Views From Last Week: Workouts, Food, and Plantar Fasciitis Continues To Confuse

First order of business: Apologies to anyone who viewed my last post (on censorship) on the web.  I didn’t realize right away, but some weird coding in the links actually chopped the middle part out, resulting in an awkward and confusing topic switch smack in the middle, for about 12 hours.  But it’s fixed now.  Sorry, folks.

Moving on: While I was all busy last week making random lists about myself and answering deep, philosophical questions about the world (or myself), I was also (gasp!) working out.  And it actually ended up to be a pretty solid week, workout-wise.

Let’s go back 2 Sundays – as I alluded to in my “Days of New” post, my plantar fascia started feeling better last week.  After deciding to treat it with things that made it feel good (support, stretching, rolling, brownies), but to otherwise stop thinking (errr…obsessing) over it, that finicky PF started making drastic improvements.

On Sunday (March 17), I went for a 6.5 mile run.  No PF pain during the run, and it felt good for the rest of the day, even though we were bopping all over the place running errands.

Post-run Treat: Banana bread with Nutella.

Post-run Treat: Banana bread with Nutella. I think this is also a reasonably good plantar fasciitis treatment.

On Monday morning, I did a spin/yoga double-header with the awesome Sherlin.  If you have to do frog pose, you might as well giggle your way through, right??  [Frog pose = groin and hip agony.  In a good way…]

After an early morning workout, I was looking forward to gobbling up these roasted potatoes, leftover from dinner a few nights ago.  When we initially made them, I kept sending KMN to put them back in the oven, because they weren't crispy enough.  Well, when I reheated them, I sure did get them crispy...

After an early morning workout, I was looking forward to gobbling up these roasted potatoes, leftover from dinner a few nights earlier. When we initially made them, I kept sending KMN to put them back in the oven, because they weren’t crispy enough. Well, when I reheated them, I certainly got them crispy “enough”…

On Tuesday, KMN and I went out for an evening run.  This isn’t our usual habit, but he worked from home that day and had a few spare minutes in the evening.  We ran about 4 miles on a sidewalk/canal path loop near our apartment.  I was anxious to get back to the trails, but didn’t want to put too much extra stress on my arch, which was feeling pretty good.  My IT bands were tight, but that was expected after Sunday’s run.  And I had a little competition when I went to break out the new foam roller that night:

I did have to wrestle the roller away from Rhino and Ellie, who agree that it's the best new toy EVER.

Rhino and Ellie think this is the best new toy EVER.

On Wednesday, I tried a pilates class at the gym: disappointing.  I think the instructor was trying to teach a class appropriate to many levels, but never once did I feel like crying during the class.  My face didn’t even contort.  And I wasn’t sore the next day.  The best part of the whole thing? I walked into the studio in bare feet (this is standard), and my plantar fascia hurt…not at all.  Whoot.  And my workout was salvaged by a good, hard spin class with Alan afterward.  That RPM new release (58, I think?) has a LOT of sprinting intervals in it. Whew!

KMN and I usually spin on Wednesday evenings.  The class we take finishes at 8:45, so I usually try to have something in the slow cooker, ready for us to eat when we get home, tired-and-ravenous, around 9:30.  On this particular day, I had chicken soup in the slow-cooker, and I’d also set up the bread machine.  In a hurry to get to class, I had grabbed my breadmaker cookbook, flipped through, and hastily picked a slightly new recipe: “Oh! French bread! That would be nice with soup!”

I started throwing ingredients in the pan on autopilot.  When everything was added, I got to the actual text of the recipe, “Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until almost stiff and soft peaks are formed.”  Where were my egg whites?  At the very bottom of the pan, already under flour, gluten, sugar, salt, yeast….  Whoops!  So I did what any busy, waste-not, want-not gal would do: Stuck the pan into the breadmaker, and started it up.

The resultant loaf may have been a bit...dense, and not too fluffy or French-y, but it still tasted pretty good!

The resultant loaf may have been a bit…dense, and not too fluffy or French-y, but it still tasted pretty good!

Especially when paired with a bowl of chicken soup and a glass of cold lime juice!

Especially when paired with a bowl of chicken soup and a glass of cold lime juice!

On Thursday, KMN and I went for another short (4.5 mile) run, on half trails/half road.  Foot looooved the trails.  Foot loved the road.  I loved the foot.   🙂   In the evening, I dragged a cranky-pants Holly to yoga, and felt considerable better for it.  This also helped me feel better:

I felt even better when the falafel I made came out...SOOOOOO tasty!!!  I could have gobbled them all up, straight from the pan.  Gonna test a few tweaks, and will post the recipe after that.  This is a GOOD one, folks.

The falafel I made came out…SOOOOOO tasty!!! I could have gobbled them all up, straight from the pan. Gonna test a few tweaks, and will post the recipe after that. This is a GOOD one, folks.

I recently discovered that Sherlin teaches spin at another nearby branch of my gym, mid-mornings on Friday.  Not a convenient time for most people – but perfect for me.  I spun for 50 minutes, then rested/rehydrated/computed for an hour (thank you, Fitness First, for your handy lounges with Wifi!), then did BodyPump.

This is how the local coffee shops do "take away" (to-go).  I repurposed my purse-hanger as a coffee-bag-holder in the study.

This is how the local coffee shops do “take away” (to-go). I repurposed my purse-hanger as a coffee-bag-holder in the study.

I really appreciate that BodyPump only has 2 (out of 9) tracks that focus on the legs.  This means that I can get in a great upper body strength workout without killing my legs.  Depending on the rest of my workout schedule, I may keep my weights super light (or go without weights entirely) on the leg tracks.  This was the option I chose on Friday, just an hour after spin, and right before a long run on Saturday morning.

After the gym, I ran a few errands, snagged a little caffeinated pick-me-up, and made it home juuuust before a big rain storm.  Good thing, too – because I hadn’t brought my umbrella.

So the take-away message here is that I had a solid workout week, and plantar fasciitis is still super confusing.  For no particular reason (that I can identify), mine experienced a dramatic improvement on Monday and Tuesday, and was basically pain free from Wednesday onward.  I wish I could tell you my secret…but alas, I have no stinkin’ clue.  If I knew, I’d be bottling it up and selling it. Or giving it away.  Because no one should have to deal with the frustration of PF.   But for the moment, I’m feeling good.  Bonding time with the foam roller and calf stretching will continue regularly, though, I can assure you!

And with that…well, with that, it’s almost time to write THIS week’s workout wrap up.  Have a good one, folks!

Drinking coffee.  From a bag.  With a straw.  I love Singapore...

Drinking coffee. From a bag. With a straw. I love Singapore…

Are you one of those people who hates when bloggers post all about their workouts and their food?  Ooops…better remove me from your Reader, then….  😉

Which of these foods looks tastiest to you, RIGHT NOW?

Ever drink a warm beverage through a straw?  Does it feel weird to you?  (It does to me.)

21 thoughts on “Views From Last Week: Workouts, Food, and Plantar Fasciitis Continues To Confuse

  1. Amy @ Writing While Running

    Bubble tea. There is no other way to drink it but warm. And through a straw. The end. Glad your foot is getting better! And, I love seeing/hearing what people think of workouts and food (i.e. a little analysis) instead of just: I did this, I ate that. A little substance goes a long way in this world 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Uh-oh. I fear we are bubble tea incompatible! I love bubble tea…but usually drink it cold. [This is possibly because my first – and only – warm bubble tea experience was a sip of KMN’s warm, orange, cantaloupe bubble tea. Ew.] !!!! But you’re right, those bubbles aren’t going anywhere without a straw.

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  2. Sarrilly

    Went to Ten Ren the other night and totally thought about you and KM!!! The last time I’d had bubble tea (sadly) was when you came to visit!! Ahhh, twas sooo good.

    I cannot wait for your falafel recipe!!! That looks super tasty…never have tried making it before, so I’m itching to try now!

    Glad the foot is behaving 🙂 I would give it a gold star, but it would just make the other foot jealous…

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I saw the FB photo. I’d say I was jealous, but…we have *plenty* of opportunities for super-cheap bubble tea here, so…the only thing missing is you! 🙂

      They were actually super-easy to make, as long as you have a blender/food processor/immersion blender. I’m sure you do – so about 10-15 minutes to assemble the ingredients, and 10-15 minutes to cook them all. YUM. Will share soon. 🙂

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  3. Jean

    Coffee in a bag?!?! That is blowing my mind. I just don’t see myself doing well with that situation. Like, I imagine I’d accidentally squeeze it and then BAM! Coffee everywhere. Also, how does one chic-ly hold a plastic bag of coffee? You can’t!

    Homemade bread is SO good. I wish I had it in me to take the time to make some one of these days.

    Yay for behaving body parts!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Well, there’s a big plastic string woven through the top. That’s what you hold (or put onto your wrist), and it gathers up the top. I mean, I guess it’d be messy if you tried to run a marathon with it, but for just a bit of walk here-to-there, I usually don’t have any trouble with it….

      If you’re serious about homemade bread, I *highly* recommend a breadmaker. Ours is a Zojirushi, and it makes just enough for two people. 🙂

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  4. misszippy1

    The bread, of course! ; )

    Very glad your foot is feeling better. Fingers crossed you’ve put it in your past.

    Warm drinks in a straw….not so sure on that one!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      My fingers are crossed, too. 🙂 It was a good experience to have, but now that I’ve had it…I’m not too keen to repeat it. Using that threat to keep me motivated to stretch stretch stretch, and strengthen! [Although minimalist didn’t seem to provide me the immediate relief that you experienced, I do still believe that strengthening is a good thing; I’m back in my minimalist shoes for day-to-day living!]

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  5. Grace

    bahahaha at your French loaf mishap – I have totally made a similar mistake with our breadmaker before.
    I’m looking forward to your falafel recipe – my previous attempts have all fallen apart. Delicious, but…crumbly.
    It’s been absurdly hot and muggy. How do you drink hot coffee in this weather?! 🙁 I spent today working from home and am now hiding in the bedroom with the A/C on (and I pretty much NEVER have it on.)

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Glad I’m not alone. I mean, 9/10 times, you just throw everything in, right??? I mean, I even through the raisins in through the mix cycle. Who cares if they are a bit macerated?? 🙂

      Frankly…hot coffee is OK for me. Maybe because I prefer it to cold coffee, generally? It’s the big, steamy bowls of soup/noodles/spicy that sometimes give me pause in this weather. I’m a lot more adapted than I used to be, but when I first started coming to Singapore, all I wanted to eat was salad and fruit and grilled things, because that’s what we (at least, my family!) eat in the US when the weather gets really hot!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      If you brought a plastic bag to your local coffee shop for your to-go coffee, you’d probably get approximately the same look I get when I bring my re-usable travel mug across the street. =)

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  6. Lisa

    Fresh bread is one of my favorite foods! The banana bread with nutella looks really good too, I think I might have to do some baking this weekend 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Ohhhh…trust me. It’s delicious. There is a very good reason that I always buy too many bananas! 🙂

      [I *think* it would even be good without the Nutella. But why mess with success??]

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  7. Kristen L

    Your banana bread with Nutella looks so good! I made banana bread last weekend with some chocolate chips. I brought it to a friend’s house and they told their 2 year old daughter it was banana cake. Basically is, right? 🙂

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  8. Paul

    Hi Holly. Hot drinks in a plastic bag is a ‘recent’ development. ie. in the last 20-25 yrs. In the really good old days, coffee takeaways are served in recycled milk tin can. How do you carry a hot drink in a recycled mikl tin can you asked? Simple. A small hole is drilled through the top and a short plastic string tied through it. The milk can conveniently served as a cup so you dun need a straw. Genius I say!

    A picture is worth a thousand words. So check this out this blog entry: http://addgrainonearth.com/2013/02/03/28-more-than-a-cup-of-coffee/

    Believe it or not, this is not the weirdest way to take coffee-to-go. Ever drank coffee out of recycled beer bottle! (not the small 350ml but the 650ml bottle size). Similarly a string is tied to the neck of the beer bottle to carry the bottle. So its not uncommon sight to see beer bottles in the company pantry during coffee break (as long as its tied with plastic string at the top)! 😛

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Now THIS is a bit of history I knew nothing about. Fascinating! Thanks for the info, and link!!

      And no, I have never had coffee from a beer bottle…is THAT why there are always empty beer bottles on the tables outside hawker centers in the morning?? [kidding] 😉

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