Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

So "hip" (not in a good way)

So, the good news first.  I finished my training goals last week with little problem.  On Saturday, my 10-mile run felt great...I felt like I could run even longer. 

HOWEVER, that afternoon I felt some hip pain...ergh.  This happened last year, also, when I was trying to up my miles.  I have been VERY careful this time to only gradually increase my mileage, stretch, and all that good stuff.  It's difficult for me to tell if it's one of those pains you work through, or if I should just rest it.  So, of course, I ran Monday and Tuesday to see if I could just work it out.  I have a pretty good idea that, since it's just one side and pretty localized (and not going away with running), I should stay off it for a day or two and see what happens.  It's not a horrible pain and doesn't hurt while I'm running (only after), but I don't want it to become this: 

Luckily, I'm loosely following a combination of about 5 training programs (well, I might run a 10k or a half-marathon, while shooting for the ultimate goal of a marathon in December, so it's good to keep my options open).  Anyway, the advantage of having so many schedules is, that on any given week, I can find recommended mileage for what I feel like doing.  I know...I should just give up on the schedules and just run whatever I feel like, then, right?  But, for some reason, it's validating to have something in writing to follow. 

I never thought I would have difficulty not running, but I've been doing SO WELL that it's frustrating to even rest one extra day.  Maybe I need to incorporate some cross-training (I really don't like cross-training...running is my first choice for exercise) to gain some strength in the weaker parts of my body (such as, apparently, my hips). 

Of course, this week when I'm not running as much is the week we picked for a friend's birthday dinner at Famous Dave's.  Now, I'm stuffed AND guilty about it.   



  1. Jennifer!! Thanks for introduding yourself!

    I'm so sorry your hip is bothering you...hope the stiffness eases, stretch too!

    You are running for such an amazing cause and I am in awe. Running for someone (like your niece) has to be so much more meaningful than anything else. WOW!

  2. i can definitely understand following something in writing. I felt so much better when I had something that just told me what to do to work toward my marathon. after i got injured i had to kind of throw my plan out the window and just go with whatever felt okay...this has caused me a lot of anxiety but my goal is just to finish so hoping that is still attainable :) hoping your hip feels better!

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