Foot Issue and Cocoa Muffins with Quinoa

by Joanne on April 2, 2014

A week ago pain shot through my foot and almost brought me to the ground. I thought my 4th run at Boston wasn’t meant to be. It was an on-off pain, migrating to different areas of my foot. Not typical of plantar fasciitis, maybe a little like tenosynovitis, couldn’t be a stress fracture unless you consider how I have taken advantage of my feet through 11 marathons within 3 years.  After a meeting with the podiatrist and 6 x-rays, there is a tiny bone spur in my heel (but don’t we all have those?!) and go-ahead to run Boston BUT… yes, BUT!  No race this weekend, no speed work, and don’t expect a P.R.

foot wrap

The doc wanted to see how I ran with my foot wrapped so I’ll try some miles in the morning.  He is going to pad my shoe to see how I run with removable padding.  In the end, and the most important outcome of this footy issue is …


I know I’ll be disappointed with my time if the pain kicks in and checks me back but then I have two more weeks of healing and a 2nd chance in Tacoma Washington.  All is not lost.  I asked about tearing if I ran too fast and the probability is slim since pain would kick in and I’d have to slow down before that happened.

Celebrate with MUFFINS!

This is a classic Bob’s Red Mill recipe that disappears quicker than you can say “Bob’s Red Mill”.  Made with Quinoa Flour for extra protein and goodness. 


*I changed the recipe slightly and made 9 larger muffins instead of 12.


Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line muffin tins with cup cake liners.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Lite Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Quinoa Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract – pure not imitation.
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt (use vanilla if you have it for an extra flavor boost)

Melt the butter with the buttermilk over the stove.  Stir in the cocoa powder and set aside to cool.

Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.  Set aside.

In a clean bowl, beat eggs with vanilla for 2 minutes using an electric mixer. 

Stir flour mix into the butter-cocoa mixture.  Add the beaten eggs and vanilla. Now just blend in the yogurt.

Pour into muffin liners. Bake for 20 minutes.


Chocolaty.  Texture perfect. Not dry but very moist. Ted’s comment “I think these will sell on the “open market”.”  Open-mouthed smileThumbs up


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  • At 2014.04.03 07:29, Joanne said:

    Sounds like this is good news!! It’a always better (in my opinion) to get a diagnosis of some kind because then at least some of the uncertainty is taken out of it. And hopefully the adrenaline rush will just be so much you won’t even feel any pain!

    • At 2014.04.03 16:13, Joanne said:

      Thanks Joanne. I hope my adrenaline has a whole lot of lasting power come April 21st. as well.

    • At 2014.04.03 10:10, Heather said:

      I sure hope the rest, wrapping, and pads help. Boston, here you come!!

      • At 2014.04.04 05:13, Choc Chip Uru said:

        Lots of healing and muffins as my treatment my friend, feel better soon and you will back in no time 😀

        Choc Chip Uru

        • At 2014.04.04 11:35, misszippy1 said:

          The muffins sounds amazing! I’m glad you’ll be able to run Boston. One thing to consider: an x-ray will NOT show a xfracture until it is pretty far down the road (6 weeks or so) so you may want to follow up with a bone scan or MRI just to be sure and safe. Good luck with it!

          • At 2014.04.04 11:54, Joanne said:

            Exactly what I asked the Doc when he ordered the Xray. But both of us thought I’d be in more pain if it was a fracture so we are trying 1. Wrapping and this weekend, 2. Inserts. If things don’t get better, then he suggests an MRI but I think it’s just PF as well as a strained tendon. I’ve never had a problem with my feet before so maybe I’m being a bit of a baby. Trying to suck it up with out being stupid.

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