Ever since all of the wonderful support in this post and a fantastic run that day (thanks to your inspiration), I’ve been battling knee pain.  It’s either ITBS or runner’s knee, and I haven’t seen anyone about it since I feel like my ankle injury was just a big money-sucker with no real results.   Except intense hatred of the airdyne bike.

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When it comes to running, I feel like it’s something my body just isn’t meant to do.  Two years ago I got a stress fracture when I started training for the half, last year was the ankle issue, and this year my knee – as soon as one thing heals, something else goes wrong.  It’s incredibly frustrating and pretty much makes you hate everyone who runs without pain (Melissa gets me. But she’s a real runner and I’ve never been in that category.  So she only half gets me.  But we’re kind of food soulmates too.  So read her post, where she says all the things I want to say).

I’m sure it sounds like my body can’t handle running, but I feel like it should be able to.  As you can see in my workout log, I do intense cycling classes 3-4 times per week to strengthen my legs, yoga at least once a week to help with flexibility, and I’ve been doing the Live Fit upper body series to increase strength.  It’s the fittest I’ve ever been but my body just won’t let me be a runner.

It’s really tempting to run this week, too.  About 2 weeks after my initial knee pain, I thought I had rested enough and tried to run 3 miles – then could barely walk.  I know I need to continue to NOT run, but I want to so badly.

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The half marathon isn’t happening.  It’s about 8 weeks away, and I haven’t been able to train at all.  Even walking more than a mile at a time can be painful (with a knee brace).  I’m finally able to do stairs without pain, so I’m giving it another week or so – then if it still hurts on and off I’ll go see a specialist. 

ANYWAY.  Thanks for letting me vent.  Not that you had a choice. ;)

If you can’t tell, I’m really enjoying the Protein Plus Peanut Flour.   Last night I attempted to make a peanut butter flavored granola based on my perfect granola recipe, with no added sugar or oil like this version.

Dry ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups puffed millet
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened Trader Joe O’s (or Cheerios)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds

“Wet” ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 drops stevia (or 2 Tbsp brown sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar free syrup (or maple syrup/honey/agave)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix “wet” ingredients until no peanut flour lumps remain and pour over dry ingredients. 
  3. Spread in an even layer on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet, pressing into large clumps (if you like cluster-y granola like I do).
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes, turning once (carefully to not break up clusters), until browned. 
  5. Allow to cool completely and then break into pieces.

Approximate nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 95 calories, 3 grams fat, 5 grams protein

Verdict?  Delicious.  But not peanut buttery enough.   No one would taste this and guess that it was supposed to be peanut butter granola.  I’m thinking about adding a Tbsp or two of real peanut butter.  And maybe some cocoa powder, because that never hurts either.

Anyone know of any good peanut flour granola recipes?  Anyone?!

Have a great Tuesday!

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