There is time, he would tell them; time and time and time . . . you don’t become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to martial the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years.
The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials.
– From Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
You may be new to the sport or a veteran of numerous marathons. You may be a competitive high school, collegiate, or professional runner or a recreational runner seeking a PR in the 5K. You may be struggling with chronic injuries or have experienced a stress fracture for the first time. You may recognize some faults in your form and feel that with the right training you could overcome those faults and be more efficient or less prone to injury.
Over the years, I have treated runners plagued by numerous injuries, including stress fractures, achilles problems, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, IT Band friction syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hamstring strains and tears, athletic pubalgia, femoroacetabular impingement, labral tear and repair, and back pain.
You can trust that though I don’t literally feel your pain, I do understand your feelings of discouragement and frustration when you are unable to do what you love to do: Run.
The Runners’ Clinic is here to help you get there.
During high school I discovered I had scoliosis that was definitely affecting the way I ran. I struggled with injuries until I started seeing Alison. She prescribed immensely effective exercises to strengthen my body in all the right places. I entered my senior track season healthy, ready and able to reach my goal of being the 4A 800m State Champion. She is the best!!!
After suffering from a year-long injury, I turned to Aly to help me become a stronger and more efficient athlete. She individualized my physical therapy so that it focused specifically on my weaknesses. As a result, I finally could train hard with no setbacks, which helped set me up to run my lifetime bests on the track in both the 3200 and 1600. Aly values all of her patients not just as a client or athlete, but as a person. I recommend her because she truly wants to see her patients be healthy and successful.
We were very fortunate during my time at Gig Harbor to have Alison work with a number of athletes with injury/mechanical issues. Her attention to the details enabled those athletes to return to competition, and correct long-standing issues. Alison makes sure she is looking for the cause of problems rather than just treating symptoms, which allows greater success and consistency of training down the road. Runners leave her care as better athletes.
– Patty Ley, Gonzaga University Asst. Cross Country Coach
As a professional runner, the health of my body is absolutely essential. It is for that reason that over the past 6 months I have consistently commuted from my home in Portland to the Seattle area to work with Alison. Alison’s persistent attention to detail and her philosophy that individualization is fundamentally necessary for proper rehabilitation and injury prevention are what set her apart from other physical therapists I have seen. Alison has a complete understanding of the stresses and injuries specific to a runner’s body, and she uses this knowledge to take a holistic approach to her patients’ injury and find the root cause of the problem. You will not find a better physical therapist for runners.
– Elliott Heath, Professional Runner
Since the start of my high school career, I had numerous problems in my running form that were both inefficient and could lead to injury. But with Aly’s detailed analysis of my running form, she was able to identify my weaknesses and help me work towards correcting them. I have become stronger and more efficient while staying injury free. Aly not only gets her athletes back on the line, but also gives them the best chance for success.