Happy Hump Day!
Remember those painful leg cramps I mentioned from my foot injury? Well, they got worse. MUCH WORSE. In fact, the knots in my calves got so tight last week that I not only was struggling through my workouts but was also having difficulty sleeping, walking and sitting at my desk. Did I mention they hurt? Just checking!
I like to think of muscle knots like garden hose kinks. When a hose has a knot in it, water can’t flow through it. The same concept applies to a muscle. When a muscle gets knotted, blood can’t flow to it. This means the muscle isn’t getting oxygen. Because I’m still recovering from a foot injury, this is a side effect I’m dealing with.
So just when I thought I was gonna cut my leg off, I found a physical therapy center offering $40 sports massages through the month of June and made an appointment for the next day.
I’m not gonna lie. The massage was painful and I have bruises to prove it.
The therapist was amazing! Not only did he work out my many gnarly knots, but he also gave me tips for rotating between ice & heat, breathing to release tension and how not to stretch when knots come on. I made an appointment to see him again later this week. With as hard as I am pushing my body, I know I’m gonna need extra help for awhile and who can pass up a 40 dollar massage? Plus massage has so many health benefits.
The other thing the therapist mentioned was diet. Primarily getting enough H20, salt and potassium. Now that the desert temps are in the triple digits, athletes are prone to deficiencies.
I saw my primary care physician that day too. She told me the same things as the therapist and reinforced the importance of my diet and getting enough protein to support my recovery. She’s a friend from spin class and knows first hand how I bully my body.
So I upped my protein and now drinking water like a camel and eating bananas like a monkey. Maybe an IV would be easier???
Breakfast Part I. Spinach loaded Easy Eggs Muffins with sriacha hot sauce and juicy cantaloupe. I’ve been trying to eat bulkier breakfasts. It’s easy to do when I’m not rushing around like a maniac at work.
Breakfast Part II. Growing Naturals rice protein powder served straight up with H20. Laura gave me samples at Blend and I am in love! This is packed with a whopping 24 grams of protein and doesn’t have any crazy gunk in the ingredients either. She also hooked us up with more product after Blend and I cannot wait until it gets to my door because I’m already out! Hurry! Hurry!
Generally, I’m not a fan of protein supplements because of the wacky ingredients and I don’t feel they’re necessary for the average person. But for an endurance athlete like myself, I need the extra protein for my training. It’s been 1 week since I upped my protein and I’ve noticed significant improvement in my workouts and strength and I’m less hungry overall.
Breakfast Part III. My Oatmeal with blueberries and a healthy blob of Justin’s almond butter. I’m obsessed with My Oatmeal. I ordered another bag last month and they sent me a free bag too. Score! I ordered the instant oats with graham cracker flavor & added chia seeds. I love how thick and hearty this gets. You can use a discount code for your order, find it here.
Lunch. I should label this section “snacks” because that’s what I’ve been doing for lunch these last weeks. It’s only 109 in AZ. The heat just makes you not want to eat anything except fruit, water and salt. I always eat less when the desert heat turns up and tend to graze. This snack plate…broccoli, popchips and black bean lentil dip.
Popchips are one of my favorite snacks. They’re low in calorie and big in flavor. This BBQ flavor hits the spot for summer.
I like the individually wrapped chips so I don’t have to break my house rule of having chips in the house. A regular bag of chips is a disaster waiting to happen for me because I will polish off the entire bag in one sitting. Honestly, who can eat just one serving of a regular bag? Pleeeeeeease……. #moretolove
Snack. Homemade acai bowl. If I’m not making Banana Froyo these days, I’m making acai bowls. I’ve only just begun making these. The possibilities are endless with these. For now I’m whipping them up with the basics. This one was greek yogurt, cashew milk, banana, protein granola, strawberries and blackberries. Not to self, make a #strangebutgood acai bowl soon. Yum!
Dinner. Getting my omegas with so many fish dinners. As of lately, mahi mahi, salmon, scallops and cod have been in the meal rotation. This dinner was mahi-mahi, roasted brussels sprouts and farro served up with a side of Women’s Running magazine.
I’m really into farro right now. Farro has a wonderful nutty flavor. It can be tricky to cook though, but honestly I think all grains can be finicky. I topped my omegas with a blackberry balsamic glaze. I really need to get you guys the recipe for this glaze pronto because it’s delicious!
How much water are you getting? Do you take salt supplements? What would you eat for recovery?
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