It’s been a long and winding road

February 19th, 2014 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 2 Comments »

I no longer consider myself injured.  After a long year and half of dealing with an achillies injury, directly followed by a severe sprain and ankle fracture – I’m thrilled to report that I’m […]


Hit the pool running

January 30th, 2014 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | No Comments »

The positive thing about having an injury is that it’s forced me to explore other physical activities to compensate for the void I’m experiencing with my low-mileage status. Two cross-training components that have been integral […]


The sequel

January 13th, 2014 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | No Comments »

Last night, I dreamt I was running. My lungs felt strong, my body light, I was barely touching the ground with each step, every movement felt effortless and pain-free. Then I woke up, stretched […]


The importance of running with others

October 16th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 1 Comment »

I used to enjoy every run, even hill repeats – but a 10 month break from regular running resulting from an achilles injury, surprisingly eroded my love for the only sport that I’ve ever embraced.  My […]


Listen to your body not your watch

October 14th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 4 Comments »

I used to run without a watch. I’d simply head out the door and run in whatever direction felt right that day. But at one point, my approach to running changed and it became filled with gadgets and accessories. […]


Running on empty

September 17th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 3 Comments »

This morning I woke up at 5 a.m., it was still dark outside. I got dressed and headed out the door for my 6 a.m. fitness class. I started my car and the gas […]


Not just a 5K

September 11th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 9 Comments »

One of my biggest pet peeves about long distance runners is when we use the word “just” to describe a short distance race like a 5K. Imagine my surprise when just last week I caught myself doing just this!


Motivation to run: If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail

August 26th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | No Comments »

My running friends started to clap and cheer when I told them I’d be running today. It felt great to be surrounded by people who missed me and who encourage me.


Starting over

August 3rd, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 3 Comments »

It’s been 10 months since I ran pain-free. After countless optimistic attempts to start-over that ended in setbacks, today was different. Running used to be like a reliable friend — always there, helpful and an […]


Lesson learned: Cross-training is important

July 19th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | No Comments »

Now that my Achilles has healed, it’s time to start building up my strength.  Trying to run after eight months of inactivity will be brutal, so I’ve decided to ease back into running by […]


Patience is a virtue: how I recovered from an Achilles injury

July 9th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 9 Comments »

For months, my training partner Meryl Cook gently suggested that I stop running and give my body time to heal – but, like your typical stubborn runner, I didn’t listen to her. Now, I […]


The knowing when to rest

June 30th, 2013 by Michelle Kempton | Posted in Blogs, Road to Recovery | 4 Comments »

It’s been eight months since I ran injury free. For the first six months I tried to run through the pain.  I have an achilles injury, which is a tendon that I didn’t even […]