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Time Wounds All Heels: Getting Acquainted with Plantar Fasciitis

Several weeks ago, I suggested that warmer weather would lead to overuse injuries among runners. Admittedly, it’s difficult to increase mileage slowly when one spends all winter waiting for that all-too-brief moment of Goldilocks weather – not too cold and not too hot. If you neglected to take my advice and added mileage too quickly (as I did), youmay now be experiencing some pain on the bottom of your foot starting at the heel and radiating towards the toes. That’s the classic first symptom of plantar fasciitis, a very common running malady. What am I feeling? The thick bands of...

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What’s In Your Bag?

Last Saturday, I ran the Rabbit Ramble, the annual four miler in Guilderland that I always imagine will celebrate Easter by providing a sunny shirt-sleeve morning and the aroma of blooming spring flowers. None of this is ever true. Hence, why I always have to imagine. I know from experience that the weather on Easter weekend can be changeable and I ignored common sense believing that it would warm up by the start of the race. So, I decided to go light and only wear shorts and a singlet. This was a mistake. Gusting winds dropped the temperature well below...

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Back to Base(ics)

I joined about twenty club members last Saturday for an 8 am club run in Guilderland. Unfortunately, I managed to hit the only patch of black ice on the entire route. As I found myself suddenly looking up at the sky, my thoughts (other than something unprintable) cycled between “man, I hope I haven’t broken anything” and “why me?” Ironically, after running outdoors without incident throughout the winter, I had wiped out on one of the first days of spring. Thanks to equal parts luck and Rock Tape, I recovered in time to run well in the next day’s Delmar...

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Running and Throwing Ourselves into Spring: Advice for High School Track and Field Athletes

It’s spring! While we in the Capital Region usually can’t count on blooming flowers right away, we can look forward to the start of high school and middle school track and field season. Practice is underway. Indoor season athletes probably feel like they have been training forever, while aspiring outdoor season athletes are assessing their fitness level and feeling those pains that come with gearing up too quickly. Although it’s been thirty years since I was in high school, I’d like to offer three quick pointers to get everyone off to a successful season. Trust your training. Training can be...

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