I’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!
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...]
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.
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...]
Nobody likes to talk about their struggles. I promised when I started my website 3 1/2 years ago that I wanted to be completely candid and talk about both the good and bad and what I’ve learned through it all. It’s been cathartic at times– quite the journey upon reflection. There’s been so many highs and lows… mentally, physically, and emotionally… but as I say, the highs ALWAYS far outweigh the lows! So, I try to keep a positive attitude and keep this in mind.
The past 2 months I’ve had some lows. As my husband told me, I’ve been a “Debbie Downer”– for those who know me in person, it’s probably hard to even imagine me being anything but my cheery self! For the first time since 2010 (when I had my hip surgery/comeback), I haven’t written in my training log. My mind and body haven’t been focused on training. I’ve been going through the motions– some days only running a few miles, not doubling, or taking a day off. I realize now this has made me inconsistent and I’ve detrained. I haven’t felt good, and my right hamstring has gotten sore again. I’ve struggled getting back to doing hard workouts and pushing to full-intensity. [Read more...]
This past weekend, I ventured up to Missoula, MT for the Missoula Marathon- I won my 11th State win and 15th marathon win! It was also my 6th marathon and 4th marathon win in 2014. I hadn’t been up to Montana in 11 yrs (I lived in Bozeman for a summer), so it was ‘amazing’ to get back up there and see Missoula by foot! [Read more...]