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New York City 1/2 Marathon 2014 Finisher!

This past Sunday the 16th I ran my first half marathon, and it just happened to be the NYC 1/2. Smack dab in the middle of 20,000 people, I ran 13.1 miles through Central Park, Times Square, down the West Side Highway, around the tip of Manhattan, and finished in the financial district.

I trained for 12 weeks, using tempo runs, Zumba, swimming, hill runs, and long runs. I also used my long runs in Central Park to get used to the insane hills in the top portion of the park (which really came in handy on Sunday).

On the Saturday before the race, I picked up my bib at the NYC 1/2 expo. Good job, organizers. NYRR for the win!

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Picking up my bib and pretending I’m important.

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Everyone got to write why they were running. Most people were running in memory of a loved one or for cancer research. 

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I run because of Zombies. Obviously.

I had a lot of support while I was training for the race and on race day. My kick-ass mom flew up from TN to cheer me on. She also brought treats! Continue reading

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Turbo Healing: Plantar Fasciitis, Get Out Of Here!

Day four of my recurring plantar fasciitis struggle, (Click here to go back to day one and two) and I’m feeling absolutely no pain. None. How?

I’m icing, rolling, stretching, and checking my running/walking form all day long.

I wake up and use a tennis-sized TP Therapy ball to apply pressure and roll out my heel (where I usually feel pain first thing in the morning). I then lean against a wall and stretch my calves. Then, I head over to the staircase and hang my heels off the last step to stretch my achilles. Then, I get the hell on with my day.

At some point, I pull the frozen water bottle out of my freezer and roll/ice the bottom of my foot and heel. Later, while I’m watching a movie with my boyfriend, I’ll use my TP Therapy roller to roll out my calves, hamstrings, and glutes. Finally, I’ll ice the heels and arches of my feet while elevating them.

The next day, I’ll do it all again. And I’ll keep on doing it for as long as I think my good luck won’t run out.

I wish I had known what was going on with me the first time I got plantar fasciitis symptoms. I wasted months of my life confused and in pain, and I had no clue what was going on. This time around, being proactive has had such an extraordinary effect. I have some tightness in my calves that I’m stretching out, and there is tenderness when I roll out my feet and legs. However, there is no pain when I’m walking or running, and I don’t wake up with that acute heel pain that I’ve learned to expect.

I’ve been thinking a lot about why this is happening to me… why this happens to a lot of people. My friend Mac from The Running Company in NYC said it’s tightness in my calves and hamstrings that is to blame, but WHY are my calves and hamstrings tight? Why are my heels and the backs of my legs screwed up? Continue reading

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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In September of 2012, I noticed a strange pain in my heel when I woke up and started to walk around. I didn’t tell anyone because it didn’t seem like a big deal. I didn’t think too much of it and figured that it would go away if I stopped abusing it. Then, the pain got worse. I started to really rest it (which meant I stopped running and working out… but I still had to dance on it for work.) I thought to myself, “Do I have a bone spur or a hairline fracture? What is going on?”

Then, it spread to the other heel.

WHAT. THE. HELL?!?

I didn’t know injuries could travel like that… just jump from one foot to the other.

It was now December 2012, and I was in so much pain it was affecting just walking around my apartment (not to mention my inability to properly do my job as a dancer.) Finally, I went to see an orthopedic specialist at the Campbell’s Clinic in Memphis, TN. It was around Christmas, and I was visiting family. I had been dealing with a pain that started as annoying and progressed to unable to painlessly walk in three months.

They did X-rays and some other minor tests. I was shown to a room. The doctor eventually came in, listened to what I had to say, and then told me he knew exactly what it was: plantar fasciitis. (P.S. my X-ray came back clean without any fracture, so he was quite confident.)

He gave me a sheet of paper with a few guidelines and sent me on my way. I was slightly in shock about the entire thing. I’d been trying desperately to fix and rest my foot, and this paper said all I needed were a few stretches and ice. Oh, and the doctor said I could start running again. That seemed crazy to me… I could barely walk. Continue reading

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Got Stairs? Quick 10 Minute Workout

If you’re tired of running the streets, run some stairs! This is the best way to shake-up your routine, get in some intense cardio, and work your legs.

  1. run up, walk down
  2. run up every other step, walk down
  3. side-step up on the right side, walk down
  4. side-step up on the left side, walk down
  5. step up backwards, walk down

Do 4-5 sets of this, and you’ll have earned some pretty crazy sweat!

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Upcoming Ten-Year High School Reunion: Oh, GOD, NO!!! WHY!?!?

I just realized that my ten-year high school reunion is coming up this fall. Thankfully, the universe was somewhat kind to me this morning, and I realized it’s in November. If it were at the beginning of September, I might have to make like a lemming and (metaphorically, of course) jump of the nearest cliff. IMG_0341

Combine the impending doom of the reunion and all the weddings I need to attend this fall, and it makes me want to crash diet like there’s no tomorrow. It makes me want to cut carbs and pop pills, which I can’t understand because I know that’s not the right way. It’s got to be my fear and not my better judgement whispering, “Eat only meat! I know you’re a vegetarian and don’t believe in it… but just buy a cow and eat only that for the next three months! You’ve got room in the freezer, right?”

I’m not going to crash diet. I’m not going to diet at all. I’m going to reverse the brainwashing in me that is screaming DIET! DIET! DIET! because diet’s don’t work. They. Do. Not. Work.

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These are not Tomatoes: Subway Semi-Horror Story

IMG_0327It’s hot outside, but I decided to go for a long run. My motivation: This amazing club sandwich with farmers market tomatoes and greens on multi-seed bread. Chef B’friend made it out of the leftover Quorn “turkey” roast I made last night. He placed it on the counter. I knew it was going to be so delicious, I needed to earn the right to eat its mastery.

I thought, “Yeah, I can do the usual path from my apartment in Harlem down the west side of Central Park, but I want to get out of my comfort zone.” My usual path takes me right down the C and B train line. When I get exhausted, I can just pop on the train, and it will take me back to my nice apartment in an air conditioned thing that I don’t even have to drive. I can just sit and drink water and feel safe.

I decided I’d run more east, hit up the top of the park (which I hadn’t really explored) and work my way across the park to get back to the subway home. My sandwich motivation will carry me through this hardship of newness… like a tasty, tasty overexposure filling my view for the final mile.

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Super Fun “Turbo Jam Fat Blaster” Time

So, it ends up that I am unfortunately sore from my first spinning class. Not in a good “I really feel my quads and glutes” way. In a “I KNEW that seat was doing damage” way.

I was running low on energy and time, so I decided to pop on my old faithful: Turbo Jam Fat Blaster.

This is Chalene and the crew from "Turbo Jam: Fat Blaster." As you do it over the years, as I have done, you'll get to know "Take it Easy" Mindy, Fierce Tranny in the Back, and The Gloved Latin Lover.

This is Chalene and the crew from “Turbo Jam: Fat Blaster.” As you do it over the years, as I have done, you’ll get to know “Take it Easy” Mindy, Fierce Tranny in the Back, and The Gloved Latin Lover.

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My First Spinning Class.

After a little prodding from a friend, I decided to join her in a spinning class this morning. spin-bikes21

I’ve been avoiding that dark room at the gym for years, worried that I’d be SO BORED on a stationary bike going nowhere.

And I was. A little.

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