About Us: PRracer’s mission is to help runners reach their personal goals and achieve that next PR. We offer training programs, motivational race decals, and apparel. We are excited to introduce the Convertible HDL, a new piece of running gear, launching in April 2016.
The Convertible is a headband with a retractable skull cap that has a smart headlamp/camera module attached to the front. With high-powered illumination, the ability to record runs in video and pictures, and the tools to edit, post, and share favorite runs on social media, the Convertible will greatly enhance the running experience. The Convertible will launch on Kickstarter on April 4th.
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Zoe McParlin, Cardiff Wales, UK
About Me: I’m Zoe and I’m an osteopath, runner and chronic pain survivor.
I wanted to start this blog as a way to share information about different conditions, injuries and running tips that I see on a regular basis and provide information and advice to people that maybe suffering from it. I am an osteopath and see a wide range of musculoskeletal problems on a regular basis as well as treat in a sports clinic in a running shop. When I was 18, I was diagnosed with a relatively rare pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which turned my life upside down. I went from being our typical sporty teenager that loved running but did every sport at school to being on crutches, having 4 spinal blocks involving a drip into my spine. At my worst with CRPS I struggled to stay conscious and constantly felt like I was about to pass out. The biggest difference to overcoming it was education and the power to really understand what is going on with your body. That is what I am going to try and do with this blog.
I am now back to running the sport I always loved and now CRPS doesn’t stop me. I was given a 3 percent chance of ever having a normal life and I am convinced that education kick started me in the right direction. I hope to use my medical knowledge and experience from treating patient as well as the latest research to help other achieve what they never thought I could do too.
In less than two weeks I will be on the course running my 8TH #Marathon at the Rock N Roll series in New Orleans. I am hoping for a new PR on this one, if not that’s ok to, just as long as I cross the finish line. I have been on a long journey for the last 1-1/2 years coming back from a back injury, which slowed me down, and in consequence I gained all my weight back that was lost when I took up the sport of running. I haven’t been a runner all that long, but have succeeded in crossing the finish line several times in the last 4-1/2 years.
This particular marathon coming up though has extra meaning for me. The fact that I’m coming back, losing weight, doing more than I ever thought first possible, being stronger in mind, body, and spirit. Before the back injury I thought I was doing all I could, but that wasn’t true. This journey back has been full of ups and downs, turns and curves, showing me there’s still room to improve and push to do more. Changing up how I train and what I do in between races. Not only running during the week, but weight training as well. I am still not down in weight as I was for my first marathon, it doesn’t seem to matter because I feel stronger.
This marathon coming up is just the beginning for this year. I have scheduled 2 more marathons, 1 half marathon, inside sprint triathlon, outside sprint triathlon, my first Olympic distance triathlon, and my first half ironman 70.3 distance triathlon. That’s only my schedule to the end of June. This years journey is just beginning and can’t wait to get started.
I would like to mention a great charity Bloodwise. I have currently been doing a program that the proceeds benefit them. The program is called #My Peak Challenge, it involves people making a difference in their own lives while helping to raise awareness for blood cancer research. A wonderful and giving actor Sam Heughan along with lots of help started this program last year to raise awareness, funds, and promote healthy living. I have been amazed at how well this is managed and distributed. You have menus, work outs and the best inspirational community imaginable. You don’t have bad days they won’t let you. Right now it’s linked up to a special face book page, there are all different ranges of people from just starting out, to exceptional health, to people trying to get back to where they where or better. Please check it out for yourself, It has changed my life these last couple of months and kept me on track and accountable.
With all of this said, I hope everyone of you that read this, will follow me on the rest of my journey. It’s not easy, it’s life changing, in the end IT WILL BE WORTH IT!
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Denny Krahe, Lakeland Florida
About Me: For me, running has been a bit of an acquired taste. At first I didn’t like it all, but over the years I’ve gone from hating it, to tolerating it, to sort of enjoying it, to being flat out addicted. Now, I truly am a running junkie!
One of the things I love most about running is the community. I host a podcast, and the idea behind the show is that I’m out running with my guests and we are just having a casual chat over the course of a handful of miles. In my experience, those conversations while running are so enjoyable because there is no agenda. Simply talking about “running, life, and everything in between” with fellow runners is a blast, and that is my goal with every episode.
In addition to the podcast, I also coach runners (told you I’m now a running junkie!) with a focus on injury prevention. I have a degree in Athletic Training, so identifying, treating, managing, and preventing injuries is kind of my thing. So if you have any questions about any aches and pains you’re experiencing, just let me know!
Outside of running, I’m married to the most amazing woman I’ve ever met and we have three children–one human and two canine.
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Elyse Paxton, Minneapolis, Minnesota
About Me: Running has always been one of my biggest passions. Somehow, I find the most peace on the pavement. In 2014, my dream came true when I crossed the finish line of the Twin Cities Marathon. It was the proudest moment of my life. A year later, I ran the Chicago Marathon.
When I’m not running, I love curling up with a good book, sipping a glass of good wine or a cup of good coffee, tackling new house projects with my husband, and doting on our rescue corgi, Max.