This is going to be a very different blog post than I have ever done before…for those that don’t know on January 26, 2021 my mom lost her 2 week battle with COVID. I am going to be talking about a comeback story and share with you my story on how my mom is the reason I am here doing this with you today and able to follow my passion and serve our running community. This is the episode dedicated to my mom and is really going to be Part two of my story as a healthy runner. I also like to consider this my “let me reintroduce myself….” episode.
This blog and healthy runner podcast episode will be special for 2 reasons:
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I thank you in advance for allowing me to share my mom with you and allowing me to be a part of this amazing supportive healthy runner community! I look forward to continuing to serve our running community and live my passion through the values she instilled in me.
This is an exciting time because without even knowing this when I planned to do this episode, ironically as I record this episode it will be going live on all podcast platforms this Thursday (when we have all our new episodes drop) and the date of this Thursday is 2/25/21 exactly 1 year after the Healthy Runner podcast officially went live with our first episode which was titled “Intro to becoming a healthy runner: My Story”. So this is our 1 year anniversary episode and I am proud of this accomplishment as when I first launched the podcast, honestly I wasn’t sure what it would turn out to be.
As many of you know, I pour my heart and soul into creating the best show possible, and it’s working – we’re growing really fast and consistently rank in the top 30 in running on Apple podcasts. We had our first 5k download month in January and each and every month our downloads and subscribers are increasing and we have 77 ratings on Apple podcasts of runners who are enjoying the content and not afraid to share how this podcast has helped them in their running health.
As I mentioned 2 episodes ago, we also have our first sponsor in UCAN energy sponsoring our show so this is very exciting to see where we are 1 year later! UCAN nutrition which is powered by superstarch and it delivers that steady long lasting energy without the spike and then the crash.
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The other accomplishment I am super proud about is that we have over 1400 members in our Healthy Runner FB community and expanded to have a team of run coaches to guide you in meeting your running goals and we all post daily content in the facebook community so if you are listening on the podcast request to join our FB group by clicking here to get additional content that is not published on the podcast.
I want to share with you the eulogy I shared with my family and friends at my mom’s service
Hello everyone. My name is Duane Scotti and I take great pride in sharing my last name with you as I do every single day professionally and publicly through my business and podcast show. The reason I do this is because I decided to change my last name going through physical therapy school because of the woman I was lucky enough to have in my life for 41 years. I am grateful for having my mom as a part of my life every single one of those years. We all miss her a lot already, but her legacy lives on through her love of family and friends.
These are certainly challenging times we live in during this pandemic and I thank all of you who are here with us today whether you are here in person or tuning in to the livestream. I know how much you want to be here for my family and I know that my mom feels the love from all of you no matter what state you are tuning in from. My mom has left memories and impressions on lives from Long Island NY, Connecticut, and South Carolina during her time with us.
My mom believed in sharing the love of family and friends.
We always had fun with my mom and she always liked a good party!
Whether it was celebrating holidays, birthdays, or special events
For example, as a family, we never experienced New Years Eve in Time Square but mom made it feel like we were right there in the streets with Dick Clark during his rocking eve because she would always say when we were taking pictures “get by the TV”.
As our family got older and moved to different states, I would continue the love of family my mom instilled in me with annual Scotti Christmas’ and we would continue our family tradition of enjoying her mom’s Aleou, drinking wine or eating Italian cookies and cannoli’s. And how can we forget about mom’s famous mushrooms in which I will always think of you mom when I cook them for the rest of my life.
For birthday’s, we always got together to celebrate as a family by going out to hibachi dinner and of course this had to be followed up with Kiwi Spoon frozen yogurt!
A family tradition of ours that my mom passed on from her childhood was family game night. Growing up during her childhood, it was lotto, bingo, and various card games but for me, the past 30 years we have enjoyed many great memories whether it was playing.
I will never forget the many years of playing Sorry, Clue, or Yahtzee growing up but more recently seeing my mom teach my girls how to play these games and our new favorites of Rummikub, Sequence, and Boggle. Don’t worry ma, your competitive spirit has been passed down to me as well as Olivia (with Blokus) and Gabby (with Clue)
My mom had a smile and laugh that was contagious.
She was a music collector with hundreds of vinyl records and then thousands of CD’s proudly displayed in her living room. Music was always on whether she was cleaning the house, getting ready to attend an event, or while we were playing board games. I believe she passed that trait along to me and my girls as well because there is always someone listening to music whether it is through their air pods or played through Alexa in our house!
I’m not sure if you knew this but my mom was a talker. When you had a phone conversation with her it was never under 20 min. The level of detail was amazing! The best is when she left you a voicemail and would tell you a story and when you called back she felt compelled to repeat the whole story to you again because now she was talking to you live!
Mom could also be tough, she was passionate and opinionated. There was no sugar coating it when it came to how she felt. What I do know is that it always came from a place of love straight from the heart because she cared. She was like a skittle… hard on the outside but once you got to know her you saw she was soft and sweet on the inside.
In fact, her love for family was apparent, the dozens of emoji hearts and kisses she would text you to show her love.
If you ever saw her house or apartment you would see the hundreds of pictures she had proudly displayed of her parents, siblings, children or her 8 grandchildren.
My mother always said that the way she planned to make the world a better place was to raise son’s who knew how to treat other women with respect. She was proud when my brother and I did well in school, a matter of fact we just came across all the programs from every single graduation, dance recital, and award ceremony and she always would highlight our name and the accomplishment we were getting as only a proud mother could. She always fought for a front row center aisle seat to cheer us on during our dance performances, but she was happiest when my brother and I showed respect, kindness, and equality for the women in our lives.
Speaking from a parents perspective, when I first became a dad is the point that I really appreciated the sacrifices my mom made for us as children.
My mom was a single parent raising three young children and decided to go to college (while working full time) to set a better path for her children. In 1988 she earned her associates degree from Suffolk Community College making the deans list as well as the honors program. She then went on to graduate from Long Island University CW Post with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. She did this working overnight shifts and making sure we were taken care of as children. Family and friends definitely helped out and has been the clue that has bonded us together throughout my life.
Becoming a parent myself, I understand how hard it is to care for 1 child let alone multiple children all while working full time. I believe my mom’s work ethic is something I learned and led me to also follow her footsteps going back to school as an adult when I decided to advance my career to become a full-time professor. In order to do this, I had to set along a path toward obtaining a PhD degree with my girls being 1 and 4 years old at time. I did this for 6 years working full time as a physical therapist, teaching part time at the University, and being an involved parent with my girls. However, I did this with the help of a very supportive wife who was there to pick up what I couldn’t do and get us through that most difficult and challenging time in my life. I always said, I don’t know how my mom did this as a single working parent of not two children but three! By her doing this, during a time period in the 80’s when it was not popular for women to go to college and put career in front of being a mom but I know she did this for her love of her family so we can live a better life without the struggle she had to go through as a young adult.
Mom, you have always been there for Olivia and Gabby, whether it was watching them so Deb and I can celebrate our anniversary, going to their gymnastics competitions, band concerts, plays, dance recitals. Or just taking them out for ice cream or going to lunch. We will continue to keep your Chinese food on xmas and new years day tradition going!
Olivia loves the special times you had together with her like the time you taught her how to make homemade raviolis or the boy advice you would give her to try and convince Deb and I to let her hang out with a boy.
My mom was courageous, determined, and a fighter!
A matter of fact, she fought this virus off for as long as she could before her body just couldn’t handle any more.
I was raised by a mom only (with the help and support of our Scotti family) and now have two beautiful daughters of my own that I know can do anything in life that they want because of people like my mom. I am grateful she took risks and stepped out of her comfort zone, making sacrifices to pave a better path for us as children and now her grandchildren, especially girls like my daughters.
Mom, your wings were ready, but our hearts were not. Despite this, I’ll try my best to carry your love of family and friends into the world, all my days. I will continue to remember the values you instilled in me and you will always be the wind beneath my wings during every run.
I love you always and forever.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.
I hope that provides some context of my story and who I am today and where I want to grow this community from here.
Thank you and I look forward to our 2 year anniversary on the podcast!
This podcast episode is sponsored by UCAN nutrition which is powered by superstarch and it delivers that steady long lasting energy without the spike and then the crash.
I have been using UCAN Energy during all of my long runs and races since its inception. I absolutely love the berry hydrate to replenish my electrolytes for those sweaty runs. UCAN’s energy drinks with it’s revolutionary superstarch has done wonders in sustaining energy for my runners during their long runs and races!
Now, I really enjoy the plant-based salted peanut butter or cherry almond UCAN energy bar which is great before or after a workout and is even great during a busy work day.
I eat these when I am pressed for time to keep my energy levels with healthy nutrition between clients or before podcast episodes!
Since you are part of our healthy runner community on the blog, you will get 15% off all of your orders at ucan.co. Just use the code HEALTHYRUNNER during checkout when placing your order. Go ahead and give ucan a try, trust me…you won’t regret it!
Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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Working with Duane has been a game-changer for my running. I’ve been in an endless cycle of injuries for the past five years and needed to make a change.
I connected with Duane through his Healthy Runner Facebook group, and then we began our virtual physical therapy visits. Virtual sessions work great for me because I’m constantly traveling and can access care wherever I reside. Even though I’m not in the clinic, I still receive the same quality of experience!
The best part is Duane is a physical therapist, runner, and coach, so he understands how important running is for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being! If you want to become a stronger, healthier, and faster runner, look no further!
In April, I was diagnosed with proximal hamstring tendinopathy, or PHT. If you haven’t heard of it or experienced it, let me tell you…it’s a real pain in the BUTT! Not only did it derail my training (I’m a runner/cyclist), simply sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time was unbearable. There’s very little research out there on this injury and finding credible information on how to effectively treat was difficult. The initial advice I got from my ortho was to stop running, rest, and stretch. This did absolutely nothing to improve my symptoms or help me get back to running. In fact, stretching made it worse! I also tried massage, dry needling, shockwave therapy…nada. In September, I stumbled on a podcast with Duane where he spoke in depth about his own experience with PHT and how he beat it, and how he helped others overcome this stubborn injury. I was also intrigued by his philosophy of not having to give up the sport you love while recovering from injury. I contacted Duane for a consult and have been working with him since October. After assessing and reaffirming my diagnosis, he put together a customized, structured rehab program focused on progressive loading of the hamstring tendon and supporting muscles WITHOUT giving up running! Gradually, my pain began to lessen and my strength has continued to increase. I am now running four days a week and am closer than at any point in the past 8 months to putting this injury in the rearview mirror for good. I’m looking forward to getting back to structured training and racing again in 2021…an unimaginable goal two months ago. Duane is awesome! His techniques and approach to injury rehab and prevention work. If you’re an athlete who has struggled with injuries that constantly disrupt your training, Duane is your guy!
“I developed IT band syndrome during my first marathon training cycle last year and ended up in physical therapy for about 3 months. I was told not to run if I had any pain at all. I lost so much time “recovering” that I ended up deferring my registration to the next year. I spent the next summer training for the same marathon when about 6 weeks out, that familiar IT band pain returned. I could barely finish a mile. I didn’t want to go back to my physical therapist because I knew what he was going to tell me. Stop running. I was so frustrated and started to feel like marathons weren’t for me. I stumbled upon the healthy runner podcast and learned that I don’t have to stop running in order to recover from injury! I was skeptical about an online physical therapy session. But I reached out to Dr. Scotti and he was able to give me the tools to mitigate my pain within the first session! I was able to complete my training cycle and made it to the finish line of my first marathon with his help! I highly recommend!”