Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Run, Massage & Roasted Veggie Tofu Salad

Back to Running
Resting up yesterday along with more rolling and stretching seemed to help my sciatica. It was not nearly as painful today. So, I went ahead with my planned run. As a bonus, Jason went with me.

It was a gorgeous day, though a little warm and windy I'll admit, but so pretty out. We set out to do the run around the neighborhood so that it would take up less time than going all the way down to the river trails. I won't lie and say my sciatica didn't act up, it did. But it wasn't unbearable, and we kept a fairly slow pace.

I think I really needed the outdoors, fresh air, and the company more than anything. We ended up doing right at four miles before heading in to quickly get cleaned up to head back to work. It was a re-energizing run for me, much needed.

Massage
I did myself a favor and scheduled a massage for after work. Sounds super indulgent right? But, I'll be honest - I really don't like massages at all *gasp*. I just don't like someone touching me like that. Maybe it goes back to a really bad physical therapy experience, I don't know. Just not something I enjoy. Plus, I knew it would hurt like hell.

However, I felt like it was probably in my best interest to get the massage in hopes of being able to have a decent run on Saturday. Basically, I was feeling desperate. We have a friend who is actually a massage therapist, so I opted to go with him.

I will say, that it is a good thing to remember that when you go to a massage therapist that you know and end up at events with, they will see your ass. Note to self...But, it really wasn't awkward, maybe that's because I was just trying so hard not to curse or kick him when he hit the sore spots. I had really only expected to have my legs worked out, but he started with back, even arms, all the way to toes. Let's just say I am one knotted up mess.

I had no idea how tight all of my muscles were. Wow (and ouch). For now I feel looser, but the sciatica is still throbbing. I will admit that I wish Vioxx was still on the market (anyone else ever take that?).


Tofu Tuesday
Thankfully, last night I got part of dinner prepped for today since I ended up home so late (6:45 is really late for me). I knew that I wanted to do a roasted veggies and tofu salad.

So, I got the tofu started early. I cut the tofu into strips then dry-seared before leaving it to marinate overnight. For the marinade, I simply whisked together a baslamic vinaigrette with no-sugar strawberry preserves (thank you for the reminder Averie!).
 

Jason got home before I did for a change, so he started everything for the salad. All he needed to do was  roast up zucchini, squash, sweet potato, portobello mushrooms, and the tofu then cut up roasted red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes and toss it all on a bed of lettuce/spinach and drizzle with a thinner version of the balsamic strawberry marinade.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Midday run (with the hubby made it better)
  • Massage (because it was necessary)
  • Not having to cook