Yes, I’ve been away for a while. It’s been a number of compiling reasons, really. What started with a lack of time and good lighting this winter for food pictures turned into a lack of inspiration and focus.
You see, I decided to run a half-marathon this spring, so my winter weekends normally spent cooking and photographing were instead spent on long runs and recovering from long runs. Half-marathon day finally hit, but I ended up injuring myself and not having the race turn out the way I had wanted to. So my weekend long runs were then replaced with twice-weekly physical therapy sessions, and my nights previously occupied with web surfing for recipe inspiration were replaced with Google searches to educate myself about ITBS (that’s illotibial band friction syndrome) and performing the exercises I had learned in PT.
Then the more I realized how long it had been since I last blogged, the more performance anxiety I felt. “It’s been too long,” I’d tell myself. “I should have never let it go this long. What will I write or do now???”
Excuses, excuses; I know. The point now is that summer is here and with it are more daylight hours for both food photography and ramping up my running, this time without injury. I’m determined that both of my hobbies can coexist peacefully.
Because really, they do. I actually credit what I ate (an anti-inflammatory, whole foods diet) with helping me recover from my ITBS so quickly. So my food philosophy has changed slightly: I still think that food nourishes the soul as well as the body, but my emphasis right now is a little more on the body part. With that in mind, I’ve been experimenting even more with food that not only tastes good, but is also good for you. Look for future posts to focus on even more delicious and healthy foods that are easy and quick to prepare at home. I hope they’ll help and inspire you, whether you’re preparing to run a half-marathon or you just want to feel healthier in general.