October Newsletter

Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic Marvellous MiniSPORTS MASSAGE SUPPORT FOR MARVELLOUS MIMI!!
Our very own Sports Massage Therapsit Rebecca Ash is silly excited to say that she have been chosen to be part of the support crew for Ultra runner ‘Marvellous’ Mimi Anderson’s Female World Record Attempt to run across America!
Starting from the steps of City Hall in LA running 2850 miles to City Hall in NYC, Mimi aims to complete this in a breath-taking 53 days to beat the record set in 1979 by Mavis Hutchinson.
Mimi is already well into her challenge.  Please check out her inspirational story and follow her progress at www.mimirunusa.com   (And obviously make sure you take a look at the ‘Meet the Team’ page!!)
Rebecca will be flying into St Louis on October 9th to join the team for just over two weeks on what will be day 32 of the challenge.  My tasks as support crew member will include (in no particular order and definitely not exclusively!) - running with, cooking for, route finding, tracking, witness statement collecting, camp setting and most importantly within my role MASSAGING MIMI! 
Mimi is running approximately 50-60miles a day.  Covering a cool 30 miles in the morning and again in the afternoon!  I will be making sure her body is in the best possible condition to continue pounding out the miles.  On hand for recovery massages, assessing and helping prevent potential injuries from arising is key to making sure Mimi can complete the challenge.  I will have to monitor Mimi physically, but equally importantly mentally.
The team have already encountered many challenges already which include adverse weather, road blocks, river crossings, and one member of the crew has even been bitten by a snake! (She is ok!)
"It will be an absolute privilege to be a part of this inspirational runners challenge and all the adventures it will entail.  I look forward to being able to bring all I’ve learnt through this experience back to help my clients at Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic"
Winter is looming...temperatures will drop. Time to get thinking about some winter food?  Eating well is often about being prepared, so this month we thought we'd share with you this lovely hearty Minestrone soup from Food Matters.
7oz/200grams farro semiperlato (or pearled spelt) 
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to serve
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium turnip, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
pinch of crushed dried chilli flakes 
14oz/400 grams can tomatoes
1/2-1 quart (800ml) - 1 litre vegetable stock 
14oz/400 grams can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (or soak and cook from dried) 
1 bunch kale, shredded
salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated vegetarian parmesan to serve (omit if dairy free) 
Rinse the farro in a sieve under cold running water tip into a bowl, cover with cold water and soak for 20 minutes while you prepare the soup base. 
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. 
add the chopped veggies and cook over a low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes until tender but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic and chilli flakes and cook for a further minute. 
Pour the tomatoes into the pan, add the stock and bring to boil. Drain the farro and add to the pan. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook the soup for 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the farro is cooked. 
Add the cannellini beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. You may need to add extra stock if the soup is too thick. 
Add the kale and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender. 
Season the taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve in bowls with a drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of grated parmesan. 
For a gluten free version of this heartwarming soup, replace the farro with quinoa or omit altogether.