Running and doughnuts: two of my faves
I sure hope Glazed and Infused gives out free old fashioneds next year when I run Chicago.

Running and doughnuts: two of my faves

I sure hope Glazed and Infused gives out free old fashioneds next year when I run Chicago.

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Happy to finish at TCM
People often say running a marathon is a true test of the human spirit. Finishing a marathon is a miraculous feat, even if the athlete is in top condition.
For me, finishing the 33rd Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon yesterday was nothing short of a miracle.
I have been struggling with IT band syndrome in my right leg since April. Running only 4-6 times a week during training months, I was never able to get in as many miles as I wanted to. My longest training run was only 16 miles. On top of that, two weeks before the race, my achilles tendon began to hurt. The pain was a result of wearing a knee brace, which I hoped would help with the knee pain I was experiencing from IT band syndrome. Not only did the brace not help, it made my physical condition worse as it caused me to overcorrect my gait, putting an unnatural amount of stress on my right achilles.
Injury-riddled, I made the best out of the situation. I started focusing on stretching and cross training in hopes I could get the inflammation in my knee to calm down and still make it through the marathon.
The odds were stacked against me as I toed the starting line yesterday in Minneapolis. It was the first time I ever started a marathon not knowing if I could actually finish it. Would my knee hold up? Would I have enough fitness to get to the finish line?
I’m happy to report that I made it through the race without a major blowout. Although I had a much slower time that my previous marathon, I was so happy just to finish. I enjoyed the course, the weather and the company I held for the first 22 miles - looking at you, Matt Sage.
Now that the marathon is over, I can take some quality weeks (or months) off from running to let my IT band fully heal.
I have high hopes that my fifth marathon, in Duluth this June, will be my best yet.

Happy to finish at TCM

People often say running a marathon is a true test of the human spirit. Finishing a marathon is a miraculous feat, even if the athlete is in top condition.

For me, finishing the 33rd Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon yesterday was nothing short of a miracle.

I have been struggling with IT band syndrome in my right leg since April. Running only 4-6 times a week during training months, I was never able to get in as many miles as I wanted to. My longest training run was only 16 miles. On top of that, two weeks before the race, my achilles tendon began to hurt. The pain was a result of wearing a knee brace, which I hoped would help with the knee pain I was experiencing from IT band syndrome. Not only did the brace not help, it made my physical condition worse as it caused me to overcorrect my gait, putting an unnatural amount of stress on my right achilles.

Injury-riddled, I made the best out of the situation. I started focusing on stretching and cross training in hopes I could get the inflammation in my knee to calm down and still make it through the marathon.

The odds were stacked against me as I toed the starting line yesterday in Minneapolis. It was the first time I ever started a marathon not knowing if I could actually finish it. Would my knee hold up? Would I have enough fitness to get to the finish line?

I’m happy to report that I made it through the race without a major blowout. Although I had a much slower time that my previous marathon, I was so happy just to finish. I enjoyed the course, the weather and the company I held for the first 22 miles - looking at you, Matt Sage.

Now that the marathon is over, I can take some quality weeks (or months) off from running to let my IT band fully heal.

I have high hopes that my fifth marathon, in Duluth this June, will be my best yet.

Bound and Determined

Since April of this year, I have been battling Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) in my right leg. It has, without a doubt, been the most frustrating injury I’ve had the misfortune to try to overcome.

I changed shoes, to the Altra Torin, literally the day before I began training for the Twin Cities Marathon and immediately began to notice less pain. It wasn’t until finishing a competitive half marathon at the beginning of September that I noticed the pain again.

However, I don’t believe my soreness was brought on solely from running the race. A combination of coming down with a cold and being at peak mileage the week after the race had me up against the odds.

I purchased a knee brace to (hopefully) ease the pain, but all it did was cause me to change my gait just slightly enough to put added stress on my achilles. So, now, less than two weeks before race day, my achilles is still recovering and I have no idea how my knee will react to running again. I’m staying active by biking, doing pool runs and walking a fair amount - also, I’m performing IT band stretches and doing strength training exercises for my gluts and hips.

Despite the fact my training plan is now shot to hell, I am bound and determined to run the Twin Cities Marathon. My hope is that taking time off during this “taper” period combined with continued stretching, strengthening and cross training will help me get through the race, even if I have to poke in at over 4 hours.

At this point, finishing the marathon with minimal pain and discomfort and taking much needed time off afterwards to strengthen my gluts and hips and really get back to full form is all I can wish for.

I know ITB Syndrome is a common knee injury affecting thousands of runners and multi-sport athletes and that I will overcome it. It just stinks when it happens to you.

See you two Saturdays from now, Minneapolis. *fingers crossed*

I love this quote posted by RunKeeper. It’s 100% true.

Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will. Feel the fear and do it anyway. –Unknown

I love this quote posted by RunKeeper. It’s 100% true.

Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will. Feel the fear and do it anyway. –Unknown

I ran my first competitive half marathon today in Sioux Falls.
The course was lovely and the weather couldn’t have been better. Great job to the race staff and over 1,000 volunteers. You did a great job putting on this race!
Official Time: 1:30:33Division Place: 12/83Gender Place: 37/494Overall Place: 39/1,254

I ran my first competitive half marathon today in Sioux Falls.

The course was lovely and the weather couldn’t have been better. Great job to the race staff and over 1,000 volunteers. You did a great job putting on this race!

Official Time: 1:30:33
Division Place: 12/83
Gender Place: 37/494
Overall Place: 39/1,254