Stay In Your Lane

With the marathon fast approaching, we like to communicate to our runners who have been training throughout the winter, a few tips to help them complete the marathon and receive their metal in front of our office at 26.3.

Contain Yourself!
When the race begins and the you make your way through the corals, it’s very easy to start out fast and run with the pack. Even though you may be surround by 1000’s of others who are just as awesome as you are, running is a solo sport. Embrace your training. The sooner you find your personal cadence, the better off you will be. Don’t let your adrenaline and the abundance of energy around you push you out of the gate too fast. Failure to contain the urge to surge may result in failed nutrition and potential cramping as the race unfolds.

If you Fail to Prepare, You are Preparing to Fail!
Although many think that running a marathon is sign of great physical prowess, they would be mistaken. As you have learned over these past months, running long distances is a greater mental and nutritional challenge. Failure to have a strong mindset and nutrition plan will be any distance runners demise. Make sure you are following your mental endurance plan as well as fueling your body appropriately along the way. Avoid any ‘handouts’ on the road. Now is not the time to experiment with anything.

Be an Onion!
One of, if not the hardest part of training for Boston is knowing what running clothes work best for you. The winters here can be unforgiving as well as unseasonal at times. Not knowing what marathon day weather will be with any great certainty can be stressful when determining your wardrobe for race day. Head over to a thrift store and grab some layers. As the sunrises in the east and the start approaches, you can peel back layers and toss them aside without care. Amazing volunteers come around with bags and pick up clothing that go right back to those same wonderful thrift stores.

You made it! The long run is behind you now. You’re through all your training. Now it’s time to embrace this journey and head for Copley. Stay in YOUR lane and we will be cheering loudly at 26.3 as they drape that illustrious medallion around your neck. We hope these tips help you navigate this magical Monday. We leave you with this Irish proverb and send lots of well wishes for a safe marathon.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand

Please Hold the R.I.C.E.

Please Hold the R.I.C.E. I have been in the rehabilitation field since 1992. Since the very beginning I was always told that when treating an acute injury you should follow the age old acronym of R.I.C.E. or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The concept was originally introduced by one of the most respected names in…

Read More

Have a Brettzel!

Have a Brettzel! In the world of flexibility and stretching, there are a bevy of stretches that have likely been shown to you over the years. It’s hard to remember them if you don’t consistently do them and the ones you likely DO recall are the ones that are probably easiest for YOU to perform.…

Read More

Take 5: A Stress Break

Take 5: A Stress Break I will be the first in line to inform you of the benefits of a 60 minute massage treatment. However, what if your massage is not scheduled for another week or worse, not even scheduled? Well, as a firm believer and trumpeter of self-care, here is a pretty neat trick…

Read More

Is it a Muscle Cramp or Muscle Strain?

Is it a Muscle Cramp or Muscle Strain? Last week when my daughter walked in from cheerleading practice, I noticed her limping. When I asked her why she was limping, she went on to explain what I often hear and have seen from my athletes.  Having been fortunate to evade serious injuries until this point…

Read More

Work From Home Hacks!

With so many of you experiencing a new work environment, you are probably starting to notice that many of the chronic aches and pains you had experienced in the past at work on a daily basis, have seemingly disappeared. In their place however, are a new set of sensations we are experiencing due to such…

Read More

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Have a ‘sheety’ Valentine’s Day! Today is Valentine’s Day, otherwise known to most as a #greetingcardholiday.  As I walked out of CVS this morning, I laughed at the people who were fighting for position in the greeting card aisle.  Valentine’s Day is about showing love for someone in your life, not elbowing strangers while cursing…

Read More

Happiness is Contagious

Happiness is Contagious Maybe mom was right. Research suggests that surrounding yourself with friends and family who are happy can actually increase your own happiness. Scientists at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, found that emotions, particularly happiness, have a viral effect in how they spread from one person to another. For…

Read More

De-stressing the Commute

De-stressing the Commute Turning Road Rage into Road Sage The average American commuter spends an hour a day driving to and from work. During this stressful, stop-and-go time, it’s likely that blood pressure increases, adrenaline begins pumping, and muscles constrict and tighten. By the time you get home, you’re wiped out and grumpy, and you…

Read More

What’s the Scoop on your Poop?

What’s the Scoop on your Poop? Being the father of two girls, I know I have my work cut out for me. I have come to accept that there are lessons that I can teach my children and there are others lessons they will simply have to learn through personal experience. One of the lessons…

Read More

Halloween Hacked!

Halloween Hacked Check out these simple hacks! Who among us doesn’t love Halloween. If I am being honest, it used to be me!  You see, I typically found myself in trouble around this time of year when I was in grammar school.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t always motivated to do what was asked…

Read More