Knee Pain, Runner’s Bane: Beware The Canyons Of Your Mind!

Knee Pain, Runner's Bane: Beware The Canyons Of Your Mind!

Prevent Knee Pain, ASAP! Two images, same cause! "Neurons that wire together, fire together!" Donald Hebb, 1949 Knee pain is the commonest problem I encounter, when asked for advice on living the life of an older athlete. Habits sculpt our minds, and consequently our bodies! To change your body, you have first to change your mind. It took three knee surgeries, two due to running, before I ... Read more

Running Shoes Are Tools, Pay Attention!

Running Shoes Are Tools, Pay Attention!

Running Shoes Are Tools? So Use Them Accordingly! Work WITH your running shoes! They are wonderful tools, just like a hammer is a tool! Running shoes play a big role in my life, but I have to work with them for an optimal experience. Don't just put on your shoes, and expect to not think about them anymore. You're a team, you and your shoes. Running shoes are not supposed to be a crutch. In fact, if you use ... Read more

Returning to running safely? Thumbs up for body awareness training!

Returning to running safely? Thumbs up for body awareness training!

Body Awareness Training The Key To Active Healthy Aging  Returning to Running, Safely? Andrew Weil Said Running Is For Young People! I Say, "Forget that!" On returning to running in my 50s, I could have avoided two knee surgeries, and lots of pain, with a little body awareness training. But I had no idea, back then! I was, basically, clueless! Body awareness training came consciously into my life, much ... Read more

Never Give Up: FitOldDog’s Run Is Really Back, After Three Years!

Never Give Up: FitOldDog's Run Is Really Back, After Three Years!

Never Give Up! Remember Robert the Bruce! When I say my run is back, it's true. I know it! The final piece of advice came from Rick, of Ironman Dreams, and my swim mentor. After my last terrible recent triathlon, where I just couldn't run, Rick said, "Try increasing your mileage on the bike. If you have strong legs, it may help your run." Remember, my running has been hopeless, since that bike ... Read more

That Knee Pain Is In Your Knee? You’re Sure?

That Knee Pain Is In Your Knee? You're Sure?

Kids run around all day, without knee pain! I was thinking about knee pain, in my vegetable garden! Knee pain is generally from tight quads or hamstrings, I realized. Especially in runners with good running technique. Use your thumb to find the tight spots in your quads, to recreate the knee pain. Then roll those spots (gently, kindly, somewhat painfully) "Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are ... Read more

Running After Knee Surgery: Qualified For Boston Marathon 2009

Running After Knee Surgery: Qualified For Boston Marathon 2009

Boston Marathon? Running After Knee Surgery? Hell, I qualified for the Boston Marathon (2009), only two years after the last of three knee surgeries (split meniscus, both sides, Baker's cyst, bilateral inflamed plicae). Still doing Ironman training, and running after knee surgery, seven years later. In spite of overcoming ITBS and plantar fasciitis (2x), a displaced pelvis (bike wreck), followed by dry ... Read more

Running Pains: My ITBS Vanished, Ironman Mile 13

Running Pains: My ITBS Vanished, Ironman Mile 13

First Try A Kinematic Solution To Your Running Pains Many running pains, and those of other sports, can be fixed kinematically - by changing how you move. This led to the Simple Movement Therapy Method Let me tell you my story of ITBS running pains! When it comes to science, many scientists think that you have to do a double-blind trial to make a discovery. Or it's not real research. This caused our work ... Read more

Having Trouble With Your Ironman Training – Try, Try And Try Again, And Try Dry Needling If You Have To!

Having Trouble With Your Ironman Training - Try, Try And Try Again, And Try Dry Needling If You Have To!

It's been a two-year journey, but now I think I'll be able to get back in shape - yes, dry needling finally got me running again. It went like this: Qualified for World's Half Ironman Championships, 2013, Raleigh NC with a great run. Went to World's in Las Vegas, August 2013, had bike wreck, ended up in my second aortic surgery, but little did I know, my pelvis was subluxated. Horrible season in 2014, ... Read more

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