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Pina Colada Ice Cream with Pistachios 007

Back when I was a rookie prosecutor I attended my first-ever conference (doesn’t a conference full of law enforcement types sound like a barrel of fun?) on Padre Island – a beach resort in Texas. Being young, my experience with alcohol was limited to warm beer from a keg and girly tongue-numbingly sweet wine coolers (do they still make those? Hmmm…I need to check on that.). Determined to appear grown up so that I would be taken seriously, ahem, I ordered a pina colada at dinner (Hey, it was a beach resort, people! Give me a break!). Not being a complete dope, I noticed the smirks from the more seasoned members of our work force. I had clearly FAILED adult drink ordering.

But that didn’t stop me from slurping that frozen concoction down and loving every bit of it. Yes, I like pina coladas. And getting caught in the rain…

In fact, I’ve loved pina coladas ever since.

So, this morning, because I had a few pieces of dodgy looking pineapple in the fridge, I wanted to come up with something for after my run that would use it – one must NEVER throw away pineapple – and I thought of my favorite beachy cocktail. Dodgy pineapple + coconut milk + almond milk + frozen banana + a smidge of maple syrup + blender + freezer = Pina Colada Ice Cream! Top with some pistachios for protein and chocolate for fun, and you are ready to rock! But maybe don’t serve this to a cop.

Dairy free, Gluten free, Vegan

Now go run!

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Tuesday is Massage Day – ahhhhhhhhh! Can you hear the angels singing? My weekly massage has been one of the most important pieces to keeping me injury free all these years of running. I fell and ruptured three discs 10 years ago, and have spent a ton of money on epidurals, physical therapy, rollers, Pilates, ART, Rolphing, acupuncture, creams, pills, etc., trying to be able to run without severe pain and eventual numbness. The only thing that has ever worked long term is massage. The caveat is that it has to be the right massage therapist. Your standard one, two, three massage ain’t gonna cut it, my friends. You need someone who is going to work it out. And I mean work it out. (That is not meant to sound pervy, weirdos. I just mean you have to get someone who isn’t afraid of really working the muscles and breaking up scar tissue, when necessary.)

I’ve gone to many massage therapists and have been lucky to find the right one in Texas and Los Angeles. But it took some trial and error. If you’re thinking about getting a regular massage, don’t be afraid to shop around. It is a big commitment (in both time and money) if you do it regularly. To me, massage is like exercise: you have to do it consistently to see any results. I think massage goes hand in hand with consistent training and healthy eating to make you a stronger runner.

So what the heck does this rambling about massage have to do with food? Well, since my massage place is next to a famous chicken place, every Tuesday evening I pick up a roasted chicken for dinner. This means that on Wednesday, after my run, I usually eat Chinese Chicken Salad. Um, yum. This is one of the easiest throw-together meals on the planet (especially if you just buy a good rotisserie chicken and some already shredded cabbage). I mix up a dressing out of honey, sesame oil, brown rice vinegar, canola oil, gluten free soy sauce and salt, cut up some green onions, throw on some cashews and, Kazam! a recovery meal with all the parts. Parts is parts, my friends (if you are too young to get that, ask you mother).

Now go run!


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  Ran 14 miles with pickups, all the while obsessing over the fun challenge by M from Read Eat Write Run to make a yummy gluten free cheesecake with goat cheese. Um, yes please! After my run, and my mentally sketched out recipe for the cheesecake, I heated up a piece of the Quiche Lorraine […]

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What I Ate After My Run – Kung Pao Coleslaw

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My running is upside down today – short run in the morning and long run in the afternoon – because I have culinary school. No time, or need, for a heavy recovery meal, so I just had this Kung Pao Coleslaw. Weird at 7 am, but it worked Happy Running! GF, DF, Vegan

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