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Friday Follow Up
Believe it or not, we did not have pizza last night per the norm. We met up with some friends at a recently opened Irish pub called Dugan's downtown fairly close to our house. A good friend has just leased a condo in that same building on one of the upper floors so he came down to joins us as well. We hung out until a bit after 8 then went up to check out his new place. We were all starved so we ended up heading back to our house where I threw together dinner.

We had cranberries left from Thanksgiving so I made another batch of the Chipotle Cranberry Relish to go with Quorn cutless, roasted potatoes and lima beans. I flaked out on the veggie side part so it ended up being a random can of lima beans I had in the cabinet. I was out of OJ for the relish so I ended up adding in some unsweetened applesauce and apple cider vinegar. It turned out just as tasty as the original. I didn't take pictures of the meal - I was hungry ;-)

1-Mile
This morning started off as a gorgeous sunny, and fairly warm (62 degrees) day. It was super windy though as we have a cool front moving in. Jason and I headed down to the river so I could attempt a run. Before you start scolding, I have been doing some major homework on recovery and eventually prevention for the IT Band. From what I have been reading, it is safe to resume running/training after you allow for a 3-5 day rest period that allows the healing to begin. Then after that time, you can start with short runs. Interestingly enough, it is suggested that you do shorter faster runs. I promised Jason that at the first inkling of pain that I would stop. In all honesty, I was just praying that I would even be able to run a few strides pain free. It no longer hurts to walk down stairs or after  prolonged sitting, so I know it is starting to get better.

As for running...we started off with a 1/2 mile walking warm up then a very slow starting pace before settling in to a nice pace that wasn't too fast, but not draggingly slow either. It felt so good to be outside for starters. Even better, no knee pain, well, to start. At half a mile in I was still feeling great, not a single pull, twinge, nothing. I felt like I was somehow winning a major race. Of course, I started feeling just a bit cocky too. In my head I was ready to shoot for 3 miles. In the end, I made it just over a mile and I felt a slight pull so I stopped immediately just as I had promised I would. I walked on the grass for a bit too for a softer surface. I know that I should be very happy with 1 mile. It's a start and it shows me that I am healing. But I am still disappointed as well. I feel a bit defeated to be honest. But I know deep down that stopping is for the best in the long run.

I thought I was going to just go home and do my MMA Boxing DVD, but my friend Jessica had suggested that I try the low impact HIIT segment from one of Cathe's latest DVDs called Intensity. I did that one twice through (took about 20 minutes). It was a great workout, especially for low impact. I was really impressed and can't wait until I can do the whole workout. It includes step though, and I know I can't do that right now.


Doggy Play Date
After I was done and cleaned up, we went over to a friend's house taking the dogs. They have a 1-year old beagle named Bella. Cris and I have been talking about a doggy play date, so that's what we did. The dogs were slow to start playing, but once they got going, it was balls to the wall running and barking. Even Maddie joined in for a change. It was hysterical, so much fun to watch them all planing like that. Even better, Cris is letting me borrow her foam roller.

So when we got back home I immediately changed into my PJs and hit the roller. Pain, oh pain pain pain - but I know it's good. Or so they say. So I have iced my knee and rolled out the leg. I need to take some ibuprophen now. We are currently debating on what the evening will be for us. My friend Cris and her husband invited us to a holiday party (fancy, gotta dress up kind). So now the debate is whether or not we feel like getting all dolled up or do we stay in, stay warm (as the temps are dropping) and be lazy on the couch with a bowl of hot chili.

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