Run Through Coronavirus | Strength Training For Running | SPARK Your Sole Virtual Race Series

Do you still need a kick start to getting your running fitness back? Have you been struggling to get your motivation back to be consistent for your runs?  Would you like more energy, motivation and finally get rid of your aches & pains for those mental clearing runs? In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, we are going to be sharing with you 2 actionable strategies you can do to help you run through coronavirus and turn it on its head even if our in person races are cancelled!


In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, Duane interviews Lisa Tatun, who is a runner, triathlete, and a 4x Ironman!!!! She is also the owner of Lift Your Sole, a local small business that provides running, fitness and inspirational jewelry, clothing, and accessories.   Lisa shares her experience with the SPARK Fitness program, which provides strength training for runners in their home and we also announce how we are going to help our local running community with our SPARK Your Sole virtual race series!


I hope you enjoy the episode and thank you for listening!

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



You can also listen to the audio version of the Q&A I had with Lisa Tatum on the Healthy Runner Podcast…now available on your favorite podcast app!



Here is what other runners are saying about the podcast



In this episode you will hear Lisa and I cover 2 actionable programs you can do to help you run through coronavirus and turn it on its head even if our in person races are cancelled!


1. SPARK Fitness For June!



Happy to announce the SPARK strength training for runners home program will run for 1 more month before gyms open back up in CT.  This is an online virtual strength program for runners that you can do in the comfort of your home!
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the strategies and the specific exercises to make you a so you can continue to log those corona miles!


Want to be a stronger runner and learn the exercises you NEED TO BE DOING in your home right now?


Text “SPARK Fitness” to (203) 376-6514 to enroll today!


Here is what some of our 40 runners who have continued to move forward in their health during COVID-19 are saying about the program…


“I feel so much stronger now in my runs, going up hills so much better now. I really loved the workout partners . Thanks again Duane” –  Marva


“Be accounted for these zoom classes and having a workout partner. Helps push each other.” – Gina


“Fastest miles run in over a year. My legs are stronger than ever …. just trying to get my lungs to catch up with my legs.” –  Crystal


“The stretches/strength exercises which I would never do regularly but would keep me injury free.” – Catrina


“I now warm up and stretch before and after running since starting spark training this month. I have been enjoying workout first thing in the morning.” – Debbie


“I like how the program is focused directly to runners! I’m a runner and all I want to do is run! But I know the program is focused for runners so that motivates me.” – Libby


“I am the opposite of a gym rat.. like I can’t remember the last time I was in gym, so it’s been helpful to have someone to show me what to do! Especially from home, where I would have never attempted these exercises.” – Rachel



I would love the opportunity to help guide you in learning the strategies that has helped hundreds of runners that I have worked with on an individual basis!


Text “SPARK Fitness” to (203) 376-6514 to enroll today!



2. SPARK Your Sole Virtual Race Series


Lisa and I also came up with a way to keep our healthy runner community motivated and help out our local small businesses that support us as runners or businesses that could use some help during this difficult economic downturn.


SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole also wanted to provide a nice reward for those in the SPARK Fitness program to culminate 3 months of consistent hard work strength training in our homes during this challenging time period.


We will be organizing a series of 3 virtual races to keep you motivated and improve your health even if in person road races are cancelled.  You can run, run/walk, or walk these distances to help keep you healthy and fit this summer!




Virtual 5k:   June 27th (can run Thursday 6/25 – Sunday 6/28)
Virtual 10k:  July 18th (can run Thursday 7/16 – Sunday 7/19)
Virtual Half Marathon:  August 1st. (can run Thursday 7/30 – Sunday 8/2)


How Do You Run A Virtual Race?


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).

Once you are done just screenshot your results on your phone or your watch and email Lisa Tatum directly at customerservice@liftyoursole.com


What Will I Get If I Sign Up?


1. The motivation to continue moving forward in your health during this global pandemic.


2. Success in completing a 5k, 10k, or 13.1 after 3 months of in home workouts and training


3. Goodies donated from Lift Your Sole to include running motivational magnets, stickers, and temporary tattoos


4. Goodies donated by SPARK Physical Therapy to include mini bands so you can strengthen those all important hip muscles!


5. Award Winner Prize Package for the top male and female in each race to include:

Running specific surprise goodies from SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole, gift certificates to Multisports Academy Gym and Woodbridge Running Company


5. A medal to commemorate the most challenging time in our lives in which we ran through coronavirus to keep our mental and physical health.

SPARK Your Sole race medal design combining all 3 medals into the SPARK logo!


The back of the SPARK Your Sole race medal that comes off and is a magnet


6. Last but certainty not least…help 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 wanted to help our local New Haven community and would like us to support the Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center  which helps teenage parents remain in school and achieve academically and to 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 does.


Half Marathon Proceeds: National Center for missing and exploited children


When Does Registration Close?


5k: Registration closes June 21st


10k: Registration closes July 12th


Half Marathon: Registration closes July 26th



How Much Does It Cost?


$18 for each race ($50 if you sign up for all 3 at the same time)


How Do I Sign Up?


Email: duane@sparkyourtraining.com


Text “SPARK Your Sole” to (203) 376-6514

Payments accepted through Venmo, PayPal, and credit card.


PAY HERE on PayPal by clicking THIS LINK



In this blog post and podcast episode we shared 2 programs to help you as runners stay motivated and healthy this summer.  The SPARK Fitness and the SPARK Your Sole Virtual Race Series. I personally want to thank Lisa for her time the podcast episode and sharing her running and Ironman triathlon story as well as her creativity in creating the SPARK Your Sole medals!


Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!


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


Stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!


Stay safe,


– Duane


Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS



Connect with Lisa Tatun:


Website: liftyoursole.com

Email: customerservice@liftyoursole.com

Facebook Page: Lift Your Sole

Instragram: @liftyoursole_


Have you been running because you need that stress relief (and time away from your kids) but you are running through pain?…

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?



Click THIS LINK for a FREE 20 minute phone consultation and let’s chat about some of your injury or running struggles and see how I can help you with coronavirus healthy in person sessions or virtual Telehealth sessions.⠀⠀
⚡️SPARK Physical Therapy
We Help Active Adults Be Able To Run Without Aches and Pains So You Can Feel Good About Yourself Again…
[Even If You Are Stuck Inside During A Pandemic]



Other Resources To Help You Run Through Coronavirus:



Are you starting to walk, jog, or run because your gym is closed or your other hobbies and activities are shut down during COVID-19? Are you intimidated by other runners or worried you are too slow to be a runner? During this live interview with Catrina Aniballi, Duane and Catrina answer some common questions and provide 5 tips for runners to get started today!


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!


Warmest wishes,





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“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!”

Kendyl R. (Runner)

“I’d been dealing with Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT) for about 4 years and had been doing PT, but still had lingering pains. I just figured I’d have to suck it up and deal with it because that was as good as I was going to get. But then, I came across a podcast of Duane being interviewed by Jason Fitzgerald on PHT and how he overcame the injury, and my curiosity was piqued. I met with him virtually and he has been a GODSEND! I’m able to sit as I type this! I can bend over and get in and out of cars without pain! And, I’m RUNNING again!!! It is amazing to be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do without pain since 2016!!! Thank you so much Duane for being an incredible PT!!”

Michelle D. (Runner)

“I suffered from IT band syndrome for four years before seeing Dr. Scotti in April 2020. Before then, I couldn’t run more than about 10 minutes without stabbing pain near my left knee. I’d seen various orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors looking for some relief. My career needed me to run a mile and a half within a certain amount of time, and it was impossible to do so with the knee pain. I saw Dr. Scotti and he immediately got to work! That first visit, he helped me understand the anatomy and underlying cause of my knee pain (aka IT Band syndrome). Once I understood what was happening, the course of treatment made so much sense. Not only did he have online videos of all the recommended exercises to treat the problem, his “healthy runner” Facebook group, Podcast, and YouTube videos held a wealth of information and supplemented my plan. I soon understood that running wasn’t just a casual hobby – it’s a sport and one that deserves dedication and focus. Without his dedication to the sport and his community, I wouldn’t have realized this! Over the next few months, I had many ups and downs – victories and failures – and even some tears! Two steps forward and one step back. Dr. Scotti always checked in between appointments and tweaked my plan if needed. By August, I was regularly running 3-4 miles with barely any pain! If I did get pain, it was because my dedication and focus were lacking – and I quickly picked it back up and overcame. I’m so thankful I took another chance at having my knee looked at and trusted someone else. I run regularly now and am really enjoying it. I can’t thank Dr. Scotti enough and would highly recommend him to anyone having trouble.”

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