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#WeJustFeltLikeRunning | Physical Activity Is A Human Right

Hello Healthy Runners! This week is filled with some incredible content for you. We have a double dose jam packed inspiring episode here with not 1, but 2 guests to talk to you about a very important topic! 

 

I was fortunate enough to hear Nicole Ver Kuilen’s amazing journey and story first hand and how she started a non-profit advocacy organization, Forrest Stump, with the mission of promoting equitable access to physical activity for individuals with disabilities. 

 

 

In this episode I sit down with Nicole and triathlon coach Doug Levens from Gaylord Sports Performance Associations’s paratriathlon team and Nutmeg Youth Triathlon Team.

 

 

Click the video below to watch the LIVE video within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group

 

 

 

You will hear some pretty inspiring stories from athletes with amputations, visual impairments, spinal cord injuries, and neuromuscular disorders. Despite what you may believe, this is not what “disables” them. They are disabled by the outdated, discriminatory healthcare policies that deny us access to an active, healthy life. Nicole discusses the phrase “running for those who can’t” and explains how this may not mean what people think it does! 

 

 

 

Forrest Stump recently launched a national campaign called #WeJustFeltLikeRunning and petition to Congress for the rights of Americans with disabilities to exercise. 

Find out more and take action here: www.ForrestStump.org/Take-Action

 

Connect with Nicole Ver Kuilen at Forrest Stump:

 

 

Connect with Coach Doug Levens:

 

 

Help us fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities to exercise!Join Forrest Stump’s national advocacy campaign for disability rights called #WeJustFeltLikeRunning. Sign our petition and register for our race to deliver it to Congress on October 3rd.

 

 

I hope that you enjoy this week’s content and take some time to look into this amazing cause!

 

You can also listen to these outstanding individuals on the Healthy Runner Podcast…available wherever you get your podcasts!

 

 

 

Here is what other runners are saying about the podcast

 

 

Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!

Warmest regards,

 

– Duane

 

Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

 

 

Have you been running but you are not getting the results you are looking for?  Are you looking for a plan beyond google that will provide structure, is individualized to your busy schedule, and will keep you injury free?

 

I am excited to announce that I will be expanding my personalized coaching services to guide you in taking your running to the next level!

 

The SPARK Healthy Runner Program includes:

 

– 100% customized training plan developed and monitored by myself as your running coach and physical therapist!

– 100% customized strength plan developed and monitored.

– Modifications to your plan as needed.

– LIVE on-boarding coaching call by phone or video chat.

– Weekly workout analysis and accountability.

 

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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We Help Active Adults Be Able To Run Without Aches and Pains So You Can Feel Good About Yourself Again…
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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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