The marathon world record held by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 stood firm at two hours, two minutes, and 57 seconds—that is, until Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge stunned audiences in May 2017 with a chilling two hour and 25-second completion. To put things into perspective, that’s about a 4.5-minute mile pace… for 28.2 miles straight. His secret weapon was Nike’s new Vaporfly 4% running shoe, specifically designed to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Prior to Kipchoge’s record, Oklahoma runner Camille Herron beat the 100-mile record with an astonishing time of 12:42:39—shaving more than an hour (8%) off the previous time. She, too, wore the Nike Vaporfly running shoe.
High Snob Society called the release of Nike’s Vaporfly one of the “12 Biggest Sneaker Moments of 2017,” while a writer for NBC News wondered if this was “the shoe that will rewrite marathon history.” As NYC sports medicine doctors, we were keenly interested to learn more about these highly-acclaimed running shoes. Here’s a rundown of the Nike Vaporfly’s innovative design and how it might affect your run.
“Master” runners (over age 40) now represent more than half of all marathon finishers—and they often outperform younger runners, too. The Road Runners Club of America introduced the “Senior Grandmaster” race category in 2011 for runners who are over 60 years old. Since then, Grandmaster running has become quite competitive in places like New York City as more and more people commit to leading healthier lifestyles and maintaining their running hobby well into old age.
The NYC Marathon saw more than 2,500 finishers over age 60 in the 2017 race. In fact, some have entertained the idea of adding a “Veteran Grandmaster” category for runners age 70+. Should such a category be created, more than 300 runners would compete to be the top finisher!
You may be wondering how to maintain such a rigorous, high-intensity hobby as your body ages. The foot and ankle specialists here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City have a few tips to help you continue running after age 60 in a healthy and effective way.
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
The Lower Hudson Journal Newsreports that running is a dying sport in New York City. While thousands of participants have signed up for the Yonkers marathon, half-marathon, and 5K runs in years past, 2017 saw fewer than 200 people running in all three races combined. The 5K, for instance, attracted a paltry 41 racers. The newspaper reports the runs were “organized last minute” and “fraught with registration glitches, little advertising, and no sponsorship.” It was also dwarfed by the Riverfest celebration that drew 25,000 revelers the day before. This declining marathon participation in New York begs the question: is there still a passion for running events in NYC?
If you’ve ever been to a gym in January, you know it’s insane! Come March, though, many of those newcomers are already gone and you can easily stake out a spot on the treadmill again. A study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute reported that approximately in 2017, 42% of the American population made New Year’s resolutions. Fitness-related activity was, by far, the most common resolution, made by almost a quarter of the resolution makers. The bad news? Half of the crowd will fail in their fitness missions. But it’s still worth trying! If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to start running, follow these NYC spots doctor tips to make sure you start strong and stick to your goals.
The new year is rapidly approaching, and soon many of us will renew our desires to increase physical fitness, get back into exercising, or start a new winter running routine. “This is a great idea, but you need to take extra care of your feet as you start a new running routine, especially while running in the cold,” says Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. We encourage patients to follow these winter running tips to keep your feet in peak condition this winter.
The weather may be cold, but for die-hard runners, there’s no better time to hit the pavement than during the most festive weeks of the year. New York City is renowned for its picturesque storefronts, enormous lit Christmas trees, and winter markets, making it one of the most impressive places to be during the holiday season. The New York Junior League run club recommends this 4.5-mile NYC Christmas lights run to fill you with holiday cheer, all while keeping your feet stretched and your body in peak cardio condition.
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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Overuse injuries may seem like par for the course when you’re a competitive athlete or avid runner. After all, Harvard Medical School looked at many factors—such as stretching, training frequency, weight, biomechanics, and muscle imbalances—and found that up to 75 percent of runners are injured in a given year. Their findings confirm the importance of overuse injury prevention for athletes. Today, White Plains podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine share some key facts about overuse injuries that will help you avoid them.
All year long, physical therapists spend most of their time taking care of patients who become injured because they sit at desk jobs too much. But, according to the NY Times, autumn is “physical therapy season” for marathon runners. Today, we discuss the specific needs of runners, what sorts of injuries they tend to sustain, and how physical therapy for marathon runners can help. Sometimes the biggest assistance we give is compassion that sets all the other gears in motion to take a patient through recovery.
Dr. Josef J. Geldwert at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains summarizes the allure of our practice as follows: “I get a lot of people who come to us because they’ve been to other doctors who prescribe treatments they just can’t adhere to, like staying off their feet for a few weeks and ceasing all training. If you’ve been preparing for a marathon for the last year, that’s a tough pill to swallow.” Unlike traditional practices, we are avid long-distance runners and fellow athletes who truly understand the struggle. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we have some of the most advanced tools in the sports medicine field right here in our offices either!
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
Thousands of runners come through the doors of The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine each year. Our board-certified podiatrists have worked the sidelines as medical directors for local NYC races like the Hamptons Marathon, the Bridgehampton Half Marathon, the NYC Triathlon, the NYC Ironman, the Westchester Toughman Tri, and the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Our foot and ankle specialists have served the NY Road Runners Club and the Central Park Track Club. Our experts remain highly visible in the community, attending industry meetings and giving public speaking presentations on podiatric medicine. So we are beyond excited for the Queens Half Marathon 2017, happening this weekend! We are here to serve runners in every capacity as they prepare for and recover from the race.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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