On your mark, get set…go! New York City is off. The 2015 NYC Marathon is this Sunday, November 1 and runners everywhere are in the final leg of training programs; mapping out their night before and after race plans. Two such runners are Peak Performance employees: Exercise Physiologist, Pam Geisel and Physical Therapist, Derek Hanson. They were able to take a minute out of their busy schedule and give us a “Peak” into a runner’s life. Here’s the breakdown.
Pam Geisel, Exercise Physiologist
- Training Strategy: 18 weeks of training with a running coach
- Ran two previous marathons this year; this is her third.
- Three weeks after the NYC Marathon, Pam is running the Philly Marathon.
- Used her new running skills and tips to train her Fly with the Owls Team. Fly with the Owls is a four-mile run benefiting the Lynbrook community and its youth.
- Pam’s Race Goal: I want to finish in 4 hours. My previous two marathon times were 4:23 and 4:09
- Pam’s Race Advice: Run smart, Be patient, Finish Strong. Pam explained that while running a marathon its often easy to get caught up in the energy, forget your plan and get tired too quickly; but by remembering this motto she can constantly remind herself what needs to be done.
Derek Hanson, Physical Therapist
- Training Strategy: Since Derek’s timing last year was low, his training goal was to remain consistent with his mileage.
- Ran three previous marathons this year
- Secret Weapon: If Derek is exhausted after training, he does his recovery time on the treadmill in Peak Performance’s Hydroworx Therapeutic Pool. This means he runs on a treadmill, in the water, against a current.
- Derek’s Race Goal: To beat last year’s time of 2:47
- Derek’s Race Advice: The NYC Marathon is the best one to run; just show up and the rest will happen. You’ll have a great time.