Top 10 Benefits of Not Running and Simple Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

I wrote this post to provide me, and any other depressed sidelined runner, a sunnier side to Not Running.  I’m four weeks post-PRP injection.  While I think that I’m about 90% better; I’m still not ready to run.  My recovery protocol cocktail is made up of the following:

  • Icing 3-4 times a day
  • Rolling calves with a lacrosse ball
  • Balancing exercises to strengthen small muscles around my ankle
  • Sleeping with a night splint

Don’t let the Kale salad in the pic fool you. I’ve been enjoying raiding the wine cellar and this was one great cork we popped on Friday night-Nagy 2 Pinot Blanc. I didn’t take a pic of the other noshes……too naughty! And can anyone find the Husky?

Leslie’s top 10 benefits to NOT RUNNING

  • I was able to salvage a couple of pairs of ancient elastic-waisted sweats that I had put in the Good Will box in March and deemed “too big to wear”.  I now ponder if I can wear them out to social events since I’m not into wearing pants that zip these days
  • I don’t generate as much laundry
  • I can go three weeks instead of two between pedicures because my toenails don’t chip AND I can grow them longer. When I start running again, waiting three weeks will quickly become a #northcountyproblem
  • I can pin point EXACTLY why I’m in a bad mood as there’s no grey here (I’m not running)
  • Have performed more quality checks on the wine cellar (a-hum…that sounds so official!).  It’s important to manage the inventory!
  • I use less sunscreen. Because I’m not out in the sun……..running (duh)
  • Less impromptu bathroom stops in the bushes on Highway 101. For you locals, that’s specifically between Lomas Santa Fe and Via de la Valle.  Does my lack of running provide a more environmentally sound stretch in Solana Beach?  I’m going with “yes” because that makes me feel better
  • Swimming feels easier and faster without dead legs
  • Less food I need to eat.  At least, that should be the case in theory….hmmmmm…yes, “in theory”….
  • Less $$$ spent on running clothes. “Dear LULULEMON, I am so sorry that I haven’t forked over my credit card for more of your magnificent apparel during 2013.  While I love your weekly emails with pics of all of the new colors and styles, I cannot justify buying anything until I am running again”.  This is WAY better for my retirement fund……..a upside, no less!

Cauliflower before going in oven. Yum! I also cut a couple of “steaks” cross-wise and seared them on the griddle.

Food-wise, I’m enjoying the “non-competitive” season.  Apparently, this moniker has replaced “the off season” to define what we triathletes do between October 15th and March 1st (right Kurt?), and it is much more accurate in definition as I still train and if possible, do some fun races, during this time.    After last Saturday, which was a marathon all-day, full-throttle breakfast, Kona-viewing, beer-swilling, burrito-hoovering, missing Ironman racing, sorta pity-party, mostly-cheering kinda day; I’ve been pretty conservative with what I’ve been eating .  Last night, I roasted an entire head of cauliflower and enjoyed that with a square of super dark chocolate.

Note:  When you are roasting any vegetables; the more oil you add, the crispier and more flavorful they will become.  I’ve tried every way, from no oil to lotsa oil, and the results vary.  You decide. I won’t lie, upping the oil creates a tasty result as Fat Is Flavor, but a little can go a long way.

Smoked Paprika and Garlic-Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower, cut into small, evenly-sized florets (I also cut up the stem)
  • 1 Tbsp-3 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp Hot or Mild Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Sea Salt to taste

Method

  • Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
  • Lay Cauliflower onto baking sheet.  I line mine with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet.   If you have more than enough for one layer, use two sheet pans so that the cauliflower “roasts” instead of “steams”
  • Toss Cauliflower with Oil, Paprika, Salt and Garlic Powder. You could do this in a bowl, but I’m lazy and I don’t feel like washing an extra piece of equipment, so I do this right on the sheet pan
  • Place on middle rack in oven
  • Roast for 10 minutes
  • Open oven door to release any steam build-up.  Be careful not to get your face to close to the oven door as the steam might burn it
  • Roast for 20-25 more minutes

Tomorrow’s a check up with the doctor–hopefully I will be back to running so that you won’t be subjected to these ridiculous lists LOL

3 Plus weeks later, pedicure still intact….a definite “upside” of NOT RUNNING. And I’m following recovery protocol and icing

 

 

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Benefits of Not Running and Simple Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

  1. Well, I loved this blog and frankly I don’t want you to start running because you won’t be writing great stuff like this!! You are a very good and entertaining writer- thanks for the recipe!!

    See ya Weds or Thurs for a “non competitve” bike ride.

  2. Thanks Gina! But I need to start running as I’m going bonkers! I’ll continue to write, however. yes, I will see you hopefully both days for some “noncompetitive” riding. Congrats again on your podium finish yesterday at the Life Time Fitness Tri!

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