Vanessa met us running in the New York City Marathon 2017, in pain. Ambassador Philippa paced her to us for help. Now, that’s classic!
How did Vanessa find #RunPainFree:
Vanessa was running the New York City Marathon 2017, and like so many, she was in pain almost immediately. Early in the race Philippa, a #RunPainFree runner at the time (later named Ambassador), saw her fellow Harlem Run crew member (Vanessa) and immediately took her under her wing to get her running, as our Ambassadors naturally do their fellow running peers.. By mile 17, approaching the Bronx leg of the NYCM, Philippa spotted Jessica and brought Vanessa over. As the now infamous video shows, Philippa dancing “I’m fine because I’m already a #RunPainFree client!”, as Vanessa is bent over getting rolled by Jessica to get her to the finish line, is how Vanessa “found” #RunPainFree.
Vanessa is also a Harlem Run member, a great running community movement here in New York City! Several of our #RunPainFree Ambassadors and runners are ether apart of or frequent Harlem Run team runs and Vanessa had seen many of them go from injury to educated runners,…she learned why they had their transformation real-time on the NYCM 2017 course! As Jessica yelled, “I will see you this week!”
What pain was Vanessa experiencing?
July 22, 2018 was our Brooklyn QnA and Correction workout event, Vanessa attended it. After the marathon, this was the 2nd time meeting… yes, she took 8 months to see us again. That event led to her consult on July 30, 2018. Her consult revealed she was in fact, severely injured. Coach Jessica has a severe list, and not only was she on it immediately, she was named “most severe for 2018” on the spot. Here is her list of initial injuries she came for and Jessica found: Foot pain, Calf Pain, QL (spine/back) pain, Low back pain, Hip Pain, Quad lock up, Sartorious, IT band , Hip joint dysfunction, Glute activation, Sacrum dysfunction, Dysfunctionally built muscle, Mechanically unsound, Joint restriction on all IT insertions.
Coach Jessica deemed her “Biomechanically Unsound” Day one. The most severe of injuries because it’s crossing right to left body wise and none of the joints are working together at all. Biomechanics is how your body operations, mechanically. Vanessa, as a natural talent to run, her body was made for it, following in her father and uncles footsteps who ran mountains in Bolivia. But when you have a natural athletic ability, you tend to NOT condition it, and just run off of genetics. This is how most “more athletic” or “faster” runners get so severely injured. Their body’s can go longer than most, but once they hit that wall where genetics is ran out, it stops them from running period. In Vanessa’s case, she has amazing friends that guided her to #RunPainFree and Coach Jessica so this wouldn’t be where her story ended. (Check out our podcast for more in-depth conversations on Biocmechancs. The #RunPainFree Podcast on Itunes.)
Below, is Vanessa’s first correction run on her consult, to assess her movement pattern and map her correction program as she started her NYCM 2018 training. She was determined to NOT have a repeat of 2017 (pictured above), and starting her correction during the start of the marathon training season is EXACTLY what every runner should do. You correct AS you train, so you are conditioned for the Marathon.
It was time to take her from TOE STRIKING to HEEL - FULL FOOT FUNCTION!!!!!!
Vanessa’s work, was of the hardest of the roster for 2018. Coming for a back strain to QL (lower quadrant of the back aka Flank) showed her movement pattern was dysfunctional from her hips to her shoulders and T-Spine, and then her Hips down to her ankles. Then entire X of her body was in complete dysfunction. None of her joints were working properly, and therefore all the insertions of her muscles and tendons were pulling on all joints disallowing function, biomechanics signals, and insufficient blood flow to the joints results in tears and breaks…so it was painful to do anything. But she caught it just in time. Had she waited, and trained again for the NYCM 2018 like that, the tears and breaks would have occurred.
Just taking the step to address this is a task. Surrounded by her #RunPainFree Family, she busted her butt in days of frustration and fatigue, endless googling (that Coach Jessica banned her from) to get to the bottom of her body’s seemingly revolt. When one thing started working, another part of the body would make itself known that it too needed some love. This is what happens in all cases, we call it “ping-ponging”, but when your injury itself is Biomechanics, its happening at a much deeper level involved the spine, hip joint, and sacrum. How the body is connected top to bottom and operates right to left. In laymen terms, it’s no joke and nothing you want to ever feel or go through.
She did. And she did it with grace and fortitude! She was set to run the NYC Marathon 2018 in the middle of her correction, not even corrected fully and was ready for it!
How did vanessa start to share #RunPainFree with others?
The #RunPainFree program educates the runner so they can go out into the world and help other runners.
Vanessa is very involved in her running community. Both her run crew, Harlem Run, and her borough The Bronx. She was also very injured, so people started seeing her improvements weekly, even with set-backs each week she came back better than the week prior. Runners take notice when one of their own shows tenacity and resilience, and actual results. The #RunPainFree program sets you apart from being someone who runs, to someone who becomes an athlete.
The running movement happening here in New York City is real, and every borough is growing their running participants and crews. Vanessa runs with so many people and immediately started sharing what she was learning in every session with her peers. This also came with her coming to all our 2018 events for Marathon Training and inviting anyone she knew that was hurting to come. Any person she saw limping, or heard talking about pain, she’d tell them about #RunPainFree and then text Coach Jessica. Even though she was still deep in correction, she understood early its a process and respected that. Coming from a family of runners, it’s in her blood to run… she therefore started off with respect for her body and giving it what it needs to not only get better, but become conditioning to the level of activity she wants for life. That, is what she started sharing with her peers. Especially the toe strikers.
Coach Jessica is told about this more often than not, that “Vanessa” told me to do XYZ, and then to see you!” Her generosity in wanting to help other runners get out of their own way, and into a pain free run, comes across in every interaction she has in an attempt to offer advice.
REDempTION DAY…NYC MARATHON 2018!
The big day came! NYC MARATHON and she embraced this moment! As she stepped up to the start line, she took in all her work and new education on her own body and what capabilities it had, and her new found potential… since she just unleashed her athlete within! She as tagged her posts “#warrior”, and she now had full understanding of how much of a warrior she was.
She ran right by the #RunPainFree family and coach Jessica spot at mile 22, that neither her or them saw her! GREAT difference from just one year prior, and still not even fully corrected. That is the power of the #RunPainFree athletic injury correction and conditioning program, when you do the work, stay the course snd trust the process! Coach Jessica has STRICT rules, to NOT stop unless you need her. So, if she doesn’t see you, it’s a good thing!
Well… This text message to coach and post explained just why Vanessa breezed by them at mile 22!
What are some of Vanessa’s accomplishments?
SHES AN NYC MARATHON 2018 FINISHER PAIN FREE!!!!
Also in 2018 correction she ran: AUG: Percy Sutton Harlem 5K, SEP: 5th Avenue Mile, Bronx 10M, OCT: Staten Island HalF *PB: 2:09:33 Fastest Half to date, Nov: Race to Deliver 4M, NYCM 2018, Dec: Jingle Bell Jog 5K
She came right to her session the immediate Thursday after the NYCM as correction was still in motion.
In 2019 so far she’s ran: JAN: Joe Kleinerman 10K, MAR: Washington Heights Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K, NYC Half, APR: Pace Runs Coney Island 5K, MAY: BK Half, JUNE: Mini 10K, Queens 10K *PB, Achilles Hope & Possibility 4M, Pride Run, JULY: Pace Runs Wakanda 5K.
Big Races this year are Chicago and NYC Marathon (2 world major - and her 1st travel marathon).
Vanessa started 2019 as a Tag Team with Ambassador Philippa! Taking on their 2019 goals together as a team! The very person that brought her up to Coach Jessica in the 2017 NYCM, was now her partner in achieving NEW and even more Challenging goals!
What is vanessa doing currently?
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SHE WAS ONE OF THE CHOSEN NYC RUNNERS TO JOINING NIKE MOONSHOT PROJECT FOR 2019! She is doing that long side her #RunPainFree Correction and Conditioning!
Vanessa ran her fastest 10K ever in the Queens 10K 2019. A notoriously HOT and TOUGH race, she crushed it and crossed the finish line in amazement on how her body is continuously progressing still! She is headed for Chicago and NYC Marathon’s 2019, and now that her body is working biomechanically, taking her from toe striking to full foot function is a transition, in conditioning. She conditioned that biomechanics dysfunction for so many years, we had to address the joint’s functions in order to get to the muscle function.. and that is what we are doing currently. She is in it to win it, and this girl is WINNING!
Correction is up and down. All #RunPainFree gazelles, including Coach Jessica, know this.
In the Brooklyn Half 2019, Vanessa finished in tears due to pain. As always, they got right to work. Due to her mechanics becoming sound, it now allowed the muscles to work that had not been. But she was wearing Nike Zoom Fly, a highly sought after shoe. However, anyone with hip or calf pain/injury really should not be in them. The disallows your foot from grabbing the ground and pushing off, as they naturally slant downward creating the calf to fire the whole time, setting the calf up to be rock and unable to extend, therefore disallowing push off. When the body wants to work, as hers was, and the sneaker locks it up, the body screams. That is how you know correction is working. A corrected runner is a preventative runner. Her body was telling her that something was off. In this case the shoe was not for her, but she would fight Coach Jessica for another month before she finally took them off. It was about 2 weeks later she ran her fastest 10K at the Queens 10K. Feeling is believing, and the body never lies.
She is currently kicking butt in Correction Conditioning, Marathon Training and at Nike Moonshot Project! She is getting ready for Chicago Marathon 2019 - Her first traveling marathon, and NYC Marathon 2019!
Running into 2019 and Beyond like…
From the moment Vanessa started with #RunPainFree, she has shared her challenged experience as a runner, who went from not needing anything to run, to needed everything to run. Every step she’s been learning how deep the dysfunction was to how much conditioning she did improperly, resulting in knowledge and education on her body she never had. This all unleashed the athlete she is today and is conditioning to not only sustain, but surpass! She has completely changed her biomechanics, by learning her biomechanics. Vanessa’s correction has been so deep, that over a year later she still gaining a new body from it, running differently, and learning more and more every step of the way. Just recently, she came and found Coach Jessica fixing people in central park, after talking to a peer in pain, when back to get the fellow runner and hand delivered him to Jessica to get help…and stayed with them the whole time for support.
She has gone through so much that she thrives in supporting her peers get to a pain free run, and excelling in goals. She had so many limiting beliefs for what her body needs, she can relate to the most stubborn runners, and that alone has been a huge way that she’s been able to help so many get to a better place physically, emotionally and mentally..
A #RunPainFree Runner is someone who naturally wants to help others get to the root of their restrictions in running their best races, times and as many Marathons as they want, and Vanessa represents that as a leader in the running community as well as for #RunPainFree!
Vanessa has been awesome in sharing information, coming too and bring so many runners to our #RunPainFree Events to share the knowledge with as many people as she can. For she knows first-hand what learning her own body has allowed her to have an entire new outlook the actual athlete she is,…and that genetics is nice, but not enough. She actually has ACCOMPLISHED what she set out to do. Her social media has bee a VLOG of complete honesty and helped countless runners, to show everyone running pain free IS a real thing, and Vanessa has done this of no influence other than her own experience, fortitude and character, and it is for that reason we are happy to announce her as our twelfth and final #RunPainFree Ambassador!