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What I Took Away from My First Live Race Back

 

Live racing is back!!!  It has been 21 months…that is how long it has been since I have been able to be surrounded by our running community for a live half marathon!

 

I just ran the 2021 Cheshire half marathon and just needed to share my thoughts about racing and where we stand as a running community since the pandemic began.

 

 

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

Watch the video from our Facebook Live by clicking the video below!

 

In this episode, I will share my thoughts about our summer cohort of team of healthy runners, my personal race and where it fits in my running journey, and my thoughts about our running community and the future of racing.

 

 

Here are the previous blogs and podcast episodes I mentioned in this episode:

 

Episode 50- Training Cycles:  

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/training-cycles-running-run-planning-in-2021/

Episode 27- How to Run in the Summer Heat:

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/summer-running/

 

Episode 72- What Pace You Should Run:

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/what-pace-should-i-run/

 

Episode 76- How to Find Your Mental Edge:  

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/find-your-mental-edge-during-a-marathon/

 

Episode 80- Running Gear:

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/running-gear-with-coach-whitney/

 

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s content and that you’re just as excited for live races to be back as I am!

 

 

The Healthy Runner Training Program… final chance to SPARK up your training!

Imagine getting back in shape without having to think or spend time wondering what you need to do for workouts to stay sane and get your running fitness back…

The NEW and improved Team Healthy Runner Half Marathon Training program will do just that and is for the dedicated runner who wants to feel good again this summer!

Get the run plan, exercises, structure and community support from our Healthy Runner coaching team to run 13.1 miles OR 26.2!

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Would you like to run a marathon this fall to SPARK Back to LIVE races?…

 

Do you want to run strong and feel good?

 

Are you getting frustrated with your knee or ankle pain and worried you won’t be able to train?

 

Are you afraid to go to your doctor or PT because you don’t want them to tell you to stop running?

 

If you answered YES to any (or all) of these questions then you are in luck because I have 2 slots available for my high touch SPARK Back coaching program to crush a fall marathon.

 

So whether you are running New York, Boston, Chicago, Hartford or your local marathon, I am here to guide you along the way as your personal running PT and coach!

 

However, you must act quick because my calendar has been filling up and we need to start your 16 week training block in mid June!

 

Let’s get you feeling good and running strong!

 

Schedule your strategy call with me as you running coach and physical therapist to see if you are a good fit for how I help runners crush their running goals and become life long injury free runners!

 

Grab a spot on my calendar here:  https://calendly.com/duanescotticoaching/30-minute-strategy-session

 

 

You can listen to all the information in this episode 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, PhD, DPT

Physical Therapist For Runners

Board Certified, OCS

(203) 376-6514

 

Struggling with Stubborn Running Injuries That Are Forcing You To Stop Running?  If so let’s chat to see if you are a good fit for our SPARK Back high touch point coaching program!

Book a Free 30 Minute Strategy Call with Me

 

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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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