Category Archives: Running

Wondering: Is Acupuncture for you?

I talk a lot about acupuncture on this blog…mainly because I am a fan! It has worked numerous times throughout my running career – when I thought all bets were off on an injury.

It has come to the point, as of late, that I get acupuncture treatments on the regular to keep all aches and pains at bay. If you are wondering if acupuncture is for you, here is more information on the treatment (courtesy of my acupuncturist Carlos Restrepo):

“Acupuncture improves balance and removes energy (Qi) blockages. When applied to an specific area increases the blood flow in the tissues promoting the body’s self healing process.”

Carlos (and Acupuncture) in the news:

Sun-Sentinel: Cupping draw attention after Olympics

The Palm Beach Post: Should you pin your pain relief on acupuncture?

The Palm Beach Post: Holistic Healing

Spanish River HS Represents at Maccabi Games in Israel

Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel.

So it’s pretty impressive when seven of those US Team members come from Spanish River High School in Boca Raton – and are part of the school’s legendary Cross Country and Track program.

The Palm Beach Post noticed and stopped by a team practice yesterday to photograph the athletes and coaches. Here they are:

  • Rick Rothman: Current assistant cross country/track coach at FAU and former Spanish River High head coach of cross country/track; will be the coach of the Open Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Team at 2017 Games
  • Doug Horn: Current Spanish River High head coach of cross country/track; will be co-coach of the Open Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Team at 2017 Games.
  • Melissa Perlman: Assistant cross country/track coach at Spanish River High; former Spanish River High track athlete; is captain of the Open Women’s Half Marathon team at 2017 Games.
  • Jordana Kimelman: Former Spanish River High runner and current student at Florida State University; will be competing in Women’s Open Half Marathon at 2017 Games.
  • Jake Noonan: 2017 graduate of Spanish River High who will be entering Indiana University in the fall; was captain of cross country and track teams; will be competing on the Junior Track and Field Team at 2017 Games.
  • Alex Kline: 2017 graduate of Spanish River High who will be entering the University of Florida in the fall; was four-year member and captain of cross country and track teams; will be running on the Junior Track and Field Team at 2017 Games.
  • Rylee Pustilnik: Just completed her freshman year and is a state-ranked current member of the Spanish River High cross country and track teams; will be running on the Junior Track and Field Team at 2017 Games.

Way Back Wednesday: Maccabiah 1997 to Maccabiah 2017!

2017 marks 20 years since my first Maccabiah experience. I went to the 1997 World Maccabiah Games as a young, naive 15 year old looking to run fast and win in the Junior Track & Field competition…Now 20 years later, I am going as an experienced 35 year old competing in the Open Half Marathon field.

A lot has happened in 20 years (and I mean a lot) but one thing is the same: Running still makes my heart skip a beat…always!

Melissa Perlman Featured in the Sun-Sentinel’s Delray Forum

Thank you Joanie Cox Henry and the Sun-Sentinel!!!!! (Full article here.)

Delray woman headed to World Maccabiah Games

When Delray Beach resident Melissa Perlman is not running BlueIvy Communications, she’s running half marathons. The Spanish River High School track coach and former student will be the captain of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon Team at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel. The Jewish multisport event features over 10,000 athletes competing on behalf of more than 80 countries.

Perlman will travel from New York to Israel on June 27 and be in Israel through July 19. It’s the 35-year-old athlete’s third time competing in the World Maccabiah games, and fourth time when including the European version.

“I first heard about the games when my dad participated in the World Maccabiah Games in 1973,” she said. “After my freshman year of high school, I qualified for the junior Track & Field team for the 1997 World Maccabiah Games. It was my first time in Israel and I came back with four bronze medals.”

Perlman competed with athletes from Mexico, Israel, England and all over the world.

“I stopped running after college for a number of years. After a few major life changes, I decided I wanted to get back into it seriously,” she said. “I was working at Office Depot’s headquarters and decided in order to have more balance in my life, I needed to make the time. I left the company in 2011, started BlueIvy Communications, began coaching with my former high school Rick Rothman at Spanish River, and, in turn, started training again.”

By 2013, Perlman was competing in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel again as a member of the Women’s Half Marathon Team. She came home with an individual bronze medal and team gold.

With 83 countries participating this year, Perlman has been training as intensely as she did during her high school and college careers with a goal to bring home gold.

“As an athlete, many of us grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics,” she said. “This is my best chance of fulfilling anything close to that. The games are pretty amazing, and the Maccabiah staff and organizers really treat you like you’re an Olympian.”

Besides running, Perlman has been spending her spare time lifting during OrangeTheory Fitness classes, getting weekly acupuncture treatments and massages, and adding hot yoga into her rotation.

“I feel ready and prepared for the whole experience. It’s so worth all the work that goes into it,” she said. “This will likely be my last year competing in this so hopefully I’ll once again meet friends from around the world, see the beauty of Israel and win gold.”

The games open July 4 and the half marathon is July 10 in Jerusalem. This time, Perlman will have her father, boyfriend, brother and sister cheering her on.

“I’m so lucky to have my family joining me for the experience. I couldn’t imagine anything more special. Also, my sister and boyfriend have never been to Israel so I’m very excited to share it all with them,” she said.

I’m Going to Stick a Needle In Your Leg & Set it On Fire!

Yep…You heard me right! And your reaction was probably similar to mine…but the needle was actually going in my leg, as was the fireball! Let me explain…

Acupuncturist Carlos Restrepo has been treating me since 2012 when he hired my PR agency (BlueIvy Communications) to market and bring media attention to his new acupuncture practice in Boca Raton. As a good professional, I tried out his services – acupuncture for stress, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and much more!

The results were immediate. Lingering injuries that I thought would never go away as well as new aches that were effecting my training  were finally fixed. Now I’m definitely not a “magic” believer…but these needles seemed to be working! Was it the increased blood flow, the movement of the Qi, or something else?

Fast forward five years to this summer. I’ve been dealing with a sore and downright painful left achilles tendon since July of last year. It started hurting while training in Colorado and hasn’t let up since. Carlos started working on my achilles with acupuncture needles in May and the pain eased up. While I could feel the tenderness in my foot…I was able to train and complete runs. That was a win for me in itself.

Carlos, however, wanted more improvement. That was when he broke out the “fire balls” or Moxibustion as the professionals call it.

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.

And it worked…after one treatment, my achilles was 50% better and after two treatments, the pain GONE. Now to be fair, every once in a while I feel the tightness in my calf and ankle area (usually after a deep stretch or hard workout) but all-in-all I run pain free. This magical Moxibustion sure did move my Qi!

Are Your Runs Suffering From Summer HEAT?

Great article from the NY Times with detailed research and studies
on what tactics seem to work best in “cooling” the body prior to a run in the summer heat.

I personally have introduced Hot Yoga (90 minute classes) to my workout routine this summer…and not only seen the stretch benefits  during/after class but also the ability to adapt to the heat during my runs easier as well!

The takeaway for those to busy to read the full article:

“The upshot of these results is that “you will receive a bigger bang for your buck from acclimating to the heat rather than by temporarily cooling yourself down” with chilled clothing and such…

On the other hand, precooling can be a useful stopgap measure when temperatures suddenly rise and you do not have time to acclimate before a looming competition, he says. “Throw your ice vest and cooling shorts into the freezer” and wear them for about 20 minutes before your event, he advises.

Acclimation demands far more time and planning. During your first workouts in summer heat, he says, reduce the time you spend outside and go at a gentler pace than normal, slowly ramping up your effort as the exertion begins to feel more tolerable, which can require anywhere from four or five days to two weeks, depending on your current fitness and heat tolerance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too, he says, since you will start to sweat more profusely.”

Try it for yourself! I know I will!

New York Times: Hot Weather Workout? Try a Hot Bath Beforehand

Returning to Maccabi in Israel

Twenty years after my first trip to Israel with team USA as part of the World Maccabiah Games, I am heading back during the Summer of 2017. Its the 20th Games and its 20 years since my first foray into Maccabi. I have been to numerous games since, including the 2013 Maccabi Games and the 2015 European Games, but I am super excited to go back to where it all got started!

Join me on my journey back as I blog my training plan, fundraising journey, and excitement right here. Only 150 days to go!

I will be representing the Women’s Open Half Marathon Team and will compete in mid-July in Jerusalem, Israel. Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, and join me as I prepare!

More about me and my last Maccabi experience in Berlin, Germany: http://forward.com/news/318584/representing-jews-at-the-maccabi-games-in-berlin/

Fundraising: http://support.maccabiusa.com/site/TR?px=1004341&fr_id=1090&pg=personal

Thanks so much!

Melissa

Running Camp – Summer 2017 – High School Runners

It’s the third year of Run Republic Running Camp and I can’t wait! If you are a high school student, a runner, and like to travel, this is the trip made just for you! We run, we hike, we kayak, we see the amazing beauty of the United States, and we have a lot of fun! Learn more and join me and my crew on one of two amazing planned Summer 2017 trips.

2017 Summer Trips have been announced and include:

  • California Adventure (June 9-16, 2017): Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, Visit Alcatraz, White Water Rafting, Kayak Lake Tahoe, Hike Yosemite Park, and Explore Monterey and Silicon Valley.
  • Carolina Trails (August 1-8, 2017):Segway tour of the City of Atlanta, Explore Stone Mountain, White Water Rafting and Zip Lining, Hike through DuPont Forest to Waterfalls, and Explore French-inspired Biltmore Estate.

Past Run Republic Running Camp trips have included the following destinations:

  • Colorado and Utah (Summer 2015): Snowshoeing in Loveland Pass, UT; Water rafting in Glenwood Springs, CO; Hiking Zion and Arches National Parks; and Frisbee and Zip Lining in Park City, UT.
  • Nevada, Colorado and Utah (Summer 2016):
  • Oregon, Washington (Summer 2016): Track Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR and Weekend in Seattle, WA and along the Northwest Pacific Coast.

About Run Republic Running Camp
Run Republic Running Camp was created by two current high school cross country and track coaches with the goal of merging the typical college-campus based summer running camp with the modern, mobile and exciting teen tour. At the core of Run Republic is running. But beyond that, it offers participants mentorship, training, travel, adventure, friendship, education, fun and excitement. The Run Republic mission is to create memories, experiences and bonds that go beyond running and will last a lifetime!

Learn more about Run Republic Running Camp at www.runrepubliccamp.com. Follow Run Republic Running Camp on Facebook and on Instagram.

Attention: High School Runners; Summer 2016 Running Camp Dates & Locations Posted

Run Republic Camp Post Card
Last sumer, seven student-athletes from Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida, traveled to the beautiful mountains, trails and valleys of Colorado and Utah to run, build up their summer mileage for fall cross country and experience the United States’ unparalleled mountain region – all while having an awesome, fun time!

It was all a part of the inaugural Run Republic Running Camp for high school students, which merges the concept of a typical summer running camp (running multiple times a day, bonding with peers, and learning new skills, while staying in the dorms at a college campus) with the super successful and adventurous teen tour (which keeps campers on the go constantly and involves lots of exciting adventure).

“We believe we have created a running camp experience unlike any other,” said Run Republic Running Camp co-founder Doug Horn. “At the core of Run Republic is running. But beyond that, we offer our participants mentorship, training, travel, adventure, friendship, education, fun and excitement. Our goal is to create memories, experiences and bonds during our trips…that go beyond running and truly will last a lifetime!”

Horn, who is the head coach of the Spanish River High School cross country and track teams, founded Run Republic Running Camp with his assistant coach Melissa Perlman. Both Horn and Perlman are accomplished mid- and long-distance runners who ran in high school and college and continue to compete today.

Summer 2015 attendee Andres Parada, a senior at Spanish River High School added: “I’ve been on several teen tours throughout the U.S. and Canada, and Run Republic was by far the best. It was very similar to other teen tours, but when you add in the running, closer friendships are built and the experience somehow means so much more!”

While the summer of 2015 trip featured an itinerary that ranged from snowshoeing in Loveland Pass and water rafting in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to hiking Zion and Arches National Parks and playing Frisbee in Park City, Utah, the 2016 summer trip selection promises to be even more diverse and exciting.

Trips for the summer of 2016, which are open to all high school cross country student-athletes, are as follows:

  • Colorado, Arizona, Nevada (June 10-20, 2016)
  • Track Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon and Weekend in Seattle, Washington (June 30-July 10, 2016)
  • North Carolina Trails (August 2016-dates to be finalized soon)

Itineraries, dates, and costs are posted at www.runrepubliccamp.com. According to the founders, spots are limited, so sign up TODAY!

European Maccabi Games – 2015

_MG_4141In less than one week, I will be joining 250 other individuals from the United States in Berlin, Germany for the European Maccabi Games! I am super excited for this opportunity and promise to enjoy, celebrate and appreciate every moment of it. I will be there representing much more than just me…

Please bookmark this page as I will be updating you on my journey throughout the trip as much as I can. I will also be blogging for the Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel team along with many of my USA teammates. The Maccabi USA website is http://www.maccabiusa.com.

About the European Maccabi Games
From July 27th until August 5th, the 14th European Maccabi Games (EMG2015) will take place in Berlin. The EMG2015 are Europe’s biggest Jewish sports event wih more than 2,000 athletes, coaches and counselors from over 30 European countries and the world. The competitions will be held in 19 sports.

For the first time ever, the European Maccabi Games will take place in Germany – 70 years after the end of the Shoah and the Second World War and 50 years after the establishment of the German – Israeli relations. The EMG2015 will be held at the Olympic Park in Berlin – the same location where German Jews were forbidden to participate in the Olympic Games of 1936 – as well the Half Marathon Race (which I will be racing in)!

Learn more at emg2015.de.

You an still support me in my financial requirements by making a donation to Maccabi USA here. THANK YOU!