Running Hiatus Workout #3

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Good morning!  The Husband and I both work up early today because he’s playing golf with friends.  I made us both a scrumptious breakfast before he left.


Over-easy egg on whole wheat toast, a slice of ham, and a fruit mix.



A few of you have asked lately how I fed the Husband.  He eats everything that I eat, but just in bigger portions.  He had two eggs, two slices of toast, and two pieces of ham.  He’s easy to please. 🙂


After the Husband left for golf, I cleaned the house a little bit and took the puppies to the dog park for an hour.


The grass was all wet and they got so dirty.  🙂 That’s OK.  They just love being outside (but who doesn’t?!).


While I was at the park, I had 1/2 a Cherry Pie Larabar


Post-doggie park, I hunkered down for Running Hiatus Workout #3!


Running Hiatus Workout #3


My left knee still hurts.  It’s very surprising to me that I’m in this much pain 1 week after the 15.0-mile trail race.  The Husband gave me acupuncture last night and I’ve been using medical magnets and taking anti-inflammatory OTC drugs like it’s my job.  But, if I don’t see improvement in the next week, I think it’s time for a trip to the doctor.  🙁


But, an active girl like me has got to MOVE, so I started the day with some strength moves on the mat:


  • 15 one-leg raised crunches – Left side
  • 15-one leg raised crunches – Right side
  • 60 bicycle crunches
  • 30 reverse crunches
  • 10 push-ups 


Then, I decided to swim some laps at the gym.  I did:


  • 20 laps in 30 minutes (1,000 meters or 0.62 mile)


I was SO pleasantly surprised by swimming.  I’m not a fan of swimming for exercise, but I think I might have to become one due to my knees!  This felt like a great workout, and I even had those lovely muscle-shakes by the end.  Michael Phelps, watch your back!


My post-swim lunch was superb:


The star of the show was a mashed edamame wrap.


I boiled 1/2 cup of edamame, drained it, and then mashed the edamame with 1/2 tsp. of EVOO and about 1 tablespoon of brown mustard.  I wrapped the mashed edamame in a Flat Out Wrap, adding spinach and raw red onions to the mix.   MMM!


On the side:




A truly satisfying meal!  🙂


Have a WONDERFUL day!


Do you like to swim for exercise?  Got any tips?



  • Mrs. LC April 18, 2009, 9:04 am

    That wrap looks delicious! Funny you went swimming, just the other day I was thinking that you should really try swimming and aqua jogging again, because they’re definitely cardio but way less impact for your knees than even the elliptical or bike. So glad you got a good workout in!

  • Julie April 18, 2009, 9:12 am

    just out of curiosity do you make you eggs with regular/unsalted butter, pam or another substitute?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 18, 2009, 9:21 am

    julie – i keep a stick of butter in the fridge just for pan-frying purposes. once the pan gets hot, i “paint” on the butter using the stick.

  • Jewels April 18, 2009, 9:28 am

    i swam competetively from age of 4-22 (through college). For the past two years of retirement, no workout has been as difficult or satifsying as the swimming ones. Just now I am starting to feel that again as I train for a half marathon. I am still on a swimming hiatus as 20 + hours a week for all those years def took a toll haha! Keep swimming, you’ll feel great!

  • Jewels April 18, 2009, 9:31 am

    also, i just saw you did 20 laps and it was 1000 meters, your gym has a 50 meter pool? Thats awesome! I def prefer training in 50 meter pools. Most regualr gyms around here (NY) only have 25 yard pools.

  • *Andrea* April 18, 2009, 9:32 am

    you’re so clever with your wraps.. i look forward to seeing your lovely combos!

  • Bec April 18, 2009, 9:32 am

    your breakfast looks great!Have a great Saturday!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 18, 2009, 9:35 am

    jewels – no… 20 laps = 40 lengths. length of my pool is 25 meters. 40 x 25 = 1000 meters. i wish we had a 50 meter pool!! that would be awesome.

  • K from ksgoodeats April 18, 2009, 9:43 am

    Sorry to hear your knee still hurts! I hope it feels better really soon – I know how annoying knee pain is, it gets in the way of everything!!

  • VeggieGirl April 18, 2009, 9:43 am

    Ahhh hope your knee feels better!! Hang in there!!

  • runsarah April 18, 2009, 9:45 am

    I love swimming! I like to do kickboard drills, arm only drills with a pull buoy, and different strokes to get a full body workout!

  • elise April 18, 2009, 9:49 am

    im so sorry about your knee pain. i hope it improves since youve been so good about getting in non-contact variety in your workouts. hmmm…

    as for the food, well that mashed edamame wrap looks SOOOOO good. im going to have to try that. i bet avocado would be even more amazing in it!

  • jenngirl April 18, 2009, 9:53 am

    Both meals look so delicious, great idea for that edamame wrap!

    I think your workout sounds great, swimming sounds fun, hope you get some good tips!

  • Jessica April 18, 2009, 10:26 am

    I suffer from the same knee problems as you! Last summer I joined the masters’ swim team and got pretty good at it. I’m still not fast, but at least I’m competent enough now to consider triathlons. There are lots of good swim workouts online if you get bored just swimming back and forth.

  • Matt April 18, 2009, 10:30 am

    Interesting wrap! I never would have come close to thinking of that.

  • Susan April 18, 2009, 10:46 am

    I’m always impressed with your egg-making skills…I work at a breakfast restaurant and I only know how to make scrambled eggs! (That’s what the cooks are for, I guess.)

    If I had access to a pool, I would definitely take up swimming for cross training! It’s supposed to be an excellent workout with less impact. Besides, what swimmer do you know who doesn’t have an awesome body??

  • Emily April 18, 2009, 11:01 am

    i definitely dont have any swimming tips, but it is such a great way to get an intense low impact workout. awesome for cross training. im a runner too and i have pretty good endurance, but swimming wipes me out!

  • Kicking couture April 18, 2009, 11:04 am

    yum those eggs look amazing, regards to your hurt knee, i would ease up on exercise just until it feels better.

  • Help Meghan Run April 18, 2009, 11:14 am

    Yum! Edamame in a wrap sounds so good…I will definitely steal that.

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Jewels April 18, 2009, 11:20 am

    gotcha! when you said lap i thought you meant one length. one tip i have is introducing intervals such as in the middle of your 1000 meter swim doing 4X200 meters and making 1 and 3 alternating strokes and 2 and 4 one length easy, one length fast. It makes it go by faster! Best of luck, its so exciting to see swimming come up on blogs!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Nutritious is Delicious April 18, 2009, 11:22 am

    Your lunch AND breakfast look so delish! I am not much of a swimmer but it is fun from time to time!

  • Mo April 18, 2009, 11:29 am

    I swim 3x/wk for exercise. I started having knee (and then low back) problems from running, so now I swim for cardio. It is such an awesome workout and has really given me definition in my arms and back. I mix it up with kick board, pull bouy, etc to make it fun. But, seriously, I just find the water so peaceful.

  • Kimberly April 18, 2009, 11:34 am

    I love to swim; I was on the JCC swim team for many years growing up. Being in the water is so therapeutic, both physically and mentally. The butterfly stroke is exhausting but you will develop some crazy cut shoulder and ab muscles!

  • Anonymous April 18, 2009, 12:20 pm

    Swimming is a good way to take a break from running. I have done it in the past when I have been having a problem with my joints and trying to take a break from running. I always find it hard to deviate from running. I love the way that I feel after a good run. I sleep better too. In my mind, if I haven’t sweated buckets then I haven’t worked out enough!

  • Lacey Nicole April 18, 2009, 12:43 pm

    hi! i really recommend the foam roller- it is changing my life. and ice bucket to ice your legs 🙂 (i use a kitchen sized standing bucket) my doc said cold water is fine if it’s cold no need for real ice!

  • julie April 18, 2009, 12:50 pm

    thanks for answering my question:)

  • Brandi April 18, 2009, 1:02 pm

    your wrap sounds awesome! i have some more edamame, too.

    I love swimming, but I don’t get to go very often. We don’t have a pool at our gym, sadly.

  • lighterportions April 18, 2009, 5:00 pm

    I tried swimming once last year and I was dying after just a few laps! Swimming is a crazy good workout. I wish I had more stamina for it! Guess I should try giving it another go or something… ughhh. Great idea for an alternative to running though!

    LOVE the edamame wrap idea. I just edamame tonight with dinner. Never would have thought to mash it and chow down wrap style. Totally trying that in the future.

  • Rose April 18, 2009, 8:48 pm

    I had the same breakfast.

    Looks like a nice day!

  • Tyler April 19, 2009, 6:59 am

    i love the mashed edamame idea!! yum! great job on the swim workout…1000 meters is a lot if you don’t swim often! to answer your question about my workout, it takes me probably about 45 minutes to do my 2000 meter workout. swimming is more about technique than endurance, so the more often you do it, the more efficient you get!

  • Kristin April 19, 2009, 7:19 am

    I have chonromalacia (sp?) also and I don’t even run. It is an overuse injury from the elliptical and bike. I have thought of trying swimming also, but it seems like such a production, and I think I would last about five minutes in the pool. I just bought a foam roller to roll out my IT bands, I’m hoping that that will help. I went to physical therapy for a while but stopped going in favor of working out my legs on my own. They also told me to stop doing any cardio (of course they said I could swim) for an extended period of time and of course I didn’t listen. Perhaps that is why knees still bother me. Good luck…….I feel your pain!

  • Christy April 19, 2009, 9:18 am

    My husband swims 5x a week and it builds some serious muscles! Tips from him; make sure to keep your fingers closed and in a cupped position so you have more resistance when pulling, and keep your hands close to the body during your strokes. Good luck!

  • Holly April 20, 2009, 9:30 am

    I’m way behind on comments/posts! But I do love to swim. For me, it’s more of a mental challenge to get me to the pool than it is to begin a run. But, I keep reminding myself of how much better I’ll feel afterwards. And one bonus is how your arms/shoulders KILLLLL after swimming – you don’t get that from running! 🙂

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