Congratulations to the over 400 hearty individuals who have made the commitment to train over the coming weeks for the inaugural St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon and numerous other fall races around the country! You have chosen to work toward a goal that only a small percentage of the population can say they've attained.
Thank you for visiting the website. I am the team physician for the Fleet Feet Marathon and Half Marathon Training Teams. I have served in this capacity for the last two years, and was Medical Director for St. Louis' previous premier fall race, the Lewis and Clark Marathon, from 2007 to 2010. Personally, I have completed three half marathons and was a member of the training team myself for this spring's Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. I have designs on my first full marathon in 2012.
My office is located in St. Peters, Missouri--just a short jaunt over the river. I have had numerous St. Louis County runners visit for various issues, and my training as a Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist gives me keen insight into the mind and body of runners. I am one myself.
Check back often for posts about common injuries and conditions that affect distance runners. I will be in attendance at the half marathon kick-off meeting this Saturday. Stop by and say hi. Don't be shy about asking questions. I will also be at a few of the training runs to evaluate your nagging aches and pains, to help decide if an injury is something you may be able to run through or if it may need further attention.
I am honored to be a part of the Fleet Feet Training Team program. I pledge to work hard to ensure that every runner has the chance to cross that finish line and taste glory (and the beer at the tent at the end of the race.)