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Running With Music

By Lisbeth Hoyt, DPT

Do you run with music? We think of running with music as just a personal preference, but what if there were certain conditions in which running with music could improve your running to exhaustion time or to help you forget about the environment you’re running in?

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All or Nothing

By Kathleen Leninger, DPT 

I am amazing at high-level training and at being a couch potato, but I basically fail at everything in between. At the height of my running career I had 2 training cycles that consisted of 6 days of activity, 3 brick workouts (triathlon training), and 2 strength days, and I didn’t miss one day.  I swam in hotel pools and woke up at the crack of dawn on vacation, doing everything possible to get the workouts in. My training plan was my bible. My current training plan looks way different. I am training to run lower miles 3 days a week with 2 days of easy core. I have only hit that once in the last 4 weeks! Perhaps it’s my all or nothing personality, but I’m struggling to stay on track. I don’t think I’m alone here. 


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Timing Your Iron

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS


Iron deficiency is a common problem, is even more common among endurance athletes. Iron is lost through sweat, urine, the GI tract, and menstruation. Athletes need more iron than the average person; the more efficient the athlete, the more sweat is produced, and so more iron is lost. It has been shown that high intensity and endurance exercise can increase iron losses by 70%. Add in a vegan or vegetarian diet and the risk increases even more because the iron in plants is less absorbable.


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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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Extra Cusion = MORE Impact?

As the trend in running shoes moves away from minimalism, many shoe companies have claimed that extra cushioning will reduce impact forces on the body, especially with downhill running. Intuitively, would seem to be true.


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Anatomy of a Runner

By Dr. Lisbeth Hoyt


When most people think about running, the first body part attributed to the movement are our legs. While our legs do the majority of the work, running is actually a full body exercise. Our legs move us forward, our trunk stabilizes our body, and our arms assist our legs with forward propulsion.


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Stressed? Me?

One of the most common issues we see in NYC runners here at Custom Performance is stress. I know, this is NYC and everyone is stressed, but here’s the thing; if you are a runner with a full time job and a “full time” running program, you are probably stressed - both physically and mentally.

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Hormone, Fat and Bone: The Saga Continues

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you know my main goal in life is to educate the world on the importance of hormones and bone health. The rest of the world is finally catching up with me and new research is coming out about the importance of bone marrow fat cells and their relationship with bone and hormones.


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My Alter Ego: The Whoop Band

By Wendy Winn


Performance has been trackable by watches and heart rate monitors for over ten years now. As recovery research expands, professionals now recognize the important role of recovery in aiding performance. So how can you improve your recovery?


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How Fast Is Too Fast?


How fast is too fast?

By Greg Laraia

One of the biggest questions I get during training cycles is: “how fast should I be going on my runs?” Most people are surprised by the answer I give them, because it’s usually, “slower than you are currently.” One of the key pieces of a training plan is consistency, not only with running but with your paces. Make easy days easy and hard days hard.


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Why You Should Strength Train in the Off-Season

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?

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