Anyone can run
By Carol Mack, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
You don’t have to be a serious runner to join a running group.
I remember overhearing a conversation shortly after I graduated college where a woman was talking about a workout she did with her running group. Despite the fact that I had just finished playing Division I soccer, my first thought was “Wow, that’s pretty hardcore. No way I’d ever be able to handle a group that meets just to run. They must all be in crazy good shape.”
Years passed, and I began to start running more seriously on my own. 5k’s turned into 10ks, then to 10-mile races and to half marathons. Even with my competitive nature on race day, and some success, I still never thought I’d be able to keep up with a running group. One day, though, I realized how wrong I was.
About carol mack
Carol Ferkovic Mack, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS is the owner of CLE Sports PT & Performance in Cleveland, Ohio. Carol graduated from Duquesne University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2006 after playing four years of varsity soccer. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy specializing in end-stage rehabilitation of soccer athletes, female athletes, and runners. Carol is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach. She serves as a Physical Therapist for Beaumont School Athletics, and former distance coach for Fleet Feet Sports Cleveland.
Carol recently finished her second term as Chair of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy’s Female Athlete Special Interest Group. She now serves as Vice Chair of Educational Programming for the Academy. She is also a member of the US Olympic Committee’s Volunteer Medical Staff.