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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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Book Review: Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


If running research and narrative journalism had a baby, it would be this book. In Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery,  Christie Aschwanden challenges the running community’s most popular beliefs one topic at a time. Aschwanden debates a variety of topics, including overtraining syndrome, beer to increase running performance, fuel options, doping, meditation, dietary supplements, medications, cryotherapy, and sleep as a recovery method…

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Drink Water

At the beginning of January I woke up and headed to Custom Performance for my usual Saturday morning run with Streets 101. My hear rate was a little elevated but I was rushing a little bit so didn't think much of it. As soon as we set out to run I knew something was wrong. My heart was pounding and within a few blocks, my watch read 180 beats/minute. Not fully trusting my watch, I stood on the side of the west side highway and checked it myself. 175 beats/minute; way too high for the length of time I had run at that point. I turned around to head back to Custom, but running was becoming difficult and my legs felt like they didn't want to move.

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Enough's Enough!

By Greg Laraia, ATC

Let’s be honest, nobody trains like NYC runners. We push the hardest, we work the longest, and we do the most. But what we’re not the best at is recovery. Burnout is real! So how do we push ourselves without overdoing it?


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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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