Now that I’m in my final week of my 20s (my 30th birthday is this Sunday…eek/yippee!) I’m pretending to be mature, at least in matters of my health and well-being  Before I started training for my half-marathon I noticed that an old hip injury had flared up…now, since I hadn’t started training for the race yet I can’t blame it on that. I ignored the pain at first, but with the addition of training it’s become too pesky to ignore. I’m not sure what instigated the pain in the first place; perhaps my new sneakers are to blame, perhaps all the high heels I’ve been wearing to winter festivities, perhaps the extra few pounds I’ve gained this year are the cause. Whatever it was, I’m actually trying to handle this minor physical setback grown-up style.

I must explain here that I have, for most of my life, considered pain a minor inconvenience to be ignored until it went away from lack of attention. I once walked around with a broken jaw for two weeks because I was afraid of my high school coach forcing me to sit out during nationals. When the hip injury that’s popping up now forced me to quit dance when I was 15, I traded my ballet slippers for performing with the kickline during football season. I may have a wee bit of a stubborn streak, but now that I’m older I’m not taking any bets with my body.

I’m waiting for a callback from my doctor, but until that I’ve modified my training schedule (this sounds all smart and stuff as I write it, but you must realize that doing so makes me feel like a giant wuss), spent my down time icing my hip, propping it up on a pillow for proper alignment, and wearing sensible shoes with cocktail dresses.

I’m hoping this whole maturity thing works. I went to my group training session today, warmed up and did half of the scheduled run and walked the rest. Maybe you know you’re a grown up when you do the right thing, even when it’s embarrassing.

Tomorrow I’ll cross train and work on strengthening the muscles around the injury to help compensate.

Do you have any reoccurring injuries? How do you manage them?


Portable breakfast. Smoothie with almond milk, spinach, banana, peanut butter, ground flax seed, Vega chocolate protein powder

Lunch


The first thing I did this morning was roast a butternut squash so I could make this salad. I <3 butternut squash in salad! Romaine, tomato, walnuts, cucumber, beets with a dressing made from lemon juice, honey, and olive oil.

Vegan-friendly pasta bake—we’re trying to be more humane in our grocery buying. In a food processor I mixed a block of extra firm tofu with a 10oz defrosted package of spinach, 3-ish Tbsps. Of nutritional yeast, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder, a dash of Italian seasoning and cayenne pepper. I missed the pureed mixture with cooked and cooled pasta and a jar of sauce and then spread it around a lasagna dish. I then baked it at 375 for 30 minutes, then sprinkled some Daiya vegan cheese on top and baked for an additional 10 minutes until it got “sorta melty.” As far as dairy-free cheese alternatives go I think Daiya is the best, but it tastes more like cheese whiz than cheese-cheese. Consider yourself informed.

Exercise: 2.5 mile run/walk combo