Sarah Spizzirri, DPM - Half-Marathon
Greetings fellow runners! I hope everyone is getting excited about the 8th annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon! I know I am. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Sarah Spizzirri. I am a doctor in the Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery and have worked at Christie Clinic for over six years. I have had the honor of being involved with the marathon at many different levels over the past six years and am so proud to represent the clinic again this year.
Before we begin, I am not a professional runner ☺. I am a recreational runner who happens to be athletic and likes a challenge. So I have signed up for the Half I-Challenge. This will be my second Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon. I ran my first in 2013. It wasn't pretty. Lol! I started out great, keeping a good pace (for me) until mile 11.5 when both my calves cramped. I was able to walk the last 1.6 miles and did jog into Memorial Stadium (I refused to walk onto that field). But my time left something to be desired. I will tell you that the cramping was completely my fault ... poor training (which also made it difficult to bend my knees for three weeks (runners knee too)).
The past two years, I have finished the Mini I-Challenge with more success and am ready for the challenge of a Half Marathon again. So my focus this year (of course) is proper training. There are a million training programs out there and no program is perfect for everyone. My training plan this year includes 2-3 days of running, 2 days of strength training, 1-2 days tennis, and 1 day of rest a week. Even though I may not be putting in as many miles as some on the road, I am hopeful that by sticking to a rigid plan and with improved over all conditioning, I will have a successful run. I will keep you posted with weekly updates and can't wait to see everyone April 29th and 30th.
For more information about the Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery, please visit footandankle.christieclinic.com