Tag: runner

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race?

The dreaded DNF; when should a runner call it quits during a race? If you are an avid runner, and had been training for a race for a while, you want to make a good time during the race but more importantly, you want to finish. Sometimes, we need to call if quits even though all of that training and hours have been logged in prior to race day. When you are all warmed up and in the middle of the race, the focus is on completion.   If you are having unusual pain, or a health problem that can be more serious, Read More »

Do slower runners live longer; the NY Times looks at the statistics of exercise intensity and your health

Do slower runners live longer; the NY Times looks at the statistics of exercise intensity and your health Many runners work on their times, the amount of running and the amount of conditioning as a way of improving their health. What if there was an ideal level of conditioning and too much could be fatal? The NY Times looks at this dilemma. Slow Runners Come Out Ahead By Gretchen Reynolds The ideal amount of running for someone who wants to live a long and healthy life is less than most of us might expect, according to a new study, which Read More »

Hip pain in a runner, a specialist journey and a simple solution by his chiropractor.

Hip pain in a runner, a specialist journey and a simple solution by his chiropractor. The other day, a patient whom we saw last year for some problems from running began to have groin pain, leg pain and mid back stiffness. He had been running non-stop and his problems began after completing the Philadelphia Marathon last year. His symptoms gradually worsened as he tried to begin training for a major event this fall. He is the type of competitive runner who is used to pushing through discomfort, which often is how many injuries occur in these types of athletes. Having Read More »

The kneecap fracture in a runner that wasn’t; the problem with a painful knee

The kneecap fracture in a runner that wasn’t; the problem with a painful knee This past weekend, I was the medical director for a track and field event at Franklyn Township high school. I was quite busy helping many children and their parents understand some of the running related problems they were experiencing. One mom stopped by to ask me about her daughter who could not run due to knee pain, which began while running during practice. At the end of practice, her daughter could barely walk and had excruciating knee pain. I asked her if the daughter was at Read More »

91 year old marathoner and cancer survivor sets record at Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego

91 year old marathoner and cancer survivor sets record at Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego Who says you are too old to rock and roll? Apparently, nobody told Harriette Thompson who is 91 and a cancer survivor. She has run 15 marathons and just broke a record for marathoning in her age group according to the USATF. She is not the only one who is in that upper age group who is doing marathons, or track and field events. The good news is that it is easier to make a record pace since the crowd thins when you Read More »