Tag Archives: running

Arthritis: A dirty little secret of sports medicine?

Notice the fuzziness around the bone inside the circle. That's the arthritis showing up in an X-ray.

Arthritis, simply defined, is the inflammation of one or more joints. But it’s actually an umbrella term, according to arthritis.org, used to describe a group of 100-plus medical conditions. Continue reading

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What a pain in the IT band (how I erased it with PT exercises)

Tal Kopan stretches her IT band after a January run outside.

[Editor's note: Today's post comes to you from guest blogger Tal Kopan. If you'd like to write an injury-related post, message me on Twitter. Thanks!]

Hi. My name is Tal. I’m an athlete, and I have trouble accepting my weaknesses.

I recently learned one of my weaknesses is my IT band.

By way of introduction, I’m a medium distance runner and am working toward a first triathlon, but I consider that my off season. First and foremost, I am an ultimate frisbee player. Continue reading

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Yaktrax, DueNorth traction devices for running in snow, ice aren’t foolproof

I've been running outside all winter for a couple of years. Traction devices help get me through.

I hate the treadmill with the white hot passion of a thousand suns. And before I was informed about running outside in the winter safely, I would slog along on the dreadmill for countless boring miles each winter. Continue reading

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Filed under F*cking Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon, Injuries, Knees, running, Shoes, Tips & Tricks

I (heart) the F^3 Lake Half Marathon. Here’s why I’ll be writing about it.

Just before the halfway point, Sue (right) and I are having a blast and running strong. (2011)

In January 0f 2011, I ran my first half marathon… on a cold and windy day… in Chicago. And I loved every minute of it.

It was the race’s 2nd annual running, and I immediately became a fan of the race that’s known as F^3 (or, F***ing Freezing Frozen Lake Half Marathon). Continue reading

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Ugh. The Mrs. Me is injury-prone too (Hot Chocolate 5/15K race report).

Two reasons to celebrate: 1. Chocolate. 2. I made it to the finish, narrowly missing another running injury.

I had high hopes for Kirsten Ankenbrand’s first run. Her first race was the Hot Chocolate 5K — a short one, because, well, she’s a new runner and the maiden version of herself was still working back up in mileage after May’s injury. Continue reading

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Nighty night. Sometimes you just gotta get in a run when you can.

The dog and I pause for a photo during our night-time run.

More than once I’ve driven along Lake Shore Drive after 9 p.m. and, seeing a few runners scattered about the path, wondered, “Who are these crazy people? Don’t they know it’s almost bed time?”

That was before tonight, obviously, when I was one of those crazies. Continue reading

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Filed under Dark, Pets, running, Tips & Tricks

Do as I say, not as I do? Set a good example for kids instead

This is one confident new bicyclist! (youtube.com)

Maybe you’ve seen the viral video posted on YouTube – it’s of a boy who rode his bike by himself for the first time.

He struggles for how to describe it.

“I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel… I feel happy of myself,” he exclaims. Continue reading

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Filed under Cycling, Kids, running, Swimming, Tips & Tricks, Triathlon

Is being a sick runner worse than being a hurt one? How to come back.

Wear your favorite race shirt, sip your green tip and rest when you're sick (like I did in early Dec. 2010).

Being hurt and not being able to run is painful. But being sick is worse.

Or, at least it feels that way. Continue reading

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A runner is born. The wee one tried running, loved it. (Let’s be careful!)

Running is something kids do when they play. Why not run for fun and exercise? (flickr.com, lulumon athletica, creative commons license)

Sometimes when the BF’s daughter is with him for the weekend, we trade off when it comes to our work outs. I’ll work out Saturday, and he’ll work out Sunday, for instance.

Well, today, since it was his turn and he wanted to do a long ride, I took the wee one to family swim at the gym for a couple of hours. Then, she wanted to go for a run, she said. Continue reading

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Not where I thought I’d be: Chicago Marathon, foot injury updates

Having the doctor hand me this piece of paper in May was devastating.

Tonight, after I walked out of my podiatrist’s office with tears streaming down my face and a new doctor’s note in my bag, I realized something both liberating and terrifying: this is when the real work begins. Continue reading

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Filed under Chicago Marathoon, Foot bursitis, Injuries, marathons, Neuroma, Plantar fasciitis, Stress fracture