Kelly Wheeler has ran her share of marathons – and endured her share of injuries.
It’s part of what makes her so effective at her job – an SOMC physical therapist who also oversees the Runner’s Assessment Program. A running assessment consists of a runner placed on a treadmill and asked to run at a comfortable pace. He or she is then recorded and analyzed with Dart Fish software, which looks at each joint, measure joint angles and looks at symmetry in the running pattern.
It improves efficiency and helps determine what could be contributing to any pain the runner may experience.
“I understand the plight of being unable to run as desired because of an injury,” Wheeler said. “It’s my passion to help runners like me get back to their training regimens and reach their goals.”
Wheeler’s goals lead her to finish 24th out of 1,736 in her division (women, 25-29) during one of the county’s most unique marathons – the Walt Disney World Marathon. Running alongside her sister, Danielle, she likened the experience to a backstage tour of Disney’s parks.
“It was absolutely the most entertaining marathon we have ever run,” Wheeler said. “There were characters scattered throughout the race… When we ran through Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom, Elsa and Anna (from Frozen) were there waving at us with snow falling.”
Finishing 24th in her division in the Walt Disney World Marathon is just the latest highlight in Wheeler’s five years of endurance running. She also completed the 2010 Columbus Marathon, the 2011 Cap City Half Marathon, the 2011 Columbus Marathon, the 2012 Columbus Marathon and the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“I run because I enjoy challenging myself,” Wheeler said. “And I enjoy helping others do the same.”
For more information about how a runner’s assessment may help you, contact SOMC Rehab Care at 740-356-2400.