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Massage Therapist/Rolfer: Dawn Szpiech

Dawn is a 1994 graduate of the University of Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and Biology. She also is a 2013 graduate of Kent State University – Ashtabula with an Associate’s Degree for a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been working in the Physical Therapy/Bodywork field for over 19 years including areas … Continue Reading

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The 5 Psychological Stages of a Running Injury

Treating injured runners over the years has sharpened my appreciation for the harsh psychological effects of injury. Although these injuries are typically minor in terms of their overall medical impact (stress fractures are not life-threatening), I’m consistently reminded of the powerful negative effect they can have on the runner’s psyche. Famous Swiss Psychiatrist, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, … Continue Reading

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How to Run Thru a Michigan Winter Without Killing Yourself

If you’re anything like me, you’re stuck here in Michigan at wintertime with an insatiable running habit. Just like a child who wants a toy only after she can’t have it, Michiganders’ longing desire for a nice, long run intensifies when we cannot obtain it. Why? Because it’s friggin’ cold as hell. When it’s not … Continue Reading

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The Ups and Downs of Running

It has been suggested that I begin blogging on a weekly basis. Therefore, I’m making it my New Year’s resolution to post a blog on the site 52 times this year. Much like journaling, these blog entries will probably be more therapeutic for myself than any unfortunate soul who might stumble upon them. I would … Continue Reading

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Acceptance

I have been working for Clint for 8.5 years and the one most common occurrence in our office is denial. We have patient’s every day that walk into our office looking for justification to keep training through an injury. Looking for those golden words “Yes you can run” and if they hear “No, you can’t … Continue Reading

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Opening Day

For baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth; writer Thomas Boswell once penned a book titled, Why Time Begins on Opening Day. It just seems right that baseball season is winding down and this past weekend is what I like to consider Opening Day for the Marathon. The first weekend in October … Continue Reading

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Advice for Training in Hot Weather – Blog by Brendan

(Picture is Steve Spence after winning Bronze at the world championships in hot and humid conditions.  Steve is my Hansons teammate Neely Spence’s father) This is my first summer in Michigan and thankfully I hear that it isn’t always quite this hot. I enjoy training in warm weather but a string of 100 degree days … Continue Reading

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Racing Blues

After spending the previous year trying to hit the qualifying standard for the  Olympic Marathon Trials, the Trials this January came and went.  I found myself at a bit of a low for motivation. It all began after racing three marathons (Chicago ’10, Houston ’11, Chicago ’11-3 full marathons in 12 months even before the … Continue Reading

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Jay Johnson Podcast with Brendan Martin

Click here to listen to the coachjayjohnson.com podcast where Brendan is interviewed about the buildup to his debut marathon at Boston.

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Downtime After Boston – Brendan Martin

For the past two weeks I’ve been enjoying some much needed downtime after Boston. It was my first marathon and went as well as I could have hoped for, so that makes resting a little easier. I still struggled to find ways to occupy the extra time, though. I’m used to training using up all … Continue Reading

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