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Back in May, I turned the ripe running age of 30. For my birthday, Mario gave me a beautiful necklace. That necklace has since done more to tell me about my posture than any doctor or yoga class ever has.

Maybe a few of these pictures will explain:

Birthday Festivities

Birthday Festivities


Celebrating my grandmother's 91st birthday

Celebrating my grandmother’s 91st birthday


With two of my fabulous students

With two of my fabulous students


My necklace is always to my right side. Mario was the first person to point it out to me and I told him it was gravity. He reminded me gravity pulled straight down. I added “and slightly to the right.”

Why does this even matter? Well what this little necklace tells me is that something is going on with the right side of my body. And as luck would have it, my right ankle has started to bother me. From my past medical experience, I say it’s tendonitis. At first I was pretty distraught and ran through the pain. Then I decided that was a bad idea.

After spending some time thinking about my body mechanics and my necklace always pulling to the right, I decided something was “wrong” with the right side of my body. My ankle was bothering me because my  hip was off, not because it was off. Therefore, I have been doing more painful hip opening exercises than I care to think about. In particular, staying in pigeon pose for a really, really long time. The end result: a straight necklace, a hip that feels like it’s moving correctly, and an ankle that is almost pain free. Two more days off and I think I’ll be ready for my 17 miler on Saturday.

My point is this… runners get injured. In my case, they get injured a lot. However, from my experience, I would say that the pain  in one area of the body is because another area in the body is off. Our bodies are incredibly amazing and if we listen closely enough, we might just understand what’s going on. I’m pretty sure Mario didn’t realize his gift was going to be so functional.

Happy Trails and Happy Running,



Running Update: Running has been going okay this past week and a half. I took one day off last week and still got in my 15 miler on Saturday. But thanks to the heat, humidity, and lack on fluids, I was pretty sure I might pass out on the side of the trail. This week is my low mileage week, thankfully. I ran 8 on Monday but have been cross-training  the other days. I’ve decided to take today and tomorrow off, to give my ankle enough time to fully heal. Thankfully I still have a little over two months to go before Chicago and I feel that I have a very solid base and fitness level.

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  1. Wow – how amazing that your necklace and a few glamorous occasions led you to that conclusion!! Well done on all your hard work to fix it – we need a new and improved photo now!!

    July 25, 2013
    • Haha, I know!!! Definitely some painful work for sure. 🙂 I’ll see if I can get an updated photo this weekend… just need to make sure to wear a different outfit 😉

      July 25, 2013
      • What a perfect excuse to go out and buy one!!

        July 25, 2013
  2. Jennifer #

    Thank you for posting this. I researched an HOUR last night on opening my hips because I think it is affecting my run. 🙂

    July 25, 2013
    • Absolutely! I think my hips have been the source of just about all of my running troubles. I strongly recommend pigeon (or double pigeon) pose and holding it for as long as you can stand the pain. Yesterday I was at a CPR class for 6 hours and every time I sat down… double pigeon pose in my chair. At the end of class, my back actually felt sore from stretching out my piriformis so much. But today I feel 90% better. 🙂 Best of luck!!!

      July 25, 2013
  3. So awesome that you had a visual clue and self-corrected! And that it worked! I totally agree that often pain in one place is indicative of something else entirely, but it can be so challenging to explore that/figure out the reason. Kudos. Now off to do pigeon…. 🙂

    July 25, 2013
  4. Hi Tracie,
    It’s crazy to think that our bodies can be so asymetrical but we don’t really notice. Then we start to get sore, and then things start to feel painful, and then it’s so bad we are injured. It’s good to hear you are taking care of it and that gravity is slowly coming back to where it should be.
    Keep pigeoning….

    July 25, 2013

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