Right after I finished bragging in my last post about how awesome my last run was, I realized that my hips were actually pretty sore—worse than they have felt in months. I didn’t run Mon or Tues and figured I would try a short run today only to realize afterwards that I can barely walk due to the pain in my right hip (it doesn’t hurt at all when I am actually running or I wouldn’t have). Thinking those shoes weren’t the Christmas miracle I was hoping for after all. I’m hoping to return them, and then it will be back to the drawing board. Anyone have any shoes they would recommend? The shoes I just bought were the Mizuno Wave Riders and I thought they would work since I had an older version and liked them. I’m thinking about trying out a ‘barefoot’ shoe. Not vibrams so much, but perhaps the Nike Free Run or something of the sort. Has anyone heard anything about them, good or bad?
I’m just super annoyed and down about this because I thought I was nearing the end of my hip problems and then BAM! It is back full force and more. I really wanted to participate in the Runner’s World Christmas Streak 2011 too. Whenever I hear about streaking, I always want to participate. OK maybe not, I’m a little old for that. And this is a little different from a normal streaking, but I have been known to streak a quad or two in my day.
I actually heard about the streak from Skinny Runner and decided I wanted in too. It started after Thanksgiving so I’m a little late to the party…but better late than never, right? Basically, to participate you just need to run 1 mile everyday from now until New Years. I think it is a great idea and a great way to combat all the holiday eating between Thanksgiving and New Years. Just like the burpee challenge is too! Who is in?
Normally, running everyday probably wouldn’t be recommended but one mile isn’t likely to cause people to overdo it (but as always, every case is different). I’m going back to my old shoes for now and if my hip decides to cooperate, I’ll participate; otherwise I’ll have to save the streaking for next year.
In other news, today I was outside at lunch when a girl stopped me and asked if I wanted a free sample. She was carrying a cooler and in it she had Roti hummus and pita samples! Hells yes I want a free sample. I think I looked more excited than she was expecting because she appeared to be laughing at me a little bit. That free sample totally made my Wednesday! It is the little things people. Plus I love ROTI a lot.
Speaking of things I’m in love with. I bought this the other day at Trader Joe’s:
Have you had it? Go out and buy it immediately. I’m not kidding, go buy it. You can thank me later. SO good. Pure heaven in a jar. And the stats aren’t half bad for something called ‘Cookie Butter’.
Now onto a recipe. I think I briefly mentioned this, but last week I made my own applesauce. It was seriously the easiest thing EVER and I think I will attempt to make my own from now on. I don’t generally eat applesauce, although I don’t know why because I do really like it. For some reason applesauce always reminds me of my grandparents. I think it is because my grandma always used to serve applesauce with dinner. While I don’t usually think to eat applesauce, I do like to keep it on hand so I can use it as a replacement for ½ the butter or oil in baking recipes.
I recently noticed that most of the store bought applesauce has high fructose corn syrup as well as plenty of other preservatives making for a pretty hefty ingredient list considering that really only 1 ingredient is necessary—apples. Since apples are nature’s candy (comparing apples to candy is really lame, right?), they already have plenty of sugar so you definitely don’t need to add any sugar or preservatives to applesauce. I managed to find 1 jar that just had apples at Whole Foods, and it was about 5 bucks a jar. So, I figured it would be much easier and much much cheaper to make my own.
What I did to make is chopped up 4 baking apples—2 large and 2 medium size. I chopped them into about 1 inch pieces and poured them into a pot over medium heat. I added about a tablespoon of cinnamon (I really like cinnamon), and then let the apples simmer. At first, I stirred them a lot but then I got kind of lazy and only stirred every 5 minutes or so. I think as long as you stir every so often, all of the apples will get cooked down. I then proceeded to get sucked into Parenthood and forgot about the applesauce for probably 15 minutes until Meredith told me whatever I was making smelled good. Ooopsy! Luckily, no damage was done, this recipe really is very low maintenance and foolproof.
The apples cook down a lot, so however much applesauce you think you want, use double that amount of apples (if that makes sense). I thought it was REALLY good as it was and it made a great snack for all of last week—I’m getting a little tired of regular apples. If you do want to use for a baking substitute (or even baby food!), you would probably want to use a hand held blender and puree once it is finished cooking…and has cooled.
I ate the applesauce a few days for breakfast topped with some rolled oats. Tasted like a much healthier and crustless version of an apple crisp, it was really good!
So there you have it! Not really a ‘recipe’ per say, but definitely very tasty and a great way to use any extra apples that you have on hand.
I’m off to foam roll and ice my hip like mad so I can hopefully start the streak tomorrow
Have a great night!