Tortilla Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pizza for the Hurting Legs

September 22, 2011 · 30 comments

My legs kinda really hurt today.

So much so that I declared today “bring your foam roller to work day” today.

Last night, four of us set out at 6:00 p.m. to complete 18.5 miles. It was cool, windy, and dark, and we held an average of 8:30 pace for the duration of the run.

I finally arrived home sometime after 9 p.m., and my leg’s were aaaaching. Kinda weird my legs would hurt more for 18.5 than they did for 20, right? I’m assuming since I took my 20 miler a little slower, this hurt more.

After my ice-bath-that-kinda-sucked and-almost-wasn’t (I’ve always felt ice baths felt GOOD… this time, since it was longer after I finished running, the cold didn’t feel as great), I couldn’t decide if I was more hungry or more exhausted.

Noted: ice baths feel much better when you haven’t yet cooled off from the run.

As usual, hunger won.

Is it just me, or is anyone else not really hungry after long runs? I almost feel nauseous and can’t quite decide what I’m in the mood for. I settled on a easy homemade pizza using whatever I had lying around.

Tortilla Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pizza

Serves: 1
Prep time: 7 minutes
Bake time: 12 minutes

  • 1 La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • approx. 7 tbsp Prego Heart Smart Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Tomato Sauce
  • 1 turkey sausage, sliced thin
  • approx. 1/6 of an onion, chopped
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 3 slices Borden cheddar cheese (it was either this or blue cheese or feta… I’m not smart enough to remember to buy mozzarella. Cheddar tasted fine, I promise)
  • approx. 5 tbsp. Classico Light Alfredo Sauce (LOVE this stuff)
  • red pepper flakes, pepper, garlic salt, & Perfect Pinch Garlic & Herb for seasoning
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. After placing the tortilla on a baking sheet, spread the tomato sauce on the tortilla, leaving room for “crust” on the edges
  3. Add the spinach on top of the sauce, followed by the onion and turkey sausage slices
  4. Evenly distribute cheese on top of the mixture
  5. Drizzle alfredo sauce on top
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes (until cheese is melted). Foam roll during this time if you need to (I did).
  7. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top, followed by other desired seasonings

And that’s how you eat dinner in bed and pass out until you need to wake up for work.

You’re welcome.

And guess what? I got a pedicure last weekend. There was a casualty.

Let’s play “one of these things is not like the other.”

Or.. “one of these things isn’t really there.”

Too much? Sorry. Fun color, though, right?


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1 Dorsa @ Running Thoughts September 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I don’t get it? I suck at that game apparently..

Ps.. my toes are the same color 🙂 I love purple right now
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2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm

That pizza looks amazing… I’m craving pizza in a major way now. I haven’t tried that light alfredo yet!
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3 Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee September 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I can’t believe you ran that many miles that fast after working all day. You’re a champ. Wow.

I’m not hungry after a long run either so I usually try to stick to smoothies. The longer I run, the less I want to eat right away. Weird.

Is it your big toenail? Did I guess right?! Tell me tell me 🙂
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4 Katie B September 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m missing the SAME toenail!


5 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries September 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Is it your big toe?!
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6 theAlmostRunner September 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

hahaha. Poor non-toenail. I can’t WAIT for that to happen to me!!!
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7 Sami September 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

way to go on your crazy long run! hope those legs aren’t sore for long…i def. think the pizza helped them 😉

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8 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health September 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Love the color of your nail polish :). And that pizza looks super tasty…I may have to make something like that soon!
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9 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I think its amazing that you did an 18.5 mile run after work!! You are a rockstar!
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10 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy September 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Losing toenails: reason 5,678,324 that I don’t run more than 3 miles.
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11 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

looooove that color! Tortilla pizzas are one of the tastiest, easiest and quickest dinners. a win all around!
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12 Faith @ For the Health of It September 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oy, trying to keep your feet pretty as a runner is HARD! My pedicurist always looks at me like I’m the nastiest human being on earth.
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13 Alaina Johnson September 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

love love that nail color and your shoes. didn’t even notice what was missing till ya went and pointed it out 🙂
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14 Beth (Well I'll Be) September 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

You don’t even look sweaty in that picture! Congrats on the 18.5 miles, that’s incredible!
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15 Allie @ PickyEatingRD September 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Ugh! I am missing the same toenail right now but on the other foot. Oh running… I am always apologizing to the person who does my nails “I’m sorry I’m a runner that’s why my feet are so wanky”.
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16 Lauren September 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

I lost both of my big toenails in an all night dancing incident. Oops! Sounds like you have a more legitimate and impressive excuse. Ain’t nothing better than a quick and easy tortilla pizza!
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17 julie September 23, 2011 at 12:45 am

i feel like you literally JUST ran 20 miles crazy! you are a running machine and you must be EXHAUSTED. like utterly exhausted. because i’m wiped out thinking about it
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18 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 23, 2011 at 2:07 am

I lost 2 of my second toenails last near while I was training for a half…..annnd I painted over them, too. Running injuries are so gross sometimes!!
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19 Crystal coppel September 23, 2011 at 3:39 am

I love your sandals! Super cute!! Are missing a toe nail?? You poor thing!


20 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry September 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Love that polish colour! Purple nurple!
I am having a similar toenail issue…you are hiding yours quite well!
Lurrrrrrve homemade pizza. Ate it last night! Yumballs.
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21 Hannah September 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Love the color of your polish 🙂
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22 Lizzie September 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

yumm! i really shud try using tortillas for pizza! i see everyone do it and it looks so tasty!
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23 Baking Serendipity September 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Love the pizza! You are a long run champ. I wish I could hold that pace for that long. Impressive 🙂
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24 kristen September 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

love the color! I have never been bold enough to get that color. I usually go pink or red.
and 18 miles at a 8:30 pace. WOW. Im speechless that is AWESOME!


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