Have you ever felt pain in your foot and wondered if you have a stress fracture? Do you want to know how to tell if you have a stress fracture? In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon, runner, and triathlete, Dr. Elizabeth Bondi, DPM from Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Bondi provided a ton of value educating us on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prevention and how we can get back to running after a stress fracture.
This episode is filled with so many important facts and information. Dr. Bondi is brilliant with her knowledge and shares fantastic content for the running community.
Dr. Bondi shares the answers to many questions including –
Click the video below to watch the LIVE video within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
Within this episode, we discuss many different methods to prevent stress fractures. One of the most important topics is making sure that as a healthy runner, we are focusing on strengthening our muscles and not running to train, but training to run! A big risk factor for stress fractures involves weak musculature and not having strength training in your program.
In the following section of our blog, we’ve linked the videos to exercises and stretches that can be beneficial to you as a runner! Dr. Bondi talked about the importance of incorporating these into your program for preventing stress fractures. Please take a moment to check them out and add them into your training program!
Connect with Dr. Bondi at Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists.
Are you thinking about running a virtual half marathon this year? Maybe you are thinking about tackling your first half marathon or you could be an experienced half marathon veteran looking to get your running fitness back during COVID.
Guys, I created a program for you and I took everything I learned over the last 17 years as a physical therapist and running coach and packaged it together to create an 8-week virtual and in-person training program to help you conquer your fall virtual half marathon!
With this program, I will provide you with new concepts and techniques each week that will help build you up in reaching your half marathon goal. As each week passes, you will find your strength and endurance improving, preparing you for everything your 2020 virtual race has in store, without injuries along the way. On race day, you will find a new level of confidence in your running ability being faster and stronger than ever before.
The result: Accomplishing 13.1 miles during a global pandemic when all in person races have been cancelled!
Click the link below to learn more!
Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
The SPARK Healthy Runner Program includes:
– 100% customized training plan developed and monitored by myself as a running PT and Coach.
– 100% customized strength plan developed and monitored by myself
– Modifications to your plan as needed.
– LIVE on-boarding coaching call by phone or video chat with myself
– Weekly workout analysis and accountability through your coach.
Click THIS LINK for a FREE 20 minute phone consultation and let’s chat to see if this program is a good fit for you!
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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!”
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!
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!