Last post I mentioned I’ve started making monster smoothies for my pre-training breakfast. I can’t take credit at all for the recipe. I got the basics of it from family friends when I was first out of college. I was investigating the Zone diet and weight training for 3 hours a day. Oh, to be 22 again and be able to handle that!
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups orange juice
1 cup soymilk
1/4 block of extra firm tofu
1 scoop of protein powder
5-6 frozen strawberries
In the past I’ve added extra supplements, like flaxmeal, etc. I have mixed up the fruit by using frozen berries of other types. It is a lot of calories, and that’s why I had stopped making it for a number of years. A local cafe makes a very similar smoothie and my husband recently had jaw surgery, and I’m hoping it can help his recovery while he is on a liquid diet. He’s also diabetic, so I’m using 50% sugar reduced orange juice to help reduce the overall sugar.
What I do know is the last 2 workouts with this smoothie 1 and a half hours before training, I have totally rocked it.
That heel pain is still with me. Not super terrible, but enough that I’ve had to kind of change my normal gait. I’ve always been a heel strike, roll on to the balls of my feet kind of walker/runner. I’ve tried running on the balls of my feet, and that’s okay, but walking without heel strike is just weird. I feel like I’m walking like a marionette or something.
My circuit training was tough yesterday. Partway in to my second group of circuits I started to feel really weird. I wasn’t counting reps correctly (doing too many!) and my vision was weird. I couldn’t really concentrate straight ahead and my peripheral vision was a little fuzzy. So I took a beat, got a juice from my trainer. I really hate not being able to power through. My nutrition was on target – I had my big breakfast as directed, an hour and a half before the workout. I primed up with honey right before and I carried a water bottle around. (I usually take water breaks at the fountain between circuits.)
I took the day off today and the heel is feeling a bit better, but I’m not going to call in tomorrow. I’ll either use the stationary bike or swim. Hey, if I’m serious about this triathlon thing (and I am) I have to start with the whole biking thing and using a stationary bike is just about as good as anything I can do now.
Just to be safe, I am going to check in with my podiatrist. I wear custom foot orthotics for a plethora of foot trouble. Maybe it’s time for a new pair, but I just want to make sure I get the sign off to continue to train the way I want to.