I signed up for the Los Angeles Marathon (my first marathon) this past summer to run for Kiss the Sky to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and funds for the Faustman Lab, which is currently conducting phase 2 human clinical trials in hopes to cure the disease. My sister Kate has Type 1 Diabetes and my friend’s brother Murphy Roberts passed away this summer due to complications from T1D.
In September 2016, I hurt my lower back / sacroiliac ligament(s) in a workout class, and the situation continued to get worse and worse - I couldn’t sit down or touch my toes, let alone run, without bad pain / stiffness in my lower back. I started working with Lauren and JJ in December and told them my goal of running the marathon in the end of March. They were both incredibly supportive and fantastic to work with - pushing me to challenge myself and work smarter. I had to amend my marathon training plan a bit, but they worked with me tirelessly on my leg and glute strength, plyometrics and flexibility - equipping me with tools and exercises to support a more balanced training program for this marathon and future races.
My back didn’t hurt me at all during the marathon, and I beat my goal time, finishing the marathon in 3 hours and 43 minutes. Lauren came to the finish line to cheer me on, and I definitely wouldn’t have made it that far without her!