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Why I Quit My Job: Embracing Change and Pursuing My Passion

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us”   After 19 years working for the University in either a part time faculty role or as Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, I did it!  I pushed out of my comfort… View Article...

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5K Training and Race Strategy to Run Your Best

  Have you been focusing on the marathon or half marathon distance with training and you want to test your fitness at a 5K but don’t know the best strategy?   Have you tried to run fast for a 5K but you always seem to get injured?  If any of these describes you then this… View Article...

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Trail Running Tips for the Road Runner

Looking to switch up your running routine and hit the trails? If you’re looking to start trail running but don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place! Trail Running is a fantastic way to get those mental clearing miles surrounded by the beauty of nature!     If you’re looking to kickstart your… View Article...

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Understanding Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy with Running

  Do you get pain in your butt right under your glute that gets worse when you sit during work especially after a run?   Do you just dread hills, that achiness feeling after a long run, long car ride or sitting on hard surfaces?   Like so many of you, I thought that I… View Article...

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6 Disney Running Prep Tips

How do you prepare for a Disney run?  How do you survive the Dopey Challenge?   In this runDisney ultimate training guide, Dr. Duane Scotti shares with you his 6 key steps to conquering your Disney running dreams!  As the great Walt Disney once said…if you can DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT! Overcome fear… View Article...

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Insider Tips for Race Travel

How do you travel for a race? There is no need to stress about a destination marathon or half marathon.  Overcome fear with this 4-step race travel guide!   Coach Whitney LaCombe from our Spark Healthy Runner team shares 4 key tips on traveling stress free for your next race.   In this episode, we’ll… View Article...

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Race Questions Answered for Running your Best

Are you getting ready to run your race?  Whether it is a 5k, half marathon or a marathon here are your race day questions answered!     In this episode, coach Lufeng Zou  from our Spark Healthy Runner coaching team will reveal expert tips to help you toe the line ready to crush your race!   … View Article...

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How Do I Fuel My Body for a Half Marathon

  Have you been struggling with fueling your body properly for a half marathon?     Legs feel heavy, sluggish, or you hit the wall or bonked during your last half marathon?   Wondering what nutrition is needed for half marathon training?    In this episode, coach Brooke Czarnecki, RDN from our Spark Healthy Runner team… View Article...

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Fear of Running Injuries? Learn How to Prevent and Strengthen

  Fear of Running Injuries? Learn How to Prevent and Strengthen!   January and February are crucial months for building strength and preventing injuries as you start your running journey for the year.     If you have ever been told that you have “weak glutes” or “glute amnesia”, suffered from achilles tendinopathy, or a bone… View Article...

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Why Do I Have Shin Pain with Running

Do your shins hurt whenever you start to run consistently or whenever you start a marathon training cycle?…   Are you a runner who’s been frustrated in the past that whenever you try to run faster or increase your distance you get injured, frustrated, and you’re not able to run?   You may have started… View Article...

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“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.

I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.

Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.

Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.

If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”

Dipti Pandya

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!  I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach.  I am soooo glad I made the investment in me!  I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier!  The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching.  I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong.  I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot!  The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally.  I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age.  Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!

Gina J.

My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.

I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.

I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!

Katja L.

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