A Quick PT Update PT continues to kick my butt (in a good way); I’ve progressed onto more challenging strengthening & stretching exercises… but progress feels slow, and my knee is still acting up. I’m finding myself getting more easily discouraged these days. But, I had a race last weekend, and that helped give me a little boost of enthusiasm to keep working to get my IT band sorted out: 2018 IRIS Run for Refugees 5K When I signed up for the IRIS Run for Refugees race late in 2017, I was pretty psyched. Welcoming refugees to our country is…Read More
For at least the last ten years or so, I’ve had some achy knees from time to time. I was pleasantly surprised when running actually began helping this occasional pain; an awesome side benefit!! But around mid-November, I started experiencing a different kind of knee pain- very unlike the old reliable joint issues I’d had in the past. This pain was burning and seemed to emanate from the outside of the knee, rather than the joint itself. I tried running through it, but that always seemed to make it worse. I could get about 2 miles in, and the burning…Read More
I always assumed running was a cheap sport; all you need is the great outdoors (free), some sneaker (already in the closet), and some loose-fitting clothing (stuck in a drawer somewhere). I figured I’d plunk down a small fee for fitness tracking app, and be good to go. … I suppose that could have been true… but where’s the fun in that!? Over the last couple of months, I’ve slowly been collecting some better running gear. While all of this stuff might not be necessary, it sure makes running more enjoyable/more comfortable! Here’s the gear I picked up over the…Read More
The end of the year has been hectic for me professionally. With several significant work deadlines, my training schedule got all out of whack. Thankfully, things have settled down at the end of this week as we head into the holidays, and I’ve been able to start getting back on track. I even had a bit of a boost with a surprise race registration! Race Registration I got a little extra motivated to get back out there & run with a bit of an early Christmas present from my dad. He surprised me with a race entry for a semi-local…Read More
I am your typical over-researcher; when I dive into something, I do it with all my heart and spend hours on the web or with my nose in a book, learning more about the subject. Running has been no different—I’ve read several books, spent a ton of time on the Runner’s World website and time after time, I saw the advice for new runners: talk to a pro, and get some decent running shoes. And after a false start, due to shin splints from running in my crappy everyday sneakers, I decided it was time to head to my nearest…Read More
My 1st Half Marathon
What a bummer- I am having issues with my IT Band. I'm currently working with a physical therapist to stretch & strengthen my wimpy muscles. Running is on hold for a couple weeks; can't wait to get back out there!
Most Recent Run:
This run started out beautifully! I found a new location that I loved, the weather was FINALLY above freezing, and I was feeling good. About mile 2 my knee got aggravated, and I cut it short.