Jump on the Hydration Train!

Jump on the Hydration Train!

Here is a story that we are hearing weekly these days.

Patient: I ran over the weekend and I didn’t realize it was so humid.  My run went really well but my achilles tendon has been on fire ever since.

Therapist:  How much water did you drink this weekend

Patient: 2 cups of coffee and 1 bottle of beer

Age and Achilles

Age and Achilles

Most runners are acutely aware of all of the different types of injuries that can occur. I f they aren't , it's typically because they've been lucky enough to remain injury - free. But as we age, t he possibility of injury continues to increase.

Gutsy Performance

Gutsy Performance

“Should I go before the warm up or after…or maybe before and after?”  If you have ever run a road race, you know one of the most daunting tasks on race day is standing in line for the porta-potty.  It’s in every runner’s pre-race routine though because running on an upset stomach is no fun!  Sometimes despite your best effort however, the stomach bug will find you during an intense workout or race.  An email questionnaire was sent to over 2,000 runners following a marathon event in the Netherlands.  Of the 1,281 runners who responded, 45% complained of at least one GI symptom during the event. Why is that?

The Mystery of the ITB

The Mystery of the ITB

The Iliotibial Band has caused stress to runners and PTs since the beginning of time. One thing is for sure, once you have been plagued by ITB syndrome, you will forever be afraid of it. The mysterious ITB is only a fraction of muscle tissue and contains mostly tendon tissue. Researchers are looking at this fact to learn more about this wacky structure and why it plagues runners.

 

Tart Cherry Juice

Tart Cherry Juice

You’ve just completed your hill repeats. The workout went great, confidence is at an all time high, and you can’t wait to crush the next one. However, the next day you wake up and you’re stiff as a board. Your quads ache, your calves scream; you’re wondering what you did to deserve this torment.

Recover with your Favorite Childhood Drink!

Recover with your Favorite Childhood Drink!

Post-run nutrition is essential, but the choice of a recovery drink can be overwhelming. From water to Gatorade to Pedialyte, each liquid has its benefits and varies in popularity within the running community. Most runners have their favorites, but if you're still looking check this out: chocolate milk has made the recovery drink list! This may sound a little strange at first, but it’s basically a liquid carbohydrate.

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Training is beginning to pick up as marathon season fast approaches!  Runners are physically preparing to run farther than ever before or conquer personal bests from years past.  An absurd amount of time is being spent replenishing nutrients lost in sweat during the summer heat.  Foam rollers are being worn out from the constant need to loosen tight muscles or even the dreaded IT Band. But at some point on race day, your mind is going to question your physical limits.  No matter the miles run, fluids consumed, or muscles foam rolled, you will have to be ready mentally.  So what are you doing to prepare mentally? 

Stressed out Kidneys!

Stressed out Kidneys!

Not many people realize that running actually involves all of your organs, not just your muscles!

For one organ to function correctly, it needs the other organs to work correctly.Kidneys are responsible for filtering waste out of your blood.

Immune to Marathons

Immune to Marathons

While most of us only think of our immune system when we are fighting off a common cold, your immune system helps all your organs to repair damage and stay in tip-top shape! For runners it is especially important to maintain a healthy immune system, as your immune system works to repair damaged muscle fibers and tendons and keeps your bones healthy!

Advil and Ultras

Advil and Ultras

We've all been there. You ran a little too far, ran on tired legs, wore heels for too long after a long run. Nothing a few Advil can't fix, right? It's becoming more and more common to reach for the Advil when something hurts, especially during marathon training. But for those of us running long distances, what are we doing to our body’s ability to recover?

Low Back Pain and Running!

Low Back Pain and Running!

Lower back pain is said to affect up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives. In other words, it’s very common in the general population and it’s very common at Custom Performance!

 

Changing Your Footstrike

Changing Your Footstrike

Does changing your foot strike pattern really matter? Barefoot running has been getting a lot of attention the past few years as a way to decrease running injuries.