Last year my relationship with running was very much a love-hate relationship. There were certainly days that I loved it, and there were days that I had amazing runs. But, there were many more days that my body just wasn’t feeling it, or that I was on the brink of/in the midst/recovering from injury. I spent the majority of last spring and summer desperately trying to love running the way I once had. But, it just never happened. So, I stepped away away for a while.
I find that when I’m feeling uninspired with anything in life – be it, writing, cooking, running, anything - the best thing to do is to remove myself from the situation. Maybe for an hour, a day, a week or a few months, whatever kind of time I need. Usually when I come back to whatever it is, I’m in a better mindset and a fresh perspective.
Coming back to running this year has been very much the same. I’ve been back at it for a couple months now, and I love running in a way I haven’t experienced in a long time. It was kind of tough going at first, but I expected that. Rebuilding fitness it never exactly easy. Every run I’ve felt a little bit stronger, and every once in a while I have a “breakthrough run”. I had one such run last weekend, I felt strong, lite on my feet and was able to push a pace I haven’t seen in a looong time.
I was beyond thankful to come home and refuel with a big bowl of Freekeh and Shredded Kale Salad with Baby Beets and Feta. I love a hearty salad that I can eat as a meal, without feeling hungry 20 minutes after cleaning my plate, and this one definitely fits the bill.
I’ve been cooking with freekeh a lot lately – using it in burrito bowl, eating it for breakfast, using it in stir frys & curries, and adding it to salads. To make weekday meals a little easier I like to cook a big pot of freekeh (usually cracked freekeh), and store in the refrigerator to use when I need it during the week.
Also, ever since trying Love Beets recently, I’ve been hooked on steamed and peeled baby beets (there are a variety of brands offered at most grocery stores; I usually get mine at Trader Joe’s). They.are.so.convenient! Of course you can also steam your own beets.
One last time saving tip….since kale is so meaty, this salad can be made the day before you plan to serve.