Today is National Running Day, and it is a great reason to spend a few moments focusing on a sport that means so much to so many New Yorkers. Runners are passionate about their runs: the before, during, and after. They love planning their routes. They love the mental escape that running provides. They love the rush of endorphins when they finish a good run. Runners in general care deeply about treating their bodies with respect and maintaining their ability to do what they love.
As a sports chiropractor and twelve time marathon runner myself, treating runners is something I have always enjoyed. When my wife and I created DASHA wellness & spa, we thought a lot about the kinds of services and technology that we wanted to provide, and many of our services undoubtedly cater to athletes. Our T7xe Virtual Treadmill, which simulates the experience of an outdoor run in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, in a runner favorite, and our Running Programs may be customized for everyone from an elite marathon runner in training for a race to a beginner who wants to challenge their endurance and lose some weight. Our team of Personal Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Massage Therapists work with runners in many ways, whether they are training, recovering from an injury, or in need of post-race bodywork to relieve tension and release built up lactic acid. We also offer Peak VO2 Testing for those athletes who want a scientific snapshot of their cardiovascular fitness level so that they may train optimally.
With the Hamptons Half Marathon just around the corner and the ING New York City Marathon after that, marathon runners everywhere are making a plan for their summer training. This National Running Day, I encourage all runners out there, whether you are training for a marathon or simply running to maintain your health, to spend some time thinking about your summer running schedule, paying particular attention to what your body is telling you. If you are tight, be sure to add stretching and even a runner’s massage to your schedule. If you haven’t been cross-training, mix swimming or cycling into your training. Consider metabolic testing so that you are getting the most out of your workouts. And most of all, enjoy your runs! That’s what National Running Day is all about.
Have a great summer everyone.
Dr. Darren Pollack, D.C.
DASHA wellness & spa