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Injuries- Preventing and Dealing with them in a nutshell!

Injuries- Preventing and Dealing with them in a nutshell!

I think it’s pretty realistic to say that as runners we fall into one of these categories at all times: 1. Trying to prevent injury2. Recovering/ coming back after an injury3. Currently dealing with an injury If you claim to never deal with any of these phases then you are either not a regular runner or you are probably not being honest.  I do not say this to discourage anyone- it’s just a reality of running.  In this post I…

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From C-section to a 5 Minute Plank…

From C-section to a 5 Minute Plank…

It’s RACE WEEK over here so I’m ready for a few easy days before my all out sprint of a race on Saturday.  It’s been a while since my last 1 mile race (16 years in fact!) so I am not exactly sure what to expect.  How does one train for a 1 mile race?  I’ll clue you in although you probably already know… a lot of speed work! I have become quite familiar with 200’s and 400’s lately.  I’ve…

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A Bump in the Road

A Bump in the Road

Over the past few years of marathon training, I have found that making it to the starting line injury-free and in top physical condition is much more difficult than actually running the marathon itself.  Sometimes there is a very thin line during training between pushing yourself to your potential and pushing yourself too hard.  I learned a lot of things from my stress fracture two years ago but one unexpected lesson I learned was in gratitude.  Never take for granted…

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We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

We’ve got history- The Little Rock Marathon

Just 10 days to go until the Little Rock Marathon and I am getting EXCITED!! It’s difficult for me to put into words what this race means to me.  I should point out that it has nothing to do with the course.  In fact, the course itself is fairly challenging.  It is by no means an “easy” marathon.  The Little Rock Marathon Course is usually described as hilly. Running legend Bill Rodgers once said “any marathon worth its salt has…

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Boston- Here we go again!

Boston- Here we go again!

Yesterday I registered for the Boston Marathon… for the second time.  This time was very different from before for obvious reasons. I feel like the odds of me actually making it to the starting line this time have gone up considerably, being that I’m not pregnant this time around.  Yes, registering for Boston two years ago was a crazy experience!  Yesterday the whole process was simple and uneventful.  It was perfect. Quick Boston back story: When I first decided I…

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How NOT to Train for a Marathon

How NOT to Train for a Marathon

Last year at this time I was training for the Boston Marathon.  I also had a one month old baby.  Basically from the time my son was born via c-section I had 13 weeks until the marathon.  Subtract 4 weeks for recovery and that left 9 weeks to train for a marathon.  If you are wondering if you can safely train under those conditions I will fill you in… NO!!! It is a complete recipe for DISASTER.  Smart runners would…

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The Stress Fracture- 6 Months Later…

The Stress Fracture- 6 Months Later…

What a crazy week.  Coming off of the running high from last week, I guess there was only one way to go… DOWN. I know I shouldn’t let my emotions and psyche be so connected with being able to run but that’s who I am…  Monday was a regular tempo run.  I had not run at all over the weekend and I was feeling fresh and ready to go.  I decided to “take it easy” and not push myself to…

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First Track Workout: Post Stress Fracture

First Track Workout: Post Stress Fracture

It has now been 5 months since the dreaded stress fracture occurred.  I have been running and increasing mileage slowly.  Last week I finally hit 30 miles for the first time since March. I am running in a 5 K on Saturday and yesterday I had 8 400’s on my training schedule.  Not a tough workout- I actually love track workouts.   Besides the fact that it started POURING down rain while I finished my first lap I felt fine.  Then on…

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Don’t Overdo it: Running Back to Back Days Post Stress Fracture

Don’t Overdo it: Running Back to Back Days Post Stress Fracture

As you know, last week my mileage and training was thrown off because of a very sick husband. Once John was home from the hospital, I fought back hard and ran Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Yes, that is six days of running with only one day off in the middle.  Wouldn’t be a big deal to a runner in good health- in fact 6 out of 7 days is pretty much the norm but not when you are…

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Starting Over…

Starting Over…

This morning I met Kem again for a 3.5 mile run. We ended up averaging an 8:26 for the run so it was my best pace since the injury. It has been almost 13 weeks since this all went down and I must say that the entire run felt GREAT! I felt NO stress fracture area discomfort AT ALL!! While we were running I felt like I was “normal” again. Does that make sense? We talked about our upcoming training…

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