As runners and care-takers of runners, we've seen quite a bit. Stories, notes, and opinions: The Soapbox
THE RISK BENEFIT RATIO
Memorial day weekend just passed, summer is coming in full force, and thoughts of fall marathons are creeping into our minds. Training plans are being written, and the question is: what is the BEST way to achieve my goal without getting hurt?
THE GLORY OF RUN/WALK
Run-Walk: Don’t Knock it till you try it
When I was making my marathon program, I knew things wouldn’t be perfect, but I was really going to stick to the plan. First the most part I was doing just that, until I got pneumonia. Pneumonia is not something you can battle through, it totally stinks. As soon as I got sick, I knew my goals and training would have to change. If I was going to let my lungs heal but still train, I would have to try the dreaded run walk.
“I wish the women would hurry up and take over.” -Leonard Cohen
I used to hate the idea of “masculine” and “feminine.” I thought, “Whatever! Everyone is the same to me!” I truly believed everyone was equal.
Then I became a female entrepreneur. I voted for a woman for president. And now the flaws in my “modern” thinking are being challenged by society almost daily.
HOW NOT TO “PR”
All runners have a “personal record” or a “personal best.” By default and definition we have a PR for every distance we have ever run. The quickest we’ve ever crossed the finish line! Our personal victory! Our glory days!
The internet is flooded with advice on “How to PR in the 5k” and similar. To me, that answer is fairly simple: increase core and glue strength first, lift heavier, integrate posterior chain quickness and explosiveness next, and train with graduated speedwork. Voila!
WHO ARE YOU RUNNING FOR?
"Okay, so this week my training plan is 4 days totaling 30 miles. Perfect. I can go to Mile High with Jen on Wednesday and Friday; we really motive each other. I told Liz I would run with her long Monday for her 5 miler; it’s to raise money for her trip to El Salvador so I have to do it. Everyone from the team is going to be at track on Tuesday, I’ll go but lighten up the workout (unless Caroline is there, then I have to beat her). Mike is doing his long run Sunday but the new running group is doing 8 on Saturday and they are giving out free buffs, I can totally do both. It’s gonna be awesome, I just hope my Achilles holds up!"
“What is your goal?”
We stand by this question as the cornerstone of our treatment and training planning here at Custom Performance. Sometimes it is a short-term goal, like “run the Brooklyn Half.” Sometimes it is a long term goal, like “run a marathon someday.” My goal? "To enjoy running forever."
Greg's Corner: Product Reviews
Greg Laraia, ATC // Greg@nycustompt.com // @greglaraia
KT Tape: Does it really work? I am often asked “does kinesio tape really work?” My answer always a resounding “yes!” For myself and the runners I train, it is a great pain/risk management tool. Feeling a little tight today? Put some tape on it. Feeling a little tenderness in your calf? Slap a layer of tape on. What’s the worst that can happen, it doesn’t work? So what is kinesio tape? Otherwise known as stretch tape or one of the hundred branded names on the market, kinesio tape is a super adhesive, stretchy tape that you can use pretty much anywhere on your body. KT tape does great things for injuries like common tendonitis, muscle contusions, and tight or inflamed muscles. The purpose is to ideally create more space under your skin, allowing more blood flow/circulation to the superficial tissue. There is also a psychological component to using tape. If applied correctly, you can literally feel the tape pulling on the skin so even if it isn’t doing much you can still feel it “working.” Rock Tape is my preferred brand. It feels stronger and more durable than some of the other brands. If you have any questions about kinesio tape, feel free to shoot me a message any time!