Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up


I had a 90 minute massage scheduled for after work on Friday. I aim to go once a month just to keep any nagging tightness in check, and this was also my first chance to get in and see my massage therapist since the marathon. I had a few things I wanted her to look at, one of which was piriformis. After my piriformis got worked on...ow...I was even more keenly aware of it...

I accidentally fell asleep on the couch that evening, and finally woke up around midnight and made my way upstairs to bed. Unfortunately I was pretty awake after this and I wound up lying in bed and listening to the crazy wind whipping around outside for awhile. Ugh, talk about a crappy sleep that night.


I had a 10 km run on the schedule for Saturday. Even though it was somewhat cool and windy out there was some nice sunshine. We had gotten a light dusting of snow earlier in the morning. Ugh...conditions on the sidewalks in my neighborhood these days are not good. Thanks to all of the snow, then the crazy cold temperatures, followed by some slight warming, then some more cool temperatures...we have quite a bit of packed and icy snow around here. The light dusting of snow complicated things even more as it hid a lot of the packed ice. This run was not fun and it was slow going as I was either worried about slipping or was slipping around a bunch. My piriformis was pretty painful on the run too. It felt like I had this huge knot of pain right in the centre of my right butt cheek. Sounds like I need to get back to my chiro for a little bit of ART. I was just happy when the run was over and done with.

I had meant to get in a bit of strength work after the run, but after grabbing a quick bite to eat I was freezing. I headed upstairs to take a hot shower and when I got back downstairs I had a text message from my sister-in-law inviting me to see Twilight later that evening. I fully admit that I am a little late to the party where Twilight is concerned. I was only 100 pages in to the book. I threw all other plans aside and attempted to get as far into the book as I could before the movie. Alas, I didn't make it to the end, and as I drove to the theatre I remembered that I had neglected my strength workout. Oops. I enjoyed the movie and had a great night out with my sister-in-law.


I had 60 minute spin workout on the calendar labeled spin/strength intervals. This was a great workout! Single leg drills, long sets of high cadence, and long sets of low cadence including 3 x 3:00 stand intervals. Still loving my bike fit and my new seat... I followed the workout up with 10 minutes of core.

After that it was time to hit the grocery store and get to work on making dinner. I found a yummy sounding recipe in the latest Food & Wine magazine that I was keen to try - chicken sofrito. Chicken legs and thighs seasoned with chili powder and cooked up with a mixture of rice, onions, garlic, jalapeno, red pepper and tomatoes. I served it with a 2006 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. Delicious! The chicken was a pretty simple dish to make, so I would highly recommend it.
I hope you all had a great weekend!


Melanie said...

i'm sure your body appreciated the massage. Great job getting out there on the snowy roads/sidewalks... can't wait for the white stuff to melt! Chicken looked yummy too :)

Marlene said...

Nice job on the workouts. I hope your piriformis stops nagging.

Mmm, dinner looks delish! Do you deliver??

Speed Racer said...

Running on ice and snow, I feel you!!! I've made up a rule that any mile run on snow, counts as 1.5 miles run on clear roads. Now 9 miles is a lot to run before a strength workout. Isn't that a good enough excuse?

Glad you're still loving the bike. It's so hard to love ANYTHING bike-related this time of year. Is it spring yet???

ShirleyPerly said...

Bummer about the piriformis. I had that once too and it bothered me for at least 6 months, although I could still run and do things workout-wise. Hopefully yours will go away sooner.

And that chicken looks so yummy!

Missy said...

Piriformis - you know what Dr. Sports Med told me - you have a tight ass! Ha, gee, thanks Doc. Well, work it out or it can really tighten up on your siatic nerve, booo.

Bootchez said...

As the winter wears on (and on and on) I have greater and greater respect for everyone who manages to get out there in the cold. I find it more and more difficult every day! Thanks for posting the recipe for the chicken . . . . it's on the menu now!

Lauren said...

Mmmm. Yummm. Those are all my favorite things in one dish!

Just so you know, I hear that the Twilight movie and book have different endings so you might want to go ahead and finish the book anyway!

Laurel said...

Oooh, girl, the sidewalks have been bad here lately too. Stay safe running up there (and warm).

RoadBunner said...

I am holding out on the "Twilight" phenomena still! Let me know how you like the book!

Rainmaker said...

Very good looking dinner! Funny - I've actually been to that winery, and the wines are indeed quite good. Nice choice!