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Functional Strength Workout led by Mike Riccardi and Finish Line Physical Therapy by nbrwebjohn
April 24, 2016, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Injuries, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Workouts

Saturday, April 30
10 AM – 11 AM

Finish Line Physical Therapy
119 W 23rd St, Ste 304, New York, New York 10011

FinishLinePTWorkshopRunners are notorious for skipping strength workouts; after all, if you’re already logging a bunch of miles training for a race, who has the extra time? Here’s the truth: improving functional strength will improve running performance—even if it means sacrificing a few miles per week to work on strengthening. The key is understanding how to incorporate it into your regular schedule.

Mike Riccardi of Finish Line Physical Therapy will take the group through an effective functional strength workout that focuses on running-specific exercises in all three planes of motion. We’ll start with the foundational tools for an effective warm-up [mobility, dynamic stretching, foam rolling, 3D running drills] followed by a strength workout [consisting of 3 rounds of 5-6 exercises] that focuses on the muscle groups runners need the most to generate power during speed and hill work.

  • Meet at the Saturday Morning Bridge Run to do an easy 4-mile run to Finish Line for the workout.
  • If you want to just do the strength workout, meet at Finish Line PT.

Bio: Mike Riccardi earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Springfield College and has been part of the Finish Line PT staff since 2014. He is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) from the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute. Mike has played soccer his whole life — including two years in college — and has been a recreational runner since high school, preferring Tough Mudder & Spartan Races. Call him a distance running convert? Not so fast, although he did finish his first half-marathon in 2015.

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Runner Safety Forum by nbrwebjohn
January 8, 2016, 9:00 am
Filed under: Apparel, Events, Gear, Injuries, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Pain, Workouts

January 20th, 2015
Wednesday – 8:30 PM (after Wed Night Run)

McCarren Park Recreation Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(between Bayard & Driggs, right across from the track)


Safety is an important, and often overlooked, concern when running on city streets, in large groups, with various paces, sometimes in cold temperatures. Please join our NBR Runner Safety Forum following the Wednesday night road run on January 20th. The forum will be led by our very own safety expert Steven Kvalheim! Bring your own tips too – everyone should come ready to talk about safe running, ‘running etiquette’, and discuss ideas they have to make us all safe on the mean streets of North Brooklyn.

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Steve’s Safety Notes.


How to Buy a Pair of Running Sneakers Workshop by nbrwebjohn
November 19, 2015, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Apparel, Events, Gear, Injuries, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Pain, Workouts

howtobuyshoesDecember 2nd 2015
Wednesday – 8:30 PM

Brooklyn Running Company
222 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

(Seriously, you need to go to this!)

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most important aspects of successful, pain-free running. At Brooklyn Running Co. we pride ourselves on excellent knowledge of running footwear and foot mechanics, using several methods of stride identification and bio-mechanical data to fit you in the ‘Perfect’ running shoe for your stride.

Join us for a free information session on December 2nd for a night of complimentary food, beverages, and a presentation about how to choose the right footwear and what it truly means to get fitted with a running shoe. We’ll be answering any questions you may have, whether it’s about heel-to-toe drops, minimal vs. maximal cushioning, or even about how to get your favorite shoe colorways from your favorite shoe companies- we’ll be there to answer it all!

P.S. This is right after the Wed night road run – come on over all deliciously sweaty and learn about sneakers.

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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Runners Workshop by nbrwebjohn
November 11, 2015, 10:00 am
Filed under: Injuries, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Pain, Workouts

Thursday, November 19thAcupuntureWorkshop
8:30 PM (after Thursday PM Track Workout)

Brooklyn Athletic Club
8 Berry Street, Brooklyn, New York 11249

Many runners have described how running makes them feel whole: mind, body, and spirit moving in unison. Chinese Medicine agrees. It views the individual as a whole being with the mind, the body, and the spirit, interconnected and supported by an underlying energy system.

This talk will cover some of the basic questions you have about Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Does it hurt? Not really. Does it work? Many runners swear by it. How does it work? We’ll cover that. We’ll talk about the esoteric and practical elements of Chinese Medicine and how they can be used to create a balanced running lifestyle. And we’ll touch on some common running injuries (plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, hip tightness, etc) and how these can be treated with acupuncture and acupressure. Also on the menu is off-season maintenance, which will include a few delicious recipes that use Chinese herbs to address some common running ailments.

Bio: Stephanie Raine Lee is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist. She works at Worksong Community Acupuncture* located on Driggs and McGuinness. A graduate of PCOM (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine), she has a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and makes an amazing roast chicken. She’s experienced in treating muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, gastrointestinal discomfort, and gynecology – and she wants to see you heal yourself. Outside of Worksong, she maintains a private practice in Middle Village and a food blog called The Herby Kitchen.

*Community acupuncture’s main goal is to serve the community and make acupuncture available and affordable to everyone. Come and visit us!

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Last Minute Marathon Tips Coffee by nbrwebjohn
October 21, 2015, 9:00 am
Filed under: Events, Injuries, Inspiration, Marathon, NBR Goings On, Pain, Running Tips

October 24th, Saturday
Sweet Leaf135 Kent Ave New York, NY 11211

lastminmarathonCome for the Bridge Run, stay for the coffee and marathoning tips!

After the bridge run (which meets at 9 a.m. at the Roebling entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge – but don’t worry, we run over to Bedford to the pedestrian path), we’ll be running over to Sweet Leaf135 Kent Ave New York, NY 11211. It will be just like a regular coffee run, except this time, we’ll talk marathoning (bc um, the NYC Marathon is the following week!).

It will be just like a regular coffee run, except this time, we’ll talk marathoning (bc um, the NYC Marathon is the following week!).

We’ll talk:
–what you can do BEFORE the marathon to prep
–what you can do DURING the marathon to run your best race
–what you can do AFTER to recover

There will be handouts: Tips Before During After a Marathon

Come for the run, stay for the coffee & tips. BRING YOUR OWN TIPS TOO.

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Yoga for Runners is back with two NYC Marathon Specials by nbrwebjohn
October 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Injuries, Inspiration, Marathon, NBR Goings On, Workouts

Yoga for Runners is back with two NYC Marathon Specials at Hosh.  Take advantage of these two special classes, RSVP and give the gift of Yoga to yourself.YogaforRunners

Hosh Yoga
55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222


Pre-Marathon Yoga and bring your favorite Carb Potluck

Yoga for Runners class, followed by, bring your favorite Carb, Potluck. Class starts at 1:30pm & Potluck starts at 2:45pm.

November 1st, Saturday

1:30pm – Yoga
2:45pm – Potluck Carb Brunch

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Post Marathon Restorative Yoga Class

Our second class will be on Sunday, November 9th at 1:30pm, join us for a Post Marathon Restorative Yoga Class.

November 9th, Sunday


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Arrive at least 10mins before the class!  Yoga Mats will be available for a $2 rental fee.

The Marathon. OMG. No, really, it’s going to be okay. Workshop! by nbrwebjohn
October 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Injuries, Inspiration, Marathon, NBR Goings On, Pain, Running Tips

October 16th, Thursday
McCarren Park Track after Thursday Night Track Workout.

James Chu, Zandy Mangold, and Russell Marks are three NBR coaches who offered to speak from their experiences, research, and knowledge about THE MARATHON!

Note: this event will happen right after the speed workout, so you’ll have to delay your drinking at The Nest until 9:30p.m. It will be OUTDOORS so if running the workout, bring a long-sleeved t-shirt so you are not cold while we put on this workshop. Especially neat, Zandy convinced Hammer to donate a bunch of goody bags so free treats, yay!

James will be talking about when training doesn’t go as planned (ie due to injury, life getting in the way, or impromptu marathon debut without training). He’ll also enlighten us on how to just have fun and loosen up time goals or completely abandoning them (I think we all could benefit from that!).

Russell will talk about how nutrition is key to a good marathon (Note from Cherie – I hope this includes lots of cookies). He’ll also highlight how to taper, and why goals are important, and how you can best achieve it.

Zandy will discuss the mental aspects of pushing beyond what you think you are capable of plus nutrition and pacing tips and how to maintain your good lucks when running far and fast.


Russell Marks ran track and cross country in high school and was coached by a Hall of Fame coach. He continued his running in college and was coached by a NCAA Hall of Fame Coach. He is a USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach. Russell ran the NYC marathon in 2011 and 2013 and qualified for the Boston marathon with his time in 2013.

James Chu ran competitively in high school and was a Connecticut indoor track state champion at 800 meters. James continued running in college at Princeton University. James is a USATF (USA Track & Field) Level 1 certified coach and an NBR member for over 4 years. James made his marathon debut at NYC last year.

Zandy is awesome and recently ran his first 24 hour race, placing 5th USATF runner. He’s run in lots of deserts in multi-day races and enjoys running with lots of stuff in his backpack. He is sponsored by Hammer and they’ll be providing neat bags for attendees!

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