I am usually only this excited when there are cupcakes involved. Not today!

Delicious post-Refine cupcake, courtesy of Birdie.

Delicious post-Refine cupcake, courtesy of Birdie. I was obviously very excited about this.

Because today is the day when Runner’s World Magazine has FINALLY gotten it right. And you know what, Runner’s World? I TOLD YOU SO!

One of their editors finally had it with being injured all the freaking time so she went to NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care’s RunSmart team for a biomechanical assessment.

Her story is basically the same as every other runner’s story. She runs and other stuff and thinks she’s all strong but can’t figure out why she’s always injured. She assumes she knows what she’s doing and that she’s been treating her repetitive injuries properly by getting massages, ART, and seeing a chiropractor.

Stark wasn't ready. Are you?

Stark wasn’t ready. Are you?

What she learned is what every athlete must learn: you must play an ACTIVE role in treating and preventing your injuries. Massaging and stretching tissue isn’t enough. Someone else manipulating your body will not keep you strong, stable, and symmetrical.

You know what will?

Getting a biomechanical, gait, strength, and stability assessment from a trained medical professional.

You know who’s trained to do that?

A physical therapist.

Yup. That's me!

No seriously. I actually study the way you move. I obsess it about, really.

There is so much that goes into the way you move and the trained eye can take one look at your gait and know where to start with your deficits. It’s not a party trick. It’s our job.

You know what’s awesome? There are clinics like this one all over the country where you can get some answers and a routine put together to treat whatever’s ailing you. It’s not a quick fix and you’ll have to stay on top of your treatment (or it won’t work), but I promise you will Run Stronger Every Day because of it.

(Image courtesy of Runner's World)

(Image courtesy of Runner’s World)

The bummer? It’s a little pricey off the bat. But think of what you’ll save in copays.


You all know how I love Finish Line Physical Therapy here in NYC. And you know how I love biomechanical assessments of athletes. Well, THEY DO EXACTLY THIS!!!

And I have 4 Peak Performance Analysis sessions to give to you for FREE!!!

Who wants to be a winner?

Who wants to be a winner?

You can enter in 3 ways:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you need to get this analysis done ASAP.
  2. Re-tweet this post (& tag me so I know you did) on Twitter.
  3. Share this post in your blog (and give me a pingback so I know you did).

Each share earns you an entry. Enter all 3 ways! Contest closes this Monday (3/10) at midnight.

If you’re itching to try Finish Line’s Alter-G but don’t want to shell out the big bucks to do it, today there is a Groupon for $49 FOR 5 30-MINUTE SESSIONS. I just bought mine cuz mama’s gettin’ kinda heavy and needs some help running these days.

Check me out on their Alter-G.

So fast that I'm blurry.

So fast that I’m blurry.

Don’t take it from me, I’m an interested party. Take it from one of the {routinely injured} editors at Runner’s World. Physical Therapy is where it’s at.

Get into it, runners.

Now go out and run!…and enter the giveaway!!

14 thoughts on “ALL CAPS WEDNESDAY!!!!!

  1. I NEED this! I recently started having some knee pain during/after runs and have a bunch of races coming up.

  2. This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve spent all afternoon researching physical therapy and chiropractic services…do I need Graston? Massage? Why is everyone out of network? Ahhhh! What I do know is that my hip has been bothering me for far too long, and my self-diganosis of hip bursitis hasn’t gotten me very far. Time to have someone who knows what they’re doing evaluate me!

  3. I would love to try this….post baby probably though! Not sure my belly could fit in that space age analysis contraption! 🙂 count me in!

  4. Oh man, I’ve been saying I need to do this I need it because in the 6 years I’ve been running, aside from my first half marathon, I’ve never gotten through a training cycle without some type of setback (shin splints, ITBS, plantar issues… ugh). And while I’ve never been to Finish Line PT myself, I’ve heard so many great things about it from many, many people, and would LOVE to see what it’s all about!!

  5. I don’t live in the States, but I’ll be in NY sometime soon.
    Regardless of the givaway, your post actually made me want to find myself a physical therapist around here to see what she/he has to say about how I run and what I should do differently, etc. I know there’s a lot of room for improvement.

  6. i’d love to receive an analysis, because i’d like to be as proactive as possible in keeping myself in tip top shape 🙂

  7. I would love to try this! I have ongoing ITBS, recently developed plantar fasciitis, and I’m currently in an orthopedic boot for bone marrow edema at the base of one of my toes. In short, I need help! I’ve done PT before, but they never analyzed my running mechanics.

  8. I’ve been struggling with running injuries for the past 1.5 year while trying to focus on injury prevention (e.g. strength training etc.). I just can’t seem to get back to my marathoning days.

  9. Please!!! I’m like a hamster in a wheel chasing my injuries. I was most amazed in the RW article that she only had something like 3 PT appts over the course of her improvement and the rest was just her diligence in doing the homework. That’s what I need from Finish Line – an analysis and plan that I can then go execute for results. Thank you for flagging this article and for all your Twitter preaching of “get strong before you go long” – it helps!

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