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Get ready for a totally random post.
March is supposed to go in like a lion, out like a lamb, right? Last week was nothing like a cute cuddly lamb for me, it was crazy! I had a huge pile of stuff on my desk that did not dissipate until Friday afternoon. Playing catch-up is not fun. Also, where is the warm weather?? I did my final hill workout before Boston this morning, and it was 35 degrees. Running intense hill repeats in the cold is not easy. My muscles went from cold straight to burning, skipping the nice warm and loose stage all together. After my hill repeats (6 x uphill with a hard(er) downhill after every 2) I was able to hold some speed for the last four miles. I completed them in 7:47, 7:36, 7:43, & 7:32, all under goal marathon pace. I feel ready for Boston (13 days OMG!) but nervous about the course at the same time.
I am going to show you my dinner from Saturday night because it was so good I can’t keep it to myself. I made a teriyaki stir fry because it is Steve’s favorite and he ran his first ever 20-miler on Saturday. I probably should win some sort of good wife award for this.
This is my plate, which has tofu. Steve’s had chicken instead. I marinated the chicken and pressed tofu in Newman’s Own Teriyaki marinade for a few hours. Then I sautéed up some carrots, red pepper, snap peas, mushrooms and pineapple. Do not skip the pineapple! It is the best part of this dish by far. When the veggies were almost done, I added some of the teriyaki sauce and turned the heat to high so it carmelized a little bit. I served it over coconut rice, which is jasmine rice cooked with half coconut milk and half water. I used Trader Joe’s canned coconut milk and found it far superior to any other brand that I’ve tried. The rice was creamy, coconutty, and oh so delicious. Speaking of coconut, the bread you see is homemade coconut bread made in my bread machine. As good as it sounded (it was made with coconut milk and toasted coconut), it turned out pretty bland and I had to slather it in earth balance to make up for the lack of flavor.
In other news, I had a massage last night. Not a relaxation massage, but a real work stuff out massage. There is an awesome massage therapist that works out of our clinic, and this was my first time getting a massage with her. It was my first massage since Steve and I had a couples massage in the beginning of January. I am normally not a huge fan of getting massages, because I always feel like they are a waste of money. Sure, it feels good and I am nice and relaxed for an hour, but then it’s over and I’m out a bunch of money. I usually only go if I have a gift certificate to use.
This massage was different. She worked some serious tension out of my upper back which is sore today. She also did amazing things to my right calf which has been tightening up every time I run. She said I had fusions along the side of my leg where the muscle wasn’t able to move freely. She dug in and worked it all out until my muscle could properly flap around in there. Technical term, of course. I am scheduled for another massage two days after Boston, which I am hoping will help speed recovery because I’ve got another marathon to run three weeks later. I am also planning to see her once a month throughout Ironman training to keep things running smoothly. I guess the trick is finding the right therapist!
Do you get regular massages? When was the last time you had one?