Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hamstring, anyone?

I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of advice: I managed to pull my hamstring last week and it is a steady, dull, ache. The pull feels deep in the muscle, close to the bone. I've been icing, taking anti-inflammatories, and stretching as best as I can.

Has anyone had any experience with this type of injury before? Any suggestions and advice? Thanks!

If any of you are like me, I'm always looking for a healthier dessert alternative for the holiday. My house will be loaded with family and the thought of loading them up with refined sugar is really unappealing. This is a recipe created as a healthier alternative, and is so beautiful when plated in a martini glass or goblet. Peaches are in short supply in the winter, you can opt for a pear which will turn out just as delicious.

Poached Peaches

4 firm white peaches
1 1/2 cups sugar (you can opt out of the sugar or use 1/2 the amount depending on preference)
1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
3 Tbsp. berry jam
Vegan whipped cream for garnish (optional)

· Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the peaches and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and peel. Cut in half and remove the stone.
· In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the wine. Bring to a boil.
· Add the peaches and simmer for 30 minutes.
· Remove the peaches and continue to reduce the wine syrup until 1 cup is left. Add the berry jam and simmer for 5 minutes. Return the peaches to the syrup and refrigerate overnight.
· Serve the peaches with some of the wine syrup and a dollop of vegan whipped cream.

Makes 4 servings


PEANUT said...

As with most injuries, pain is your guide. If you feel pain when doing something, don't do it. How's that for expert advice? haha.
Thanks for the yummy recipe. I'm not a soy person normally (excess protein is an athlete's worst enemy) but every once in a while, I will have soy pudding with chopped fruit (maybe a banana, plum, dried cranberries, tangerine, etc), a squeeze of lemon juice, handful of buckwheat and pumpkin seeds. It's low cal and filling. I wish you a speedy healing and a happy holiday season!

Veg*Triathlete said...

I pulled my hamstring in high school track, and I remember my coach recommended swimming. I didn't do it, because I didn't know how to swim and I had no pool access, but you do :-)

CPB said...

Thanks Peanut & Jen!

I went for a reasonable swim last night. Nothing crazy: focused on pulls and technique. One gal came over to me after I finished and said, "wow! You're a really good swimmer! Do you race?" Sweet lady, I couldn't help but to laugh b/c I really am not that fast or skilled. But it was lovely all the same :)

Crystal said...

Like any injury, along with pain being your guide, need to heal on their own. Icing and stretching is good, but ultimately you need to give it some time to rest. Swimming is a good way to do that, but if running or swimming hurts then avoid that. I would recommend walking if that doesn't hurt too much. Hopefully you didn't pull it too badly and you should be back to healthy in a couple of weeks.

Sean said...

One thing I've heard / read often is that hamstring injuries in particular need to be left alone. That is, don't stretch it cold, and only stretch it very gently even when it's warm.

I think I read about this on the runningahead.com forums.