Bemidji doctor ready to race with help from Sanford coaches

Dr. Jill Olson doesn’t exactly describe herself as a gym loser.

“I don’t have any athletic experience,” Dr. Olson said with a laugh. “I was on a jump rope team in fifth grade and I could, at one point, jump rope on a pogo stick, but that’s about the sportiest I’ve ever been in my life. life so far.”

So 12 weeks ago she embarked on a full training program with Sanford Sports. The goal: to complete the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, a 26 km race around the city’s eponymous body of water.

“I’m nervous because I’ve always wanted to do the loop,” said Dr. Olson, a family physician in Bemidji, Minnesota. “With each passing day, I become more and more confident.

Dedicated rider, dedicated trainers

That confidence is built by her two trainers, Cam Boen and Bri Isakson, who not only strive to develop Dr. Olson’s strength, endurance and flexibility, but also protect her from injury.

“I think we’re all so caught up in wanting to do this as quickly as possible. Sometimes our body just needs time to heal after breaking it down and training past that breaking point, which is also important in the training process, said strength and muscle specialist Boen. conditioning at Sanford Sports Bemidji.

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Boen and Isakson say Dr. Olson’s attitude is a key part of his training success.

“She was excited to be training for something,” said Isakson, senior physical therapist at Sanford Sports Bemidji. “You know, she had really good goals in mind, and the way she talked about COVID, which has affected all of us in health, really made her feel like ‘I want to train and be healthy. good health,” and it was a good outlet for her to do that.

Work the program

The program is open to athletes of all levels. So when the opportunity to train with her colleagues at Sanford arose, Dr. Olson signed up, knowing she could use the additional guidance.

“I had run before and noticed I was just going over a certain speed and distance,” Dr Olson said. “Despite everything I tried, I wasn’t able to break a certain barrier.”

It’s something his coaches see all the time. So they help with many aspects of training, including a race assessment that allows runners to see – on video – any issues they may have with form, which could slow them down or, worse, lead injuries.

“We were able to put cameras on Jill and watch her at different times throughout the race cycle. Really a bit nitpicky what his form looks like,” Isakson said.

“For the beginner, the most important thing is the confidence to do it, and just the resources to have when you’re not sure what to do,” Boen said.

For the 12 weeks leading up to the race, Dr. Olson sees Boen twice a week in the weight room, working on intense strength training for about an hour at a time. She also runs three to four days a week. And once a week, she works with Isakson on mobility, flexibility and rehabilitation.

feel athletic

“I notice small gains every week and it gives me the mental power and the physical power to keep going,” Dr. Olson said.

She also gets a boost from having professional trainers by her side.

“It makes things so easy and it makes me feel good. I’m like, ‘I have to go meet my coach,’ she laughed. “It’s a cool feeling. I really feel like a professional athlete.

On race day, Dr. Olson will be ready. And her coaches also plan to take her all the way.

“Oh, I’ll be there. Absolutely. We’re going to cheer Jill on,” Boen said.

The doctor who described herself as having “no sporting experience” is expecting a truly memorable race.

“I really want to finish and feel like I did a great job and get that great shot of the finish line,” Dr. Olson said. “And the medal!

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