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Happy weekend. I’m sorry I have been MIA…lots happening right now – it’s been a weird couple of days.

Quick check in…Saturday started with an early 90-minute yoga practice followed by a massage appointment for my hamstring. This was so not the relaxing kind of massage but rather very focused on recovery and rehabilitation. I was a little bummed because after my appointment my hamstring was suuuuper sore but it’s already feeling TONS better tonight. A noticeable improvement. I have two more sessions booked. Hoping for continued healing.

I was famished when I arrived home so I had peanut butter, honey, banana and cinnamon on Great Harvest Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Walnut.

Brandon and I decided to check out the big regional farmer’s market today (we usually go to the smaller market in town).

This market was a mix of local farmer’s and vendors who buy produce and resell. We targeted the farmer’s and local meat vendors.

We came home with beef short ribs and ground beef from a local grassfed cattle farm, peaches and heirloom tomatoes. It was fun to wander around. Brandon was drawn to the Great Harvest table on the way out and this happened…

S’mores bar…he was kind enough to share a few bites and oh my god…it was one of the best things that I’ve had in a long time.

I worked the afternoon away at Starbucks…more details on that later.

I snacked on a Kind bar while I was there and had a Soy Awake Tea Latte.

To say that I was thrilled to come home to find dinner cooking and the house picked up would be an understatement. My husband is amazing.

Brandon braised the beef short ribs. I whipped up some rosemary garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed kale. Quick note here…I don’t eat a lot of red meat but last week Dr. Matz suggested that I try to incorporate a little more iron in my diet (from animal protein…not spinach!) in order to help my body recover a bit better. I’m pretty much willing to try anything at this point so that’s the motivation behind the meat purchases today! Brandon is not complaining. 😉

Do you ever purchase local meat?

Well, my just over one year old iPod has completely, 100% died with no hope of coming back to life. I took it to the Genius bar and they told me to restore it…yeah didn’t work. It’s actually worse now. Looks like a new iPod is in order. In the meantime, I’m off to figure out how to get a playlist on my iPhone for yoga tomorrow morning. Then crashing…I am exhausted.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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  • Holly @ Pink Runner July 16, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Sorry the Apple store didn’t help you out 🙁 You should just use your iPhone for playlists all the time! It’s easy! I actually have tons of iPods… I had a refurbished nano for running with Nike+ until I got my Garmin, then wanted the shuffle because it is so small. I also have an old ipod touch that I got free with my computer a few years ago… I know.. I’m addicted to Apple!

  • Annie July 16, 2011, 10:47 pm

    I have an ipod touch that I never use- I’ve been wanting to give it to someone who will get use out of it, so if you’d like it just say the word! I take your classes at y2 so I’m more than happy to help- as long as you promise to keep playing Avett bros! 🙂

    • Jen July 17, 2011, 8:11 am

      annie – you are so incredibly kind to offer. of course i would love to have it and of course i will keep playing the avett brothers…have some on this morning’s playlist! 😉 thank you a million times!!!!!!!

  • lindsay July 17, 2011, 6:52 am

    if you ever try ostrick steaks, they are super lean and very high in iron. I like them a lot. rest up today friend.

    • Jen July 17, 2011, 8:10 am

      lindsay – i have not tried them! thanks so much for the pointer! happy sunday to you and enjoy your day.

  • Lauren hunter July 17, 2011, 9:44 am

    Hope all is okay, Jen! Thinking of you, Brandon, your recovery and your blog! Have a good week and see you on Tues!

  • Crissy Taber July 17, 2011, 9:48 am

    Awesome blog…you have given me lots of ideas in my quest for healthier eating! I’m doing the MCM in October and want to drop those last few pounds!! For you hamstring issues, have you tried ART http://www.activerelease.com/ After the hubby’s last marathon, he could barely walk much less run due to IT Band issues. After 3 ART sessions, he’s running faster than ever! I’ve had several runner friends with the same results! Good luck…I know how much injuries can get you down!!

  • Alaina July 17, 2011, 11:46 am

    I don’t buy meat very often either, but when I do, I should get more local meat. There’s a farmer’s market across the street from where I work and they sell local, grass fed beef.

    I just love farmer’s markets in general. There are a ton around Boston but I’ve only been to a handful of them.

    Hope you have a good Sunday! 🙂

  • kat July 17, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Glad to see Brandon up and around again! Looks like he’s feeling better. I want to second the poster above who mentioned ART. During my tri training, we had an ART specialist come talk to us and do a couple of demos and it is amazing. I’ve been trying to get Joe to go see him to address all of his little injuries but he hasn’t made it yet. And we try to buy mostly local meat – our tailgate markets always have local livestock farmers selling their goods so we try to get stuff there if the timing works out right. Hope you feel better soon.

  • Ginger July 17, 2011, 9:07 pm

    Like you, I stayed away from red meat for a long time. Now with an iron deficiency, I have added more into my diet; however, I will eat it only if I know the farm and the farmer. My favorite place in Cabarrus County: T and D Farms: http://www.tanddfarms.net/.

    Also, I am sorry about your hamstring. I have had several injuries and it is so frustrating. Looks like you already have a great doctor — I was going to suggest Dr. Duffy at Greenapple Sports and Wellness.

    I might also suggest Mark Kane (http://kanetraining.com/). Mark has a background in Physical Therapy,and he is great at sports rehab. One thing he helps you discover is the root cause of the chronic inflammation — he takes you through a functional assessment in order to discover what muscular imbalances may be contributing to the problem; then he helps you correct them. I would give him a call — you can tell him I sent you. I really hope this helps!


    • Jen July 18, 2011, 12:30 pm

      ginger – thanks for the link to T & D farms – i will check them out for sure!

      i’ve heard good things about greenapple so i appreciate the referral. i actually went to a workshop with mark kane last year. he is amazing!

      injury is frustrating and i’m trying to do everything i can to get it healed properly!

  • Ginger July 17, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Sorry for another post —

    Like the other posters have said, ART is also great therapy! Mike Danenburg at Performance Therapy in Charlotte is great! http://performance-therapy.com/services/ — as well as Dr. Duffy at Greenapple Sports and Wellness. http://drgreenapple.com/index.php.

    • Jen July 18, 2011, 12:27 pm

      ginger – don’t ever apologize for multiple comments…especially when you have good information to share regarding injury treatment (or anything! :)).

      i really, really appreciate the referrals!

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