• Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    If It Is a Distant Thought, Just Sign-up Already!
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 25, 2016

    That is really the main thing. Just sign up and start. New sport-type events can be scary. And they can be even more scary if you don’t know what you are really doing. But guess what? Not everyone who competes in events knows what they are doing.

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    Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    Michigan Titanium Olympic Duathlon
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 24, 2016

    So, I decided, mainly for the double down medal option, to sign up for the MiTi: Michigan Titanium. This event is not offered in a sprint distance triathlon, and I was not ready to try the Olympic distance triathlon for the distance of the swim. So I decided to register for the Olympic Duathlon. Bike24.8 miles, then run 6.2 miles. Sounds like it can happen. I mean, I have done the 20k sprint bike portion before and the run I was not worried about, so, I figured, why not give it a shot.

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    Andrea Johnson Zufelt
    A Girl’s Best Friend Triathlon
    By Andrea Johnson Zufelt, August 24, 2016

    So, two weeks ago I “competed” (and I say this with quotation marks because, well, I wasn’t in it to win it) in 3Disciplines Girls Best Friend Triathlon in Vickburg, MI. This, given the name, was an all female event. This piqued my interest because I think it is fabulous when there are all female events out there. Not to say that guys don’t deserve to have all male events, but, I love that it can show that women can be strong, athletic, have fun and not really hate on each other. It can be quite empowering!

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    Amanda C
    I know I can, I know I can…
    By Amanda C, August 23, 2016

    That is what I keep telling myself over and over on my journey to becoming fit.  Read more

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    SMALL VICTORIES
    By thomasallen63, August 22, 2016

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    Creating and maintaining an active lifestyle is not easy—especially if you’re like me and spent a good chunk of your adult existence being predominantly sedentary. Turning things around takes drive, commitment and persistence. Positive support from friends and family and inspiration from fellow Team Priority Health Champions has been a big help. However, it’s the small victories that have been my biggest motivator. In particular, the physical and visual milestones that have occurred along the rough and sweaty road to better health and wellness.

    Most of the achievements have been obvious:

    • The day I ran one, full mile without stopping.
    • My first race (a 10K!).
    • Donating all my medium shirts and size 34 pants to Goodwill.
    • Running (and finishing) my first half marathon.
    • Seeing weight reduction in side-by-side race photos taken a year apart from each other.
    • Shaving nearly 3 minutes off of my 10K pace.

    Others have been more subtle:

    • Looking in the mirror and seeing my cheekbones again.
    • Noticing muscle definition around my waist.
    • A vintage shirt that was too tight last year is now loose-fitting (Yesterday’s medium is today’s small).
    • Feeling the rings bouncing on my fingers when I run.
    • Having to make a major strap adjustment to a hydration pack that I haven’t worn in years.

    My point is this: Change doesn’t happen overnight. Be aware of (and find inspiration in) the smallest of achievements and remember them on the not-so-good days. No one’s perfect. Setbacks will happen (I overtrained 3 weeks ago and injured my knee again). Accept your mistakes, revel in how far you’ve come and continue to push forward.

     

    thomasallen63
    Running Scared
    By thomasallen63, August 17, 2016

    Ran_an_easy_3_miles_today_after_taking_a_week_off_to_rest_and_recover._Right_knee_feels_great._Left_leg_is_questionable._Therapy_tomorrow.

    :: Runners Beware ::

    In a previous post, I wrote about my illness, recovery and new-found obsession with running. After nearly a year of being symptom-free, I experienced a recurrence last month. A round of broad spectrum antibiotics is the only solution. Last year, I was initially treated with Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl (Metronidazole). When a second episode hit a month later, I didn’t respond as well and was prescribed Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid) instead. However, a negative reaction forced me to go back on the former.

    I knew that there were some risks with taking Cipro, but I didn’t think I needed to be too concerned. I was wrong. This past May, the FDA issued a stronger black box warning for all Fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs (Cipro, Levaquin and Avelox). Why? Fluoroquinolones can trigger a tendon rupture – especially in the Achilles tendon (the likelihood being greater in individuals over 60). On top of that, the risk remains months after stopping the drug. To say that I was paranoid is an understatement. When I voiced my concerns to my doctor, she did some research and found that Bactrim (Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim) could be substituted for Cipro.

    Whew!

    Sadly, after three days, I had a bad reaction to the drug that was very similar to the one I had with Augmentin (severe cramping) so I stopped taking it and felt better within 24 hours. When I called the doctor she said that I had run out of options and that Cipro was the only thing left on the table. “Perhaps, you could cut back on your mileage.” I’m training for the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon and have been since June. My weekly average has been between 35 and 40 miles.

    I hung up feeling both helpless and hopeless.

    Two days after starting the meds, I had a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon for my runner’s knee. When I asked him about Cipro, he told me that I had to be very careful. “Listen to your body. If you feel anything in your Achille’s tendon you need to stop immediately. I interned for a doctor in med school who blew out his Achilles on Cipro.”

    Just what I wanted to hear!

    I finished the antibiotics two weeks ago. I’m feeling much better and I’m still running. My knee is virtually pain-free and I’ve experienced no signs of tendon damage. The half marathon, now officially sponsored by Priority Health, is a little less than 2 months away. As I continue to train, the risk of tendon injury will continue to haunt me.

    Yep. I’m running scared.

     


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