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Running while in the process of moving2

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running,Random Runs (Monday July 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm)

I am typing this entry from our campground just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana. After five amazing years in Seattle, we are returning to the Carolinas now that my residency/fellowship has been completed. We are really trying to make an adventure out of this move too – we have stopped thus far near Crater Lake in Oregon (gorgeous), the Oregon/Idaho border (Fruitland, Idaho, to be precise, which seems to be a suburb of Ontario, Oregon), and then this is our second night near Yellowstone National Park.

My run near Crater Lake served as a very tranquil start to an otherwise hectic day of traveling. A morning 5k in the upper-30s at the start of July while enjoying a pristine sunrise was quite invigorating.

This afternoon’s run was quite special, though. It was just another 5k run from our campsite, but I chose to run along a horse path abutting Hwy-20 in western Montana. Running in this part of Montana is not a new thing. I lived in Hamilton, Montana during the summer in 2000 while working in a research internship with the NIH/NIAID, and enjoyed many a run through the Bitterroot Valley/Blodgett Canyon. It was during that summer that I made the decision to train for a marathon, endured a nasty forest fire, slept in my green Saturn SL at Glacier National Park, and swam down the Black Foot River. No real obligations or responsibilities; just to learn and have fun. Then, I returned to western Montana in 2006, now as a married young physician (an intern) rather than a college student, and again ran to the views of mountains, ranches, and big skies. Here I am again, in 2010, now the mother of two children and a physician finished with training. The scenery is just as beautiful. The mountains appear the same, yet my life is so different. Over ten years everything has changed, but the views remain steadfast. I found myself reflecting on my own mortality, and thought about how life will continue shift for me, but the mountains will be here. And long after I am gone, they will still stand.


Running at 6800 feet elevation proved a bit of a challenge. Breathing was rougher at the end than I recalled. Despite running on Seattle’s hilly surface, I have definitely not been training for this. 🙂 Still a worthwhile experience, nonetheless!

Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon: SOLD OUT!0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Sunday April 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm)

Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! It’s sold out. No worries – I had already registered. The $85 entry fee for the half (plus $6 for online registration – but hey, it’s to benefit the American Cancer Society) is paid. Now that I know it is sold out, though, the hugeness of it is sinking in quickly. 15,682 finished the half-marathon last year (plus 5,646 who finished the marathon), so it is definitely a sizeable event!

Remaining active during pregnancy0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Tuesday September 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm)

As I write this, I am 37 weeks pregnant with my second child. My goal, similar to that during my first pregnancy, was to continue running throughout the gestational period, but alas – between working full-time, chasing a toddler, and just the exhaustion that accompanies pregnancy, it was not to be. What I have been able to do, which I think makes an extraordinary difference to the psyche and to health during pregnancy, is continued to walk to the vast majority of my destinations.

My workplace, which is approximately 1.5 miles from my home, remained the best source of walking, between frequently using the stairs and traversing long corridors with frequency; but leaving my home 20 minutes early each day gave me the nice morning walk to work itself that I needed. Until about two months ago, I was walking to and from work twice weekly and either to or from work another one or two days each week. On other days, I was taking the bus, getting off one or two stops early to build in at least a few extra blocks of walking. Then, there are walks with my husband and two year old son on the weekends, a time when we can all reconnect with one another after a busy week.

I have now reached a point where the walk to and from work is a bit much, but I still enjoy walks in the evenings and on the weekends at a leisurely pace with my family. I think it will be easier to lose the pregnancy weight after the baby is born as I have not gained much mass aside from where it should be. I think it will keep me from feeling the “baby blues” as I feel more connected with my surroundings. I think it will mean good healthy role modeling for my son while physiologically benefitting the unborn baby. Overall, remaining active has been a good decision.

After baby is born, I’m giving myself a week to recover at my own pace, and then the pedometer is returning back to its rightful place on my belt. 🙂 I look forward to the outdoors time, strolling with my (growing) family, and soon enough hitting the pavement with my running shoes and Garmin Forerunner again. I also look forward to cheering my husband on in the Salmon Days 5k run in October (my first year not running it since moving here, but I will be at the finish line with baby snuggled in the Bjorn), and encouraging my son as he sprints across a parking lot in his first 1k fun run.

Still running0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running,Upcoming Runs (Wednesday August 27, 2008 at 9:24 am)

After beginning to run with any regularity again at the end of July, I’m still at it one month later. I have been running 3-4 times weekly, three to four miles per run. This morning I was going to go for four, and stopped at 3.5 because of a pesky side cramp that would not take its leave. I have been experiencing a lot of these lately, which I suppose means I should slow down, but I already feel like I’m running slowly, given how I used to run.

On Sunday afternoon during a particularly successful 4 mile run, I was contemplating what sorts of distances I would like to take on in the next few months. My short-term goal is the Salmon Days 10k on October 5th in Issaquah, WA. At the end of October is the Pumpkin Push 5k, and then I even considered the Seattle Half-Marathon on November 30th. Unfortunately I am on call that day, so I am in the process of trying to switch call days with one of my colleagues. I may not be able to find anyone, though. I suppose a half-marathon at this point is a bit of a long shot since I haven’t been disciplined in my running until the past month, and I’m getting side cramps at three miles, so maybe I’m not ready yet. We’ll see how things go in September.

And I’m back again1

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Sunday July 27, 2008 at 10:14 am)

After yet another running hiatus I have returned again. Gabriel turned one year old on July 14th! When that happened, I could not believe how quickly an entire year had passed, and along with celebrating my little guy’s first year of life and the wonderful events during it, I also faced the harsh reality that I had not been exercising regularly during that time.

During the month of April, I was working at our VA Hospital, and during that stint I worked with a neurologist who insisted on taking the stairs. <gasp> I used to be an avid supporter of stairs, but had fallen into the “elevator-takers” category over time. At the VA Hospital, there are actually two full flights of stairs between each floor, and the neurology offices are on the fifth floor, so that was quite the workout. However, my boss was motivating enough, and by the end of the month I was in better shape.

In May, I moved onto a two month rotation at Harborview Medical Center, and not only made it a point to avoid elevators, but decided to walk the 1.4 miles to work and home each day (scaling some mega-hills in the process). By the end of June, I was in better shape.

However, July brought me to Children’s Hospital, where I never needed to take an elevator (I came in on the floor where I was working most of the time), and was driving to work because there wasn’t an easily accessible way to get there by bus, plus it was too far to walk in a reasonable amount of time. By the time Gabriel’s birthday rolled around, I was already feeling out of shape again. Bummer.

Last weekend, I got myself out of bed at 6AM and ran three miles. It was rough, and I was sore, but I made it. My goal was to make it down there three times each week at first, and I actually fulfilled my goal at the end of week one. Wednesday morning’s run was easier, and Friday morning’s run was exhilarating! By the time I left for work, I was ready for anything.

So I have set a short-term goal for myself to stay motivated: the Issaquah Salmon Days Rotary Run 10k, schedule for October 5th. I’m going to see what sort of a time I can achieve after time off, having a baby, and being a resident for the past three years.

PS – By the way, thank you for all of the comments about pubic ramus stress fractures. I still continue to receive emails from people (all of them have been women, I think) with either the same injury or professionals trained in rehabilitation who are familiar with these injuries.

Quick Update1

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Sunday July 1, 2007 at 7:52 pm)

Unfortunately, I don’t have much exercise-related news to convey to the few readers who may still exist out there (I’m sure many of you have stopped reading during my hiatus from posting). However, the positive news is that I am counting down the days until July 17, 2007 – the date of expected arrival of my first child! I have been archiving bits and pieces of my pregnancy tale on my general blog, Residential Space, since last December.

When Evan and I were faced with a decision about which stroller to purchase, around the same time that our R.E.I. annual rebate became available for use, we thought the BOB Revolution was a good choice. It’s pretty sharp – we have the infant seat adapter for our baby’s first eight months, until he can be strapped in directly. Then, he can accompany his parents on many running adventures as his mother recovers her fitness level! We joke about how the tires are built for off-roading.

Anyway, my apologies again for the absence of posting. My exercise lately has consisted of finishing my second year of residency – only two more years to go until I am a fully board-eligible neurologist! Stay tuned for my adventures in postpartum running.

Another Stress Fracture Update0

Posted by jodi in Injuries,Portland Marathon Training 2006,Ramblings on Running (Wednesday September 27, 2006 at 9:21 pm)

I am appalled that I have not posted to this blog since July – the pubic ramus stress fracture has taken me out of commission, and I think my interest in running plummeted as a result. I spent much of August growing more depressed until mid-September, when Evan invited me to ride my bicycle to Ballard with him (a 19 mile roundtrip ride). It was the first real exercise I’ve had since training for the marathon last spring – and it felt terrific. I could feel my spirit rekindle just challenging my muscles and increasing my heart rate. Cardiac output is a wonderful thing.

The stress fracture is much better – I can ride my mountain bike without pain, and can even walk around in heels now without feeling it. Yesterday, as I was getting out of my car at 3:30AM after having been at the hospital during the night, I could feel a slight throbbing in that location, but it’s the first I’ve experienced in several weeks. With this in mind, Evan and I are going to attempt the Salmon Days Rotary Run 5k in Issaquah on October 8th – going at a slow speed, walking part of the way, and just seeing how things go. I had a terrific 10k experience during this race last year and look forward to returning, albeit at a much slower pace.

As for the Portland Marathon – well, I still have vacation that would enable me to participate, but I will be a spectator for this one. Evan and I are meeting Josh in Portland on September 30 and will cheer the runners on! I’m sure we will find time for good food, maybe some wine, and a short run of our own.

I am encouraged by speaking with my current neurology attending today. He and his wife participate in triathlons (and from what I can gather, they are both quite impressive athletes). After singing her praises, he was relaying to us that she is currently injured. Later in the conversation he mentioned a past injury of hers. I suppose my feeling for the past few months was – maybe I’m prone to injury and shouldn’t be running distances. But it seems injuries are par for the course when sports are a passion.

Jodi has a stress fracture6

Posted by jodi in Injuries,Ramblings on Running (Thursday July 6, 2006 at 6:45 am)

I have never had a fracture of any sort in my entire life, but yesterday when I finally got in to see a sports medicine doctor about my groin/hip/hamstring? pain, I got the bad news. Recap: while running on the treadmill on June 8th, I was gradually hit with worsening left groin pain. A few hours later, it felt more like medial hamstring pain. Ice and heat did not help, and NSAIDs only minimally. Once the inflammation settled a bit over the next few days, it felt more like bony pain, and this time in the groin/gluteal region. I was having difficulty pinpointing exactly which muscle could be causing this, and then I became worried that there was something wrong with a bone.

Here is an image of the pubic rami with a box outlining these structures – they are the rings at the base of the pelvis.

Pubic ramus

An x-ray confirmed a stress fracture in the left pubic ramus, not the most common site for a runner (unlike the foot or tibia), but seen from time to time. So the bad news is, not only can I not run for a while, but I have to minimize weight bearing, and given its location, I cannot use the elliptical trainer nor exercise with a bicycle either. It looks like it may be time to get that pool membership…

Hamstring Update1

Posted by jodi in Portland Marathon Training 2006,Ramblings on Running (Thursday June 22, 2006 at 10:49 pm)

I’m two weeks out from my hamstring injury, and while much of the pain is gone the muscle still feels very stiff in the mornings. I still feel it when I lift the affected foot up to put on a sock. I was warned that it could take weeks to months to heal, but I figured if I rested adequately, stretched, took my ibuprofen and used ice/heat properly it would speed the process. I recognize that it has only been two weeks, but I feel like I’m losing too much time on the road to the Portland Marathon.

I exercised for the first time during this two week period today by getting on the elliptical trainer and going for only about 15 minutes/2.5 miles. It felt great to get my heart rate up, but the muscle did feel very stiff following even just this amount of exertion. I spent about 20 minutes stretching afterwards. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.

Running in the AM2

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Thursday May 4, 2006 at 10:46 am)

When I began training for the Portland Marathon almost three weeks ago I was forced to move most of my workouts to the morning because I have not been arriving home from work until almost 9PM on most nights. The first few days were tough – having to get up at 5:30AM to run, shower, eat breakfast, and be out the door in time to catch the bus around 7:30AM. Now, while there is still some hesitancy each morning to leaving the warmth and comfort of my bed that early, it has gotten much easier. I am finding that, on my morning-per-week that I have off from working out, or on my Core Strength training morning, I am not in the greatest mood during the day, whereas after a good run in the morning I feel wonderful. This sounds idealized to many, I’m sure, and I wouldn’t have believed it either, but I think I very much prefer morning runs. When I start my day at work, my body feels toned, I am wide awake, and my mind is clear. I never feel groggy and half-asleep after a solid run.

I have decided to amend my training schedule slightly. Currently, I have Strength Training alternating between one and two days a week (2 days one week, then 1 day of the next week, then 2 days the following week…). I’m scrapping that – one day per week should suffice. I would rather have an extra running day than an extra strength day.

My other thought for now is that, once I am finished with my 8AM to 8PM schedule (one more week!) and once I am back from my upcoming two-week vacation, I am going to start attending local running club meetings. I very much need to meet other runners in Seattle and find some good running partners (although Daniel and Matt are fun interval buddies!). It would be nice to enjoy more of the social aspects of running, although feeling fit is definitely a plus.

The forecast is calling for a high of 75 degrees in Seattle today – the kind of day where I would rather be outdoors. However, there are plenty of glassed-in hospital wings where I can enjoy springtime today. Happy running, everyone!

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