Those Life Changing Moments

Sometimes the most impactful moments in your life come out of nowhere and without warning.
Make one decision and your life may be forever changed and it may change the life of those around you.

Change is in my near future and I can’t for it to get here already. Change is scary, but absolutely worth it.

The Power of the Schwartz – Knee Surgery #6 Status Report

One year ago today was knee surgery #6 (all on the same knee). It is always a struggle to get back to pre-surgery shape with that leg and this post-op experience was no different. The biggest pain in the ass is strengthening my quad since I lost 3″ in it right after the surgery. It happens within the first 24-28 hours and it is a huge obstacle to overcome every time. Please google quad atrophy after knee surgery and read up on why this happens so drastically and quickly. There are a lot of big words that explain it and ain’t nobody got time for that in a post.

Here is a bad ass picture of the issue with my knee last year. I thought it was my tibia chipping off in that area, but it was only a meniscus tear.


This is where it gets fun
. My femur had tiny cracks in it when I first injured it at 15 years old and it was smoothed out and essentially as good as new. Then it started to chip during marathon #1 in 2012 and it was smoothed out again. It needed to be smoothed out yet again one year ago today. It is normal wear and tear for a knee like mine and will essentially continue to be normal for me.
I think these pictures are amazing and I love to see the issues that are fixed. Maybe it comes from a family with a strong medical background? Maybe it comes from a fascination with the inside of my knee? Who knows.

One year later I am still running and lifting. I am building my quad muscle and have gained around 1.5″ back, which isn’t too shabby I thnk. I have work to do, but I always will.

I will continue to need maintenance surgeries over the years to come, eventually leading to a total/partial knee. I am putting that off as long as possible of course.

A Big Thank You

I am still decompressing from the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend. This race always holds a special place in my heart as it was my first half marathon and my first full marathon. In 2014 I was lucky enough to join the marathon race committee to oversee a team of race Ambassadors. My eight […]

Do You Even Know Where to be on Race Day? Glass City Marathon Map

The campus of The University of Toledo is large and if you aren’t familiar with the campus, you may just find yourself lost or unsure of where you are headed. The races all start and finish, and run through and around campus so there are multiple road closures and parking lots that are off limits. Where […]

Do You Even Know Where You’re Going? Glass City Marathon Course Maps

There is not much worse than getting off course during a race. In my half marathon PR race, I ended up running half of a mile in the wrong direction because the course marshal at that post stepped away. A bystander told me I was headed the wrong way and I ended up making it […]

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Restaurant Discounts

What is one of the most important things to a runner? Aside from shoes, clothing, and hoping for some great weather, FOOD! When it comes to racing, a runner needs to be sure to fuel properly pre and post race. What you eat can make or break a race sometimes. Runners of each of the […]