I wrote this post to provide me, and any other depressed sidelined runner, a sunnier side to Not Running. I’m four weeks post-PRP injection. While I think that I’m about 90% better; I’m still not ready to run. My recovery protocol cocktail is made up of the following:
- Icing 3-4 times a day
- Rolling calves with a lacrosse ball
- Balancing exercises to strengthen small muscles around my ankle
- Sleeping with a night splint
Leslie’s top 10 benefits to NOT RUNNING
- I was able to salvage a couple of pairs of ancient elastic-waisted sweats that I had put in the Good Will box in March and deemed “too big to wear”. I now ponder if I can wear them out to social events since I’m not into wearing pants that zip these days
- I don’t generate as much laundry
- I can go three weeks instead of two between pedicures because my toenails don’t chip AND I can grow them longer. When I start running again, waiting three weeks will quickly become a #northcountyproblem
- I can pin point EXACTLY why I’m in a bad mood as there’s no grey here (I’m not running)
- Have performed more quality checks on the wine cellar (a-hum…that sounds so official!). It’s important to manage the inventory!
- I use less sunscreen. Because I’m not out in the sun……..running (duh)
- Less impromptu bathroom stops in the bushes on Highway 101. For you locals, that’s specifically between Lomas Santa Fe and Via de la Valle. Does my lack of running provide a more environmentally sound stretch in Solana Beach? I’m going with “yes” because that makes me feel better
- Swimming feels easier and faster without dead legs
- Less food I need to eat. At least, that should be the case in theory….hmmmmm…yes, “in theory”….
- Less $$$ spent on running clothes. “Dear LULULEMON, I am so sorry that I haven’t forked over my credit card for more of your magnificent apparel during 2013. While I love your weekly emails with pics of all of the new colors and styles, I cannot justify buying anything until I am running again”. This is WAY better for my retirement fund……..a upside, no less!
Food-wise, I’m enjoying the “non-competitive” season. Apparently, this moniker has replaced “the off season” to define what we triathletes do between October 15th and March 1st (right Kurt?), and it is much more accurate in definition as I still train and if possible, do some fun races, during this time. After last Saturday, which was a marathon all-day, full-throttle breakfast, Kona-viewing, beer-swilling, burrito-hoovering, missing Ironman racing, sorta pity-party, mostly-cheering kinda day; I’ve been pretty conservative with what I’ve been eating . Last night, I roasted an entire head of cauliflower and enjoyed that with a square of super dark chocolate.
Note: When you are roasting any vegetables; the more oil you add, the crispier and more flavorful they will become. I’ve tried every way, from no oil to lotsa oil, and the results vary. You decide. I won’t lie, upping the oil creates a tasty result as Fat Is Flavor, but a little can go a long way.
Smoked Paprika and Garlic-Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 head Cauliflower, cut into small, evenly-sized florets (I also cut up the stem)
- 1 Tbsp-3 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used 1 Tbsp)
- 1 tsp Hot or Mild Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt to taste
- Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
- Lay Cauliflower onto baking sheet. I line mine with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet. If you have more than enough for one layer, use two sheet pans so that the cauliflower “roasts” instead of “steams”
- Toss Cauliflower with Oil, Paprika, Salt and Garlic Powder. You could do this in a bowl, but I’m lazy and I don’t feel like washing an extra piece of equipment, so I do this right on the sheet pan
- Place on middle rack in oven
- Roast for 10 minutes
- Open oven door to release any steam build-up. Be careful not to get your face to close to the oven door as the steam might burn it
- Roast for 20-25 more minutes
Tomorrow’s a check up with the doctor–hopefully I will be back to running so that you won’t be subjected to these ridiculous lists LOL