The fourth installment of our Running Without Boundaries series, ‘Redefining Our Limits' took place last weekend at Centrepointe Theater in Ottawa. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand and excited to listen to three highly accomplished athletes share their wisdom, all while supporting impossible2Possible, an amazing organization offering education, inspiration, and empowerment to young people all over the world.
We're well into that time of year when we see a parade of ski boots and skates coming through the doors at SoleFit! With the holiday season over and the Rideau canal and ski hills open, many people are dusting off their winter sports equipment. Despite the obvious differences between skates and ski boots, these types of sport specific footwear actually have a lot in common: they are notorious for causing problems for anyone who doesn't have an average foot (which is a lot of people!). Because skates and ski boots do not have as many variations as, say, a running shoe, most people have issues achieving proper fit, comfort, and support. Read on to find out more about how you can improve your comfort on the ice, slopes, or trails.
Dynamic ROM exercises are quite often an easily overlooked training tool that a runner can use to teach proper form and/or address soft tissue imbalances. Whether injured or not, a runner can use them to encourage more efficient stride patterns and increase awareness to flexibility. Excellent as a warm-up, cool-down, or recovery, these exercises are great for helping to get your body ready to run.
The third instalment of our Running Without Boundaries series, 'The Limitless and Limiting Mind', took place last weekend at the Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa. With a capacity crowd supporting impossible2Possible, we managed to raise over $7000 for Ray Zahab's amazing organization supporting young people and causes around the globe.
We get a lot of questions in the clinic about ice vs heat when it comes to injuries. Most people have heard that they should use one or the other, but aren't sure which is best for what injury, when it should be applied, for how long, and most importantly, what the heck does it do anyway?!
SoleFit pedorthists Ryan Grant and Neil Rosenthal were featured on a radio show and podcast in the past couple of weeks.
I was fortunate to recently have had the opportunity to spend some time in Ethiopia among some of the best runners in the world. Ethiopia is thought to be one of the oldest locations of human existence known to scientists and also a country that many of us associate with their running prowess. After living with some of these athletes and their coaches and being able to work with some of them one on one, I have put together a few of my thoughts on what makes these athletes so successful, and what things we can learn about treating and preventing injuries.
“My daughter/son has flat feet and I am concerned and would like to get it checked out. Maybe they need orthotics?” This is a statement and question we hear often at SoleFit from concerned parents. Certainly a sensible question, especially in modern society where prevention is often percieved as such a valuable strategy. So how does a parent know when to be concerned about the health and development of their children’s feet? We’d like to offer some suggestions to guide the parent to know what to do in these situations...
SoleFit is proud to announce their sponsorship of the YaYa Girls Runinng program in Ethiopia. The goal of the program is to help adolescent girls facing serious life challenges to become self-sufficient. The Yaya Village Hotel (www.yayavillage.com - owned by Joseph Kibur and Haile Gebrselassie) is the primary sponsor and home of the Yaya Girls, which hosts six to ten girls every four-month running season.
SoleFit is very proud to support the Prior Chest Nuts, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat crew from Arnprior, Ontario. The team is made up of an amzing group of women including co-owner's Ryan and Cassandra's mom!