Philippa came for a consult on February 10, 2017, but didn’t start her #runpainfree correction program until July 8, 2017. She came with a plan and NEW goals
How did Philippa ind #RunPainFree:
Philippa is apart of Harlem Run, in New York City! Several of our #RunPainFree Ambassadors and runners frequent their team runs and Philippa heard about one of our famous NYC workshops, and she came to see what the program was about! Months later she had come for her consult February 10, 2017. Before she started the program she had taken on a 50 miler without any training and a hiking trip in Costa Rica. She completed 37 of the 50 miles, came back to redeem herself and get her body where it needed to be, to finish the NYC Marathon 2017.
Here is Philippa running into the #RunPainFree team as she ran the Brooklyn Half 2017…pre correction program.
What pain was Philippa experiencing?
July 8, 2017, Philippa came in with calf pain, but we found a plethora of injuries and restrictions around her body, rooting her calf pain. Her Calf was actually the red flag for all the other stuff happening up in her hips. Her entire IT band movement pattern had her in complete restriction, crossing left to right, joint to joint, not only preventing her from conditioning but creating dysfunctional muscles. We immediately set out on a 6 month plan that takes her through the NYC Marathon 2017. And to work we went!
She had all the borough races to get through, and the big NYCM to finish strong! All of which happened during her correction. It’s imperative the athletes stay active during correction so we can get the proper feedback, in following the mechanics. We have basic human mechanics, then the person has their own, as well as each sport. #RunPainFree blends all that together, so we can correct and condition at the same time. Philippa’s body adjusted well to correction, weekly. Her consistency in her programming, runs and races made all the difference.
Philippa’s will tell you that Jessica said she refused to work with Philippa until she changed her Brooks sneakers, she recalls this fondly ;)! But, that was due to stability shoes locking up her foot, causing the pain she was feeling, but ALSO causing the pain she wasn’t feeling in her hip. Her sacrum was off, we had to get her body released to adjust in order to re-train and conditioned, to gain true correction. We started slow and progressed her as her body NATURALLY adjusted.
Together, Jessica and Philippa worked on the running plan she wanted to follow, and Jessica made it work for her and her correction and conditioning. This was the start of a much bigger goal Philippa had in mind, for 2019!
Consistency and dedication resulted in the consistency of progression and Philippa felt stronger than ever! She never had believed she could run without pain, and actually started to succumb to that idea before she met Jessica. Once she felt her body work for her, she was limitless in her personal athletic endeavors. The more her confidence about her body’s abilities grew, she headed for the NYC Marathon starting to plan new goals in health and wellness as more than a hobby in the year to come. Her love for adventure and travel, mixed with her new found love of running was setting her sights much bigger than even she imagined. She decided that 2018 would be the triple major challenge of Berlin. Chicago and NYC Marathons! Three Major’s in 6 weeks! NYCM 20178 was just her beginning!
How did Philippa start to share #RunPainFree with others?
The #RunPainFree program educates the runner so they can go out into the world and help other runners.
“It was logical! Everything Jessica was saying just made sense. And when I applied it, it worked. That’s when I signed up.” Philippa has been heard saying that many times! Jessica makes sure her clients are educated on what is happening in their body, and what she is doing so they can address it themselves in the future. The #RunPainFree Program is to CORRECT you, so being able to know what your body is saying is essential. Immediately, Philippa started sharing her information with her teammates who had similar to her pains and limits. Sharing sessions with other runners gave her even more information on other injuries, and she has really been a helping hand to the running community!
The big day came! NYC MARATHON and she embraced this moment in a honorable way. A way of honoring her body, doing what she didn’t think was possible, feeling amazing, and embarking on a whole new set of life goals!
What are some of Philippa’s accomplishments?
She completed 7 NYC races, NYC half, Fred Lebow Half, Queens, Brooklyn Half, Bronx 10 miler, Staten Island Half, and…
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FINISHER 2018!
She embraced the entire experience soup to nuts, took her time, took in the scenes and the energy! When we saw her on the course, she came up smiling, glowing with pride for what she and her body were accomplishing!
Surprisingly, she ran up to us with hurt friend. She found a fellow Harlem Run Teammate, Vanessa, who was in a lot of pain and struggling early on, and instead of running her own race and all she trained for, she stayed with Vanessa and brought her to us at mile 19 for help. INCREDIBLE! Her very first marathon,… and this was the action she took! A #RunPainFree leader was born on that course! This is exactly why we love working with runners, it is the a selfish sport, its you against you… but runners are self-less, always looking to help their fellow runner to the finish line! WAY TO GO, P!
What is Philippa doing currently?
Philippa’s NEW goals were set in 2017, so upon completion of the NYC Marathon 2017, she rested and got to work in January 2018! NYC 5 BOROUGH BIKE TOUR, TRIPLE MAJOR CHALLENGE BERLIN, CHICAGO AND NYC, MOUNTAIN RACING WITH UNDER ARMOR and HIKING GUIDE! We had not only, sport specific conditioning, but we had JOB specific conditioning to work into it all. And all this, was training for her BIG race, 2019 50 miler redemption! BACK TO WORK WE WENT!
As we approached her first mountain race in Vermont, Philippa fell off her bike while at work (hiking guide). On a weekend hiking and camping trip she was co-leading, she fell off her bike on the fist day. Her leg was stuck, so as she fell her legs were a bit pretzeled. The resulted in landing awkwardly, and had her laying in her tent the entire rest of the camping weekend. She didn’t have service to reach out to Jessica either. She bruised the outer calf bone where the IT band inserts, her hip was shifted from the land as well. This set off an entire body reaction, JUST as the races of the season began.
On her first session back after the fall, she was crying in pain as Jessica released a lot of joint tension and restriction, to get blood flow to all the places affected so we can get the muscles moving again. Like a CHAMP, she took the pain, her contacts popped out.. but she got through it. She was NOT broken, on Jessica’s watch. Philippa had goals and Jessica was seeing her to them all!
Together, they looked at the schedule and had adjustments that Philippa could make on the fly based on how she felt, we new the goal was the triple challenge and her 2019, so that was always the focus. However, it was important Philippa completed all her races this year. And She did! Even if she had to do a less milage race, at the race, she could. And She did.
The 2018 Training season, Philippa Tag-Teamed with Leslie, a fellow Harlem Run runner who needed correction. Together they worked towards their goals, the support has been a seamless understanding between them and has been a great help to Philippa’s major goals this year. Lesli was there to uplift her both directly and indirectly!
Onward she pushed to complete all her races for 2018, and we are happy and proud to announce she has done just that! Philippa is officially a BERLIN AND CHICAGO MARATHON’S FINISHER 2018, and is about to close out the year of 2018 with her 3 of 3 Major Marathon’s in 6 week challenge… 20 DAYS TO GO, NEW YORK CITY MARATHON 2018 HERE SHE COMES!
From the moment Philippa started with #RunPainFree, she has shared her experience as a beginner runner, learning about her body and becoming an athlete. She has been supportive in helping her peers get to a pain free run, and excelling in goals, knowing she was once in their shoes. Her education of her body has surpassed even her imagination, and she’s used that to be sympathetic but also, to give tough love to peers to help anyone get out of pain. 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 Philippa represents that as a leader in the community as well as for #RunPainFree!
Philippa has been awesome in sharing information, going LIVE at 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 on what her body can do, and she actually has ACCOMPLISHED what she set out to do. Attending #RunPainFree Events, and sharing her progress on social media, to show everyone running pain free IS a real thing, and Philippa has done this of no influence other than her own experience, and it is for that reason we are happy to announce her as a #RunPainFree Ambassador!