Have you been struggling to get the motivation to run consistently? Spark off your summer and get back your running fitness with this special race series! In the wake of COVID-19, SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole are collaborating to coordinate a virtual race series to keep you motivated and running this summer even if in person races are cancelled!
Registration ends June 21st
Registration ends July 12th
Registration ends July 26th
Payments accepted through Venmo, PayPal, and credit card
1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Text “SPARK Your Sole” to (203) 376-6514
You pick your course of that distance and you will have that 4 day window to pick a day to complete the race distance (Thursday to Sunday).
You can run, run/walk, or walk these distances to help keep you healthy and fit this summer!
1. The motivation to continue moving forward in your health during this global pandemic
2. Success of completing a 5k, 10k, or 13.1 after these trying times
3. Running motivational magnets, stickers, and temporary tattoos donated by Lift Your Sole
4. Exercise mini bands donated by SPARK Physical Therapy so you can strengthen those all important hip muscles!
5. Award Winner Prize Package for the top male and female in each race that will include:
6. Last but certainty not least…Raise some needed funds for 3 worthy organizations and causes that could use our help during this pandemic and economic crisis. 100% of the proceeds for the virtual races above the cost for materials to put together the medals will be donated to 3 organizations:
5k Race Proceeds: Multisports Academy (MSA)– was founded with a focus on promoting personal fitness and individual empowerment within southern Connecticut. MSA specializes in Small Group Training, Personal Training & Triathlon Coaching. This hub is the fabric in our local running and triathalon community in the surrounding New Haven region.
10k Race Proceeds: Woodbridge Running Company would like to help our local New Haven community by supporting the Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center which helps teenage parents remain in school and achieve academically. This program helps support the emotional, cognitive, social and physical development of teenage parents and their children in the New Haven community. Watch THIS VIDEO to see what this amazing program has accomplished.
Half Marathon Proceeds: National Center for missing and exploited children
5k: Registration closes June 21st
10k: Registration closes July 12th
Half Marathon: Registration closes July 26th
$18 for each race ($50 if you sign up for all 3 at the same time)
Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Lisa describing the race series within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
Do you want to know more about our SPARK Physical Therapy running injury clinic or our healthy runner evaluation to get you on a specific plan to PREVENT any running related injuries as you run to stay healthy during COVID-19?
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CLICK HERE to read and listen to Julia’s tips on getting your nutrition back on track during COVID!
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CLICK HERE to read and listen to get motivated and learn from Catrina that ANYONE can run!
Are you new to running during the coronavirus crisis or have you been running for years but are not sure if you are in the right shoe, how to properly care for you shoes, or even when you should replace them? I was lucky enough to bring on Matt Santillo, running shoe expert from Woodbridge Running Company to the show to answer the most common questions asked by many beginner and advanced runners.
CLICK HERE to read and listen to all of Matt’s running shoe tips!
Did you struggle to stay fit in April? Get your SPARK back as you rise up from this downturn! Dropped some serious fire on this Monday Night SPARK Live! This video outlines the 3 benefits of having structured workouts.
Want the 3 reasons why you need structured workouts to hit your health goals? CLICK HERE
Are you a runner who has had your spring race cancelled or delayed and you are struggling to get your running mojo back? In this episode we talked about how to run and train safely during this COVID-19 crisis with our Special Guest, Steve Carmichael who is founder of Runbuzz Pacebuilders online run coaching and running community as well as the host of the Runbuzz podcast.
To hear all of Steve’s knowledge and tips to get your mojo back CLICK HERE
Have you been worried about your health or the health of your loved one’s during this whole COVID crisis we are going through? In this episode we are talking about how we cope with this new world we live in during COVID with our Special Guest, Irene Bosco who is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist at Nutmeg Counseling Services in North Haven, Connecticut.
Click THIS LINK to hear Irene’s 3 tips that we can all implement during social isolation to help keep our families healthy.
Are you a parent who is feeling like you are juggling 3 jobs right now? Employee, mom, and teacher 24/7? Are you struggling to keep your children active right now?… Are you wondering what the best practices are to motivate your children to stay active during this coronavirus isolation? I know this is going on in my house and I had the pleasure of interviewing my cousin who is an expert in this area!
In this episode, we are talking about how we can help and keep our children active during this crisis with our special guest, Brett Yarris who is founder and instructor at BioKinetiX a movement company in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Click THIS LINK to hear Brett’s 3 Tips to help get your children more active!
What 3 tips did I learn during the beginning time period of home social distancing from my world as I knew it? How did I stay active and fit and maintain my sanity?… “I feel so out of control and with all the chaos going on in my house … how do I stay fit without going to the gym?!” Have you thought this to yourself?
I know I have! Personally I’ve had this issue in this beginning of this coronavirus crisis trying to balance life, family, work, and staying active. We all had big goals for 2020 and spring races, now that the plan has changed we can’t let ourselves dip into a place we don’t want to go! In this blog article, I got you covered on how you can stay active and fit with these 3 tips I learned during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click THIS LINK to learn about my 3 Tips to boost your confidence with your home workouts during this difficult time.
Are you in need of some mental relief (like me) and are looking to get in some exercise during this time of social distancing?
Are you a runner who wants to stay healthy now more than ever for the benefits of your immune system while we try and prevent the spread of this virus ?
Click THIS LINK to learn how to “just keep running” during social distancing.
I hope these resources help you stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running through COVID-19! Be safe and well my friends!
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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!
Wanting to run more consistently, and to increase my long run distance and total weekly mileage, I was concerned about hip pain due to hip alignment issues. This is an issue I had when I trained for my first half marathon several years ago. Having listened to the Healthy Runner podcast for the past couple years, I knew Duane Scotti could help. I signed up for the four-month strength and running training program and am extremely happy with the results.
The program Duane and Coach Whitney developed for me was exactly what I needed. It was tailored to my needs and to my target race. Coach Whitney was very helpful, and with the biweekly coaching calls, we were able to fine tune the program based off my performance and feedback.
At the end of the program, I completed a 10K trail race feeling strong and pain free.
I highly recommend Duane Scotti and the Healthy Runner training programs.