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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 […]

We’re All Waiting…

Recently my greatest struggle has been about waiting, particularly waiting to get back to full-blown training, pain-free, and finally competing again! Coming back from surgery hasn’t been easy, but I know taking a smart approach to my return-to-running will be worth it, so meanwhile I must remind myself to be patient. I consider myself a patient person […]

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The Comeback Crew

This one goes out to all the injured runners out there. The patient and impatient, the frustrated and worn out, those who refuse to give up, the dreamers, believers, the achievers, and overcomers–the comeback crew. It may have been days, weeks or months since we’ve run–but we’re not done. We hold big goals in our heart, and this […]

My Labral Tear Saga: Hamstrings, Adductors, Obturators–Oh My!

This week marks 10-weeks post-op labral tear repair surgery and two-and-a-half years since this “injury” began.  I figured now would be a good time to recap my entire injury saga in hopes that someone else fighting this battle can relate. I’m not a doctor, nor an expert in hip, hamstring or adductor pain, but I will share my experiences in hopes […]

Am I Doing Enough?

A lot of young runners have come to me asking the question, “How do I know if I’m doing enough?” As an athlete, I’ve often asked myself that question. In fact, the first time I began asking myself this question was the same time I began taking running seriously some ten-or-so years ago. Am I getting enough sleep? Hydrating enough? […]

Braces

Yesterday was another post-op milestone; I got to ditch my leg brace! Over the years I’ve had my fair share of braces, and none of them were particularly enjoyable. I was born with a hip problem in fact, which required a leg brace when I was young. The doctors said if I didn’t wear the brace my […]

The Road to Recovery

It’s been a long road here and there’s a long road ahead. Two and a half years ago I started having pain near my hamstring. I trained through it, did therapy for it, rested it, and raced through it…needles, injections, lasers…nothing seemed to offer lasting relief. I somehow managed to run all of my PRs in those […]

“ALL IN!”

Growing up just outside of Cleveland, my family and I have always been Cleveland Cavaliers fans. My older sister, Cheryl, is probably the craziest fan of all, and she recently wrote this awesome blog post below about the Cav’s NBA Playoff’s slogan, “ALL IN!” By Cheryl Darmon “ALL IN” This has become the rallying cry for the Cleveland Cavaliers as […]

The Social MEdia Struggle

Two of the most important lessons my parents ever taught me were to be humble and not worry about comparing myself to others. These lessons aren’t the easiest to live by in the competitive running world, but in the social media world they seem to bring an even greater struggle. When social media first came about it […]

The Competitive Spirit

  It started out easy, til I rounded the first turn. As I crested the hill I could see him, just ahead in the distance a white male, approximately 30 years old, sporting shorts and a t-shirt. Shorts. Immediately when I saw that I knew I was in for it. Here I was on an […]

Word of God Speak

Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Not because you were in awe, or in shock, but because you’ve been waiting so long and patiently for something? You’ve spent so much time asking “why?”, or “when will I get answers?” and finally realize you just need to stop worrying, regretting, looking back and just let yourself be […]

Getting Over the Hurdles

It seems like lately I’ve had to overcome trial after trial and just can’t seem to catch a break. It started with a pain in the butt (literally in my upper hamstring) that wouldn’t go away with any treatment. Then I finally realized another group of muscles was causing the pain and I’d been treating the wrong injury […]