Meditating with Tom Hanks

The ability to sit in silence does not come naturally to me. I feel a consistent pull to be distracted by work, social media, a podcast, or another shiny device. Normally I can justify this as helping my professional career, even if that’s stretching the truth. Unfortunately, this approach often leads me to a poor understanding of my current situation …

Are you eating enough?

That sounds like a question your Grandma might ask you at Thanksgiving dinner. As silly as the question seems, it’s something many runners should take serious thought in answering. The culture of running often preaches lowering your body weight and “training light”. The act of running can also be an appetite suppressant meaning it takes extra work to meet your …

Achilles Tendinitis: How Do I Get Back to Running?!

The sun slowly cracks through your window as you slowly wake from a restful night’s sleep. You throw your feet over the side of the bed ready to attack your day. Then “BAM!” an invisible foe sticks an imaginary knife in the back of your heel, rendering you motionless and ready to crawl back under the covers.

Treating Runners Like Numbers

It usually starts with a single conversation: a few words, a simple comment, or chatter at a meet. A seemingly meaningless interaction that sets the stage for lifelong troubles. I was finishing up a session with one of my long-term clients when the conversation quickly switched from superficial topics to her experiences growing up. She spoke on struggles with an …

When should I race after a stress fracture?

A runner begrudgingly crutches into their physician’s office with a stress fracture diagnosis and beautiful black boot. The million-dollar question of “When can I run again?” is proposed, and unemotional calculation occurs. The runner quickly circles the specific date on their calendar and heads to the gym to tread water and spin on a bike. Time slowly passes like a kid waiting for Christmas. As the sun rises on the morning of the circled date, the runner happily exits their front door and starts their return to run progression.

Adductor muscle origins and insertions

Mastering the Runner’s Adductors

In this final post of my Mastering the Runners Hip Series we are investigating the runner’s groin, specifically the hip ADDuctors. If you missed the first three posts, check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Hip ADDuction is the movement of our leg closer to our midline (IMAGE ABOVE). The muscles of our groin or medial thigh have two options …

Mastering the Runner’s Glute Medius

Runners talk about their butt more than any other muscle in the body. Normally, these are frustrated runners airing grievances against a poorly performing posterior. Today, we are covering the the lateral hip, specifically the glutes. We talked about the glute max in part II and will be focusing on the other glutes muscles that make up our glute trio. …