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Hamstring Syndrome Surgery-A Runner’s 4-Year Struggle with Injury

For the last four years I’ve struggled with chronic high-hamstring pain. After trying endless treatments with no avail, I finally came across a condition known as “hamstring syndrome;” a chronic form of high hamstring tendinopathy that occurs when scar tissue builds up, irritating the sciatic nerve and hamstring insertion. Now that I’m 8-weeks post-op from hamstring syndrome surgery, I wanted to […]

Surrendering the Struggles

This week marks one month post-op from my hamstring surgery. Although the last four weeks have brought many positive break-through’s in my recovery, I can’t help but admit that some days haven’t been so easy. As much as I’d like to post the typical, uber-positive blog about how great things are coming along (which they are!) with gnarly […]

Tenotomy in Turku – My Hamstring Syndrome Surgery 

About four years ago it all started with a twinge of pain up high on my right hamstring. Four years, hundreds of doctors and physical therapy appointments, several MRI’s and a year of hardly running finally brought me here, to Turku Finland for hamstring surgery. Hamstring surgery…it still sounds a bit surreal even as I […]

What I learned from a year of hardly running

“Mama always said, life was like a box of chocolates–you never know what you’re gonna get.” Running is a lot like life, it’s unpredictable. As much as we train and prepare, sometimes things just don’t go as planned.  In 2016, I did not get what I hoped for, I did not get to go to […]

Running Blind

Have you ever tried closing your eyes in the middle of a run? You try, for just a moment, to zone out the pain and forget what you are doing. I’ve caught myself doing this before, especially in longer races. What’s amazing is that even if you close your eyes for a few seconds, your […]

When Your Legs Don’t Work Like They Used To Before

Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists. Lately I’ve been obsessed with his song, “Thinking Out Loud.” I love this song for the adorable love song that it is, but every time I hear it I can’t help but think about how it relates to my running, or lack thereof. “When your legs don’t work like they used […]

How To Stay Positive in Negative Situations

For roughly the last three years I’ve been battling my chronic injury, and people always ask me how I’ve managed to stay so positive. In all honesty, I can’t say I’ve always had the best attitude, but I will say that dealing with this for such a long time has certainly given me a new perspective […]

How to Define Your Core…it’s not what you think!

 Core has always been one of those buzz-words that gets everyone’s attention. After all, everyone has a core, but most of us wish ours were more defined. People are willing to try all kinds of things such as crunches and planks, sit up machines, compression, dieting, running, Cross Fit or P90X. Well what if I told […]

Journey Through the Desert

People are always asking how I’m doing, specifically how running is going. Most of the time my answer is, “okay,” because that’s the easiest way to quickly end what could turn into a long, slightly depressing story. Other days, I don’t mind telling the truth about what it really feels like dealing with years of chronic […]

The truth about confidence

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. -Muhammad Ali We’ve all been told how important it is to have confidence, yet few of us really understand how to obtain and hold onto it. Perhaps the lack of confidence we all face at one point or another is […]

New Year, New Perspective

   To me, this quote sums up what every New Year’s resolution should be about–becoming a better version of yourself. You’ve probably heard the motto, “New Year, New You!” For a lot of people, New Years resolutions involve major life changes, starting over and trying to becoming a whole new person. Instead of focusing on small changes […]

Cheaters Never Win

This week, the world of track and field was hit with some heavy news when the IAAF decided to provisionally ban Russia from international track competition because of state-sponsored doping allegations. As a professional track athlete, it’s saddening to hear the reports of widespread cheating (particularly blood doping) in our sport. In addition to Russia, many other athletes […]

The Run-Down: DinoDerm Compression Sleeves

The Run-Down is my new category of run-related product reviews. Most recently, I tried out a pair of DinoDerm compression calf sleeves and I thought I’d share my experience. I’ll admit I’ve never been keen on compression sleeves alone, I’ve always been a fan of the full compression socks. However, once I tried these I really loved the […]

Cheap Therapy: DIY Recovery & P.T. Tools

One of the things I love most about running is its simplicity—you really only need yourself, and hopefully some shoes. However, there are a lot of other products on the market that claim to help improve performance or recovery. Some really are miracle workers, others are not really worth it in my opinion. Today I’m here to show […]

Defeating the Rainy Day Blues

Every morning when my alarm goes off it gets harder and harder to believe its 6 a.m. Before the sun rises I’m out the door  to help coach the UCCS women’s cross-country team. A few weeks ago when I woke up and looked outside I was less than impressed to find raindrops splattering down upon […]

Five Random Reasons I Love the ElliptiGO

This week’s review goes out to my favorite new form of cross-training, the ElliptiGO– an elliptical machine on steroids (not really, but it is on wheels) which allows runners and exercise enthusiasts alike to “run without impact” in our natural environment-the great outdoors! Here are 5 reasons why you should give the ElliptiGO a “Go!” Check out […]