Stop Negative Self-Talk During a Race!

Most of us know the part of getting through a race that is physical, but there is also a strong mental component that can just as easily break you down. When it comes to training for – and then crossing the finish line at a marathon (or your first 5 or 10K) – you need your brain as much as you need your legs. You face a lot of fatigue, mentally and physically, and it gets very challenging. You want to remember that we control our mind, it does not control us. The next time you have one of those Continue reading

5 Things Physical Therapists Want Runners to Start Doing Now

What if you could avoid aches and pains no matter how many miles you log? Start incorporating these tips into your routine and you just might. The Odds of Getting Injured Did you know that as a runner you have up to a 56 percent chance of getting injured? Yep, that’s right. More than half of all runners could be nursing an injury this year, according to a study published in the journal Sports Medicine. (And if you’ve been there, you know how emotionally painful recovery can be.) No one likes being sidelined because of an injury, so we asked Continue reading

Runner’s Knee? No Problem!

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) also known as “Runner’s Knee” is probably one of the most annoying injuries any runner can face. We’re going to dive into how to adapt your running gait to help prevent and treat Runner’s Knee. I am really not a fan of changing someone gait dramatically, but I am a fan of giving cues to make a runner more efficient and more functional. Running is a very individual thing and everyone is different. Not everyone will run the same because everyone is built differently. So how can there be only one way to run? Well, there Continue reading

What Kind of Running Shoes Should I Get?

“What kind of shoes should I get for running?” I get this question all of the time from clients. The answer is simple: It all depends on what works for you. Everyone has a different brand of shoe that is ideal. Do you over-pronate? Do you have a high arch? These all require a specific shoe type. Visit your local running specialty store and ask for a Running Gait Analysis where they will take a video of you running on a treadmill. Based on your form, they will fit you in the proper shoe. Once you purchase running shoes, do Continue reading

Is Stevia Safe?

Pick up any health magazine, and you’ll likely see an article about sugar in one form or another. From glucose and evaporated cane juice to pure maple syrup and honey, good ol’ added sugar goes by lots of fancy names these days! One of the newer players in the sugar game is stevia, a zero-calorie “natural” sweetener. There’s no debating that stevia has stolen the spotlight from its artificial cousins, Splenda (sucralose) and Sweet’N Low (saccharin). It may taste like sugar, but is it more natural? Better yet, is it healthier? The answer may surprise you. What is stevia? Stevia Continue reading