Time to Ditch the Shin Splints
WHAT RUNNERS HAVE TO SAY
"I first found Marie through The Running Explained podcast, season 2 episode 16.
I was desperate for something to help after weeks of being in pain from shin splints so I searched podcasts to see if there was something better than the RICE that Dr. Google was offering.
The physical pain was discouraging and exhausting.
I had never dealt with an injury that lasted that long.
Sometimes I felt like I was never going to run again.
It was scary.
Running was a big part of my identity pre-pandemic.
I lost that identity in 2020 but I desperately wanted it back.
I was desperate for a solution.
It was clear between her podcast, blog, and website that Marie knew what she was talking about. She sounded confident in her ability to solve my problem.
Since that is the only unique offering she has on her website, I knew it was a specialty.
At first I was scared about wasting my money, being given the same list of things that haven't worked in the past, meeting with someone online rather than in person, being given a list of exercises and then being thrown to the wolves to figure it out myself.
Knowing that she's a runner gave me confidence that she would have a better understanding of what I was going through. I've had PTs in the past who have been kind and knowledgeable, but they weren't runners.
There was always a disconnect there.
There is a mindset that can't be fully appreciated by non-runners, no matter how good they are. Marie understood how emotional it was for me not to be able to run.
She respected that.
Having her develop an individualized plan for me was invaluable.
I needed a blueprint, which she made sure I had.
I knew exactly what exercises to do, how many sets, and how often.
She was willing to take as much time as I needed.
She never made me feel rushed to finish a session. She wanted to make sure that she thoroughly understood everything going on and that I felt confident moving forward with the exercises she gave me.
Another thing that sets Marie apart from other PTs is she took a holistic view.
She wanted to hear about my injury and healing process, but also about how I was doing mentally.
She asked me what I had going on in my life that was causing me stress and what was bringing me joy while I wasn't able to run.
She responded to all of my incredibly long emails promptly and with thorough replies.
I am deeply grateful that I found Marie.
She is clearly passionate about what she does, both as a runner and as a PT.
She made me feel supported and gave me the tools I needed to get back to running."
Hope, runner (and cookie enthusiast)