This is what I look like three months after having my second daughter.
Hello, old friends. It’s been more than three years since we last met this way. I’ve had a couple of babies since then. They are great and all, but I’ve missed you.
The last time I trained with any consistency was when I was seven months pregnant with my first daughter. She’s now two-and-a-half years old. And while some little person now calls me “mom”, I promise not to turn this blog into something it’s not.
Notice the fuzziness around the bone inside the circle. That's the arthritis showing up in an X-ray.
Arthritis, simply defined, is the inflammation of one or more joints. But it’s actually an umbrella term, according to arthritis.org, used to describe a group of 100-plus medical conditions. Continue reading
Tal Kopan stretches her IT band after a January run outside.
[Editor’s note: Today’s post comes to you from guest blogger Tal Kopan. If you’d like to write an injury-related post, message me on Twitter. Thanks!]
Hi. My name is Tal. I’m an athlete, and I have trouble accepting my weaknesses.
I recently learned one of my weaknesses is my IT band.
By way of introduction, I’m a medium distance runner and am working toward a first triathlon, but I consider that my off season. First and foremost, I am an ultimate frisbee player. Continue reading
I've been running outside all winter for a couple of years. Traction devices help get me through.
I hate the treadmill with the white hot passion of a thousand suns. And before I was informed about running outside in the winter safely, I would slog along on the dreadmill for countless boring miles each winter. Continue reading
Just before the halfway point, Sue (right) and I are having a blast and running strong. (2011)
In January 0f 2011, I ran my first half marathon… on a cold and windy day… in Chicago. And I loved every minute of it.
It was the race’s 2nd annual running, and I immediately became a fan of the race that’s known as F^3 (or, F***ing Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon). Continue reading
Two reasons to celebrate: 1. Chocolate. 2. I made it to the finish, narrowly missing another running injury.
I had high hopes for Kirsten Ankenbrand’s first run. Her first race was the Hot Chocolate 5K — a short one, because, well, she’s a new runner and the maiden version of herself was still working back up in mileage after May’s injury. Continue reading
The dog and I pause for a photo during our night-time run.
More than once I’ve driven along Lake Shore Drive after 9 p.m. and, seeing a few runners scattered about the path, wondered, “Who are these crazy people? Don’t they know it’s almost bed time?”
That was before tonight, obviously, when I was one of those crazies. Continue reading