Celebrities and Philadelphia athletes keep Joseph Zarett, who recently opened a second facility at the Comcast Center, on speed dial for physical therapy and personal training. Here, Zarett talks top training tips for outdoor running.
There’s little that signals the vibrancy of a Philadelphia summer better than seeing droves of weekend warriors pounding the pavement at Schuylkill River Trail. Because we know there’s more to running than simply putting one foot in front of the other, we asked physical therapist Joseph Zarett, founder of Zarett Rehab, (520 S. 19th St., zarettrehab.com), who’s worked with the likes of actors Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, as well as Philadelphia Eagles Rodney McLeod and Todd Herremans, three simple ways to ramp up your running game.
1. SNEAKING AROUND
“It is important to make sure your sneakers are correct for you to prevent injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Running sneakers should be changed every 300 to 500 miles and should be the right type based on whether you pronate, have a high arch or are flat-footed.”
2. STRIDE RIGHT
“Speed up your feet to reduce the length of each stride you take. This will lead to more steps on the ground, but less forceful contact to your feet, knees, and hips.”
”Spend time foam rolling or performing a dynamic warmup prior to your run, and cool down with some static stretching. This can take as little as five minutes prior to and at the end of the run and make all the difference.”