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

Plant-Based Running Speed Work At The UNC Track! All About Attitude!

Plant-Based Running Speed Work At The UNC Track! All About Attitude!

Older athletes, undertaking plant-based running, have to take care, balancing endurance against intensity. The track is a great place to safely ease up your pace, and learn from other runners. As I finally recover from that subluxated pelvis, which has taken about two years, and settle into a vegan life-style, my pace at the track is finally returning. Fortunately, I have friends, in this case Julie, to pull ... Read more

Therapeutic Walking Before Hill Repeats

Therapeutic Walking Before Hill Repeats

It is very difficult to walk at someone else's pace! In fact, I find it work. Apart from that, walking is great exercise, and a good thing to do before a challenging run. I have two ways of walking, one is thoughtful, with my mind drifting from the external to the internal world, and the other is hurried, such a when I'm being attacked by mosquitos. While on trails, I'm always reminded of the evolution of the ... Read more

How To Win Friends And Influence People, And Fix Your Running Injuries!

How To Win Friends And Influence People, And Fix Your Running Injuries!

To fix your relationships and your body, LISTEN TO THEM! I was raised in a family where no one listened, but talking never ceased. This caused me to interrupt as a kid, if I really needed something. There was no choice, but it set me up for very poor social skills as an adult. Fortunately, a good friend of mine, Byron, set me straight, and with a lot of work I interrupt less and less, and listen more and more. ... Read more

Running Safely, First Marathon, What’s To Consider?

Running Safely, First Marathon, What's To Consider?

I was recently asked for advice on approaching running safely, so I decided to provide some of my thoughts in this brief blog post. When people ask me for advice on undertaking a run for the first time, or taking on their first marathon, I always say the same thing, (1) learn a low impact running style, such as Chi Running, (2) choose a race with gentle rollers to avoid repetitive motion injury, and (3) bring ... Read more

Running As We Age, Moving From Skill To Force And Back Again, Or Getting It Right The First Time?

Running As We Age, Moving From Skill To Force And Back Again, Or Getting It Right The First Time?

"Running form mistakes can aggravate injuries. The most efficient and gentle running form is a “shuffle.” The feet stay next to the ground, touching lightly with a relatively short stride. When running at the most relaxed range of shuffling motion, the ankle mechanism does a great deal of the work, and little effort is required from the calf muscle. When the bounce off the ground increases, the foot pushes harder and ... Read more

Celebrating New Beginnings: Use The Sandpit For Running Recovery To Reinvent Your Stride

Celebrating New Beginnings: Use The Sandpit For Running Recovery To Reinvent Your Stride

Whenever the winter solstice comes around, I always think of that long-forgotten Greek guy, Menaechemus (never made it into Citation Index - silly magazine!). I also think of new beginnings, which is what I'm doing on my run, now that the Osteopath fixed my hip subluxation. Hooray! Running recovery commences. If you are injured, take the opportunity when you come back to start over and improve your technique - for ... Read more

Finally Back In Training: Took One Year To Negotiate FitOldDog’s Plantar Fasciitis Roadmap

Finally Back In Training: Took One Year To Negotiate FitOldDog's Plantar Fasciitis Roadmap

8k Run: Age Group 70 to 74. Position 5/10 Bib 1369/2206 Morgan, Kevin M71 Carrboro NC 5 of 10 13:01 01:04:42.87. Slow but Happy! I finally negotiated FitOldDog's plantar fasciitis roadmap, and running again, thanks to: Massage therapist, Tara (sent me to Perry). Osteopath Perry North Coach Pauline - easy does it. In August 2013, I had a bike wreck, which resulted in some interesting outcomes, including ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.