Track and ASTYM

Track Tuesday:

1st day back doing speed since Chicago.  I was a little nervous and still took it easy by running my tempo pace, but I felt good!!!

Gotta love sweaty post-run pics! (It’s unseasonable warm here in TN.)


4 mile warmup

6 x 400m (400 recovery jog)


1 mile cool down

After such a grueling workout (I kid), Christi Beth needed a nap in Michael’s trunk.


To celebrate Dave’s MCM and the upcoming Monumental and NYCM…we went to breakfast afterwards.  How awesome is this group?!! #mytribe


This afternoon I had another PT session at ProMotion with Leah.  She did more ASTYM work on my knee.  (It’s pronounced A Stim.)


What is ASTYM?

Astym® treatment is a therapy that regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® treatment is highly effective and even works when other approaches routinely fail. One of the main reasons Astym® treatment is so much more effective than other treatments is that it was scientifically developed to resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just trying to temporarily relieve symptoms. It is one of the most researched and effective therapy treatments available. Astym® treatment is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions.

Here are the tools…


And,work on my knee…


It hurts a little, but it also feels really good.  ASTYM leaves some bruising, but nothing too crazy.  Leah is really helping me to recover quickly and after 3 treatments, I can already tell a big difference.

Here’s a short YouTube video tutorial about ASTYM…

Just because…


Jason’s out of town so I picked up some take-out dinner…for one. Apparently, I ordered so much food that they thought it was for two :/ Runger is real.


And, on a super cheesy note…I really appreciate you for taking the time to read my blog.  It means the world to me!

Have you ever had to go to PT for a running related injury?  What for?  How did you treat it?

How long after a marathon do you start speed work again?

Do you cook dinner when it’s just for one?  (Obviously I don’t)


Join the Conversation

  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    I had a painful spot in my food last October and was in PT for a month. Turns out I have a really weak right hip. So crazy how everything is tied together! They did ASTYM on me too, I really like it and thought it helped!

    Thank YOU for reading my blog! :) I always enjoy yours!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love your blog!!!

  • http://runeatsparkle.wordpress.com had2run

    I also love your blog

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you SO much!!!

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    That’s one pretty speedy batch of 400’s missy!!! Hmmm sleeping in the trunk I’ll have to try this post-workout next time haha lol :) Someplace on the planet warmer than Florida right now??? Who knew. Hope it cools down for you soon. I wanna be in your tribe lol. Never had PT just treatments through the chiro for my back. And your blog is amazing!!! You’ve got a nice story and your PR’s caught my attention. You have some pretty neat Pinterest boards too :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much for your encouragement!!!

  • http://www.notyourmamasmarathon.blogspot.com Kelli

    I just did 400 meter intervals on Tuesday, too! It was my first time ever doing intervals. Usually I just do a tempo. I kinda liked it!

    I waited 2 weeks after my marathon this year to do speed work. My body needed a break!

    I love your blog, it is so inspiring! I hope your knee gets better soon :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve only been running track for a little over a year and i love it!! It’s such a fun way to add speed work. Thank you SO much for your kind words!!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    Oh, my gosh…I always say that I’m going to cook dinner when I’m alone and then never do. There’s just no fun in that, right?!? 😉 I had a wonderful PT experience after two back-to-back PR half marathons that were only a few weeks apart (I learn lessons the hard way!); had the Graston Technique performed on my left hip/glute area and it was amazing. I’m so glad that you are feeling some improvement and getting back to your ol’ speedy self! YAY!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Meg

    I have really been enjoying your blog! I had issues with runner’s knee this summer and used Airrosti for the treatment. I really liked Airrosti and it helped me find my trouble spots and showed that I need to work on my hip and butt muscles.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope your knee is feeling better!! Im doing daily hip exercises now. And, thank you:)

  • http://thisismyfaster.blogspot.com LeAnne @Thisismyfaster!

    I had to do PT for two months for really bad hamstring tendonitis :( I missed so many events and had to defer the Chicago Marathon from this year to 2015. I hope your recovery is fast!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Are you feeling better now? I hope so!! :)

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  • http://www.runtessrun.com Tess

    I am dealing with Achilles unhappy right now and I can so relate to this. I may try the heat thing before I start running next week. I took time off from running because I didn’t want it to hate me forever. I’m just having yoga work the happiness. I hope it’s working the happiness. LOL

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Im sorry youre dealing with achilles trouble too. Youre so smart to let it rest. It can really turn into a painful chronic injury.

      • http://www.runtessrun.com Tess

        Oh don’t be fooled. It’s way chronic. LOL

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