Monthly Archives: December 2012

Open to Injury: Everyrunner’s Story

The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.  –Juma Ikangaa

If we could imagine an Everyrunner–our running community’s version of Everyman–then Everyrunner would periodically be hobbled by injury, with the actual frequency governed by wisdom or luck.  Anyone who regularly laces up running shoes knows this.  But as it turns out, injury harbors its own teaching.

My own story goes something like this.  I fell too in love with racing in my second year of running, and raced far too often for my level of training and weekly mileage.  I ignored small injuries and pains because all I could think about was running fast–and I was very good at denial.  And then I ignored a meniscus strain not long before the San Jose Half Marathon on October 7.  I ran, with pain, and still achieved a P.R. at 1:36:32–which only encouraged me to race more.  On October 14, I paced the back half of the Nike Women’s Marathon.  And then, on October 21 came the coup de grace–I attempted the Humboldt Half Marathon, even though I had been in pain that week.

The race started, and immediately I knew I didn’t have it.  My pace dipped from 7:30, to 8:00, to 8:15.  The teammates I’d anticipated running with left me in their dust.  I resigned myself to a training run.

And then, at mile 7, a searing pain shot through my right calf.  I was well and truly done, unable even to walk the rest of the way.  The dreaded season-ending injury had arrived, cutting me out of all remaining races for 2012.

It was three weeks before I ran again at all, thanks to the guidance of a wise friend and coach who convinced me not […]

By |December 31st, 2012|Categories: Latest News||2 Comments

Making Time For Your Run

New blog post from Ambassador Meg!
By |December 28th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||2 Comments

The Dreaded D Word

You hear about it all the time but I never thought it would happen to me. As a runner, I know I am certainly not invincible. Injuries will happen, not all runs are going to be good.

Then it happened, out of nowhere, and without any warning, the dreaded D word occurs! Yes, the good ol’ DNF – Did Not Finish. It took me by surprise really. I mean, there I was months before race day training my little heart out. Sure training was tough, and did not always go the way I had hoped for, but I was excited to take on marathon #4 for better or for worse.

Five days before the big day I got sick! I rarely get sick, but when I do, it hits me like a sack of bricks. I am laid out helpless, feeling less than adequate. I tried to fight it with the combo of vitamins, medicine, miso soup, green tea and lots of liquids. At least I was hydrated right? Nothing seemed to work, but I had already decided that I was going to run Marathon #4 anyway.

Race morning came and it was a wet one. Stormy weather was certainly an understatement. I tried to keep myself in good spirits as I met up with friends and laughed away my woes at the start line. I felt pretty strong the first few miles. Rain? What rain! It was actually fun chatting with friends and taking on mother nature in all her glory. It wasn’t until mile five that my body started shutting down. Just like the Wicked Witch of West, I felt like I was melting. I felt nauseous, experienced a headache, and nevermind breathing. I was […]

By |December 26th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

The Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris!
By |December 24th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||1 Comment

A New Year Ahead

New blog post from Ambassador Courtney! A New Year Ahead
By |December 20th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off

Running Injuries: Dealing with the Setback

New blog post from Ambassador Elise -Running Injuries: Dealing with the Setback
By |December 19th, 2012|Categories: Latest News||3 Comments

Age is just a number – A story about finding love for running later in life

New blog post from Ambassador Bruce: Age is just a number - A story about finding love for running later in life
By |December 17th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Tips for Keeping Fit & Fab During the Holidays

New blog post from Ambassador Charlene - Tips for Keeping Fit & Fab During the Holidays
By |December 14th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

Sight Set for LA/SF Marathon Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris - Sight Set for LA/SF Challenge
By |December 10th, 2012|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||1 Comment