In this edition of ‘In the Spotlight,’ let’s talk with Vivian Davis. I have had the pleasure of working with Vivian since March of 2019.
Vivian started with my hybrid training option which includes a monthly in-person consultation/evaluation and individualized program for her to complete on her own. Following my re-location to Michigan, I have been fortunate to continue working with her remotely.
Due to Vivian’s injury history, her primary focus was to reduce the likelihood of injury while also achieving a marathon P.R. and increasing bone density. Strength training can play a big role in accomplishing each of these goals and she continues to push the needle every month. In fact, Vivian consistently performs extremely well on our quarterly performance testing and is one of the only women I know that can knock out 8 chin-ups. Will we be seeing 10 from here in the next few months?!? I’ll guarantee it!
Now don’t get me wrong, Vivian is strong. But, it’s her dedication, hard work, and consistency that makes her one of my favorite people to work with.
Without further ado, let’s shine the spotlight on…
Q: Where are you from?
A: “Franklin, TN.”
Q: What do you do for work?
A: “Pinnacle Financial Partners.”
Q: When you aren’t working, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: “Running. That’s about it. I am a pretty boring person.”
Q: What are the top reasons you enjoy running and staying active?
A: “It has been a great stress reliever and has allowed me to meet some amazing friends, not to mention the great health benefits.”
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? Why?
A: “Don’t laugh, Franklin, TN. It is all that I have ever known and I love it. However, I think Florida sounds pretty tempting. I do like warmer weather.”
Q: What is your biggest running and/or fitness accomplishment to date?
A: “Being able to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon.”
Q: When you first started working with Garrett, what were the goals you wanted to achieve?
A: “My biggest goal was to try and remain injury free. I have had numerous injuries over the years and it would be nice to stay away from the PT office for a long while!”
Q: Were there any specific motivating factors to incorporate a more structured strength training/injury prevention program into your routine?
A: “Yes, as I age my body does not recover as quickly so anything I can do to prevent injury I see as a plus.”
Q: What are the most noticeable improvements you’ve seen so far?
A: I feel stronger in my runs and seeing my progression as the weight has increased over the last year. Also, the quarterly testing has allowed me to see that as well.”
Q: Has there been any areas where you feel like you haven’t improved or seen results as much as you’d like?
A: “I am still working on balance and stability. I am seeing improvements, but possibly due to my scoliosis, that has been still a challenge.”
Q: What is that one thing you dislike the most but continue to work on because you know it will help?
A: “Upper body training.”
Q: How do you feel Garrett’s services may differ from other professionals in his field?
A: “My workouts are specific to running with still giving me overall body strength. He is familiar with all the running injuries and underlying causes. That is why I chose him. I can do strength training on my own, but I don’t have all the knowledge and expertise that he has to help me along. I also like that I am held accountable.”
Q: Looking ahead, do you have any new goals or races you are working towards in 2020?
A: “Obviously my biggest goal is to remain injury free or close to it. However, a bonus to this training besides running injury free is it can help me to become stronger and more efficient which allows me to become faster.”
Thank you for reading this ‘In the Spotlight’ segment. And, a big shout out to Vivian Davis! To learn more about the Healthy Running program, please click here.