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How to Grow as a Runner

Trying to grow as a runner is overwhelming. If you don’t have a plan… Your running gets slower or (worse) leads to injury…You waste time chasing fads, You guess instead of following a process…

 

And that leads to frustration and feeling constantly overwhelmed with the amount of information out there.  We don’t want that for you. 

 

I have a BRAND NEW 6-step plan on how to grow as a runner to optimize your running for longevity and this will save about 90% of the injuries that occur with running.  

 

When you master the six key parts of your running journey, you’ll not only feel more confident in getting stronger and faster – you’ll stay healthy and enjoy the process of running again!

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

 

 

Stay Tuned for an AWESOME Video Version of This Training!

 

Your Running should be reliable and durable like a well-built house 

 

There are six parts of your running journey that need to be optimized so you can run strong and last long!

 

 

  1. Mindset- Design, Plans & Permitting

 

Grow in your running journey by aligning 3 mental priorities. What are your Goals? What is your Why? What part of Life stressors are affecting your running? (greatest contributor to injuries as well as a perfectionist personality. Having Clear (and realistic) expectations!

 

  1. Strength Training– Foundation

 

Develop a strong running body so you can enjoy lifelong injury free running

 

  1. Run Plan– Framing

 

Run fast and far by properly progressing your run plan around 4 types of runs as the building blocks.

 

         – Easy Run

         – Long Run

         – Tempo Run (Threshold Pace)

         – Interval Run

           

 

  1. Nutrition– Electrical & plumbing (etc. HVAC, Internet wiring, security)

 

Implement a simple, easy strategy that ensures you never run out of energy or bonk.

 

  1. Recovery– Insulation, drywall & flooring

 

Feel fresh, reduce fatigue, and stay healthy by prioritizing proper recovery.

 

(physical (muscles, tendons, feet, heart, lungs) and mental… how? sleep, self-care tips, foam rolling, stretching, restorative yoga, massages, toe splays, Naboso recovery socks, elevation, compression socks, Epsom salt baths, NO RUNNING with Rest and Recovery days in your plan

 

  1. Race Strategy– Landscaping & Exterior

 

Crush your race by using a simple checklist and executing a race day game plan as the final polish (for final curb appeal)

 

OR 

 

The perfect race day game plan, including a simple checklist can mean increased curb appeal.

 

(#6 is not required for all runners just like you can have a sturdy, well-built home even if you never landscaped the outside and you can still enjoy all the benefits of shelter and enjoying your time within your home just like many enjoy the physical and mental benefits of running without racing!)

(1-5 are necessary to grow as a runner and be durable like a well-built home)

 

When you execute the six key parts of your running journey, you’ll not only feel more confident in getting stronger and faster – you’ll stay healthy and enjoy the process of running again!

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Nutrition Blueprint: Run Your Best!

https://learn.sparkhealthyrunner.com/nutrition

 

Implement the 6-steps to growing as a runner with our Signature Coaching Program: https://learn.sparkhealthyrunner.com/coaching

 

 

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Connect with Dr. Duane:

Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.

 

Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.

 

As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.

 

He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury.  Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running.  Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury.  He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better.  Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!

 

Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.

 

As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!

 

A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players.  They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.

 

 

  • duane@sparkyourtraining.com

 

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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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