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Posts tagged running in winter
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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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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No Wasted Time

Two weeks ago, I came in from my run wishing I had more time to stretch (there is never enough time).  My mind started racing of everything I needed to do before I left for work. I arrived at home, pressed the elevator button, and waited.


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#Wellness vs. Science

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


Oh, Wellness, what a concept you’ve become!


For many years, I viewed wellness as the opposite of sickness. If you’re not sick, you are well.

Now, #wellness is symbolized by collagen peptides people put in their coffee on Instagram. Where did we go astray?


There are SO MANY products in the health and wellness market that it is often difficult for consumers to understand what is actually good for them! Even our trusty friend “science” gets roped into the mix. More than ever, businesses and Instagram “influencers” are using and abusing the idea of science to sell their products.


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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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Race Recovery

Recommendations for rest and recovery after a marathon vary widely across professionals and depend greatly on the individual marathoner. Then you can break it down even further; when is the cardiovascular system recovered? Muscles? Hormones? The list goes on and on!


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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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Why You Should Strengthen In The Off-Season

Why You Should Strengthen In The Off-Season

by Dr. Lisbeth Hoyt

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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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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