Trouble in Paradise

Just as I was thinking Altra’s and Newtons are the best shoes ever and my knee issues seem to be diminishing,  a new problem surfaces. The weekend after my trail 5K,  I ran 7 miles in the Newtons.  It was really even a jump in miles, but my left arch bothered me on this run.  …

My first trail run

A week after the Thomas Larner 10K,  I ran the Crozet Running 5K Trail Run and did I ever underestimate this one!  Runners were warned that the first mile is all uphill and steep, but I blew that off as a warning to beginning runners, not ones that run 10 miles with ease. But they …

Sgt Thomas Larner 10K

I was worried about this race because it was my first time running 6 miles since the knee injury.    I was also trying out a new knee strap and didn’t know what to expect. It was a hilly course, with one long hill around mile 4, but I did not seem tired on this …

An Update

I have not posted anything since announcing I was going to run Chicago, so here’s what’s happening. Training will begin in June.  In the meantime, I am running and coming back slowly.  My knee still hurts some on longer runs. By longer runs, I mean 5-6 mile runs.  It seems worse if hills are involved. …

Chicago Bound!

I am one of the fortunate ones to get into the 2014 Chicago Marathon – my first marathon!  After not getting into the Marine Corp Marathon through lottery, it is great that I got into Chicago. Chicago is a very flat course and one of the best courses for first timers.  With my knee still …

Playing the Chicago Lottery

I am contemplating my first full marathon this fall. Due to my knee issue, a course without many hills is preferred.  The Chicago Marathon is a flat course, which would be perfect.  And it is considered one of the top 3 races in the country that are “must do” runs (the others being Boston and …

Not Quite Ready For Hills

This past Sunday I decided to run my normal route at home, which is loaded with hills.  While going uphill does not seem  to bother my knee, continued running downhill might.  I experienced very mild but noticeable pain in my knee for the last mile or so. That is a bit concerning, because that is …

The 5K Run on April 5

This was my longest run since my injury, and I ran in the Altra’s.  My calf muscles were not terribly sore prior to the race.  The day before I was giving some deworming shots to some llamas, and one of the llamas managed to ram my bad knee right into a fence post! Ouch!  That …