Three Weeks to the Oakland Half Marathon!

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Yikes.  How did the race sneak up on me like that?  Oh yes, I was pretending it didn’t exist so that I’d have lots of time for my crazy injury to heal.  I wish I could say I was 100%, but I fear 80% is a little closer.  Still, I ran 7 miles successfully on Saturday morning.  I don’t have any specific pain to complain of, but my running still feels just a little “off.”  I’ve decided if I can run 10 miles this coming weekend, then I will run Oakland for fun.  Looking back on this week (my first … Continue reading

A Strained Hip Flexor

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I put off writing this post, skipping what should have been training plan updates on my path to the Oakland Half Marathon in 5 weeks.  I kept hoping everything would right itself, and I’d be able to post a great update and mention off hand that I’d taken a few days off for some pain in my hip, but now all was well. Sadly, that’s now what this post is about.  I haven’t run in two weeks.  Three Thursdays ago now, I did a killer workout.  6 long hills (0.2 miles each) at 5k pace, straight up into the Berkeley … Continue reading

Runner's Knee

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For the last year and a half of my running career, I’ve suffered on and off from runner’s knee ( patellofemoral syndrome ).  My doctor diagnosed it pretty quickly and sent me off to PT after my first marathon.  I developed the knee pain during marathon training, and I dealt with it by wearing a knee brace that I bought at CVS.  I avoided going to the doctor until after the marathon, assuming that she would tell me to cease and desist on the training.  The knee pain is never debilitating for me, and worse yet, it doesn’t actually hurt … Continue reading