Caramelized onions …

… may have been the best part of my day πŸ˜€

I attempted to go to work this morning. I was still in pain, but I made it down the subway steps and into the station. And then I did something strenuous (like breathe), and sharp pains started shooting all around. I stopped moving for a minute and tried to decide whether I should continue. I think I walked in four circles because I didn’t know what to do! I finally told myself I was being ridiculous and obviously could not go to work in that state since work involves walking all over East Harlem and up and down apartment building steps and playing with babies on floors. I came out of the subway and called my mom to confirm that I was not being a slacker. She reassured me, and I went back home (even though I still felt guilty and more guilty for feeling so unreasonably guilty) to hunt down a Sports Medicine doctor (apparently my insurance only has ONE) and set up an appointment for this afternoon.

In the meantime, I still had to eat. I got hungry again around 10:30 and had my yogurt (same mix as yesterday).

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img_7482Almost forgot, a mom brought this fun papaya yogurt for me yesterday! I don’t like fruity yogurts by themselves, but I mixed it into the big batch of plain + fruit and it added a tasty extra layer.

To make myself feel useful, I did more push-ups and crunches and added in some triceps dips off the coffee table (thanks, Jess!). A surprising number of you mentioned on my last post that you use your pets as exercise props. Freaks! No, just kidding, I think that’s cute and very resourceful. Almost makes me wish I had a cat.

The highlight of being home today was that I could use the oven and the proper tools to prepare my lunch … critical components because I was having pizza!! I made it on Sunday but didn’t let myself taste-test any because I knew I would need it later in the week.

I started with this mini whole wheat Boboli pizza crust that I got for free, thanks to the coupon that Tina sent in my Valentine’s package. I was so excited to open the package and see that that crust already had some cheese baked onto it, mmm:

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Because I like my crust well-done, I baked it by itself for 10 minutes at 450 while I got to work on toppings. I had two things that I knew I wanted to include: the caramelized onions from last Tuesday night’s event and the last bit of goat cheese that was languishing in my fridge. Working from there, I made a sauce by immersion-blending the goat cheese with 1/3 cup plain Oikos yogurt and a few tomato slices (all I had!). I spread most of the sauce onto the crust.

The first layer of toppings involved the last five olives from a jar in the fridge and the last three radishes (thinly sliced) from my office’s food pantry leftovers a while back. Over that layer, I drizzled a bit more sauce for glue-action and added all of the chopped caramelized onions, a bunch of cooked chicken pieces left from a work event ages ago (they’d been stored in my freezer, obviously), some roasted red pepper pieces, and sprigs of cilantro. I also mixed a splash of balsamic vinegar into the last drops of the goat cheese sauce and drizzled that over the top:

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I grated on some fresh parm and put the pie in the 450 oven for another 30 minutes until it got browned:

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And half of that pizza became today’s lunch, yay! Since I was home, I got to reheat it on the pizza stone and serve it to myself properly:

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It far exceeded my expectations! The sauce got so thick and goaty after all the baking, and the crunchy crunchy crust was the best part.

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I can’t wait to have the other half on Thursday!

I whipped up a quick little dessert of approx 2 tbsp of that same yogurt mix with a biscotti bite (speaking of which, congrats to Kelsey, the highest bidder on these in Meghann’s bake sale!) and a spear of Hershey’s chocolate (plus sprinkles of Pb2 and nutmeg for glare management). It was like a mini Stonehenge:

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Shortly after dessert, I was off to the doctor! To make a long story short, he thinks my problems involve a right gluteal strain and a left hamstring strain … and .. wait for it … he gave me permission to run through the pain! (within reason, of course, whatever that means) He also noticed that my hip adductors are weak and probably led to the strain, so he recommended that I get going on some lunges (I just wrote lunches, haha) and squats to strengthen the muscles. And I can do all of this now, apparently! This is good news, but now I feel like I’ve been being a big baby for the past week and a half. But everyone has been saying to stay off it and rest! I guess the answer is that there is no answer …

The doc also suggested that I look into neoprene knee compressors. I went to the sports store to investigate, but the guy there told me the compressors would only be a quick fix and the problem is more likely with my sneakers since I’ve been using the same ones since September for running and every other sort of activity. He had me run on a treadmill (which oddly enough did not cause me any pain!) and showed me how my feet are flat and my toes turn out, meaning that I need sneakers with extra support. He seemed sincere and not just trying to get a bigger sale, and what he said made a lot of sense. I just checked my sneakers here, and they do have that grey marking on the insole that indicates the support … but I can see how they’d be not so effective after all these months. So new sneakers are on the agenda. Maybe I can squeeze in a trip to Kohl’s when I’m home in MA this weekend?

With all of that in mind, tomorrow morning I’m going to get up, jog through the pain to the gym, and do squats and lunges! I can’t wait (sarcasm). I am, however, excited for the return of sweat.

The naproxen I downed while in agony this morning was clearly at its peak of performance, so I took advantage of my mobility by doing some errands around Union Square since I was there anyway. I sampled my way across several avenues as an afternoon snack. (If you’re still awake and reading, thank you! I don’t blame you if you’ve fallen asleep.)

Poor excuse for charoset from Garden of Eden:

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Teeny bites of lemon tart and macademia tart from Whole Foods:

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Kettle Corn from the WF customer service desk:

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Strawberry dipped in chocolate (x2) from Trader Joe’s:

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Frosted carrot cake (!!) and jam tart from Union Market:

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I also actually bought some groceries this time. Can you believe it? For about $22, the goods included a pineapple, strawberries, medjool dates, spinach, arugula, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and Yogi Mexican Sweet Chili tea:

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I’m sipping on the tea now with some unsweetened soymilk and … it’s interesting. It’s got an oddly sweet aftertaste and I somehow managed to not notice in the store that the #1 ingredient is licorice … a not so favorite flavor of mine. But, with a little luck, I should be able to acquire the taste since the tea cost $4 even with the coupon I had!

OK, I could go on, but I think I need to cut the cord here because this post is like a novel as it is! Have you ever run through the pain and lived to tell the tale?

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23 thoughts on “Caramelized onions …

  1. FoodsThatFit says:

    Sarah-

    I would be so careful with the “running through the pain” philosophy. I have tried that before and only ended up making things worse. I really hope you get better, but just be so, so careful and listen to your body πŸ™‚

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  2. Danielle says:

    Oh Sarah I’m so sorry your leg is still bothering you! I’m thinking about you and hoping you are back to your normal self soon!
    I definitely think you did the right thing staying home! And you are definitely NOT a slacker!

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  3. Ashley says:

    Firstly, that pizza… oh wow, oh boy, oh my. Looks amazing!

    Secondly, I can completely sympathise with your running pain – I have classic runner’s knee(s) and have had it for years now. I still run, though, but I usually tape up my knees or make sure I’m wearing sports orthotics.

    I think you should take it easy until you feel a little better. If you’re sore, rest is best or else the problem will just persist.

    In terms of long-term solutions – keep up the strength work(so lots of lunges… and lunches…!) and also look up other exercises/stretches you can do to target your hip adductors and try to incorporate those into your workouts.

    Hope you’re feeling better very soon!

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  4. Alison says:

    I am a giant wuss and have never run through anything more than a hangnail. Actually, I don’t really “run” so much as make a running motion at walking speed, but that’s neither here nor there… just take care of yourself!!

    That pizza looks amazing, for real. I hadn’t thought of baking the crust first!

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  5. Leanne says:

    I bought arugula at the grocery store yesterday and thought I was being unique, and now I swear I’ve seen it on like 3 blogs today! lol guess I’m not as unique as I thought…

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  6. joggerslife says:

    I often run through the pain. Tonight, on my inaugural run after the 2 week hiatus, I ran through the pain for about a mile at the end. I eventually gave up and walked because the pain got weirder and weirder. But, I iced when I got home and I’m fine.

    I do find that if I have a pain going on, especially if it involves muscles, running through it helps. Something about getting the muscles warmed up and moving takes the pain away.

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

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  7. Erin says:

    I’m so sorry you are still having so much trouble! you are so not a slacker!
    Your pizza is mouthwatering though. I love carmelized onions and don’t eat them nearly enough!
    I’ve run through sore muscles and that’s been good, but everything else has been bad! Good Luck!!!!

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  8. marafaye says:

    I’m in charge of the charoset at our seder this year!!! Apples, walnuts, almonds, dried cherries, dried apricots, orange juice, and cinnamon… wanna come over?? πŸ™‚

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  9. alexa says:

    Wow! That’s great news! I feel like I’ve been giving you advice that’s the opposite of helpful, now. I’m surprised he gave you the all clear, mostly because I thought I was going to die when I ran too soon. Now that I’ve started back up, my advice is: if you have a time or distance goal you’re going for, don’t stop part way through if you intend to finish. It hurts *so* much more to start going again, for some reason.
    Good luck!!

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  10. Rose says:

    That pizza looks like the best thing ever. Oh my. And I want that dessert… now.

    I hope running through the pain works out the kinks, so to speak? Let us know how it goes tomorrow.

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  11. dailydulcie says:

    Ugh I am so sorry that the pain you have is consistent. That must be so frustrating! I truly wish you well!!!!

    I’m drooling… that pizza looks FABULOUS. I’m craving some right now haha.

    I hope your jog goes well tomorrow πŸ™‚

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  12. erinbee says:

    when i had hip problems last year
    i tried to run though the pain and
    it got worse. so i took a couple
    months off from running and mostly
    crosstrained/did yoga and strengthened
    my hip up and now im about to run
    a half marathon. yahooo. feel bettah!

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  13. Alison says:

    So sorry you’re in pain. I had a nagging hip (or sciatic nerve) problem for about 4 years. It came to a hilt last summer when all of a sudden I couldn’t even walk! I wasn’t able to run for a month or two. I’d definitely be careful about ignoring the pain.

    Also, pizza looks great!

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  14. snackface says:

    Gahh sorry it just won’t go away! I think it’s good news that nothing’s falling off or anything, though! I’ve been using the same running shoes for (counting on fingers right now)four-ish years. I guess I should look into some new ones, too! What kind are you gonna get?? I could get twin shoesies.

    Gorgeous pizza! I looove goat cheese. It’s so creamy and delicious. I also love all your samples-my stores def. never have things like that out. Anyway, hope you have a great night and soild start to HUMPday!

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  15. runsarah says:

    I try not to run when I’m in too much pain – a bit of muscle soreness, yes, but joint pain I prefer to rest for at least a few days…otherwise I pay for it by being in even more pain the next day. That pizza crust looks so good…yum!

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  16. verbalriot says:

    That pizza looks AHMAZINGGGGG

    I’ve never run through the pain, although I also attempted running too early after shin splints and that wasn’t so great…

    But if you need to work on strengthening your legs, I recommend the inch worm. I just got into a conversation with a track coach about this and he told me he makes his team to do this all the time:

    http://blog.nutritiondata.com/dieting_weight_loss_blog/2007/12/exercise-of-the.html

    Have a good day!

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  17. Krista says:

    Sorry to hear that your leg is still bothering you, but I’m glad you found out it wasn’t serious!!

    Your pizza looks fab as do the rest of your eats!! πŸ˜‰

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  18. brandi says:

    that stinks that it still hurts, but I’m so glad there isn’t anything serious!

    lunges and squats have definitely made my legs so much stronger over the past couple of months that we’ve been going to bodypump – I was only running before, but I can tell a difference in how much legs/butt look and feel.

    if it is still bothering you too much for a while to actually run, you could try spinning or stationary bike – a good workout, without so much strain.

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  19. Lara (Thinspired) says:

    Caramelized onions make my heart melt they are so good. I will eat them on anything (rice, pizza, pasta). Your pizza looks and sounds delicious. I haven’t had a Bobili crust in years, before they started making WW!

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  20. Tara says:

    Maybe you should look into orthodics (sp) like I have? They are pretty much the dorkiest accessory there is but they really help!

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