Accelerated staffers take marathons, half marathons and triathlons in stride this fall
When you’re in the business of taking care of injured athletes, finding time for your own fitness can be challenging…especially when you’re training for a marathon, half marathon or triathlon of your own.
We’re not sure when these Accelerated staffers sleep, but we’d like to give a shout-out to our athletes who are running in various events this fall.
Ansel Wachter, Physical Therapy Technician, Peoria, IL center
Ansel will be running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 1. He is an elite runner (2:40 finish or below) who has been running for quite some time but started running marathons this past year. His first marathon was in Peoria – the first one in that city – where he placed first overall. At the 2013 Run River City Peoria Marathon, Ansel represented the Easter Seals as part of their Team Believe, where he helped raise over $70,000. He also competed in the New York City Marathon where he placed 89th with a time of 2:40. Unfortunately, he injured himself two weeks before the 2014 Boston Marathon and was unable to complete it. Now, he has healed and says he is stronger and faster than ever and is looking forward to Indianapolis!
What motivates Ansel to run marathons is his competitive nature. He loves the constant endeavor to better himself as a person and as an athlete. With running, he feels that there is always room to get better and there is always a constant challenge. Ansel also loves the strategic element of marathon running and the unique challenges marathons present. For Ansel, running is something that has gotten him through hard times and will always remain an important part of his life.
Jessica Stanish, Physical Therapist, Naperville North, IL Center
Jessica has been running half marathons for years but will be running her first marathon – the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon — this year. The leap from half to whole marathon feels like a natural progression to her. As a running specialist, she treats many patients who run and has drawn inspiration from them. Nonetheless, Jessica thinks she’ll be better able to relate to her elite athlete patients after having completed a marathon herself.
Jessica is running with her friends from her undergraduate program at Purdue University and is looking forward to seeing her boyfriend at the finish line.
Jessica Stanish trainning for her race
Salena Garland, Physical Therapist, East Peoria, IL
Salena is running her fourth half marathon on Oct 18th. This year, she is participating in the 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run and Relay. Salena has been running since fifth grade and continued on to run track and cross country in high school. Now, she mostly runs to stay in shape and to burn off stress. She finds that signing up for races motivates her to stay on track with her workouts and training.
Eric Glow, Physical Therapist/Director of Operations for Central Illinois
On November 1, Eric will be competing in his 12th Ironman Triathlon. He has completed the previous eleven over the past eight years. He was initially attracted to Ironman Triathlons because of the endurance challenges over the 140.6 mile course. Eric was a collegiate swimmer and has been working hard on learning how to cycle and run efficiently.
Eric also enjoys the mental challenge of battling the emotional highs and lows while racing. He believes setting both small and large goals is the key to success. He thinks the first goal is getting to the starting line healthy. From there, he looks forward to achieving the other goals he has set for the remainder of each race.
Parul Shah Bester, Physical Therapist and Facility Manager, Morton Grove, IL Center
Parul is an experienced runner who has been competing in races since 2005. This year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be her sixth. While most moms with three children aged six and under would hang up their running shoes, Parul has continued going strong.
Parul keeps her training in good shape by participating in the Niles Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and her goal this year is to finish the marathon in under 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Parul’s older sister, who was diagnosed with cancer this past year, is her inspiration for running this year. Her sister’s strength and fight have motivated Parul to keep strong and moving. Parul will be fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
Liz Wolfe, Physical Therapist, Kenilworth and West Lakeview, IL Centers
Liz will be running her seventh Chicago marathon this year. Initially, she was motivated to run a marathon by her father. He has run close to 20 marathons and Liz says he is still faster than she is! She also finds motivation from her patients. When running, Liz finds herself getting through the mental grind by focusing on a different patient or person who inspires her for every mile. Running the marathon is her way of celebrating and appreciating her own good health.
Tim D’Onofrio, Athletic Trainer and Facility Manager, Naperville, IL Centers
Tim is an experienced marathoner and actually ran his first one at age 21, which stands as his fastest time yet. He has run 15 marathons in total, averaging 2-3 per year. Today, he is a ‘pacer’ and will be setting the pace for the 9-minute mile group in the Naperville Marathon. He wears two watches to make sure he stays on pace so that he can bring his group to the finish line with a time of 3:55.
Tim recently suffered a lower extremity injury so he will not be running the Chicago Marathon, and is instead giving himself a little extra time to heal and be with his friends in Naperville. He loves to encourage other runners on both training runs and during races. Tim likens the exchange of ideas and support to “running counseling.”
Mike Stevenson, Physical Therapist, Oak Township, MI Center
Mike is running in the Detroit Free Press Marathon. This is his first marathon and he is very excited about it. He is hoping to complete it in four hours, but it being his first marathon, it is merely a hope! Mike is looking forward to the great mental and physical challenge and to crossing it off his bucket list. He’ll wait to see how the first marathon goes before planning on running a second one
Congratulations and good luck to all our Accelerated runners, as well as the rest of you gearing up for fall races. We’ll meet you at the finish line!
The Accelerated Physical Therapy team includes running specialists trained to treat a wide variety of running injuries, prevent running injuries from occurring, and enhance runners’ speed and endurance. Call to schedule an appointment at 877-97-REHAB.