Is it an Injury?

A runner in motion |

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw me mention that Tuesday was my first run in four days.

I purposely took some time off because I was questioning…Is it an injury?

Let’s back up. Two Saturday’s ago, I ran 16 miles. I felt pretty good through all of it. Mariette and I did stop a couple of times to stretch. I’m not sure if it was during one of those times or after Sunday’s easy run, I began to feel like I pulled or strained something in my right upper calf/inside of my knee. A downside of being super flexible – you can get way too deep into a stretch! It didn’t hurt to the touch. It never swelled. Never bruised. I didn’t even feel it all the time. I could run on it for the most part. It was at certain times when my heel dropped lower than my toes, I felt it. Marathon training leaves you sore and stiff but this was different.

Like the stubborn runner that I am, I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday even though my calf was feeling like this. Part of me was thinking I shouldn’t run at all. It was a cut back week in training after all. But then my irrational fear of NOT running takes over. I’m going to lose everything I’ve gained! I knew I wouldn’t lose all of my running fitness in four days but when it comes to injuries, I have a tendency to exaggerate and think the worse. We have a history after all.

Plus I like to live in the land of Denial…if I don’t acknowledge it, it’s not there.

Since this pulled/strained feeling wasn’t any better by Saturday, I told myself I needed to take some time off from running in hopes that it would clear up. I reasoned that it’s better to do it now rather than have it exacerbate into something bigger later in training which might jeopardize marathon #1 entirely.

Even though I’ve had to take time off from running before and have not had to wake up early for a long run on the weekend, it was the strangest feeling. Even Ron commented on it. The day seemed so long! I felt restless all day. What do I do with myself?

I’m very proud to say I stuck with my plan of not running for four whole days. I did some yoga, rode my bike and iced like it was my job. No problems. Tuesday morning rolled around and I was ready to run. Ironically, just as I was stretching out my legs before getting out of bed, I got a wicked big cramp in my left calf. I jumped out of bed and worked it out but it left a knot for some time. Seriously? Is the universe trying to tell me something?

The run went well. I didn’t feel the same strain/pull as last week. I took it at an easy pace and just ran for fun. It felt wonderful to be back to doing what I love. I’m not sure if what I was feeling was really an injury but I’m glad I took the time off. Fingers crossed that this was just a fluke and I won’t be dealing with this issue anymore.

Oh and the knot in my right calf went away too.

Thank you universe!

Have you ever taken time off from a training plan because of fear of an injury?

Are you a stubborn runner?

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It seems like every time I grocery shop, a zucchini or three lands in my cart. No matter what time of the year, it happens magically. Some weeks, I’ll grill it, toss it in a stir fry, or shred it and add it to my morning oats. This time of year is when our garden starts to produce mega loads of zucchini so there’s no need to buy it in the store. Our bumper crop gives us plenty!

A favorite sweet treat of mine has always been zucchini bread. It’s one of those quick breads that brings back the memories of my childhood. My mom would always make it during the summer with zucchini fresh from our garden. I was always super picky as a kid so I never actually ate zucchini. That is unless it was in zucchini bread. The “green stuff” in it didn’t even bother me. It just tasted freakin’ good! I think my taste buds went into overdrive the first time she made a chocolate version. Chocolate and vegetables? Now that’s a simply marvelous way to eat vegetables!

My tastes have changed quite a bit since then. I don’t need to sweeten up my veggies to eat them. In fact, I’d rather let the natural sweetness and flavor come through.

But I still will not pass up chocolate and vegetables.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread |

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry as much as possible
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray pans lightly with cooking spray/oil or line with parchment paper. I used two mini loaf pans.
  3. Shred zucchini and place in a colander with paper towels. Squeeze it till most of the moisture is gone. Set aside.
  4. Combine eggs, honey applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and almond flour.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  7. Stir in shredded zucchini.
  8. Pour into prepared pans.
  9. Place in oven and cook 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting or trying to remove from pan.

Here’s a few more zucchini recipes that you might be interested in:

Roasted Corn Black Bean Soup

Zucchini Muffins

Vegan Zucchini Lemon Cookies

What’s your favorite quick bread?