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Baring My Boot + My Newest Running Injury

Baring My Boot + My Newest Running Injury

Ok, it’s time for me to come clean. For the past three weeks, I have been clomping around in a boot—the same hot, black boot that I’ve been lucky enough to clomp around in a couple times since 2007.

Unlike the previous two times—stress fractures, both—I am blessed with a new-to-me injury. A plantar plate strain; likely grade 2, if you want to play along. It feels like a bundle of torn, angry nerves under the ball of my right foot, mostly under my second and third toes. It flares up randomly—lying in bed, sitting at the computer, whenever it feels like it—even though I’ve been booted for 3 weeks…

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As promised, GORP on the floor.

#135: Answers to Questions, Plus GORP on the Floor

Sarah and Dimity dive into questions posted by their Facebook community, serving up answers about how to hire a running or triathlon coach; the necessity of hill repeats (resulting in a new slang term, “The Dimity”); and how to return to running after an injury. The mother runners debate having a time goal for a debut marathon, which—news flash—isn’t simply twice a half-marathon, and whether losing weight is realistic for a faster finish time. And, don’t get up in arms, but the gals talk about arm swing while running.

Find out first what household calamity Dimity has to deal with after recording the show…

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After the Finish Line…

After the Finish Line…

We’ve all been there: followed a training plan diligently (or at least intended to follow it diligently), finished the race…and then what? Jump back on another plan? Sign up for another race? Glue yourself to the couch? Walk the dog and call it good?

The what-now question has hit us often enough that we’re going to devote an upcoming podcast to the topic. It’ll run on November 22, which is timely because it’s ’round ’bout there that major marathons and half-marathons of 2014 are done.

But in order for this to be a helpful podcast, we need your, um, help: What’s your current answer to the what-now question? If you ran a significant race this fall, what kind of running/training/dog walking are you doing after it?  (And even if you didn’t cross a finish line recently, what have you done in the past?)

There are two ways we’d love to have your answer:


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Walking, hobbling, limping, but all proud finishers.

New York City Marathon Race Report: From a Volunteer’s Perspective

When Alison, a mother runner of two in Stamford, Conn., and Sarah’s “cadet” in the Saucony 26Strong program told us she was volunteering at last Sunday’s New York City Marathon, we just knew she had to write about her experience. We think of it as a New York City Marathon Race Report…with a twist.

When my husband got into the NYC Marathon but I didn’t, I knew I still wanted to be a part of the day. I’ve heard being in the city on Marathon Sunday is like no other day in the Big Apple, but I didn’t see myself as the person who would be trying to get to different locales during the day to catch a quick glimpse of my husband running before I hurried on to the next spot…

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Smith Pivlock Asana

Hump Day Giveaway: Smith Pivlock Asana

Although we’re pretty much immersed in darkness from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. these days, the Colorado sun still does not disappoint. Bright and intense, it makes me feel like I’ll be ready to audition for the California raisins before I’m 50.
I often quote a statistic I heard somewhere, sometime (or read somewhere, sometime) that Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine a year. (The Colorado Climate Center explains this isn’t quite true, but adds the Denver area has only 30-40 completely overcast days a year. My translation: 300+ days of sunshine!)
Which means I’m pretty much always wearing sunglasses…

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