Welcome to episode 54 of the Final Surge Podcast. Today we welcome Dr. Chris Segler who was a competitive triathlete and is a doctor who specializes in working with endurance athletes. I first found Chris on his Doc On The Run podcast. Chris has an attitude of keeping the athlete going if at all possible while working through an injury and we talk about that and some other practical advice when visiting a doctor. We hope you enjoy this episode and over the next two w, eks we have one of the top triathlete coaches and one of the top distance running coaches around talking training.
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How did you get interested in endurance sports?
When did you make the transition to triathlons?
When you decided you wanted to become a doctor, did you always plan on having endurance athletes as the backbone of your practice?
Can you tell our listeners about your Doc on the Run podcast and how it got started?
Someone comes down with on “overuse” injury say shin splints or planters or runners knee, what is biggest mistake doctors and physical therapists who do not specialize in endurance athletes make?
If someone goes and see a doctor and the doctors says your activity is causing pain, so stop doing that activity, what questions should the athlete ask the doctor to make sure this is the best advice?
One thing you talk about a lot is making sure the Dr. is on your team. How do you make sure they are?
When someone has an overuse injury the most common recommendation is RICE. Where do you come down with ice to get rid of inflammation vs. allowing the inflammation to heal you?
It is said that 75-85% of running injuries from poor biomechanics. Is there any truth to that?
How often do lower leg injuries start at the hips?
Everyone is different but if you were talking to a group of 200 runners what are some exercise you would give them to help reduce the risk of injuries?
What exercises would you recommend to get the glutes firing?
How important are running shoes?
What should people be looking for?
Listener question from Nancy on Twitter:
Before becoming a runner she went to Dr. for nerve pain from ball of foot to toes. He said it was a callous. Eventually it went away but she became a runner-5 yrs now. When but uo miles started having nerve pain when breaking in new shoes Then it progressed to hurting with broken in shoes so I put a metatarsal pad in shoes. Saturday I landed on a rock so whole ball of foot is sore today so maybe I'll do contrast baths. I qualified for Boston 6 weeks ago And am training for a fall marathon. Question: in addition to the contrast bath and taping, do you recommend any exercises for the foot?
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite running book? - Iron War
Current trainers you are wearing? - Hoka Bondi
Favorite race? - Ironman France
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Smoothie loaded
Your favorite workout - Mile repeats on the track
Doc on the run
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Welcome to episode 52 of the Final Surge podcast. Today we welcome back Olympian and World silver medalist Nick Symmonds who joined us previously on episode 25. In this episode, we talk about Nick’s last race around the oval and his transition from 800m specialist to marathoner. Next week Final Surge has some big news which Nick will be helping us promote, and we’ll be giving away a free year’s supply of Run Gum during this promotion. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our Twitter page for full details.
Last time we talked you announced this was going to be your last season on a track and then you were going to finish off your career with a marathon. So how did your last race go?
How do you think that 800 team that qualified from the US will do at Worlds?
You have done thousands of laps around that oval, knowing these were going to be your final two laps racing, what was going through your mind as you were waiting for the race to start?
It was hot in Sacramento, but considering the heat, the crowds in the stands were not what I am sure was being hoped for. What do you think we need to do to package track differently to get people back into the stands?
Last week I watched the championship race of the Tracktown Summer Series, where you were one of the team managers. I liked the team concept and found it really interesting. I found myself pulling for SF and Portland because of the team managers. What do you think they did successfully that could be used to build off of?
You have things you would like to do, but you also know the leadership in the sport. What do you think is the future of the sport? Where do you think we will be in 10 years?
Are there any groups you think are doing track right? Do you think the Diamond League or any country is doing it well and growing the sport?
One thing I think track can do better is marketing the athletes. Part of that is the athlete doing what they can to build their own fan base. One way you are successful with this is your new Vlog. How did that come about?
Who is helping you with these vlogs? What does the production for them look like?
In episode 25 you told our listeners that you would be doing a marathon, then in your vlog you announced your marathon is going to be the Honolulu Marathon. Why did you choose this race?
Just looking at you, your body has a build of a 800/1500 runner, what are your plans for training, do you plan on trying to drop weight or to see what you can achieve with your current build?
How is your nutrition changing?
One thing you talk about in the vlog is having goals, what will be your goal after a marathon? An ultra?
If you qualify for Boston would you run it?
Your Run Gum business is going well and I am sure it is a full-time job. How are you going to balance your business and training schedule?
How is your marathon training being handled, are you using your coach?
What does a week of training look like right now?
Coming into the US 800, what was your peak mileage?
One of our listeners would like to know an example of workout(s) planned in the peak mileage phase of your marathon cycle?
Run Gum is offering an all expended paid trip to run the Honolulu Marathon with you. Can you tell our listeners about that?
We usually end with the Final Surge round, but if anyone wants to hear your answers they can check out episode 25. I want to do something different here. I want to thank you. As a high school coach, when I ask my kids who their favorite runner is the most popular answer is Nick Symmonds. You have been such a great ambassador for the sport. You have been such a great advocate for the athlete. You have given back so much to the sport and have taken time to talk to and inspire kids and sign autographs. I want to thank you for all you have done for the sport and wish you the best.
Welcome to episode 51 of the Final Surge podcast, today we talk to Eric Christensen who is a Physical Therapist in Arizona. Eric has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a degree in Exercise Science. Eric has a new book coming out called Breathe Better. You can get the first two chapters of his book at Chandlerpt.net/breatebetter. In this episode, we talk about breathing and how it could be affecting your running. Next week we will be welcoming back Olympian Nick Symmonds to discuss his marathon training. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @FinalSurge and leave a review for us on iTunes or Stitcher. Now on to the show.
Dr. Christensen welcome to the Final Surge Podcast, it is great to have you here today.
You are a physical therapist in Chandler Arizona, can you tell our listeners how you got interested in the physical therapy field?
You wrote a book coming out called Breathe Better. How did this book come about?
We all breath, so this may not be something most people think about as a problem. How did you identify this as a problem?
If a recreational runner comes to you, what are some things you identify that make you say this person needs to work on their breathing?
If someone has runner knee or knee pain, how can breathing be a contributing factor to that?
How would you go about training or retraining your breathing?
Now what about something like side stitches, can changing your breathing help this?
A lot of these issues with breathing you mentioned lifestyle. Is this because of the amount of time we spend hunching over our desks and phones?
What can we look for in terms of signs during the day that we are falling into bad habits?
Coaches teach breathing in through your nose out through you amount, is it fully in through the nose or is it a combination?
If someone comes into a physical therapist and are not getting the results they want, how can they use your book to see if maybe a change in breathing could help them?
What about those that may not have an injury, is there something in your book that they could find to just help with performance?
How often does someone need to work on this to make the changes in their breathing?
What percentage of people who come in to see you would you say need to work on their breathing?
Who is your book intended for?
Where can someone find your book?
Facebook: Chandler Physical Therapy