Posts in recovery
The Run Struggle is Real

In the last few years I have been struggling to see the potential that I know is within me. I’ve shared my experiences and worked at being better for myself. I’ve expressed my vulnerability and laid it all out. Through it all I have always tried to spin each situation in a positive light. To label it as a learning experience, proclaiming to bounce back in an epic fashion. But what do you do when you don’t bounce back? When you’ve taken the steps to become better and it falls short? When you think you are being your best self but you're feeling worse than you ever have? You put away your pride and reach out for help. (Read the rest on the Oiselle Blog - this is a post from March)

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Recovering from Secondary Amenhorrea. This is My Story.

In writing this post I had a hard time starting. Putting the words down on paper felt awkward and scary. I felt like a fraud. But when I found the courage to post about it a month ago, the response from women dealing with the same thing was bigger than I had expected. Seeing how that post impacted others made me realize that I needed to put myself out there. Hypothalamic Secondary Amenorrhea is more common than most think and that is likely because it is either not discussed or is misunderstood. Runners are wired to think that more is better, but in reality, balance is what runners really need. So here it is, this is my story.

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Elliptigo: Recovery Made Simple

In the past 3 weeks I have been in a break period from running. Post marathon I didn't run for 10 days in an effort to allow my body to fully recover. I was told more often that not people underestimate how well recovered they are post race and resume training too soon. I wanted to make sure I didn't push that boundary so I choose to take the entire month of November down. Of course a down month does not mean no activity but rather active recovery. In order to maintain some of my fitness without sacrificing my legs I upped my cross-training. Specifically I pushed the strength training and for cardio I ElliptiGO'd

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InsideTracker: Pre-Indy V. Pre-Trials

In the months following the marathon trials I found myself chasing a track trials standard in the 10k. I had convinced myself that a couple easy weeks down after the trials would allow me to regain control of my spring season. After all I didn't finish the race and I convinced myself that the only reason it went poorly was because of my chest cold. That wasn't the full story but I was at a vulnerable point and wanted to prove to myself and others that I was still the same runner. At first things were good but after a few weeks my body began feeling like it was sliding backwards. I couldn't keep up in workouts, my legs felt dead, and I was putting on weight. After a disappointing race at the end of April I had to make the tough decision to quit chasing my track Olympic trials dream and listen to my body. I had to hit reset and get myself back on track despite what my heart was feeling. I began assessing what I did wrong, what the warning signs were, and ultimately came to the conclusion that I was overtrained. Once such indicator was my InsideTracker results from just 1-month before the trials. In January when I first reviewed these results with an insideTracker consultant and my sports dietician we rationalized my results. Looking back at them now I know I was in a bad place. So I took a three week break, retested with InsideTracker and the differences were evident.

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Scivation Xtend BCAA's: How and why they work

Before this fall season started I took a month off from training. I only ran 3-5 miles every 2 or 3 days when I felt like it. I upped my strength training a bit to focus on improving my glute and hip strength. I wanted to make a full recovery from my period of overtraining so that I could start fresh. During this period, I also volunteered for a study that looked at the effects of BCAA supplementation on body composition, resting metabolism, and satiety for females between the ages of 18-35. Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential branched chain amino acids that the human body cannot create on its own and must be ingested. Through this study I was able to take away a few key pieces of information which ultimately put me back on track.

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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Nutrition

Last week before Indy I caught up with the guys at Runologie to talk about my nutrition strategy for the day before, the morning before, during, and after (if you missed these videos click here). So how did all of that pan out and what exactly did I end up doing? This is how it all shook out.

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