August 27, 2017 Nancy came to our annual #RunPainFree Correction Conditioning workout, after not running for weeks…and she ran!
How did Nancy find #RunPainFree?
Each year we put on our Annual Correction Workshop and Workout for marathoners. Specifically at the end of the summer, when everyone’s pains and injuries are at the high points. We are able to help so many runners doing this, and Nancy, thankfully, was one of them. She didn’t think she could get to me in NYC due to living out on long island. But, she soon found that was a non-factor and with 8 weeks out to the NYC Marathon 2017, we got to work.
What pain was Nancy experiencing?
Doctor’s said that they thought she had shin splints, but she never really bought into it. At the workshop, Jessica saw her sneakers were wrong, restrictive, and costing her a tons of issues at her hip, that was looping a pattern of dysfunction all over her body and causing pain. She had actually iced her shins so much that she freezer burned them! She has the scars to prove it. Nancy’s knots are now what Jessica deems, “Nancy knots”. She has the most rock formed -in-shape, knots, that Jessica has ever seen. She was in stability sneakers, AND orthotics. And if you know #runpainfree, you know these are 2 of the WORST things a runner can do to themselves. Her pain was in her shins, but her problems was her hips, foot use, foot function, and IT Band restriction of the entire pattern that sets off push off.
First things first, with 8 weeks out (and this is common for #runpainfree approaching NYCM), we had to get her out of those stability sneakers, and into full foot function sneakers, so we can get her HIP working. She was a 14 min mile WALKER at the time. After assessing her body, Jessica said her pace was a 10:30 min mile RUN. Nancy, didnt believe her, at all! But Nancy had no clue the body potential she had, as most runners don’t, and presumably hesitated to test it. So, Jessica made her. And Nancy ran straight through, only stopping when she needed to, instead of planned, and was amazed at her abilities.
How did Nancy start to share #RunPainFree with others?
The #RunPainFree program educates the runner so they can go out into the world and help other runners.
Nancy, not only shared her experience with her peers, she created an entire Facebook Page for injured runners! A safe-haven for runners that were down and out and needed a place of people she can relate to. She started sharing all her lessons with the #RunPainFree program. In one years time, she has over 400 members in this group. SO many people thank her, saying the group saved them mentally, and emotionally! There is nothing like an injury, sidelining you or making you feel pain day in and day out, all while you watch your friends posting about their great runs all over social media…and Nancy know’s this. She has created a place where all runners can come for support 24/7! They have green bows, and even men wear these bows, so they can identify one another on race courses. She’s walked many races with injured runners, so they could still do it and not feel alone. Her compassion is unmatched!
What are some of Nancy’s accomplishments?
Since starting the #RunPainFree program 8 weeks before NYCM2017, she ran and completed New York City Marathon 2017, a week later flew to Las Vegas and did the Vegas Night Half Marathon. A month later she did the infamous DOPEY CHALLENGE at RUN DISNEY consisting of 5k, 10K, Half and Full Marathon, one day after another! January 21, 2018 (pic right, GREEN BOW to help her team!) she completed the Manhattan Half Marathon. 2 months later in March, she completed the NYC Manhattan half and then ONE month after that she set out to run another world major, LONDON Marathon 2018 in April! She ran tons of 5k’s, 10K’s, the Bronx 10 miler, and then set out to yet ANOTHER WORLD MAJOR, Berlin Marathon 2018….finishing 2018 strong with a 4th Marathon for 2018 AND 3 Majors, with NYC 2018 Marathon! This was one she chose to walk with all injured runners from her group, so they felt supported! It’s nothing shy of amazing what Nancy does for others, and we are so proud that she is a #RunPainFree #Runner!
How has Nancy’s Pace Improved?
The whole purpose of #RunPainFree is to get you pain free and running however much you so choose to. So that YOU are the deciding factor of your runs, not some pain in your body. We create balanced, efficient runners. And Nancy is an example of this!
Starting with #RunPainFree, 1 years time, Nancy was walking a 14 min mile. She now runs straight, ONLY taking breaks as needed, ranging from 1030-1130 min miles depending on course and a 12-13:30 min mile for marathon… and progressing.
What is nancy doing, currently?
Nancy is currently, embracing her 50th Year!! Supporting her team of injured runners, as she does constantly! And still correcting her feet! In Berlin, she had a set back in some ankle pain, and after Jessica’s assessment and the image from the sports doctor, it was confirmed a small tear in her Anterior Tibialis. The Anterior Tibialis is a Muscle that turns into a tendon. It’s along the outer shin that gets a TON of use for runners, and it comes down to the front of the ankle (ankle flexion) turning into the tendon (tendons attach muscle to bone).
This is super common for someone that has the feet issues Nancy has, Pronating (weak feet/never used feet thanks to orthotics, running in orthotics, never addressed pronation from her hips which set’s off her entire kinetic chain feet to shoulders. It’s common for a client’s foot to go through some of these and bone adjusting until corrected. In the old days, doctors would break the foot and cast them to force the foot to be in better position. Today we do that through movement, and it’s naturally happening, unlike forced, so you retrain the mechanic as the bone heals, training the whole body who to operate again from scratch, as it adjusts.
The feet are indicators of your hip, if you force the foot to be in any position, you are also then forcing the hips, and therefore the back as well. That will cause SERIOUS back and hip pain. This is why CORRECTION is so important. We fix everything as we go, so that everything is working as it should, any dysfunction is addressed real time, not forced.
Nancy, is an exceptional woman, and athlete. She lives a life of helping others, putting others before her, but still takes care of herself! Where in most cases, people forget about their goals and dreams, Nancy truly leads by example of being a good human, and still taking care of her own needs. From the first session, she began sharing her correction work with her peers and her facebook group, encouraging them to know better, be educated in their body and to know that pain is not the end all… and then she shows and leads them in all she does and never gives up! Nancy has shown great respect to the #RunPainFree program, an asset to our team is an understatement! Nancy has done this of no influence other than her own, and it is for that reason we are happy to announce her as a #RunPainFree Ambassador!