Aaron Hewitt , PA-C, is a Physician Assistant with OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine and a former Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Minnesota Vikings (NFL). He will run Thunder Road on November 15 – his first and only marathon. Follow his journey and training in a series of upcoming posts on Run Charlotte Run.
I’m staring 40 in the face.
Actually, I’m only 38. But at a certain point in life you start to realize that nothing gets easier, especially when it comes to physical fitness. I’ve always been a casual runner, logging 10-15 miles a week with a few 5Ks and 10Ks here and there, and I started CrossFit almost 5 years ago as part of a healthier lifestyle. But I’m a planner and an organizer, and running a marathon is now at the top of my list of things I want to complete in life – and I want to do it before I turn 40. Truly, I have minimal aspirations for a marathon. It’s for personal satisfaction and I just hope to finish in less than 4 hours.
That marathon will be Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon on November 15, 2014. It will be my first and only marathon, and I’ll be straight up honest; I’m kind of nervous about it. I’m utilizing the Furman training program which has me running sprint, moderate and long distance days, and I do CrossFit twice a week and yoga on my recovery days.
I chose the program that has me running 3 times a week instead of 4 because I want to keep the enjoyment of running. Running is as much psychological as it is physical; it’s my hour to de-stress and decompress, and I want to experience it.
People often ask me what motivates and inspires me to stay in shape, and truly it’s my patients. I understand what my athletes go through and why they do it, and what it feels like to get in shape and feel good about yourself. Runners make up a big percentage of the patients I see as a Physician Assistant, and I always ask them questions such as what shoes they’re running in, what races they have coming up and what training programs they’ve tried. I try to learn as much as I can from my patients; they inspire me all the time.
Stay tuned for Aaron’s next post: Aaron’s big injury, and how to keep training when the weather is bad.