Dr. Cary Zinkin: A Simplified Guide to Plantar Fasciitis!

 

While any experienced runner will tell you there are quite possibly hundreds of different aches and pains associated with long distance running, the one that has sent them running to their podiatrist most often is a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced Fah-shee-eye-tis).  This “sore spot” with runners is often caused by biomechanical flaws such as flat feet (where excessive pronation occurs with every step) and high arched feet (where the Achilles tendon is excessively tight).  But you don’t have to be born with a biomechanical problem to suffer from plantar fasciitis.  Many of us are our own worst enemy, bringing on this condition by overtraining, excessive weight gain and wearing the wrong shoes while not running.  That’s right, wearing the wrong shoes at work and going barefoot on hard floors at home and outside by the pool.  And of course, you know about those extra couple of pounds that you put on after increasing your mileage (and your appetite)! The combination of any or several of these mentionables is enough to make you writhe in discomfort with every step.  And the longer you wait to get treatment, the longer it takes to get rid of that agonizing pain that is now becoming a constant part of your daily life. 

If you have never had this condition and are now experiencing heel and/or arch pain, stiffness and tenderness at the bottom of your foot (or feet) upon the first few steps in the morning, and even pain that seems to be radiating from the bottom of your foot and up into your leg, you need to read on.  Instead of ignoring the pain and trying to “run through” it, I want you to think about and follow the next few steps which will help you evaluate your condition and determine at what point you need see a podiatrist.

First, go to your closet take out all the shoes that you commonly wear during a normal work week. Aside from your running sneakers, determine which shoes you wear most often.

Men, do you wear those heavy black “men’s oxford” type shoes to work?  You know, the ones with the hard innersole?  How about those backless pool ‘slip-ons’ or loafers or moccasins?  These all might be contributing, step by step to your ever-increasing torture that has become a daily experience.

Ladies, you are usually worse than us men, your stylish work shoes, heels, backless shoes and the fact that your “sexy looking” shoes generally squeeze your foot into about two-thirds of the amount of width that you really need, all add up to trouble.

So, here’s the plan: First, both men and women, if you must wear a fancy shoe to work, try and find a comfortable shoe, like a Rockport, and replace the sockliner with an extra soft, rubbery innersole.  You know, the kind you can buy at your local running or sports store.  When not at work, wear an older pair of running sneakers around the house and again, replace the sock liner with a sport type aftermarket innersole. You can use the same innersoles that you use for your work shoes.

At this point, do not use a plastic orthotic device or any prefabricated devices that you might buy in a store. These are generally not made for your foot and can sometimes worsen a bad situation. Lastly, NO BARE FEET.  Wear your sneakers in and out of the house (ok, not in the shower), but you get the picture? You need to have support and softness as well as a small heel lift to try and alleviate stress and to help distribute weight a little more efficiently.  For those of you that can take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, you might try using it for a week or so.

Now as a long-distance runner and a podiatrist, I am at odds to tell you that reducing your mileage, at least for a week or two, might certainly help.  Lord knows, that’s the last thing you want to hear!  But if, after that amount of time, the condition has not improved, that is the time to be examined by your podiatrist.

The treatment of plantar fasciitis can certainly be more complicated than I have described above, and it often takes time to resolve the condition.  Methods such as injections, custom casted orthotics, physical therapy and strappings are often used to alleviate pain.  The sooner you receive treatment, the faster you will get back on the road pain free.

See you on the road!!!

Cary
Dr. Cary M. Zinkin, Podiatric Physician

VACATION IS REST. RIGHT?

I have always maintained that runners are special. Ask anyone who lives with a runner and you will risk being subjected to a lengthy, heartfelt and even frustrated sermon about how special they really are. They disappear at all sort of unseemly hours and then come back home utterly exhausted but strangely elated. The only conclusion for a sane ( non-runner) is that the runner in their life must be ‘special’. The rest of the pleasure of cohabiting with a runner is clouded in mystery and probably makes most sense left that way.

This ‘specialness’ can be expressed in many aspects of life, be it related to diet, insistence on a rigid weekly routine or the decorating of entire rooms with medals and race bibs. You know it happens!!! That said, there is one annual ‘negotiation’ that probably equals no other. Every year the prospect of the family holiday looms large and then bursts into the family conscience. Both sides of the running divide start to think how this should or could be handled.

The non running partners, a number that often includes children, speculate on whether Mom or Dad will take a whole bag of running gear with them on the annual family vacation. This is an additional bag to the one with either beach gear, evening wear or other good stuff in it. This side of the family will also consider how much of the vacation might be structured around ‘getting a run in’ whether the intended destination is Rome, Paris, Nashville or the Sahara Desert. These deliberations might cause the occasional spirited debate around the dinner table as the running side of the family enters into delicate negotiations intended to balance their obsession with the needs of the family.

As for the runner, there really is very little to debate or discuss. Training cannot be disturbed just because familial obligations must be observed in order to maintain a civil marriage or family life. That said, this apparently straightforward and ‘obvious’ point of view tends to come unstuck when the opinions of the non-runners are, for whatever reason, taken into account. They just do not get it. The need to run seems to be lost on them. After all, they see the runner in their life do it all year round which raises the question for them: why not take a rest?

A rest? WHAT HERESY IS THIS? Surely only a non-runner could contemplate such an incomprehensible idea let alone actually dare to say it, but say it they do. This delicate subject thus forces its way onto the agenda and detailed discussions ensue as a precursor to getting some sort of treaty signed before the vacation. Of course, some families have two runners in them. These combos, often husband and wife, make the idea of no running on vacation totally beyond consideration. The hapless kids in these hopeless situations are stuck with the problem so, I guess, there is no choice but to suck it up and deal with it.

Even the single runner wrestles with the dilemma of ‘to run or not to run, that is the question’ when venturing further afield from local and comforting roads. Clearly some vacations lend themselves to running as the break from work might be destined to land the runner in a place where running is even more exciting and mind soothing than normal. Others, like my 2017 trip to the Cotswolds in England present more interesting problems. My home town is hilly and I do not need hill training right now. My fragile knees are just beginning to carry me again. Thus, the dilemma of whether to take my ‘gear’ even presents itself to me. Great beer, ancient hostelries, fabulous high calorie food and endless bonhomie with old friends all range themselves against the obvious pleasure of enjoying Merry Old England. Thus, the question arises of whether I pack running gear or just say ‘to hell with it’ and relax awhile. I am not Mo Farah, I am not trying to get into Team GB, so maybe a rest might be a good idea. I have two knees that concur, even though I might sneak one change of gear into my bag. We shall see.

In conclusion, the prospect of a complete break from running might be very therapeutic. Families might be rediscovered and good times had. While it is tempting to think life revolves around running it is quite sobering to realize it might not. Any coach worth their salt will tell you a rest is good. Some I know stop running for a three week period every year. This could, cunningly, be made to coincide with the family vacation. So. Think about it. Why not take a rest. Enjoy your vacation and chill. You might find out that it makes complete sense.

Mark Darley
aka Britrunner
Britrunner.com

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With some recent community feedback concerning running on the road I thought it appropriate to publish a few safety tips for everyone who gets this publication to see

  • Wear your safety light. If you don’t have one please buy one.
  • Wear light colored clothing to increase visibility
  • Run against the flow of traffic in the bike lane or on the sidewalk if it is safe to do so.
  • If you are starting your run up Coral Ridge Drive please go to the crosswalk at Holmberg and Coral Ridge and cross at the light before heading up Coral Ridge Dr. Remember, although pedestrians have the right of way, assume that the drivers are not aware of you in the early morning and they will not stop.
  • If you are running in the bike lane, the proper thing to do is move into the road or onto the shoulder and let the bike stay in the lane. You can see oncoming traffic and decide the best course of action. They ride with the flow of traffic and cannot.

I wish to thank both Shelbie Seys and Rebeca Rodriguez for their contributions to the board and the club as a whole. Both are stepping down from their current roles of board secretary (Shelbie) and membership/media (Rebeca). We are sad to see them go but are happy to wish them well on their next pursuits. It has been a great pleasure serving with both of them. They certainly brought a passion to their roles and for this the club is a beneficiary and grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

It’s funny; in all the years I have been writing an article in the South Florida Running Forum, I never stopped to thank the editor of this paper, Jim Niemir, for the contributions that he has made to the running community. Jim has provided a forum for the running club presidents to publicize the events of their clubs, to spotlight individual members and sponsors, to recognize charitable work, and even to allow a certain degree of advertising of beneficial products and services to our members. Although NWBRRC members receive a separate News You Can Use newsletter based on what is happening inside the club, I can tell you it means so much to our club members when they see their names out there for the entire South Florida running community to see. So, Jim, if you are reading this (and I hope you are for content and editing – LOL) I speak for our club membership and say: THANK YOU.

Race Report

Beverly 10 miler – Dana Moss
Park City July 4th 5k – Stephanie Rodriguez
Freedom 5k – Jean-Louis Beaudonnet (3rd PL M Grandmaster), Kimberly Reyes (1st PL AG)
Weston Hometown 4th of July 5k – Melissa Meyer (3rd PL F Master), Lauren Fuchs (3rd PL AG), Eric Fishman, Kelly Rainisch, Shelbie Seys, Maida Velez-Kopet, Nicole Gerber, Raquel Alderman, John O’Connell, Doug Eaton, Jean-Louis Beaudonnet, Cary Zinkin
4th of July Sprint Tri– Kimberly Frendhal Reyes

Jay

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A couple of quick shout outs of congratulations to the following members: Inline image 1

Weston Memorial Day 5K – Nicole Gerber, Maida Velz-Kopet, Pam Aks, Cindy Brown, Raquel Alderman, Annika Dworet, Mitch Dworet, John O’Connell
Boca Memorial Day 5k – Kimberly Reyes (1st PL AG)
Run for the Animals 10K – Gaile Valcho (2nd PL AG)
DTR Full Moon 10 Miler – John O’Connell, Willie Torres, Melissa Meyer, Brian Keintz
Super Spartan Race – John O’Connell (1st PL AG)
Wings For Life World Run – George Spas, Paul Millman
Swim Around Key West 12.5 Mile  – Mimi Reeves
Ironman Boulder – Patrick Manley
Race # 2  – 8 Hours of Hell Trail Series – Anne Carroll (2nd PL F)

Your Board of Directors for the 2017/2018 Membership Year Inline image 2
Board Elections were held on Monday, June 12th.  Here are the folks who represent our club for the 2017/2018 board year, our 10th year serving the Northwest Broward running community:
President – Jay Goldstein
Vice President – Melissa Schwartz
Treasurer – Anne Bengtson
Secretary – Tess Williams
Members at Large – Dana Moss, Mark Darley, Alana Miller, Doug Eaton, Susan Frezer

The membership year is quickly winding down and officially ends on June 30th. As we have done the last two years we are giving our loyal members an opportunity to renew their memberships from June 1st to June 30th at a discount. Members who renew during this time will save $5 on an individual membership category and $10 on a family membership http://www.active.com/coral-springs-fl/running/northwest-broward-road-runners-annual-membership-18-2017.

Its going to be a great year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to keep our club as the premier running group in South Florida.

Jay

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Another week, another group of us racing.  Congratulations to the following members on their accomplishments:
 
Disney Princess Half Marathon – Dana Moss, Celia Blandon
The Dunes 50 Miler – Brian Keintz, Michelle Manley
Run for the City 5k – Rocio Arnold (1st PL AG)
Gasparilla Half Marathon – Shelbie Seys, Kelly Rainisch, Laura Lightboun,Alberto Grajales
Gasparilla 15K – Corie Opdyke, Kristen Kohler, Jennifer Barter
Gasparilla 5K – Laura Grajales
MSSOA Adventure Race – Catalina Bonilla
 
Thursday, March 16th from 6p – 730p: our sponsor, Ameriprise Financial (Diego Velasquez) is holding a dinner seminar from 6p – 730p at Bru’s Room on Hillsboro Blvd.  The topic is “Learn How to Cover Long Term or Chronic Care costs.”  To RSVP, please call:954-603-0515, Alejandro.Silva@ampf.com or Judy.Morales@ampf.com.
Thursday, March 23rd from 530p – ??: we are having our spring social at Angelo’s in the Heron Bay Shoppes (5920 Coral Ridge Dr).  It is pay as you go and drinks under $20 are 2 for 1 as well as discounted tapas. Happy hour is from 4p – 7p.   As an added bonus, our new sponsor Mobile Cryotherapy will be  in the parking lot from 6p – 8p so that you can experience their service.  It is $40 for the session but discounted to $35 if we have 15 people signed up to try it.  Get happy and give your body a treat to get it ready for the weekend run.
Saturday, March 25th: the Race for Women’s Wellness Half Marathon and 5k takes place.  We are hosting the Mile 1 water stop.  Kelly Burke, the race director, is asking if we can provide 8 volunteers.  This can be club members but also their children, etc.  Please contact Melissa Schwartz and let her know that you can help (melissavs@myacc,net)

I would like to take a moment and introduce you to our newest sponsor Fusion Fitness and Yoga – Group Training with a Personal Touch

Our professional staff of Certified Fitness and Yoga Instructors and Personal Trainers are here to share their knowledge with you. We have over 100 group fitness classes per week and are open to every level of fitness ability from beginner to the more experienced. We keep our classes small enough to know you personally and to meet all of your fitness needs and goals. 

Fusion Fitness and O2 Yoga is a boutique, independently owned, fitness studio located in the heart of suburban Coral Springs, Florida. It is the fruition of experienced fitness enthusiasts Debbie Wolff and Andi Boddie and has become a haven for those seeking a balance in their lives, mind, body and soul.

Fusion Fitness and O2 Yoga has grown from a small space to a multi-room studio offering over 100 classes weekly in a variety of group fitness formats. Classes are intentionally kept small enough to provide personal training in an intimate group setting. Fusion Fitness and O2 Yoga enables clients to meet their whole body fitness needs and goals. Fusion Fitness and O2 Yoga has consistently been voted “Best Fitness Studio in Town.”bFusion is located at 4670 Coral Ridge Dr, Coral Springs, FL 3307 Phone(954) 345-9642.  Check out their website, fusionfitnessyoga.com for a list of classes and schedules.

Thank you for your sponsorship.  I look forward to our membership taking advantage of all they have to offer.
Have a great rest of your week,
Jay Goldstein
President
Northwest Broward Road Runners

The Comeback Trail…

February marks an annual event for NWBRRC that everyone does their best to attend. The Annual Beach Run sees the club transport its usual sweaty, tired limbed presence from the Starbucks on Coral Ridge to the Cove Parking lot in Deerfield Beach. A variety of runs are planned up to and around 10 miles. When the various rapid perambulations are complete, we all convene for a bagel and coffee with, of course, all the usual road stories and badinage for which we are famous.

Last year I ran out for 5 miles at a very easy pace to make sure I could escort a friend. On the way back I picked up my usual pace but noticed at the finish that I was feeling more sore than usual despite the relatively sedate nature of the warm-up miles. One of the club coaches reminded me that as the years pass, and a few have sneaked their way past me for certain, we need to take greater care. To cut a long story short, my year stuttered from then up to the first week of December. It was at this point that I had to shut everything down and take at least three months off from running.

Why do I relate this tale? Basically, I forced myself out of bed early for the first time in three months to join my club mates at the beach run to be faced with the very real prospect that I was standing at the threshold of the ‘Comeback’. Since curtailing my runs I had added 15 pounds, become very unfit and was still in possession of two rather fragile knees. How was I going to start on the road back to enjoying a glorious morning run, hopefully along the beach sometime, when faced with all the mojo sapping factors?

How indeed? Certainly, the encouragement of one of the club coaches ringing in my ears helped. I left the Beach Run thinking I had to get out on the road again. I even felt a little of the ‘mojo’ filling my previously empty chest.

The Comeback is something at least three of our members are facing. We will approach it in different ways, but I as the eldest of the three by far needed to adopt a plan. This plan would include a whole-body approach including diet changes, attitude changes, gym work and even a little running. It is this latter part that needed to change most. I have done the other things in various measures but I have always trained n the hard roads. I hated the ‘Dreadmill’ as I call it. Running in the gym was anathema to me. Melissa Schwartz finally got through to me. Her constant berating of my love of road running exclusively struck a chord in my dense brain. I needed ‘vary my surfaces’ and even run in the gym if these knees were ever to carry me around a race course again.

I certainly have missed running, I have looked longingly at runners easing along the roads close to my house. I have been envious. I know now that if I am ever to enjoy the thrill of a race or the emotional and physical challenge of a longer run again I will have to be smart. Smart means listening to running colleagues. It means eating better (less fish and chips and beer apparently) and it means using the tools available to us to preserve fragile joints. I will even risk looking a little odd in well cushioned shoes if it means I can run again.

The moral of this tale is this: If we are to come back and stay back, then we must train smart, eat smart and look after our whole body. Considering the shape I am in at present I will look forward to the changes I hope to effect. This month I have focused on me more than usual, but when I realized the scale of the comeback effort needed to rejoin my friends I thought it made sense to write about it. With the guidance of Melissa and others in the club I will relate over the coming months how 2017 will, I hope, be an altogether better running year than the last one. I wish you all the same. Be smart, be happy and be sensible and if you are on the comeback trail, have a plan and use the knowledge of coaches and experienced running friends. I failed to do this and nearly lost one of my greatest loves – running!!!! So…

Get a plan and use it. You know that makes sense, don’t you!!

Mark Darley aka Britrunner

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We have been so busy racing and it’s about time to recap what great things we are accomplishing. Congratulations to the following members on their results:

Run to the Rescue 5k – Melissa Schwartz (3rd PL F Overall), Chuck Medcraft (3rd PL AG), Doug Eaton
Butterfly Run 5k – Dana Moss (1st PL AG),Michael Riedhammer (2nd PL AG), Cindy Brown
Rock and Roll New Orleans Half – Shelbie Seys, Rich Silcox, Rebeca Rodriguez, Roberto Hernandez (PR)
River, Roots, and Ruts Trail Run – Howard Helbein (2nd PL AG), Irma Robinson (2nd PL AG), Mimi Reeves
Run Through Central Park – Michael Riedhammer, Armand Greyvensteyn, Cindy Brown
The Donna Half Marathon – Gineth Yibirin
I Care I Cure I Run 5k – Katie Skopp (1st PL AG)
Everglades Ultra 50k – Zachary Zweig (2nd PL AG)
Komen 6k – Teresa Basilone (1st PL AG), Jill Hanson (3rd PL AG), Robin Campbell(3rd PL AG)
A1A Ft. Lauderdale Marathon – Anne Carroll (3rd PL AG), Willie Torres, Manuela Corrales, Vilias Cherubin, Juan Catoni, Alex Birchenall
A1A Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon – Meryl Spector (1st Half and PR), Alex Birchenall, Lee Bernstein, Andy Espy, Shawn McManus, Eric Beasley, Doug Eaton, John Redmond, Heather Wilkinson, Hayley Kirchoff, Kristin Alba, Kristin Kohler, Dana Moss, Irma Robinson, Kimberly Reyes, Sergio Yibirin, Diego Velasquez, Lorena Velasquez, Roberto Hernandez, Linda Diamond, Rich Silcox, Cary Zinkin, Jay Goldstein, Hector Mayol, Maribell Nguyen, Michelle Manley, CHristine Lada, Tiffani Nardi, Gineth Yibirin, Maida Velez-Kopet, Walkiria Salem, Celia Blandon

NWBRR has a New Sponsor

I would like to welcome a long time friend of the club, former president, and now new sponsor with her business that can make you feel absolutely recovered from whatever you put your body through in training, from injury, or race ready in preparation for your next event. Ilene Sonin is owner of Mobile CryoSuite and here is a brief introduction.

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy? First off, let’s discuss cryotherapy (or as some call it… “Cryo Therapy”/ “Cryogenic Therapy”) in and of itself first before we dive into the “whole body” aspect of it. Cryotherapy, as defined by the ever-reliable Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “the therapeutic use of cold.” Based off of this definition Cryotherapy, in the simplest of terms, is essentially, COLD THERAPY.

Let’s back up for a second, what is the purpose of cold therapy? Studies have shown that exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, aka cold therapy, can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscles soreness, improve energy, boost endorphins, and much, much more. Nice!Now to discuss Whole Body Cryotherapy. Whole Body Cryotherapy deals with exposing the WHOLE BODY to cold temperatures… cold as in -202ºF! Wowza, that’s cold. Now how does one expose their entire body to frigid temps? Well you could stand out in the middle of Antarctica while barely wearing anything but that doesn’t sound very fun, or safe; OR you could hop on into an Impact Cryotherapy Cryosauna for a quick 3-minute Whole Body Cryotherapy session!

Ilene would like to give you more information on the treatments and is also available to book appointments. Her contact is cell# 954-415-1000 or ilene@mobilecryosuite.com. Of course there are club discounts for the service which Ilene will share. She has also offered to come out if we can get a group of 10 or more who would like to experience a sample treatment (normally $50 but only $40 to club members for the first time).

Contact me if you would like to be part of the group and we will coordinate dates and times.

Until next time, have a great week.

Jay Goldstein
President
Northwest Broward Road Runners

Willie Torres

We are happy to shine the spotlight this month on Willie Torres, an outstanding runner, Coral Springs firefighter, family man and a very special person.

MS: Can you tell us when you started running, and if you had any particular goals or inspiration?
WT: Running for me starting around October 2005 after what I like to call the “T-Shirt Incident”! I had been out of the Marines for a little over 2 years and had gotten pretty comfortable not having to worry about always being in shape. Well I was 7 months out to getting married and I happened across a brand-new shirt that I never wore. Let’s just say that it was a 2-man operation to get the shirt off. After that I started to jog around the neighborhood to start losing weight for myself plus to get ready for the wedding. I haven’t looked back and the sad part is, I never got a chance to see if that shirt would fit!

MS: I know your life took a dramatic turn when you father suffered a devastating accident about two years ago. Can you tell us about that, and how you are coping?
WT: Yes, my father was involved in a life changing accident back in May of 2015 when he became paralyzed from the chest down with

very little motor function with his arms after his vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver. In the beginning, it was tough for everyone to try to understand how this could happen to my father. We are talking about a man that wouldn’t hurt a fly and this is what his life has become. However, anyone that knows my father, knows that he is a very positive person and I feel that it was my father that help all of us get through this and continue with our lives.

MS: You have made your father an integral part of your training AND racing now. Tell us about that?
WT: My father was at my first marathon in 2014 which was the A1A Marathon. When I decided to run A1A Marathon again in 2016 my father told me that he was sorry and he won’t be able to be there. A few weeks prior to the marathon I suffered a minor leg injury that required me to take a few weeks off. I went out with the 3:45 pace group and was doing well till around mile 12 when I re-aggravated the injury at ended up finishing around 4:45 instead. I took the medal to show my dad that I still completed that marathon and he wanted me to hang it up in his house. My response to that was NO, I earned this medal and if you want one to hang in your house you had to earn it as well. That was that start of Team Torres Racing!

MS: Can you share any particularly memorable moments running with your dad?
WT: Every run that I have done with my father has been great. From the training runs to the couple of events that we have enter, have been memorable to both of us. We spend our time talking about the past, family, how his grandkids are doing, and sports. We tend to talk pretty much the entire run! He does get some pleasure in berating me during our runs, “why are you running so slow”, “why are you breathing so heavy”, “be careful you’re going to hit someone”, “POT HOLE, POT HOLE, POT HOLE!”

MS: Has your love of running been passed on to your kids yet?
WT: It has taken some time but my daughter has started to express much interest in running. Especially after the Tamarac Turkey Trot last year, she asked if she can run with Grandpa and me next year. Lily has also been waiting for Emma, Melissa Myers’ daughter, before school so they can run together and have Melissa and myself chase them!

MS: do you have any running goals right now?
WT: Our first goal is to cross the finish line together along with my step-brother Carlos at the A1A Marathon. Which hopefully that is the case when this article comes out. We have also decided to run the Women’s Wellness Half Marathon in March in honor of some family and friends that have suffered and/or dealing with Breast Cancer. We will also be participating in the Wings for Life in May. The event hits right at home for us, the event supports spinal cord research!

MS: anything else you would like to share?
WT: We would like to thank everyone that has help us get to where we are today. Especially our family and friends, my Fort Lauderdale Fire Family, my NWBRRC family and The Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters for their generous support in this journey! Without everyone’s support this would just have been a thought instead of an actual reality!

Melissa Schwartz
Vice President

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It was cold, it was rainy, it was soggy, you ran sloggy but you did it. Hopefully you have defrosted and are warm by now. Congratulations to the following members on your race accomplishments this past weekend in some very difficult weather:

  • Miami Marathon – John O’Connell (1st Marathon and PR), Kimberly Reyes (1st Marathon and PR), Walkiria Salem (1st Marathon and PR), Mark Shachner (Pacer), Andrea Medalie (Pacer), Mike Zahalsky, Jill Katz, Anne Carroll, Fabio Tylim
  • Miami Half Marathon – Linda Diamond, Rich Silcox, Rebeca Rodriguez, Stephanie Rodriguez, Roberto Hernandez, Shelbie Seys, Denise Harrison, Jennifer Barter, Doug Eaton, Dana Moss, Tammy Meisel, Kim Wolman, Kristen Kohler, Corie Opdyke, Catalina Bonilla, Howard Helbein, Irma Robinson, Mimi Reeves, Debbie Meitz, Susan Frezer, Andy Espy, Gracia Lopez, Michelle Palazzo, Jill Hanson, Raquel Alderman, Zachary Zweig, Chris Miller
  • Miami Tropical 5k – Dana Moss

Obstacle Course Saturday at One to One Fitness

This Saturday, February 4th at 8am, the folks at One to One Fitness are conducting a kids boot camp. For those of you who have kids in our Youth Running Program you know what fun the kids have on the obstacle course. Manny plans on holding the boot camp classes one Saturday per month and the cost of the class is $15 with each additional child in the family at $10/class. Bring your children out for a fun time while encouraging their fitness. It is open to children of all of our members. One to One Fitness is located at 5451 N University Dr # 101, Coral Springs, FL 33067 at the corner of Westview and University. The phone number is 954-796-7001 for further information.

Beach Run

YAY!! It’s that time of year again to run with cool ocean breezes and finish up with coffee, bagels, and your fellow members. We will be having our annual beach run on Saturday, February 11th at 530 am (the weekend before the A1A Half). We will leave from The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach. The course goes to Spanish River Park in Boca Raton and back to The Cove (10 miles round trip). You can turn around at any time. Coolers will be available at Palmetto and A1A and there are bathrooms available at the golf course about a mile up from there. NOTE: If you decide to run out west that weekend, coolers will not be available so please plan your hydration accordingly.