Family Fun Night by Maureen Vollaro

What an AWESOME night! I am overwhelmed with appreciation for all the people that volunteered and attended! Such an amazing group of people you are! Do you know how special you are? Do you know what amazing athletes you are? The energy at this event was unbelievable!

Some of my highlights of the night (getting the idea that I like to make lists?)
1. Lou: order 7 pies
Lou: order 10 pies
Lou: We are going to need 18 pies! And get carvel flying saucers too!
2. People from our group that I don’t know thanking me for organizing the event
3. Multiple people saying to me: “We have a good turnout”
4. People asking me if I am going to do it again next year (the answer is yes)
5. Meeting the family members of the folks that I have been running with this past year
6. Seeing all of the kids participating
7. Getting to chat with the spouses of folks I have been running with this past year
8. Kristin’s uncle asking me if he really was the oldest at the ripe age of 75. Then going on to ask me if he I agreed that he looked good for his age, which I agreed, he did!
9. My son approaching me and saying: “Mom you did a good job, I think it was a big hit!”
10. My daughter approaching me and saying: “Mom this is great”

Selden Hills Amazing Race Recap by Michelle Berg

Selden Hills Amazing Race Recap by Michelle Berg

Each time I think a Selden Hill event can’t top a previous event, I’m wrong. Todays event will certainly be one to talk about in years to come.

When I heard there would be a SHW Amazing Race scenario in our beloved trails, my first thought was “nope.” I’m not outdoorsy, I don’t like dirt and besides Robs Run, I’ve never ran in trails. When I found out I didn’t have to work on the day of the AR, I figured, why not take part? How hard could it be? I should face my fears of being dirty and possibly contracting Lyme disease. Lou and his team of mad people created a route as well as placed team markers throughout the course. The objective, get all your team markers and win win win. 8 teams of fun, fast and fierce folks were assembled.

No surprise Jaime and I were paired. Read more

Don’t Let an Achilles Injury Stop You in Your Tracks

Don’t Let an Achilles Injury Stop You in Your Tracks

By James Gucciardi

Myth has it that the mother of Achilles dipped the infant in the River Styx, which supposedly offered powers of invulnerability. Holding him by his heel his whole body was submerged in the magical water making him invincible. That is, his whole body except for his heel where his mother held him.

Achilles tendinitis is one of the most frequent injuries suffered by runners. If you run long enough, there is a good chance you’ll suffer from Achilles pain at some point. There can be many reasons for this, but one clearly stands out the most among the rest and that is over-use. Let’s take a look into greater detail of the anatomy of the Achilles, how it breaks down, and what you can do to have more resilient ankles. Read more

Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck

By James Gucciardi, D.C.

It’s that time of year again when millions of people make a New Year’s resolution. One of the most popular resolutions, that’s broken year after year is to lose weight and get fit. Check out how crowded the cardio room is at your local gym, it’s busting at the seams!

We’re about 3 weeks into the New Year. This is where people typically start skipping work outs and fall back into old habits. If you’ve made a resolution to basically get into better shape and your resolve is starting to break, you’re not alone. Your health is so vital for living a quality life, don’t relegate it to something that has become so trivial like starting to make good choices on an arbitrary day. That’s not how it works.

resolution [res-o-lu-tion]: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

Forbes found that just 8% of people who make resolutions actually realize them. A study in 2007 by Richard Wiseman, a British psychologist and author from the University of Bristol, found that out of 3000 people who made New Year’s resolutions, 88% didn’t keep them. New Year’s Resolutions suck because they overwhelmingly lead to failure. When you fail, it can be discouraging to some and downright depressing for others. If you’re one of the few that has the will-power to keep them, stop reading. However, if you’re like the statistical majority, then read on.  Read more