 6 week appointment and I think by then you are going to be asking me when you can start running again. And we’ll have to negotiate on that.” I don’t think I’ll necessarily be asking when I can run because I feel like running but more of like, in theory, when do you think I will feel good enough to consider running? But for real it’s the furthest thing on my mind. I just want to be able to sit cross-legged and go to yoga! I miss stretching the most!

Second, let’s talk about my feelings! I have to say when I went to the E.R. and that first doctor told me I broke my hip, I needed a hip replacement, I would need weeks and weeks of therapy I was FREAKING OUT. Like sheer terror. I was not at all prepared for that because I had not been in any sort of fall or crash and I had never even had pain before that day. So it’s not like when you know something is wrong and you can kind of brace for it or maybe even want to hear you need surgery as is the case when you are in a lot pain. I remember looking into my husbands eyes when we heard that news and I was in panic and he was so calm and he kept saying, “It’s ok babe, you are going to be fine. I know tons of guys who have all sorts of pins and hardware in their bodies and they still run”. And of course that was encouraging for me to hear!

So yeah, that was totally unexpected. I can’t remember when I got the news that I only needed 3 screws and not a hip replacement. I was so relieved but still so scared and not certain that was even the truth because I hadn’t talked to the surgeon yet.

That first night in the hospital I cried and cried. I remember telling my husband, I’m just going to cry for a while now. To me it feels good to just feel all the feels and feel sad and scared and all that and to get it out of my body. Otherwise it gets trapped, so you have to let everything out!

But then day of surgery and certainly after surgery not one single tear has been shed. Because once it was over then the fear was gone and everything would be better from day 1 on. And it has been!

I think a lot of people assumed I would go stir-crazy not being able to workout but I have had a surprisingly easy time with laying low. I think it helps that healing bone takes a lot of energy so I sleep and eat a lot without having all the effort of exercise. I finally found “that one crazy trick” that you see all over the internet, haha! I also have really been into jigsaw puzzles. I think puzzling saves me. You can only sit on the couch and watch TV and read for so long.

I can’t say I’ve had any drastic changes. Every day it feels the teensiest bit better so as the days add up I’ve gone down to only needing 1 crutch and slowly things are just getting easier. Except for putting socks on. Socks are still the worst.

I make a point to drink one cup of bone broth every day and drink one protein shake with collagen powder in it. I am also taking Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium. I heard that product CALM + Calcium is a formula that’s really good for getting into the bones and making them strong so I just started taking that.

Calm + Calcium

 

Ummm, that’s about it. Not terribly exciting. In 2 weeks I go in for my 6 week checkup and I am excited about that!

I will leave you with a picture of Rocco because (obvi) he’s the cutest! This picture is from a camping trip to Sun Valley-a week before I got hurt. Rocco LOVES camping and he loves our trailer, which is a good thing because we basically got it for him. Rocco is a total watch dog in hotels and won’t sleep but he feels right at home in our “Clipper”. He loves camping because he can run around like a little wild animal and you can see in his eyes how much he enjoys the crisp mountain air 😉

Rocco J

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I broke my hip-the full story

Finally, something worth blogging about, haha! I’m full of the jokes these days. But I kind of have to be, it’s how I keep my spirits up.

So, I broke my hip. No, I didn’t fall. No, I don’t have osteoporosis. I broke it running a steep, downhill half marathon on Saturday, September 8.

I want to set the back story just a bit. I ran the Big Sur Marathon last spring in April 2018. I had a fantastic train up and completed the entire training without being sidelined by any injuries! I had really been working on strength and I felt good even right after the marathon.

So naturally I set my sights on another marathon and I picked the Marine Corps Marathon and actually got into it! The MCM is at the end of October, 2018. My training had been going spectacularly. I was hitting the track for speed work, getting faster and taking really good care of myself. My body actually felt great, nothing was bothering me. Prior to the half marathon I had already done 14, 15, 17 & 18 mile training runs and this half marathon was supposed to be “just for fun”. I would tell people, “well my training plan calls for 13 miles that day so why not get a medal for it and have some aid stations along the way?!”

I’ll skip the boring details of getting up at 3:50am & getting bussed up the canyon. I will just say I felt really strong & confident going into this race. I had actually never felt better prepared for a run than on this day.

I started the race at a conservative pace but it quickly felt too easy so I picked it up a little. The course was STEEP and I didn’t want to use my legs to brake too much so I worked on leaning forward, taking small steps and turning my legs over quickly. With that, I was FLYING (for me). My heart rate was in the right zone and it all felt very easy. Easy easy! I was just thinking how I would be done in less than 2 hours and then I could go to Starbucks with my husband and still have the entire day to get the lawn mowed, wash my car and make some muffins, ha!

The miles ticked off quickly and I think it must have been around mile 10 I noticed my hip tightening up. I just thought “oh I’m going to feel that tomorrow”, meaning muscle soreness. But I only had 3 more miles to go and I just wanted to get done quick so I kept speeding along.

Fast forward to mile 11.5. I started to walk and was in a lot of pain. I knew I would not be able to run the rest of the way. I thought about calling my husband to just come get me but figured I could just suck up the misery of getting passed by everyone and walk the rest of the way.

As I walked my limp got progressively worse. I tried jogging a couple times but that was a no go. My hip started to make a clunk every time I took a step and I could feel my hip arcing awkwardly out to the side.

Probably the worst part was all the people who tried to encourage me to keep running. Runners were pulling on me, trying to drag me and cheering for me. At mile 12.6 I flagged down a police officer and he called an EMT for me. I rested and stretched in the back of the EMT cart for a few minutes and everyone was telling me to get back out there but I could bear ZERO weight. Pain level 10.

My amazing husband by this point had run up the course and found me so he rode with me to the medical tent. At the med tent there were all sorts of messed up people! I mean, I was crying in pain but there were 3 other people that actually looked near death.

The Physical Therapist at the tent assured me there was no way I broke anything. No chance he said! Most likely a pulled muscle and I would feel better in a few days. He said the clunking was totally normal. I had to be wheelchaired to the car and mostly felt sad about not getting a Starbucks or a cookie or a donut or ANYTHING except a banana 😟.

When I got home my husband had to pretty much carry me everywhere but even this was excruciating. That popping and clunking was worse than ever. I laid down for about an hour expecting the “pulled muscle” to feel better when I got up but it didn’t. The pain was a 10. Worse than anything I’ve ever experienced. Pain so intense I wanted to throw up. I told my husband it was time to go to the ER. He had to get me down the stairs while I cried and shook in pain. At this point I was thinking maybe it was dislocated because what could possibly hurt this bad?

Is this story getting long yet? It feels long to me!

This is the part where I go to the Emergency Room. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years is that you never regret going to the Dr when injured. The ER was great and the doctor there told me there was no way I could have broken anything but said she could do an x-ray anyway. She thought it was more likely that I had torn something.

A few minutes after the x-ray the doctor walked back into the room, her eyes were wide and she just had this LOOK on her face and said, “I’m so sorry…you broke your hip.” This delivery wasn’t the best because I instantly felt terrified!!!! She launched into what a hip replacement entails…I was having surgery first thing in the morning…weeks and weeks of rehab…and I had to be admitted immediately and oh btw I can’t leave the bed or move at all because if I did I could make it much worse. The nurse came in and set up my IV and started drawing blood. My head was spinning thinking about work obligations and who I needed to talk to and of course Rocco was home alone and needed someone to take care of him too.

The good news in all of this is that my hip had not displaced (separated and lost blood supply) which meant I didn’t need a replacement, I only needed a few screws!! This was fantastic news but I was still scared it could be worse than the x-ray revealed.

The night before surgery my whole family came to visit and my dad joked about how nice it was to have the family together, LOL.

The morning of surgery was a blur and I was just excited to get it over with. The surgeon was a young guy who does nothing but hips and he made it sound like this thing would be easy peasy and even thought I might still be able to run the marathon in October, HAAA!

Took a moment before surgery to take a Snapchat because I WAS in fact having a great hair day 😉

Obviously I was out for the surgery but I’m told the whole thing took less than 30 minutes. Is that crazy?! The rest of that day was a blur because I was just sleeping and icing. I was able to get up a couple times to use the bathroom though which would have been more exciting if I hadn’t felt so sick from the anesthesia.

But, the next morning I was able to get out & about and start walking with crutches and already bear some weight and then I got to go home!

What a difference 48 hours makes! Picture on the left is Saturday morning, pic on the right is Monday morning… just 2 days later.

And that heel strike, ugh!! No wonder I broke my hip, I cringe looking at that!

Today marks two weeks post-op and I am doing really well and I am going back to work this week!

I think most people would be happy to know that I have spent the last two weeks being really lazy, sleeping a lot, watching Westworld and eating ice cream almost every day! It’s almost been fun but not worth breaking a hip over!

Rocco has been my little nurse and never ever leaves my side. He takes his job very seriously and is really protective of me.

Rocco staring at me, like usual.

I will write a follow up soon on my feelings about all this and also the results from my blood work and bone scan! Exciting!

Bye for now!

Laura

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread

Hello, happy February and happy 2018!

I have today a seriously amazing recipe for gluten free (vegan option) chocolate banana bread!!

We went to Kauai last month and I was full on prepared to eat a lot of banana bread while I was there because it’s all over the place in Maui. But, get this, they don’t grow bananas on Kauai and I could hardly find a banana, let alone banana bread!

So, I had this hankering for banana bread for a good month and a half and finally had to do something about it.

This was my third trip to Hawaii, first time to Kauai. I hate to have a favorite…but I think Kauai might have to be my favorite. I mean, the beaches are the best and the mountains are incredible! Good snorkeling, good hiking, good food, good times!

I know hearing out other people’s vacations can be really boring so I’m just going to share a few of my favorite photos.kauai 1

Maker:0x4c,Date:2017-9-20,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-ver
From the end of the Awa Awapuhi Trail
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Also the Awa Awapuhi Trail
Maker:0x4c,Date:2017-9-20,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-ve
The Napali Coast via boat
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Banana Bread with bite taken out of corner 🙂

 

Gluten Free (vegan option) Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, or substitute 1 flax egg or omit all together
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 oz almond milk or milk of choice or water
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • handful of chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 5×8 loaf pan.

Combine the 3oz milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla in a measuring cup or small bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and then add the egg and stir until just combined. Do not over mix any of the ingredients.

Add the milk/vinegar mixture to the banana mixture and then add in all the dry ingredients. Add the melted coconut oil last since coconut oil has a tendency to harden up too quickly, especially in the winter months. It will seem at first like the oil will never mix in, but it will. Just be patient and gentle.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Laura

 

Gluten Free Choc Chip Cookies

Alright, it has been 3 months since I last posted to this blog and I am having a serious dilemma. I keep thinking I should stop paying for this website and take the blog down…but then I get really sad thinking about that so in turn I do NOTHING.

If I did take the blog down I would first compile all the recipes into a downloadable pdf because this website is basically my cookbook! I just renewed for another year so I know for sure this website will be here at least until January 2018.

When I started this blog I lived alone, had a 10 minute commute and quite a lot of spare time to tinker in the kitchen. Now I am married, I have a 30-45 minute commute and not too much spare time to devote to tinkering in the kitchen.

But we’ll see. I do enjoy having this site to post all the random stuff I do and try out!

They say blogs are dead but I am not too much of a social media person and a rarely post anything to Instagram. Rocco is the ‘grammer in our house.

Speaking of Rocco, he is still doing so well after his chiropractic treatments! He is basically 100% his normal self now, but I am not going to take him running EVER again because both times he’s been really sick have been following a run with me.

The house is good too, we love it! I keep thinking I need to do a house tour video too! Maybe if I get really bored over winter break I will film that 😉

Alright, so here it is, the end of December and I am so sugared up and full of treats that I honestly don’t even want to see another cookie, but here I am anyway posting a cookie recipe because THEY ARE THE BEST gluten free, chocolate chip cookies I have ever had to this date and it needs to be documented before I forget how I made them!

I got the recipe from averiecooks.com, which OMG everything on her website looks so incredible! I made the recipe gluten free though because my husband can’t have wheat and even though GF flour is supposed to be 1:1 I still had to make a couple tweaks, hence why I am posting the recipe here.

And PS I finally got a cookie dough scoop and I don’t know what took me so long to get one! It’s a game changer! I used a 1.5T scoop made by oxo that I picked up at Target.

And last, what I really love about these cookies is that they are basically half chocolate. The dough is pretty much just a matrix in which to hold the chocolate. So you want it to be fairly stiff but not so stiff the cookies come out hard or tough.

I hope you enjoy!

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup real cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar, I just don’t have any in my house)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup buckwheat flour (it’s naturally GF)
1 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill GF 1 to 1 baking flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks

Directions: Cream the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and do not over mix. Last, stir in the chocolate chips and chunks.

Use a cookie dough scoop to make perfect little cookie dough balls and place the dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

**Important: Averie says to refrigerate the dough balls for 2 hours minimum. I popped mine in the freezer for 20 minutes and they were FINE. I can’t wait 2 hours for cookies!!

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or just until the edges have set. You do not want to overcook these or they won’t have that soft texture you want.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Laura

Gluten Free Avocado Pizza

This is a super simple, super delicious recipe that I HIGHLY recommend. It’s perfect for these busy fall evenings when you don’t have any time to cook.

The options for toppings are absolutely endless, so I’ll just tell you how I like to make mine and you can adjust from there. For me, I like a lot of vegetables on my pizza. My husband likes to put cheese and chicken on his. But that’s the nice thing about it: everyone gets exactly what they want!

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Gluten Free Avocado Pizza (makes 1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 brown rice tortilla (trader joes or garden of life brand found in the frozen section by the gluten free bread)
  • 1/2 -1 whole avocado
  • red onion to taste
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro to taste
  • 1 Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger, cooked and cut into small pieces (Optional. Could sub shredded chicken or meatballs instead)
  • 1 handful of micro greens, washed

Instructions
Heat a pan large enough to hold a tortilla over medium low heat. Heat the tortilla on both sides until it is thawed out and warm. The longer you cook the tortilla, the crispier your “crust” will be so I recommend letting the tortilla cook for several minutes. Side note: if you are adding cheese or other heavier toppings then do not defrost the tortilla. Pre-assemble the pizza on a plate and then place it in the pan to cook. Otherwise the tortilla could burn before the cheese melts.

While the tortilla is defrosting, mash together the avocado, salt, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl and then evenly distribute the mixture onto the tortilla. Don’t burn yourself!

Keep the tortilla in the pan over medium-low heat. Add the chopped up veggie burger.

Remove from heat, slide the tortilla onto a large plate, top with micro green (or don’t) and drizzle with your favorite salad dressing if you desire. Slice your pizza into 8 mini-pieces of pizza! So good!

Alright, that’s it for now! I just wanted to get this recipe out before it got lost in my brain somewhere.

I hope you enjoy!

Laura

 

 

Kelp Noodle Salad with Tahini Dressing

Hey! It’s been 3 months since my last post but here I am!

I only feel like I’m exaggerating a tiny bit when I say this salad has been my life for the last 3 weeks. Ok, slight exaggeration. BUT, it is really super yummy and it’s such a nice change from regular green salads and the kelp noodles are a great way to incorporate some sea vegetables into your life without having to eat nori (which I think tastes like aquarium). Plus, noodles in a salad are FUN, am I right?!

Health update: I developed chondromalacia, aka “Runners Knee” just about 3 months ago now and it stopped me dead in my tracks from doing just about all activities. I’ve been able to do yoga and lift weights just in the last few weeks. But there were a couple weeks where anything that required knee bending was extremely painful.

The good news is that it’s super common and not serious at all. It’s just painful and takes a while to heal up. I think I’m just about all better though.

Rocco update: I never posted this on the blog because I was too nervous to put it out there, but over the summer Rocco had some health challenges. He started having a hard time walking and balancing and the veterinarian thought he was having a flare up of myelitis or  meningitis which is inflammation of the spinal cord. Not good! But after a round of steroids the vet thought maybe it was a back injury so Rocco started receiving chiropractic adjustments AND…it’s totally working!! I’d say he’s about 95% good as new and has all his energy back and he can balance and run around again. LIFE IS GOOD!! Most likely he threw his back out by jumping on or off something really high. We’ll never know but he is a very active dog so I can imagine him doing something crazy like that.

House/yard update: In the last 2 months we got a fence put up, sprinklers installed and landscaping complete! Here are all my baby plants and trees!

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Alright, let’s get to the good stuff then! This salad recipe!

salad

I’ve been taking this salad to work for lunch because it’s so simple to throw together. I just shred/chop a bunch of veggies and store them in containers in the fridge and then every morning I toss everything into a glass bowl. It takes less than 2 minutes.

salad lunch

Kelp Noodle Salad (Makes 1 serving)

  • 1/4-1/2 cup sauerkraut (I’ve been making my own!)
  • 1/2 cup Sea Tanlge Kelp Noodles (can buy at http://www.vitacost.com)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded beet
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • Chopped red onion to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional-it’s nice to have a break from green salads sometimes)
  • handful of micro greeens
  • cilantro to taste

Layer salad in the order above with wet items going in the bottom of the bowl and greens going at the top so they don’t get soggy before lunch time.

Tahini Dressing (makes 4-7 servings)

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (adjust to desired consistency)
  • 6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a magic bullet or blender and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator. It will thicken up over time.

These are the micro greens I’ve been using and I love them so much! It’s so nice to mix up the green veggies and these are so small you don’t have to chop them up but they have a much better texture than traditional sprouts which I sometimes feel have the texture of wet hair, haha!

micro greens

Alright, that’s it for today. I have another recipe coming soon, I promise!

Bye for now!

Laura

Easy Grilled Chicken Beer Marinade

Hello, hello! Updates AND a new recipe today, woo hoo! Let’s start with the recipe!

Easy Grilled Chicken Beer Marinade

First up today I have a recipe for a super easy marinade for chicken that really ups the flavor and juiciness of grilled chicken and the ingredients are things you probably already have on hand!

I just want to say first that the beer & sugar do not add any significant amount of sugar or calories to the chicken. Only a small bit will be absorbed by the chicken and the rest gets discarded. Ditto for the salt, so please don’t panic when you see sugar and salt in the recipe. When marinading chicken, salt draws some moisture out of the meat which then allows the meat to absorb some of the flavors and liquid from the beer (or at least that is how I understand it to work).

And also, this chicken won’t taste like beer per se, but if you absolutely hate the taste/smell of beer then it’s probably not for you. You can use any beer you like (or don’t like as they case may be!). We have a pantry full of beer and there are some that we really don’t like for drinking but they have been excellent to use as a marinade! I’ve used an IPA and a gluten free pale ale. The IPA had a stronger beer flavor whereas the pale ale was more mild. I really liked both even though I’m by no means a beer drinker 🙂

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 can/bottle of beer
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sriracha or hot sauce of choice
  • McCormick Garlic Pepper to taste (optional)

Combine all marinade ingredients in a casserole dish large enough to hold all the chicken or in a large ziploc bag. Cut the chicken breasts up into strips/pieces. There is no proper way to do this, just use a knife or kitchen sheers and chop away. Add the chicken to the marinade and make sure the chicken is completely submerged in the marinade. Marinate for 4-24 hours.

Heat outdoor grill to about 450 degrees F and grease the grates with some coconut oil by using a silicone brush (be careful, don’t singe your arm hair off).

Cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes on each side. Cooking times and temps vary greatly depending on the time of year, wind, the grill etc so just make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Remove from the grill and enjoy!

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Running (injury) Updates

And now for part 2 of this super exciting post. My running, or rather NOT running update!

I had been training for a 50K (31 mile) ultra trail marathon for about 10 weeks and everything was going great. I was waking up early and hitting the trails before work and then doing long runs on the weekend. Training was going awesome and my body was feeling good. I rarely missed a run and was keeping up with my mileage and then BAM, I came down with a case of “runners knee” and it stopped me dead.in.my.tracks.

One Saturday, about 3 weeks ago now, I went out for a 15 miler. I read the trail map wrong and the trail was twice as steep as I thought it would be which meant…it was really steep. But I have a steely determination so I ran this trail even though my body started screaming in pain. The trail was also half the distance I thought it was so after finishing that trail (in pain) I still had to run 6 more miles. So I ran to a different trail, still needed more miles, and finished with yet another trail which was also steep. At this point every step was extremely painful. But I pressed on anyway. Why? Because I never seem to learn my lesson and I hate the thought of quitting anything! Arrrgh!! I “only” made it 13 miles in 3 hours, 45 minutes. Yep.

The next day walking down stairs was agonizing. It felt like my knee cap was going to pop off and fly across the room. So I rested, rested, rested and finally went to the Dr. He told me I just have a case of runners knee and it’s super common and told me I will be fine in a few weeks and it’s really not a big deal. He even thought I would still be able to run the race.

But in my head it became a huge deal. I started thinking that after taking 3+ weeks off there is no way I will be able to resume my training program and pick up with 19+ mile workouts. Especially since it’s been 3 weeks and my knee only feels marginally better!

So it was a huge drama in my head and I started thinking, well at least I can still do the half marathon distance. But now that I’ve calmed down (which can only come with a significant time away from training I think) I realized this is such a tiny, insignificant thing and who cares if I run 0, 5, 13 or 30 miles? Nobody!! Ha! I’m just thankful that’s its not my ankle, it’s nothing major and like, whoopety-doo I have tendinitis. Gold star. And now I honestly don’t even care if I do any race at all, I just want to feel better so I can get outside and enjoy running because I really, truly love the heck out of it.

One of the mistakes I made during this train up is that I wasn’t doing any sort of cross training. I was advised that with that much running it’s best to not do anything else. So no mountain biking (which I love), no strength training, no other cardio, nothing.

But putting 100% effort, time, dedication & determination into just one activity is a recipe for disaster I realize. Because if that one activity is taken away from you, what do you have? For me, I suddenly had a whole heap of free time and anxiety to match it. My knee hurt so bad that even walking, biking, lifting and swimming hurt. So I was in a bad spot mentally there for a little while.

If I had been say, mountain biking once a week and going to yoga once a week it would have been much easier for me to shift my focus to those activities and I wouldn’t have freaked out so bad.

So now it’s feeling good enough to walk and do easy mountain biking and I can do yoga. So that’s where I’m at and I’m not totally fine with it but I recognize I’m being a giant drama queen and that’s annoying, haha!

Alright, that is quite a novel and probably enough for one post. I actually have another recipe I’m excited to put up so I will be back soon!

Have a great week!

Laura

Torn Postibial Tendon to 50K? + a Must Try Recipe

Hello, hello!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time now so let’s just get down to it!

I really hope that there is someone out there who is googling:

Torn posterior tibial tendon healing time

Torn posterior tibial tendon will I ever run again

Torn posterior tibial tendon should I get surgery

Because those are all the things I was researching like crazy back when I ruptured my posterior tibial tendon 4.5 years ago. I think that’s how long its been anyway and it has FOR SURE been a long journey. My ankle is not what it was before my injury and I don’t think it ever will be, BUT it’s pretty darn good and still getting better and I (think) am happy I didn’t get surgery.

The backstory is that I ruptured my tendon bad enough that my doctor’s first reaction was to recommend surgery. I don’t know what the percentage was that it was torn, but bad enough for surgery. But then he gave me the option of not having surgery and just seeing if it would heal up on it’s own so I opted to not have surgery.

I spent 12 weeks in a boot and after that it still hurt to stand, walk or do anything. I did yoga, swam, rode the bike and started doing more high intensity interval training. If I ever did too much my ankle would let me know. Even balancing on 1 foot hurt really bad. This was the norm for a long time.

About 2 years after the injury I was able to start slowly running again. So yes, I’ve just basically said my recovery time was 2 years. I could run 1-2 miles without pain. It’s not the kind of pain you want to push through because my experience has been that once that area is angry it will stay angry for a loooong time. So to be clear, I use the term “recovered” very loosely as I went from being able to run 26.2 miles to being able to run 1-2 miles max. So if you want to recover in less than 4 years surgery might be the way to go.

3 years after the injury (last summer) I got my mileage up to 3 miles and I ran two 5K trail races. I was honestly 100% happy being able to run 3 miles. I think being able to run 3 miles is a wonderful thing.

But then this last fall (October 2016) I decided I wanted to train for a half marathon. I kept really quiet about this training and didn’t really tell anyone because I was worried that 1) my ankle would start to hurt and I would have to quit, or 2) People would tell me not to run because of my ankle.

So, I kept my training in the closet and ran all winter. We got a lot of snow this winter and I did all but 3 training runs outside in the cold, snow, rain, wind etc. It was amazing. I loved getting up early and doing tempo runs in the snow or speed workouts on the track in 15 degrees when it was still dark outside. Ok, maybe love is too strong of a word but looking back on my winter training I feel super proud of myself for going through it and it was a really good boost to my self-esteem.

I ran the half Marathon in Moab back in March, 2017. It went well! My ankle was FINE! Ok, I say fine, but what I really mean is that the injured part of my ankle was fine but a different part of my ankle totally felt like garbage and hurt the entire time. I just didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want to have anyone telling me I shouldn’t/couldn’t do it (I am only moderatl. So I did it and then I went to a Dr and then I rested for a few weeks, I had to start wearing orthotics and now I’m fine!

Somewhere in the weeks after that 1/2 marathon I decided I was up for a 50K trail race (that’s 31 miles). I obviously think with my heart because I don’t think your brain ever thinks running far a logical idea. But, I made up my mind and the plan is in motion now. I have gotten smarter about my running and I hired a coach to design a training plan for me. It’s a good plan. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend working with a coach, no matter what your ability is. When it comes to running I know just enough to be dangerous. I’m the kind of person who will pull a training plan out of a book or off the internet and then follow it to a T even if it kills me. So yeah, I recommend a coach.

I am currently 1/4 of the way through my training and it’s going great. I LOVE running on the trails. I’m lucky in that I can drive less than 8 minutes from my house and be at an awesome trail head with several different trail options. I’ve been able to trail run before work and it was scary at first! I’ll have to do another post with all the gear I’ve been acquiring!

So there you go, recovery time for a ruptured posterior tibial tendon is about 4.5 years, haha!

If you want to follow my training and see snippets of my runs you can follow me on instagram @ laura_bagora

And now for a recipe. I’m actually just going to share the link for this recipe because it is out of this world good.

I pinned a recipe for something called “Bitchin Sauce” several years ago. I saw that the real Bitchin Sauce at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago and bought all 3 flavors (original, chipotle and basil) and they are all SO GOOD!! So then I finally made the recipe and it really does taste every bit as good as the stuff in the store.

So for real, try this recipe, it’s good on everything. I use it as a salad dressing or as a vegetable dip but I could also eat it with a spoon so you know…it’s good.

The only substitution I made was that I used Olive Oil instead of Grapeseed Oil but it still turned out delish.

http://www.thefauxmartha.com/2012/01/23/bitchin-sauce/

 

Turkey Tacos

I remember when I went from being a vegan 1 day to doing the Whole30 the next. I had to start eating meat and the first meat I chose to eat was ground turkey. I don’t know why I chose ground turkey because I never liked turkey even before I was a vegan! So, I made turkey burgers and I probably didn’t use any seasoning and they were the grossest things ever. I’m pretty sure I took one bite and that was it.

Fast forward to a few months ago, when I came across this turkey taco recipe and now turkey is such a staple for me that I always keep a few pounds of frozen turkey in the freezer so I can make a batch any time!

On a side note: Costco now sells lean organic ground turkey in the fresh meat section!

I’ll put the recipe below, but first let’s get to a few updates since my last post.

  1. We are pretty much all moved & settled in! Just like that. Done. I still don’t have a bed and still may never get one. It’s super easy to make your bed when it’s just a mattress on the floor 🙂
  2. The next step is getting a fence, sprinklers & landscaping.
  3. Rocco is doing great and loves the house. Except for this one day when he thought we were under siege by construction workers and had to mark the entire perimeter of the basement, INSIDE. It was almost impressive, except it wasn’t. He is no longer allowed in the basement.
  4. My husbands torn hip flexor does not require surgery (at least not yet). He still has a long road of recovery ahead of him though.
  5. We bought an RV! We actually bought it last fall but didn’t have a chance to use it much before winter. It’s on my list of things to do to take photos of it or a video tour or something. It’s just a little one, but it is so much fun. We absolutely love taking it out and I’m excited to share some of our adventures!
  6. Ahh, I still need to post about all my (not) exciting journey back into running!

For pictures of Rocco, check out his instagram @rocco_the_minpin (Rocco James).

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Here is Rocco sleeping IN his bed, ON the bed in our RV. He LOVES camping!

Alright, on to the turkey tacos!

I cook in BULK, like for real. I meal prep like a boss and someday I will do a post on that too! So, when I make these tacos I use an entire Costco pack of turkey which is about 3 pounds. So obviously if you want to make less, use either 1 pound or 2 pounds of turkey and adjust the seasoning as necessary. For reference, 1 Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons so it’s easy to make 1/3 or 2/3 of this recipe since the recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of seasonings. Easy! Also, if you are making all 3 pounds of turkey make sure you have a frying pan large enough to handle that much meat. I have just a standard, large pan and it works great.

And I just want to say now, I timed myself making this and it took LESS than 20 minutes from start to finish and this is enough turkey to last 2 grown ups an entire week of lunch or dinner.

Oh, and I personally just use this meat in salad. I did the lettuce wrap thing once but that was such a mess that using a fork and making a salad was just a lot easier. But you can obviously use a tortilla or greens or whatever to enjoy this stuff!

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It’s a ton of raw meat, haha!

Turkey Taco Meat
Time: Less than 20 minutes total
Servings: 10-14

3 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano or Italian seasoning blend
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 can tomato sauce

First, use a large non-stick pan because turkey is so lean it will stick really bad if you use enamel covered steel or cast iron. If you use a “stick” pan, just be prepared with a lot of broth on hand to prevent sticking.
Heat all the turkey in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the turkey all the way through as you break it into crumbles.
While the turkey is cooking measure out all the seasonings into a separate, small bowl. When the turkey is almost cooked through add the spices and cook for 1 more minute.
Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine.
Turn the heat to low and stir a little more until the turkey looks uniformly seasoned.

Use in a salad or in a wrap and top with cilantro, green or red onion and toppings of your choice.

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Turkey “after” photo

Alright that’s it! Until next time 🙂

Laura

My Moving Story!

We finally moved in to our new house!

We actually moved 3 weeks ago but I’m just now starting to come up for air.

So, 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday afternoon we got the keys to our new house (yay!). Wednesday morning the movers showed up and started whisking my belongings away faster than I could have ever imagined! They had pretty much my entire house loaded onto a truck in 1.5 hours. I had them unload everything into the garage of the new house and within 2.5 hours the move was just about complete! (PS I used Skinny Wimp and would HIGHLY recommend them if you are moving).

The following day (Thursday) we packed up and headed to Moab so that I could (SURPRISE!) run a 1/2 marathon on Saturday! Yes I’ve been running again which I will post about another time. I kept quiet about my training because I didn’t want to jinx myself!

So anyway, moving heavy boxes and furniture a few days before a long run is not conducive to training FYI. I way overdid it moving but you kind of don’t have a choice when you move, right?

We came home Saturday right after the race because we were eager to start settling into the new house. Sunday was a beautiful day so my husband decided he would take a break from unpacking boxes and went paragliding. By 11am he had “tweaked” his hip and came home. He could not lift his leg and could barely walk. Luckily my family was in town at the time and my SIL is a PA. She told my husband to get the dr PRONTO as he had most likely torn something. So off to the E.R. we went and sure enough, he had TORN his hip flexor. I’m not sure which muscle exactly, but it was 1 or 2 of his quadriceps muscles.

The tear should heal on its own so he doesn’t need surgery but he’s offline for a good 8-12 weeks. So obviously that sucks that he’s injured and down for the count but also, at this time we still had quite a bit of stuff in our old house and a new house full of boxes so I was like POOR ME, I have to move by myself, haha! Again, luckily my parents were in town and they were hugely helpful even though my Dad has a broken foot and he was in a boot! We were quite a bunch.

So anyway, we are finally all moved out of the old house and there’s enough room in our current garage to park out cars in there so I’m considering us all moved in, ha!

As much as I’ve wished I could just snap my fingers and have everything all organized, clean and in place I’m trying to slow down and enjoy the moving in process. I’ve been enjoying organizing everything and clearing out things we no longer need.

And I know everyone mostly just wants to know how Rocco is, so I will cut to the chase and say that Rocco loves his new home. My awesome parents went to the new house right away and installed a temporary fence and a dog door so he could have immediate access to his yard. He’s not spoiled at all. He has about a half dozen places he likes to sleep around the house and he has various perches where he can sunbathe and watch out the window. We also have several parks in our new neighborhood so he really enjoys going to the park every day to check out all the new smells.

I went around the house and snapped some photos. Obviously it’s still kind of a mess and I’m lacking furniture in some areas. But it’s still fun to look 🙂

Enjoy the pictures and I’ll be back soon with stories and recipes!

Laura

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Main floor family room. Obviously lacking some furniture.
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Kitchen! Ok, the kitchen is pretty darn organized.
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Part of the backyard. It’s small but that’s what I wanted! 
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Temporary dog door solution. I’m getting a custom made door soon because the humans can’t fit through this one as is.
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Garage door entry. So organized it’s heaven. And that charging station is money!
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Messy garage stacked deep on both sides but hey, my car fits!
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One end of the basement that will eventually be a gym!
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The other end of the basement.
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My husbands gear storage room. I LOL that this is the only decorated room in the house. This is what it looks like when you have hobbies galore.
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My laundry room! I got a new washer & dryer and they are amazing! The washer is so deep I have to stand on that little stool to get everything out and even then it’s a stretch for me.
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Just a nice, lovely closet. I’ve never had such a closet.
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Office! This room is pretty much done. Notice Rocco’s duck on the floor, haha!
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Rocco’s room. Notice his perch/nest on top of the futon so he can look out the window. He’ll have to share his room in the event we have overnight guests.
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Master bedroom! We sold our bed because we were sick of stubbing our toes on it! My husband keeps saying “I like just having a mattress on the floor” so we may never get a bed, haha!
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Master bath. Excuse me, en suite.
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The outside! Crazy to think it will have grass pretty soon!
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My street is basically a construction zone. We are 1 of 3 finished houses so we’ll be surrounded by construction for quite some time.