I Survived a Weekend of No Running!

While I didn’t go for a single run this weekend, my days were still pretty great!

I started taking anti-inflammatories regularly after seeing the emergency clinic doctor on Saturday morning and have felt A LOT better since then. My hips still ache a bit if I sit for too long, but the burning has mostly gone away, and I even slept through the night on Saturday!

(Thank you to everyone who commented about not running on the sand. I am going to ring the doctor today and ask him to clarify if he meant running on hard/packed sand and what the repercussions could be. I’ll let you know what he says!)

20150411_192854Saturday evening Adam and I headed down to Miami for the HEAT game!

We had gotten a great deal on super close seats off of StubHub … and what an experience that was! (I love StubHub!)

During the years that LeBron was here we would pay an arm and a leg to sit in sections 300-400 where the players look just marginally bigger than ants. Having seats just feet from the court was amazing!

I got a good in-person look at Goran Dragić and I didn’t hate what I saw ;).

The HEAT lost in what was a pretty tragic ending to an otherwise good game. We’re now all but eliminated from the playoffs – but I’m still happy to have gotten to one last game before the season ends.

After such an amazing four year run with the Big 3 it’s weird to not be saving my pennies for playoff tickets, but what can you do? We’ll come back stronger next year when Bosh and McRoberts are healthy again!

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Since the NBA season is winding down, I have to ask the all important question: IS IT TIME FOR FOOTBALL YET?! I’m ready! 🙂

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Sunday Adam and I had Couples Gym Time! (That just means we went to the gym together at the same time, haha.)

I am working hard towards my goal of being able to do an unassisted pull-up! It’s gonna happen guys!

Since I’m not able to put all of my energy into running right now, I’m focusing in on some important core/strength goals!

  • Do 1 unassisted pull-up by winter
  • Chest press 5 x 5 @ 60lbs
    (I currently do 50lbs, but used to be able to do 80lbs)
  • Hold a 3 minute forearm plank

Obviously this is my favorite song to listen to while lifting 🙂 :

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After the gym I decided to try a new snack recipe – zucchini chips! These are the simplest and tastiest snack.

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Thinly slice your zucchini and lay out on a pan, spritz some olive oil or canola oil on the chips and shake on your favorite seasonings. I used onion and garlic powder.

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Bake for an hour (or a little longer) at 230*F and you’ll have yourself a nice little batch of chips. I filled a whole cookie sheet sized pan expecting to have enough to share, but sadly it turns out there was only enough for me ;).

If you’re less selfish you might find you can spare a chip or two for someone else.

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The chips aren’t exactly crunchy like potato chips but they taste so good you won’t mind!

I’m not sure who to credit the recipe to as I think zucchini chips are like chocolate chip cookies – the recipe has been around forever and everyone has their own version, but I got the idea from here.

To round out the weekend Adam and I spent some quality time with this guy:

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Since we’ll be leaving him for a few days to go on vacation (why can’t cats go on cruises?!) we bought him a bunch of new toys.

He’s used to Adam working from home and spending all day with him so when we leave he gets pretty bad separation anxiety. Hopefully the new toys will keep him occupied and he won’t even realize we’re gone!

Just a couple more days of work to go before we sail!

How was your weekend? Were you able to get in any outdoor activities? 

31 comments

  1. Susan

    I am really glad your hips are feeling better. Let us know what the dr. says about running on the sand! I personally think just a soft surface would be best but I am no doctor 🙂

    We got to go to a Nuggets game this weekend, too! So fun and that is funny you said that about football. I had that thought yesterday during the game. I do also enjoy baseball but it’s such a LONG season. Football is my favorite so even though it’s bittersweet when it starts (means summer is coming to an end) it is my favorite sport to watch so ultimately, I am happy!!

    Take care and looking forward to your next update and hoping it will include some running!!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I thought about you when I saw the Nuggets score scroll across the bottom of my TV yesterday. Congrats on the win!

      I’m not a baseball fan at all, so it’s a long summer for me while I am waiting for football to roll back around 🙂

  2. sam @ grapefruit & granola

    Oh gosh, I can’t do an unassisted pull-up to save my life! It was always devastating in physical education growing up because I was really good at all of the other tests except that one.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha I know what you mean! I totally remember just kind of jumping for the pull-up and then moving on to the next thing. They are so tough but I know with dedication and consistency I will get there this year. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks now and I’m making progress!

  3. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    The cruise sounds like it is going to be gloooorious! I was able to sneak in a few outdoor runs this weekend which was lovely after taking some time off for my foot. TIme off = necessary. When you come back it is THAT much better.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am so glad to hear that your runs went really well after a little time off. I completely agree that after a marathon you HAVE to take time off. I remember about 72 hours after Portland my mind was ready to run again but I made my body stay put for a few more days!

  4. cheryl

    That b’ball game looked fun! (the flames, however, make me nervous!) I was just thinking about football season last night as Hunter and I were watching the Red Sox being crushed by the Yankees (ouch!). Baseball is just so–slow. Seriously, I can get up, get a snack, putz around, change the laundry…and it is still the same inning! Have you ever watched the Tour de France (3 weeks in July). It is pretty incredible to watch. Once you get involved in all the strategy, it’s really interesting. The doping thing has tainted it, but I do believe they are trying to clean it up.
    I have a lot of zucchini in the fridge from our veggie delivery–I am definitely going to make those chips!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha the flames only last a few seconds. They blow them right at the beginning when they announce the lineup and then that’s it.

      I’m with you on baseball being slow – I am too impatient for a sport like that. Which is funny since I’ll gladly watch someone run for three hours in a televised marathon! 😉 Running is different though… haha

      I do enjoy watching the Tour de France! I usually don’t watch it super closely but I definitely keep up with it. I find all of the endurance sports so inspirational/motivational (even with the doping).

  5. Karen

    Yaa! Good to hear the meds are working and you slept with out pain! That’s a great improvement 🙂 You look so pretty all dressed up for the game.
    Go get that pull up! I am still working on being able to do an unassisted pull up- i have been at this for months! It’s hard!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ugh, it’s SO hard! I just keep thinking of Meg doing all of those pull-ups in her house … I want to do that someday! #inspiration

      Do you have an assisted pull up machine at your gym? My last gym didn’t have one so I gave up on it for a long time, I’ve just been getting back on the pull-up wagon the last few weeks.

      And thank you! The pic was taken at a good angle 🙂

  6. Lizzy

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re starting to feel better already. Please update us with the clarification about the sand, because that would be good to know more about.

    I LOVE zucchini and I think I’m going to plant some in my garden when I get home, so thank you for sharing the recipe for zucchini chips. I’m always happy to have another way to eat one of my favorite veggies.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am waiting for the doctor to call me back! I left a message at the clinic this morning asking for a follow-up. I hope to blog about it tomorrow!

      I love zucchini too, it’s definitely my favorite. I found an awesome “zucchini fries” recipe that I need to blog about. I’m going to make this sometime this week!

  7. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    You look beautiful in that picture of you in the orange shirt! 🙂

    I love your strength goals. You are so freaking strong already. How do you lean back with 50lb dumbbells onto a bench without killing yourself?????? I almost kill myself every time I do 30s.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! The pic was taken at a good angle – and I do love that top 🙂

      OMG I don’t lean back with 50lb dumbbells! I lean back with the 25lb dumbbells for a total of 50, and even with those I have to loop my feet under the little bar attached to the seat so I can control the speed at which I fall back onto the chair haha.

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        Ooh that is a REALLY good idea! I should nose around Planet Fitness and see if they have benches like they. I seriously almost broke my hip bone once when I tried to sit up once from chest press. I wish Paul would come to the gym and hand me the dumbbells while I wore a tiara.
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  8. Denise

    I put so much effort last year into pull-ups and eventually was able to do 3! I worked on them almost everyday over the winter and slowly but surely improved. I probably can’t even do one anymore though. :-0 I love everything zucchini–I’ll have to try the chips soon! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      THREE! That’s awesome, congrats! I’ve been diligently working on the reducing the weight I use for assisted pull-ups. I hope I’ll be able to do at least one unassisted one by the winter!

      The chips are really good! I wish you didn’t have to bake them for an hour though. They go so quickly for someone that takes so long to make! That’s my only complaint.

  9. Jennifer

    Ok I am reading your posts in reverse – how scary! Aww hope you are feeling better. Loved your pic from the heat game – nice shirt and hair! It is always nice to see us runners in non running clothes and blown out hair.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Jenny! I am so happy that you like the color of the top since you are my fashion idol (well you and Mindy)! 🙂

  10. Hanna

    Ooooooh your cruise sounds like it’s going to be so great! I’m going on one in August and I can’t wait!

    I love going to basketball games even though I really don’t know anything about basketball. I agree with Cheryl though, those flames make me nervous!

    I have to admit I’m actually a little envious of your weekend off from running. I’m going through my “I’m so over it” phase of marathon training right now – I ran 26.2 miles (yes!) this weekend and all I could think is how I could have spent those 4 hours doing something else. Way to go on making good use of your off time by getting that core work in! I really need to get back to strength training
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That’s so exciting! Where are you cruising to?

      Ah, THAT point in marathon training is here, huh? That just means you’re inching closer to race day! 🙂

      I found that it was SO hard to balance strength training with marathon training. Last summer I was lucky to get in one strength day a week, and it was always upper body since my lower body needed the day of rest. When you’re putting in so much time and effort into running it’s hard to think seriously about any other type of workout!

  11. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    Yay! Glad to hear you’re feeling better already! Sometimes a weekend of no running can feel SOOOO weird…and, yet, so refreshing at the same time. Sounds like you still managed to have some fun! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I still managed to have a tiny, little bit of fun 😉

  12. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    When you guys go out of town, what do you typically do with Cecil? Do you have someone check in on him, stay with him, etc. etc.? I ALWAYS freak out when I have to leave Benny home alone for a period of time because I typically work from home and he is used to me being around. Same situation – he gets separation anxiety when I am gone for a while. Have you ever had to board Cecil? Also, we are going to be moving next month and I am curious how Benny is going to adjust to a new home. How did Cecil do with the move? Thanks for any tips, from one cat mama to another. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      When we go on long trips (5+ days) we’ll have a family member come and stay with him full time – usually my dad since he’s retired.

      For shorter trips we use this really awesome cat sitter. I found her randomly through a Google search. She had a lot of positive reviews and came over to meet us and bond with Cecil before we left. While we’re gone she comes once a day to play with Cecil and to give him a can of wet food and treats. We’ve never boarded him; I think that would scare him too much. I’d rather leave him in his normal environment.

      Cecil took to the move really well. We made sure to move his toys and cat tree right before we brought him over so that he would have access to his favorite things immediately. We also gave him his favorite treats right away so he would associate the new place with positive stuff right from the get-go! 🙂

  13. Cocomama

    That zucchini chip recipe looks goood! Perfect timing cuz I’m just about getting tired of eating zoodles. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It’s definitely a nice change up!

      For the zoodles you have to play around with different proteins and sauces! Do you follow https://instagram.com/inspiralized?

  14. Kim

    Glad that after your week off you are feeling better!!!
    So cool that y’all went to the Heat game and had such great seats – I haven’t been to a pro basketball game but think it would be fun.
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  15. Kristin @ A Mom on the Run

    I’m so glad to hear you are feeling better!
    Those zucchini chips sound good, I’m going to have to make some!
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  16. LeAnne@thisismyfaster

    So glad you’re feeling better! I’m not a Heat fan (sorry) but I know it sucks when your team doesn’t advance 🙁 I would love to hear what the doctor meant by the running on Sand comment. Let us know 🙂
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  17. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I know getting answers from your doc was such a relief…not running for a weekend feels weird, but you kept busy, so that’s good! I’m glad you’re already noticing a bit of a difference. You’ll be back at it in no time!
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