Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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My favorite time to run is early morning. I love a beautiful sunrise.

This is a picture from Lake Powell, but this is what I am talking about.  Pure and serene.  It is refreshing to see this.

When do you like to run?

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I have been to physical therapy 4 times now. What I originally thought to be an IT band problem might be more than just soft tissue damage. My ability to run even short distances is on hold.

I will try and get scheduled for an MRI soon. I am sad because I thought doing physical therapy would heal me. Nope.

I am saddened because every time I see a runner I wish it was me. There was a half marathon today and I couldn’t run it.

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My sister ran the Little Grand Canyon Marathon on Saturday. I was pleased to take Kyden to Emery county to watch and support her on the big day.

I was able to see her start and see the excitement/nervousness of the runners.  It really made me wish that I was running that day. I had really hoped to be there with Emily, step by step. The training I received that day was to build up the excitement while I wait for my knee to heal (still in physical therapy). I also felt happy to be there and cheer her on.

On the way to the finish line we passed a few runners here and there and even a few cars coming away from the race.  Here is one of the “wash” areas where flood water can drain without ruining the road. As we were racing down to see Emily, I was super nervous we were going to miss her crossing the line. At 8 miles left I was zooming and splashed through this one. Coming opposite direction was a buick and yes, they got splashed. It was not until after they passed that my sister Liz said… “there windows are down! both of them!” Yep, we splashed them with muddy water. they were drenched and according to my parents (in the vehicle behind us), the driver and passengers in the back were drenched with muddy water. Needless to say, we laughed for an extended period of time.gully

I would like to clarify that these people are not your stereotypical runners. As the race was ending (fast forward a few hours) I realized that these people were finishing the marathon in 4 hours and above. Some probably came in at 6 hours (when we were leaving there were two ladies that were finishing the race with the motto complete not compete). It gave me hope that even I could do it. I even saw a guy from Tokyo that was stopping to enjoy the scenery. Just a reminder that we take for granted our beautiful scenic mountains/red rock. We do live in a beautiful state.  I really feel that this will be the marathon I run next year. There was even a guy that has supposedly run 770 marathons. that is awesome. Here is his photo. (guy on left) that is inspirational.

We found emily with about 6 miles to go. We were so proud of her as she was making a great pace.  We shouted our cheers and moved on. We stopped at a spot with about 2 miles to go.  I quickly changed and waited for her. I figured my knee could hold out for 2 miles.  The pain started back up in my knee two blocks in and a half mile later another pain behind my knee started.  But no stress, I just thought of how much pain Emily might be in and it was more important for me to be there to support her. Not sure if she liked it, but I chatted about random things to help take her mind off of it.  The desert heat was almost too much.

As we got closer we pealed away from Emily so she could cross on her own. She did it!

So proud of her and I can’t wait for my chance to run in a Marathon. Yes, I want to run a Marathon. I had asthma growing up as a child, but I overcame it. I have a knee injury, but it will heal. I will run in a marathon next year.

August 27th was a long day. One of the best ever! We decided to run the fish lake relayback in July when we ran the liberty 5k in richfield.

Our team name – slower than cold tar sponsored by Blake electric co.

Team: Slower than Cold Tar

Start time: 6:30am

I was excited to run but nervous for my knee. My first run was practically up hill and surprisingly my knee did not hurt as bad as my calf muscles.

My knee on the second run was ok to start off. I could tell there was pain but bearable. About 1 or 1.5 mileage into this run the pain became excruciating. With about 3 miles to go it felt like the energy in my knee went out. Each step sent a Sharp pain on the outside Of my knee. Yes it was hot outside but that was not my problem.

The pain almost brought me to tears but I was determined not to let myself or ky team down. I dug deep and began to think that people that have been key players in my life. That is what kept me going. I only stopped for water but to get going again was hard for the pain was greater on start up. I knew each step was painful but it would get me closer to my goal. I am grateful for my team as they helped me get through the last few miles.

Let’s just say that each of us had our struggle on our 2nd leg. Between the heat and longer miles each of us were dealing with some sort of adversity. It was a humbling experience to watch team members push through each step.

We completed our first relay as a team. I could not have been more proud of my team. Can’t wait for my knee to heal so I can get back to running.

What keeps you motivated?

I began physical therapy this past week. Training for a marathon is taxing on my body. I have been to the Dr. twice and it is either a strain or tendonitis.

I would rather see a physical therapist than a physician. I feel like the physician only wants to see you for 2 minutes then it is on to the next patient. It seems to be about money for them not helping you as a person.

My treatment began at the physical therapist and I was there for two hours. Awesome. I am getting the attention and advice to get my knee healed. Lots of stretching and massaging and icing.

I have strains in two places the IT band and hamstring. I believe it is called iliotibial band syndrome or runners knee which comes from overuse when adding miles.  My guess is that I was not stretching properly before/after my runs.

Here is a stretch I use for my IT band

I have also been told to ice the lateral side (left leg) of my leg, behind the knee and just below the knee on the soleus muscle

More to come as I begin this journey to heal.

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Posted: August 31, 2011 in Marathon Training

My to do list for today was “marathon sign-up”. That is not happening anymore.

I am disappointed. I am only 28 and have knee problems. Okay people younger than me have problems. What frustrates me is that I have trained for so long. Two weeks away and I can’t run the marathon.

I am also letting my sister down. I promised her I would run with her. I have no doubt she will do well, I just hate the thought of not fulfilling a promise I made to someone.

I feel healthy and am gratefulful for that. I also have enjoyed training with my sister. We have grown a lot closer.

We also just completed a relay and it was a blast. 6 member team and 60 miles. Can’t wait to heal up and get running again.

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Posted: August 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

I sure do love relaxing on Sunday morning!

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