A Running Slump

But risotto makes it all better, right? 

Almost.  I’ll get to this delicious recipe in a bit.  😉

So.  I’ve been in a bit of a slump.  I haven’t been blogging about running or hot yoga.  Well, I haven’t really been running or going to hot yoga.  In fact, the last hot yoga class I attended was on January 27th.  I used to attend four to five classes a week.  I’ve been running, albeit not as much as I used to.  A trip to the doctor last week confirmed that I cannot run farther than five miles nor can I attend hot yoga.  I’ve been having some health “things” going on so I can’t really say I’m surprised.   Here’s to hoping that the doctor clears me for hot yoga and running longer distances soon!

In the meantime, this restriction on running has really hampered my race schedule.  I was supposed to run the ten mile leg of the HMRRC marathon relay tomorrow.  Thankfully, Amanda knows an itload of people and was able to grab not one, but two replacement runners for my team!  Melissa was originally running the 11 miler but she tore up both of her heels in a snowshoe race.  Ow.  So, thank you Amanda!  No relay for me this year. 

Before the doc gave me the five mile limit, one of the to-do’s on my list was to create a half-marathon training plan, to begin March 1.  After looking at races, I decided that the Long Island half fit perfectly with my schedule, AND I could stay with a bestie (for freeeee) to boot.  I don’t think that is happening anymore.  On a brighter note, Heather forwarded us CDNYers info about a 10k that is happening in late April.  I’m hoping that I will be good for that!

Until I am cleared for longer distances, I will continue running 3-5 miles a few times a week.  I ran four with Melissa the other day and my pace was a full TWO minutes slower than it typically is.  I can’t complain, because I am able to get out there and run.  I guess I am just feeling uninspired.  I purchased the Runner’s World magazine yesterday and for the first time since I started reading it over a year ago, I did not feel anxious to get out there and run.  I just felt tired.  I think my body is telling me to ease up, and I’m going to listen. 

Have you ever been in a running slump?  How did you get out of it?

Onto fun stuff!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- the weather in upstate NY is straight up schizo.  Yesterday it was approaching the 60s (in February!) and today it was so cold I had to turn on the fireplace.  On the plus side, Bails got to enjoy one of his favorite spots:

Nothing like sitting by the fire and enjoying a good book.  I’ve been reading The Hunger Games series, which Rachael recommended last week at our blogger meet up at New World Bistro.  Rachael, thank you so much for suggesting this series- I am SO addicted!  It is very Harry Potter-esque on its level of addictivity.  If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this series!

Speaking of New World Bistro, last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with some fabulous ladies for one of the best blogger meetups yet.  Heather sure knows what she is doing when it comes to coordinating awesome get togethers.   I had been to New World once before- for an amazing brunch after my half-marathon last October.  I have to say that I am even more impressed with the restaurant now than I was originally (and I was very impressed before!).  The server, Mike (captain awesome) was probably one of the best waiters I’ve ever had, which is saying a lot because 1) it was a table of 14 and 2) I am no stranger to dining out.  The ambiance was great and the food was even better.  I will definitely be back 🙂

Front Row, Left to Right: Rachael, Cynthia, Emily, Alicia. Middle Row, Left to Right: Lauren, Katie, Julie, Heather, Jen, Courtney. Back Row, Left to Right: Emily, Melissa, Kelly, Erica

For a proper review of New World Bistro, head over to Heather’s great post.

And finally, onto a most excellent recipe.  I’ve made risotto before and yes, it is high-maintenance and needs a little bit of coddling to come to fruition.  However, I promise that your efforts will be worth it.

Shrimp and Mushroom Risotto (serves four)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3/4 dry white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 6 ounces mushrooms (I used button), sliced
  • 1 pound of cooked medium shrimp, tails removed
  • Thyme (I used dried) and parsley (dried) to taste
  • 1/4 freshly grated parmesan
  • Optional- peas.  I love peas so I threw them in there.

Directions

  1. It’s going to be a little tricky.  You will need a large sautee pan, a sauce pan, a smaller sautee pan and a bowl to place the cooked mushrooms in.
  2. To start, bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan.  Reduce heat to low.
  3. Melt the butter in the large skillet.  Sautee the onion about three minutes.  Add in 1 T of garlic and sautee for thrity seconds.  Stir in arborio rice and add a half cup of the wine (reserving a quarter cup), stirring until absorbed.
  4. Once wine is absorbed, add a hald a cup of stock to the rice mixture and stir until it is absorbed- it should be about two minutes.  Repeat until the stock is gone.
  5. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, saute 2 T of olive oil, adding mushrooms and cooking over medium high heat until golden.  Add 1 T of garlic to mushrooms and cook for another minute, then transfer the garlic mushroom mixture into a bowl.
  6.  Lots of pans up in this piece.
  7. Using the same pan that cooked the mushrooms, add the remaining two T of olive oil to pan with shrimp, sauteeing over medium heat.  Add the last T of garlic and cook for another minute.  Add the peas and the remaining 1/4 cup of wine.  Simmer for another minute or two and remove from heat.
  8. Shrimp pan mid-cookery:
  9. Combine the mushroom bowl and shrimp pan into the large (fully cooked) risotto pan and stir together.  Add in a bit of thyme, parsley and grated parmesan.
  10. Enjoy!  It is damn good, I’ll tell ya that 😉

I guess I really do like shrimp, huh?  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends!

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21 responses to “A Running Slump

  1. I’m in a total running slump right now. I took just about the entire month of January and the beginning of February off (thank you snow). Not a wise choice. I tried to get back out there during one of the warmer days we had last week and barely made it. My usual “easy” 2.5 mile run nearly killed me and I haven’t been back out since. I don’t really care either. Sad, right? I blame the weather for my I-don’t-care attitude. Give me a few sun-shiny days and I’m sure I’ll be dying to get out there!!

    PS… that risotto looks AMAZING!! I will definitely be trying it soon!

  2. So excited for the 10K!! 🙂 Jen and I are planning on the Delmar Dash – a five miler- on April 10th if you are interested in that, too.

  3. Risotto is my FAVORITE thing in the world! I think its not that its a hard dish to make, just extremely time consuming. Once you get down the basics, you just have to mentally prepare for a 30 minute stirring session over your stove 😉

    I have never been in a running slump because I don’t run (yet!) hahaha. But, I know what its like to be in a blogging slump, and I think the important thing is to take a break if you need it! I think blogging becomes way less enjoyable if you’re forcing yourself to do it.

    Hope to see you soon lady ❤

  4. J

    Hope you get cleared to run longer soon and hope everything is alright! That risotto looks so good!

  5. We all hit slumps and some are harder to get out of than others. Sometimes it is harder to think about getting back into it than it actually is. Keep heading out for runs and see how you feel during and after. I hope that you feel great when you do run.

  6. I’m in a running slump too. 😦 I blame the weather. I just want to get out there and RUN! I don’t want to have to worry about ice patches, snow, wind, etc. I am done with winter! Hopefully, you will recovery from your slump too. We can work on it together this week.

    Bailey looks so comfortable next to the fire. Awww!

  7. Pam

    I hope everything is okay with you health-wise, and I hope you find your way out of your slump!

  8. lowandbhold

    I’m so sorry to hear your having health troubles! I hope everything clears up soon!

    The risotto looks delicious!

  9. Love the picture of Bailey! Buster loves to sprawl out in front of the fireplace too. I’m sorry to hear you’re having health troubles, but I know you’ll get back to your regimen when you figure everything out. Even if you can’t run long distances or do hot yoga, there’s always Fit TV and Jillian DVDs to get your blood pumping. I’m looking forward to breakfast and our visit tomorrow!

  10. Nicole

    You’ll get out of that slump soon enough, I just know it 🙂

    On the bright side, your cooking skills don’t seem to have been affected – way to be with the risotto, looks deelish! I’m kicking myself in the booty for not coming up to join you for dinner last night! 🙂

    By the way, Bailey looks so cute spread out like that in front of the fire!

  11. I’ve been in a running slump since October! I’m starting a training plan tomorrow for a half marathon, so hopefully that will get me out of it 🙂

  12. Great idea listening to your body! That is the best we can do 🙂 That risotto looks absolutely amazing and now I really want to eat some shrimp! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday ❤

  13. I’m about to start the 3rd Hunger Games book. You are right!! SO addictive. As for running slumps, I know ALL about them. I had a 3 year running slump. Hopefully yours won’t last quite as long. 😉 I hope your medical issue clears itself up so you can run longer distances again!

  14. Wow, that is a BIG bloogger meetup, I’m jealous you got to hang with such fabulous ladies!!

    I’ve only made risotto once or twice but yours looks tasty. I keep meaning to buy shrimp but keep forgetting-blarg. This weather is great, it’s been consistent down here but I know winter is probably going to come back in a week or two but trying to enjoy it down here while I can. Bailey looks too sweet sitting in front of the fireplace.

  15. Sorry about the doc visit 😦 Hope everything gets better soon!! This break might be just the thing to get you out of the running slump though… absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

  16. I’m scheduled to see the doctor today for what will probably be a stress fracture diagnosis. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get back to running after a 3-4 week break. Still, I do find it very frustrating!
    The risotto recipe looks great! I’m actually a huge fan of risotto and find that it’s pretty easy, as long as one is patient.

  17. I’m sorry to hear about your running slump – and the 5 mile rule. I honestly think the seasons have a lot to with how I feel about running. I’m hoping your doc clears you soon. In the meantime – just keep doing what your doing. I know you will get the spark again soon. Also – it sounds like you have been having loads of fun and staying busy! 🙂

  18. I get into running slumps all the time. Things that help me are giving myself permission to take a week or two off, running for FUN – ditch the garmin, watch, and go somewhere new, or signing up for yet another race. 🙂

  19. Ditto on the yoga – I’ve been coming home too late for the 5:30 classes and too tired to make it to the 7:30 classes. I am not qualified to give advice on running, since I totally dabble in it, but I find that I want to run after I haven’t run for a while. So maybe just taking a break is what your body is asking for?

  20. I think running slumps are normal – we all get burned out and need time off. But I am worried about you – with your health problems you mentioned and the limit on running. I am happy you are working with docs to help you out!

  21. I’m so glad you like the Hunger Games books Katie! And don’t worry about being in a running slump…I hope you get better soon – and I bet once the weather clears up you’ll be itching to get out there! =)

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