On April 15, 2004, just six months after I quit my full-time biotech job in Boston and moved to Michigan to join the Hanson’s-Brooks team, I experienced a pain in my calf. At first it seemed like one of those normal runner things, especially since just ten days before I had run the 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon. But as it turned out, this was serious.
You might be surprised to learn that deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary emboli (PEs) are relatively common among distance runners, especially women, but it’s absolutely true. In fact, I’m not even the only one on the Salty team to have experience with them! Despite how common they are, there still isn’t a lot of information about the phenomenon.
Having just passed my 12th anniversary of my DVT and subsequent PEs, I wanted to share what it felt like to have a blood clot, what every woman runner needs to know about them, and what to expect should you ever have one. Read more >>