While some of us resolved to exercise in the new year, others of you set out to run a marathon in 2011. As Nancy Naeve Brown tells us, getting prepared to run 26.2 miles takes months and if you are a serious runner it also takes cutting edge technology that you'll find at the Avera Sports Institute.
Joe Spoo isn't your average Joe when it comes to running. The average guy running a marathon would be happy just to cross the finish line upright, not this 33 year old Sioux Falls man, his goals are much grander.
Joe says, "I just enjoy running. As you go from the 5k's to the 10k's, eventually, the marathon is the ultimate goal of most runners. I've run a couple of them and my big goal now is to qualify for the Boston Marathon and if I reach that goal the next one is the ultra marathon which is 50-100 mile run. Distance running is something that's kind of bitten me. It gives me time to do a lot of thinking.
He didn't have to think twice about enlisting the help of exercise physiologist Derek Ferley at the Avera Sports Institute. Ferley's says it's proven that high intensity workouts this has more of an impact.
Derek Ferley says, "We can make subtle changes in their running form over the course of 10-12-15 miles we can really reduce the impact and the load that runners experiencing and hopefully help prevent overuse injuries."
Derek didn't make a lot of changes with Joe's form. When he met him years ago he made sure Joe was running more on the balls of his feet than landing on the heel.
Joe says, "The fact is I'd like to improve my running, improve my times with working with people like Derek I'm able to increase my speed and train smart and intelligently at the end of the day as an adult athlete I'm not going to win any races or compete for prize money but with running I'm my biggest competitor and I want to improve my times and the only way to do that is to work with people who know how to get you better and faster."
By no means does Joe want to turn out like a bionic man, but by training at the Avera Sports Institute he knows in the long run, he will be better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster; exactly what he wants for the long run.
Joe trains at the Avera Sports Institute 3 days a week. One day on the treadmill for speed, two days on weights to improve his core and balance. Plus when the weather permits he runs 60 miles a week outside.