As fall race season comes to a close and 2019 is on the horizon, it’s time to think about the off-season planning. As you begin to lay out your 2019 race calendar, take note of when your next training plan starts and the downtime you may have from the last race. Like many runners, the second one race ends, we’re thinking about the next one. But what about strength training? Where does that fit in to your 2019 plan?
Sometimes I want to read about running, but not about how I should be running, or what I should change about my running. If you’re feeling the same, “Run the World” is for you!
Baby got back? While this song may remind you of the 90’s, for runners a weak booty may be contributing to some common running injuries. Your butt muscles, also known as the gluteus maximus, medium, and minimus, keep the pelvis steady, propel us forward, and extend the hips during walking and running. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing in yoga pants, a functionally strong gluteal group decreases the risk of injury when running.
In February, it became official: I was running the TCS NYC Marathon! As a physical therapist working in a running-based clinic I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the training. The miles, time commitment, nutrition; I was ready for it all, right? I quickly found out that it was much more work than I expected.
Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)—can be a completely sidelining injury. It’s a condition most commonly seen in the lower leg among athletes, especially endurance runners. Symptoms typically develop as a tolerable pain, but as the runner continues running the pain worsens until it becomes unbearable and the runner has to stop.
If you've ever had a hip or knee injury as a runner, you most likely have heard of the TFL. But what exactly is it and what role does it play in daily movement? The TFL (tensor fascia latae) is a muscle responsible for flexing, abducting (bringing out to the side), and internally rotating your hip. The TFL originates at the top of your pelvis and narrows into an attachment to your iliotibial band. Tightness in this muscle pulls the ball of your hip too far forward in the socket and makes it difficult for your hip to maintain its neutral position when walking and running.
Congratulations! You ran the marathon! Once you’ve worn your medal to work and the celebrations have died down, it’s time to assess what went well, what didn’t, and how to make it better or the next training cycle.
As you’re recovering from the marathon, don’t neglect to rebuild your immune system. Take this time to get your body back to 100% before you get back out there. A recent study looked at the effects of marathon training on neutrophils and your immune system. Neutrophils areresponsible for attacking the surface of bacteria in the body.
Post Marathon Blues? Completely Normal! Let us help you work through it.
On November 1, 2015, several sweaty, joyful, exhausted runners trickled through our doors after crossing the finish line of the TCS NYC Marathon. Sore and victorious, they told their heroic tales of their mornings that had begun before sunrise on Staten Island and involved self-transformation through the boroughs of New York City, all the way to the finish in Central Park.
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
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.