running

Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again-Recovery from Races

The long runs, hill work outs, strength training sessions and science experiments of nutrition are winding down. You’ve barely enjoyed the post-race food and beverages when you’re already thinking “Ok let’s do this again!” However, how many runners plan their recovery like they do their training? Likely very few. Now that the fall race season … Read More

So you want to run a marathon…

Or a half marathon…How many days a week will you run? How many miles each week? How long should your long run be? These are questions I get all the time from my patients/clients who want to tackle a marathon or half marathon. Today’s blog post is going to get you to the starting line … Read More

Get on the Mobility Train!

I would say most of you are familiar with mobility and flexibility training to some extent and hopefully at least a little bit is part of your running routine. The most common reason runners tell me why they don’t work on their mobility is because they don’t have time. This is usually after they went … Read More

Crazy glue, duct tape and…running?

Today’s post is the next piece of the running pie after previously discussing why strength training is so crucial to a runner’s routine. What is stabilization training you ask? It’s the glue and duct tape which maintains good posture and uses energy efficiently while we run. If you are unstable while running, you ask your … Read More

Running Medicine 2014 recap

I returned from the Running Medicine 2014 conference in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend armed not only with new information to help runners I work with and myself become better at what we love, but a better appreciation of how complex the health and medicine fields really are and how we’re always developing new research … Read More

Why Can’t I Just Run? The How’s and Why’s of Incorporating Strength Training into your Running Routine

             “But if I want to be a better runner, can’t I just run more?” I get this comment frequently from the high school track girls I coach as well as runners I’m treating in physical therapy. The rule of specificity would say yes because if you want to improve at a certain activity you … Read More

So You Want to be a Runner…Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of how to begin your path to a lifelong running career. We are going to continue with the two remaining components to a safe and effective running program: duration and intensity.            3: Duration      This refers to how long you run, whether it’s measured in time or distance. Either … Read More

So You Want to be a Runner…

  “I want to start running, but I’m not sure where to begin?” I get this question frequently at work (as a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist) and from friends/family wanting advice on how they should start running. Some have never run in their life while others used to run back in … Read More

Run for Life: Part 3

Welcome back for the conclusion of Run for Life!   Injury #3: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) There can be many different causes for knee pain, but one of the biggest culprits is overall faulty mechanics. In the vast majority of cases we find a significant lack of hip and trunk strength and stability as well … Read More