Salad Days – Dressed to thrill: 7th week back from an injury

by Monica on July 12, 2009

The Anderson's Garden

The Anderson's Garden

A salad a day….my training mantra for these past weeks.  This has required effort on my part.  As much as I love to order a good salad in a restaurant, it’s not what I crave at home.  My husband planted this fabulous mesclun lettuce mix in our garden (photo) and it is making my daily quest for a salad actually tolerable.  It is truly amazing how lettuce fresh from a garden can taste so much better!  My 13 year son and I sometimes have what we call “power salads”- – just eat it raw and get it over with!   But I have also found some really fabulous dressings that have helped me make it through these salad days:

  • Trader Joe’s Cranberry, Gorgonzola and Walnut Dressing (I like to add a handful of their Omega Trek Mix)
  • Organic extra virgin Olive Oil and Seasoned Rice Vinegar (my daughter Isadora’s favorite — a combination her Grandma Luanne taught her).

Cross-training has taken on new meaning as I nurse yet another foot injury.  This time on the top (same foot), the result of a shoe tied to tight?   Frustrating to say the least, but it’s been getting better every day.  One day running, then two or more days off.  Cross-training on off days and one full day of rest.  This has been working so far to keep me fit with less running.

I received my Resistance Stretching with Dara Torres DVD (Dara’s’ secret weapon for training over 40) and I am into a few days of trying it out.  So far so good and will review after a few weeks of keeping up.  I think all of us forty somethings will find this one really helpful for all those tight parts.  My husband and I went to see the film The Hurt Locker last night (an excellent account of the war in Iraq from the point of view of a few men…staggeringly eye opening) and when I got up my legs were SO tight from sitting there after a 14 mile run that morning.  So I came home and did some of what I now call the “Dara stretches”.

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