Ahhh, I am back in Chicago. Despite the fact that it is May I was still surprised when the plane was landing and I looked outside the window to see green grass. It was a looonnng winter! In fact, my family and friends in Michigan got snow again earlier this week. So imagine my surprise when I got off the plane and was hit with 70ºF. Today is supposed to go over 80ºF.
It made me want to go for a run…oh but wait I am supposed to be mending. Dummy here didn’t heed her own advice and went for a 4 mile run two days ago. Guess who woke up with a stiff foot the following morning? In my defense, the pain was almost completely gone. But that was a pretty rookie mistake on my part. Whenever you have a bout of mild tendonitis it is better to be safer than sorry and wait it out.
But I pulled the compression sleeves on, rested my legs for the most part and ate lots and lots of healthy food.
I also reintroduced myself to the foam roller all afternoon. Thanks to Laura for sharing all of her lessons from being injured and getting back to fighting form the right way, I knew just what to do to get out those bumps and bruises. I spent a painful time rolling around on the floor, and was pleasantly surprised to feel some relief from my foam rolling session. I get lazy and tend not to take care of my muscles after I abuse them. But the foam roller is a great way to break down all those kinks and tears that build up along your muscles. It’s just another one of those “hurts so good” moments.
I also swung over to a new grocery store that opened up just a few blocks from our apartment. I am a bit of a foodie so you can imagine how excited I was to walk in to see a coffee bar, piano player at the wine bar, sushi bar, BBQ joint, oyster bar and way too much more. I ended up going to the grocery store twice yesterday. One trip was for groceries and I returned later for dinner. Grocery shopping makes me happy! I stocked up on lots of bright red and green fruits and vegetables to pack in the antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help get me back healthy and fully healed.
I even picked up a fresh turmeric and lemon elixir. It takes some time to get used to it, but turmeric is quite the powerful spice. This is full of strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, making it a natural healer. It can even improve your brain and heart function and is used for some cancer treatments. This spice gives curry its color and has a pretty strong flavor. Try mixing it with a spoonful of honey and a touch of cinnamon and throw it back like cough syrup.
Thanks again for all of the well wishes. I am feeling much better and am happy to be in Chicago for awhile and sleep in my own bed and wander around in some warm weather.
If you are interested or even contemplating running a marathon in the near future I will be at Wholefoods in Lakeview this evening at 6pm along with the Team Momentum members. They will be hosting a social to share all of the exciting information about our endurance program. If you aren’t ready to commit to a full marathon we still have spots for the awesome Boston 13.1. We also have spots for the Marine Corps marathon that sold out in minutes. Come check it out and get some great info and then you can pick up some delicious food for dinner afterwards!