Sunday, March 5, 2017

Welcome, March! (WW # 83)

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For various reasons, I was glad to see February come to an end.  Most of the month was spent riding my bike and although I had some incredibly beautiful long rides -- I was ready to get back on my feet.  March is such a beautiful month here as flowers begin blooming and trees begin bursting with that lime green color.  It will be a fresh new month of running for me, even if it has to be on a scaled back basis.   I will continue to cycle as I increase my running miles.

Mailbox greetings after running four miles.
March came in with warm temps and 100% humidity! 
(Tank by Sarah Marie Design Studio.)

I seriously had no clue educators were celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday this week.  Somehow, very appropriately, I wrote a Suess-like poem for Deb's Wednesday Word linkup.  Check out HoHo Be Nimble.  Please add your own lines and lets keep the poem going. 


 Two days later it was 35 degrees for this 4 mile progression run.
Returning to running is not easy.  I've done it before and, odds are, I'll do it again.  Every twinge, niggle, or bit of soreness sends me into a tailspin.  It's a roller coaster ride that I'd rather not be on.   My podiatrist advised that my right foot may be uncomfortable for up to a year.  {Ummm, excuse me?}  So right now, I'm coming to terms with what will be the normal expected discomfort and not the bone shattering sure death of my right foot ( <<  humor).  Suffice it to say -- it is a process.


While waiting for the temperature to warm up Saturday morning for a ride, I decided to turn my overripe bananas into breakfast.  Using equal parts wheat flour and oats while adding, zucchini, pecans and chocolate chips to my usual banana bread recipe made for delightful muffins.   They didn't last long.


Bike selfies...still a challenge!


Saturday was a beautiful sunny day for riding and yard work.  I stayed out until dark trimming and raking. It never ends.  I got out early for a six mile "long run" on Sunday hoping to spend another sunny afternoon in the yard (that didn't happen).  It did seem I had less discomfort after this run, so I'm calling that...progress.

March = Azaleas at my house


Weekly Recap:

3 Runs = 14 miles
2 Bike Rides  = 40 miles
Hip/Glute Strength Sessions = 2
Yoga for Backs = 2 Times

And that's a wrap!


What are you looking forward to in March?

Do you tweak your recipes or go by the book?



I'm also linking with Ilka and Angela this week.  
Be sure to check out this great link up!


82 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to the grass turning greener and buds to start popping in March! We're a little ahead of schedule this year and the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin are expected to peak around March 14-17!

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. We went to DC one year hoping to see the cherry blossoms but they were very late that year. It actually snowed while we were there. I was so disappointed.

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  2. Yes, it was Dr suess week and a lot of our elementary teachers dressed the part..haha.

    February was a good month for me all around but I am excited to see what March holds!
    Thanks for the link up!

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    1. One of my kids had to create a Dr. Seuss themed hat when he was little for the birthday celebration. He won first place and was awarded a huge stuffed animal. I still have that hat! But...not the stuffed animal. LOL.

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  3. After a fairly non-existant winter, it was colder here this week and I did not appreciate that. I love that you're already getting blooms!

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    1. I was a little surprised we had some colder mornings this week too. Not cold enough to hurt the azaleas though.

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  4. Glad you are getting some good miles in! When I had a stress fx in my foot, yes, I had pain for quite a while after it healed!

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    1. The "discomfort" is messing with my head though! I just want to run and not even think about my feet. Pah-lease.

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  5. Your shoes match those flowers perfectly!! PECANS and chocolate chips are a match made in heaven- good call on that combo!

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    1. You are so right! You can't beat pecans and chocolate.

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  6. Yeah for being able to run again! I know you'll take it easy! I love banana in anything. Hmmm.... pecans and zucchini?? Sounds delish. I'm loving your tanks too!

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    1. I like bananas and banana bread, but banana flavored anything else -- not a fan. Sarah Marie tanks are fun and very comfy too.

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  7. Mostly I actually do go by the book, but sometimes I tweak recipes too.

    I'm sorry about the discomfort thing, but happy to see you back running. I have actually noticed some bulbs shooting up (no flowers yet, and if the teens didn't kill them today . . . ).

    I'm looking forward to my half and some time away to unwind! And meeting up with Tricia & MB again.

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    1. I didn't realize you would see Tricia and MB this month. How fun! I don't do well with bulbs. My yard is too shady for most of them but I love seeing everyone else's daffodils and tulips.

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  8. Returning to running after time off is so hard, especially when there is fear of an injury returning. Glad you have been able to get out there and felt pretty good!

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    1. The runs do feel really good. My right foot feels sore later on and I hope that will go away sooner than later.

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  9. Great that you are out running but a year of discomfort does not sound good! Let's hope your podiatrist was overestimating there!

    Your muffins sound good. I don't usually have pecans in the house but you've made me want some!

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    1. These pecans were actually leftover from Christmas. Thankfully they have a long shelf life. I also keep them in the refrigerator for good measure.

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  10. I'm sure it's tough mentally to worry about every tiny twitch turning into an injury as you start back, but you're wise to take it slow and keep up with cross training. And so far, so good! It's hard to believe your foot might be uncomfortable for up to a year. Maybe the doctor is giving you the worst case scenario so you'll be pleasantly surprised when it's fine much more quickly. Flowers are not supposed to bloom in March here, but they are. It doesn't seem right!

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    1. My doc actually runs some (but not high mileage) and has had the same foot problems. I can't imagine being uncomfortable for that long. I'm praying it's an exaggeration.

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  11. Great job on your running and biking miles! Glad to see you running again! I've had a few knee injuries and every time I feel that left knee niggle, I start to worry too. Our azaleas are in full bloom here! Hope you have another great week!

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    1. I'm glad to be running again. It takes a while for the mind not to worry so much over a previous injury! The azaleas around here are so pretty.

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  12. Your azaleas are so pretty! I won't even try to do a bike selfie. Heck, I can't even use a water bottle on my bike. Here's to a marvelous March!

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    1. There are only a few bottles I can drink from while riding. I recently tried one with a built in straw so you don't have to turn the bottle (and your head) upwards. That's the best one so far! Getting it back into the holder is still tricky for me.

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  13. You totally inspired me to get on my bike more this month but I am glad to hear that you are back to running. I could not get my act together to do a weekly wrap this week :)

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    1. I'm glad you've been able to get out for some rides! Sadly, I couldn't get my act together to do a coffee post this month. I haven't been very good with my blog planning lately.

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  14. Yum those banana muffins sound great! I like to follow recipes the first time and then play around with them to make them my own. And yay for March! I'm looking forward to warmer weather, less slow and outdoor runs!

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    1. I try to write down the variations to recipes that I really like, but sometimes I forget. Then I'm scratching my head thinking "what did I put in this last time?" LOL.

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  15. So glad you're running again! The return is always tough, but worth it to be back at it.

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    1. I think I always expect it to feel great since I've been resting (or at least not running) for a period of time. Shouldn't all the body parts be rested and ready to go? Ha!

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  16. Hooray for running and glad you got some miles in! Sorry about the minor discomfort but I'm glad the long run was successful. After my knee injury, I had some minor discomfort for awhile too. It is tough to return to running post-injury because you're scared of re-injury and it's tough to not get carried away and want to run on the miles, so I'm glad you're still cycling some as well. Looks like you had a great week though!

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    1. Unfortunately, the fear of re-injury stays pretty strong for a while. I'm trying not to overdo on mileage but it is hard to know what that magic number is. It feels like low mileage, compared to last year at least. But, is it low enough?

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  17. Yay for getting back to running. I'm always hyper aware of every twinge after an injury. Hope your foot feels 100% sooner rather than later.

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    1. It's a process. I look forward to the day where I won't give either foot one thought during a run!

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  18. Great week of workouts! Nice that you had less discomfort on your last run! Those muffins look delicious! I'm looking forward to Spring Break and spending time with my sis. :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to Spring Break as well!

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  19. Those muffins look great, and I love your additions. I tend to stick to the recipe, unless it calls for something I don't have. Then, I google for substitutes. :-)

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    1. It's so frustrating when you get ready to cook something and don't have a key ingredient.

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  20. Sounds like a good week! Those muffins sound yummy! Glad you had less discomfort in your last run! Hope it continues to feel better!

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    1. It's improving...and that's all I can ask for.

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  21. Thanks for hosting this link-up! What a great way for us all to "meet" each other. Hope your foot keeps going from strength to strength! x

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    1. We are so glad you could join in! My foot is getting stronger every day.

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  22. Your azaleas are beautiful. I hope that Spring makes its comeback this week!

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    1. I've lost a lot of my azaleas to drought over the years but the ones that remain are beautiful.

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  23. I totally know what its like to get back to running after an injury...I'm still battling my achilles issues and I'm hoping that someone can give me an answer cause I did everything my PT told me to last time and now it's back. I have a huge race season coming up so not running is not an option. Sorry to hear about your foot- I hope you can get back to running full time soon!

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    1. I've had an Achilles injury and it lasted longer than any other thing. In fact, I ran with that injury for years because it didn't hurt to run...only afterwards. One thing that helped me was to put an extra piece (the back third) of an insert in that shoe to lift my heel.

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  24. congrats on getting back out on your feet! I know it feels good :) The flowers blooming are just beautiful! I love all the color- it really lifts a persons spirits! I had 2 yoga classes this past week too- doesn't it make you feel great?! Have a great week!

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    1. This yoga focused on the back, which I desperately needed.

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  25. I truly don't remember the last time I made a recipe exactly as written. My mom is a fantastic cook, so I learned a lot growing up about how to tweak recipes, and even create my own. 99% of the time it turns out delicious, but that 1% it's hard to tell if it's bad because the original recipe was MEH, or if it's because I did something to it. Probably the latter, but you never know.

    Thanks for hosting Holly!

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    1. My Mom was an excellent cook too and she thought me to wing it. I try to write down my own tweaks to any recipe I use so I can do the same thing next time. But, I forget.

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  26. I'd be so pissed if the doc told me my foot would feel weird for a year!! What?! Love your mail box pic, haha- pretty clever if you ask me! And those muffins... easy and delicious. My kind of recipe!

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    1. My mailbox selfies are my fun little silly "thing". But, it tells my story well. I use it to hold GU, hydration, towel or anything else I might need on a long run. My phone usually stays in there too in case anybody needs me.

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  27. So happy that you are back to running! If feels so great to come back to running, especially after an injury

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    1. It does feel good but sometimes it gets overshadowed with worry. I need to learn to just let that part go.

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  28. What beautiful flowers! and those muffins sound and look delicious!! I admire your selfie - balance skills!! I can't even take a running selfie!

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    1. The bike selfies are always challenging. I've finally figured out a little trick to at least capture a picture. But, I haven't figured out how to make them flattering. LOL.

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  29. I do tweak recipes from time to time. Since I'm picky, I take out some things, then add in things I like.

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    1. My Mom cooked without using many recipes and taught me to wing it for the most part.

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  30. Returning to running is hard- I am always paranoid with every little niggle I feel! Hope you ease back in without any issues. And please send that lovely weather our way!

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    1. The paranoia should ease up with time, hopefully.

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  31. I'm so glad to hear you are running again! I am also glad Feb is done-lots of traveling and very busy so I am excited for March to be here

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    1. Your travel schedule is amazing. I know I couldn't keep up.

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  32. Those muffins look yummy! I seldom ever follow a recipe as written LOL

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    1. Me either. I try to write down the variations I like but usually forget to do that.

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  33. Yay for seeing progress! And those muffins look delicious :)

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    1. Any progress is a win in my book right now.

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  34. A year???? What is that about????

    You're handling this great. Just take it easy and try not to be too anxious about it. In the meantime, you're doing great! And bike selfies are incredibly difficult. Keep it up!

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    1. I hope he was exaggerating with the year comment. Maybe he just didn't want me to keep coming back to his office!

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  35. Your muffins look delicious! I can see why they didn't last, LOL! Glad that running is shaping back up gradually. Ugh, your foot pain though - hopefully you feel better in less than a year, geez!

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    1. I can handle discomfort and will gladly do that just as long as it's not "pain".

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  36. A year?! Wow, I had no idea. I can't imagine how nerve racking all the strange aches and pains are. It would send me into a tailspin too.

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  37. Well I hope you won't notice any discomfort in your foot. A year? Really?? Who's got time for that?
    I almost always never follow a recipe to the "T". Now my husband, he tries too which is why I never complain when he cooks!
    I'm first off looking forward to spending this weekend with you, then for the next 3 weekends, waking up in a different place, running different routes and yes eating all the food! :)

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  38. Your azalea's look pretty :) I hope that discomfort doesn't slow you down too much...as we have chatted about the struggle if returning, I know what a pain in the tush it is. I wish all the best and lots of happy runs.
    Your cycling miles are impressive. I need to work on more biking miles this summer!

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  39. Hang in there with easing back into the running thing. I know it's frustrating but you got this! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy some of March weather! I'm looking forward to green grass and longer days!

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  40. Looking forward to longer days and spring flowers in March! I have very ripe bananas sitting on my counter waiting to be baked into banana muffins. Going to try Shalane's recipe in her book Run Fast Eat Slow but substituting whole wheat flour for spelt because spelt is expensive!! Hooray for the 3 runs this week.
    Hope your feet are healing up.

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  41. I've been blogging MIA for a while, I didn't realize you had another foot injury that took you from running, all the IG bike posts I should have caught on:)
    You'll bounce back, you are a smart runner you'll get there!
    The flowers have been popping up here too, I love Spring!

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  42. Great week! Those muffins look great@

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  43. Tweak...I always tweak my recipes. You still got in a decent amount of miles even with the "easing in" process!

    Have a great weekend with Tricia... I know you two will have much fun catching up!

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  44. I have been looking forward to a half marathon this coming weekend, the weather is looking less than stellar and I am sad about that. I have to travel 2.5 hours in the morning to get there and if the roads are bad I'm not sure I will go. Icy snowy drifty roads for two and half hours to run two hours and then drive home again isn't thrilling me.
    I hope your return to running goes smoothly. I hate when you start to overanalyze every twinge!

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  45. Those muffins sound delicious! In March, I'm looking forward to actually running more and starting back to speedwork after a year away from it!

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  46. I'm not sure I ever cook by the book! I always have to tweak something here or there, just for fun :) You had another solid week of mileage and I really hope your foot pain ceases soon. By the way, your flowers are GORGEOUS! Oh I miss flowers so much... and green grass.

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  47. I can't wait to get outside on my bike in ride! I have been on my trainer all winter, but Spring is right around the corner!! I'm sorry to hear about your foot, I'm glad you are still able to get in some running though!! Thanks so much for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food :-) I appreciate your support!!

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