Episode 30: Year in Review & 2020 Vision! Is available on most podcast apps, including Apple, Google, Anchor, Overcast and Spotify...
In this episode we recap some of the culture of running uncovered this past year & important events in running during 2019 finishing a decade of dramatic increase in distance running, and look forward to the next decade...
To do so, we catch up with 4 veteran guests of the podcast that have unique 2020 vision, who offer some advice for a prosperous running year ahead!
Sanjay Rawal shares his insight into starting back as a marathoner and how he prepared for the California International Marathon to run a 2.5 hour marathon and qualify for Boston. He also shares his "effort", struggle as the inward journey of meditation while running, and we discuss other mental aspects of running. We also touch on the importance of rest cycles and time for the body to rejuvinate in order to enjoy running and preparing for the next event. Sanjay speaks more about his running documentary film project "3100: Run and Become" is Episode 21 of the podcast as well.
Trish Trout shares some practical tips regarding running an international marathon (Berlin in 2019), and her quest to get into and run all of the World Marathon Majors. She discusses goals for 2020 and ways to "keep the fun in the run". One of the most contagiously enthusiastic runners, fundraiser and general positive person, her efforts with "Team Freedom" (supporting Abolition International, Hope 4 Justice) inspire many to join, at Gasparilla in Tampa, FL and other races. Trish goes into more detail on this fundraising effort and Boston Marathon in Episode 2 of the Running Anthropologist Podcast.
Jorge Garcia, our favorite race pacer clocking many events this year in St. Louis and across the globe, walks us through what it's like to join a professional team (Michelob Ultra) and run several major marathons in one fall season spanning less than two months (Sydney- Australia, Chicago, Marine Corps in D.C., New York). He discusses the difference between training for one large target marathon and running many for the experience, a jack of all trades so to speak. Either way, his enthusiasm and joy for running translate into some great perspective and advice for starting out 2020. Jorge was also featured in EPISODE 5 of the Running Anthropologist Podcast.
Lastly, Mike Wardian (also Episode 4) discusses constantly challenging himself with new creative multi-day marathons and Ultra events. He also highlights some of his #1 picks for running events, as well as the book he has co-authoring (along with many other expert adventure runners) his first book collaboration "Epic Runs of the World", an amazing new running guide book by Lonely Planet. He lastly talks about his goal for 2020: to see more of his home country and get to know the quiet corners of it by running from coast to coast, and another possible world record attempt!
Links and Info:
From Mike Wardian:
Epic Runs of the World, Lonely Planet Shop & Amazon (Co-Authored by Mike Wardian and ~25 other running experts, sharing over 200 unique runs across the US and globe)
From Trish Trout: The Berlin Marathon and Team Freedom-
Hope for Justice team training with Team Freedom!
#Gasparilla Gasparilla Distance Classic
From Sanjay Rawal, his documentary film 3100:Run and Become https://3100film.com/
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Episode 29: Healthy Holidays! with Dr. Brian Fullem of Elite Sports Podiatry is available on most podcast apps, including Google, Anchor, Spotify and Apple
Links: Elite Sports Podiatry and his book, Runner's Guide to Healthy Feet and Ankles
Links: Elite Sports Podiatry and his book, Runner's Guide to Healthy Feet and Ankles
|Dr Fullem (interviewee,Left) and Mark Lane-Holbert (interviewer, Right) |
outside his Practice in Clearwater, FL
RA: Why did you choose or how did you get started on the path of podiatry?
Dr Fullem: I entered college as a Chemistry major with the goal of doing Sports Medicine. My Freshman year at Bucknell University I was running an indoor track 2 mile race and coming off the final turn I felt a pop in my foot. It did not hurt at the time and I was able to sprint in and ran a big PR of 8:59. My foot started to hurt a little on the warm down and was sore when I went to bed but the next day I fell down when I jumped out of top bunk of our dorm room due to the pain. I went to the local Ortho and he gave me a cortisone shot and said it was Plantar Fascitis (in retrospect it was a plantar fascia tear but there was no such thing as an MRI at that time). The shot was his only treatment and I was able to get back to running but a few months later after racing a 10K in spikes on the track my foot was just as painful. A Podiatrist that ran for Bucknell 10 years before I did was in practice in CT and my Coach sent me to him and he provided a much more detailed treatment plan including stretching exercises and custom foot orthotics. That is when I decided Podiatry was the field I I wanted to go into.
RA: Has your own sports or running background played a role in your chosen profession, or how you approach it?
Dr. Fullem: I know that my background helps a great deal in my treatment of patients, I hope it allows me to feel and express an empathy for my athletic patients. I try and treat every single patient that walks in my door as if they are an athlete. There was a great Doctor named George Sheehan, he was an MD that loved to run and he wrote books about the spiritual and mental aspects of running, I started reading his books when I was in HS. Dr Sheehan has a lot of great quotes but my favorite is
"Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not." A big part of sports medicine is trying to get athletes back to their sport as soon as is safely possible. I encourage all my patients to exercise even if it is just walking 30 minutes a day.
RA: Regarding the book, why did you embark upon writing this and how long did it take to put together?
Dr. Fullem: I met Scott Douglas around 1994 or so, he had just become editor of Running Times magazine in Wilton, CT and I was practicing in Bridgeport, CT at the time. We were introduced by mutual friends and we ran a lot of miles together. I think he asked me to write my first article for Running Times around 1995. I am not sure I have a copy of it and I have been unable to find it on the internet but it was article focused on the fact that running shoes have too high of heel height, way before the Minimalist movement but the thought of that article was running and walking around in running shoes with a 12mm or higher heel height helps to shorten the achilles tendon which may help contribute to some injuries like Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Scott was asked by SkyHorse Publishing to do a series of books and one was on running injuries of the foot and ankle. Scott was invaluable to the book and I hope people realize how important an Editor is to any writing process. I was very lucky to work with great editors at RT including Gordon Bakulis and Jonathan Beverly. They each had their own style and I loved working with all of them. Sadly that great magazine was bought by Runners World and then folded by Rodale.
RA: You take a very hands-on and practical approach, including pictures and exercises combined with your years of medical expertise around various conditions... Would you mind sharing what you see most often in distance runners?
Dr. Fullem: I would say that heel pain is the number 1 injury that I see in runners and in the general population. I think there are a number of factors that contribute to it but for runners the number 1 cause of most injuries is overuse. I am very lucky for my practice and in life that I am married to Annemarie, she is a great Physical Therapist and she contributed a huge amount to the book and sees some of my athletic patients on top of her regular job working in the Neonatal ICU at Morton Plant Hospital. Annemarie is a very gifted artist, she drew the illustrations for my book and demonstrated most of the stretches and exercises in the book. She has taught me so much about rehabbing people that it has definitely made me a better Doctor.
RA: Among a few of these (achillies or plantar fasciitis, for example) what are some of the solutions that most often work for runners?
Dr. Fullem: Most important for any injury is early intervention. As soon as there is swelling or pain there should be some sort of intervention - icing, relative rest, a Doctor's visit. My rule is that if you have pain during a run that is consistent then you should not be running because it is going to lead to compensation and sometimes the compensatory injury is worse than the original injury. I have written about treatment of some of my patients with their permission for my Running Times articles. Rich Kenah, the current Director of the Atlanta Track Club won 2 bronze medals in the World Champs in the 800 and represented the US in the Olympics in 2000. After his world champs medals in 1997 Rich developed pain in his foot, which in retrospect was a stress fracture of his Navicular, while compensating for that injury he developed a stress fracture of the 4th metatarsal. Rich had a very long lay off, he did not want surgery to fix the Navicular so he opted for conservative treatment and I think he was non weight bearing in a boot and used a bone stimulator for about 3 months. Amazingly after not running a step for most of 1998 he was able to come back and make the Olympic team in 2000!
RA: Can you provide some tips for these common problems?
Dr. Fullem: 1. Heel pain - keep the foot supported, ice and stretch daily. I recommend rolling over a frozen water bottle and do the wall stretch for the calves. Do not hang off a step as the PF is really a ligament. KT tape is a great addition as well.
2. Achilles pain - if there is swelling then stop running! Stretching only helps a small amount. It is important to figure out the cause and sometimes it is the Glutes not firing properly. Also after 2 weeks a tendon is no longer inflamed but is actually degenerated. So eccentric strengthening is important to rehab an achilles tendonopathy - eccentric means the tendon is lengthening and firing at the same time.