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: email@example.com
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
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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!
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CLICK HERE to read and listen to all of Matt’s running shoe tips!
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Want the 3 reasons why you need structured workouts to hit your health goals? CLICK HERE
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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.
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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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“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!”
“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!!”
“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.”