Category Archive: exercise

Aug 02

A Gut Check?

Dirt path along the top of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher

Yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life. Not really. Yesterday was, however, the first day of my next training cycle in which I gun for the California International Marathon on December 4. I’m distinctly unsure about this race. Partly because I have a nagging shin splint that has been hanging around… Continue Reading A Gut Check?

Dec 17

Closing the Book: an Update (A Good One)

My 2nd marathon was supposed to have been this past Saturday, but instead of celebrating the conclusion of a 20 week training cycle with a race, I “celebrated” the end of those 20 weeks with another doctor’s appointment yesterday morning. My 6th (with the orthopedist–this does not include the annual visits to the gynocologist, the dermatologist,… Continue Reading Closing the Book: an Update (A Good One)

Oct 07

Towards clarity?

I went back to the doctor this morning for a check-up on my foot. Those of you who have been following the saga know that I was diagnosed with a metatarsal stress fracture seven weeks ago (for an injury that occurred on July 31). The good news is that the stress fracture has mostly healed,… Continue Reading Towards clarity?

Sep 16

Some Progress

I had my check-up at the orthopedist this morning, and the good news is that there are visible signs of healing. The weirdness is that the healing is in a different place than we thought it would be, It’s back on the 3rd metatarsal rather than the first. We expected things to be happening over… Continue Reading Some Progress

Sep 06

Chlorine is my jam

  First things first, that photo is not me. I like to think that I look like her when I am swimming, but the truth is, I have no idea. Because I’m swimming, so the only things I am sure of are these: There’s a big black line that runs the length of the pool.… Continue Reading Chlorine is my jam

Aug 19

Stress Fractures ‘R Us

I finally got the results of my MRI today (for those of you playing along at home, I had the test last Thursday afternoon but couldn’t get in to see the doctor until this morning. (That is an x-ray of someone else’s foot, by the way . . .) I have a stress fracture in… Continue Reading Stress Fractures ‘R Us

Aug 09

On Toughness

When you do a Creative Commons image search for “toughness,” you get a lot of wordiness and this hummingbird. I like hummingbirds, and this one is apparently hanging out on a very slight branch in heavy wind (at least according to the photographer). I feel a bit like this bird right now. One of my friends… Continue Reading On Toughness

Aug 05

A Trial: Update

So I had hoped to get a definitive diagnosis today at the doctor. No such luck. The x-ray came back negative, which wasn’t a huge surprise since stress fractures and tendinitis don’t usually show up on x-rays. Or at least the stress fractures that do show up are either really, really bad ones or ones… Continue Reading A Trial: Update

Aug 05

Another trial

I haven’t run a step since Thursday morning. That’s five days. FIVE. In fact, I haven’t walked many steps either. I haven’t driven at all, and I’ve only left my house once, last night, thanks to a friend who came and picked me up. I don’t know what the problem is yet, but a weekend planted… Continue Reading Another trial

May 11

Big Sur Race Report

The 29th Annual Big Sur International Marathon was my first 26.2–what a fantastic experience. It took a lot for me to get here, and Big Sur was a race that I’ve been wanting to do since grad school–well before I was ever an actual runner. It’s a notoriously difficult course, but I figured that if I… Continue Reading Big Sur Race Report