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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

and for our next act

My husband has been hit by the virus, full force. He is (supposed to be) running the full marathon this weekend, hoping for a PR. I feel so sorry for him. I hope he has the two-day version and not the three-week version of this thing.

I had to step it up today since he is sick. This morning I walked the dog and unloaded the dish washer, but was too lightheaded to go to yoga or do anything else after that. I can't believe how long this crud is lingering.

Had three small meals today. Eating is getting a little easier. My husband, however, is experiencing first hand the hell that is trying to eat with this virus. Poor guy. Not a fun way to lose weight.

Took the dog on a walk through the park tonight, about 2.5 miles. Didn't feel completely awful afterwards. Given that I am running 13.1 in 4 days I am trying to see this as a good sign.

Monday, April 29, 2013


What is this terrible funk?

My friend was sick for three weeks after a transatlantic flight. According to her, week one was awful, week two was somewhat less awful, and week three was not quite as awful. Her symptoms and mine are strikingly similar. I am on day 10, so maybe I am almost halfway through this?

Went swimming today. The pool was long course, my favorite. I did exactly half of the set, every other 100. I tried to swim the 100s strong. I made it the full hour but I was completely exhausted afterwards.

I was able to do a little more today than last week and I had a little more energy at the end of the day. Made a delish smoothie for dinner: almonds, blueberries, whey, spinach.

Swallowing is still not super fun but I was able to eat enough today - finally.

However, my husband now says his throat hurts. Not good.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

side effects

Well the cold from hell lingers on. The half marathon is next weekend. And it is what it is. In the past seven days I have attempted only one workout (other than walking and stretching). I get very light headed when I stand up. I haven't tried yoga for fear of fainting. I miss exercise.

Woke up today hoping swallowing would be a little better but no such luck. My plan is to keep forcing myself to eat and drink even though it hurts because I need to get better.

If there is any good news, I have dropped a few pounds. I will probably gain it all back as soon as I can swallow food without suffering, but if that weight could stay gone between now and the half marathon that would be nice.

In a panic I ordered a smaller size running skort from Brooks last night express mail. During the 8 mile race my current one was loose and falling off a little. Pretty sure if I run in that thing now I'll be saggin.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

pity party

Still sick. I know there are people far worse off than me, I should count my blessings, it's just a cold, ...  but today I threw myself a pity party.

Realized this morning that the half marathon is next weekend. My last long training run is not happening.

In 2010 I tore my PT tendon.
In 2011 I sprained my back.
In 2012 I got a severe concussion.

I would like just one season where I am healthy all the way through.

But again I'll be underprepared at another starting line next weekend.

Plus I missed the 200k today. Beautiful cycling weather. Good people to ride with. And I was out. I attempted to walk a few miles to enjoy the sun but kept getting lightheaded. I wouldn't have made it two blocks on a bicycle.

Friday, April 26, 2013

dr thinks I'm crazy

Here is proof that I ate three meals today that ALL required chewing. Part of my extreme fatigue probably stems from not eating, so I am making myself eat real food, not just eggs and smoothies.
So painful.

bacon & eggs, strawberries
coffee & cream
salmon w lemon cream sauce
& spinach
lamb & asparagus
yogurt w berries

This should be sufficient given that I am completely inactive, which brings me to point #2.

Aaaaaaaaaaarghhhhh!!!! I am going insane not working out!!!!

I am on day 7 of this awful plague. I went back to the doctor, who thinks I am nuts since I was just there on Tuesday -- apparently this isn't a long time span for recovering from a virus. It just feels like an eternity.

Had a mono test. It's not mono.

Did another strep throat culture. I'll know in 48 hours.

The diagnosis is unchanged: this is the virus from hell.  I have to wait it out. "Be patient" she told me. Um, yeah, not my strong suit.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Woke up at 4:30 a.m. to have time to eat before swimming at 5:30. Had scrambled eggs and coffee. Water with Nuun at the pool. Was cautiously optimistic but sadly had a pretty miserable swim. But like no bumpersticker said ever:

Needed dog food so had to go to the store. Very hard time focusing at the store because I felt like crap. Bought a small grassfed steak, determined to finally eat something with some substance.

Managed to eat but it was painful. More coffee. Spent the majority of my day working on a difficult stat problem that I never really solved. Very disheartening. It's been over a year since I hit my head but long days like today really take their toll on me.

Had vegetable soup and a few slices of cheese for late lunch. Yogurt with berries later. I really want to be better for a long bike ride on Saturday. 6 days sick, 1 more to recover.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

sick day number blahhhh

Worst sore throat ever. I haven't had solid food since Saturday. It's been all smoothies, soups and scrambled eggs. I am barely eating 1,000 calories/ day. Not by choice, it just hurts to eat. Oh and fun fact: I don't seem to be losing weight. FML

Taught for four hours straight today. Exhausting.

I have decided that I am going swimming tomorrow no matter what. I think not exercising is worse than not eating. 

Strawberries + spinach = brown smoothie. Looked awful, tasted great.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Day three of being super sick. I went to the doctor. It's viral. Just have to wait it out.

I had scrambled eggs for breakfast, vitamix broccoli cheese soup (sub almond milk) for lunch, and my tomato soup for dinner. I miss solid foods. I am barely managing 1,000 calories a day. Swallowing is still very painful.

Tomorrow I teach two back-to-back two hour lectures in large auditoriums. It's going to be tough.

I have to rearrange my training schedule. I'll swim Thursday morning, then I have to spend the rest of the day at my desk, no way around it. Friday I'll get to yoga early, then stuck at my desk. Saturday I am riding a 200k for which I am totally unprepared ... fun fun. Hopefully on Sunday I can get my last long run in before the half marathon. Not sure about running long after a 200k.

The good news is that being sick for days has let the massive blister on my foot to almost heal. And I will be very well rested for the 200k.

Monday, April 22, 2013

strawberry ice "cream"

Another sick day. My throat hurts and swallowing is painful. I am so sad that I am missing the local Run for Boston charity fun run tonight because of this stupid illness, but I didn't want to show up and breathe on people.

Today I made strawberry ice "cream" in the vitamix. There are a million versions of this floating around the internet. Here's mine.

1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
splash of unsweetened almond milk
packet of stevia
1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract*

2-3 squares of dark chocolate
splash of half-and-half or heavy cream

Add first four ingredients to Vitamix, it  will look like this:

Blend until creamy. Then add remaining ingredients and pulse a few times. I like Cavalier dark chocolate that is sweetened with stevia.

The end result is great, and less than 150 calories. Usually I would be stoked for a low cal ice cream but today I am having trouble eating enough because of my sore throat.


*imitation vanilla comes from beaver anal glands, look it up.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

sick again

Maybe riding my bike in a hailstorm yesterday wasn't the best idea. Last night my throat was sore and I just didn't feel well. Woke up with a full-blown head cold this morning.

Our son was home sick with a cold last Tuesday. He was better by Thursday. I am hoping that I will be lucky enough to have a two-day turnaround with this thing too.

I missed my long run today. Hopefully by Tuesday I can do the run -- it's my last long run before the half marathon.

My son feels sorry for me, probably because he just had this cold and knows how awful it is. He made me cream cheese eggs for breakfast around noon. And he made low carb tomato soup for dinner. Plus he even went to the pharmacy with me to keep me company. 

I only managed to take in about 1,000 calories today, but it hurts to swallow so it will have to do.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

NSNG long ride

First long ride without sugars and grains: success!

6 a.m. Breakfast: scrambled eggs with cream cheese, bacon, blackberries, coffee with cream

Ride: 8 am - 1 pm. I was the ride sweep so I had to stop and wait for the slower riders which dragged the total time out. Also today was very windy and it was hailing (terrible combo, ouch!).

On the ride I had:
  • 1 oz package salted cashews
  • 1 oz package mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachio)
  • 6 20 oz bottles of water with Nuun
I could have skipped the last bag of nuts but I was waiting forever for a rider to get to the top of a long hill and I was bored and cold.

Afterwards I stopped by a fancy suburban Whole Foods and hit the hot bar because I needed something warm. Had some chicken and veggies. Stopped in Starbucks and got a (terrible) cup of coffee with cream for the drive home.

8 pm: 1 cup frozen strawberries with a splash of almond milk in the vitamix to make "ice cream". My throat is a little sore. I hope it's just from riding around in a hailstorm all day nothing more.

Lots of calories today but hopefully the 50 mile ride offset some of it. 12 mile run on tap for tomorrow.

Friday, April 19, 2013


Woke up at 4 a.m. to see the beginning of the Crush the Commonwealth ride that leaves from the point at 5 a.m.  Breaking news at the time was so compelling I almost missed the ride.

Had a decent little bike ride in before 6 a.m. That was new. I ride faster in the dark because I'm scared.

Followed the manhunt story all day while trying to get work done. Emotionally draining.

Took a break to swim at masters at 5:30. By the time I got home they found suspect #1. Way to go Boston first responders! Fuck you stupid terrorists!

Big training weekend planned. Hilly 50 mile ride tomorrow and my last long run before the half marathon on Sunday. Bought some peanut butter packets to take on the bike. Time to seriously take this low carb diet on a test drive.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

skipping lunch

Today I had breakfast and dinner, skipping lunch.

Woke up early for masters and swam hard. Came home and had breakfast around 8: seared duck breast over fresh spinach topped with warm blueberries, coffee with cream. Later I jumped on my bike and met some friends for coffee (with cream).

Went to a long class. Biked the long way up a big hill home because I noticed the road was freshly paved and there is nothing I like more than fresh pavement. Pushed the pace because I was on a schedule. Great ride, and I had plenty of energy even though it was 3 pm and I hadn't eaten since 8.

Had an impromptu date night with my husband at a steakhouse (his choice). I had a huge dinner around 7:30 pm: steak, spinach, strawberries. It doesn't sound huge but it was, really. No wonder Americans are obese. Of course I didn't have to eat it all, but I did.

In spite of only eating two meals today I still managed to take in almost 2,000 calories, mostly from dinner. Wow.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

skimpin' ain't easy

Typical breakfast today: eggs, bacon, berries, coffee. Because I didn't workout I didn't have my bulletproof coffee so breakfast came in a little low on calories.

Lunch was a green smoothie but for some reason the coconut oil separated and went to the top. This made a gross film on it, so I didn't finish it. No big deal, I thought. I wasn't particularly hungry and I am distracted on teaching days anyway. 

Had chia fresca but didn't happen finish that either.

When I got home my stomach was growling. First time since I began not eating dinner -- actually first time in a while. Had two ounces of brie and some mint tea and felt fine. But no fasting for me tonight. I thought since I didn't workout today I could "get away" with fewer calories: no such luck.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

still skipping dinner, still pissed

I think this is day 8 of not eating dinner. I am actually starting to enjoy this, honestly. My body seems to like it. It hasn't impacted my evening or morning workouts either. Of course it's still pretty early in the season so I am not going out for 100 mile rides just yet.

Yesterday at breakfast my friend and I made homemade almond milk. I soaked 4 cups of almonds overnight not realizing they would swell. The ratio of almonds to water is 1:3 (that's it for ingredients). We had at least 6 or 7 cups of soaked almonds so we made a lot of almond milk. Luckily it's delicious. I really want a nut milk bag. I think it will be excellent conversation starter too.

I spent a while last night thinking about the various marathon finish lines I have crossed. Here's a picture of my first.
2006 Philly Marathon finish line
You never forget your first time.

While my times have improved significantly I am nowhere near qualifying for Boston. I have so much respect for those that do. A big fuck you to whoever thought it would be cool to plant bombs at a marathon finish. Way to enrage tens of thousands extremely motivated and very fit individuals. It would have been smarter to stick your ass in a hornet's nest.

Tried to get back to business as usual today. Went to yoga, got caught up at work, had a good breakfast and lunch (no dinner), and got out for a short run with my husband and dog tonight. Chose running over biking; it just seemed like the right thing to do.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Spent all morning tracking eight friends running the Boston Marathon, cheering as they finished. I cried as friends finished with times they put their whole heart and soul into earning --fighting for every second.

Spent all afternoon worrying about my friends and all of the runners and spectators in Boston today.

And now I am just pissed.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

no dinner day 6

Day 6 of skipping dinner. Last meal yesterday was 3 p.m.

Woke up at 6 a.m. and had scrambled eggs with cream cheese, bacon, coffee with cream, raspberries with full fat yogurt.

Rode my bike this morning around 30 miles in a little over 2 hours. My HR never went over 150. Just 2 bottles of Nuun on the bike.

Came home and wasn't at all hungry. Made lunch for my friend and had water while he ate. Hung out for a bit and then headed over to Whole Foods with my husband who had just finished a 20 mile run.

Late lunch at 3 pm: roasted chicken, green beans, salad, mixed berries, handful of cashews.

My husband, on the other hand, stopped and got a Rita's gelato on the way home from his run and then ate a ton of carbs at lunch including mac and cheese, soda and a small loaf of bread. He says he is back on the wagon tomorrow.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

skipping dinner with a long run

Day 5 of my IF experiment. I am feeling a bit leaner.  My last meal yesterday was at 2 p.m. Woke up at 7:30 a.m. and had breakfast: veggie egg frittata with mushrooms, onions, spinach, and muenster; bacon; blackberries with a little greek yogurt; and, coffee with cream.

Waited about 2 hours. Took 2 salt stick caps and headed out on a 10-mile run with just water. This was my longest run in years (injured ankle in 2010). I kept my heart rate in the 140s and trotted along. I had no GI issues at all. I took two salt sticks caps with water at the halfway point. Frankly the run was a lot less miserable than what I anticipated.

When I came home I still wasn't hungry. I had a glass of water, showered, and tended to my blister. This blister in the arch of my foot is a BIG problem. It was so bad today my sock was stuck inside it. I will refrain from posting the gruesome picture I took.

Around 3 p.m. I grilled steaks my husband had picked up at Whole Foods with mushrooms and asparagus (love grilled veggies) and fresh strawberries. I am definitely done eating for the day.

p.s. once upon a time I considered a 10 mile run short. sigh

Friday, April 12, 2013

no dinner: day 4

Well this skipping dinner thing is not too bad. Here's today's report. My last meal yesterday was a green smoothie at 3 p.m.  Woke up at 5 a.m. for Bikram yoga. Had half of a bulletproof coffee on the way to yoga.

No problems in yoga other than I scratched my ankle during standing bow and had to sit out a few poses waiting for the bleeding to stop. I am not graceful.

8 a.m. breakfast: pan-seared wild sockeye with asparagus, poached egg, a little lemon butter, bacon, blackberries topped with a tbsp of full fat greek yogurt, coffee with cream. Amazingly good.

2 p.m. lunch. Big salad: spinach, romaine, broccoli, muenster, sundried tomatoes, olives, and balsamic vinaigrette- a dash of oil, a dash of balsamic, a dash of dijon mustard, garlic, spices.

Dessert: almond butter "cheesecake"
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp whole milk greek yogurt 
  • a few dark chocolate chips
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia 

Stir it all up. Pop in the fridge for a few minutes to chill. Yum. I eat it with a tiny spoon. 

I had another cup of coffee with cream before swim practice tonight.  I brought chia fresca with me to the pool. That's it for the day.

Had a decent swim tonight. Trying to mentally get "excited" for my long run tomorrow - my ankle has been cranky lately.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

skipping dinner

Day 3 of my latest (temporary) thing. I want to lose 5 lbs before the half marathon on May 5 and I am running out of time. I am still completely puzzled why when I was sedentary I easily lost 100 lbs on a low carb program and now my weight won't budge even though I have been completely faithful to my eating plan. In spite of exercising and eating around 1800 calories a day, I am not losing weight. So... time to cut calories. doom doom dooooooom

Given my curiosity about intermittent fasting I decided to skip dinner. It's the time of the month where there's no point getting on a scale. I'll know soon enough if this is working.

So here's the rundown on today:

My last meal yesterday was a green smoothie at work at noon. I had nothing but water the rest of the day. No hunger at night; no trouble sleeping.

Woke up at 5 a.m. and had a bulletproof coffee on my way to swim. The guy who came up with BP coffee says you can still consider yourself in a fasted state when you drink it. I don't care if he's right or wrong about that.

8 a.m. breakfast: small grassfed sirloin, two eggs with a little parmesan cheese, asparagus, strawberries.

Worked, went to class, errands, etc. Had some chia fresca during the day.

3 p.m. green smoothie. I finally tried Aroy-D coconut milk, and man it is AMAZING. So much better than the stuff from a can at the store. This smoothie had coconut milk, one scoop of whey protein, a half cup of unsweetened blueberries, and a large handful of spinach. Really good.

I went for a 4-mile run tonight with my husband. My ear still hurts so running wasn't pleasant. Just had water post run. Later my husband stunk up the house cooking his dinner but I am not particularly hungry so it wasn't hard to skip it.

I think this is doable for a short term solution (pre-race) but certainly not something I plan to keep up regularly.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Eat, Fast, Live

Been thinking more about intermittent fasting. I blogged about this some in last month (here and here for example).  I've been doing all of my early workouts without eating. There is one guy I came across that does serious heavy lifting fasted and he is huge (and also kind of a jerk, given his blog). So it must be doable, at least for some people.

Last night I watched a really good BBC documentary, Eat, Fast, and Live Longer. If you google it you can find it streaming online. Dr Michael Mosley experiments on himself with a feast and famine diet to reduce his risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's; and cancer. He loses weight too, but his primary goal seems to be slowing the aging process. The blood work from these experiments is very compelling. It's worth watching, even if we only have n=1 anecdotal evidence.

Calorie restriction to low levels is dangerous for obvious reasons. But calorie cycling is an interesting theory that I am going to look into further. I am not going back to eating wheat or sugar but there are people who combine calorie cycling with a low carb diet. They seem to really enjoy it -- not just benefit from it, but enjoy it. And that's what it is all about.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

the little things

On Sunday night out of the blue my left ear started aching. Went to the doctor yesterday and was told it's a partially blocked eustachian tube my ear drum is recessed. She gave me some drops and told me to take a few days off from training.

Monday and Tuesday's workouts included two masters practices, a 10 mile run, and a 20 mile bike ride. I haven't thought much about how much my training is picking up until suddenly I had to stop. The only session I am worried about making up is the long run since I am training for a half marathon less than a month away and running is my weakest sport.

Earaches really suck. The good news is maybe my huge blister will finally heal with all of this rest.

Unrelated note: French style green beans are incredibly good with grassfed butter.

Monday, April 8, 2013

almond flour pancakes

I recently bought a paleo cookbook. On the cover is a picture of pancakes but sadly they are made out of pork rinds. Hell-to-the-no. But it got me thinking about pancakes. A little googling, a little recipe tweaking, and I came up with this.

Almond flour pancakes with blueberries and sour cream
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 9 drops liquid stevia 
  • dash of real vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients well. Cook like regular pancakes but the batter does not bubble so you have to watch for them to brown. Serve with 1/4 cup blueberries (these are frozen, unsweetened, thawed) and 1 tbsp sour cream. Delish.

Entire recipe including topping: 250 calories, 21g fat, 9g carb, 3g fiber, 10g protein

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Saturday I slept until 8 a.m. (luxurious), lifted weights at home, and headed out to the Pedal for the Pantry charity ride, an alleycat that benefitted the local food bank. In the end I wound up with around 30 miles for the day and had a fantastic time. I had my usual breakfast when I got up and then ate a burger no bun and a side salad afterwards (around 4 p.m.). So nice not to have to worry about bonking.

At the start of the charity ride. Over 1,000 lbs of goods
donated to the food bank by riders. Such a great event.

Went to Bikram this morning and the room was extra hot since the weather is finally warming up and they haven't calibrated the heat.  I love it when it's super hot and sweaty. At noon I rode down to the Pittsburgh Cycling Expo plus did a little extra riding with a friend. Probably rode > 20 miles - hard to say since I was just enjoying riding outside. I took the long way home. So nice after months of spinning inside on a trainer.

One thing that stood out about my weekend is that there are a lot of quality people in pittsburgh who ride bikes. Some like to race. Some like to commute. Some like to ride for 500+ miles. Some like to ride the trails. But the community of cyclists here is awesome.

And the triathlon community is awesome. And the running community. And swimmers. I love swimmers. I don't even know my relay mates for the Manhattan Island Relay but anyone who thinks that swimming 28.5 miles around Manhattan sounds like a good idea is bound to be someone that I will like.

If anyone is looking for a reason to exercise, I'd say being part of a community of great people ranks #1 on the list. Or this.

Friday, April 5, 2013

6 month surgerversaray

I had brachioplasty (arm lift) on November 5th; today is my 6 month surgery anniversary.

When I go running I don't have to lubricate the excess skin on my arms anymore. I did a race last weekend and thought, "wow, I don't have a bunch of flappy skin to deal with on this run, how nice!"

The main reason for the surgery was for long swims. The excess skin on my arms would rub raw when I swam more than 3-4 miles. This was very painful, particularly in salt water. I wish the river would warm up -- it's 42ยบ now -- so I could test my new arms out. I have done several 6k pool workouts with no difficulty. At masters tonight I felt like I could swim forever.

Sometimes my left arm gets a weird bump along the scar line and my hands swell when I use my arms for long periods of time, for example on long drives. That's kind of disconcerting. But this is the only side effect I am still experiencing.

Here's the truth about brachioplasty: the recovery is really painful. And you end up with two huge scars that may fade but never go away. I didn't do this for aesthetic reasons. If a few months of suffering means a lifetime of happy swimming, that's an excellent trade.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

the heat is (not) on

The heat has been out in the bedroom for two days. This is making sleeping difficult. Numerous studies have linked sleep to weightloss. I hope that the calories I am burning trying to stay warm are offsetting the ones I am not burning from being exhausted.

My husband and I went on a short run this afternoon and all I wanted to do was lie down on the side of the road and sleep. I got all of 4.5 hours last night. I didn't want to leave my warm(ish) spot in the bed to get up for masters this morning.

According to my food journal I managed not to blow my diet in spite of a serious peanut butter snack attack midday. I should not be around peanut butter -- I just can't stop eating it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

green smoothie iii

Third variation on a green smoothie. Version 1 and 2 linked here and here.

All three are great but this one is dairy free (except for whey protein). I cut back on my yogurt consumption; now I would rather eat it than drink it. I feel the same way about berries which is why there is no fruit in my smoothie recipes.

Green Smoothie III

  • Huge handful of spinach + whatever other veggies I have handy like broccoli, kale, cucumber...
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop 365 vanilla whey protein powder (this has no sugar and no artificial sweeteners)
  • 1 oz raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 0.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • A few drops of liquid stevia (optional, when I use kale I like a little stevia to cut the bitterness)
  • 1 tsp L-glutamine (I take it for my torn tendon, but according to the interwebs it does all kinds of stuff, who knows?)

Stick it all in the vitamix with some ice cubes.

And voila! I took this to work so I used a recycled yogurt container to carry it in. 

470 calories, 16g carb, 36g fat, 27g pro, 10g fiber

I drank this at 11 a.m. today and wasn't hungry again until after 6 p.m. This afternoon I taught two back-to-back two hour lectures which is a fairly intense schedule but I had plenty of energy (plus teaching is awesome).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

yoga and strength training

Came across an interesting study this morning in the peer-reviewed literature, Bikram yoga training and physical fitness in healthy young adults, right as I was on my way out the door to the 6 a.m. class.
"In summary, this short-term yoga training protocol produced beneficial changes in musculoskeletal fitness that were specific to the training stimulus."
Good timing since I did a strength workout when I got home. Usually Tuesday is my long run day but I am still waiting for this huge blister to heal so I changed things up a bit.

I feel like I am going to just enough yoga to barely undo the damage I am doing to my body from running. I miss having the time in my schedule to go to Bikram 4x/week.

What did I eat today?
Breakfast: whole fat greek yogurt with strawberries, coffee with cream that I whipped myself.
Lunch: grass-fed beef burger, leftover broccoli casserole.
Snack: peanut butter from the jar (not a good choice!), strawberries.
Dinner: leftover salad - ham, hardboiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, broccoli, romaine.

Unfortunately I spent hours and hours with no break working at my computer today; my concussion, even though almost a year old, really doesn't like it when I do that.

Monday, April 1, 2013


Mondays are double swim days. When I get an endless pool Mondays could easily be triple or quadruple swim days. Can't get enough swimming -- it's like exercise crack.

Solid 2500 this morning on just coffee, as usual. My blister was a little cranky in the chlorine but I relaxed my already slack-y two-beat kick and it quieted down. Unfortunately so did my pace.

The bonus of Easter is leftover hardboiled eggs, which made for an easy breakfast.

My professor who holds class any day he feels like moved our class to today from noon - 2:40 so my lunch was late, around 3:00. I had leftover fancy ham. Too much ham, I think. And coffee. Ham and coffee is not a good pre-swim meal. Oh and an entire red bell pepper, raw.

Got in 3500 at second masters including leading the main set. Felt strong in the pool except HAM. Ugh. Blister was a little less cranky by swim two but my eyes are burning from the chlorine.

Had salad for dinner with a friend. Trying some peppermint tea now to offset the hamminess that still haunts me. This easter was my first ham in almost four years I think. Apparently even uncured pasture-raised organic fancy ham is still hammy.