Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Collard Greens Are Awful & Digusting.

Good afternoon Beautiful,

I hope you’re week is starting off well. Mine has been… ok. None of my workouts have been going as planned, and I’m currently feeling bloated and I’m not sure what I ate to make me feel this way. Usually I can pinpoint something bad that I know I ate, but not today… I don’t like it, I feel gross!
So let’s start off with yesterday. Yesterday, I woke up so refreshed, I slept amazing (because I was exhausted from the weekend on Sunday night I passed out at about 9:30pm) and I was ready to take on the world! Seriously, I got SO MUCH stuff done at work. I had planned on working out at lunch, but because I was on such an insane roll at work, I decided to keep it going and finish up on some stuff that needed to be done, and that I’d go for a run after work because it was the perfect weather for running, the sun was shining, not a cloud in site, and there was a nice, cool breeze.
I got home from work and I knew if I sat down or stopped going I wasn’t going much farther than from my couch to my kitchen to make dinner, then to my bed to laze around the rest of the evening. So I changed instantly into my Lulu’s and hit the pavement to go for my “10km run” along the water. This is what I planned on doing, because I have the Zoo 10km run with Michelle in two weeks and wanted to at least do a 10km before the race. We’re doing 10’s and 1’s for the race (run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute) so that was my plan of attack, do 6 x 10’s and 1’s and that should be about 10km.
Well, I started going my first bout of 10 minutes of running and thought it felt fairly hard. I started thinking about it and I know I didn’t have enough water to drink yesterday, and I was running alone which is much different than having a buddy to talk to while running so I blamed it on that. I had my first 1 minute walk break and hit the pavement for my second round of ten minutes of running. It wasn’t as hard, my body was adjusting to it by this point but I really wished I had brought my water belt with me (as much as I hate wearing it, it’s very convenient). I could feel my lower body getting a bit sore by the end of my second round, so I decided not to push it too hard, and opted to turn around after the two rounds, instead of three, and then evaluate how I felt at the end and whether I’d go out for another 10 minutes at the end.
During my third round of running I noticed 1. My left hip was really starting to hurt, and not the normal “hip flexor” type of hurt, but like the “side of my ass” kind of hurt and 2. My right ankle was starting to hurt. My ankle was nothing new to me, that’s what bothered me a lot near the end of my half-marathon training, but my hip, this was a very new story for me. I had no idea why it was hurting, but I noticed if I needed to run up a hill and I kept my legs reeeeally straight, it didn’t hurt too badly. By the end of the whole run it was hurting bad. I had no idea what was going on, so I stretched really good when I got home, had a shower and just kind of hoped it would go away.
Today, well, it’s tender. It hurts walking up the stairs, it hurts to move it certain ways, it’s really not cooperating with me. I was sitting in my cubicle and the physio/chiro from next door in the club came in and we were chatting and I casually brought up that it was hurting, showed him where it was tender and he diagnosed it (as well as he could without doing any sort of exam) as IT band inflammation. So he told me I need to go home and basically sit on my foam roller all night. Well, not exactly sit on it, but roll my IT band out on it for the whole night. I’m really not looking forward to this, I already feel like crap because I’m bloaty, but now I have to go home and inflict pain on myself in order to stop the body pain I’m currently experiencing. It sounds awful, but I’m going to do it, I need to be able to run this month, and if this will help me, then so be it! J.
Needless to say, today’s workout went down the drain as well since I’m going to listen to my body and not cause it any more pain today. AHH… not good.
Lately, I’ve been realizing how much I enjoy cooking. Like seriously! If I could afford to buy all fresh ingredients to make a brand new recipe every single night I totally would. I’ve been finding some pretty fun clean recipes that I can make for a really reasonable price. Tonight, I had three options of what I wanted to make for dinner, and I think I’m going to attempt two of them, White Button Roasted Mushrooms and Collard Greens, both quite paleo, and both will be quite delicious with some chicken skewers and chicken breasts that I have in the fridge ready to cook...... Hold up - I'm off to cook.
Laaa la la la laaaaa..... This is what I do when I cook... don't you?

Ok… so I made both dishes, and I have to admit, the collard greens ARE GROSS! Ugh, I had never had them before. I don’t recommend them. However – the mushrooms I made and the kale I made are both delicious (kale – obviously!) and this was my first time cooking salmon, and it was delicious! I’m not going to bother doing the recipe for the collard greens because, well, I wanted to barf when I tried them, but here’s the recipe for the mushrooms!
16 oz white button mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp parsley
4 tbsp EVOO
  1. Preheat the oven (I put it at about 200 celcius) and have it on broil.
  2. Put the EVOO and garlic into a baking dish.
  3. Add the mushrooms, and sprinkle everything overtop of the mushrooms.
  4. Broil for 30 minutes, stirring half way through. I also added a slab of butter half way through because it was looking dry, and I covered it with tinfoil for the first half, and had it uncovered for the second half.
They turned out looking like this:

And this is what my salmon looked like:

And this is the awfulness that was my collard greens:

I’m on twitter right now participating in a #fitblog chat and we’re talking about getting out of a fitness rut. Which has me thinking…. That I’m totally in a fitness rut right now. I had TRX for the past month, and before that was Crossfit, and before that was half-marathon training. I think I need to get back into Crossfit… do more resistance training on my own, and I guess I have my two runs coming up, but if my hip keeps hurting I’m going to retire after that! Hmm… I need to think about how to get out of this rut. Any recommendations? I’m just not super excited to workout right now, and it’s easy to talk me out of a workout. Let me think about this and get back to you.
How have your workouts been going this week?
Also, I know I keep reminding you, but make sure to enter my Larabar giveaway (click here to be taken there directly). There are only 6 days left and so far this has been my most successful giveaway yet, I have 128 entries so far! If you’re interested, you could win 16 different types of Larabars. They are vegan, raw, paleo and so delicious. I would eat these anytime, and I totally have…. I had two of them as my dinner once. I’m kind of ashamed to tell you that, but it’s the truth and I so do not regret it.
Stay sweet,


  1. I suck making collard greens but love everyone elses'! My left hip's been a b*tch lately too so my LMT said to do certain flexor stretches + yoga and it's been helping. Mostly when my form is off is when it hurts. Also switching up the side of the road you run on? SPA <3!

    1. Great ideas! I foam rolled and my hip hasn't hurt since, I even ran yesterday with no pain, so hopefully there's no pain today either!

      You like collard greens!? Girl - you are something... I think I'm turned off for life lol.

      SPA LOVE!

  2. I live in the South where collard greens are a staple! Ask me how many times I've made them... 0, zilch, none. Don't feel bad about "the awfullness that was your collard greens". I have issues with my hip flexors/IT band when I do long runs and yoga really helps.

    1. THANK YOU for making me feel better! Haha... At least I gave them a chance! People keep saying to do yoga... I should try it. :P

  3. Yeah, I typically pick Spinach over those greens because they are sometimes too bitter. But anything is better with garlic!! If your hip doesn't clear up my biased recommendation is to see a Physical Therapist ;)!

    1. I'm so doing spinach over collard greens going forward, SO MUCH BETTER! And I agree about garlic, I put that stuff on EVERYTHING! :). xo

  4. Sarah - so sorry about your IT band! I too have suffered from IT band tendonitis from distance running, and it has been a long and annoying obstacle for over a year now! After trying physical therapy and two rounds of steroid injections -- I also have used yoga to help with my IT band issues and it has helped TREMENDOUSLY! Especially Bikram Yoga (the hot yoga in the high temperature room), because it successfully loosens up my muscles and ligaments with the heat, and the stretching is much more effective!

    I am also from the south, where collard greens are a staple - and I have never cooked with them either! I'm too scared to! Any greens I've had have been nasty - I prefer spinach and kale by far!

    Happy healing!


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