First off, I just need to mention how honored I am to be featured on Well+Good’s roundup of awesome fall fitness fashion finds and to be named among some amazing and inspiring fitness bloggers from around the country.
But if you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, today is not about purple glittery bandeauxs that I’d love to get my paws on. It’s about homemade guacamole and do-it-yourself ice massagers. Lucky for you, because these items go so well together (like lamb and tuna fish?)…
…I’m willing to share my recipe for both right here.
For the Injured — or Non-Injured — Runner: DIY Ice Massager
I’ll start with the DIY ice massager since, categorically speaking, it goes much better with the overarching theme of this blog.
To be fair, I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. I am a visionary in many, many ways – mainly when it comes to the many uses of cookie dough and Haribo gummies. Actual, practical inventions, on the other hand, aren’t exactly my area of expertise.
I first saw this small, frozen, hand-held massager while channeling the training methods implemented by Olympian marathon all-star Meb Keflezighi. After a 12-mile tempo run, billion-mile recovery bike ride and about 4,021 crunches, Meb tops off his training routine by concurrently rubbing and icing his legs using a frozen handheld massager. Being injured and all, I figured that, as I continue to recover and reintegrate running back into my routine, I should probably be smart and ice my legs too.
On Saturday, before heading out for my first 5-mile run in more than 3 weeks, I created my own DIY ice massagers using nothing more than plastic cups, sink water and a freezer. This is high-tech stuff people. Here’s how to do it.
What you need:
Plastic or Dixie cups
What to do:
- Fill your cup with about 3 inches of water.
- Carefully place the cup in the freezer, making sure that it won’t fall over.
- Leave it there for about 2 hours and allow to freeze.
- When you get back from a nice, sweaty run, remove your partially filled cups of ice and massage your muscles using the bottom, frozen area.
As I continue to ramp up my mileage – ever so carefully and slowly – in anticipation of the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on September 16th, I plan to continue using these silly little devices after each and every run. On Monday, I rocked a short 3 miles before work around my neighborhood, which took me to Madison Square Park…
…then to Gramercy Park and back home. I could definitely feel the aftermath in my legs all day long. Fortunately, I now have ice massagers waiting for me in the freezer, so I’ll never be without frozen brilliance ever again.
For the Fit Foodie with a Love of Mexican: Guacamole
Another perhaps equally awesome invention? Guacamole, one of my all-time favorite foods in the world.
I had really wanted to run when I woke up on Sunday morning – if only to pretend that I needed a “recovery” run after Saturday’s 5 miler. Instead, because I’ve promised more times than I can count now that I wouldn’t run consecutive days, I instead settled down to a pool…
…a plate of grilled veggies…
…and a massive bowl of guacamole.
If you love massive bowls of sloppy, green avocado as much as I do, here’s how it’s done.
What you need:
1 medium tomato
1 small red onion
1/4 jalapeno (optional)
What to do:
- In a medium bowl, add all 3 avocados and mash up with either a potato masher or a fork – whichever is easier to find.
- Chop up your tomato and 1/3 of a medium size red onion. The smaller the pieces, the better. Add to the bowl.
- If you prefer extra hot guacamole, add about 1 tsp-worth of jalapeno, chopped finely. Remove all seeds. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your eyes for about a week.
- Squeeze the entire lime into the bowl.
- Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste.
In my attempt to be healthy, since Sunday turned into a total “rest” day, I meant to eat my heart-healthy guacamole with the grilled veggies. Instead, I did that, plus went at it with a massive bag of whole-grain Tostitos. Do what you can to consume your guacamole in the healthiest of ways, and if you can’t, get over the fact that you’re human and like the occasional chip or 40.
- Have you ever created a DIY post-run device using materials in your home or kitchen?
- Could you see yourself making these little self-massagers?