I honestly struggle with rest and recovery. However, I'm learning how valuable they really are to my fitness goals.
Before hiring my coach Dana Katz, I had the faintest idea how to structure a training schedule...let alone how to accommodate rest and recovery days. I would end up waiting until my body would become so fatigue it would give up. And only then, would I be forced to rest. I don't recommend this approach.
I literally hired Dana Katz one month before developing runner's knee and, without her right now, I feel like I would be completely lost. We communicate almost daily through an app called TrainingPeaks. It's genius and pretty easy to use. Plus it provides great features, like calculating a daily fatigue percentage. Every night before bed, I download my workout from my watch to my phone. Then I look at my work out for the next day. Simple.
But last weekend, after 9 consecutive days of training, I decided to relax. Both days I slept till noon and drank coffee till two.
Saturday began with me loading my bong with a new strain of marijuana called Gas Mask before engaging in some much need self-care. So, I spread my yoga mat in the middle of the living room and set out all my props and tools like a foam roller, resistant bands, lacrosse ball, etc. and began my routine, sitting cross-legged in the center of my mat.
As I took a few deep cleansing breaths and I could already tell that smoking ‘Gas Mask’ before yoga maybe wasn't a good idea. It was incredibly difficult for me to concentrate. My transitions from one pose to the next seemed to be in slow-motion and I kept losing my train of thought with each activity. It also felt as if time was standing still, and that made me feel restless. Not an enjoyable experience to have when you're trying to provide yourself with relaxation through yoga and self message.
I lost focus and ended my planned 60-minute session 15 minutes early. Maybe ‘Gas mask’ would have been a better strain for a task that includes more zoning out.
Sunday's focus remained on food recovery. I really like food! My Instagram is full of food porn and I take the time to write restaurant reviews on Yelp. I really don't know many stoners that don't like food! I've also been gathering that ultra-marathons are eating contests while running. This sport is made for me.
I put a fair amount of energy and time into my nutrition. I've chosen to eat a vegan diet for the last two years and I find this choice to be highly beneficial for my body type and current activities. Since becoming vegan, I've been on the hunt for a vegan waffle recipe. This is harder than you would think. The best kind of waffles are the fluffy waffles and eggs make them fluffy.
Until now. I found a recipe that produced successful vegan waffles, marijuana-infused waffles at that.
Marijuana-Infused Vegan Waffles
Makes 8 Vegan Waffles
- 2-½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups flour
- 2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 cups rice milk
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup marijuana-infused coconut oil (SIDE NOTE: Marijuana-infused coconut oil is fairly easy to make with tons of recipes on line to follow. I like the idea of making my own at home, that way I can have control on the strain of cannabis and the potency of the oil. However, I also like the convenience of purchasing it already made from a dispensary.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat waffle-maker.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine rice milk, orange juice, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
- Then combine both dry and wet ingredients until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
(Recipe by Madeline Rubidoux, Evergreen Organix)
Wow! These waffles not only tasted delicious but they were soft on the inside with a crispy outer shell. I was surprised they turned out and even more surprised on how effective the marijuana was. Edibles always seem to affect me differently than smoking or vaping. The state of relaxation came on quick. This might’ve been due to the fact my stomach was empty before the meal of waffles. My whole body felt like it was floating throughout the afternoon. I was definitely pain-free and in a state of calmness.
I shared my relaxing weekend with my boyfriend and we enjoyed every moment. We got lazy with Netflix, we laughed loudly at each other's jokes and we got creative by making a movie. Here's a video of my Hunter S. Thompson Ultra Marathon:
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