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Running Medicine 2018 Highlights

It’s that time again where I have the pleasure of sharing what the experts at the UVA Running Medicine conference are up to and how we can keep runners running fast, long and healthy. This year did not disappoint as the keynote speaker Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD dropped so many knowledge bombs I needed an … Read More

Are you training to run fast or to be a F.A.S.T. Runner?

Race season is upon us! That time of year where we gear up for spring races and plan our fall race schedule. Many of us pull training programs off the internet, while others try to replicate what may have worked in the past. Some of us will hook up with a local running group or … Read More

Half Marathon – Mission Accomplished!

Mission accomplished! I ran my second half marathon ever on and I did it without stopping. Sure, I may have choked on water at the rest stops I jogged through and felt like I was hobbling through the last three miles but I never stopped. I finished in just over two hours and two minutes … Read More

10 Week Progress Note

Distance running is a big mental game. By far that is the biggest lesson that I seem to learn and relearn throughout this experience. When I started training for this half marathon, I was determined to check each box that made up the training schedule Ivy designed for me. Through talking with Ivy, I have … Read More

It’s Not a Sprint….It’s a (Half) Marathon: Part 2

We’re back! Kristen is in week 9 of her training and things are cruising along! The half is 5 weeks away so there’s still work to be done before we can celebrate with post-race brunch. She has completed an 8 mile long run and is consistently running 3-4 times a week for 3-4 miles which … Read More

It’s Not a Sprint…It’s a (Half) Marathon: Part 1

How do I design a training program for a half marathon? Just ask my coworker Dr. Kristen Lattimore! As the resident running/endurance athlete specialist here at SPARK, Kristen asked me to design a training program in preparation for the Norfolk Half Marathon we will be running on November 20th. Here’s the actual program she will … Read More

Running Medicine 2016 Highlights

Another thought-provoking and knowledge bombing weekend of Running Medicine is complete. For anyone that works with runners, this conference is a must attend as it brings together the country’s (and often time the world’s) top physical therapists, physicians, sports performance specialists and more to promote healthy, high-level running for the novice to the elite. Here … Read More

Run the Holidays – Don’t let them run you!

It’s that time of year again where it seems like everything except holiday related obligations fall to the wayside. Stress levels go up, holiday parties filled with unhealthy food and drinks are abundant and depending on where you live, the weather may be a Grinch keeping you from your usual outdoor activities. However, there is … Read More

Why the Great Toe really is Great

When you’re out running, do you ever think about what your feet, specifically your toes, are actually doing? Are they doing anything? You bet they are! The toes, but especially the great (big) toe is responsible for a significant amount of stability when we run. Our foot acts as a lever and we need our … Read More

Street 2 ELITE

The inaugural Street 2 ELITE intro session is complete! We had a great time discussing our FAST program design with participants including strength, power, mobility and stability exercises, which ALL runners (not just elites) should include in their training. What is the Street 2 ELITE program? Well since you asked… The purpose of the Street … Read More