Recovering

Tuesday: 3 miles on TM!! First run in a week! (walk/run – around 33 minutes)

Wednesday: 6 miles on TM (feeling good!!) (walk/run – around 1 hr 10 minutes)

I am taking good care of my legs this week!! After the week off and advil, my legs were feeling so much better.  I decided to go to the gym this week to try easing back into running on the treadmill.  I figured if I hurt, I could just walk or stop.  That way, I wouldn’t be stuck crying miles away from my house!  I also wanted to run on an even, soft and flat surface because I thought that would be easier on me.  Hills really seemed to flare up my pulled calf last week, so I wanted to be careful.  My marathon is on a flat rail trail, so I don’t think it is completely necessary to run hills right now.

After two successful runs this week on the treadmill (3 on Tuesday and 6 today!) I iced my calves on frozen vegetables.  I made sure to walk when I felt like it on the treadmill and I am really feeling a lot better! I promise to take care of my legs to get me to the marathon… so lots of ice and this new present…

I bought this Gaiam massage stick (like the running “stick”) at Target for under $15 last weekend.  It’s hard to get myself to remember to foam roll at night and this has been great.  I think it works better than the foam roller.  The website says “Target pressure points, increase circulation and alleviate sore muscles with our convenient hand-held Massage Stick”.  Really really love this thing. I kept putting off getting “the stick” because it seemed so big and expensive.  I always just tried to use a drum stick (remember, I am a music teacher) but this Gaiam stick has been great.

I decided to make risotto for dinner tonight and used a very easy Barefoot Contessa recipe. It always turns out perfect!

Basically, you put 4 cups of simmering chicken/vegetable stock in a dutch oven with 1 1/2 cups risotto (arborio rice) and let it bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes. When you take it out, you add another cup of stock, wine, butter (I used Earth Balance), salt, pepper and frozen peas. So easy. It is a little bit on the stickier side, but I like it that way.

I also roasted shrimp in the oven (400 degrees, 8-10 min.) for the risotto.  Another Barefoot Contessa recipe where you just coat shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake.

Delicious, fills Colby and I up and gives us leftovers for lunch tomorrow :)

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