Physical Therapist

Backcountry Bliss and Laney&Lu!!!

Earlier this summer, Lindsay and I worked together with our great friend and role model Jenn Desrosiers, to put together a wonderful morning for trail runners.  Jenn has created two visionary projects: Laney&Lu Cafe and a wellness and lifestyle website, Wild Adventurous Life.  

The topic of the day was Injury Prevention for trail runners.  Lindsay and I used our experience and knowledge at DPTs combined with Lindsay's yoga practice to put together a short lecture on biomechanics, anatomy and how running affects the body.  We created a handout for the participants to take home.  

The group riveted by our lecture!

The group riveted by our lecture!

The lecture was followed by a lab on a grassy field next door to go over exercises that we believe are critical to strengthening and mobilize the body correctly to withstand injury.   We took the time to instruct the group on posture and body awareness.  If you are performing a lunge - what muscles do you feel firing?  Where is your knee in relation to your hip/feet?  These are critical questions - because if you are just doing a lunge with no focus; what is the point?

Lindsay working with a participant who is performing a bridge.

Lindsay working with a participant who is performing a bridge.

This was followed by a quick 30 minute trail run in a trail system nearby. This was led by the Exeter Run Club.  The group spanned out according to their running pace with many fun conversations about running while getting to know new people!! This was followed by smoothies provided by Laney&Lu - curated specifically for muscle recovery and packed with restorative ingredients.  

We had a wonderful day.  This was the first of hopefully many collaborations with Laney&Lu for the wonderful space, invigorating smoothies and the opportunity to meet new people.  I am energized by seeing people connect the dots with injuries and how to prevent them.  Running is such a passion and necessary outlet from our busy lives so being able to teach people to pursue this sport safely and smarter is what I LOVE!   

What a great looking crew enjoying our smoothies!!!!!

What a great looking crew enjoying our smoothies!!!!!

Not Being a Hypocrite

First blog post.  The immediate topic that comes to mind is my summer project.  I have signed up for my first ultra race in Sept - The Vermont 50 (k).  I have been wanting to take on the challenge of an ultra because I think the mental toughness, hills and trails will come together and work well for me.  I know I cannot keep up with the tiny, road runners so this could be my jam.  That being said, I have worried about the multiple weeks of increased mileage that would be required to train properly.  


As a PT, I lecture and remind (too often) my active patients that the key to staying healthy with sports that involve repetitive motion and impact through the joints (running, hiking, skiing, etc.). The sometimes tedious exercises that target the important small stabilizing muscles and mobility work - stretching/yoga - are what will keep you out on the trail longer.

Now the hypocrite point - I am the first person to skip out on core and stretching.  I do not know why but I would rather run 2 hours than do 20 minutes of core.  And I know I'm not the only one.  Therefore I found a really comprehensive training plan written Krissy Moehl - Running Your First Ultra.  She is a legend in ultra running and I had the opportunity to meet her last summer as she helped pace Scott Jurek who set the FKT for the Appalachian Trial.   There is core/strengthening 2+ times per week, yoga suggest 1 time per week and a doable and varied run workout plan. I work 40 hours a week and so far (6 weeks in) I have not had trouble fitting the runs into my day.  

This morning I ran around and around our local track doing 6 x 5 min. efforts at my 10K pace (maybe a little faster) and I actually enjoyed it; a few months ago I would have laughed at this joy.  No aches and pains! 

This project is a test.  A test to see how well I am prepared come the end of September and I want to personally find out if the 'tedious' core, stretching and appropriate resting really keeps me pain free.  I will be checking in on the blog with updates.  And it will keep me more honest.  I am being 75% - 85% adherent to the core and stretching and it is paying off so far.