Recording a TV Segment + A Hip Update

Yesterday I had the opportunity to record a cooking segment for the local TV station!

A couple weeks ago, a new reporter for KTVA Channel 11 news here in Anchorage, contacted me and asked me if I was interested in doing a segment for their morning show, Daybreak. They started a new series called Recipe Box, and she wanted me to share two quick, healthy meals that families could make. I e-mailed her back and said I was definitely interested!

So yesterday the news reporter and her camera-guy came to my house and recorded me making my Bacon Kale Potato Soup.

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Basically they first recorded me prepping the food, and then we talked through how to make it. Cullen was my sous chef and helped me mix and dump things into the bowl. He actually loves helping me in the kitchen and requests daily to, “mix mama.” I didn’t know was to expect, so I was a little nervous, but hopefully the segment will turn out okay.

And as far as an update on my hip. . . . . .

I tried running on Monday again after a month of healing, cross-training, and no running. I ran a mere 0.75 miles because I did not want to overdo it. I took two short walk breaks just to be on the safe side. The good news: the area of my hip that has bothered me in the past did not hurt on the run! However, other areas of my hips felt weird. My opposite hip oddly was a little more uncomfortable through the hip girdle in general and deep into the hip, but I’m hoping that’s due to having taken the past month off–and really two months at that. Oddly, it reminded me of the sensation of running postpartum, which was a strange thing too.

I am crossing my fingers and saying my prayers I am on the road to recovery now.

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I went to the chiropractor after the run, and he was glad to hear I didn’t have any pain where I had been experiencing the discomfort. He said he didn’t think it was necessary to do an MRI and instead we would keep working it with ART (active release technique) like he has been.

My sister recently got her wedding photos back from the photographer (Rochelle Louise Photography), and I just had to share this one that she took of our family. I love Cullen’s expression in the picture and that it looks like he is tapping his foot. Ha!

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During a Running Injury

It has been nearly 3 months since my hip flexor started bothering me, and while it hasn’t been fun to deal with this injury, I am doing my best to distract myself with other things and not get too down about the situation.

I am the queen of finding things to do, so the time I would have spent running has been filled with all sorts of other things: cooking/baking, hiking, adventures with Cullen, traveling to Minnesota, and working on this blog more.

I know eventually I will get back to running and pounding the pavement, but in the meantime, here’s how I am staying motivated and not giving up on my ultimate goal of running a sub-3 hour marathon.

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  1. Find a new hobby.

    This is huge and the key to not letting your abundance of newly found time cause you to sit on the couch and eat bon-bons. Maybe this new hobby is something you have been wanting to try for a while: a different sport, learning to play a musical instrument, taking an art class, etc. Or maybe it is something you have dabbled in the past but haven’t had the time to devote to it before.

    I have spent my extra time trying new recipes in the kitchen and making things I don’t always have time to make: homemade bread, protein bites, my own salad dressing, etc. I love trying new recipes and seeing what fun dishes I can make for my family.

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  2. Volunteer at a race

    I can’t say I have done this yet, but I have always want to volunteer at a race. What a better time to volunteer than when you are injured. Yes, you would have to watch others racing, but I think this could also fuel your passion and motivate you to not give up hope. Most of the people out there racing have probably had their own injuries they have dealt with in the past.

  3. Do all those ‘little things’

    Now is your time to do all of those ‘little things’ that often get neglected when we are in serious training: foam rolling, stretching, strengthening exercises, eating right, and sleeping. I have been sleeping about 9 hours every night, which has felt amazing! I sometimes feel guilty sleeping in until 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., but I know my body probably needs it–especially after 18 months of sleep deprivation. I also like to take some time before bed to stretch and foam roll to wind down at the end of the day.

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  4. Change your focus

    Whatever may have caused your injury whether it was self-inflicted in making a poor training choice or something that was a freak accident, come to accept that ‘it is what it is,’ and move on. Focus on what you need to do to get better and remember that eventually you will run again.

  5. Plan out your goals

    Take some time to think about how you will approach your training differently once you are healed: write out your goals, tell others, and don’t lose hope that these things are still possible. While you may not be able to pick certain races to run, you can still set goals that pertain to your training such as wanting to lift weights twice a week, spend 15 minutes stretching every day, running with a friend once a week, finding a new trail to run, etc.

    With time and patience, your injury will subside and you will run again. Let this ‘valley’ light an even bigger fire under you to work towards your goals. During the time I haven’t been able to run, I find myself ‘wanting it’ even more than I have in the past. Once I am healed, I am going to do everything in my power achieve my goals and be the best runner I can be!

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During a Running Injury

It has been nearly 3 months since my hip flexor started bothering me, and while it hasn’t been fun to deal with this injury, I am doing my best to distract myself with other things and not get too down about the situation.

I am the queen of finding things to do, so the time I would have spent running has been filled with all sorts of other things: cooking/baking, hiking, adventures with Cullen, traveling to Minnesota, and working on this blog more.

I know eventually I will get back to running and pounding the pavement, but in the meantime, here’s how I am staying motivated and not giving up on my ultimate goal of running a sub-3 hour marathon.

IMG_3118

 

  1. Find a new hobby.

    This is huge and the key to not letting your abundance of newly found time cause you to sit on the couch and eat bon-bons. Maybe this new hobby is something you have been wanting to try for a while: a different sport, learning to play a musical instrument, taking an art class, etc. Or maybe it is something you have dabbled in the past but haven’t had the time to devote to it before.

    I have spent my extra time trying new recipes in the kitchen and making things I don’t always have time to make: homemade bread, protein bites, my own salad dressing, etc. I love trying new recipes and seeing what fun dishes I can make for my family.

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  2. Volunteer at a race

    I can’t say I have done this yet, but I have always want to volunteer at a race. What a better time to volunteer than when you are injured. Yes, you would have to watch others racing, but I think this could also fuel your passion and motivate you to not give up hope. Most of the people out there racing have probably had their own injuries they have dealt with in the past.

  3. Do all those ‘little things’

    Now is your time to do all of those ‘little things’ that often get neglected when we are in serious training: foam rolling, stretching, strengthening exercises, eating right, and sleeping. I have been sleeping about 9 hours every night, which has felt amazing! I sometimes feel guilty sleeping in until 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., but I know my body probably needs it–especially after 18 months of sleep deprivation. I also like to take some time before bed to stretch and foam roll to wind down at the end of the day.

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  4. Change your focus

    Whatever may have caused your injury whether it was self-inflicted in making a poor training choice or something that was a freak accident, come to accept that ‘it is what it is,’ and move on. Focus on what you need to do to get better and remember that eventually you will run again.

  5. Plan out your goals

    Take some time to think about how you will approach your training differently once you are healed: write out your goals, tell others, and don’t lose hope that these things are still possible. While you may not be able to pick certain races to run, you can still set goals that pertain to your training such as wanting to lift weights twice a week, spend 15 minutes stretching every day, running with a friend once a week, finding a new trail to run, etc.

    With time and patience, your injury will subside and you will run again. Let this ‘valley’ light an even bigger fire under you to work towards your goals. During the time I haven’t been able to run, I find myself ‘wanting it’ even more than I have in the past. Once I am healed, I am going to do everything in my power achieve my goals and be the best runner I can be!

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Things I’m Loving (and some I’m not)

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day! Craig and I are wanting to do a hike, but it is supposed to rain all day, so we’ll have to decide if its worth it. Since we’ll be out-and-about during Cullen’s nap time–and he prefers to walk instead of ride in the backpack carrier, he’ll get some good Grandma and Grandpa time while we have a date day.

I like sharing recent finds that are worth their money and other things you probably should just save your money on, so here’s another edition of ‘Things I’m Loving Lately.’

Don Lee Farms Superfoods Veggie Burgers

I like to have a couple of foods on-hand that heat up quickly for lunch, and I’ve purchased these Don Lee Farms Superfoods Veggie Burgers from Costco several times now. I love the ingredient list, and they have a lot of flavor for a veggie patty.

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Brooks Seattle Shell Jacket

When I get back to running (which I hope is soon!!), I know this Brooks Seattle Shell Jacket going to be a favorite of mine: highly windproof, nearly waterproof, and bright colors for dark and early mornings this fall and winter. It is super comfortable, and I’ve already worn it several times.

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Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash

I was in need of a new face wash and moisturizer, so I asked Teri of A Foodie Stays Fit what she recommends because some of the other products she’s liked are in-line with what I would buy. She raved about Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash and the moisturizer below and now I see why. I love how creamy and frothy this face wash is. It does an awesome job of washing off my makeup, and I love the refreshing smell it has.

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Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer

I am picky about my moisturizer. I want something that is light-weight, absorbs quickly, and smells pleasant, and this Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer meets all of these things. Both Origins products had great reviews online, and I honestly look forward to washing my face now.

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I was seriously crying while reading this blog post out loud to Craig the other night: The One-Upper Parents

Parent 1: “I cook very healthy and wholesome meals for me and my family.”

One-Upper Parent: “My family and I have set up a large protest tent outside of our local Taco Bell. We frown, boo, and throw organic rocks at anyone who goes in while I demonstrate what real food is. I cook a stew using Icelandic spring water, kale, more kale, kale, kale, and kale. I simmer it in a pot I made out of bark and stir it with raw chard stalks.”

Little Green Pouch

Cullen loves eating pureed foods from pouches like this, but I hated the idea of spending $1.50 – $2.00 per pouch, so when I discovered these Little Green Pouches, I was sold. Cullen loves them, and I love that they are reusable. Some people complained they were hard to clean, but I don’t think they are that difficult. (I use my bottle brush, which works perfect.) They stand up on their own when you are filling them, and the zip-lock seal at the top is strong enough that your child won’t be able to open it.

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Brooks Greenlight 3-inch Running Short Tight

You guys, I have searched high and low for a pair of compression shorts (or at least a compression-style shorts) for years, and I finally (FINALLY!) found a pair that does not ride up! I bought the Brooks Greenlight 3-inch Running Short Tight kind of on a whim. I didn’t necessarily need another black pair of shorts, but they were on super-sale, and I was still on the hunt for a pair that would not ride up.

I have seriously tried many, many styles including these: New Balance Premium Performance Short, Oiselle Mini Fancy Stride Shorts, Oiselle KG Shorts, Oiselle Portman Shorts, Nike Pro Compression Shorts. Nothing was cutting it and everything was riding up. I can’t guarantee these Brooks shorts won’t ride up for you, but for me they worked great. They have the slightest gap on the bottom only when I raise my leg (not sure if that makes sense), which seems to help and prevent them from riding up. I wore them during the Her Tern Half Marathon, and I never had to adjust them once.

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Sweet Potato Pizza Crust

Pinch of Yum blog is my new favorite blog for finding recipes. I am smitten with everything I’ve made from her site. This 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Crust Pizza was actually really easy. I thought I was going to have to bake the sweet potato, but you actually just food process the raw sweet potato with a few other ingredients. I topped it with her recommendation of BBQ sauce, chicken, red onions, and cheese, which was an excellent decision. I will definitely be making this again.

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Things I’m Not Loving

Halo Ice Cream

I’ve seen a handful of social media posts about this low-fat, higher protein ice cream, but I’m not sold. Since it lacks the fat, it wasn’t very creamy and had more of an icy-flavor. I’ll stick to my full-fat ice cream.

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Before I purchased the Origins cleanser above, I bought this No. 7 Foaming Cleanser at Target. From the first time I tried it I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t care for the foaming action, and I didn’t love the scent. I also didn’t feel like it did a great job of cleansing my skin.

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Not Your Mother’s

The only dry shampoo I have loved is Living Proof–all of the other brands I have tried I haven’t been very impressed with. To be honest, my hair pretty much needs to be washed every day otherwise it gets really greasy. My hair is fairly thin, which for whatever reason seems to not do well with second-day hair. Occasionally I will decide to use a dry shampoo, but this Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo didn’t cut it for me. I didn’t absorb the oil like the Living Proof did, so I guess if I want something that works, I’ll have to be okay with paying five times as much.

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