Hurricane is my middle name

Heh, but really, my middle name is Irene. I’ve been waiting all weekend to make that joke!

The weather this weekend caused me to shuffle around my running and travel plans. Instead of racing a 5k Saturday morning and then taking the bus to Pennsylvania, I ran an easy long run in Brooklyn and then prepared to greet Hurricane Irene at home. For the first time in the 4 years I’ve been running in New York, NYRR cancelled races – usually they just turn them into fun runs! To be honest, I wasn’t very upset about that. I ran a lot of miles last week and the thought of racing a fast 5k was not appealing. Instead, I headed out into the humidity on Saturday morning and ran 15 miles with some BK based running buddies. It was muggy. It was hot. And then around mile 6.5 I tripped over a root in Prospect Park and made a face-plant into the dirt.

This is my WTF face –

Thankfully I wasn’t injured, nor did I knock out any teeth (always a concern of mine). I escaped with only a few scrapes and bruises, but seriously…this is getting to be ridiculous! This is the 3rd nasty fall I’ve taken this year –

Last July, my foot gravitated towards the edge of the treadmill, I tripped on the moving belt, and slid of the back. That incident left me with a brush burn on my shin and a bruised ego (fellow gym goers definitely laughed…).

This past March, at the (crowded) start of the NYC half-marathon, I stumbled on a cone and was then pushed down by a dude behind me. The damage? A banged up elbow and a very bloody knee (I still have some nasty scar tissue that aches).

I still haven’t washed these shoes…

What is going on here? Part of it is probably bad luck, but the other part is me probably not paying attention when I’m running. On Saturday I think it was a combination of 1) getting lost in conversation with my running buddies and 2) shuffling/not picking up my knees enough. I notice this happens when my legs are tired…

Anyway, besides the wipe-out, last week’s running was pretty solid. Here’s how it went down:

Monday, August 22 – 6 miles easy in the morning

Tuesday, August 23 – 7.25 miles a.m.,  3.75 miles p.m.

Wednesday, August 24 – 6.25 miles a.m., 3.75 miles p.m.

Thursday, August 25 – 6.25 miles a.m., 3.75 miles p.m.

Friday, August 26 – 4 miles during lunchbreak

Saturday, August 27 – 15 miles in 2:12 (8:48 pace), felt relaxed

Sunday, August 28 – 4 miles easy in the afternoon

Total: 60 miles

The pros? My highest mileage in awhile, a solid long run, and my motivation was high.

The cons? I didn’t make it to a workout (the 5k was supposed to serve that purpose…oops) and I didn’t do any core work.  Always room for improvement!

While waiting for Irene, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I had a bunch of CSA veggies to play around with and so this weekend’s eats were very veggie-heavy.

Friday night – toasted pita bread, homemade baba ganoush, and chopped Greek Salad inspired by a Real Simple recipe.

My only change was substituting raw green beans for the lettuce, because that’s what I had on hand.

Saturday night – I topped leftover pitas with fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato, black olives, and oregano and baked them for about 8 minutes. Then I finished them off in the broiler so the cheese got nice and melty. Yummm.

Sunday night – More tomatoes?!? Yup, I had at least 8lbs to use up this weekend. I made an awesome homemade tomato sauce that requires just 3 ingredients – 2 lbs of tomatoes, 5 Tbs of butter, and an onion cut in half. Plus a little salt. My advice – freeze your tomatoes and then let them thaw. It makes peeling them SO easy, no food mill required. I mean, really, who owns a food mill?

Tomato sauce in action!

I mixed the tomato sauce with a box of whole wheat rigatoni and then topped it off with some black olives and grated fresh mozzarella. The man-friend is probably sick of tomatoes by now (tomatoes in everything!), but hey, gotta take advantage of the summer harvest!

My final project for the weekend was a batch of carrot cake muffins. Healthy enough to eat for breakfast! I consulted a few recipes, but pretty much did my own thing.

Healthy Carrot Muffins (makes 12)


  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax whisked with about 1/3 cup water (great egg substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of grated carrots (about 4-5 carrots)
  • 6 oz Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • raisins and/or walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper cups (or coat pan generously with cooking spray).

Whisk flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In another  bowl lightly combine the flax seed-water mixture with the coconut oil and vanilla extract.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir in the shredded carrots and yogurt just until combined. It’s going to be very thick batter! Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden on top. Take out of the muffin pan and cool on a rack (this prevents soggy bottoms).  Great served warm, with a dollop of peanut butter or cream cheese.

Have you ever fallen while running? Do you know why it happened? Was it clumsiness? Not paying attention? Should I just give-in and buy a helmet?

  • man-friend

    I have fallen quite a few times whilst falling, sometimes I think it is because I let my mind wander and before you know it I am eating a gravel sandwich. As for helmet purchases, I can make a few recommendations if need be.

  • man-friend

    while *running

  • J (Morning runner)

    Ouch! Hope you are ok! I have fallen twice and it is because I wasn’t paying attention and a pothole jumped out at me! lol

    I love real simple – that salad looks delicious!

  • I seem to have at least one occasion a year where I trip over a pothole and and up with a huge gash on my knee/shin. Always in the summer, too, when I’m in skirts almost every day!

    What’s that on your shirt strap, by the way? Looks like another watch?

  • Holy mileage! Good for you for getting in those 2-a-days!
    Uhhh, yea, about a month ago I collided into that cyclist while running and still have a nasty bruise on my behind. Worst fall ever! Well, it could of been worse – no serious injuries. Always scary to fall – glad you’re okay. Nice picture!
    Spent tons of time in my kitchen too bc of Irene! Also made our family’s red sauce – yum. 

  • ack! surprisingly, i haven’t fallen while running (at least in recent memory). i vote that you were completely in the zone and caught off-guard. as for running helmets, i encourage this. you could single-handedly be responsible for starting a new trend that sweeps the city – or country! the one-shoulder sports bra was just your warm up. i’ll keep an eye out for running helmets to take over central park. 

  • mmmm, you know I love any baked good involving carrot! 

    The last time I wiped out running was last summer on the bridle path with I rolled my ankle. It happened so fast, and I definitely don’t think I was paying attention. Plus, there are kind of a lot of roots and rocks everywhere. It’s always when we least expect it, and them BAM. Maybe you’ve gotten all of your falls in for the next couple of years?

  • Anonymous

    I faceplanted at the Brooklyn Half this year.  It was those stupid wobbly planks on the boardwalk!  And also because I’m a clumsy shuffler.  

  • Erin Cochran

    I definitely had a massive wipeout last month. I was super underfueld and trying to run 8 miles after a week of (no running) vacation. I was so distracted and angry with myself for not running while on vacation that I wasn’t paying attention, my toe planted straight into the side of a stone slab and I FLEW, jamming my hand into the corner of another stone slab. I got the coolest bruise on my lower hand and wrist, but my hand still twinges if I put pressure on it wrong. Good times.

  • I am a klutz. When I was presented at a debutante thing (southern thing, I can’t help where I was born), my mom’s greatest fear was me tripping (I did but covered it up, I trip so much I’ve gotten good at the cover up). My best falls have come on the bridle path – one where my face broke the fall and the other where I did a roll. The once where I fell on my face gave me many a scrapes on my face and when I went to babysit later that day the kids gave me a “boo boo buddy” (ice pack) and bandaged me up. I wish I could figure out how to upload my post-face plant picture — its pretty epic.

  • Anonymous

    haha, yes! it’s my trusty timex. the Garmin 305 is sort of clunky, so i usually have to take my regular watch off when i wear it.

  • Anonymous

    omg, the Coney Island boardwalk planks scare the shit out of me. the first year i ran that half (2008), the race began on the boardwalk. crowded race start + uneven boardwalk planks = plenty of opportunity for splinters. yikes.

  • Anonymous

    i had a boo-boo buddy when i was little! maybe i should bring it back to nyc…

  • RunTheLongRoad

    i fall all the time.  all. the. time.  my most recent fall landed me in the ER with a single stitch in my knee.  and uneven sidewalks are my specialty.  i have some badass scars though!

  • Haha, knocking out my teeth when falling is a real fear of mine. Like, sometimes I have dreams (nightmares?) about falling and knocking out all my teeth on a curb. Totally rational.

    I’m currently nursing a scraped knee; I fell while bike riding last weekend and totally wiped out while powering up a hill. Granted, I was in sandals and a dress, so I kind of deserved it, but it still really really hurts, especially when running. Open wound + sweat=crazy stinging.

    <3 tomatos…kinda jealous you got to use so many. Yum!

  • YUM all your meals look delicious! I am pretty clumsy too, but often during races it’s just a matter of someone tripping me! OK this mayyy be TMI but it’s true and apparently it’s common? I am soooo much more clumsy/unstable during that time of the month. Maybe that has something to do with it..?

  • Erin

    Oh man–I just faceplanted this weekend on a training run for a marathon. It was super embarassing and painful. I slammed into the pavement on my thigh and proceeded to skid on the ground, resulting in a gnarly looking scratch/burn on my shoulder. Everyone in my running group’s first reaction was “Did you hurt you knee or ankle?” My mom’s reaction: “Did you hurt your face?”

    Different priorities. 🙂

  • Kaitlin

    I’m a klutz but until this year I’ve never fallen while running.  But this year, I’ve fallen twice.  The first time I was definitely paying attention.  I slipped when I was attempting to gingerly step over a patch of ice.  That time I was scraped and bruised but not injured.  The second time I wouldn’t say I wasn’t paying attention, but I didn’t see a piece of wire in the road and tripped on it.  I ended up with a badly scraped and bruised knee, a sprained wrist, and a fractured elbow (radial head).  I’m starting to feel like maybe I should wear a helmet, too!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve actually heard that before!! Something about estrogen making the joints looser or something?

  • hah, love that picture. i mean, i don’t love that you are all scraped up… but your expression is priceless! i have never fallen hard while running, but i did have one serious not-so-sexy bike accident. there was blood and fractured ribs involved. good times.

    love that are you embracing the red sauce on PASTA of all things. so. good!

  • Anonymous

    i know. i even ate some pasta leftovers last night. i didn’t hate it. !!

  • Woman you are a soldier!  I balied pretty hard while trail running one time last year.  I was running at a pretty fast clip while gawking at some cute ducks nearby…tripped over who knows what and literally rolled down a hill…couple scrapes but luckily nobody saw except for those ducks!  I must have looked odd at Starbucks later covered in mud…

  • I’ve never heard that tomato trick.  Interesting!

    Glad that you survived the weekend (mostly) unscathed.  Pick those feet up, lady! <3

  • Page

    DAMN girl, you were on a cooking extravaganza. Also, please make that first photo you FB profile photo…classic!

  • Corey @ runner’s cookie

    Not going to lie…you look pretty badass all covered in dirt! I’m sorry you fell, but glad no permanent damage was done. The only time I’ve really badly fallen was in a XC race in middle school – I got totally trampled into the gravel at the start. My knee took the brunt of it and I still (and always will) have a pretty nasty scar. I’m a little on the clumsy side so I trip all the time, and definitely more so when I’m tired. 60 miles = awesome. You are my running hero! And I’m sure I’d love those carrot cake muffins..making a note to myself to finally buy coconut oil!

  • Liz

    Oh wow, funny falling during a run was today’s post (or rather the post I’m reading today). I nearly bit it this morning while running, definitely one of those moments where it looks like you were doing really loooooong lunges down the sidewalk because my left foot thankfully got up there just in time! It was quite the wake up call not even a mile into the run. I think it was mostly due to the time of day (not really light out yet) and not paying attention to the ground. I think I’m lucky in that if I have fallen while running, I don’t remember, so it must not have been traumatic.

    Now the time I took both dogs rollerblading (both are between 75-85 lbs), now THAT fall was traumatic and have never gone rollerblading with them again. Disaster.

    Glad you weren’t hurt! Thoroughly enjoy the blog (not sure if I’ve ever commented!) 🙂

  • did you spend the rest of your run wondering what everyone else in prospect park was thinking when they saw you?  dirt is the new sexy, clearly!

    looks like you guys did a good job making the most of hurricane lockdown!  i think my pizza addiction has reached the status where even a simple homemade pita pizza makes my mouth water. yum.

    ps: i just realized your bday is on thursday.  are you back in town then?  and if so, are we drinking??

  • Shaya E

    To make you feel better, I’d send you the picture of the last cut I got while running, but it’s too gruesome (passing runner gave me $20 to get a cab home and I had to go to the ER). Running, blood thinners and my general klutziness mean that my poor shins are constantly bruised, and that a helmet is useless!

  • I’ve stumbled quite often. Have I wiped out??? I don’t think so….

    However, even though my legs are disproportionately short, I’m TERRIFIED of my stride being too long for the treadmills at the gym. Wiping out on those things are one of my greater fears in life. Right behind shark attacks, but before getting struck by lightening…

  • Galka

    I fell in the first lap of a high school indoor 1500 race. I got pummeled and when I finally stopped rolling I had a giant wedgie with one cheek fully exposed and the awful can’t help it pout that was followed by a rush of tears. I had some bad track burn on my knee. I took out a mini fence outlining a garden one day and two days later wiped out in front of a couple romantically strolling along. I had bad road rash on my shoulder from that one. LOL!

  • For me it happens when I just completely zone out. Next thing I know, I’m going to the emergency room to get stitches in my hand. Whoops.

  • haha YES, supposedly! I totally notice it.

  • scooterbuddy1

    OMG yum, wait back to the point hurricane, its something about this year that has us hardcore sweet-butt runners trippin’ (LITTERALY?!) you are just that more bad arse.. I feel so bad its a month after the last marathon I ATE IT AT THE START LINE and my knee still aches, and the 18 mile run I ran a couple weeks before that marathon when the earth shiffted all of a sudden and ate my shoe, and the skin on my knee… is still healing… Kust know we are that amazing.. 🙂 xo rad runner

  • I think maybe you should invest in some serious full-body padding (kind of like what my mom used to make me wear when I was a kid rollerblading). 🙂 Seriously, though, I’m glad you weren’t injured. All that mud sort of makes you look tough. I haven’t fallen running *yet* but I fall/trip pretty often doing most things, so it’s probably just a matter of time.

  • Mlundergan30

    I LOVE this blog!

  • It was my first half marathon and I was so excited to be at the last water stop I grabbed some water and turned to give a high five and boom…fell right into the garbage can! Still finished in under 2 hours…granted I didn’t smell very good!

  • Umm ouch!! I am a clumsy running, but all my incidents involve twisting my ankle. It’s not a good time. I wish I had been smart and just stayed in NYC this past weekend, getting back into the city after the hurrican was awful!!

  • Vigibson

    O my gosh! I’ve never met anyone with the middle name Irene except my Mom. My middle name is Irene. I hated it growing up, but now I love it. I joked with my brother saying I hope hurricane Irene doesn’t have a temper like me!! Your running is going well and your food looks super yummy. I want to make some of your yumminess. Keep it up!! 🙂

  • That’s also my sister’s middle name! Not a nice hurricane, but a very pretty name. 🙂

    Sorry about your fall! I am the same way – I think I just stop paying attention sometimes and when you combine that with my clumsiness/lack of coordination, it’s a recipe for disaster.

    All of these recipes look amazing!! Especially the carrot muffins. I love that you used yogurt/flax. These are on my list of must-makes!!

  • Katie

    I still can’t believe that dude pushed you down! What people will do to get a head start, jeezie.  I fell once on while running with he-who-will-not-be-named… I tripped on a subway grate but he caught me before my face hit the dirty pavement.

  • You had someone push you to the ground?!  That’s beyond reproachable!  I’ve fallen twice this year:  once on a not so cleared out trail run (tree root), and more recently I literally kissed pavement a 1/2 mile into my 14 mile run.  It was early, the sun wasn’t up, and I wasn’t paying attention.  All I remember thinking during the fall was, “OH MY GOODNESS, my face is SO CLOSE TO THE GROUND!”  I’ll have to blog it one of these days.  Glad you’re ok!

  • Liz

    Well isn’t karma a little bitch …. a week after posting I’ve never fallen while running, I bit it this morning. Go figure. The funny thing is that I even commented about this — totally karma!

  • Anonymous

    i hope you’re okay! falling while running is such a jarring experience.

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