Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Training for spring races

Training for spring races can be tough this time of year….cabin fever, negative temps, frozen sweat kind of tough.  When breaking 40 degrees is a 10-day weather forecast goal, we all need some serious motivation to start logging outside miles!

It’s time to make a plan for getting back in race-ready shape, especially for those looking to increase mileage or work on a PR this spring.  Don’t know where to start?  Join us for an #askHMF Q&A with experts from Select Physical Therapy to learn more about strengthening exercises, warming up, cool stretches, tips for returning to running after rehab as well as injury prevention and common injuries.

This Friday, 2/27, from noon-1:00 pm, Andrew Miller and Skylar Miers from Select Physical Therapy will be live answering your questions on Twitter.  Send questions for Andrew and Sky anytime to us @runHMF using #askHMF.  

Not on Twitter?  You can leave your questions in comments here or on our Facebook page and we’ll provide Andrew and Sky’s answers there on Friday.  Learn more about our guest experts below.

Training programs are starting March 7 and March 14 for the Mystic Half Marathon and the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon.  With certified coaches leading groups in Glastonbury and Groton, we have expanded training offerings to provide support, motivation and custom plans to help you successfully bounce back from winter hiatus!

Meet the Experts:

Andrew Miller, DPT, OCS, CEAS
Andrew Miller is a physical therapist at Select Physical Therapy in West Hartford and at their onsite clinic at The Hartford Insurance. He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2010. He received his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) certifications in 2014. Along with his experience in the orthopedic and corporate environment, Andrew was a PT for Temple University athletics while working in Philadelphia. An avid runner, he coaches and performs injury assessments with Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford, and he has developed a Running Clinic for his West Hartford office. He treats a wide variety of running and sports-related injuries, as well as post-surgical and musculoskeletal conditions. He has completed 6 marathons and road races of many different distances.

Skylar Miers, ATC 
Skylar Miers graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University Of Vermont in 2011. She started her career with Select Physical Therapy in August of 2011 as a Coverage Athletic Trainer. In August of 2012 she became the Head Athletic Trainer for Old Saybrook High School contracted through Select Physical Therapy. She also assists the Physical Therapist at the Old Saybrook clinic. As an Athletic Trainer she collaborates with Physicians and Physical Therapists to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Her goal is to keep all athletes healthy, strong and safe so they can continue to reach their goals.

Skylar oversees Select Physical Therapy’s Sports Injury Hotline and can be reached via e-mail or phone 1-877-662-5633 to answer any questions you may have on common injuries, aches, or pains.


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  2. Hi, nice information. As we begin the transition into the spring racing season, we move into the sharpening, or "race preparation" phase of training . First, provide time for the runner to adapt to his or her base mileage buildup. Second, it is the time to incorporate race specific training to improve performance in the goal event. The goals of training include improved running efficiency and adaptation to race specific intensity, duration, terrain and environment using simulation of race conditions.