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Why We Run - June Edition - Running through grief

We often enter parenthood thinking that our children will outlive us and we will be there to see all of their milestones and accomplishments as we guide their way into adulthood. Sadly, that’s not always the case and sometimes our children are taken from us much too soon. Erica became a mother in 2007 to a beautiful girl named Ariella. Ariella loved to dance, adored her friends, and lived each day to the fullest. At age 9, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a bone cancer). She and her family fought hard, but in May of 2019 Erica said goodbye...

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Why We Run: May Edition - A Change of Plans

“I run because it saved me in so many ways and I almost feel like I owe the sport for all it has done for me, so I have tried to use it to give back.”Nicole first entered the athletic arena as a basketball player. She loved the sport, but experienced severe bullying while playing basketball. The situation got so bad that she and her parents made the decision that it was time for a change. With encouragement from both of her parents (former runners themselves) she joined the cross country team to finish her high school years. Throughout middle...

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Why We Run: April edition - The Underdog

No one knows this, but my running career began when I was 8 years old. My dad’s truck was at a local garage about a mile and a half away. Without a ride, he suggested that we run down to pick it up. I can only recall the briefest portions of the actual run, but I remember knowing that I really wanted to run the full distance. Even then I was stubborn.I remember when we got there, I was thrilled that I’d made it (and weirded out by the feeling that my legs were still moving even though we’d stopped)....

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Aching arches? 5 simple tips to dealing with plantar fasciitis.

Arch Pain Blog Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

The first days of summer are fast approaching.  As you enjoy the warmer temperatures, it's important to take care of your feet. Unfortunately, many sunny days have been followed by aching arches and heels that scream for mercy in the morning.  While potentially tolerable, ignoring the condition or trying to “push through it” often escalates the severity and extends the recovery time.  So, rather than trying to tough it out, accept the reality plantar fasciitis (don't worry, it's fairly common), understand exactly what it is, and then follow a few simple steps to start the healing process. What is plantar fasciitis?...

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Ten Simple Tips for the Broad Street Run

Blog Broad Street Run Run Philly

Without a doubt, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run has become the most in-demand of all Philadelphia races.  And while many of the 40,000 runners are seasoned veterans, a large percentage of the participants are making the ten mile venture for the first time.  Below you’ll find a few of my best tips in the order that you’ll need them.  Some may seem silly, and others downright obvious, but on race day nothing ever ends up being as simple as you’d expect.  (1) If you plan on taking the train to the start, get to the stadiums extra early. In...

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