10 Years in a Life Raft
This week, I passed ten years since my first surgery. I had gone in to deal with a fistula the week of Thanksgiving and they pulled me out from the anesthesia, told me they found an abscess the size of a softball and they were going to have to divert my colon. Origin stories are often shocking and even painful. What I endured for three weeks in the hospital that Thanksgiving is beyond difficu...
If you missed my last talk/food event in Monterey, we are doing it all again at Fleet Feet Aptos this Friday evening with a 5k community run on Saturday! I'll be talking about inflammation in endurance training and autoimmunity, sharing part of my health/athlete journey with Crohn's, and serving food from my Autoimmune Protocol Diet cookbook! All proceeds benefit Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
What a weekend! My book talk/dinner at Fleet Feet Monterey to raise funds to support IBD research with Crohn's & Colitis Foundation was a huge success and the next morning we ran 5k through a rainy morning along the ocean! I spoke about the intersection of autoimmune disease and endurance training—inflammation—and how to think about this as we train and push our bodies. The best part? We are...
Yesterday was amazing—I set a personal record 10 minutes faster than my previous half-marathon time, finishing in 2:05:57. To celebrate, thanks to a stroke of bad scheduling, I had a Remicade infusion today. But, I got to show off my medal!
This week I had my first ileoscopy since my surgery last year. The results were, "everything looks normal." In 11 years I've never heard these words from my doctors. The second thing my gastro said was, "keep doing what you're doing!" What have I been doing? Running, cooking, and eating in my Slow Carb (modified keto) style. It's hard for me to wrap my head around "normal" when my normal for t...
It's always fun to see my cookbook in the wild — this time at Bookworks in Pacific Grove. As a bonus, you can pick up a copy and sit with a coffee and some of great gluten-free treats via our very own Switch Bakery.
I took a trip to Bellingham to see my youngest daughter and was able to put together a 6.6 mile run through an arboretum, down to the ocean and around the coast back to downtown Bellingham. It was 37 degrees out, but beautiful. I had so much fun, I nearly talked myself into running another lap! Check out the Strava route below if you are ever in the area or happen to live there. Coffee at mile...
For part 2 of my conversation with Menachem Brodie from Human Vortex Training, we focus on training, the power of a movement practice on health, and how to find and collaborate with a health team and coach. This was probably my all-time favorite conversation on training with an autoimmune disease — we cover a lot of ground but get a chance to talk about how we started working together and how t...
I don't typically run on Thursdays after the market — 2 p.m. represents the "end" of the work week for Switch Bakery, where we've been producing and selling since Monday — we usually go out for lunch and then catch up on other things from the week. This Thursday, I went out for a tempo run (strike 2) and was met with one of the most difficult runs I've had in years. There was a chaos in my mind...