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P.F. Chang's Rock-n-Roll Marathon
January 9, 2005   
Phoenix, AZ


     Ann had a secret vision that she was afraid to share with anyone for the fear of being criticized for such a ridiculous notion of running 26.2 miles. After major hip reconstruction surgery, due to a congenital disease called fibrous dysplasia, running a marathon was simply not an option. On the other hand, however, she was extremely inspired by all of her running clientele, especially watching all the first time runners at Austin Fit. So, she decided to give it a shot.  She was determined to do this. Why?….. Why not? Ann had worked with people through so many of their injuries that she started to recognize that she could work through her challenges as well. With the help of regular sports massage and her chiropractor (Dr. Dan Powers), Ann was able to correct a leg length discrepancy through adjustments, muscle stripping and a heel lift. She worked diligently to strengthen her core muscles and seriously focused on her form. She knew that if she did not, it would ultimately lead to injury…..well, she got one anyway!  Surgery left Ann with scar tissue on her IT band, which led to severe IT band inflammation (which feels like someone is jabbing the outside of your knee with an ice pick) 3 weeks before the marathon. In those weeks prior to the marathon, rehab consisted of aggressive deep tissue sports massage and foam roller therapy in addition to ice and stretching. This proved to be the winning combination, Ann was able to complete her first marathon on January 9, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. Yippee!


     I would like to say a special thanks to everyone that supported me through this journey. First and foremost, Mark, my husband, who always encouraged me and MADE ME take ice baths - ouch! Thanks for sacrificing so much of our quality time so that I could focus on this! I Love You!


     Second, my sister Ruth, who flew all the way to Phoenix just to cheer me on and be there for me. Sis - you're the best!


     Third, to both of our families who encouraged and supported me. I especially want to give a shout out to cousin Scottie who allowed us to crash at his place in Phoenix and entertained us the entire weekend! Thanks cousin Scottie - you Rock!


And last but not least, Thanks to all my clients who inspire me EVERY DAY!"



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