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Running Medicine 2019

On Thursday and Saturday I attended the Running Medicine 2019 Conference at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia. My sister-in-law Eva works for the Office of Continuing Medical Education at UVA and is the program manager of the conference. I had just fulfilled my CEC needs at the Club Industry Show in Chicago when she first told me about the conference, so I asked her to put me on the email distribution list for future events.


This year’s focus was on runners with anterior hip pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and overtraining and fatigue syndrome; as well as treatment options for runners with hip and pelvis stress fractures and entrapment neuropathies (I wanted to volunteer my sciatic nerve for a live demo). We also learned about current recommendations for runners after total joint replacements, and perhaps my favorite lecture and lab talked about how upper body strength influences running performance.


Friday’s lectures:

  • Anterior Hip Pain in the Runner – Robert P. Wilder, MD FACSM; Eric M. Magrum, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • The Hip:  One Surgeon’s Perspective – Frank W. Gwathmey, MD
  • Bone Stress Injuries of the Hip and Pelvis – Siobhan M. Statuta, MD, CAQSM
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in the Running Athlete – Shefali M. Christopher, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC
  • Entrapment Neuropathies of the Hip and Pelvis – David J. Hryvniak, DO, CAQSM
  • Running and Triathlon Following Total Joint Arthroplasty – John H. Post, III MD, MBA
  • Upper Quarter Influence of Running – Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS
  • Overtraining and Fatigue Syndrome – B. Kent Diduch, MD, FAAFP

Saturday’s hands-on labs:

  • Upper Quarter Influence on Running – Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS
  • Thoracic Manual Therapy for the Running Athlete – Michael W. McMurray, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Exercises and Cues for Relaxing, Activating, and Coordinating the Pelvic Floor – Robin L. Truxel, MSTP
  • Examination and Treatment Tips for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in the Runner – Shefalie M. Christopher, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC


Prior to the conference, I was a tad nervous that the material would be a bit advanced for me since it’s geared toward physical therapists and athletic trainers, not personal trainers, but it wasn’t a problem at all and I learned so much!

Eva and me at the end of the conference


It was so nice to spend another weekend with Bill’s brother and wife – two weekends in a row of hanging out together. And even though it was a busy weekend, it was relaxing to get away and spend time with family again.


Just Because He’s so Cute!

We met two new cat friends this past weekend (our cat nephew and niece). Milo says, “Hi, whatcha doing?” Sorry, Misty, that you didn’t get your 15-minutes of fame on the blog…


Physical Therapy Update

I didn’t have physical therapy this past week, but will see my therapist again on Tuesday. I was pleasantly surprised that my right leg felt fine despite sitting for the entire day at the conference on Friday. Once again, I had zero right foot numbness while away for the long weekend, but it returned as soon as I got home and started doing things around the kitchen this morning – things like reaching forward to wash dishes or rinse out a dishcloth to wipe the renovation dust off the countertops…


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…

I had two two-mile runs and one one-mile run this past week (all outside) and each one was a little faster than the previous, but still at reasonably easy paces as I rehab back to regular running. Two of my runs were at zero dark thirty, but one was in the warmth of the winter sunshine.



Again , I front loaded my week with my workouts since I’d be traveling to the Running Medicine Conference later in the week. I squeezed in time two afternoons for 25-mile rides on my spin bike (affiliate link).


Strength Training

During Saturday’s lab at the the Running Medicine Conference, we learned about 15 variations on upper body exercises that enhance running performance and I can’t wait to try them again this coming week.



One of Saturday’s labs included focusing on pelvic floor activation during yoga. We imagined we were pulling in, holding, and shooting out a red kidney bean from different places in our pelvic floor; all while breathing properly and holding our poses correctly. It was certainly an interesting exercise and one that I’ll be sharing with a couple of my clients who I feel will benefit from the visual.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Does your job require that you take continuing education classes?
  • Of those listed above, which lecture do you think you would benefit from most?
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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