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Villanova University – Day Of Distance Track and Cross Country Coaching Seminar 2018 Recap – The Running Works

For the second year in a row I was able to attend The Running Works Day Of Distance hosted by Marcus O’Sullivan at Villanova University! For the second year in a row I was blown away at the shear amount of running knowledge and sense of community the coaches in Pennsylvania (mainly the Philadelphia area coaches) and New Jersey (mainly the South Jersey coaches).  Shak and Cricket at The Running Works just keep putting on a better coaches clinic each year and it’s a lot of fun to meet the coaches from outside our region, South Jersey, and to see the look on their faces when they realize we are at cross country seminar for the various reasons we attend to better support our team and this year we even took a patient along who is looking to make the leap into coaching other triathletes very soon!

The day overall went by way too quickly! First off, Villanova’s athletic complexes are under a major overhaul right now and the transformation from last year to this year was a huge improvement! The football stadium and track may have been under snow to some extent, but you can see from the pictures below everything keeps getting better! We checked in around 8:00 AM and Craig Virgin, the famous American cross country and 10k meter racer spoke promptly at 9:15am. After a short break we jumped directly back into coaching talk with Chris Fox, the head coach of distance and cross country running from Syracuse University and recent Big East Champion and National Champion coach in Cross Country who politely reminded Villanova fans that to do that, you have to beat Nova and everyone had a good chuckle over that.  Lunch just might be my favorite part of the day because I get a chance to sit with coaches that I don’t know and hear about issues from coaches outside of our region like the western suburbs of Philadelphia and northern New Jersey.  The afternoon seminars I selected were with Phil Warton on Active Isolated Flexibility and Stretching followed by Marcus O’Sullivan on novice coaching solutions. Phil Warton’s session on stretching was very interactive and fun and he focused a great deal of his talk towards keeping young runner legs happy, including the hips! It was fun to see someone else who I have never met before “preaching the gospel” that happy hips make for good runner legs and improved spinal mechanics. The best part of my day, and my guest triathlete also agreed was “Novice Coaching Session with Marcus O’Sullivan” who broke down how easy it is to worry about to many variables when coaching high school cross country and while data and science can be infaliable, don’t forget when you are coaching middle schoolers, high schoolers, or even college kids to support them no matter what and to do the best to keep them healthy! Marcus when into how he almost retired from running and open road racing at age 32 because he had still never found a system of training before that which worked for him and it wasn’t until he started to let someone else help coach him along with decreasing the intensity of workouts from time to time based on blood lactate threshold levels and heart rate that he was then able to prolong her 5k and 10k racing career to the age of 37 and he joked several different times that he did it by listening to his body more and running hard a good bit less. Yes, you read that correctly, at 32 years of age, he ran almost as fast as he did at 22 in the prime of his career by listening to his coach and decreasing his high intensity mileage and working more on staying healthy.


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Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K Race Walk and Kids Race – HADDONFIELD, NJ –

Holy smokes, it’s almost time for Christmas, New Years and so much more! Where did 2017 go? Is Cross Country really already over? Well, I guess it’s time to plan for spring and there is no better way to break out of a winter time funk than to sign for up the Haddonfield Running Co Adrenaline 5k Run/Walk and Kids Races! Inside tip, we usually setup in the basement of the Running Co for a post race recovery room with the Training Room of Haddonfield Physical Therapy group!


Haddonfield Memorial High School
Haddonfield, NJ US 08033

Race Description

The 13th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K Run will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018. The 5k starts at 9am in front of Haddonfield High School and is followed by a kids 1/4 mile and 100 meter races on the Haddonfield High School track.

The 5K race is USATF certified, and serves as the MidAtlantic 5K Championship. This event is sponsored by the RunningCo. of Haddonfield. Kick off the 2018 running season with an adrenaline pumping race!

Team Challenges

Note: No Race Day Team Registration.

Corporate Team Registration allows an organization to pay for their employees and families. Click on Corporate Team and Create New Team.

Competitive teams will still be the same:

3 to a team to score, no maximum. Awards to top 2 teams in each of the following categories:

– High School Club Team (Male and Female)

– Family Team

– Corporate Team

Packet Pickup

March 14-16 from 10AM – 7PM at RunningCo. of Haddonfield, 121 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Race Day Packet Pickup at Haddonfield High School starting at 7AM.


From the Ben Franklin Bridge, take Rt. 30 East. Follow signs for “Cherry Hill”. After ramp, take Route 70 East about 3 miles to Route 41 exit to Haddonfield, continue straight. After the second traffic light, Park Ave., Haddonfield High School is on your right. Follow signs for parking.

From Rt. 295, take Exit 32 – Haddonfield/Gibbsboro. At the end of the exit ramp, turn onto Route 561 West (Haddonfield/Berlin Road) towards Haddonfield. Travel straight on Route 561 for about 3 or 4 miles, make a right onto Kings Highway, Haddonfield High School is on your left. Follow signs for parking.

Cash Prizes

Top 5 Overall Male and Female Runners:

1st – $400
2nd – $250
3rd – $150
4th – $100
5th – $50

Top 3 Overall Masters Male and Female

1st – $100
2nd – $75
3rd – $50


Finishers medals for all runners. Wait til you see the 13 year design!!! St Pats Special!!!!

Awards to Top 3 Male and Females in the following Age Groups: Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Link to SIGN UP —

Hosted by the Running Co of South Jersey – Haddonfield, Moorestown, Mullica Hill, and Medford

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Pics from years gone by and a short jaunt down memory lane of the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k – All photos are thumbnails! Click on them to see more detail!

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The 22nd Annual Cross Country Cherokee Challenge – Cherokee High School – Marlton NJ

We will be attending and setting up once again this year at the Cherokee Challenge kick off race of South Jersey! We had so much fun sweating it out last year that we couldn’t say no to coming back again this year. We will be just to the right of the Running Co of South Jersey.

This unusual meet, sponsored by Nike and The Running Company of South Jersey, with its shorter racing distances, class scoring, and unique coed team scoring, provides a great, low-key opportunity for runners to begin the competitive season, and we hope you “take the Challenge” this year!

Link to NJ Mile Split:

Link to Cherokee Challenge Main Website:

2016 Girls Cherokee Challenge Alyssa Aldridge Takes 2nd in Junior Race:

2016 Cherokee Challenge by Running Works Pics:

We hope to see you at Cherokee High School on September 9, 2017 which is just a few weeks away, enjoy the rest of your summer and keep training hard, September and October will be here before you know it!

Additional Cherokee Challenge Info

Race Schedule

9:00AM Middle School Girls
9:20 Middle School Boys
9:40 Frosh Girls
10:00 Frosh Boys
10:20 Soph Girls
10:40 Soph Boys
11:00 Junior Girls
11:20 Junior Boys
11:40 Senior Girls
12:00 Senior Boys.

2 Miles for all High School Events
1.5 Miles for all Middle School Events


HS Boys — Shawn Wilson Cherokee 2012 9:26
HS Girls — Jillian Smith Southern 2008 10:41
MS Boys — Max Adams Cinnaminson 2013 7:28
MS Boys — Derek Gess Haddonfield 2014 7:28
MS Girls — Briana Gess Haddonfield 2012 7:38

Running Co of South Jersey:

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Injured Redskins turn to chiropractor to recover quickly – Richmond Times

Earlier this month a great article went up on the Richmond Times about how Washington Redskins players were turning to Chiropractic Medicine to return to the field quicker. We love great information about Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue work! The best part of the story is that the Chiropractor helped him with his Achilles injuries, just like we do at our office here in South Jersey. We do a lot more than just low back pain and neck pain, check out the article below for more info.


From the article:

Running back Mack Brown watched Josh Doctson’s college film this offseason, seeing clips of his teammate toe tapping in the end zone, high pointing passes and running crisp routes rolled into five-minute YouTube videos.

Doctson tried TheraBands to fix his Achilles injury, he tried stretching it and none of it helped reclaim his health. Brown knew what Doctson could do for the Redskins’ offense this season, so he recommended Doctson see Dr. Craig, a chiropractor in the Ashburn area who Brown visits for body maintenance.

“I knew he really was in pain. I was like, ‘You really need to go to this doctor to get your body worked on,’” Brown said. “You get Doctson at 100 percent, he’s a problem for the league, one of the best receivers in the league. We need to get him back healthy.”

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The Washington Township (Sewell) Office has changed locations – Now at 601 Hollydell Drive

In a whirlwind week of changes, we also had to change up our Washington Township (Sewell) New Jersey office recently to keep up with our good friends at The Training Room Physical Therapy!  We are now located inside of Webb Fitness and MMA at 601 Hollydell Drive, Washington Township, NJ 08080 (aka The Hollydell Ice Arena).

We know are in the same group of businesses as

Webb Fitness and MMA (Formerly UFC Gym of Washington Township) –

Hollydell Ice Arena –

The Training Room of Washington Township (Sewell) –

Please contact our main office with any questions at 856.228.3100 OR use the Contact Us form below!


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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

Questions?  Give our front desk a call at 856-228-3100 or use the contact us link below!


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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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Achy Joints – More EVIDENCE that HIGH QUALITY Chondroitin Sulfate supplementation helps arthritis.

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While looking for pertinent and relative research to issues we deal with here at the office, I came across this article online which was very recently published in supplementation research.  PubMed is your basic search site for indexing research studies and usually one of the first places we look as doctors trying to stay ahead on the evidence based practice spectrum of chiropractic.

For about 15-20 years, Chriopractors, Nutritionists, and some other medical professionals have felt confident that Chondroitin and Glucosamine supplements from GOOD SOURCES help to keep arthritic joints moving freely.  Please note that we stress good sources with all supplements.  We don’t mind if you buy your supplements from other sources than our office, just be sure the source is reputable!

The best part of this study is this, the conclusion in a study basically tells you what the researchers what you want to know and this one goes right to the point in dealing with osteoarthritis, pain, and tightness in the joints.

CONCLUSION:  A 800 mg/day pharmaceutical-grade CS is superior to placebo and similar to celecoxib in reducing pain and improving function over 6 months in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. This formulation of CS should be considered a first-line treatment in the medical management of knee OA.

Here at the office we of both a basic Chondroitin and Glucosamine from Anabolic Labratories, but also an even better version known as Nutra-Disc which contains several different natural anti-inflammatories like Turmeric, Bromelain, Curcumin and many others. Nutra Disc is a unique proprietary product for disc injuries and related connective tissue problems.  Nutra Disc contains a specialized blend of ingredients designed to support the body’s natural response to maintain good joint health, promote the production of collagen, and support the rebuilding of cartilage.

We previously published positive quality research about Chondroitin and Glucoasamine supplementation on our blog a few months back which you can see at the link below.


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Direct link to the Nutra-Disc data sheet:

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Medscape – Statin Use Increases Odds of Back Disorder: Cohort Study

Reading up on back pain like a good chiropractor this weekend I saw an article on Medscape which greatly attracted my interest — Medscape – Statin Use Increases Odds of Back Disorder: Cohort Study.

While rare, we do see occasionally increased musculoskeletal issues (aches, pains, and strains) related to the use of statin drugs which help to control cholesterol.  The most important thing to remember here is YOU CAN NOT SIMPLY STOP TAKING YOUR STATINS JUST BECAUSE YOU FEEL LIKE IT OR THINK YOU SHOULD!  PLEASE SEE THE NEXT LINE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE STUDY!

“Further prospective studies are needed to better understand the mechanism of how statins can contribute to back disorder diagnoses,” said Makris.

“We are not advocating for taking patients off statins if they have cardiovascular risk factors. As clinicians we should be aware of these potential associations and understand the spectrum of potential adverse effects.”

Link to Medscape Article:

Can Statins Cause Back Pain?

Two previous studies based on NHANES data reported that statin use was associated with musculoskeletal pain including back pain among individuals without arthritis[2,3].

Severe back pain is both debilitating and costly. In 2005, it was estimated that back pain cost the healthcare system more than $100 billion, Makris noted.

The researchers retrieved data from 60,455 individuals who were at least 30 years old, lived in the San Antonio area, and were enrolled in the TRICARE health insurance system from 2003 to 2012. Of these, 17% were active military personnel and the rest were family members and veterans.

About one in six individuals (10,910) had been prescribed a statin, usually simvastatin (in 72% of prescriptions), and on average, they had been taking this drug for 3.7 years.

The researchers matched 6728 statin users with an equal number of statin nonusers. They had a mean age of 52 and 47% were women. A quarter were overweight or obese; 53% had hypertension; 20% had diabetes; and 40% had osteoarthritis.

Close to a third (30%) had a back disorder.

In the propensity-matched cohort, being prescribed a statin (as opposed to not being prescribed this drug) significantly raised the odds of having a back disorder (odds ratio 1.27; 95% CI 1.19–1.36).

In the overall cohort and in prespecified subgroups (such as nonobese individuals, healthy individuals, or those without musculoskeletal conditions at baseline, statin use was consistently associated with increased odds of being diagnosed with a back disorder.

In an analysis of the overall cohort, but with adjustment for propensity scores, the risk increase for a back disorder went from 30% among statin users to 47% among those taking high-intensity statins. It also increased with duration to as high as 59% with >4 years of use.

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Struggling with back pain, hip pain or something similar, give us a call at 856.228.3100 to see if we can help!

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U.S. News and World Report – Sports Chiropractic Treatment for Running Injuries

Cruising the web this weekend waiting for Sunday to roll around for the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, this article popped up on my twitter feed shared by colleague in North Jersey!  I’m usually all over good press for the work my team and I do here at the office, and even more so on the look out when it comes to helping runners.


From the article:

Why see a sports chiropractor for a running injury?

Although physical therapy is often the first line of defense in rehabbing a running injury, many athletes and runners have started to rely on sports medicine-trained chiropractors. While physical therapy can focus on strengthening and coordination, chiropractic care is designed to improve joint mobilization, making sure that all the joints in the body are moving correctly. Hirad Bagy, founder of the United Wellness Center in Herndon, Va., and team chiropractor for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals and DC United, believes that sports chiropractic care has evolved to incorporate the best of both worlds of joint mobilization techniques and soft tissue repair, creating a new gold standard of best practices in treatment plans for patients.


From the article:

Active Release Technique for runners

After three months of not being able to run, in almost constant pain ranging from my iliotibial band to the back of my hip and then into my psoas muscle, I was admittedly ready for anything when my orthopedist suggested trying Active Release Technique. According to Bagy, the reason that Active Release Technique can be beneficial – especially for iliotibial band and hip injuries – is that it combines different muscle work that breaks down scar tissue while also emphasizing correct flexibility. Through Active Release, as Bagy explains, you can actually “elongate some of the muscle fibers making those muscles more pliable and therefore healthier.”

Anyone preparing for ART should know that this is not a particularly gentle treatment. I tried telling myself that it would be like a deep tissue massage, which I enjoy, although I quickly learned that while highly effective (after three weeks my pain, though still there, was incrementally improving), the pressure and work on the muscles is deep and sometimes painful.

Questions about running related injuries and soreness?  Give us a call at 856-228-3100 or email us at the link below!



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