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Thinking About It Thursday

Good morning!

Why had I never thought of mixing avocado into tuna salad?  Another great idea from the blogosphere.  It made a filling, healthy, deliciously creamy dinner last night.


  • 1 can chunk light tuna (in water)
  • 1/4 avocado, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp plain Chobani
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp relish
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

Spread on Crisp n Light Wasa (20 calories a piece!), topped with low fat Cabot cheddar, and warmed.  Served with sweet potato “fries”, which cooked in only 15 minutes at 400 in the toaster oven.

So what am I thinking about this morning?

Pittsburgh Marathon Logo

If you’ve followed my blog since last Spring, you’d know I sustained an ankle injury running a 5k in April.  There was no identifiable “snap” or pain, but at the end of the race (when I stopped running) I could barely walk to the car.  After several tests (I opted out of the $2,000 MRI), the specialists never were able to diagnose it as a break or tendonitis, but I had to wear a walking boot for 3 months.

It was a very stressful summer since I was getting married in September and couldn’t walk in regular shoes, much less run or take a spin class (and of course chose a very form fitting wedding gown).  Even after the boot came off, it hurt to walk in heels or to do any high impact activity.

I’ve completed a few runs (maybe once or twice a month) since getting back from our honeymoon in October – taking it slow, stopping if I experienced too much pain.  Most recently, I completed 4.6 miles on Tuesday – it was a beautiful day and once I started I just felt great and didn’t stop. 

My ankle didn’t hurt, but my knees have been killing me for two days.

So many bloggers seem to run a half marathon (or whole marathon) every other weekend, but considering training for a half blows my mind.  The first time I considered running it (3 years ago), I got a tibial stress fracture.  It seems like I’m not meant to be a runner.

But my company is one of the marathon sponsors, which means I could run for free.  Not discounted, but FREE.  Many of my co-workers are running (some the whole, some the half), and I’d like to be a part of that experience.

I ordered new shoes, which will hopefully combat the knee pain from Tuesday.

I think I want to run a half marathon.  Even if I run/walk.  Even if I’m too embarrassed to share my time with all of you seasoned marthoners.

What do you think?

My husband doesn’t get it at all – he never wanted to run any distance.  My parents will say I’ll just injure myself again.

On another note, I had a very good thought for breakfast today – an oatmeal “pie crust” topped with my favorite black cherry yogurt (Chobani).


  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk

Mixed, microwaved, and brought to work.

Best desk breakfast of the week – protein packed cherry pie!


To run or not to run?



29 responses to “Thinking About It Thursday

  1. sprint2thetable February 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I love the idea of an oatmeal pie crust! So creative!

    Running… I am feeling your pain. It seems like every time I hit the 9-10 mile mark, my body rebels. I’m supposed to be running a Half in April but my knee is STILL too painful to run more than half a mile. *sigh* I hope your new shoes do the trick for you!

  2. allieksmith February 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I say follow your heart. If you’re up for a challenge then you should do it! My only advice is that you gotta be smart with your training. I don’t run much over 20 miles a week and some runners I know can run 70 a week. Everyone is different and it’s tough not to compare. Run YOUR race and train YOUR way and you will be so happy! How cool will it be to show your parents they were wrong?! Plus, with a free race you can’t go wrong!

  3. Newly Wife Healthy Life February 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Love the ‘pie crust’ idea! I say think about it, but I encourage you to give it a try! If you have a good training plan complete with other forms of cardio like the elliptical or bike, it may help to build endurance without constant pounding on your foot!

  4. Cait's Plate February 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Oooh i LOVE that tuna/avocado mixture idea! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that!

    Also, I say “run” 🙂 I’m always a running advocate!

  5. loftyappetite February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I can definitely see the apeal of the goal because your company is sponsoring it and there may be pressure (or temptation) there! But I also know also how easy it can be to get influenced by the healthy living bloggers who are obsessed with running, but you gotta do YOU! also take the healthy living community with a grain of salt, these bloggers may only have a running blog focus and don’t give you the full story, so its easy to get lost in the glamour of it all. If running a marathon is YOUR dream, do it! If it’s only because it seems like everyone else is doing it, Don’t! If you’ve only ran a 5K, maybe run a 10 miler or half marathon first before jumping into the full. Injuries are no joke, I can relate because of my knee problems, and the after affects of only a 2 mile run are too painful to bear! I’d like to do a 5k but I think it’s my max. I’m better off putting my energy into other forms of exercise that don’t prevent me from living my life normally after doing them! good luck with your decision!!

  6. Leanne @ The Skinny Architect February 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi friend! 🙂
    I’m doing the half marathon and I’m terrified. We could be nervous together! I also know a few people who are walking the whole thing and that makes me feel better about my hopefulness to run it. I keep telling myself that walking would be okay if needed.
    That being said, since it’s free, I’d sign up. If you don’t end up running it then at least you would still have the option. See how you feel. It’s almost sold out, but I’m not sure if your workplace has extra registrations besides those available to the public. Definitely assess your situation and don’t push yourself too hard. If in May you feel comfortable running it, then do it, but there is also a 5k that could bump down to if your body isn’t feeling up to it.

  7. Shanna, like Banana February 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I think you should go for it if that’s what your heart wants to do. Me? I’m like your hubby? Running is for the birds…err…except they fly..haha.

  8. honeywhatscooking February 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Run, but prioritize your health over it all. Once something goes wrong, you may not be able to run marathons later, you know. So pace yourself. I would be concerned too as a spouse.
    I know, I’m figuring out more and more ways to incorporate Avocado – love them!!!

  9. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance February 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I think you should do it! Maybe you should try doing a run/walk method? I did my first half running for 4 minutes/walking for 1 and I was still proud of my finish! Honestly, (like the girl above me said) just put your health above your accomplishment, and you should be fine 🙂

  10. Kris February 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I think you should!!!!

    I love this breakfast, could it get any better than this??? Cherry pie for the morning!!


  11. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Well if it’s free it won’t do you any harm to sign up and try. That way if you start to feel too much pain, you can back out without losing your money

  12. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    totally making that oatmeal crust + yogurt!!! wowww that looks so yummy! you’re brilliant. 😉

  13. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy February 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I say run it! Even if you run/walk, don’t focus on your time or your speed, just try and finish. It’s free, and when will you ever get that chance again? (Unless your company sponsors it again next year.. but still)
    And I also like avocado in my chicken salad. Yum.

  14. Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money February 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    My husband did his first half marathon and had to walk some of it. For some people it is about doing it, not how fast you do it. Good luck to you! You will be great! I am not a runner so any amount looks tough to me!

  15. Melissa February 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Of course you know I’ll say RUN!!! Now, I know you probably think of me as a seasoned runner, but I wasn’t always! Three years ago, I didn’t run AT ALL because it hurt my knees too much. But I decided I wanted to do it. I started out really slow–just a mile or 2 at a snail’s pace–and worked my way up. With strength training to bolster the muscles around your knees and the slow and steady approach, I know you can do it! I believe in you! And I’m happy to give you advice if it would be helpful! Good luck! I’m excited for you (since I KNOW you’re going to do it!!) 😀

  16. Melissa February 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Also, totally having that for breakfast tomorrow!

  17. Holly at Everyday's a 'Hollyday' February 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Ugh, that is such a hard decision! Honestly though, if it were me (& I’m not always the best at giving exercise/ injury advice) I think I would try to do it- I mean, like you said even if you can’t run, you could walk it, right? Or does walking even hurt?? Did I miss it or did you say when the marathon/ 1/2 marathon was? I mean if you have a few months to train/ heal, then definitely go for it. If it’s this month & you are in this much pain, then I say hold off…as hard as it might be. Thinking of you!!

  18. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Go for it! You gotta at least try right?

  19. Emily February 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    If it’s free, why not try it if you’re pain free. you could always back out if it hurts or walk if you’re not completely ready to run the whole thing. Plus, you’ve got a few months 🙂 I’m still thinking about doing the half but i should probably make up my mind since the price is going to increase in a few weeks!

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  21. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food February 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I am on the fence about the running the half too! My main reason for not doing it is the price, so that would be amazing to be able to do it for free! However, I think you need to listen to your body and pay attention to how it will respond to your training. If you feel okay, I say GO FOR IT!

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