Full Circle

I first ran up to Kendall's Katwalk shortly after moving to Seattle (the first time) about eight (!!) years ago with the Seattle Running Company group as part of a longer Sunday trail run. I chatted with Scott McCoubrey on the way up, and landed myself a job at the hotspot of ultrarunning. During my time there, ultrarunning became a huge part of who I am, and like many, I fell in love with not only the sport, but the community. I became increasingly interested in the way bodies move and decided to go to massage school, then headed to the mountains to start a practice.

Moving back from the Methow has definitely been a transition, but for the most part, as I ran up Kendall's Katwalk a couple of weeks ago, I just kept thinking how appropriate it seems to be here again. Only now I have a happy baby, marriage, dog, and business. The line between work and pleasure is vague and I can't help but think that my run so many years ago was the catalyst: it's possible to create a meaningful life by combining all of one's passions and go after it.

There's an old Dirtbag Diaries podcast that I keep loaded on my ipod that I must listen to ten times a year called "The Dreamers." Through discussions with climbers, it explores the idea of dreams and how they change during life as well as once you begin transforming your dreams into reality. That run and previous Seattle life, was the tipping point for me. Now I'm back and have a few other dreams in mind...

Foam Rolling

This post appeared on my old blog, but it seems appropriate timing, given the 50 mile race this weekend.


Using a foam roller is one of the best things you can do for injury prevention, especially athletes. I became a fan when I increased my running volume to do a 100 mile race, but then really became a fan when I realized I didn't have to work as hard when my clients rolled between massages,  And while I love working hard for my clients, I love longevity even more. By foam rolling between sessions, I can be more effective during each treatment session and clients see better results. Rolling can also be an effective tool in repatterning movement patterns (but that's a whole other post).

You might feel tightness in your hamstrings and hips, but runners in particular benefit from rolling the quads and hip flexors. The front of the thigh and hip flexors often compensate for the glutes (especially if your glutes are weak), resulting in shortened, tight muscles. Working on hip extension is essential for this, both in your technique while running (work with a coach on this, or at least check out this book) and opening the front of the hips when you aren't running. Enter: the foam roll. It won't be the most pleasant when you start (read: painful), but you can adjust how much of your body weight goes onto the roller, and after even a few minutes daily, it will begin to feel much better. Your legs will thank you.

White River 50

I ran my first 50-miler seven years ago at the White River 50. As anyone who has run the race knows, Scott McCoubrey puts on an amazing event with flawless course marking, well-stocked aid stations, and tons of  fun and friendly volunteers. I was in massage school at the time and was pleasantly surprised by how good I felt after the race (which was good, since I was doing Cascade Crest the following month). It wasn't until a couple of years later when I had little aches and pains seemingly constantly, that it dawned on me that the weekly massages I received during school (yep, receiving an average of at least one hour of massage a week was required) kept me not only free from injury, but also decreased my recovery time.

Finishing White River in 2008

Finishing White River in 2008

So when I moved back to Seattle a few weeks ago and opened up shop last week, one of the first things I wanted to do was donate a couple of massage gift certificates to the race. Two people running on Saturday will get a certificate to help with their recovery.

If you don't get a certificate, however, mention White River when you schedule and I'll give you $10 off your massage.

Good luck and happy recovery!


Welcome!

After a whirlwind couple of months including a new baby, hosting two races, and moving, things are settling down enough for me to get back to work. As much as I've loved having a break to enjoy our little Fiona and get our house in order, I'm just as excited to get back to doing massage.

I'll be working part-time with massage so I'll have time for my growing coaching clientele, and some part-time work for my former Seattle Running Company pal Phil, at Seven Hills Running Shop. So far the west side is treating us great. The weather has been amazing, and it's been fun to be back in the land of lush forests and soft trails.

My massage office is centrally located in Eastlake, as it approaches South Lake Union. I hope to see you soon!

If you're new to my work, you can check out my former blog and website here.