Sunday, March 31, 2013

Running Wild: Weekly Wrap-up

Miles Run: 2.6 (Don't be jealous I can rack up these big numbers . . . )

Monday: Strength and cardio

*10 mins elliptical
*10 mins HIIT on the row machine
*3 sets of 8 inverted rows super set w/ 3 sets of 10 halos w/ 25# plate
*3 sets of 10 leg presses w/ no extra weight added
*3 sets of 10 pistol squats super set w/ 3 sets of 8 hanging leg raises
*3 sets of 15 hamstring curls at 90#

Inverted row. 
Note: I am not tough enough to have the bar quite that low!
Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Strength and some cardio

*10 mins HIIT on row machine
* 3 sets of 20 wall balls w/ 12# ball
*3 sets of 8 inverted rows superset w/ 3 sets of 8 push-ups
* 3 sets of 8 leg presses. 1st 2 sets w/ no weight, last set w/ 10# added
*3 sets of 10 squatting/standing rows (still don't know the official name of these!) superset w/ 3 sets of 8 hanging knee raises
*3 sets of 10 side lunges. 1st set w/ 10# plate, last 2 sets w/ a 25# plate
*3 sets of 8 leg raises on roman chair

Thursday: Elliptical

30 mins on the elliptical

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 2.6 mile run!

My family was at my in-law's house for the holiday weekend and since the weather was crazy awesome I thought I would try out a little run. First of all, it was WAY too hot! 70* is fine when you're hanging around, but when you're running it feels more like 90*. Second, I had eaten lunch about an hour before I ran and my stomach wasn't too happy about that. Now my feet? They pretty much felt fine. The rest of the day they felt their normal amount of crappy, so I call that a success.

Sunday: Rest

Not a typical rest day, but being out of town, and it was Easter, and we travelled and blah blah blah. I did consume my weight in Easter candy, though, so that should account for something, right?!

Friday, March 29, 2013

How Great is Technology?

Today I did two things I have never done before, so that's pretty cool. Well, now that I think about it, I probably did dozens, if not hundreds, of things I have never done before, but all of those minute things would make for a boring blog post . . . .

Yesterday (stay with me here) I went to see a new doctor. Due to my old doctor kicking everyone out of her  practice who didn't want to pay an extra monthly fee for the privilege of seeing her, I had to find someone new. I called a local doctor's office and made an appointment with the first doctor who could see me, simply to establish myself as a patient in case something were to come up. Murphy's Law says the second I am without a primary care provider the shit's going to hit the fan, right? Since the new doctor doesn't do "meet and greet" type appointments, I basically had to make up a reason to go see him. I decided I would rattle off my list of running injuries to him and see what he had to say. 

It turns out, not much. He suggested I cross-train. Awesome advice, and something he would have known I have done several times a week for about nine months now if he had simply asked me. But whatever. He ordered some labs for me to see if some other things were amiss, so the nice nurse drew my blood and sent me on my way.

So on to the thing I have never done before. This morning I receive an email letting me know my test results were available to view online! Sure enough, complete with a note from my doctor letting me know he thought everything looked really good and to keep up with my cross-training (ha!). I have never viewed my medical records online. Have you? I was amazed that my new doctor's office could have them posted so quickly! 

The other new thing I did was deposited checks in to my bank account using my phone. This kind of blew my mind. Have you tried this? All you do is open the bank's app, take a picture of the front and back of your check and voila! Deposited. And here I thought scanning a check on the scanner, saving it to the computer and uploading to the bank's website was crazy technological progress. Now, if only we could move past having checks at all, I would love that. I think we're getting closer!

Okay, that's all I got. Have a great weekend! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

On Weight and Jelly Beans

When I weighed myself over the weekend I was almost ten pounds heavier than I was at my lowest recent weight. What gives? My pants seem to be fitting the same, so I am not overly concerned, but it's still unsettling. My friend thought our (now mutual) trainer said that you can gain weight while weight training. I am still not so sure that should equal such a drastic increase, though. 

My eating hasn't changed much overall. I still definitely swing between bouts of eating really well and then other times devouring half a bag of jelly beans (only the Brach's variety). My favorites are the black ones. I find it interesting that when you ask people if they like the black ones, the majority of people will say no, yet you can buy a whole bag filled with nothing but black ones. No other flavor can be bought all on it's own, which is pretty awesome, but why is that? You know what color I hate in the bag of Brach's jelly beans? The purple ones. They taste like perfume. Blech.

You know what else is gross? The spiced ones. 

I deliberately bought my daughters Starburst jelly beans for Easter because if I bought them Brach's, well, let's just say they probably wouldn't make it to the plastic eggs. I couldn't really care any less about any other brands of jelly beans. 

Kind of funny that I started this post out talking about weight and the segued in to a few paragraphs about jelly beans. Maybe I have answered my own question?

Ahem. Moving on.

I made a plan for my last-ditch effort to train for the Seattle Rock-n-Roll half marathon. I found a plan that required the absolute least running necessary to reach the goal, and that is the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Novice plan. It peaks at 10 miles and starts the long runs at like 4 or something. Most other plans start at 6 or 8 miles, which I wouldn't have time to do. Even this plan I have to be perfectly healthy through the whole thing in order to run the half, which at this point seems like a total pipe dream.

Since messing up my plantar fascia three weeks ago I still have not run. My plantar fascia on both feet aren't happy, but they are slightly happier when I tape my arches up. They are mildly dis-pleased with strength training, I am thinking mostly because of all of the pressure my feet feel when I am trying to lift anything heavy.

This weekend is Easter and I have a 3 mile run on the schedule. We shall see how it goes. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Running Wild: Weekly Wrap-up

Monday: Elliptical

It was a frustrating day to fit my workout in, lots of kiddo and school stuff came up, so I squeezed in 30 minutes or so on the elliptical. 

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Strength

I made up my workout today and I think it went really well!

*10 mins elliptical
*5 mins intervals on the row machine
*3 sets of 10 reps: clean and press w/ 35lb barbell (funny side note, I thought this was a little tough and it turned out I was using a heavier bar than my trainer wrote down in my plan, so I guess that's good!)
*3 sets of 10 reps: thruster w/ 25 lb barbell
*10 step-ups w/ body weight
*10 step-ups w/ 25 lbs
*10 step-ups w/ 50 lbs
*10 goblet squats w/ 25 lbs
*10 goblet squats w/ 35 lbs
*3 sets of 10 reps of medicine ball push-ups
*2 mins plank
*3 sets of hamstring curls, varying weights and reps

Here is a video for how to do a thruster. 

This took about 50 mins total, which included moving around the gym and getting set up.

Thursday: Strength

Barbell complex. 5 sets of each (1st 3 sets w/ 35 lb barbell, 2nd 2 w/ 45 lb barbell)

*10 back squats
*10 push presses
*10 lunges
*10 bent-over rows

Then I did 3x8 hip raises on the sit-up bench.

That was it! I am still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I can get a complete workout in in 30 minutes, which I did with this.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Elliptical and strength

Saturday workouts with my friend Sarah are a lot of fun, but they certainly aren't quick. Which is okay, because we just get to chat and hang out and have grown-up time! We started with  by warming up with "toy soldier" walks and lunges, then did 30 mins on the elliptical and then moved on to strength.

We did a little circuit of three exercises:

*3 sets of 8 knee raises
*3 sets of 10 step-ups on to a plyo-box w/ weight. I did 10#, then 25#, then 50#.
*3 sets of 10 rows. I don't know the exact name for this exercise, but you "stand" as if you were sitting in a chair, then row on the cable machine. I did 80#, then 90#, then 100#.

After that we did a back-and-forth with:

*3 sets of 10 stability ball jacknifes
*3 sets of 10 wall balls.

Sunday: Elliptical

On Saturday I started panicking that when (if?) I start half-marathon training I will have zero base to work off of, so I decided to make Sunday's my "long cardio" day. Be it elliptical or running, I want to put in the cardio time. So on Sunday I did a 45 minute session on the elliptical. It said I did just over 4 miles, so I am hoping that's pretty similar to a run. It felt like it was!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Injuries x 2

There is a little too much gettin' hurt going on around here these days!

I'll start with Miss Eloise. Last Thursday I got a call right before school got out saying she hurt herself and that I should come and get her. She was doing a back bend  which she has done dozens, if not hundreds, of times, and heard something crack in her arm and it hurt. A lot. The school put a wrap on her wrist and gave her an ice pack and we just watched her to see what might happen. It didn't seem serious enough to rush to the doctor, as she eventually calmed down and began playing as if nothing was wrong. She slept fine that night and was fine most of the day Friday (which was a day off of school) until we tried to play with friends at the playground and she went to grab for a bar and it hurt again. Later that night her arm was noticeably swollen and she couldn't move her hand in certain ways, so we knew it was time to take her to urgent care. Matt drove her to Children's Hospital and after an exam and some x-rays, lo and behold, she has a fracture in both her radius and ulna! Poor girl!

She came home with a black brace on her forearm and may be getting a cast later this week when we go back. Apparently they don't like to give a cast right away when there is swelling because if the arm changes size with a cast on it can be problematic. 

Unfortunately it's Eloise's right hand, so it's been a little tricky to do some basic things, but she is figuring it out. School was a little rough today, they had to call me to come give her ibuprofen because the school can't give her any without a doctor's note. Sheesh. She was crying and upset when I saw her, but luckily calmed down. 

We took this adorable picture together because we are so matchy-matchy with our braces on!

My good/bad news is that I can stop wearing the boot all of the time, but I still can't run. He said I should "wean off" the boot but, between you and me, I've been sort of weaning off over the past few days. I hate the boot, and it's annoying, so I broke out my Birkenstocks and have been wearing those around the house. He thinks the boot on my right foot is causing me plantar fascia pain in my left foot, so while he typically would like to keep the boot on longer, he wants me to try getting by without it to see if it helps the left foot. Fun, fun. I guess one other good news piece is that he doesn't think I have plantar fasciitits, but rather I had a plantar fascia injury. I guess time will tell if this is chronic or not! 

I was feeling pretty anxious even before I landed in this boot because I was barely on track to train for the Seattle RnR half marathon, and now I have been in a boot for two weeks and am instructed to take two more weeks off before starting back slowly. I have been avoiding the elliptical at the gym in favor of strength exercises, but I am going to have to start getting at least one serious session in a week to test my endurance. 

At this point I am not feeling hopeful I will even be able to cobble together a half marathon plan, let alone the race. If I can even walk/run the damn thing I will be happy. I just want to be out there! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Running Wild: Weekly Wrap-Up

I know these weekly wrap-up posts get a little long, and today it's even longer because I included some videos. (Note: not of me!) When I have questions about how to do a certain move, I turn to YouTube and watch a few videos to refresh my memory. I also use YouTube videos to get ideas for new moves! Maybe you would like to try some of my workouts this week?

Monday: Strength training

I was so proud of myself, I did an entire workout that I had planned out! It went really well and I only had one teeny mix-up where I didn't know what kind of row I meant when I just wrote "cable row" in my notebook. I think I was working pretty hard the whole time and it was fun and empowering. 

*3 sets of 10 step-ups on to plyo box (first set with body weight, 2nd w/ a 10 lb wt, 3rd w/ a 25 lb wt)
*3 sets of 10 clean and press (1st w/ 25 lb bar, 2nd two w/ 35 lb bar)
*3 sets of 10 cable row super set w/ hanging knee raises 
*3 sets of 10 pistol squats 
*3 sets of 10 sumo squats (1st two sets of 10 w/ 25 lb plate, 3rd w/ 35 lb plate)
*3 sets of 10 wall balls (w/ 14 lb ball)
*3 sets of 10 plank w/ feet on a stability ball, then rolling knees up in chest.
* 3 sets of 20 secs plank on the ground 

If you have never done wall balls, check out this video. 
They are a great full-body exercise!

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Body Pump class at the gym

The class was almost identical to last week, I think, except we did some ab stuff at the end this time. I mostly like the class. It was still a bit of a struggle to figure out what weight to use for each "track" (I guess that is what they call it when you work certain muscles groups, a track). Mostly I think I went too light, but at the end of class my arms were totally shot, so I guess I did something right!

Thursday: Weights

It definitely boosted my confidence that I was able to pull off this workout so strongly!

5 sets of:

10 reps back squat
10 reps push-press
10 reps lunges (5 on each side)
10 bent-over rows

The first 3 sets were with a 35 lb bar, the last 2 with a 45 lb bar. I did the 35lb sets in front of the mirror without any "assistance" and I anticipated needing the squat rack for the 45 lb sets. Someone was using the squat rack when I was ready for it and I didn't want to wait, so I decided to try and do them on my own. I grabbed a barbell and got to work. I did it! It was hard, which it is supposed to be, but I did it without the rack. Yay me! I did this workout once with my trainer and I can't remember what weight I used, but these were the weights she told me to use on my own. When I did it with her I kept stopping to rest. Her instructions for me were to go through the whole set without resting or putting the barbell down and to rest only 2 minutes between sets. I was able to accomplish that!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Elliptical and strength

30 hard minutes on the elliptical and then several strength moves.
*3 sets of 10 reps of assisted pull-ups
*3 sets of 10 wall balls superset w/ push-ups w/ medicine ball
*3 sets of 10 reps of knee tucks w/ stability ball
*3 sets of 15 reps of seated hamstring curls. I recently started doing these for PT. Will see if it helps my pain!

Stability ball knee tucks. So hard! 

Sunday: Elliptical and strength

10 minutes on the elliptical then:
*3 sets of 10 inverted rows super set w/ push-ups
*3 sets of 10 side lunges w/ weight
*3 sets of 10 rows (I call them squatting rows, because you stand as if you are sitting back in a chair) super set w/ hanging knee raises
*3 sets of 12 Russian twists

I use metal plates, but you can use hand weights, a medicine ball, 
or whatever else heavy you can lift! 

Again, I use metal plates, but you can use hand weights or a ball. 

Friday, March 15, 2013


Last night Matt got home after being away at SXSW since last week Thursday. The girls and I did pretty good while he was gone, but for some reason I felt much more worn-out than I ever have when he is away that long. By the end of every day I felt like I had just been running around non-stop from morning until night. As soon as he got home I wanted to sit on the couch and never stand up again! It certainly didn't help that I was in my giant stupid boot the pretty much the whole time, making getting around literally more difficult, and also I was still having some pain/discomfort in my feet. Oh yes, I said feet. As in both. Now they both hurt. 

I have been wearing my boot less and less over the past couple of days, however. Today it is after noon and I haven't put it on yet. I am icing like it's my job and around the house have been wearing my Birkenstocks for the arch support. My left foot is taped up, thinking of taping my right to see if I can get away with that and still have only a mild amount of pain. The idea of going for a short run today to "see how I feel" crossed my mind this morning, but after a little googling about plantar fascia issues I decided more rest is always better, so I won't run until I ask my podiatrist on Monday. 

So, I also wanted to share with you a yummy recipe that I found on Skinny Taste. It is for a healthier shamrock shake! It is actually pretty yummy, which I discovered when I made it today. 

Image via Skinny Taste

Go to the link to get the recipe, but here are the changes I made, simply because of the ingredients I had on hand:

-handful of spinach instead avocado
-Dannon low-fat vanilla yogurt instead of the brand she suggested
-peppermint extract (have NO idea why she doesn't want people to use that, as that is what is in a shamrock shake!)

My only complaint about the version I made was that it was like thick milk, NOT nice and thick like a milk shake. 

So give this a try and let me know what you think! Not exactly as decadent as the Mickey D's version, but much, much less guilt-inducing. We get a shamrock shake every year on St. Paddy's Day, but every year I think "ugh, I love this but it is SO many calories!" 

Do you make shamrock shakes a tradition? 

Monday, March 11, 2013

What Are Your Goals?

Have you heard of Girls Gone Strong? I was recently introduced to their Facebook page by my trainer, Amy. It has been a lot of fun to poke around their website, read their FB updates and also follow them on twitter. They are very inspirational and are all about empowering women to be strong! 

Today they posted:

If you don't set specific goals, you'll never know if you reach them or not. This is true for your training, your career, your marriage/personal relationships, etc. 

What goals are you currently working towards that you are most excited about?

It made me realize that I would love to have some goals with regards to improving my strength, but I don't know what they should be! As I poke around the weight room a little more I might get a better idea of what I want my goals to be. Some day I would love to do a pull-up. Yep, just one! I have heard that being so tall makes pull-ups especially hard, but I hope I could do just one. 

How about you? Do you have strength goals? 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Running (or not) Wild: Weekly Wrap-Up

Total Miles Run? ZERO

Monday: Weights with trainer

I feel like I say this every week, but this was SO hard! Usual warm-up, then:

*45 second wall sits followed by 12 squats (3 reps) My quads have NEVER hurt that much. 
*standing rows with cable machine w/ hanging leg raise (hanging from pull-up bar, lifting legs straight out) (3 reps)
*not sure what it's called, but on all fours pulling cable towards me w/ one arm. Crazy hard! (3 reps each side)
*push-ups w/ medicine ball. Put one hand on the ball, one on the floor. Go down, come up, roll ball to other hand without losing push-up position. (3 reps of 10)
*push presses w/ 35 lb barbell superset w/ single arm raises (3 reps of 10 each)
*on a weight bench, w/ a 5 lb between feet, lift legs straight up then lower to horizontal (3 reps) 
* knee raise twist on roman chair (20 on each side)

This was my last session with my trainer for a while, until I figure out how to pay for more session. Money VERY well spent but holy cats, it ain't cheap. As I get more and more disheartened about my chronic running injuries I am seriously considering shifting more towards focusing on strength and less on running. Even toying with the idea of visiting my local crossfit box (see what I did there? I already know some lingo!) to see what that might offer me. I have to say, I really like my gym, and their cardio machines, but unless I can commit to working very hard by myself, I won't see the same results I would see working with someone overseeing my training session. 

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Body Pump class

I went to the gym expecting to do the elliptical and some weights. When I checked I saw that a Body Pump class was about to start. I have never done a class at my gym before but decided on the spot to go for it! I was so glad I did! It was hard but a lot of fun. The Body Pump class uses barbells and different amounts of weight depending on the exercise. I had a little trouble determining the amount of weight to use because Body Pump uses A LOT more reps than I am used to doing with my trainer. Obviously you can lift a heavier weight less times than you can lift a lighter one! I got my ass handed to me on the first set of back squats, so I backed off my enthusiasm pretty quickly. Can't wait to go back!

Thursday: Elliptical and strength

I did 25 minutes of elliptical on one of the machines I had never used before. It is SO MUCH harder than the one I have always used before! When you ellipticise on it (what is the word for what you do on the elliptical? You aren't running, or walking, or biking. Are you ellipticising?) the stride length varies on how hard you are working, unlike the other ellipticals I have done which have a set stride length. I was sweating buckets after 25 mins and that never happens. Whew! Anyways, after that I did some strength stuff. I still haven't figured out a good routine, so I just did the stuff that "sounded good" (ha!).

*1 set of: 10 squats w/ no weight, 10 goblet squats w/ 10 lb plate, 10 goblet squats w/ 25 lb plate and then 10 sumo squats w/ a 35 lb plate.
*3 sets of 10 push-ups w/ a medicine ball (as described in Monday's workout)
*3 sets of pistol squats, 10 on each leg.
*3 sets of ten roman chair leg lifts

I had to chuckle because my trainer was in the gym working with another client and she came over to correct my form on my pistol squats (squating shin needs to be vertical!). Too funny. I loved that she is willing to help even when I am not paying her to!

Friday: Elliptical

You know how they say you will never regret your workout after you are done? Well, I didn't exactly regret this workout, but it was so lame, I just thought, you know, it took me a lot of time and energy to drive to the gym just to do a half-assed 25 minutes on a elliptical machine. I didn't feel like kicking ass in the weight room and I didn't feel like pushing it on the elliptical, either. So, I sort of wished I had used my free time a little more wisely. But you know, a workout is a workout, and it's always good to sweat a little and burn some calories!

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Elliptical

Long story short, I ended up doing way more elliptical this day than I wanted to, but it was okay. I threw in a little row machine and a handful of goblet squats. I suppose the elliptical made up for my lack of a long run!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Verdict is In!

I went back to my doctor today and guess what?! My MRI showed nothing is wrong with my hamstring. Neato, huh? 

As we sat and chatted he realized that he probably wasn't the best doctor for me, that I needed a sports medicine doctor who doesn't just treat sports issues, but can also look at the whole system to see if something else is amiss. He thought I might need some endocrine testing, maybe some bone scans, you know, whatever. He agreed with me that we are missing something, I shouldn't be this injured. 

I go back and forth with all of my doctor/PT/LMT appts. Sometimes I am doing at least an appointment a week and sometimes, like now, I am just tired of it and don't want to go to any. I got a referral for a doctor who is waaaaaay over on the east side in a Seattle suburb and it's like, seriously, going to take me half my day just to do an appointment so far away. And that's if traffic doesn't suck. 

Life is a little hectic right now. Husband's away on a business trip. My foot/leg are in a giant boot, making getting around, well, just a little harder, and the kids? Well, there is always a million things going on there. I have summer camps to plan, tutors to find, school issues to sort out . . . . 

You know what else is on my to-do list? Plan a summer vacation for us. Anyone just want to tell me where we should go and make it easier for me? The only absolute musts are that it has to have a nice beach and warm water. I almost wish I had more requirements because that would narrow things down a little, no?

Off to school pick-up. Tra-lee-tra-laa!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Running Wild: Weekly Wrap-up

You probably saw my last post, but I am in a boot now for a partially tear in my plantar fascia on my right foot. No fun, and no running! All I ran was 4 miles this week, pre-diagnosis.

Monday: Workout with trainer

Arm stretches with the bar
Leg kicks
*sitting up and down in chair w/ one leg (testing my glute strength)
*35# kettle bell deadlifts
*push-ups and planks w/ a bosu ball and resistance. My trainer hooked me up to the cable machine with a belt around my waist so that I had tension from the side as I did my planks and push-ups. 
*Standing long-jumps w/ squats in between reps
*forearm plank on stability ball, then tracing circles with forearms, then my trainer tried to knock me off by moving the ball around

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Run 4 miles

Nothin' fancy. I didn't wear a watch but I definitely felt like I was picking up the pace in there a few times.

Thursday: Workout with trainer

Arm stretches with the bar
Leg kicks
*back-squats, worked my way up to 65 lbs!
*assisted pull-ups
*arm exercises on the cable machine (totally drawing a blank what these were called, like a chest fly)
*abs on ab benches

Friday: Rest (and got my boot!)

Saturday: Elliptical and strength

Luckily I can take my boot off to workout, but of course I can't do anything that puts pressure on my arch. I did 30 minutes of elliptical, then abs on the roman chair, goblet squats, slamming a medicine ball, feet on stability ball and rolling in and out, and pull-ups on assisted pull-up machine. I worked out with my friend Sarah and we had so much fun!

Sunday: Elliptical and a little strength

I was planning on doing 40 mins on the elliptical, but instead I set it kind of hard and cranked out 25 fast minutes, burning about 400 calories in that time! Afterwards I did goblet squats, working up to a 25 lb weight. Monday is my session with the trainer, so I didn't want to work too hard today! 

Friday, March 01, 2013


So, on Wednesday during my run, one of the weird things I felt, and dismissed, was a strange sensation on the arch of my right foot. I didn't know what to make of it, and by now I am pretty used to my body feeling a little off, so I dismissed it. By Thursday night my foot was in some pretty good pain. As my husband was so graciously rubbing my foot for me he noticed a small bruise on my arch. 

I googled the crap out of things like "plantar fasciitis" and " plantar fascia rupture" and wasn't sure if that was what I was experiencing or not. I didn't have any heel pain, and it didn't hurt in the morning, so that seemed to rule out the former. It also didn't "pop" like a rupture would have, ruling out the latter.

This morning I decided I should check in with my podiatrist, seeing as how the weekend was coming up and, of course, I was planning to run. They had me come and in checked it out and diagnosed me with a partial plantar fascia tear. Yay.

Say hello to my new buddy:

I managed to escape a boot when I had a stress fracture, but not this time. My doctor thought it was going to be the most effective and the fastest way to heel my plantar fascia. I go back in two weeks for a follow up.

And you guys, my podiatrist said aloud what I have secretly wondered over the last few months: maybe my body wasn't meant to run. 

I am going to cry. 

I started running 17 months ago. In that time I have had:

*shin splints (went away)
*piriformis syndrome (short lived, went away)
*hamstring pain (been there for over a year)
*ITBS (been there for nine months)
*stress fracture in left foot (pretty much healed)
*partial plantar fascia tear (current)

I don't think a runner with this few miles on her legs should be this broken. I have logged under 1000 miles total since I became a runner. 

It does beg the question, are some people's bodies, i.e. mine, just not made for running? Are we not all "born to run", as the book would suggest?