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Jumping for Joy

This post could also be titled “The Power of Rest and Medical Care” because a week of rest and therapy has paid off.

I just ran a 5k with minimal (seriously, hardly any) pain. When I got home I was jumping for joy (and let’s take a second to appreciate the former cheerleader coming out in this picture – toes pointed, arms in a perfect V…I don’t think my body will ever forget these things 🙂 ). I had another appointment for my hamstring at lunch today and was encouraged to try running again after work. I was so nervous but when I realized that I wasn’t in pain I relaxed and got in the groove.

I maintained an easy 9ish minute mile pace and knocked out 3.1 miles. The only time I felt any twinge of pain was on some of the hills. I tried to just back off and take it easy. While I’m not going to go out and run 18 miles tomorrow, I am feeling encouraged and happy.

I know that you’re all probably getting a little sick of hearing about my injury drama but it’s part of training and being an athlete and I couldn’t not talk about it. Hopefully it will be mostly good news moving forward!

I was not able to update last night because we had a power outage. I was forced to head to bed and read by candlelight at 9:45 (the horror).

Yesterday’s photographed eats were as follows…

A hummus plate with pita chips made from my homemade pita bread. I drizzled them with olive oil, kosher salt and a dash of Italian seasoning.

Last night was taco night! I decided to make taco salad with the fixings. I piled a plate high with organic blue corn chips, mixed greens, corn, avocado, refried beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, ground turkey, salsa and hot sauce. This totally hit the spot. If you don’t love taco night then you’re not normal! 😉

I was so happy to bring back my Friday morning yoga tradition after taking last week off. I used blocks and modifications again to make sure that my practice didn’t stress my hamstring. I was so incredibly happy just to be there. I was so in my yoga groove that I didn’t even notice that Sarah was just one mat down from me. An extra special Friday treat to see her!

Lunch today was a random assortment of food thrown into my lunchbox in haste after my hamstring appointment.

Trader Joe’s veggie burger on a sandwich thin, Triscuits, cottage cheese and carrots. I love dipping Triscuits in cottage cheese – am I weird?

Around 3 p.m. I heard that there were cookies in the kitchen leftover from a meeting. I made a beeline to check them out and was so excited to find that not only were they from Dean and Deluca but there was oatmeal raisin. Made my day! Fuel for my run, right!? There is no denying my sweet tooth!

Off to shower and figure out what we’re going to do for dinner. I’m subbing a BodyPump class and taking Sullie to the vet tomorrow morning (poor thing has an ear infection) but other than that we have no plans. Ahh…relaxing!

What do you have planned this weekend?

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • runnerstrials September 24, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Yay, glad you’re feeling better! WOHOO! I hope you continue to mend 🙂

  • brannyboilsover September 24, 2010, 7:46 pm


  • lindsay September 24, 2010, 7:50 pm

    yea! I rest is so important yet we always think our bodies are invincible. I learn the hard way sometimes. Glad you listened to your body, have a great run!!

  • Shanna September 25, 2010, 8:10 am

    So happy for you

  • She Rocks Fitness September 25, 2010, 8:50 am

    Hi Jen!

    I have recently started following you and I absolutely love your blog and updates on recipes and workouts. I am a huge foodie and workout fanatic, so I have found your site to be a great inspiration in both aspects. I am looking to purchase a Garmin watch, because like you, I am a big runner and need something to track my calories, miles, and timing. I was looking at the Garmin Forerunner 110, but wanted to see how you like yours and if it is comfortable enough for running, etc.

    Please let me know whenever you have a free moment. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Thanks again,

  • Amanda M. September 25, 2010, 10:20 am

    The first thing I noticed when the page pulled up was your jump picture! You’re right, those moves will be forever embedded in our muscles!! Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Jen September 27, 2010, 11:35 am

      Amanda – I must admit that I love (and am slightly jealous) that you’re still involved with NCA. I actually just had someone tell me on Saturday that I should try out for the NFL cheerleading team that we have here in Charlotte…but I don’t dance so that’s a no go!

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