So lately there’s a lot been going on in the NE Distance house!
1. First, lets start with this…Check out April’s issue of RI monthly! We have an article in it that details how the group started, who we partner with to help us achieve our goals and dreams, and what we do and what we hope to achieve as a group. Oh and there’s a couple spiffy shots of us in there too!
2. As many of you already know, Katie and I will be representing Saucony as part of the Saucony Hurricanes for the 2014 season! Many of you asked, “Will you still be a part of NE Distance?” The answer is simple: Of course! The group is where we started our post-collegiate careers. We will still be representing the club, but also will be repping Saucony gear while at it. Thanks to Saucony for believing in us, we won’t let you down once we are healthy! Our teammates, David and Meaghan will be repping Karhu/Craft gear while at it too!
3. Next thing, we have to give a huge shout out to all our supporters! This group would not happen without the help of the 100’s of people generously donating their time and money to make our goals and dreams work! Without your guy’s help we would not be able to do what we are doing! Next, we would like to thank our sponsors Karhu, Craft, and Saucony who keep us outfitted in training and ready to represent on race day! Next, we have to thank our partner, Neighborworks, providing us with housing. Also: Foundation Performance. Without the help of these guys we would most definitely not be able to do what we are working to do: compete for USA teams and represent the USA internationally. These guys provide us with physical therapy, prehab work, rehab work, and access to services and equipment to keep us healthy. If we get knicked up, these guys get us in ASAP and help us to get back out to the roads or track as quickly as physically possible. Runners know: you are always riding that fine line. When you want to be the best on the track and road running scene you push that red line. The key is to get as close to the line as possible without going over. If you go over, that’s when injury occurs. If you stay too far below it, you will not see improvement. Finding the balance between training and recovery is key. Thanks Foundation!
4. This leads me into my next item. As of the last post, we had some hiccups in the house. Things are going better for sure. Meaghan and David are running well. Both are getting back into routine and having some great workouts. They are currently healthy and staying sick-free! After a couple sicknesses and a short indoor season, these two are back at it. David will be opening his outdoor season with the steeple at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite, April 18th. He then will be heading out to Bloomington, Indiana to race in the American Track League race on May 2nd. He also may race the Oxy High Performance meet, May 17th, and the Portland Track Festival in June before hopefully qualifying for the USA Track and Field Championships at the end of June. Meaghan’s schedule has yet to be determined. But we will update you as that comes to light.
Regarding Katie and me, well we both went over that red line with our training. Lets start with Katie! After her MRI revealed a sacral stress fracture, she took some much needed time off. She is 6 weeks in and will hopefully be running soon! She may have the green light Monday for the Alter-G! Honestly, she has been a trooper through it all! While she can’t run, she has still remained positive. She also has helped me out a lot. She joined me in the pool and holy smokes, she is quite the fish! Guess what else it great!? While we haven’t worked out together in months, now we get too! We both head to the pool everyday and get our aquajog on, sometimes 2x a day. It can be monotonous and boring, but at least we have the company of each other most days and we are making friends too. We now have two women who join us for the aquajog party on occasion! The more the merrier!
Anti-Gravity Treadmill or known as the Alter-G!
The pool. Our sanctuary.
Otherwise lets see.. I took 6 weeks off after my MRI revealed a bad case of posterior tibial tendonitis. I started back running really slowly as per my last post. However, it wasn’t my time to come back yet! I developed outside foot pain a couple weeks later, which got pretty severe. While I took some steps back, thanks to Foundation Performance and my coach, I am back at it on the Alter-G. While I won’t be able to run completely on ground for at least another week or two, I’m just happy to be able to be get back at it.
So now to the real point of the post! Did you know that music has a healing ability?! Look it up! You will find that music can relax you and actually has healing powers! Check out this article from CNN, it demonstrates the healing abilities that music can provide: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/23/health/music-therapy/
While the injuries we have can bring us down at times, we remain positive most of the time. We know God has a plan and everything happens for a reason. These injuries are no different. However, at times when it does get tough, we find ways to clam ourselves down and one of those things is listening to music. Obviously its working to heal us right?! I find music very relaxing and an instant mood booster. If I’m having a rough day, I tend to just chill out, listen to music, and things become better quickly! Music has the ability to release endorphins, as some research says, and I truly believe it! Most people that know me, know how much I appreciate music. I listen to it almost every waking hour, except for at work, when working out, and sometimes when I need a quiet run or I’m running with others. Otherwise I’m listening to it! Katie shares the same passion for music. We have this weird knack for talking and everything somehow then relates to a song. Our room is also constantly playing music. When we lift, do core, stationary bike, get ready to run, or even when we are getting ready for work we are listening to music! So we compiled a list of our 15 favorite songs, ones that you will find us playing quite often. These songs have kept our heads up and get us pumped up. If you haven’t heard any of them, def check them out! If you have listened to them, keep on keeping on!
1.Play Hard-David Guetta (feat Ne-Yo and Akon)
2.Arena–B.o.B. (feat Chris Brown and T.I.)
4.Remember the Name–Fort Minor
6.All of the Lights-Kanye
7.The Show Goes On-Lupe Fiasco
8.Till I Get There-Lupe Fiasco
9.Say Yeah-Wiz Khalifa
10.Dark Horse-Katy Perry
11.Can’t Remember to Forget You-Shakira ft. Rihanna
13.Dead and Gone-T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake
15.Live your Life– T.I and Rihanna
Get your music on and relax! Ta ta for now!