In this edition of ‘In the Spotlight,’ let’s talk with Cathy Gartner. Cathy has been enrolled in my Custom Programming option for the past 6-months and I’ve enjoyed each and every check-in. Want to talk about someone who is motivated and just gets it done? That’s Cathy!
Even though I’ve known Cathy for several years through Fleet Feet, my learn-by-doing seminars, and from the local running community, it is just recently that I have had the privilege to work with her. Over the last 6-months she has not even missed a beat. Staying consistent day in day out to further build her strengths, while attacking her weaknesses.
With the daunting task of completing her first marathon, Cathy understood the role that strength training and injury prevention needed to play throughout her demanding training. Each month she was challenged with a program to address those weak links (that we all have!), while increasing overall strength, flexibility, stability, and stamina. Despite a fractured wrist at one point, Cathy kept her focus on the end goal and was able to continue making progress in the necessary areas with the right modifications. Of course the program had to change accordingly, but she still re-tested stronger once everything was healed.
Without further ado, let’s shine the spotlight on…
Q: Where are you from?
A: “Kansas City, MO”
Q: What do you do for work?
A: “I am an Environmental Lab Project Manager.”
Q: When you aren’t working, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: “I work with 4/5 year olds at church and love my time with them. Watching Chiefs and Royals games, live music when I can. And, running of course!”
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? Why?
A: “If anywhere besides here, I would love to move back to Colorado. It is so beautiful, and there are so many places to explore outdoors!”
Q: What are the top reasons you enjoy running and fitness?
A: “I love the friends running has brought into my life. I feel so much better all around when I’m being active!”
Q: When you first started working with Garrett, what were the goals you wanted to achieve?
A: “My main goal was to complete my 1st marathon without injury and also regain the strength I had lost over the last year.”
Q: What motivated you to work with Garrett and/or start making changes in your routine?
A: “I have attended some of Garrett’s seminars and knew he understood runners and what we need. I do much better either with classes, or with a specific plan to follow. With Garrett’s personalized plan, I would have the workouts in front of me, and they would be tailored to what I needed to be a successful runner.”
Q: What are the most noticeable improvements you’ve seen so far?
A: “I’m getting stronger! And more importantly, my knees did not hurt for 22 miles. This was a big improvement.”
Q: Of all the tests you perform monthly to gauge progress, which one are you the most proud of?
A: “The TRX Rows! I never thought I would even get 1, let alone more.”
Q: What is that one thing (exercise, drill, stretch) you dislike the most but continue to work on because you know it will help?
A: “The Adductor Rocking stretch – I’ll never be comfortable doing them, they can hurt, but I know I need it.”
Q: What is your favorite part about the Custom Programming option? And, is there anything you would change about this program to better fit your specific situation?
A: “I love that it is specific to what I need: my physical issues, abilities, and goals. I wouldn’t change anything – I love the monthly check in and testing to see where I am.”
Q: If there is one piece of advice that you could provide to yourself when you first started this program to see results faster, what would that be?
A: “None, lol.”
Q: How do you feel Garrett’s services may differ from other professionals in his field?
A: “Garrett has such a variety of options to choose from that almost anyone could find a way to fit his programs into their schedule.”
Q: Looking ahead, do you have any new goals/races you are working towards?
A: “Nothing new, but continuing to keep getting stronger while staying injury-free.”
Thank you for reading this ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. And, a big shout out to Cathy Gartner! Please feel free to comment below with any questions or feedback.