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Running Tips

Prairie Ridge Cross Country Camp - Everything BUT Running Camp

Denise Smith • June 4, 2023

High school summer running programs have one goal: to prepare the runner for the cross-country season.  Most coaches focus solely on running - but Coach...

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Running...The Journey and The Destination

Jill Ernst • January 9, 2023

My name is Ryan Mains.  I’m a Dad, husband, medically retired firefighter/paramedic, Operation Iraqi Freedom vet, PTSD survivor, and recovering ultrarunner. I am most definitely not...

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Tips Going Into Marathon Taper

Megan Sloan • December 5, 2022

Allow your body the rest it DESERVES The best way to get to the start line as rested as possible is to be true to...

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Thoughts for 2022

Denise Smith • January 29, 2022

Greetings from Smith Physical Therapy and Running Academy! As 2022 opens, we are grateful for the support from all of you. Last year was another...

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What do we look for with video analysis? Part 1

Denise Smith • October 23, 2021

Want to help your runner?  Try filming them during a race or meet.  A quick glance at 2 aspects can help highlight where they might...

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Supporting Your XC Runner . . . Role of Strength Training

Denise Smith • September 9, 2021

In our last blog, we discussed some of the top ways parents can help support their runner during XC season.  This blog is focused on...

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Supporting Your Cross Country Runner

Denise Smith • August 30, 2021

The official cross country season has begun! This is always my favorite part of fall sports because there is great anticipation about what lies ahead...

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Zephrys - Middle School Summer Running Club

Jill Ernst • March 29, 2021

Will your child be attending middle school in the fall? Smith Running Academy is partnering with the Zephyrs running club to bring you a summer...

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Middle School Winter Running Club

Jill Ernst • December 23, 2020

Late September I literally sat straight up in bed at 3:00am with the idea to host a middle school running club.  The night before, McHenry...

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Understanding Snacks for Runners

Denise Smith • September 17, 2020

While we are running (ha! pun intended!) our middle school running club, we have been blessed by different experts that have come to share their...

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Middle School Fall Running Club Plus Meets

Denise Smith • August 31, 2020

  We are so heartbroken that cross country for the middle school runner has been cancelled for 2020.  We think cross country is one of...

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