Udi’s Glutino Gluten free Ambassador!

I am really excited to annouce that I was selected to be an Ambassador for Udi’s and Glutino gluten-free products. I have been gluten free for over 5 years and so has my 11yr old son Josh. I thought I would share a bit of my “Udi’s/Glutino” story.

I vividly recall when I found out about Udi’s gluten free bread. My sister-in-law had told me about it and I purchased some at Whole Foods Market. The bread looked light and fluffy unlike other gf breads that were better served as a door stop or paper weight. The first time I made Josh a sandwich and tucked it in his lunchbox for school I added a note “this is gluten free, you can eat it” fearing he would think it was for his sister. When I picked him up that day he burst out of class “where did you get that bread Mom, that was the best sandwich I ever had”.

Over the years they have expanded their product line to include: bagels (cinnamon raisin is a favorite), hot dog buns, hamburger buns, pizza crust (great for make your own pizza party), muffins, cookies, granola bars and the list goes on! Glutino makes one of our favorite snacks; pretzels also cereal bars.

Stocking up on the Udi's bread sale at Sprouts!

My new favorites! Dinner rolls and French Baguettes. they dont sell these in Phx yet!!! Need to fix that.

I think for myself I just managed without things but when Josh was diagnosed it broke my heart when he could not have something. He just wanted to have a sandwich is in lunch box like all the other kids or a bun on his burger. Udis and Glutino has solved that problem for us.

Check out their website: http://shop.udisglutenfree.com/ppcdo/search/google?gclid=CKep6pvM17gCFaNxQgod3V4Axg

http://www.glutino.com/

Post race (especially marathon) I want and need a salty snack. Most items served at the finish line dont work for me since I am intolerant to them. I now pack a bag of Glutino pretzels and they are there waiting for me when I finish.

Traveling to races is fun and exciting, I have often put it months of training. I try and be very careful prerace with my nutrition. The las thing I want to happen is to eat something that makes me sick, and effects my race. I usually cart along alot of food in my suitcase (in case I cant get it where I am going). I have a soft cooler I fill with frozen water bottles then stick in my loaf of Udis bread or bagels. Call me crazy but it works.

Udi's bagels Rock!!

Udi’s bagels Rock!!

I look forward to representing an awesome company that makes great products.

True story: Pictured earlier is the dinner rolls and French baguette. I first spotted these on my trip to Moline, IL. They are soo good!! When I got home I hit every store that sells Udis and none of them carry it. On my travels this summer I check every store (figuring I will find a way to bring them home). I hit the jackpot in Flagstaff at Fronteir Markets. 5 minutes before closing we stopped in and then had them!! I grabbed 8 bags and skipped done the aisles in glee. My family was staring at me like I was nuts and my husband proclaimed “How are you bringing those home their frozen” I shot back “we have a cooler, I will figure it out”. I informed him until Phx gets these every business trip to Flagstaff will require him to stop and buy a new supply. Oh also my daughter has a gymnastics meet in October in Flagstaff. Yes I am a bit obsessed but until you try them you just may not understand!

DO YOU FOLLOW A GLUTEN FREE DIET? HOW HAS IT IMPROVED YOUR LIFE, RUNNING, ETC?

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The dark side!

The last several months it has been a battle to stay on the good side of sanity, in regards to my ongoing health issues. I am generally optimistic, full of a positive attitude, appreciative of my health, etc. But sometimes, when things linger I start crossing over to the dark side, like being in a tunnel and not seeing the light at the end.

I have had multiple things going on at once since December. A few months back Katherine gave me her beloved Winnie the Pooh to sleep with “until everything is better”. She has had this stuffed bear since birth a gift from her Aunt Julie. A couple of weeks ago I gave it back to her to take to camp at ASU for some comfort in the dorm (despite my issues continuing to linger).

The last time I was in a slump for a few months I had an aspiring Olympic athlete (Lauren Fleshman) staying with us and waging her own battle. There was no way I was going to complain and whine! I just sucked it up and tried to have enough cheeriness for 3 injured runners (when her friend Jemma joined us too). This time I don’t have such an anchor to keep me from slipping.

THE ELBOW

My elbow started hurting right before Christmas. I kept thinking did I bump it on something?? In January I kind of knew something was not right when it would stiffen up on a run and I would shake my arms out wincing in pain. I decided to ignore it for a few weeks thinking it might get better (this always works really well, ha ha). Finally mid Feb I casually mentioned it to Dr Ball saying “no big deal but my elbow has kind of been hurting me lately”. He worked on it a few times then suggested I get something to bring down the inflammation. This lead me on a trip to a sports medicine doctor.

**When I was 16 I fell from a high bar that collapsed at gymnastics and landed on said elbow breaking the ulna and radius each in 2 places. Never has been quite the same since that injury.

THE HAMSTRING/GLUTE/IT BAND ISSUE

The timing to see the sports med doctor was spot on since 1st week of April I was playing Ultimate Frisbee (in a class at MCC) and slipped in the grass. I immediately felt a whoosh up my entire left leg. I was supposed to run a 10 mile race that weekend. I decided to pull out of the race and be conservative.

Upon visiting the sports med doctor we discussed both right elbow and left leg. She suggested physical therapy for both. I completed 8 weeks of pt for both body parts. Much ASTYM and dry needling, exercises, pain, etc. The leg got better and I slowly worked up to 50 mile weeks! The elbow got about 80% better then nosedived.

It was suggested that I go back to the doctor and get a cortisone injection in elbow. I have always shied away from these but was getting desperate at this point!! The injection was excruciating (about 15 pokes in my elbow) and you could hear the crunching of all the scar tissue. Love revisiting this old injury!! My arm was stiff and painful for about 2 weeks then no better than were I started.

I was told my next step would be MRI and visit with a surgeon. Hmm no thanks on surgery. I hauled myself back to Dr John Ball pleading with him to make it better. 3 visits later I have range of motion and less daily pain. the visits have been the most painful thing I have ever had done. Today I was a pile of tears when I left the office. If I did not trust him so much I would never let him do this to me.

THE CALF

Just as I was building back my running, finishing pt on my leg and starting to feel invincible, I started to feel a strange pain in my left calf/shin area. One day it would be fine the next I could not bear weight on my leg. I stopped running and had Dr Ball look at that while he was treating the elbow. Strain to your soleus muscle. Need to rest a bit and do some exercises and then return to running slowly. Ughh again, seriously I feel like I have done my “injury time ” this year. We headed out for an awesome vacation in Northern California, Oregon and Washington all where I barely ran in the beautiful places with cool weather.

THE EYES

I started having complications with my gas permeable contact lenses last fall. They were dry and not comfortable. My eyes were depositing lots of protein on the lenses causing the problems. I joked with the dr about just getting that protein into other parts of my body like muscle repair! I was told my days were numbered in gas perms and I would need to switch to soft lenses. This means I would have to go through a process called regression, the gas perm lenses holds back all the changes your cornea wants to make and on top of that I also have astigmatism in both eyes. Once I started the process I was warned I would be coming in weekly for eye exams and a new prescription each time (they give me samples of the lenses). After a certain amount of time it will stabilize. It has been suggested that for every year you wear hard lenses you need a week to adapt. I wore them for 34 years that is 34 weeks!! I have gotten to the point of about every 2 weeks now. My vision each day is a bit different, also seem to need “reading glasses” too since I am over 40.

I am afraid to count how many medical appointments I have been to this year!!! I just know there is a stack of medical bills, my vision sucks, I can’t run and my elbow hurts all the time. I joke that I have more medical appts than a 90yr old woman! My hope is that when I am 90 I am running  marathons and not going to medical appts!

I have been doing my standard “Focus on what you can do not what you can’t do”. Dr Ball said ease into the running (1min walk 5 min run for 15min to start) no biking or elliptigo and you could swim except with the elbow issue not a good idea. I have been focusing on my strength and core as much as possible. Today I went to Lifetime Fitness for about 90 minutes and did a lot of exercises but mostly felt like myself!

Usually my blog is full of good news, happy pictures and a positive outlook. This week I decided to tell it like it is and vent a bit. Lately I feel my dream of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials is slipping away. Deep down I know there is a 2:42 marathon inside me waiting to be ran. So doing my best to keep the dream alive.

We are headed to Flagstaff for some cooler weather and a fresh perspective!

Have you ever crossed over to the dark side when dealing with a running injury?? What kept you on the good side of sanity?? How did you stay positive and occupied??

Family vacation

Powells Bookstore a must for every trip to Portland.

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One of my favorite vacation photos of Katherine. We are in Cambria, CA (northern) at sunset.

We were very fortunate to escape the AZ heat for a nice vacation. We traveled around Northern CA starting in Cambria touring the Hearst Castle.

Katherine jumping over the waves

Katherine jumping over the waves

Next we went to Monterey for a few days.

Kevin and I at Bixby Bridge near Big Sur.

Kevin and I at Bixby Bridge near Big Sur.

Josh at Bixby Bridge.

Josh at Bixby Bridge.

We drove the beautiful 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach. I highly recommend it if you are ever there!

Kevin and I on 17 mile drive with oldest Lone Cypess tree.

Kevin and I on 17 mile drive with oldest Lone Cypess tree.

We visited many small beaches around Carmel and Monterey. Josh just loves the ocean!

Josh the sand digger at sunset.

Josh the sand digger at sunset.

We sadly left Monterey to drive to San Ramon but made a quick stop at Stanford, Katherine wanted to visit and take a tour.

Katherine's visit to Stanford.

Katherine’s visit to Stanford.

Next stop San Ramon to visit Kevin’s brother Craig and the “boy cousins”. We planned to drive into San Francisco but the BART was on strike and we did not want to get stuck in traffic.

CA cousins Aidan and Andrew.

CA cousins Aidan and Andrew.

Next it was on to Portland and across the bridge to Camas, WA to visit my brother 1 last time before they move to San Diego.

Mani/pedi for all the girls in Camas, WA.

Mani/pedi for all the girls in Camas, WA.

Toes!

Toes!

We normally spend 2 wks in this part of the Pacific Northwest but this time only had 3 days so we really packed it in. There was a local race in Hillsboro, OR and my brother in-law Kyle wanted us to all go. I am not in any type of racing shape but Josh and I decided to just have fun with the 5k. Every trip to Portland must include a stop and large purchase at Powell’s Bookstore.

Powells Bookstore a must for every trip to Portland.

Josh and I at local Hillsboro 5k on July 4th

Josh and I at local Hillsboro 5k on July 4th

4yr old nephew Kellen after his 1st 5k!

4yr old nephew Kellen after his 1st 5k!

 

Fireworks time at my brothers house.

Fireworks time at my brothers house.

The fireworks at my brothers house are unbelieveable! We can see several shows from the cities nearby and all the neighbors go crazy.

At OMSI with cousin Nick.

At OMSI with cousin Nick.

We had a great time visiting new places and seeing family. It is always hard to come home to hot AZ after a trip to the cool weather. I was able to get a little running in but mainly let a few injuries get nursed during the trip.

 

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