Train Smart this Running Season: Tips From our Build Your Run Seminar Jun 7, 2023
Kristi L. Hultman, MD Joins Orthopaedic Associates May 24, 2023
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Train Smart this Running Season: Tips From our Build Your Run Seminar
June 7, 2023
As the weather warms, paths clear, and the outdoor running season continues, our team at Orthopaedic Associates wants to make sure our community stays safe and healthy when they start putting in the miles.
On May 2nd our Build Your Run, A Smart Approach to a Successful Running Season seminar was held by physical therapists Dani Morse, DPT and Shyanne McGregor, DPT. The goal of the seminar was to educate and inform attendees on how to decrease the risk of injury while training for any upcoming races or for those who just like to run recreationally.
In case you missed the event, this blog will cover a few important takeaways.
Most injuries occur due to training errors, so a smart progression to running is important to limit the chances of runner’s knee, shin splints, achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, and other lower body pain.
5 things to consider when starting a running program:
Where are you starting from?
Have you been running all winter or did you take a break? What is your current level of fitness and experience? These things will determine where you start in your running program in terms of mileage and intensity.
Additional information to take into consideration is if you have been running on a treadmill or outside. Different terrain will have a different impact on your joints and muscles. You may also want to think about where you want your end goal to be. Are you training for a specific distance or race? How quickly do you want to reach a place where you are in top physical condition to be able to reach your running goals, whether that be a personal record or simply finishing your longest race so far.
Our bodies will adapt to the stresses we put on them as long as we progress gradually and give our body the time it needs to reach our goals. We recommend:
Building volume before building intensity
Start with interchanging walk/run intervals and progressing the amount of running versus walking gradually
Increase this volume by 10% each week
Increase your intensity 10-20% each week
Ensure a strong core, hips, calves, and feet.
Making sure your body is strong and healthy will provide a solid base for efficient and injury-free running. Incorporating some strength training into your program at least two times per week will help achieve this base.
A few tests you can do to see if you have the strength needed for running are:
Single Leg Calf Raises: 30 reps
Single Leg Squats: 20 reps
Single Leg Balance: 30 seconds
Unilateral Hip Bridges: 20 reps
Planks: 60 second
Side Planks: 30 seconds
Is Cross Training part of your plan?
Adding in movements like biking, swimming, rowing, or cross-country skiing is a great way to increase overall aerobic fitness without the mechanical stress running causes. This will also limit burnout and mental fatigue that can come with long distance running.
Purchase the right pair of shoes.
The key for shoe choice is comfort (sorry, look isn’t really important here). Everyone’s feet are different so what works for your running partner might not be the best fit for you.
Consider the type of running you will be doing. For longer runs, you could use a more cushioned shoe. For shorter, faster runs and races, use a more responsive shoe with a different midsole foam, geometry, and stiffness level. There are many running shoe retailers in our area that can help you find your perfect fit! If you are looking into new running shoes check out places like Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Austin-Jarrow, or Duluth Running Company.
Fuel and refuel correctly.
As training volume ramps up, proper fueling becomes more and more important for high performance and the ability to recover after training. Before a training session, eat a small meal or snack containing about 35 grams of carbs and 10 grams of protein. Pack an energy gel or a few energy chews to take every 30-45 minutes during your runs. Then for post training, we recommend a 3:1 carb to protein ratio, for example 60 grams of carbs to 20 games of protein.
If you are interested in more information on how to stay safe this running season, our therapy team at Orthopaedic Associates also offers running assessments and custom running programs to help you start your training on the right foot! Fill out our contact form to request an appointment: https://www.oaduluth.com/contact.php.
Kristi L. Hultman, MD Joins Orthopaedic Associates
May 24, 2023
With over 50 years under our belt of our excellent board-certified surgeons setting the standard for Orthopaedic care in the region, we’re always happy to strengthen our team even more and welcome a new surgeon to Orthopaedic Associates!
We are excited to introduce Dr. Kristi Hultman, MD to our community!
Dr. Hultman has joined the surgical department, focusing on sports medicine. She specializes in ACL reconstructions, rotator cuff injuries, cartilage procedures, and shoulder and knee replacements.
Enjoying the hands-on aspect of her work, finding the root problem of her patients’ pain and actively fixing it to get them back to their regular life, drew her to orthopaedics. She is dedicated to making an impact on the lives of her patients.
She is a graduate of University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Hultman completed her fellowship at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Previously working with members of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers, as well as St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey and other college and high school teams, she is passionate about helping athletes get back to playing the sports they love.
Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Hultman is happy to be back working in the area. You can schedule an appointment with her at Orthopaedic Associates’ Duluth, VRMC, or Hibbing clinics. Once opened, she will also be available to see patients at the new Rock Ridge clinic in Virginia.
Hip Pain? Relief Through Hip Replacement
April 25, 2023
When necessary, hip replacement surgery can have a profound impact on the betterment of your lifestyle, allowing you to live your life to its full range of motion. As we age, we start to feel aches and pains that didn’t affect us before - so how do we know when it is time to look into surgical options to help relieve pain?