4 Weeks & 8 Miles

It’s not often I say it, but I am extremely ready for my next knee surgery. I am sick of having my knee be an issue with my running schedule because 8 miles is totally ridiculous. Two weeks ago I had the same knee issues and only hit 8 miles, then the next week I killed 15.5 miles. I’m not too worried about not getting to the start line. That is my #1 goal right now – the starting line. After that it’s all mental.

I did discover that my brand new running shoes are already finished. My wear pattern is the same, so I know my gait hasn’t changed at all with my new speed. The issue is that I am missing around 200 miles on my new shoes. After thinking long and hard about this, I truly believe that running on the track did them in. You can easily see the orange tint to my new shoes and the track is bright orange – seems to fit. With how hard I push off with my left foot, it just ripped up the shoes. So, guess who gets to buy new shoes to break in before the race!? By the time I get them, I’ll have 3 weeks to break them in…I hope that is enough time. 2016-03-24 12.07.27

Monday – 0 miles

Tuesday – 3.5 miles
Speed workout at the Perry Field House on the campus of BGSU (Talons Up!). Our workout for the night was 3 x 1600 with 3 min rest (I). I sat out a couple of laps to rest my knee and it was well worth it. Some days I have killer knee pain and some days I don’t. On Tuesday, I didn’t but still played it safe.

Wednesday – 0 miles

Thursday – 0 miles

Friday – 0 miles

Saturday – 0 miles  I had a crazy bad migraine all night and running wasn’t happening. Hell, getting out of bed wasn’t happening.

Sunday – 4.5 miles  Yeah, that is definitely not the 19 miles that were on the schedule. In mile 2 the knee pain started…in a totally new spot than before. A text to my orthpaedic surgeon shed some light that it could be scar tissue build up, plica tissue getting trapped due to inflammation…and a few more maybe’s. But, they are all maybe’s until May the 4th when my knee is cracked open for #6. Either way, I am okay to run on it even with the pain! So, now I just need to grin and bear the pain during my runs.

The long run this coming weekend is 22 miles. This will be a make or break run for me mentally. I know that I can get through the full, my brain is set to it. I just need to prove it to myself that it’ll happen.

NEW Winner of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Free Entry Giveaway

It’s always rough when someone enters a giveaway, wins, I email them to claim it within 24 hours, then I email 48 hours later as a reminder…then still don’t hear from them.
This winner is unfortunately not going to be receiving the free race entry code. Sad, right?

But, I selected a new free race entry recipient who will be receiving the code. The new recipient is……

Robert M.

I have already contacted him and he has responded to me and is planning on running the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon on April 24, 2016! This will be his second marathon.

Congratulations and good luck with your training!

Winners of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Race Entry Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered my free race entry giveaway over the past week!
It is hard watching the winners randomly selected because I feel bad for the others who don’t win free entry, but there can only be two!

As the head Ambassador for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I am so lucky to be able to give away these two free entries. My team of Ambassadors has already given away 10 free entries! Congratulations to those who won the previous giveaways, I can’t wait to hear how you do in your race on April 24, 2016.

GCM-ambassador-750-logoThis year’s free entry winners from my giveaway are –

2016WinnersCongratulations to Andrea and Laura!
I have emailed you both, letting you know you are today’s winners.

You didn’t win? You can still take advantage of early bird registration to save before the price increase at 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016.
The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon is currently $70 and will increase to $80 on January 1, 2016.
The Owens Corning Half Marathon is currently $60 and will increase to $70 on January 1, 2016.
The Medical Mutual Glass City 5k is currently $30 and will increase to $35 on January 1, 2016.

Take advantage of the early bird savings before the new year begins!
And again, thank you to everyone who entered!

Well, That Happened

Did you register for my Mercy Health Glass City Marathon giveaway yet?
TODAY is the last day to enter to win a free entry to the race!

I did it. I registered for my second marathon. RaceRegistration2016
I am excited, nervous, scared, worried, proud, and generally just stupefied. After the epic fail that was my first marathon, where my femur chipped tiny pieces of bone in to my knee, naturally I am scared that something like that will happen again. After five surgeries, I am very in tune with my knee, but that came as a complete shock during the race.

I weigh less and I have been lifting heavy since I ran my first full in 2012. These two reasons alone make me feel more comfortable about my knee during the race. One of the biggest reasons is that I am taking part in Dave’s Marathon In Training. Having a group of people to train with is extremely foreign to me, but I am looking forward to the speed work at the BGSU Field House track. I am a fool for sprinting. If they had adult races for sprinting, I would win my age group all the time. Okay, total stretch there and that would never happen, but sprinting is my jam. I think that’s why I always sprint to the finish line of every race I have ever run. The sprint makes me feel alive in a way that distance running never will. My body is built for sprinting, not distance running, but I make distance runs work for me.

Since this is the 40th Anniversary of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, I want to be able to fulfill my dream and my goal of successfully finishing my second full.


Mercy Health Glass City Marathon – Free Race Entry Giveaway

It is almost 2016, which means you should be planning your spring races. It is crazy to think that training begins now for spring, especially since we haven’t even technically entered into winter. I will officially start training with Dave’s Marathon In Training group on January 5, and I’m pretty excited to kick-off my spring training for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.

As the head Ambassador for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I get to spread holiday cheer by giving away TWO free race entries. My great team of Ambassadors have all given away their free race entries and now this is your final chance to win! How fantastic would your holiday be if you received an entry to the race you were already planning on running on Sunday, April 24, 2016?GCM-ambassador-750-logoIf you want to run the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Owens Corning Half Marathon or the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k, then you have a chance to win a free entry! (entries are not valid for the Yark 5-Person Relay or the Findley Davies Kid’s Marathon)
Simply enter the giveaway below and you have your chance at one of two free entries in to the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon! The giveaway runs through Thursday, December 17. Each registrant has the opportunity to earn seven entries!

Each form of entry WILL be validated if selected. If you say you followed on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter or posted a blog comment, then please do so. If I draw your name for the free entry and you have not fulfilled the requirement your entry will be disqualified!

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Unfortunately, not everyone can win. For those who, sadly, don’t win one of the two free race entries, make sure to register for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon races by midnight on December 31, 2015. On January 1, the price increases and I know you don’t want to pay more for a race that you are already planning on running!

Best of Luck!
Winners will be announced on Friday, December 18.

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Review & Giveaway

For the past year, I have taken probiotics every morning with my other meds. I had a few small, insignificant but recurring health issues. My doctor suggested I try probiotics and naturally I was the typical naysayer. Seeing certain ads on tv left me to question them.

But, with the health issues being stupid annoying, I gave it a go for a month. I hated to admit it, but the stupid issues went away. I have taken probiotics every day for just over a year and I haven’t been sick at all since then. I probably just jinxed myself, of course, but it’s a fact. Not sick at all.

When Dr. Mercola asked me to sample their Complete Probiotics I was excited to try a new brand to see how I liked it.
Complete Probiotics contains 10 strains of good bacteria, with the most significant strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, which has been proven to easily adapt to your gut due to its human origin. It provides 70 to 90 billion colony forming units (CFUs) of probiotics per serving. High-quality probiotics support a healthy gut and can help in food digestion, especially for people with sensitive stomachs. It also strengthens the immune system, improves calcium absorption and B vitamins synthesis, as well as supports the reproductive health of women.

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Complete Probiotics provided the same results that I am used to in a probiotic. The 10 strains of bacteria, including Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Streptococcus thermophiles, have helped to keep me as healthy as I have been the past year.

If you would like more information about probiotics please check this page out!
Do you want to win a bottle of Complete Probiotics for yourself?

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by Dr. Mercola. The opinions expressed here are my own, and are awesome.

Physiotherapy Jobs

As a fully qualified physiotherapist, there are many avenues for you to consider. So, what physiotherapy jobs are available?

This depends entirely on what you want to specialise in. Areas include geriatric medicine, intensive care, mental health, occupational health, outpatients’ departments, orthopaedics, paediatrics, stroke services and womens’ health.

You may want to work in a clinic or health centre, becoming a vital member of a local community. In this environment, you will be exposed to all kinds of physical problems, including the very complex, and you will need to have compassion, understanding, and the ability to work closely not only with the patient, but with their family and caregivers too.

Your communication skills are as important as your physical skills, as you will need to obtain information not only from your patients, but from other medical professionals and the other staff in your place of work. You will need to be able to plan, prioritise and keep appointments, and deal with people who are not able to keep to the same standard, often due to debilitating physical problems. As a physiotherapist, it’s a fact that you have to be the flexible person within the therapist/patient relationship.

Job opportunities exist outside the world of health centres of course, and even outside the NHS. In the private sector, you could expect to earn more, but could also end up working seven day weeks, so make sure you check all the pros and cons of any job before you apply.

For those looking for something off the beaten track, you could always enlist as an army physiotherapist. As well as being deployed all over the world, you would be assisting in field hospitals and you would support with sports events and other physical activities. This can be a role within the regular army or the reserves.

You may also decide to move into sports physiotherapy, working either directly with a sports association, or within a sports injury clinic. Sports therapists help with existing injuries, but also help prevent future injury, giving the best advice for moving and stretching within sports, athletics and other physical activities.

There are currently over 200 jobs available within physiotherapy on healthjobsuk.com, and that’s just one recruitment site from many. Physiotherapists are always in demand, and there are many rewarding roles available in this fascinating field.

This post is brought to you by Catherine Lavinia.