Wednesday, March 15, 2006

C+ For The Knee, A+ For The Amish!

Tried out the knee this evening, after almost a week off. Decided to take it a little bit cautiously, so I ran only 3 and did it on the hotel treadmill. I started out favoring the left knee a little and could tell my right knee was taking more of a pounding, but after a quick warmup it evened out just fine.

The knee works perfectly when I'm sitting, standing, walking, and now even running. The only thing I can't do yet is put weight on it if I need to go from a stand to a squat, or a squat to a stand (which thankfully is not very often!). I'm going to go with the flow and hope it heals itself. C+ so far on the knee.

After my run I headed out in search of dinner. While I'm here in NYC, I'm trying not to eat at the same place twice, so I can sample as many restaurants and as many cuisines as possible. I'm usually by myself, so I'm not into going to a fancy place for a long sit down affair. I'd rather do take-out and Starbucks, then back to the hotel to check out blogs over dinner!

I discovered a whole slew of restaurants one block over on 9th Ave, and they look more like small neighborhood type places. I had Thai at Pam Real Thai earlier this week; the reviews were great but I thought the food could've been better. After wandering a bit, I stumbled upon Amish Fine Food. What a find! I'm not one to get all excited over a grocery store, but this place had all sorts of interesting stuff I'd never seen before. There were (new to me) energy bars, granola bars, chocolates, candies, cookies, Beefeater flavored tea, biscotti, pizelles, snack mix, dried fruit, jams etc. There was also fresh fruit, cakes, pastries, baklava, sushi, soup and pizza. I ended up getting dinner from the food bar - a Greek salad, grilled salmon with rice pilaf and string beans almondine, and a tub of fresh cut pineapple! I forced myself to not go by the key lime pie and baklava again, but to head to the checkout line instead. I'm definitely going back to sample more of their stuff. A+, even if there's nothing Amish about them - what the hey?


Christine said...

The Amish have websites now? Look out Mennonites!

susie said...

I finally read the TMS article....I want to think there's something there, but I agree with Anne. Running through a serious injury could be devastating. Enjoy those dinners. What fun to explore!

Deene said...

aah! i'm so hungry now.

Rae said...

That is so cool!!We had a ton of fun in the Amish area of PA last fall.

Josh said...

Living in New York City, I’ve gotten spoiled… it seems like there’s a great new restaurant on every block.

If you come to NY for the marathon, there’s a great Amish Market on the west side of 9th Avenue between 49th and 50th Street.

Lots of healthy and tasty treats!

Running Jayhawk said...

Ahmish in NYC? That's a trip! :)

I used to live in the middle of nowhere, NJ and there were a ton of Ahmish folks in the area. One even made me an ankle-length dress with a lacey bib/apron thing for my 14th birthday. Never once wore it, but kept it for posterity (and a good giggle)...they're very thoughtful folks.

Keep it easy with the knee. That's one part of the body you don't want to tick off.

Black Knight said...

I had the possibility to know something on the Amish only by movies, but I think they make a genuine food.

Tonynemf said...

The Amish have websites now? Look out Mennonites!