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August 27, 2009

Okay so i’ve been thinking about this half and figuring out what is going to be best for me. I’ve decided I’m not going to run it. What really helped me make my decision was Angela’s post on The Superwoman Syndrome.  It was like she wrote the post specifically for me. Sometimes we hear what our body is trying to tell us, that something is wrong, yet we push that voice to the side and keep on going. We don’t listen, we ignore. Reading all of the comments on the post was what struck me on the side of the head. So many women, just like me had pushed themselves past when it hurt and when they should have slowed down. So many women had to be put on the sidelines and weren’t able to run for months, sometimes years. That isn’t what I want for myself. I don’t have a gym membership, the monthly cost is too high. All I have is my natural resources. Running, walking, and my fitness dvds. If I knock running out of the equation, that leaves me with one less option. Right now I can handle running short distances, 2-3 miles.  I will rest my body, and let it recoup and start again slowly. Trying to run 13 miles right now in a short amount of time will ultimately get me nowhere but hurt. I found ouf that if I defer before Sept 1, I have a guaranteed spot in next years half. That gives me hope to know that in a years time I can complete my goal.

I’m sorry if I disappointed some of you, but I know that you will support me no matter what. I have the best readers and I feel so much love from all of you. You’ve been with me through my ups and downs, and will no doubt push me forward to reach my goal, but when my body is ready.

I’ve learned a good lesson with this on listening. Paying attention. Respecting.


Onto some eats now, yea?

I had some scallions I bought the other day that I needed to use up, so I had 2 recipes in mind.

Last night I made my first scallion pancakes by myself!!! My grandma taught me in florida, but this was my first time making my own dough, and doing it in my own kitchen. They turned out great 🙂  A little more salt was needed, but ahh now I feel like a mini chinese cook! haha.

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I also made some zuchini and potato and scallion fritters. yummmmmmmm. I realized once they were done that I was out of sour cream so I ate them plain. What I also realized once they were cooked, was that I should have thrown some feta cheese in there. AH that would have been PERFECT. next time i’ll do that for sure.

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There’s a market about 2 blocks from my house that I recently started going to. They have a ton of things that are so convenient instead of having to drive to the grocery store. They have a fresh produce stand, which I got my zucchini and potato for a grand total of 92 cents.  They have a juice stand, a deli stand, greek wraps, chinese, I mean everything you could imagine needing for a quick bite or a quick shopping trip. I’m so glad I finally walked in there because now when I need some veggies for dinner I can just walk there, and get what I need instead of overstocking at the grocery store and having things go bad.

While I was at the market I decided to pick up a chocolate top. I haven’ t had one of these since high school when I worked in a coffee shop. We had the best pastries and cookies and these were my favorite. I put it in the fridge to make the chocolate a little harder and after my dinner this was the perfect dessert. One of my favorite cookies of all time. 

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Tonight me and all my girlfriends are meeting at one of my friend’s house for dinner. I think tacos are on the menu! happy thursdayyyyyyyyy!

33 Comments leave one →
  1. charmcitykim permalink
    August 27, 2009 7:35 am

    I read that same post (The Superwoman Syndrome) and wondered the same thing. I’ve been sick this week but still pushed myself to run 10 miles before my triathlon and felt like crap the day of the triathlon.

    I think you’re making a smart move listening to your body! I have a tendency to NOT listen and just push myself until I am completely exhausted. I haven’t been injured yet (knock on wood) but hopefully if I start to falter with my training, I’ll listen to any serious aches and pains.

  2. August 27, 2009 7:42 am

    You’re right in not feeling bad about this. As a nurse, I know how important it is for people to listen to what their body is telling them. I signed up for a sprint triathlon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with 3 months till the race date. As the race approached, I realized that I was no where near the place I should be physically and mentally to compete in the race and I had to back out. I too felt like I had let my friends and family down after their support emotionally and financially, but I had to do what was right for myself at the time. And as supportive as they were, they understood.

  3. August 27, 2009 8:39 am

    I am seriously envious of anyone who can commit and train to run races or marathons- it takes so much work and dedication!
    I am unforunately unable to run long distances, it hurts my knees too much and lately, my toes have been bleeding when im running. (i know i need new shoes!!) but bad knees run in my family and i know if i tried to train and run longer distances, it would feel great NOW but I would certainly be injured. it seems like everytime i work myself up to running a few days in a row- my knee swells up and i have to stop. if you are prone to injury its just not worth it to force yourself to do something your body just cant do.. its easy to be like- heck yea of course i’ll do it! we amatuer althetes need to be more like pros who sit out on the DL list if they have sore muscles, they do it make sure a worse injury doesnt come on.. so whats our excuse?
    some kind of twisted mind warp that says we have to go big or go home?

    anyway- im babbling here- but glad you are ok with your decision, take care of that hot bod and it will thank you later!!

  4. August 27, 2009 8:59 am

    It takes so much courage to really to what is going to be best for your body. I was so upset when I had to stop training for my marathon last winter…but over time I realized how bad it could have been if I hadn’t stopped and just pushed through the pain. I think you are doing something wonderful for yourself and I don’t think you would ever disappoint anyone. If anything we are all very proud of you. ((Big hugs))!!! xo

  5. August 27, 2009 9:13 am

    You know I was thinking of your dilemma last night because I have the same one! I signed up for a half in the late spring. At first training was going great until mid summer when I a
    started having knee pain. It killed and made my runs short and painful. I got really upset when I realized every step hurt. 😦

    I have run one race before and ended up not being able to walk afterwards!!!

    My half is mid-October and I am also thinking of bailing. But I’m afraid to tell my readers! Le sigh.

    PS you did the right thing

  6. August 27, 2009 9:40 am

    You didn’t dissapoint anyone! You need to do what’s best for you, and only YOU know that. It sounds to me like you did the right thing — and based on your posts, you always sound like “superwoman” to me!

    That cookie you had looks so, so good…

  7. julie permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:25 am

    hey girl! I think that’s a GREAT decision! You know what’s right for yourself and it’s so smart of you to listen to your body! I wish I had! If I had the strength you had then I would probably still be running! So congrats on that 🙂 Take it slow there’s PLENTY of races out there!

  8. August 27, 2009 10:31 am

    That’s not disappointing to hear at all, in fact I have a lot of respect for you because you listened to your body and weren’t afraid to give it what it needs! Everyone should take a queue from you!

  9. August 27, 2009 10:48 am

    I agree – I completely RESPECT you for your decision! IMO, you are doing the more difficult choice. I know this has to be tough to sit this race out. However, your body will thank you for it! What good is it to run a race and be out of commission for weeks (or months) afterwards?

    Your body was telling you something, and you listened. And you can still race in it next year – yay! Hang in there, girl, and know that we all support, understand, and ADMIRE your decision. 🙂

  10. August 27, 2009 10:51 am

    I can’t tell you how proud I am of you for making this decision for yourself. I can tell that deep down you KNOW that this was not right for your body at this point in time – and i commend you so much for having the strength to choose what’s best for you! you are amazing, hun 🙂

  11. lowandbhold permalink
    August 27, 2009 12:51 pm

    I definitely think you’re making the right decision. And of course we support you all the way! It’s so smart of you to take the right path for you as opposed to trying to do something you know isn’t right.

    Can you come cook for me please? The pancakes and fritters look soooo good!!

  12. Menden @ Skinny Menny permalink
    August 27, 2009 1:18 pm

    I can guarantee that you most certainly have not disappointed a single one of your readers! You are so so right to listen to your body and not risk getting injured. Where would that get you, ya know? Have a fabulous day, girlie 🙂

  13. August 27, 2009 1:20 pm

    Hi Ash. GOOD FOR YOU for deciding what’s best for your own health and well-being. Yous houldn’t have to apologize at all for deciding not to run in a race. I’m sure you didn’t disappoint anyone, especially if they’re your loyal readers and really care about you (like me!)!! You have nothing to prove to anyone hun…you KNOW you have a great head on your shoulders so don’t let anyone let you think otherwise.

    Dude, your scallion pancakes look like the REAL thang. You should darn well feel like a mini Chinese cook! hahaha Make some for me when I’m in town!!! 🙂

  14. August 27, 2009 1:50 pm

    I definitely also have the Superwoman Syndrome- sometimes I really just need to rest, but end up drinking caffeine in order to do more then I end up exhausted. Great decision on taking a break- it’s great to slow down 🙂

    Those Zucchini and potato cakes look DELISH!! I want some SO bad now!

  15. August 27, 2009 2:41 pm

    I think you’ve made a very smart and responsible decision to listen to your body and respond to what it is begging you for! We’re all here for you in any decision you make!!

  16. sarahdbelle permalink
    August 27, 2009 2:43 pm

    Good for you for listening to your body! It’s so much better to take care of your injury now rather than push it. My good friend loves to exercise and ended up breaking her foot because she didn’t rest it when it was hurting.
    Your cakes looks fantastic, too.
    Take care!

  17. August 27, 2009 2:45 pm

    Good for you for listening to your body! It’s way better to give yourself more time rather than rush it because you feel you’ll be letting others down. I hurt myself in late May and am just starting to think about running again. Like you, I don’t have a gym membership and it really sucked having to do my stationary bike every single day because it was all I had.

    We’re young and have so many more years to complete our goals, don’t worry about it!

  18. August 27, 2009 3:55 pm

    you didn’t disappoint, lovely lady, you inspired everyone to do what is BEST for their bodies! props for that. and holy fritter porn.

  19. August 27, 2009 4:37 pm

    You didn’t disappoint anyone! Do what’s best for you, your body, your mind. 🙂 You’ve got this entire community to back you up in your decision as well!

    Love the eats – that cookie looks to DIE for 😉


  20. August 27, 2009 7:08 pm

    mmm love that cookie! and those zuchinni cakes looked amazing! Have a great taco night!

  21. August 27, 2009 7:10 pm

    i think you are a smart lady and whatever decision you make is probably the best one you could make. if you heal quickly you can always find another race!

  22. Bryn permalink
    August 27, 2009 9:37 pm

    You have to do what’s best for you, and it seems like you really thought about this one. It’s best to trust yourself, mentally and physically! Hugs!

  23. August 27, 2009 9:56 pm

    i cant imagine anyone would be disappointed! really, its just a race, there will be more, and your health and body is SO much more important!!!!!!

    your food looks awesome btw, love the look of those pancakes and fritters!

  24. Megan permalink
    August 27, 2009 11:52 pm

    don’t feel bad at all for deferring your half marathon! you’re awesome already for completing a 10k this year and you’ll be even better and stronger next year!! you have so much time to accomplish your goals and i know you can do it all!!

    i hope you’re having fun in baltimore!! meet up? soon? please?

  25. foodieinthecity permalink
    August 28, 2009 6:54 am

    Thank you for the warm welcome! I hope you keep coming back to my blog 🙂 I can’t wait to read up on your blog too! Us 08er’s rock!

  26. August 28, 2009 6:34 pm

    Good for you for being smart and taking care of yourself!

  27. Sweet and Fit permalink
    August 29, 2009 12:07 am

    omgosh girl! I feel so outta the loop! there has been so many things going on with you! first of all – I am SO SO SO SO SO happy for you that you are mocing in with Chase and Eden!!!! I can’t imagine how excited you are!!!!

    secondly, I really admire that you listened to your body instead of abusing it – the unique lovable person you are makes you are amazing 0 not the # of miles you can run!


  28. August 29, 2009 11:24 am

    Definitely not disappointed in you, Ashley! If anything, I’m proud of you for doing what’s best for your body and not letting other people force you to do something you know isn’t good for you right now. There are so many other races that you will be able to do in the future.

    Your scallion pancakes look amazing! Do you have a recipe to share, or is it a family secret? 🙂

  29. August 30, 2009 8:02 pm

    Do not feel sorry for disappointing us when you are doing what is right for you! We will be here, no matter what! 😀

    Sorry, I don’t like any type of onion. Oh wait, I like onions rings, but then again if you deep fat fry anything I am likely to eat it! 😀


  30. August 31, 2009 2:44 pm

    I have definitely had 2 stress fractures in a row–followed by a current unknown hip injury–all of which were made worse by trying to push my body beyond its limits… So congrats on making a SMART decision. Your body will most def thank you…

    PS–I’m half-Chinese, and I WISH I’d inherited your baller pancake making skills from my g-ma haha

    -Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries

  31. August 31, 2009 7:38 pm

    It’s always smart to avoid injuries whenever possible, because you just don’t know what might happen later on because of it. You are right, the race will always be there, when you are healthy and ready 🙂

    Love your zucchini/potato/scallion pancakes. I bet they would have been awesome with a little sour cream.

  32. August 31, 2009 9:20 pm

    thats so funny that liquid earth is so close to you! you should definitely go over there for lunch one day or something!

  33. September 2, 2009 12:24 am

    I tore my ACL so I am a HUGE proponent of listening to your body.
    Also, I always thought you looked part Asian you adorable little thing w gorgeous hair you – so I’m guessing you have a Chinese grandma who can teach you things like scallion pancakes?? The grub looked amazing!!

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