Training Update – August

After a rough July, August has been good to me. My fitness isn’t back 100 percent yet, but it’s getting there. I’m happy just to be running healthy right now. The focus this month was to rebuild my mileage and my aerobic fitness. That meant a lot of heart-rate based runs at slower-than-average paces for … Continue reading Training Update – August

Reflecting & Rebuilding

August is a new month, and I feel like a new person. After dealing with three different minor injuries in July, thankfully, August is shaping up well. After the calf issue I wrote about in my last post, I got back to running…only to have the tendons on the top of my opposite foot start … Continue reading Reflecting & Rebuilding

When Injury Rears Its Ugly Head

All good things must come to an end, right? For me, that means the end of my 16-month streak of staying injury free. Yesterday was my 9th day of no running due to an issue with my calf, right at the musculo-tendinous juncture where the Achilles’ tendon meets the base of the gastroc muscle. The … Continue reading When Injury Rears Its Ugly Head

Confronting The Running Blues

The Boston Marathon was exactly one month ago today…and I’ve run less in the past month than any other month since I was sidelined due to injury more than 15 months ago—but this time, I’m not injured(ish). If you read my recap, you’ll know that Boston was a disappointing race for me. I know the … Continue reading Confronting The Running Blues

365 Days Healed

I wrote a post reflecting on my recovery 100 miles in, and now that I’m at the one year mark, I thought it was about time to again step back and reflect. For those of you who are new to this blog, I started it last year to track my recovery when I had a tibial … Continue reading 365 Days Healed

Year in Review & 2016 Goals

  If you would have told me in January what I would accomplish by the end of 2015, I would have told you that you are insane. This was me in January: I was injured and didn’t run for a total of 86 days. I spent 12 weeks in a boot, and three of those weeks … Continue reading Year in Review & 2016 Goals

Recover Like You Mean It

There is nothing like a boring, recovery cycle to make me slack off on blogging, apparently. But maybe it’s for the best. After all, recovery runs aren’t very sexy. The thing is though, while a recovery cycle isn’t very sexy, it is very important. In the words of Pete Pfitzinger: “You have little to gain … Continue reading Recover Like You Mean It

Pride 5 Miler — Another PR!

In early May, I let you in on a secret: I wanted to PR in both of my June goal races, a 10K and a 5 miler. On the last day of this month, I’m happy to tell you that I accomplished that goal! It turns out June was a very good month for running. … Continue reading Pride 5 Miler — Another PR!

Finally, Some Validation

I ran my first planned race--the Oakley Mini 10k--on Saturday since coming back from injury, and I'm happy to tell you that I killed it! I miraculously woke up roughly on time on Saturday morning, despite the fact that I stupidly set a "weekday only" alarm on my phone. Thank goodness my bedroom gets a … Continue reading Finally, Some Validation

Never Ending Frustrations

For better or worse, my approach to dealing with niggles during recovery has been to run through it, because boy have there been niggles. I feel like if I stopped running with each and every one, I’d never be able to build back to full strength! Luckily, that approach seems to be working (for the … Continue reading Never Ending Frustrations