When was the last time you tried something you haven't tried before? I tend to get in a rut with my exercise, cooking, and habits. But I tried three new things recently, and I'm glad I did.
Acupuncture. Three months of Physical Therapy and back strengthening exercises hasn't fixed me. So, I'm trying a new approach.
On my first visit, my acupuncturist stuck many tiny needles in my back. "Drink lots of water. And don't apply lotion for twenty-four hours, your Qi might still be leaving your body."
Yesterday, she focused on a treatment to balance the two sides of my body. This time I got a few tiny needles in my feet and wrist. She lit sandalwood sticks and waved them over each finger and toe and I had to tell her when my Qi got hot.
So far, I'm seeing positive results. I feel better overall, in subtle ways. The tingling, while not completely gone, has diminished. I can sit and sleep more comfortably. I don't feel the overwhelming urge to stretch my piriformis constantly.
Roasted Broccoli. How have I never tried this before? Toss broccoli with canola or olive oil and a little coarse kosher salt. Roast in oven at 425 or 450 until the broccoli begins to brown, turning after about 5 minutes. The timing will depend on how large you cut them. I chopped each floret in half so they could lay flat on one side, but left them in fairly large chunks. Oh the flavor! Even if you're not usually a broccoli fan, I implore you to make this. It's an entirely different kind of flavor.
Burgers with Bulgur. I admit, I was dubious about adding soaked bulgur to high quality ground beef. But this was a winner. Not only was it wonderfully moist, the seasoning was spot on. Now, I've never had trouble tucking away a burger. But the icing on the cake, so to speak, was that this one was a bit less heavy. In a very good way. Click here for the recipe.
Here's to trying new things. Happy running and good eating!
|Calm and ready to run just before MMT 100 Miler, 2007|
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us,
more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
|Still smiling at mile 48 of MMT100, 2007|
|Laughing as I BodyGlide his nipples at 211, MMT100, 2007|
|Grinning at Habron Gap, Mile 25 of MMT100, 2009|
Labels: In Memory
Although I had to defer my entry to next year, I wanted to meet all the Twitter folks who were coming to DC to run the Marine Corps Marathon. It was more fun than I could have imagined! What a great bunch!
|@rshill37, @tinyjenna, @ultrarunnergirl, @BklynRunner, Tall Boy, @BeeZales|
|Tall Boy, @pigtailsflying, @BklynRunner, @ultrarunnergirl, @BeeZales, |
@JoePennella, @rshill37, @MsV1959, @tinyjenna, @Scis30
|The irrepressible @MsV1959 in her Punk Rock Racing tee|
|@Jennoveau, @scis30, @pigtailsflying, @JoePennella|
|Tall Boy, @tinyjenna, @MsV1959 behind @BeeZales, @rshill37, @BklynRunner|
|@ultrarunnergirl, @EvaTEsq, @Scis30 in the background|
|@BeeZales, @Scis30, @JoePennella, @rshill37|
|@BklynRunner, @ultrarunnergirl, @rshill37|
|@EvaTEsq and @MKSINMD|
|@BkylnRunner, @MKSINMD, @sarahthequeen1, @southbaygirl|
|@sarahstanley, @JoePennella, @pigtailsflying|
|Ashley, @MKSINMD, @sarahthequeen1|
|@EvaTEsq and @pigtailsflying chat|
|@operationjack and @RussianBear|
|@EdMarathon, @rundigger (he's TALL!), and @EvaTEsq|
|@BkylnRunner, @DeeFSU, @nycbklyngirl, @zenrunner|
|@EvaTEsq, @MKSINMD, @readwriterun|
|@runnerchick28 and @rundigger|
|@readwriterun and @rundigger (@RussianBear in back)|
|@rundigger and @ultrarunnergirl|
|@nycbklyngirl, @JenZenator and @MKSINMD|
|@RussianBear, @operationjack, @merrymishaps, @southbaygirl|
|@merrymishaps and @deeFSU|
|@MKSINMD and @SpeedySasquatch in front. |
@edmarathon and @EvaTEsq in back.
|@SpeedySasquatch and @runnerchick28|
|@MKSINMD, @SpeedySasquatch, @MsV1959, @runnerchick28|
|@RussianBear, @operationjack, @merrymishaps, @zenrunner, @JenZenator|
|@JenZenator, @edmarathon, @nycbklyngirl, @SpeedySasquatch|
|@tacair and @MsV1959|
|@runnerchick28 and @tacair|
|@ultrarunnergirl hawking the delicious chocolate reGen recovery drink. |
Thanks reGen for letting us converge on your Expo booth for our Tweetup!
|@MsV1959 chats up some Marines|
|@MsV1959 gets interviewed by Fox News! |
@nycbklyngirl and @SpeedySasquatch look on