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She.Is.Beautiful: OISELLE BYRDS!

For the love of running, girlfriends, competition, pink and matching outfits, Santa Barbara’s Oiselle Byrds lined up at the third annual She.Is.Beautiful 5k and 10K.  I love this race.  It’s a big pepto party in all the best ways even if you do puke like the winner of the 5K which of course makes her a HERO!  Superstars even come like Stephanie Bruceelite marathoner former UCSB Gaucho and new mom of a 3 month old son!  Did she jog?  Oh yeah she did.  She jogged a 16:58 5K.  Just proving you wrong in case you thought pink meant slow.

2014-09-21 Drea's Phone Summer 2014 204I am so proud to be a member of our SB Oiselle team.  I was even more thrilled to be able to run today.  No, it wasn’t pain free as I will continue to deal with my back so I’m not “back,” but with use of my bike and Elliptigo my fitness carried me to a 39:45 third place.  It’s my happiest personal worst EVA!  HEY!  I got $100!

Not exactly a Pink Slip!

My knee continues to be pain free post my cryotherapy block (now two and a half weeks!).

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SB Oiselle Byrds did fantastic work.  We took almost every age group win from the twenties on up to the em, twenties.  High high twenties.  Cindy placed third in the open 5K right behind the celebs!  Monica and Deanna were fresh off of Ultra wins, Kate snagged the bouquet, Mari and Teri did close to their bests, Desa sported a bow tie like a Wolf of Wallstreet, and Chrystee can’t help but do just about all of the above minus the bow tie.

Happy Byrds!

5:30 Monday’s at The Lab

You asked for it and it’s coming.  Starting October 13th we will run the first 8 week session of Mat Pilates ab focus at The Lab from 5:30am-6:15am with a 45 min run post class.  Early?  Child please!  TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday).  Core with a Shore run?  Coffee to steep the day into action?  Does it get better?


Sign ups coming soon through The Lab.  However, please email me with intent as we already have a strong interest and space may be limited.

Peace and Health,


Cryotherapy: It’s Really Cool!

Let’s talk about Cryotherapy.  I’m a big fan and here’s why.

Running.  I love it.  I’ve pigged out on too many miles over the years and worn down the discs in my lower back.  Severe hamstring and back pain sent me seeking medical care.  I received my diagnosis.  Degenerative Discs.  But plenty of people have that and go on running right?  Right.  In moderation.

What’s that?  Exactly.  My pain let up just in time for my Mammoth trip and fresh out of the box I finished the week off with an EPIC 17 mile trail run above 10,000ft.  Like a true stupid donkey adventurer, I just kept going because it was so pretty.

In the end, I strained my right quad which set deep inflammation into the right knee.  The result?  Pain.  Lots of pain and no more running at all.  Again.

I treated the right knee with total rest, sports massage, physical therapy, chiropractor care, stretching, ice, tape, and F bombs.  Nine weeks passed with very little improvement in my knee.  I had a few hopeful jogs of twenty minutes to only find that days later I could not jog 5 minutes without pain.

MRI confirmed that structurally there was absolutely nothing wrong with my knee besides inflammation.  The Lab proposed we run an experiment: Four consecutive days of double cyrotherapy sessions at 3 minutes each to knock out inflammation.  Cortisone on ice?  We put the freezer to the test.

I will admit that double sessions wasn’t the easiest thing, but suck it up buttercup this is for science, for health, for RUNNING!

On the fourth day, (typical) I couldn’t wait and I did a little practice trot in the grass before my final two sessions.  No real improvement in the knee.  I felt a little disappointed, but because I also get a great euphoria from using cryotherapy and just feel all Zen like after, I just figured nothing magical was really gonna happen.

I cross trained through the weekend and gave a little test run (now week 10 of injury and two days post my final four day treatment) in the grass.  The result?  32 pain free minutes of running.  OH BATMAN!

On Wednesday I ran 35 minutes pain free and on Friday 40 minutes pain free.  I cross trained through the weekend.  Entering week 11 of injury and ten days post my four day cryotherapy session, I ran 45 minutes pain free.  The next day 7 miles pain free.  The next day 3 miles pain….slight pain in back, but that’s another deal.  

In other words, I have experienced no right knee pain for twelve days post my four day double cyro treatment.

I’m a believer!