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Hi, I'm Matt. I run because I can.

Hi, I’m Matt.  I run because I can.

As a youngster I had the gift of running a long time without fatiguing. That led to a running career that took me through high school, college (UNCC), and even after college in the form of races. Eventually all of that middle-to-long-distance running caught up with me in the form of resistance from an overworked and overtrained body.

I’m just one of those athletes that has a hard time letting go of stubborn training habits, and that of course can lead to injury. I’ve experienced IT band syndrome, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, chronic excertional compartment syndrome, plantar fasciitis and hamstring sprains. I’ve utilized all kinds of therapies and surgery including Shockwave treatment for plantar fasciitis as well as a complete ankle reconstruction for torn ligaments, both at OrthoCarolina.

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The past several years I have learned that running is not a necessity in my life. I love exercise and have developed new loves besides running.  Besides my job as a firefighter for the City of Charlotte, I have been teaching indoor cycling for 8 years including at Flywheel Charlotte for the past 2.5 years. I have since found my niche at Flywheel and can honestly say I love what I do. It no longer matters what I do on the track or my performance in a road race. It’s all about the experience I can give to each rider who comes to one of my classes.

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Though my competitive running career may be over, and much of my exercise is comprised of pedaling on an indoor bike, I still find time to run, but only when I want to. I understand that running is not a right or a guarantee. Running is a gift and means something different to all of us. Nowadays, I no longer log my weekly mileage. Now I run for pleasure, I run for speed, I run to encourage others, I run because I can.

Matt Yost is a native of Charlotte. He received a degree in Exercise Science from UNCC and is an ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist. He is a fireman with the Charlotte Fire Department and a Flywheel instructor. 

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