Category Archive: Running

Oct
29

Tips for Running in the Rain

Regardless of your source, it is fair to say that this summer has been one of the wettest in recent memory. According to The Weather Channel, NEPA has received 36.85 inches of rain as of August 15th exceeding the previous record set in 1945. Runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts have learned to …

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Oct
08

Steamtown Marathon Recovery

Congratulations to the close to more than 2,000 runners who finished the 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon yesterday. Most, if not all of you, are waking up this morning with a little less jump in your step than you had yesterday. Runners, by nature, are very active (often hyperactive) people who may have difficulty sitting and …

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Sep
10

Compression socks for runners

 HEALTH AND EXERCISE FORUM, By: Dr. Paul J. Mackarey  Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance – But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Bloot Clots —One month to go until the Steamtown Marathon! The 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon will be held on Sunday …

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Jul
09

Hit the trails and beat the heat

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such as those …

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Oct
09

Compression socks for runners are important for recovery

Congratulations to the dedicated runners and organizers of yesterdays 22nd Annual Steamtown Marathon. The 26.2 mile event, beginning in Forest City and ending in downtown Scranton, is a spectacular event. By my view, the event represents everything that makes NEPA special: hardworking, unselfish organizers, appreciative and enthusiastic supporters, beautiful landscape and fall foliage. Many runners …

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May
22

Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 2 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 2 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I …

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May
08

Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 1 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 1 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO  Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I am Co-Chair …

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Oct
10

Compression Socks for Runners may prevent post-race blood clots

Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance, But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Blood Clots Congratulations to the participants of the 21st Annual Steamtown Marathon! Completing the long and arduous 26.2 mile journey is not an easy task. In fact, the mechanical and physiological toll …

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Jul
11

Long Distance Running May Not Accelerate Knee Joint Arthritis

It is the time of year when many runners will ramp up their training for the Steamtown Marathon to be held in October. As you increase your mileage in preparation for the marathon you probably have noticed some difficulty walking down the steps for your morning coffee the next morning. The stiffness in your joints, …

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Jul
04

Rediscover Your Inner Child: Hit The Trails

  “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”  Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such …

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Oct
12

Recovering after the Steamtown Marathon

Congratulations to the close to 3,000 runners who finished the 20th Annual Steamtown Marathon yesterday. Most, if not all of you are waking up this morning with a little less jump in your step than you had yesterday. As active people by nature, many of you will resist the logic of rest, despite the pain …

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Dec
08

Continue your Running Program throughout the Winter

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many. We live in such a beautiful environment. Each season brings its own beauty: Now, however, we are moving from the colorful leaves of fall to the quiet white blanket of winter snow. This does not mean that you have to …

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Oct
13

Recovery for Marathoners

If you are among the 2000 runners who finished The 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon Sunday, then you are waking up this morning with a little less jump in your step than you had yesterday. Your should probably know that if you ran a marathon before the 1908 Olympics in London, then you would have run …

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Oct
06

Determining the Benefits of Compression Socks For Runners

The 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The 26.2 mile event, beginning in Forest City and ending in downtown Scranton, is certified by USA Track and Field as a qualifier for the esteemed Boston Marathon and is highly regarded by running aficionados. By my view, the event represents everything …

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Apr
28

How to Start a Running Program

With the increased popularity of local races such as the Steamtown Marathon and Scranton 1/2 Marathon, local interest in running is exploding. On many levels, including the improvement of the health and wellness of the residents of NEPA, this is a tremendous trend. However, as a health care provider, I am seeing a significant number …

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Feb
03

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 Last week, this column discussed the many benefits of snowshoeing as an option for those in NEPA to get outdoors and enjoy the winter. Today’s column will present another option for outdoor exercise when the weather is inclement…winter walking or running. We live in such a beautiful environment. Each season brings …

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Oct
21

Reflections from a First-time Steamtown Marathoner

Gina Tomaine

Guest Columnist: Gina Tomaine I decided to train for my first marathon shortly after running a ten-mile road race in Washington D.C. in spring of 2013. I had been running 5Ks for about a year at that point, and my overall health and fitness was at an all-time high. Not only was my fitness commitment …

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Sep
23

Watch Out for Stress Fractures When Training

 Steamtown Marathon is quickly approaching… This is the time of year when local runners are ramping up their training for the marathon or gearing up for high school cross country. It is also the time of year when many runners come to our clinic with shin splints. Many of these athletes are female runners, however, to …

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Oct
05

Preparing for the Steamtown Marathon

Provisional Bag/First Aide Kit It is one week away from the 16th Steamtown Marathon. This column is dedicated to all the runners preparing for the big day. One small piece of advice; start slowly, avoid the first mile adrenaline sprint downhill, and enjoy the journey! Remember, only one Olympic marathon winner (Juan Zabala, Argentina, 1932) …

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Jan
09

This Winter, Try Something New!

Winter in NEPA can be the perfect opportunity to try something new. For example, for those who enjoy running or walking you can continue to do so in the winter, with a few adjustments. Equipment, such as treaded sneakers, allows you to run or walk in the snow. Snow shoes are a great way to …

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Aug
29

The Naked Truth About Barefoot Running

Last year’s Steamtown Marathon saw the influence of the new “barefoot running” fad, with R. J. Stiltenpole of Scranton Running Co. as one runner who sported the barefoot look and plans to do so again in October 2011. He, like many other “barefoot runners,” sported minimalist shoes to prevent cuts and blisters from the pavement. …

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Apr
18

Compression Socks and the Boston Marathon

In 2009, compression socks burst onto the running scene when people witnessed Paula Radcliffe, one of the top female marathon runners, wearing what appeared to be knee-high socks as she ran the Boston Marathon and other major events. In fact, so many people took notice that the sock she wore, 2XU Compression Racing Socks, became the 2009 Product of the Year! Today, the company offers two socks: one worn while running to improve performance, and the other worn after prolonged activities to reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.

Apr
11

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 2

Last week’s column presented the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain. This week will be dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this injury.

Apr
04

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 1

Hamstring strains are very common in spring sports in Northeastern Pennsylvania in great part due to our climate. Each spring, as the season begins, many athletes suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle from aggressive activity in cold temperatures, following a long winter layoff. This week’s column presents the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain.

Jan
31

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 2 of 2

These tips are appropriate for those who did well in the Steamtown Marathon in October, qualified for the Boston Marathon in the spring, and will be training all winter. Furthermore, those who enjoy winter exercise through walking, running, snow shoeing or cross country skiing will also benefit from this information.

Jan
24

Walk or Run Safely This Winter: Part 1 of 2

Many people living in Northeastern Pennsylvania attempt to exercise outdoors year round. The psychological benefits are many: each season brings its own unique beauty, and winter is no different. Most will not have to abandon outdoor activities, but some adjustments in equipment, clothing, and food are necessary for each season and the temperature changes that it brings.

Oct
04

Steamtown Marathon: Blister Management and Prevention

Nothing can ruin a great run like a nagging painful blister. As you attempt to “run through” the pain, you compensate your gait in such a way that you irritate something else, such as your knee, hip or lower back. With this in mind, as many local runners prepare for this year’s marathon, I thought information on blister prevention would be of great value.

Sep
27

Steamtown Marathon Runners: Remember to Hydrate

Proper hydration is essential for the comfort and safety of the recreational and serious athlete. Hydration is critical to maintain cardiovascular function, body temperature and muscle performance.

Jul
26

Trail Running: Rediscover Your Inner Child

If you, like me, have been running for many years, trail running can help you rediscover why you love to run. It is beautiful, peaceful, natural and unique. It is fun to get in touch with your inner child as you run in the woods and get muddy. Trail running makes running fun!

May
31

Good Form is Essential To Prevent Running Injuries

To be a competitive runner and have longevity in the sport, optimal form is necessary. Moreover, a recent study shows that a runner can decrease the stresses on the lower body and reduce the incidence of stress fractures when trained to run with proper form using visual feedback while on a treadmill.

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