A fTimex Run Trainer 2.0ew weeks ago I created a Strava account just to see what it is and how it works. I realized the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 watch I’d gotten for free over a year ago had been collecting dust on my dresser, and I needed to find a way to use it in a meaningful way. Since I’m not keen on keeping an online log, I thought Strava would be a way to occasionally use my GPS watch and upload runs. This means 1) Actually learning how to use the GPS watch and save/upload workouts to my computer, and 2) Learning how to use Strava.

What is Strava? From what I can tell it’s another website to upload workouts and follow friends. However, the cool thing is it tracks segments (or you can set up segments from your runs) and keeps track of who’s the “fastest” for those segments. Thus, it’s a way to get competitive in your training. [Read more...]

Training and health update

Fun with microCT!

Fun with microCT!

I’ve been quiet the past month with my blog… and for good reason! I’m busy! 2 wks ago I gave my first research presentation in 7 yrs! It reminded me of how crazy stressful grad school was (and how running often went to the back burner!). It was for the first major project I started working on last spring, which has provided some interesting results!

I’ve also been managing several projects (and people!) at work– rarely have I spent significant time in our actual lab (or at a computer!). I’ve spent a lot of time at the animal facility and working with scanning live animals on the microCT.

I got that post-run glow! #skechers

I got that post-run glow! #skechersniteowls

Since getting through my presentation and getting back in a normal routine, I’ve finally felt a bit of relief! It’s also starting to show in how I feel while running– flowing again and feeling excited to train and race! [Read more...]

Upcoming fall races

prairiefiremarathonI’m working on piecing together races for the next few months. I have two races confirmed that I’m excited about– the Run Then Wine Marathon in Las Cruces, NM on Sept. 20th and the Prairie Fire Marathon in Wichita, KS on Oct. 12th! My friend Cheryl, who lives in Las Cruces, told me about Run Then Wine, which is a new race that starts and finishes in front of the Luna Rossa Winery and Pizzeria. I’ve wanted to do the Prairie Fire Marathon for a few years, so this is my shot to both go for a win in KS and go after the KS State Record (2:48:37). Both races have been very welcoming and hospitable, so I highly recommend them if anyone is free these weekends and looking for neat races in either States!

2014 Run Then Wine – 2016 US Olympics trials qualifier

Rehab for Hamstring Issues

Going back to the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon when I partially tore my left hamstring tendon in the hip, I’ve spent a lot of time the past 2 yrs trying to get my hamstrings back to 100%. Just the past month (and a bit in the spring), I’ve been working on my right hamstring. I’ve done a few blog posts mentioning the various treatments and exercises I’ve used the past 2 yrs. I’ve also had a number of friends struggling with hamstring issues. I thought it would be helpful for others to do a single blog post on the protocol I’ve followed. [Read more...]

GI issues and the ALCAT Food Intolerance Test

Back in June, I saw my GP and told him about all the GI issues I’ve had the past few years (which I’ve written about- ~diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and also blood several times a week, including two scary 24-hr periods of blood after marathons). After troubleshooting a few things, he recommended I go see Dr. Audra Fox in Edmond, who’s an MD and Naturopath. I made a visit to her and had my blood drawn to undergo the ALCAT Food Intolerance Test (testing for 200 foods). This tests mixes your blood with the various foods to see if there’s an immune reaction. The test was not covered by health insurance and cost $350.

Well crap, you mean I shouldn't drink this?!

Well crap, you mean I shouldn’t drink this?!

If you Google the ALCAT test, there are all kinds of mixed opinions on this test. Even the initial reaction I got from my friends was not well received. However, I felt like it pinpointed me to some things to try and eliminate and see if my GI issues went away. A lot of these foods I already had a hunch about– for example, I had cut out pre-race pasta and felt better, which I now know was upsetting me because of the basil and tomatoes, NOT the pasta (OR gluten). However, I was blown away to see BREWER’S YEAST, pork, cherries, strawberries, and tea… as a meat and potato person, and HOMEBREWER, this was devastating!

Understanding the Test

Basically, the test told me the foods in which I have: 1) Severe Intolerance 2) Moderate Intolerance, and 3) Mild Intolerance. [Read more...]