Chicago – How Bad Did I Want It

I just came back from running the Chicago Marathon, one of the 6 World Marathon Majors.  I know you want to read about the race itself but you have to wait until my next post  for that.  I first need to write about my race. Last week before I traveled to Chicago, I picked up … Continue reading Chicago – How Bad Did I Want It

Our Sixth Sense

Recuperating from my broken toe has taught me a great deal about recuperating from an injury, the importance of rehabilitation, rest, and patience.  (That last one is very difficult for me.)  Two broken bones within two years will do that.  From my experience I can tell you that your body gets a bit discombobulated when … Continue reading Our Sixth Sense

The Importance of Rehabilitation

For any athlete - professionals or just weekend warriors - it can be very difficult to come back from a major injury.  I am learning this firsthand.  While out on a training run back in July, I tripped and broke my left big toe.  You might not think that breaking your big toe is any … Continue reading The Importance of Rehabilitation

The Importance of Moving

I don’t claim to be an expert in anything.  I have dogs but after raising six dogs, I would not be so presumptuous to advise others on how to train their dogs.  I still rely on my go-to resource, Auntie C., with any dog-training questions.  I have run 11 marathons and 35 half marathons but … Continue reading The Importance of Moving

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Every once in a while I have to ask myself why I chose a hobby that involves so much physical pain.  In marathon running there is frequently pain while you are running, pain when you are done, and if things are really bad, pain the next day.  I never hear people who paint or quilt … Continue reading Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Healing Through Exercise

I see articles all the time about how we should be exercising to stay healthy. But what is even more important is how we can use exercise for healing. Exercise is incredibly therapeutic. The first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT) was Earl Shaffer, a World War Two veteran who … Continue reading Healing Through Exercise

Patience, Injured Runner!

It has been two and a half weeks since I fell during my 20-mile training run and broke my arm in four places.  My broken arm will take three months to heal and I will miss five races I was looking forward to running. The universe has an interesting way of reminding me that I … Continue reading Patience, Injured Runner!