I was introduced to OnTrack coaching and physical therapy after having two years of chronic hip pain and life-long foot problems that at least six podiatrists were unable to resolve. I doubted myself, my running capabilities, and whether I would ever enjoy a pain-free life more and more with each failed attempt to resolve the pain.
I can’t say enough good things about my experience with OnTrack coaching. I began working with them in my mid 30s after running a very painful first marathon. Since that time, I have completed a second marathon with much better results, as well as multiple shorter races with a specific focus on half marathons.
I’ve been with OnTrack since 2011. The teamwork with my coach, Kelly, has been amazing! Together, we have surpassed PRs in 5k, 10k and 13.1 that I set 20 years ago. She has brought me from 23rd at Duathlon Age Group World Championships to 4th. At OnTrack, the coaches and athletes are a team that work together, constantly communicate, and show that there are no limits!
In April 2014, I decided that I wanted to run in the October 12, 2014 Chicago Marathon. I had not run with any consistency for over six years when I first met with Kim. She first assessed my level of fitness, then developed an individualized running plan that would take me to the starting line at Chicago and across finish 22 weeks later. It is not an understatement to state that I would not have been able to complete the Chicago Marathon without Kim.
As we get closer to the Vermont City Marathon and the miles are piling up from week to week, the aches and pains are piling up as well. Hopefully, most of you are experiencing the usual feelings of stiffness and soreness that you would expect after your long runs or after a speed workout
The topic of barefoot running has become increasingly popular in the past year. Christopher McDougal’s book Born to Run seems to have a lot to do with it. This book unearths an entire culture of barefoot runners (an indigenous population in Mexico that still exists) and includes pages of anecdotal evidence in favor of barefoot running as well as a little bit of science to back it up.
Sitting and running in the same topic—how can a connection be made between the two?
Unfortunately, a connection exists, and it’s not a positive one. In fact, sitting is now viewed as a larger problem than once thought, not just for running but for a person’s general health. Many of the metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity have been linked to prolonged sitting. Even if you workout an hour every day, it’s not enough to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting.