Cleared to Run

As you may remember, if you have been following this blog, I finished my first Half Marathon last September and my first Marathon in October. While training for these two events I had developed an annoying neck pain and was seeing a Physical Therapist about it. It seemed to get worse after my longer runs including the Half.

A few days after the Marathon it got really bad. After seeing the Doc again he diagnosed Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve). After an MRI, I was also diagnosed with Cervical Disk Disease between C6 and T1 and in my lower back as well. I was told I couldn’t run again as the pounding was just too much, at least not until after a couple of years of PT.

My PT changed with this new information and my Physical Therapist was convinced that my posture was to blame and not so much the pounding. After only four months, I was pain and numbness free. My posture is much better and I have been cleared to restart my running.

I started going to the gym a few time a week and spent 20 to 30 minutes on the elliptical and treadmill. I’ve been extra mindful of my posture and have had no ill effects. I’ve done a lot of research on proper form, core strength (as recommended by my Physical Therapist), and injury prevention. I’m developing a daily workout routine to incorporate these aspects along with continuing the strengthening exercises I learned while going to PT.

I also did a lot of research on shoes and narrowed it down to the Hoka One One and the new Brooks Transcend. I went to Fleet Feet of West Hartford, CT to get properly sized and have a gait analysis done. The staff at Fleet Feet was very helpful and knowledgeable. After trying different shoes and different insoles while having my gait checked for each one, the Brooks Transcend with my original insoles (Dr. Scholl’s Active Series) was what turned out to be the best for me. I also found out that I was wearing a half-size too small.


My new Brooks Transcend shoes!

My new Brooks Transcend shoes!


One thing I picked up on during the gait analysis was how much I heel strike. This is something I am looking to improve on. I’ve done some research on drills and techniques to stop heel striking. I’m sure this is something that contributed to my neck problems along with my posture.

So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working out my workout plan and what works best for me. I plan on gradually increasing my mileage focusing on form while improving foot and ankle, core, and upper body strength while also maintaining good posture. I am going to try to only add miles after making sure I have correct form. This will be my plan for the next year.  No organized races to goad me into training too fast. Next year, maybe, I’ll get back into racing.

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Nutrition (or lack there-of) for Runners

Interesting information.


There’s a lot of hype around nutrition and running. Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sugar-free, Whole-Food, Paleo, Eat whatever you want, and more. Is there any (real) science behind these besides the placebo effect? I decided to dig into a few research studies to find out what fuels athletes. Combining the chemistry of nutrition and the chemical reactions that happen when one runs, it should be easy to figure out the fuel necessary right? Turns out it’s not quite that simple and nutrition is a hot topic and constantly debated. The data is ever-evolving but there are some common themes that do fall back on basic chemistry and nutrition sciences. These haven’t changed and while attempts have been made to refute them, they remain solidly irrefutable:

1)      Our liver holds a certain amount of glycogen. The amount it holds is based on its weight. It will typically hold a minimum amount that…

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Run because you can! On Pimping the Beast!

One of my favorite running bloggers.

On a Jam Hunt

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After reading a post last night from one of my favorite blogs The Quinquagenarian Runner, written by David Lawrence, I got a wee bit emo.  In this post David writes about results he has received from an MRI which he had shortly after completing his very first full marathon less than a month ago.  “I got the results from my MRI today and it looks like my running career  has come to an end due to Cervical Disk Disease.”

Much in Davids true spirit he replied to the comment I had left him with this – “Thank you so much for your kind words. I may not be able to continue my current path but my passion and determination, my fire to live a fit and healthy lifestyle has not diminished. I’ll just be taking a new path on my journey. There are people who have overcome so…

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MRI Yesterday, Results on Tuesday.


Plenty of pain meds in between.  Hoping everything works out for the best. At least I got to run the Marathon. 🙂

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Some awesome and easily understanable info here.

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You are different in some way than you were the day before

I think this actually true.

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Runner’s high

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How the heck did I get that BQ?

This is a great post. There are some great lessons learned here.

San Diego Fitness Diva

As my performance at Eugene marathon continues to sink in, I have thought long and hard about how I qualified for Boston Marathon.  While I’m very happy with my performance & kinda amazed by it all, I also want to reflect on what I’ve learned about myself as a runner so I can continue to grow in the sport.

I keep asking myself the same question.  What was it that made me cross the finish line that fast Was it my training?  My tolerance for pain?  My experience with failure?  My ❤ for running?  A combination of all those things with a lil fairy dust sprinkled in there?  I don’t think there is a perfect formula to qualify for the much sought after Boston Marathon.  If there was, everyone would be doing it!  I do think there are a few things I learned along the way that helped set me up for…

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Starting My Blog

This first step to this blog is getting it set up. It’s going to take a bit to figure out what I can do, what I want, and then how to do it. This should be fun.

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