The Weekend Whisk – 8/4/12

by Kate on August 4, 2012

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Hello all! This week you may have noticed things started looking a little different around here again. Well, this is it… finally! The real, new and improved Food Babbles. It now looks the way I want it to and is operating how I want it to with only one exception that will hopefully be resolved quickly. You may (or may not) have noticed that 4 new posts went up this week but you didn’t get emails about them. This is a problem that unfortunately I’m still working on resolving. I’m so sorry it’s taking so long! But with any luck, it will be taken care of in the very near future.

In other news, my knees are killing me! I mentioned on Monday that I’ve taken up running recently. I’ve been doing it for about 3 months now however, after just a few weeks I developed terrible knee pain. I spoke with my best friend Mike, who happens to be an avid runner. He proceeded to tell me that this was completely normal because my knees needed to get used to the new activity and get stronger. Alright, so basically he told me to suck it up. So that’s what I did cause I’m tough, you know. Tough as nails I tell ya! So I ran on the painful knees and I ran through the pain. In fact, I did that 3 more times after the pain started. I ran until I could run no more. I could run no more because my knees were shot. I could hardly even walk. I could not even step up on a curb it hurt so bad. I was an idiot.

It was at this point that I realized I should not “suck it up.” Instead I went to a doctor and came to find out I had a severe case of tendonitis. Fortunately, it was easily treated with a combination of rest, ice and anti-inflammatory drugs. However, it kept me from running for nearly 3 weeks when I had only just begun. So this is my second attempt at becoming a runner and I’m experiencing the same sensation as before. It’s certainly not as severe this time around cause I’m no fool. I stopped running and took an extra rest day when I started having pain. However, here I am dying to train and I’m not able to. I feel like I’m not progressing which is frustrating. I felt well enough the other day to go for a run but once I was actually running it was a different story. By the end of the run, I was in a ton of pain again.

Any runners out there have advice on how to overcome tendonitis and still progress with my training? I would appreciate any advice you may have. I’m taking it easy when I have pain and waiting until I’m pain free for over a day to run again. I’m icing after runs and I’m also not running more than 3 days a week. Tomorrow is supposed to be my run day. Fingers crossed that it goes well! I’m armed with compression knee straps that are supposed to help with this kind of thing. Those are gonna look real cute but we’ll see if they makes a difference.

Also, I realize after speaking with a friend at work that I need to find a different place to run. I run on the streets of my neighborhood and she told me that her orthopedist says that running on concrete is just about the worst thing I can be doing for my knees. Need to find a softer surface but for now, this is what I have near me. But enough about running. Let’s talk food! Here’s what was going on around these parts this week.

 

Honey Apple Muffins & A Red Face Runner

 Bacon Caramel Sauce

My First Month As A Foodie Penpal

 

Chicken Chorizo Empanadas

And the most viewed post this week was… Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Here are some great recipes that I came across this week that perhaps you’ll enjoy also!

Babbles Bookmarks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes from La Phemme PhoodieIt’s not secret how much I adore Wendy but now I may love her just a little bit more. She stuffed chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough then finished them off with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and a sprinkling of chocolate chips. Holy yum! What’s not to love? 

Cherry Almond Bars from Flour ArrangementsCherries are my favorite fruit. These lovely shortbread bars sandwich a sweet cherry filling and are topped with an almond crumble. Delightful!

Peach Pie with Heath Bar Topping from Pinch of Yum: The title of this post says it all. That’s what reeled me in. I need to have this now! Fresh peach pie is a summer favorite for me but then it’s topped off with a Heath bar and pecan crumble topping. A big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream along side and I’m in heaven.

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Marina August 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

I am sorry to hear about your running problems.. I am planning to start running, but just have lack of inspiration. Or maybe I don’t like to get up too early in the morning? Damn, I am so lazy – help me 😀

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Kate August 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Ha! Oh my goodness… I can relate! I never thought I would be aspiring to be a runner. But now I think it’s about succeeding. I just want to accomplish this. It’s much harder than I thought. And sometimes I lack motivation but I keep telling people about my endeavors so it makes me go do it. 🙂

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Wendy Kirby August 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

Those empanadas are calling my name. They look so good. Thanks so much for including my cupcake post. Holy yum is right!

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Kate August 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

How could I not include them!! Oh my goodness!!! I’ve been dying to bury something in a cupcake. Think I know which recipe I’ll try 😉

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

started on a training regimen to get in shape many years ago. I walked 2 blocks. Then four and then more and more and more. I then started walking faster and faster and faster. Then one day I ran the entire 3 miles I had put into my daily schedule…and the problems started. The back injury from years prior started to bother me and my knees started to hurt.

I finally realized that fast walking was my gig, not running. I still got a good workout but my joints did not get the jarring punch with every step. So…I would say, start walking when the running hurts. And the tip about concrete is true; if you can find a park or a school with asphalt even, it’s much more absorbent and would be a better surface for your efforts.

Good luck. And you know I’m seeing this image right? You, a baby in one arm, throwing a pie in the oven and sprinting out the door so you can get back in time to remove the pie and take a photo. Super woman.

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Kate August 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I can’t wait until I’m able to run 3 miles straight. I’m still working up to that. This is such a challenge. I’m hoping I continue to progress 🙂

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Lisa August 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Kate..I don’t know what it is, but I could never run (unless I’m scared or being chased, but only the former has occurred, the ‘being chased’ all in fun with BF’s..no one sinister). I can work out for hours on all kinds of equipment, do high impact aerobics easily..walk for miles..but I can’t run!! No endurance no matter how in shape I am..it’s crazy! Plus, my ankles hurt after 1 mile. In any event..now I’ll probably never run because my right knee will never be the same after the accident and surgery. Regardless..I can leg press a ton..again..WEIRD! OK…that said…I’m so glad you’re joining us in Twelve Loaves! You don;t have to make a yeast bread – you could make muffins…or a quick loaf..biscuits..scones..anything ‘bread like’ with fruit!

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Kate August 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I never in a million years thought I would be running! It’s SO hard honestly. I think a lot of it is mental. I’m enjoying it and hoping I continue to progress.

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