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So I had Foodbuzz affiliation but for some reason my ads do not show up on my blog anymore and I took that as a sign to maybe get involved with others.

If you have any interest in me being an ambassador or putting a button on my blog for advertisement/sponsorship of the blog, feel free to email me at snthierry[at]gmail[dot]com

***correction. I am lacking sleep and finally realized the problem. I had an adblocker on my internet that blocked my ads. Good job Sam. I’m still interested for the future however with the above comment.

Onto other news. I asked my coach to help me with my form. He stated lengthening my stride wasn’t the way to go about getting better form because that won’t help me. Getting more air time with a quicker stride will help. We focused on straightening my back/running more forward and picking my legs up more as I ran.

I felt stupid because you are trying to think of everything to do while running to make it all flow together. He made fun of me because I wasn’t using my arms and I said, I had other things to think about first and then I can do that haha. It’s really hard to try and run a different way than what you are used to running and what feels natural.

We also did some dead lifts which made me feel dead. I had a run afterward and I think a mixture of me possibly getting sick, having a sore back already and the dead lifts did not help. I ran for 18 minutes and literally had to stop. My body could not function and my legs would not pick up. Soreness of my back was making it harder for me to breathe. I made it back and ended up running about 36 minutes instead of 40. But afterwards and as I sit here, my back is in so much pain. I honestly have no clue what to do and hope after talking to my physical therapist, she’ll help me figure out more. Honestly I might need to just take a break from running and do things to get stronger because putting the two together is not working and I’m really tiring myself out/left to struggle in my daily life with a sore back.

I just want to get my back to stop hurting and then add running back in. My main priority is just to be comfortable throughout the day. I feel like an 80 year old woman with a bad back.

Dietetic wise, I was super pumped to get my second 100% in my Nutrition 2 class for my tests. I am still going strong for my 4.0! I’m pretty sure this will be my first 4.0 in college if all goes well.

I am going to a mobile food pantry this Friday with the Food Bank! I’m extremely excited because this will be my first one, but definitely not last. Hopefully I can take pictures to post. Pretty much, the Food Bank of Cape Girardeau has about 101 sites for mobile food pantries. They have an old Pepsi truck that is refrigerated and they have meat, produce, as well as shelf stable products. They set it up at a site that is struggling with food and people come to the mobile food pantry and pick up food for free. I think it’s such a fabulous idea and they have doubled the amount in just a year!

I’m also getting the chance to work a health fair to help pass out nutrition flyers and have children place food in their correct food groups. I’m so excited!!

I’ll keep you updated, however I might not be posting until the weekend. It’s pretty much my finals week next week so I have a lot to do!


When Your Running Form Doesn’t Work Anymore

Well, I went on another run on Saturday

It was nice because Alex ran with me. However, my back was in a lot of pain towards the end and the rest of the night/all Sunday I was uncomfortable.

Told the therapist that today and she asked if I had a back x-ray done and I said no. Got a bunch more exercises added to strengthen my lower abs so that it helps straighten my back.

Here is what I do:

These exercises were given to me at my physical therapy MidAmerica Rehab.

The last exercise I do standing, which brings me to my new friend I get to take home:

I was able to provide the whole rehab center with entertainment as they watched me run in shock that it’s even possible to run leaning back like I do. I honestly feel my back is straight, it is just naturally curved so far in that it looks like I’m arching. I know for sure I arch and lean back when I get tired. But just walking to the treadmill she stated she could see my back already arched.

I have never experienced such frustration. The exercise where I have to alternate leg and arm, I apparently am doing all wrong and I have asked like a thousand times how to actually do it because I feel I am straight backed but obviously I’m not. I don’t feel it though because I guess it’s just so natural to me that I don’t know my back is arching.

I’ve also been told to try and change my running form. I’m not sure if you know but changing your running form is one of the hardest things to do. I have been running the same way for about seven years now and I have tried to lengthen my stride or straighten up when running but I can’t.

Well, now I can’t just go for a run and enjoy it, I have to think about a million things to change about the way I run. I’m going to try but it’s just frustrating and I’m not sure I can. I know I need to because my back is in pain but it’s going to take a long time and a lot of patience. Good thing summer is almost here.

woe is me.