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CUSTOM PERFORMANCE BLOG

 

 

 

Why Your Running Socks Matter

By Lisbeth Hoyt, PT, DPT, CSCS


It's been a busy summer of running, dinner with friends, weekends away, and maybe even a much-needed vacation. The laundry pile in the corner of your room keeps growing, but who has time? By the time you get to your long run, all your clean running socks are dirty, so you just grab any old pair.


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The Upside Down of Running

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


We all love running; running is awesome! However, we would be only telling half the story if we only talked about its benefits. Running has some skeletons in the closet. Running has a dark side. 


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Stubborn Tendon Pain? Try this!

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSC

Tendon injuries can be incredibly frustrating. While you can have a lot of improvements quickly - a decrease in the amount of pain (less intense or severe), improved flexibility and strength, and better running - the pain can linger for quite awhile.



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What The Heck Is Pain?

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS

Pain is so individual. It’s felt and processed differently by everyone. But what causes pain in the short and in the long term? Why does pain become chronic?


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Recover In Your Sleep!

By Lisbeth Hoyt PT, DPT, CSCS

If sitting is the new "smoking" health risk, sleep is the new performance enhancing tool we don’t focus on enough. Getting enough sleep is essential for everyone to function, yet in our busy work/training lives, sleep is usually one of the last things we make time for. For runners and athletes, it's the easiest recovery tool you most likely aren't utilizing. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that adults require 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal performance. Performance doesn’t just mean exercise; it also includes the mental and physical performance needed to get through your daily routine.

 


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Amenorrheic Running

Kathleen Leninger, DPT

Back in the day, I was a fast runner. I have a distinct memory of going to Penn Relays as a junior, so excited to run the 4x400 (I was the anchor) and that morning I woke up with my period.  At that point in my life I got my period every few months but most of my teammates hadn’t had their period in over a year! I wanted that. It was such a badge of honor and I was so embarrassed to be the only fast girl who got her period in season. Years later I learned that is called amenorrhea and that nothing about it is cool. 

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Emotional Hurdles

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS


Runners who have experienced injury know that there can be many mental and emotional hurdles to overcome throughout the recovery process. It can challenge your identity as a runner or athlete, you can feel isolated from your community, you can experience the sadness of not being able to do what brings you joy… and those are just off the top of my head!


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Summer is Coming!

As the weather starts getting warmer, those of us who haven't been braving the cold outdoor temperatures start to move our runs outside. Ideally, we’d have some acclimatization time as the temperatures slowly rise, but as the Boston Marathon runners just encountered, sometimes an unexpected humid and sunny day occurs, and it may be race day.


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What Actually Makes You Stronger

By Kathleen Leninger, DPT

Everyone knows that  “core and glutes” are the secret to making a runner stronger, right?  We go to yoga, spin, HIIT classes, and Bread and Butter to make us strong. The real answer is much more complicated.  Strength classes are important, but it is just practicing muscle memory. So what actually allows your body to keep functioning and to stay strong?  There are 3 main functions we need the body to have to run (and to live):


1 – Bones to stay upright and move around

2 – Muscle to move the bones and get from A to B

3 – Signals to determine what to move and where to move

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Don't Forget Your Toe Flexors!

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS


Plantar fasciitis can be a frustrating, nagging running injury. It can range across a wide spectrum of pain; maybe more annoying most of the time, but it can be completely debilitating after a hard run or getting out of bed in the mornings.


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