Shopping Local Matters (and not just to The Levinsons)

Shopping Local Matters (and not just to The Levinsons)

A year ago, my middle kid Lucy (14) was campaigning hard for an after-dinner ice cream at The Charmery in Hampden.  Like any responsible family, we are always trying to monitor our dessert intake with little success.  When she noticed me wavering, she grabbed the dagger and went for the jugular.  “Come on dad, it’s local!”

While this is a poor example of the importance of shopping local, it does reflect on the “local” zealots the Levinsons are.  Why?  Certainly, shopping local is not always easy or convenient.  

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Concussions

What You Need to Know About Pediatric Concussions

EVERY parent should know the basics about CONCUSSION!  It may catch you off guard to talk about concussion when we are gearing up for a run, but it’s a good chance for me to teach about one of the most commonly missed injuries in children.

As a pediatric sports medicine physician, one of the main conditions I take care of in my practice is pediatric concussion. We all know this topic has been a focus in the media recently, and likewise, it has been at the forefront of research efforts to learn more. I’d like to share with you some of the most salient points about the latest on pediatric concussion.

9 Things You Should Do in the 2 Days Before the Baltimore Running Festival

9 Things You Should Do in the 2 Days Before the Baltimore Running Festival

Now that you’ve put in the training, the last two days before the race are all about smart preparation so you are ready to confidentially tackle your race of choice. The last two days are also usually when those nerves kick in and your mind starting running it’s own race – “what should I eat? Did I run enough miles?” These six steps will ease your mind and help ensure you do everything you can as we approach the starting line on Saturday, October 21st.

Insider’s Guide to the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

Insider’s Guide to the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure

The 25th Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure has a new location this year at Baltimore’s McHenry Row on October 15. Through events like the Race for the Cure, Komen Maryland has invested $38 million in local community breast health programsand national research.

But our work is not over. 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and 5,250 women in Maryland will be diagnosed this year. Maryland has the 6th highest breast cancer death rate in the country.

Please join us and turn awareness into action at www.raceforthecure.org/baltimore

The Race for the Cure is much more than a 5K! It’s a morning to celebrate survivors, honor those living with breast cancer and remember those we have lost to the disease. It’s a day filled with inspiration, emotion and fun.

"But I am slow"

"But I am slow"

One common feedback that I’ve received after my first half-marathon was that they would love to get started on running. But, that sentence is always followed by a slew of “buts" including "but, I am super slow." Let’s talk about this aspect of ‘speed’. Contrary to popular belief, running has nothing to do with how fast you can run. Say what? Racing does, but running doesn’t.

10 Items You Should Pack If You're Running the Across the Bay 10K

10 Items You Should Pack If You're Running the Across the Bay 10K

So you registered for the Across the Bay 10K. Maybe you’ve done it for the past 3 years and are looking forward to earning your next interlocking medal. Or maybe you’re training with Charm City Run to race across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the first time. Regardless of your experience level, there are a couple of must-have items you’ll want to pack for before, during and after your 10K race so you can #BeatTheBridge this November.

Late Training Season Fueling Check-In

Late Training Season Fueling Check-In

If you've been training for the Baltimore Running Festival or another fall half or full marathon, your big race is just weeks away! Hopefully you've been training smart - like with one of the Charm City Run training groups - and logging plenty of miles. But have you been paying attention to what you're eating before, during and after your runs? Your last long run before the taper is coming up, so it's time to consider these questions as you enter the final days of training:

Active Kids, Healthy Life: Understanding Physical Literacy

Active Kids, Healthy Life: Understanding Physical Literacy

From a very early age, kids use exploratory movements to build the pathways between the brain and the body, which aids the development of basic motor skills. Just like the reader who strengthens her skills through practice, children build motor patterns by combining agility, coordination, balance, and body awareness; the more they practice, the more mature these motor skills become.

Dear (New To) Baltimore Runner

Dear (New To) Baltimore Runner

Since I find myself writing this email or having some version of this conversation over the phone at least a few times each month, I figured it’s (years) overdue that I put all of this information into one spot.  This is in response to the many versions of “Hi! I’m looking for some places and/or some groups to run with in the area…” that I hear regularly.

Active Kids, Healthy Life: The case for bringing back the fun

Active Kids, Healthy Life: The case for bringing back the fun

This guest post was written by our good friend Josh Billings, PT, MPT, and the Medstar Sports Medicine Running Program Coordinator and Regional Director.

As a healthcare leader in the Baltimore/DC region, MedStar Sports Medicine proudly makes significant investments in programs that help build stronger and healthier communities.  Many people recognize MedStar Sports Medicine as the medical team of the pros (Ravens, Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, DC United) as well as the majority of our local college athletic programs (UMBC, Towson U., Loyola U., Morgan State, Coppin State, Stevenson, Goucher, CCBC), but the grand majority of athletes we work with are adult recreational athletes (weekend warriors) and kids.