Waiting on a breakthrough 

break·through  When most people talk about having a breakthrough it’s such a positive thing; a great achievement. But we must realize that the verge of a breakthrough can feel quite the opposite. Right before a big breakthrough, it’s more like standing in front of a big brick wall, feeling like you’ve reached the end and […]

Running through the Darkness

Life is full of ups and downs; peaks and valleys.  Last week I posted a blog about what it feels like to hit one of those “peaks,” so to speak. I had a small breakthrough in my comeback from surgery, and I wanted to share this as encouragement for anyone else out there who might […]

Running Into the Light

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s how I started to feel about my running this month. For the first time in about six months I logged a couple of runs at a sub-8-minute pace, on Cinco de Mayo I ran 5 miles, and my hamstring was able to handle a **PAIN […]

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 […]