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What I'm Reading on Taco Tuesday

What I'm Reading
Well, thankfully Miss Crazy Maddie decided to actually sleep all night. No nutso barking episodes. I read myself to sleep by 9:30 and slept fairly well. I'm out of fiction books, so I have resorted to reading much-needed running recovery books instead. Not exactly riveting, but valuable information.

The one I've been reading is The Athlete's Guide to Recovery by Sage Roundtree. Honestly, I wish I had this book from the very beginning of starting to run. It's mostly geared towards endurance athletes, but honestly has great information for any athlete.

One chapter that struck me was discussing being able to recognized pain symptoms. In other words, you workout and expect sore muscles. But when does that soreness indicate something more,  like an injury?

For starters, when the soreness is unilateral (hand raised), when the soreness doesn't go away (hand raised), when it is not from changing up exercises (hand raised). I had so many red flags and just chalked it up to long distances and general fatigue of workouts. And of course, in hindsight, I just want to smack myself.

She also goes into detail about using heart rate, not just during exercise but in rest, as an indicator of "over reaching" and varying your workout loads. It gets a little technical, but she also does pretty good about simplifying it enough that it makes sense.

Anyway, if you're an athlete of any kind, I do highly recommend this book. Do you have any training books you recommend? Please share. I'd love to know!


PT Updates
A lot of you have asked about how physical therapy is going or how it went yesterday. I don't want to constantly harp on my injuries, so I've been shying away a little bit. Right now my heel is beyond tender. The physical therapist worked on it for nearly an hour.

I'm doing every stretch suggested as well as rolling it out on a golf ball for a solid 30 minutes each day. I'm also still doing extra stretching and rolling for my piriformis muscle.

The PT (who happens to be a triathlete training for her first Ironman) is hopeful, but also cautious. She wants me to hold off running for 2 more weeks. She also tried taping it up with kinesio tape. I know a lot of runners swear by it. I was hoping for some miracle. Honestly, I can't tell any difference.

I did go to spin class today. Mostly because I can't make it tomorrow and Jason joined me. Otherwise, I would have taken a rest day or gone with upper body. It was a good class though. I'm definitely not sorry I went.

Taco Tuesday
Honesty, feeling super lazy and uninspired when it comes to cooking lately. I have a full fridge, stocked pantry, and I just don't really want to mess with cooking, with coming up with something (creative or otherwise), with making and cleaning up a mess. Nada.

But, we aren't ones to go out to eat during the week or even pick up to-go for that matter. So, that means something needs to get made. Since it's Tuesday, I went with the Taco Tuesday theme to make it simple on myself. At least the menu was set right?

I ended up going with a combo of tempeh and black beans for the filling. I did saute up some onions and bell peppers then added in the beans and tempeh and seasoned with the usual Tex-Mex suspects including a splash of lime juice.
 

Since we had some corn tortillas on hand, I went with those over the typical wheat tortillas we use. Of course the tacos were topped with lettuce, tomatoes, Daiya, and lots of jalapenos.

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I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

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