11 January 2016
About nine months ago I had surgery to repair an inguinal hernia on my right side. That was after roughly six months of discomfort.
ASIDE - who knows how long I actually had this first hernia? Not me.
Not long after recovering from this procedure I started to experience discomfort again. I tried physical therapy (it didn't work), I tried rest (it didn't work), I tried cross training (it didn't work) and I tried warming up prior to runs (it didn't work). Finally, on a hunch, I had another ultrasound and wouldn't you know it, I had another hernia. This one on my left side. Today I had this second hernia repaired.
My friend Steven was kind enough to mock up this illustration.
I can sum up the previous 18 months pretty easily. It's going to be fun to run pain free.
30 November 2015
The first time I paced her was in 2012. I ran the entire course and it was am Amazing experience! In 2013 I was injured so just ran the last four miles. In 2014 I was again recovering from an injury but this time managed the last 18 miles, carried all of Lucca's nutrition and helped Lucca to an all-time marathon PR. Nice! That year was FREEZING cold. This year I had signed up myself long ago to take advantage of the early bird pricing and originally the plan was for me to try for my own marathon PR but (a lack of) training and a vacation (I know, pity me) conspired against me so we ran together yet again. In retrospect, I'm really glad it worked out this way.
Lucca's husband Bil Vandegraff came along this year too to run/walk the half marathon, it was a family affair!
12 November 2015
Albeit Mount Merapi is a pretty small "mountain", it was the highest peak within my reach. And there was a trail to the top. And there was the chance to catch the sunrise. And it was an active volcano. Talk about an awesome dawn patrol opportunity.
10 November 2015
06 November 2015
04 November 2015
03 November 2015
Boom. And boom again!
This has become my Tuesday ritual and it's freaking awesome! Thank goodness Breathe Hot Yoga is on the way home as I tend to just not do stuff unless it's really damn convenient.
60 minutes of sweating followed by another 60 minutes of sweating. It's so much sweating that I have started bringing two yoga mat towels so I have a fresh one for each class. Otherwise I'm lying down in a lake. I know, lovely image, right? And I don't even sweat that profusely. This shit just works you over.
02 November 2015
November is the traditional start of stair season for Jim Kodjababian and I. This year travel and some work/life issues are going to majorly interrupt our schedule but I am determined to give it a go anyway. We'll see how it progresses.
At lunch I got out for a nice recovery run with the UW Run crowd. And we ran a new (to me) route that was super fun!
This was the first day that I have needed a long sleeve shirt during our lunch runs. Fall is here.