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Kaitlin With Rehab

Yesterday afternoon, as I was working on a project that required me to go through a bunch of old pictures, I came across these.

I don’t know which makes me more depressed: the fact that I had just been running in two of those three pictures, or the fact that I was in such better shape because I was running.

Since then, due to a winning combination of injuries and their consequences (the subsequent abundance of time off from the gym, having to take it easier at the gym when I have been able to work out, feeling like giving up,  getting lazy with my diet because I felt like giving up, etc.), I’ve gained some weight and lost a whole lot of muscle.

I see those pictures and I just feel SAD because I miss that girl.

I don’t know if you can really see the difference or not, but I sure as hell can. This is me now:

And yes, I did purposefully choose pictures in which I was not smiling and in which I looked particularly bad.

So yes, I am pouting.

I don’t feel like myself. I feel like a noodle. I feel out of shape. I feel like I’ve lost some control. Most of all, I feel as though I’m missing one of the most important parts of how I identify myself: my athleticism.

I’ve been feeling fairly lost as to how to get it back (and, if I’m being honest, still feel pretty lost). My body is just such a mess right now, between the crazy knee issues and the Sciatica that’s resulted.

I have had so many injuries in the past year. Let’s recap, shall we? I’ll include the races, too. That’ll make it more interesting (slash… give you a sense of my absolute stubbornness and stupidity — really, one and the same here).

Injury/ Race Recap 2010-2011

March 2010: I “ran” my first race, a Mud Run 5K.

I didn’t really run a ton of it because I was getting over some injury (I honestly don’t even remember what it was, but I think it was around my foot? And I’m pretty sure it was my left foot.).

April 2010: I twisted my left ankle during a tennis lesson. I was out of commission for about three weeks.

Over the summer, I started training, pretty hardcore, for my upcoming 10K.

September 2010: I ran the Santa Monica 5000 10K. Best experience of my life.

On a runner’s high, I signed up for two more 10Ks. I kept training. I was running 4-6 miles three or four times a week at this point.

I even toyed with the idea of doing a half.  (Really, it’s almost ironic now).

October 2010: I developed Achilles Tendonitis on my left side. I started to notice that I was experiencing runner’s knee, primarily on my left side but also on my right. Soon enough, I found myself out of commission for about a month.

November 2010: On my first test run (on a treadmill for three minutes in new sneakers), something happened to my left knee. That day, it started clicking. I kept running on it.

A week later, after running the Turkey Trot (carefully, but I still ran it) the clicking turned into a lovely crunch. No real pain, though. Just a weird sensation.

December 2010: I kept being careful about my knee and didn’t run on it much. I was “saving myself” for the Christmas Run on my birthday — which, yes, I ran.

That was the last time I ran. It felt great, though, and I honestly had a hard time (at the time!) relating the knee issues to running. After all, it never hurt when I was actually running.

As you know, my knee has significantly worsened since then, despite physical therapy, cortisone shots, etc., etc., etc. We’ve since learned that the clicking can primarily be attributed to little meniscus tears. Oh, and I have Patellar Femural Syndome. And Patellar Tendonitis.

Etc., etc., etc.

It’s been really fun. No, really.

I especially liked it when I realized I couldn’t do P90X.

Oh, and…

June 2011: I now have Sciatica, too.

Okay, so…  Returning to the point.

I need to do something about my weight/ fitness/ missing athleticism. I miss the old me.

While I am well aware that it’s going to be hard because I’m facing the obstacles of metabolic issues and my inability to kick my own ass at the gym right now, I still feel the need to try. HARD.

The result: New project! REHAB. Today, I started Rehab, Day 1. I will be recounting it all here on the blog as I go along.

First order of business: cutting out ALL crap. I’ve gotten a little lax about this. No more processed foods! I don’t even believe in that junk, so I don’t know why I stared to eat it.

This means I am NOT ALLOWED to take handfuls of goldfish or animal crackers from the office kitchen.

Office friends, consider yourselves on alert.

Perhaps more importantly, I went back to the gym today. Actually, I started three days ago, and I’ve already improved. On Monday, I swam 20 very slow, careful laps in 25 minutes. I used to be so much faster, but I’m working on being smart about this stuff. On Monday, all I wanted to do was see if my body would react badly to light pool exercise.

It didn’t. In fact, I started to feel a little better.

So, today, I went back. And, with a little more faith in my body’s ability to handle it, I wen a little faster and harder.

My friends, I have hope.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, ‘kay?

Rehab, Day 1

25 laps (freestyle) in 25 minutes

Ahh, endorphins. Not like I used to get from running, but it’s a start.

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She Runs LA After-Party

Part of the She Runs LA experience was that, the night after the race, Nike held an after-party at Nokia Theatre Live in downtown LA.

This was quite an undertaking, I’m sure! Amongst the companies present at the event were Bliss, Coke, Zico, and Luna. I’m sure there were others, but it was kind of hard to access any of the booths. It was packed!

We were there as Media, which is always fun. I forgot to take a picture of my pass up-close, but Katherine didn’t! I stole her picture:

Upon walking in, we were greeted with the “Pink Carpet.” How fun!

Before we found some other bloggers, Sarah, Katherine, Amanda and I took a picture together.

Anyway, like I said, the event was totally packed. It was hard to really indulge in any of the activities, much less breathe, so we kind of went off to the side (I, for one, am not really a crowds person).

We took some pictures against the fun pink-lit background.

We also took some normal, albeit pink-infused, pictures.

Like I said, there were a few activities going on. There was some video game activity, for instance, which you could see from the escalator.

There was also a Nike shoe stand, where Sarah posed with some sneakers.

Sarah also got pretty excited about the Diet Cokes.

Soon enough, we also found Kelley and Lea!

Eventually, the doors opened for the show, which included performances by Mike Posner and the America’s Best Dance Crew Winner, We Are Heroes.

However, that’s about as long as we lasted. We all kind of quickly tired of the crowds, were getting really hungry, and none of us cared that much to see either of the performances.

So, we headed out for a bit…

But first, we took some more Pink Carpet pictures.

After that, we headed to the Yardhouse, next door, for some dinner and drinks.

Amanda and I both got the Red Rocket, made by (and very similar to) the same company as the Double Red Rocket we tried and loved at the Pop-Up Beer Garden.

I also got the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich.

Sarah, who sat across from me, got the Lobster Dip. She let me taste it and it was amazing.

Good food, good drinks, good company. 🙂

Last but not least, we headed back to the event for a little bit to pick up our goodie bags. I got mine from a (very cute) guy who worked for Nike (but had a Luna shirt on).

The bags included a sample of Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner, a new Luna Protein bar, and an individual bag of Pop Chips.

Anyway, all in all, it was a good time!

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She Runs LA 10K and… Life!

I still have one more Texas post to catch up on, but I feel weird not writing about life at present. So, I’ll get to my final Texas post later and, for now, I’ll update you on my life — which is, for the record, nuts. I’m not kidding. Here, I’ll prove it.

So. Last week was my last week at my job, since I was on a show and, of course, shows end. Last Wednesday, I found out I had an interview at a company that I just so happen to really like (and have for years!). My interview was on Thursday. I told them I was going to Texas and that I just needed a heads up ASAP so I could figure out my travel plans.

When I hadn’t heard from them on Friday morning, I went to Texas, as planned. When I landed, I had a message — I’d gotten the job! Hooray! Everyone was okay with me starting on Wednesday, which allowed me to stay for my full trip in Texas. Double hooray!

I got back to LA at around 8pm on Tuesday. Around thirty minutes later, Mark and I were in a car crash. Don’t worry! Everyone is fine (other than some residual headaches), though the cars aren’t, really. Better the cars than the people, though, right? 🙂 Still, it shook us up a little.

I didn’t have much time to focus on it, though, because on Wednesday morning, I started my new (awesome!) job at 8am. I got out that night at 7:30. Immediately afterward, it was time to do the She Runs LA 10K with Amanda! However, we got started so late (sorry, Amanda) that we were only able to do a 5K together and each finished the other half this morning on our own.

We both had early mornings to look forward to. Amanda has a CPR training class today and I had to be at work at 7:15am — to be in a commercial!

Dressed to the nines…

In 80’s glory!

I loved it. (That’s Mark’s jacket, by the way. I might steal it. Don’t tell Mark.)

Anyway, that should about cover it. And now, I can show you pictures from our silliness last night.

So, as you know, I can’t run right now (and Amanda really shouldn’t either, so we were a good match). Thus, our 5K together was walked (as was the second half of mine this morning).

First, however, we needed to fuel. I was late in getting home (and starving) because I was at work later than I had expected to be, so Amanda saved the day by picking us up a healthy (whole wheat crust, vegan, covered in veggies!) pizza and salad from zpizza.

That, my friends, is love (Amanda picking up the pizza for us, not the pizza itself. Well, sure, the pizza itself, too.)

We didn’t even get to start walking until about 8:15 at night (so you understand why we had to cut it short!), which means it was dark the whole time we were out there.

There are lots of street lamps and we were totally safe, but it was still nice when Mark was able to join us for the second half of our walk.

[EDITED: There was a picture of Amanda and Mark walking here, but we later realized that Amanda’s spi-belt made it look like she had… well, male genitalia. It has since been removed. 😉 ]

This also meant that even more silliness ensued.

(You know, ’cause we were walking it. Get it?  I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times it took before we actually got that picture.)

The funniest/ best part of this 5K is that we decided to go to Yogurtland during our walk.

I mean, it was part of our route, after all.

What’s that you say? Did I plan this? Why, don’t be ridiculous.

That would just be absurd.

It did, however, serve as a great place to rehydrate.

Anyway, I was up bright and early this morning to finish the 10K and be at work by 7:15…

So there’s been lots and lots of coffee. 🙂

Tonight, I have the She Runs LA after-party event! Sheesh. I hope I don’t fall asleep.

How are your weeks going? Anybody’s week as crazy as mine?

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She Runs LA Giveaway!

Remember how I wrote about She Runs LA a couple of weeks ago?

Well, it’s in two weeks – on April 27th (the run) and 28th (the party), to be exact, and… guess what?

YOU can come, too! FOR FREE!

If you live in LA and want to do it (seriously, it’s going to be a good time), all you have to do is comment on this post and I’ll send you a promo code to waive the entry fee. The offer caps at 50 people, but I have a feeling that everyone who comments will be able to do it. 🙂 Entry lets you come to the “ultimate girls’ night out,” which will be held at Nokia Theatre LA LIVE, with spa services and a performance by Mike Posner!

Duh, of course you want to come.

Plus, you’ll get to hang out with us:

And, really, what more could you want?

It’s a free race, a free concert, and a chance to hang out with the coolest people ever (I’m talking about the people in the pictures above, obviously).

Just comment below and I’ll send you a code (as long as you are one of the first 50 people… I’m sure we won’t have a problem, though)!

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She Runs LA

Remember how I used to run?

Remember how I used to run races?

Man, those were the days. I miss them.

Well, believe it or not I’m signed up for another race. You’re supposed to run it, but thankfully, they’re letting me walk it, given my knee issues.  Plus, I get to do it at my convenience in a 24-hour period and enter it digitally. It’s called She Runs LA. Here’s some info, as told to me by their PR company:

Share the Fun, Share the Passion, Share the Run! Join us for She Runs LA: Powered by Nike +.


She Runs LA: Powered by Nike +, kicks of the first ever digital, all women’s race in Los Angeles. On April 27 at 4:00 pm, women all over LA are invited to run to complete a 10K (6.2 miles) within 24 hours and sync their run on nikeplus.com using a Nike+ device (IPhone, ITouch, Nike SportsBand).  This run is like no other; women all over LA can choose their own location and invite their friends to join the run and the fun!

Afterwards, Nike is throwing a full on Hollywood red carpet bash to celebrate all participants’ 6.2 mile run in style, at the NOKIA Theater in downtown LA on April 28 at 7:00 pm.  Nike has pulled out all the stops for a night of show-stopping fun; Red carpet, live musical performances, celebrity and Nike athlete appearances and more.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Students Run LA, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to increase access to the sport of running for underserved youth across LA Unified School District.

Below are all the details:

–        Register for She Runs LA event at signmeup.com/sherunsla and find out more at www.sherunsla.com. Registration fees are $35 for high school and college ID holders, and $50 for the general public.

–        Run a 10K and sync on nikeplus.com between 4PM on 4/27 and 4PM on 4/28. Celebration event to follow on 4/28 at 7PM in downtown L.A.

For those of you in & near LA, are any of you planning on doing it? Let me know!

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Christmas Run

My birthday started out pretty perfectly, if you ask me! I mean, is there a better way of starting out being 25 than running a fun 5K with your friends… and PRing? I think not!

To back up for a moment… the preparation really started the night before when I carbo-loaded with some Pad Thai…

… while I was making my race day t-shirt. You’ll see that in just a minute.

The 5K didn’t start until 9:15 am in Santa Monica, so I got to sleep in until 6:30 on race morning! This is rare, since most races start earlier and/ or are farther away. I actually could have slept later, but I was wide awake at 6:30 (I know, I’m crazy).

I made myself some toast with white chocolate peanut butter, but I only ate one piece.

Truth be told, I have finally learned my lesson. I’ve gotten a stomach ache after every race (this one included), and all three times it was because I tried to eat before the race. Never again. I’m going to have to figure out how to fuel for longer races, though, because I think running 13.2 miles on an empty stomach might not be the smartest idea.

Anyway, Chris came over to the apartment and he, Mark and I hit the road!

Once we got there, we parked kind of far away (whoops) and picked up our chips and bibs.

Oh, want to see my shirt? The front:

And the best part, the back:

Cool, right? That shirt is the best idea I’ve ever had. More on that later.

Anyway, it was so wonderful to be at a race with friends. Mark, Chris and I were all really excited and I was thrilled to be sharing the experience with them.

This race was, hands down, the most completely packed race I have ever seen.

Despite being so popular, this race was, unfortunately, kind of disorganized. For instance, there was no bag drop (which is where we had planned to meet up with Amanda and Katherine, so Katherine was initially stuck with a bag that she had to find somewhere to leave. Also, Amanda was registering that day and was not warned ahead of time that she needed to pay in cash… so she had to run to an ATM a mile away (so she ran 2 miles before the race even began!) to get some cash.

Somehow, in the masses and despite all of these issues, we still managed to find both Katherine and Amanda.

Katherine was there to PR, so we bid her goodbye and let her head up to the front. Amanda and I were planning on running at least part of it together, so we stayed together and the boys stayed with us, too.

Check out the massive crowd at the start line:

Before we knew it, it was time to go! There was no preamble… suddenly, the horn went off and people started moving.

This is where having the shirt I’d made on got really cool. All throughout the race, people kept yelling “Happy Birthday!” to me. It had me smiling the entire time. People – especially runners – can be so friendly and supportive. I had a blast.

The best part? When these two (and Amanda) SANG to me!

That was amazing. Seriously, amazing. And it was right at the beginning of the race, too! What a way to start.

This was a particularly good race for me. I knew, even beforehand, that it was going to be. My body felt great. I didn’t once notice my knee or my achilles tendon.

Amanda and I had originally planned to run together, but our natural paces started to set us apart and so we agreed to go our own ways after about 3/4 mile.

Mile 1 was pretty uneventful, race-wise, though it was a lot of fun to spend most of it with Amanda and to be sung to!

Mile 2 was… interesting. Much of it was along Venice Beach, where many of stands were being set up, many homeless men were about and yelling at us, the scent of incense was strong, and the scent of weed was even stronger. Running through those smells was kind of difficult (read: gross), but it was also a little bit funny.

At the end of mile 2, a girl named Holly tapped me on the shoulder and said, “It’s my birthday, too!” That was pretty awesome. I wished her a happy birthday, told her about the blog, and took a picture with her. I look CRAZY (I was really excited), but I’m going to post it anyway because it’s so cool that we were both running the race on our birthday.

Yes, we were still running while that was taken.

Happy birthday, Holly!

Lesson learned, by the way: from now on, I will have my blog address written on my shirt! I told both the singers and Holly the address, but I can’t imagine they remembered it just from being told while running.

Anyway, when I saw the sign indicating that mile 3 was beginning, I decided to push myself and run even faster. This was a great call (since I got a great time), but I did get a little bit worn out. By the time there were only .2 miles left of the race, I tried to sprint but didn’t have enough left in me to truly do so. Still, I ran even faster, even if it made me feel a little bit sick. Crossing that finish line felt wonderful, especially when I saw that I had PRed.

As I was running to the finish line, I saw Katherine, Chris, and Mark, all of whom finished with incredible times! And, while my time wasn’t quite in the low and mid-20s like theirs all were, my time was incredible for me! I PRed with a total time of 33:55, which gives me a 10:56 average pace. This means I crushed my previous PR from the Turkey Trot (just a few weeks ago!) of 36:15, which had given me an 11:42 average pace. So, I improved my total time by over two minutes and improved my average pace by almost a minute per mile! Not bad, huh? Especially for having two injuries and not doing any training.

Right after finishing, I quickly joined Katherine to wait for Amanda. Right before Amanda showed up, this guy, carrying his dog, did.


Isn’t that adorable? Lots of people cheered for him.

Amanda came soon after, and Katherine and I finished the race with her. I loved crossing the finish line again with them!

It was also so great to reunite with the boys and to hear how amazingly fast they both ran!

My friend Vera also came to cheer us on, which was so sweet of her. I love having supportive friends! Here’s a (squinty) group picture of all of us:

That’s Katherine, me, Vera, Chris, Amanda and Mark.

We all went to brunch on the beach together (per my request), but after everyone else had ordered, I realized that my stomach was feeling kind of sensitive and I didn’t end up ordering anything.

Instead, I munched on a Clif Bar that I’d packed.

I felt a little stupid (since brunch was my idea and all), but it was definitely the right call for me. Plus, even though I didn’t order anything, it was still nice to sit and chat with friends.

I had such a perfect birthday morning. Running a race with friends is awesome and it just felt amazing to start out a new year by doing something both healthy and fun. Chris told me I’m one of the only people he knows that would think “Hey, it’s my birthday, I think I’m going to run a race!” but I think more people should – it was fantastic. I wish I could do a race on my birthday every year.

By the way, you can read Katherine’s recap here and Amanda’s recap here.

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Turkey Trot Recap

I did it!!!

This race, looming over my head throughout the worst of both achilles tendonitis and runner’s knee, has kind of been a sore spot for me. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to do it until the moment I started running.

Though it was most definitely a tough race for me, having only run once (last Sunday) for over a month and given two different injuries, but I still felt amazing crossing the finish line… even though it was a 5K instead of the original 10K for which I had signed up.

Mark and I got to the race site at about 7:15 am (the race started at 8am) and grabbed my bib and chip.

I was 135. 🙂

And then we had some time to kill before the race started, so we took some pictures and walked around a bit.

The YMCA also hosted a pre-race stretching session (this was actually the first time I’d seen anything like this before a race), so I joined in for a few minutes.

Soon, it was time to start lining up.

This race had very little fuss. We lined up, a few words were said to the crowd, and the race just… began!

As I was running, I kept it pretty slow and steady. I had absolutely no desire to push for a time (I mean, I hadn’t exactly been training) or to push beyond that which I was capable. I paid a lot of attention to how my achilles tendon and knee were feeling, but I really felt fine. Actually, the only things that bugged me were the cramp I got in my side (oh, boy, could I tell I had lost some of my running shape) and the stomach ache I got from eating breakfast.

This 5K also  certainly drove home the importance of training (not that I ever doubted it).

But no stomach ache or slower pace were going to stop me from enjoying the fact that I was running the Turkey Trot!

Before I knew it, the race was almost over. Even though the 3.1 miles were kind of tough for me, I was still surprised at how short they felt in comparison to how long a 10K feels.

Soon, I had reached the finish line. Here I come!


Woohoo!

After the race, I made a beeline for the bananas. I needed potassium for the cramp in my side!

We didn’t hang around the expo for long, as there wasn’t much to see and we were eager to get home and start our Thanksgiving cooking, but I did take the time to grab some swag.

This race was a really special one for me, despite it being tough. First of all, the mental struggle leading up to this race made the satisfaction of completing it so much greater. Second of all, it was so exciting to have someone with me. This was the first time I had a friend come to a race just to watch and support me. Finally, it was an interesting race in that, though there were a handful of professional runners, it felt more like a community event than an athletic one. There were people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels. Plus, there were dogs and little kids!

Oh, and don’t you worry; I immediately followed the race with lots of stretching and icing.

The Turkey Trot was a great way to start Thanksgiving and I certainly plan to continue this tradition. 🙂

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