Hi there, my name is Laurel! I originally started this blog to write about my greatest passion; running. I wrote about recent races, running gear, training strategies, and of course my random adventures. I ran cross-country, track, many road races, 8 half marathons, and two full marathons.
Life was pretty great. Then in June of 2017 I was diagnosed with popliteal artery entrapment syndrome, a rare vascular problem that occurs in young athletes. I was born with my popliteal arteries in my gastrocnemius (calf) muscle. As a result of my running my calves grew in size and crushed the artery, which was in an abnormal place. My life was flipped upside down. I went from marathon training to being in pain doing the simplest of activities. Walking hurt, driving hurt (pushing on the gas pedal), even standing hurt!
After previously taking a few years off from blogging I returned to document my experience with this strange syndrome. I had bypass surgery in October 2017 and a muscle release in February 2018. The journey has had lots of ups and downs and is full of unknowns. It’s made going through compartment syndrome at 15 years old look like a piece of cake. Here’s the link to that story.
I hope to create some more awareness for popliteal artery entrapment syndrome and maybe provide some more information to somebody else going through the same thing.