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Running Happy (even while injured)

Disclaimer: I received free pair of Brooks’ Ghost 14s as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Hello folks! It’s been awhile and if you follow me on social media, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on the running front. I’m still running, but my miles have decreased by over 50-60%.

Why is that?

Well, it’s because I’m injured. It seems that I’m destined to be forever injured these days, but I’m still optimistic that I will get better. I was diagnosed with proximal hamstring tendinopathy back in January and raced the Big Sur marathon with it. I know. I know. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but Big Sur was a bucket list race and I had to. Fast forward to almost 3 months later and I’m still plagued with the injury.

For the past month or so, I’ve decided to reduce my miles significantly and focus on strengthening my hamstring. It’s been hard to not run as much as I used to, but I’m grateful that this injury doesn’t prevent me from running some miles.

Luckily, I received a free pair of Ghost 14s from Brooks Running. I’ve run in the Ghost line for almost 8 years and I’ve got to say that they are absolutely my favorite shoe. Whenever people ask me what kind of shoes to recommend, I always tell them to of course, go to a running shoe store and get fitted to see what fits, but also let them know that I wear the Ghosts and that they’ve served me well. The fact that I’ve owned over 10 pairs of the Ghost line is proof that I love them!

The Ghost 14s are actually Brooks’ first pair of shoes that are carbon neutral. Their goal is to minimize the emissions they produce in manufacturing their shoes and I’m all for it. We need to be kind to our planet and Brooks has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040. If you want to learn more about that commitment, head over to their blog post on it.

Theses shoes are actually my second pair (I have a problem, I know) and I just love how cushioned they are! I’m a gal who does not like feeling the ground beneath me. No thank you. Haha. The cushioned underfoot allows for a more seamless transition from heel to toe, which makes my run feel a little bit easier and as an injured runner right now, an easier run is exactly what I need. Yay!

Despite my tendinopathy, I’m still happy I get to run a few miles here and there and I can’t wait to get out there and put more miles in in the years to come.

Let me know if you have questions about the Brooks Ghost 14s. I’d be happy to answer them. 🙂

Author:

My name is Mai and I am a recent PhD graduate. :) When not hard at work, I can be found training for a race, traveling the world, or talking about Disneyland. Come join me on my journey and help me navigate this world. :)

2 thoughts on “Running Happy (even while injured)

  1. I’m a Brooks person…I have used Ghosts, and now Adrenaline, waiting for a new Glycerin 20GTS due to arrive any day…..I’m learning the hard way (I should already know this) that some shoes don’t work for everyone…I was seeded a pair of Altras, and now my back is yelling at me…..

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    1. Ah! I’ve been there. I too, have also actually tried Altras and unfortunately, I can only walk in them. Running in them for longer distances makes my legs not work quite right. I’ve tried the Ravennas for a bit, but I’m definitely a Ghost girl. 😊 Hope your Glycerins come in soon and that you enjoy them! 😊

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