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Drowning Out Ego

Of all of the voices inside my head, the hardest one for me to drown out is ego. Ego is a nasty bugger (read that as if I said it in a British accent). Typically, long distance runners are used to ignoring a lot of things that our body is asking of us or writing the script for what we think it wants to hear.

“Well yeah, my legs might literally fall off but I’m fine. Really, I’m fine.”

“It’s okay if I eat this entire bag of malt vinegar chips, my body…


Added by Alicia Pino on February 28, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments


The Pikes Peak Marathon may be turning 60, but that doesn't mean we're technological dinosaurs!  Join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #RunPikesPeak! When you chat with us, we'll do our best to return the favor and talk back.

Added by Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon on February 26, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Colorado Running Company Garden Ten Mile Team Begins!

It’s that time of year when various running groups assemble in anticipation of all the great spring and summer races in…


Added by Vanessa Shawver on February 25, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

This week at Jack Quinn's Running Club 24FEB15

Happy snowy Sunday fellow Quinnian's!


I hope you had a great time last week for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras….Next month we will NOT be at Jack Quinn’s on St Paddy’s Day (Tuesday 17 March).…


Added by Michael Yowell on February 22, 2015 at 3:49pm — No Comments

It's All About the Benjamins

Whoever said running is a cheap sport never:

a.)    Participated in many races

b.)    Ran year round in seasonal weather

c.)     Ran long distances

d.)    Had an affinity for Lulu Lemon running crops

e.)    All of the above

The correct answer is all of the above.

Sure, you could throw on a pair of ol “sneaks” and hit the road for a mile or three. Running is easy, running is cheap, just throw on what you have and walk out your door, no…


Added by Alicia Pino on February 22, 2015 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

We've Run this Town for 60 Years

This August we - the runners of Colorado Springs - will celebrate the 60th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.  Really, we are celebrating the awe-inspiring history of running in the Pikes Peak region and you, the thousands of runners that make our community unique.  Over these 60 years, we have played host to the first ever female marathoner, Arlene Piper, who will join us again this summer.  We have hosted the WMRA Long Distance Challenge, the Sky Runner World Series, and…


Added by Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon on February 18, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

Practical Self-Care Tips to Help You Prevent Pain and Injury on the Slopes

Everyone knows that squats and lunges are great exercises to help you handle the steep and deep.  But did you know that preventing injury on the slopes starts in your bedroom?  Keep reading to find out the three things I teach my patients to prevent pain on the slopes—or even while doing yard work—these tips will help you prevent pain before it begins.

1. Preventing pain on the slopes starts…in the bedroom

The things you do to…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on February 17, 2015 at 10:05am — No Comments

Blood red Hot 55k

Dear slick rock and sand,

Our relationship started out sweet. Beautiful views, great weather...I was eager to get to know you better but I've decided that I want to break up. If we ever see each other again, it will be on a bike. While your canted features are stunning and the softness of your red sand is appealing if we were on a beach, I don't appreciate how you get in my shoes and slow me down. You mesmerized me with your seductive views, so much so I fell for you HARD...at mile… Continue

Added by Brianne Pierson on February 14, 2015 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Please help! Vote for Synergy Manual Physical Therapy for the Best of the Springs 2015!

It's that time of the year again to cast your vote! Please help us by following the link below to vote for Synergy Manual Physical Therapy by following these steps:

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Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on February 9, 2015 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

Pesky Plantar Fasciitis

      You have stretched, braced, iced, rolled, rested, strengthened, changed shoes and prayed to the plantar fascia gods but nothing is helping your chronic plantar fasciitis. You are not alone, it occurs in 10% of the population. Don’t worry your problem is correctable but may be related to more than…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on February 4, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments

Game Day 5k Race Report

Since 2012, my Super Bowl Sunday has involved the Super Half Marathon / Game Day 5k in some way. In 2012 and 2013, I ran the half marathon. Last year, as I was recovering from one hip surgery and soon to find out that I needed another, I volunteered at the Jack Quinn's aid station. 

This year was a little more meaning behind it. First, I'm running again after the hip surgeries. Woohoo! Second, it was on Super Bowl Sunday last year that I experienced initial symptoms of optic neuritis,…


Added by Nicole Drummer on February 1, 2015 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: What it is and why you need to know!

The pelvic floor is an important part of human anatomy. Considering how important it is, it always amazes me how infrequently the pelvic floor is discussed. It is responsible for correct bowel and bladder function, it is also responsible for normal sexual function. One could think of the pelvic…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on January 21, 2015 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Volunteers needed for Super Half Marathon & Game Day 5K Water Station

Hey PPS-nation! How would you like to volunteer to help at the Super Half-Marathon and Game Day 5K JQRC Water Station?  We get the half-marathon runners on their way out and on their way back. We are also the "turn around" for the 5K runners. Bottom line we will be busy. Our station is the "tailgate party" so besides Gatorade and water we also have chips, tunes, and a ton of fun. Drop me a note at OPS@JackQuinnsRunners.com

Added by Michael Yowell on January 20, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

A Fable from Runner-land

Dear reader, this post is a fable about cross-training.  Like all good fables, it involves animals and morals, so let's get started.

When a gazelle walks up to the edge of a pool it stops and stares at the water. The thought process is something like this: Wow, that's deep, and dark, and...ahhhhh I just touched it and it's super cold!  The pool is already full of splashy fish who don't even notice that 82 degrees is sort of bone-chilling.  The gazelle is so obviously out of…


Added by Mary Baldwin on January 19, 2015 at 9:16pm — No Comments

This week at Jack Quinn's Running Club (20JAN15)

Now that the Super Bowl XLIX match ups are set it’s time for the 4th Annual Pikes Peak Sports/Super Half-Marathon & Game Day 5K AND the Tailgater of the year:

JQRC will rock it this year with our FAMOUS AID STATION CREW at the races “official tailgater” at water station #1!

Volunteers can sign up…


Added by Michael Yowell on January 19, 2015 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Join My Colorado Bike MS Team!

Do you ride a bike? Would you like to ride for a  great cause?

I'd like you invite you (yes, you! All of you reading this here in the Pikes Peak region, or anywhere for that matter!!) to join my team (Team 303) for the 2015 edition of the Colorado Bike MS, taking place June 27-28, 2015.

Why? Because in May of 2014, I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). And chances are you know someone who has MS, even if they haven’t told you…


Added by Nicole Drummer on January 17, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

First Step

While running is very important to me, sometimes I struggle to get out the door.  No doubt there are others who have that same disorder, especially when the house is so comfortable.  Standing by a window, in your initialed robe/slipper combo sipping on coffee, you watch sleet fall out of a foggy sky while hell-wind blows against the house.  On top of that, it's inconsiderately, stupidly cold.  All of these realities make you uneasy, so you huddle back into your den to keep up with other…


Added by Keeler North on January 7, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Herniated Discs (Part 2): Symptoms and Treatment

This blog is the second part of a two-part blog on herniated discs. In the first post we covered the anatomy of your spinal discs and the common injuries to these discs. You can visit that post by clicking this link. Today we will discuss the symptoms and treatment of a herniated disc and what you should expect when you see a physical therapist.…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on January 7, 2015 at 10:37am — No Comments

Tonight at JQRC 06JAN15

Happy 2015 Quinnian's!


Hope you had a great holiday season and your New Year is off and running (yes pun intended). Lots of running events as we closed out 2014 and of course more to come....



Added by Michael Yowell on January 6, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Evening On the Track

Palmer Divide.  Wind blows stiff out of the north.  These speed trainers, the Brooks T5, serve me well.  I think about how long I've had them...nearly a year.  They'll probably do me well 'til Spring.  A few more seconds to tighten the laces, and then I go. 

First lap is aggressive.  It's a method that works well for me...start hard and settle into pace.  The mile will average between 6:00-6:55 if cards are played right.  Something about knowing when to hold and fold.



Added by Keeler North on January 6, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

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