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The Verdict is in…

I’m going to be very honest with you guys. I haven’t blogged a lot this week because i was freaking nervous about what the chiropractor was going to tell me about my ankle… Every time I went to start a new post, I just got a little down and anxious and then scrapped the ideas. But Friday morning he said the magic words, “ease your way back into running.”

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here i am, easing my way out the door…(don’t mind the hair, it was early)

He wants me cross training on the elliptical and obviously I have to take my time to do any real mileage or speed, but we both want to be sure I’m not going to re-injure anything. Any amount of running is better than fine with me! I’m 4 1/2 months out from the Chicago Marathon which is a ton of time to make up distance and speed.

In the meantime, i will be practicing the fine art of carbo-loading, for when i’m 100% back.

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Not really…since i’ve been injured I did a major nutritional overhaul and started eating much better and a little less. I cut my daily calories from 2200-2400 range to 1800-2000 and my weight and body composition has not changed despite what I thought might happen while not running.

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how we do heavy carb nights, with a giant veggie salad!

Summer is totally fruit season and i’ve been packing my days full of blueberries, strawberries, grapes and watermelon. They are such a refreshing pick-me-up in the middle of the work day and hello–antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatories for the injury.

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 When i do get back to normal weekly mileage and my hunger strikes,  I’m going to make a much bigger effort on eating cleaner and pack in as many nutrients as possible for recovery and injury prevention. <—always sounds good in theory, we will see how many giant cookies i can say no to. 🙂

Last Week’s Recap 

Monday: 2 mile walk, 25 min shoulders/biceps

Tuesday: 20 back and hamstrings, 10 abs

Wednesday: 2.2m walk

Thursday: 25min biceps, 15 abs

Friday: 15 min lateral elliptical, 1 mile walk, 15 shoulders/triceps

Saturday: 2.4m walk/run no garmin–cause you know…

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 2.4m running + 4.2m walking

 Do you watch your nutrition more closely when you’re not running?

Favorite summer fruit or vegetable?