Ankle-Friendly Workouts + Recent Eats

Hello friends! So, you know what’s really dumb? We did this great rocky/hilly hike on Sunday with no problem, and then, once we’re home, I randomly twist my ankle walking off our back steps. I know. I should probably come up with a cooler story, huh?

As a result, I’ve been taking it easier than usual on the fitness front this week. When it first happened it hurt so badly I was really worried I did something serious – Matt heard me cry out as I fell and ran outside to find me writhing around on the ground in pain. He’s quite well versed in ankle injuries after all his years of soccer playing, so within minutes he had picked me up, put me on a chair, elevated my foot, and grabbed some ice packs for it. What a guy!

Thankfully, I don’t seem to have done anything serious – my ankle was really tender that night, and the top/side of my foot where I landed/smushed it felt a little bruised, but it’s been getting better every day since and today feels pretty much normal. Whew – I lucked out.

Monday’s fitness plans were actually pretty ankle-friendly – I was going to go stand up paddleboarding with my friend Sarah, but no problem, I’d just do kayaking instead. Easy!


We met up in the early evening and had a great time catching up on the water. So peaceful out there!


Thanks for the fun meet up, Sarah!


As for yesterday, I skipped my originally planned track workout in favor of a little lap swimming!


Washington & Lee indoor pool, where I swim, is normally packed, but over the summer everyone clears out in favor of outdoor lap swimming and vacations. Since almost no one was around, I snuck in my waterproof/underwater digital camera (<—expensive but has been SO worth it for adventures – and takes great normal photos so I don’t have to lug my DSLR with me on trips anymore either) to snag some pictures while I was there. :)


Because who says underwater selfies are just for kids?


Don’t worry, I did actually do some lap swimming while I was there. ;) I did about 30 minutes of laps – mostly backstroke and freestyle, focusing on arms and not kicking much. Felt really nice on such a hot morning, even though I was inside!

As for today, my ankle and foot feel pretty much normal again. I have a walk with a friend and some yoga planned for this evening, and then tomorrow morning I’m hoping to meet up with my track group! We’ll see. :)

On the food front this week, I’ve been keeping it simple. One of my favorite easy breakfasts (especially in hot weather) is sprouted grain cinnamon raisin toast + almond butter + plain full fat Greek yogurt + sliced banana. The yogurt is a surprisingly tasty addition – and makes it way more filling (protein!) too. Plus a shot of espresso with a splash of milk – European style. ;)


On Monday night, we had a random “eat whatever is in the fridge” type night (I think I had hummus and crackers, string beans, a peach, a handful of almonds, and half an avocado – classy, I know, but it was surprisingly tasty and we didn’t feel like cooking because Matt to run off to soccer). Last night, we got ourselves together and made a Blue Apron meal! On the menu: a Tandoori Chicken with spiced lentils and eggplant (<—recipe on their website).

blue apron lentils

It came out REALLY well – and we especially enjoyed it because it’s so different from anything we’d normally make for ourselves. I love Indian food but don’t think I’ve ever really cooked it at home (unless you count the TJ’s frozen chana masala… no? Yeah, okay). The Greek yogurt/cucumber/mint sauce it was paired with was great, and the spiced lentils paired really well with the spiced chicken. Delicious! We have about a serving of lentils leftover that I’ll be enjoying for lunch today.


Back to work – we are leaving on a big overseas vacation on Saturday evening to celebration Matt’s grad school completion; I’ll share more details on that later this week, but for now I need to make sure I’ve got everything in order before we go, work and AnneTheRD client-wise!

Have a good one! I’ll be back tomorrow with a summery recipe. :)

Have you ever cooked Indian food at home before? What’s your favorite dish/recipe?


  1. 1

    Love a good homemade curry! Recently posted a korma you might like! Hope you’re ankle is back at it’s best for your track group meet up!

  2. 2

    Ugh I roll my ankle all the time. Actually, i haven’t yet this year (knock on wood) but on 2014 I rolled it 3 times!!

    I love the eat whats in the fridge nights. i feel like im doing my part to not waste food hahahah. And I don’t cook, my boyfriend usually cooks because i am TERRIBLE at it, and if i were in charge we’d have annie’s mac and cheese every night.

  3. 3

    Congrats to Matt on finishing grad school! We’re heading off to Greece shortly – it’d be funny if that’s where you are heading too!

  4. 6

    My go-to is coconut curry!

  5. 7

    Oh man, sorry to hear that. I give myself minor ankle sprains all the time; I blame super flexible ankles from years of swimming.

    Hopefully you can get back to running soon, if not, pool running can work wonders for maintaining run-specific fitness.

  6. 8

    So sorry to hear about your ankle- hope its feeling better soon.

    Overseas trip sounds exciting- cant wait to hear where you are off to!

  7. 9

    Eek I hope you feel better soon! I just went kayaking in Maine this weekend! It was so much fun!!

  8. 10

    ugh. ankle injuries suck. i am prone to them b/c i have weak arches. i’ve been doing a lot of stabilizing exercises (mostly balance/glute stuff) that could help you strengthen the area so you heal faster/better.

  9. 11

    Take care of your ankle! It supports the weight of your body. Plus I still need to run 1,000 miles with you! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! :) I Googled pictures this morning of it. SO freakin cool!

  10. 13

    Sorry to hear about your injury but glad it’s on the mend! It’s funny when you do something very physical with no issues but then injure yourself doing a normal daily activity. I’ve done that before also. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  11. 14

    Too funny! I just posted a post about how i became a swimmer through injuries! when life gives you injuries, go swimming:)

    glad to hear it’s not serious!

  12. 15

    Love the underwater selfie! You better bring the camera on our upcoming trip!!! :D
    and a hearty OUI for your France mug and euro style coffee! ;) Paris misses you!

  13. 17

    I make vegetarian Indian food at home ALL THE TIME! Since it revolves around rice, lentils, beans, spices, and inexpensive vegetables like onions, eggplant, potatoes, cauliflower and cabbage I seriously save so much money by making Indian meals. Once you learn the simple techniques like toasting and grinding fresh spices or making a tadka you can make extremely flavorful meals for about $0.50 a serving. My favorite is baingan bhartha but I’ll make tons of different dals, chana masala, mushroom mattar, etc. I made palak paneer last week.

  14. 19

    Hey Anne! So sorry to hear about the ankle. Maybe it was more prone to injury because of your super rocky hike earlier–the muscles supporting the joint were probably a little tired and it didn’t take as much as usual to roll it? I don’t know just a thought!
    Also if you find yourself in the Shenandoah park again the Riprap trail, Jones Run/Doyles River, and White Oak/Cedar Run are awesome hikes with either nice waterfalls or streams for swimming!

    • 20

      It was actually just because I was dumb and not paying attention – I was wearing flip flops and stepped off the porch only half onto the step, so I fell/rolled my ankle at the same time. Womp, womp! Thanks for the Shenandoah recs! We’ve done White Oak, but not the others! :)

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    Roadrunner says

    Hope the ankle heals quickly. Smart move hitting the pool!


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