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LBI Splash and Dash or SUP and Dash Race at Bayview Park – Long Beach Island, NJ

LBI Splash and Dash or SUP and Dash Race at Bayview Park

Only 17 days until the LBI Splash and Dash or SUP and Dash at Bayview Park, Brant Beach on Long Beach Island, NJ

Your choice of races:

Swim 1/4 mile and Run 3 miles

or

Stand Up Paddle 3/4 mile and Run 3 miles

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM

Address: 6805 Long Beach BLVD, Brant Beach, NJ

We will take race day registrations — 6:30 pm start

To sign up, use the following link at run sign up!

https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/BrantBeach/LBISplashandDashRace2

Need to rent a board for the stand up (SUP) portion of the race?

SUP Rentals from Acme Surf and Sport $20 a board 609-492-5150 – AcmeBeachandBike.com

For more info or to sign up, use the following link at run sign up!

https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/BrantBeach/LBISplashandDashRace2

 

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The New York Times – Bring On the Exercise, Hold the Painkillers

Over the weekend a fantastic article that speaks to a team of chiropractors like we have at the office appeared on my social feeds! On The New York Times Running Newsletter the following article was published about exercise and why some forms of NSAID’s and Painkillers and endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, and cyclists should think first before just dismissing the issue and reaching for ibuprofen or naproxen in most cases.

Taken directly from the article by Gretchen Reynolds:

Taking ibuprofen and related over-the-counter painkillers could have unintended and worrisome consequences for people who vigorously exercise. These popular medicines, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, work by suppressing inflammation. But according to two new studies, in the process they potentially may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged exercise and reduce muscles’ ability to recover afterward.

Direct Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/well/move/bring-on-the-exercise-hold-the-painkillers.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ru_20170707&nl=running&nl_art=1&nlid=80378830&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

NSAID use is especially widespread among athletes in strenuous endurance sports like marathon and ultramarathon running. By some estimates, as many as 75 percent of long-distance runners take ibuprofen or other NSAIDs before, during or after training and races.

Being a marathoner myself I cannot refute the fact that on occasion I do take the label dosage of ibuprofen but understand that in most cases this is a poor choice for dealing with a running issue.  While most outsiders think of our office as “just another chiropractic office” we also offer Active Release Technique, commonly referred to as “ART” and in sports like running, cycling, and swimming, we usually offer a huge amount of upside with treatment to all sorts of issues commonly encountered.  I have even broken myself to some extent to not use ibuprofen (advil) or naproxen (aleve), which at times is tough with very small injuries that often times only slow me down, but do not keep me from running and going to the gym.

Some other valuable links about “pills” and runners / endurance athletes to check out are the following!

The Pill Problem – The right drug can relieve pain and discomfort—or put you in a world of hurt.

Direct Link: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/what-runners-should-know-about-pain-medications

From the article written by Christie Ashwanden:

After winning a 24-hour track run in record time, Stephanie Ehret should have been celebrating. Instead, she was in a Phoenix emergency room, vomiting up a strange substance, which a doctor informed her was part of her digestive-tract lining. Feverish and nauseous, Ehret could barely move. “I’d never felt so bad,” she says. “I was pretty sure I was dying.”

A few hours later, doctors diagnosed the problem—rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal precursor to kidney failure. Though dehydration and overexertion contributed to Ehret’s condition, doctors told her that the 12 ibuprofen pills she’d taken during the 24-hour race had pushed her kidneys into the danger zone.

When used properly, over-the-counter pain medications can be a godsend. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can tame many pains. And non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can reduce pain and swelling in the first few days following an acute injury like an ankle sprain. The trouble comes, doctors say, when people, like Ehret, misuse these drugs. “A couple of ibuprofens really helped, so I figured more was better,” Ehret says. Indeed, many runners treat anti-inflammatory drugs like “vitamin I,” says pharmacologist Joe Graedon, coauthor of The People’s Pharmacy book series. “They think, I’m putting my body through a lot, so I’ll just dose up on ibuprofen, without appreciating how potentially dangerous this drug can be.”

The Dangers Of Mixing Meds While Running

Direct Link:  https://houseofrunning.com/the-dangers-of-mixing-meds-and-running/

From the article written by Laurie Villarreal for House of Running –

I was at the start of the CPC half marathon last weekend when a runner said to me that she had just taken some ibuprofen for a headache. I immediately thought, “oh no, bad idea.” While ibuprofen might help with a headache or with post-race inflammation, it can be too risky to take before a running event. This is something that I never do. Before mixing medication with running, it’s quite important for you to know the risks as well.

Ibuprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which can be particularly risky for runners. NSAIDs also include the common drugs aspirin and naproxen, as well as many others. When taken before or during a run, it can cause harm to your kidneys, increase your blood pressure to risky levels, and put you at greater risk for hyponatremia. No matter the reason for taking an NSAID, it is not often worth the risk.

The best part about being a chiropractor who specializes in Active Release Technique here in South Jersey is that more than likely we can correct most running issues using hands on Myofascial Manipulation coupled with treatments like Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation and some NATURAL anti-inflammatories to keep you running, biking, swimming, cross fitting, ninjaing and more at a very high level!

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Fourth of July – 2017 – Office Closed

The office will be closed in celebration of Independence Day on both Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and July 4th respectively. We hope that you enjoy your family as much as we will on this holiday weekend and will back in the office on Wednesday July 5th.

Looking for some great races to run in our local south jersey areas? We have that info as well!

Pitman New Jersey Freedom 4 Miler –

Pitman NJ Freedom Four Miler – July 4th 2017 – 8:30 AM

Haddon Heights Firecracker 5k Race –

Haddon Heights FireCracker 5k – Fourth of July Race – Haddon Heights, NJ

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The New York Times – How To Avoid Heatstroke

Wanted to share a nice little article that showed up on my social feed this morning about avoiding heat stroke this summer.  We as adults often times think it does not happen to us as “recreational runners” but I have witnessed everything from hypothermia to heatstroke at running races!  Check out the article at the following link and remember that it is not just high school kids at summer practices who take it a bit too far.

NYT Link — https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/how-to-avoid-heatstroke/

One thing we are fairly certain of is that it does always involve hydration levels either and even ambient temperature around you can be anywhere from the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s in terms of Farenhiet when heatstroke can set in, even on overcast days versus sunny days. It simply has to do with core temperature levels of the athlete.

The following info is taken directly from the article:

Scientists don’t yet know why some people become seriously ill while exercising in hot weather, and others don’t. At one time, it was believed that exercise-related heat illness was caused by the sizzling rays of the sun beating onto an athlete’s skin, causing overheating from the outside in, and contributing to dehydration, which was thought to be a primary cause of heat problems. But that theory doesn’t explain why athletes develop heat illness on overcast days, when sunlight isn’t directly reaching them. They’ve also been known to become ill on relatively cool days, when temperatures are below 80 degrees. And many collapse despite being fully hydrated.

“There’s still a lot we don’t understand” about heat illness, says Douglas Casa, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, who’s extensively studied athletic performance in the heat.

Heat illness itself is an omnibus term, covering “a spectrum of seven or eight different conditions,” that range from mild heat exhaustion to life-threatening heat stroke, Casa says. August is prime season for the illnesses, since, even as temperatures soar, many athletes must or choose to continue exercising outside. “Football teams start two-a-day practices at this time of year,” Casa says. Runners training for a fall marathon increase their mileage. So do cyclists and triathletes preparing for autumn events.

Scientists have a pretty clear picture of what happens inside these athletes as they exert themselves. They bake. Muscles in motion generate enormous amounts of energy, only about 25 percent of which is used in contractions. The other 75 percent or so becomes body heat.

NYT Link — https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/how-to-avoid-heatstroke/

We highly encourage you to check out this fantastic article and if you are suffering from common running issues, athletic performance issues, or any time of injury, give us a call at 856.228.3100 or send us an email at the link below!

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Haddon Heights FireCracker 5k – Fourth of July Race – Haddon Heights, NJ

Need a great little 5k to get your blood pumping the morning of the Fourth of July, look no further than the Haddon Heights FireCracker 5k.  This race has been going on for several years now and is always a local favorite with our patients and friends who like to run.  This race is a very big draw due to it’s proximity with Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, and Haddon Township, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can!  Online registration closes on SUNDAY JULY 2ND!

Run Sign Up Link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/HaddonHeights/FireCracker5k2?remMeAttempt=

Place
625 Station Ave
7th & West High St. (Hoff’s Park)
Haddon Heights, NJ US 08035

Description

Sponsored by the Haddon Heights Municipal Alliance.

New race morning Registration, Start, Finish, and Awards Ceremony location – Hoff’s Park (7th & W High St.)

Amenities
T-Shirts; Refreshments; Water Tables on Course; and Course Police Controlled.

Online Registration, Timing/Results, & Finish Line by L & M Computer Sports. www.LMSPORTS.com

Information
Questions? Bridgette Griffith (856) 655-5988

ONLINE Registration closes midnight Sunday night, July 2.

Race Day Info
July 4th 6:30am – 7:45am at Hoff’s Park (7th & West High St), Haddon Heights, NJ. “Rain or Shine”

Race Day entry fee: $25.

Flat, fast & mostly shaded – point to point. Ends at Hoff’s Park, which is also the parade finish. Course roads are police controlled.

Early Packet Pick-Up & Entry
July 3rd – Avoid race day lines, stop in Monday night 6pm to 7:30pm at the Haddon Heights Borough Hall, 625 Station Ave. Haddon Heights. Entry fee still $20. (Race Day $25.)

ONLINE Registration closes 10pm, Sunday, July 2.

Awards

1st Male & Female – $150. ea 2nd Male & Female – $100. ea 3rd Male & Female – $50. ea

Age Groups: Top 3 M & F in each of the following divisions: 14 & under; 15 – 19; 20 – 29; 30 – 34; 35 – 39; 40 – 44; 45 – 49; 50 – 59; 60 – 69; 70+

Special Award Divisions: Top 3 M & F Public Safety Personnel (Police/Fire/EMS/Federal LE); Top 3 M & F Military

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Pitman NJ Freedom Four Miler – July 4th 2017 – 8:30 AM

Looking for a great fourth of July race for actual day of Independence Day? The Pittman Freedom Four Miler is just the ticket and very well revered as a fast, local race that a lot of runners love year in and year out! What better way to get you July 4th celebrations started than by a nice run through historic and picturesque Pitman!

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/PitmanFreedomFour/

Run Sign Up Link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Pitman/PitmanFreedomFourMilerRun?remMeAttempt=

Place
110 S. BroadwayPitman, NJ 08071
Pitman, NJ US 08071
Description

The 36th Annual Pitman Freedom Four Mile Road Race
An Independence Day run through one of South Jersey’s most picturesque towns!

WHEN: 8:45AM – Tuesday, JULY 4, 2017 * Rain or Shine
Paper Registration Form: Printable version of registration form
WHERE: Start and Finish near Broadway Theatre, Broadway, Pitman NJ

COURSE: Challenging, accurately measured 4 miles through Pitman. Our race is now more accurately timed using chip timing with jbsportstiming.com.

This course is not certified with USATF:

ONLINE REGISTRATION close at 7pm on July 2, 2017: Cost will be $25.00 before July 2, 2017. Come out on July 3, 2017 to the Pitman Middle School Gym from 4pm -8pm last chance to save some money on registration price of $30. Day of Registration will be at Borough Hall from 7:00am to 8:15am. Race day price will be $35.

PACKET PICKUP: July 3, 2017 at the Pitman Middle School Gym from 4pm – 8pm.

T-SHIRTS: Each runner will receive a race performance shirt.

PRIZES: $100 – To the 1st Male & Female finisher. Prizes to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 plus. All age group will get there award mail to them. The only awards that will be giving out day of is the top overall winners.

TROPHIES: Top Pitman Male/Female

RACE DIRECTORS: Andy Fox, Allison Kostiuk, Eric Stanwood

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2017 No Frills, Just Thrills race series begins June 13! – South Jersey Athletic Club

2017 No Frills, Just Thrills race series begins June 13! These events are hosted by the South Jersey Athletic Club

It’s time once again for the South Jersey Athletic Club “No Frills, Just Thrills” race series. Our Silver Anniversary 25th year of the “No Frills” series begins Tuesday evening June 13 at 7:00pm with The John McMenamin 10K race (6.2 miles) at Cooper River Park.

The other five nights of races are:

June 27 – 1, 2 or 3 Loop Races Note: due to the length of the 3 Loop race, these all begin at 6:30pm

July 11 – Jerry Nolan 1 Loop (3.65 miles) race at 7pm

July 25 – Harry Berkowitz One Mile Run at 6:40pm and 1 or 2 Loop races at 7:00 pm

August 8 – 1 Loop Prediction race at 7pm

August 22 – 1 Loop race Note: due to earlier sunset in late August, this race also begins at 6:30pm

A schedule for all six nights of this year’s events is available on the SJAC web site here: No Frills, Just Thrills schedule

Come out to run the races, it’s still only a $5 entry fee, $3 for SJAC members and free for full time students!

Don’t want to run?  Come and help out by volunteering!  We can always use volunteers for these races.
We typically have some runners arrive to sign up by 6:15pm.  If you’re available early and want to help with race registration we can use you by not later than 6:15pm and your “job” will be over just after the race starts at 7pm.  If you can help out in other areas such as course marshal, water stop, finish line, etc., we’ll need you at least until the last runner finishes (last year that was just before 8pm for the 1 Loop Race).  This series is all about fun and having a good time.  Often time the club heads to the Cooper House, located at the parking lot just east of our finish area in the stadium.

Like the No Frills, Just Thrills race series on Facebook HERE!

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Nicky’s Run 5K & Family Fun Walk – Sat June 10 2017

Nicky’s Run 5K & Family Fun Walk – Sat June 10 2017 
Place
1 Mill Creek Rd & Powell Rd.
Eastampton, NJ US 08060
Description

The 5th Annual Nicky’s Run Memorial 5K promotes youth suicide awareness and prevention. All proceeds benefit the Nicky Green Foundation (NG52).

This event is a 5K race on the Rancocas Valley Regional High School’s varsity cross country course at their sports complex at 1 Mill Creek Rd & Powell Rd. in Eastampton, NJ.

Trail run on a secluded course — no public roadways!
Registration

5K Run:

June 8th: $25.00

Early Check-in and Day of Run Registration (June 10): $30

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Pre & Race Day: $20

T-Shirts guaranteed to all participants registered prior to May 15th.

ONLINE Registration closes 10pm Thursday night, June 8th.

Early Check-in/Packet Pick-up – Friday, June 9th. Time and Location TBD

Day of Run Check in begins at 7am for those who did not Check in on Friday night.
Awards

Awards to Top M & F Finishers.

Medals to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place M & F finishers in the following Age Groups:

14 and under; 15 – 18; 19 – 29; 30 – 39; 40 – 49; 50 – 59; 60 – 69; 70+

Sign Up Link – https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Eastampton/NickyGreenMemorial5kRun1MileRunWalk?remMeAttempt=

Nicky’s Run Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/Nickys-Run-503471789710983/

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Science Says Running Helps You Live Longer – MapMyRun.com

Link to original study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28365296

Original Study Title: Running as a Key Lifestyle Medicine for Longevity.

Journal: Progressive Cardiovascular Disease

While the doctors here aren’t totally surprised to see an article like this one go online, we do like the idea that walking or running at a high level for around two hours of time weekly greatly help your heart stay in better shape which then adds years to your life!

From the Article written by Lara Rosenbaum:

The benefits of running are countless. Easy and obvious ones are improved cardiovascular health — including lower levels of cholesterol, better moods and increased bone density. And now there’s another major plus to regularly lacing up your sneakers and racking up some miles: a longer life.

THE LATEST STUDY

If you already love running, here’s another reason to dig it: A new study published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, revealed that running may add about three years to your life, and reduce the risk of early mortality by up to 40%. “Running decreases many risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and it strengthens the heart more so than other forms of exercise given its ability to drive the heart rate up and keep it sustained at a high rate,” explains exercise physiologist and running coach, Jason Karp, PhD, author of “The Inner Runner.” “Running also increases aerobic power (VO2 max) more than other forms of cardio — and VO2 max is the single biggest indicator of a person’s aerobic fitness.”

Link to original article: http://blog.mapmyrun.com/science-says-running-helps-live-longer/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=workouts20170603

Looking for our previous articles on running?  Please see below.

Running actually lowers inflammation in knee joints – Running may also slow the process that leads to osteoarthritis

Dr Craig’s favorite prehabilitation exercise – Monster Walk with Theraband

 

The Running Works Day Of Distance Wrap Up – Villanova University

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