Half-Marathon Training Week 13: Dartfish Results, Relishing Accomplishments

Alyssa Young Dartfish

Dartfish is a video motion analysis software used by LVHN rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance professionals. Learn more about it in the September-October issue of Healthy You magazine.

What a difference two weeks can make. At the time of my last post, I was suffering from a strained, inflamed abdominal muscle that was visibly swollen, and I was feeling discouraged after missing a couple of workouts.

I recovered after a couple of days’ rest and got back to my training plan for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Half-Marathon by completing easy runs and strength workouts (but no core work until my abs felt normal again), and then tackled two big outings. Last week’s speed workout was eight half-mile jaunts at threshold pace with 1 minute of recovery between each. I used an 8-minute-mile pace and persisted despite wanting to quit half-way through. It felt good to finish.

On Sunday, I was proud to complete my first 13-mile distance at a better time than I expected: 1 hour 51 minutes. My training plan set a goal of 1 hour 50 minutes for the Sept. 7 race, so I feel confident now that I can beat that goal and perhaps get close to 1 hour 45 minutes. With about six more weeks to prepare, plus race-day adrenaline, I’m on target to run my first half-marathon race at a respectable speed. My legs felt tired toward the end — and I was worn out the rest of that day while cleaning, cooking, then hosting family for dinner — but in general, I felt great physically, and even more so, mentally. Read More »

Walk With Us This Saturday; Get Out! Lehigh Valley Visits Lower Macungie Township

Looking to get some fresh air and healthy exercise this weekend? Join us for a 1.8-mile loop around Lower Macungie Township Community Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26. The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy.

Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Palliative Medicine Program OACIS Wins National Award

OACIS team

Diane Quinlan (seated) of Quakertown is surrounded by her care team from LVHN’s OACIS palliative care program. The 20-year ICU nurse is now suffering from several chronic conditions. Members of LVHN’s nationally award-winning OACIS program who are part of Quinlan’s care team include (L-R standing) Cathy Serena, social worker; Michele Naugle, nurse practitioner and Barb Sikora, clinical coordinator.

As a pediatric intensive care unit nurse for 20 years, Diane Quinlan was accustomed to taking care of the sickest children. So when she became a patient herself, the change in roles was especially difficult for her.

What has helped the 62-year-old Quakertown resident make the best of her life while struggling with all that comes with advanced breast cancer, arthritis and a chronic lung condition is the home-based care and support given by nurse practitioner Michele Naugle and other members of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s palliative medicine service, called OACIS (optimizing advanced complex illness support).

“Michele knows me and treats me as a whole person,” she says. “She allows me to be able to focus on things other than my illness.” That means making sure Quinlan is eating, sleeping well and enjoying hobbies and friendships, in addition to taking the right medicines for pain, all things that promote a good quality of life.  She calls Naugle her “bridge” to the physicians who are treating her. Read More »

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Class Prepares Young Teens for Babysitting

Babysitter and child coloring with sidewalk chalkLehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Hazleton will offer a Safe Sitter® class for boys and girls ages 11 to 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the hospital’s Employment & Technology Center, third floor.

This one-day comprehensive program teaches young teens how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques and receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers. Read More »

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