In the third episode of The Fit Runner our host is Dr. Giddeon J. Lewis, foot and ankle specialist, and Chairman of the MileSplit Medical Advisory Board. Joining Dr. Lewis to talk about "Heel Pain" are professional triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker and Alicia Kaye, along with University of Central Florida athletic trainer Jennifer Perez. The group will discuss causes of heel pain as well as preventative tips. This is the latest episode in our series on being a fit runner.
Each month we will publish a new fitness or wellness related topic geared towards the runner. The show will be presented by an expert in the field in focus for that month, with special guests that you may be familiar with including athletes, celebrities, and just generally engaging people! The goal of each presentation will be to address fitness and wellness issues pertaining to YOU the active runner--topics will include a variety of wellness disciplines from health, nutrition, psychology, injury prevention, recovery, and training.
Bonus Feature: Professional triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker/Alicia Kaye (Interview)
About Our Presenters (Bios)
Dr. Gideon J. Lewis
Dr. Gideon J. Lewis is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is proud to recently join the MileSplit.com team serving as the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board.
He has a special interest in sports related injuries, especially running injuries. His patient list includes current and former athletes from the NBA, MLB, NFL, PGA, X-Games, NCAA, as well as Olympic athletes. He also was the Official Event Physician for Dwight Howard's 2011 Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game.
Dr. Lewis is a volunteer faculty member with the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Lewis was selected as the first recipient for the "Rising Star Award" presented by the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. The faculty and administration selected Dr. Lewis from a pool of over ten thousand alumni for this award, because of his outstanding work and achievements within UCF and the community.
Dr. Lewis is also a co-founder and co-developer for Drink Chia!, a super-food health beverage company which has launched this year!!! Shake up Your Life, Shake up The Planet.....Just Shake it Baby!!
I have been competing in triathlons since the start of the 2004 season. Before I made the switch into triathlons I was a runner for Dartmouth College.
I started playing sports being a baseball player. I still am an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. I played baseball until my junior year high school when I decided to focus on running. During my earlier years I played competitive soccer, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling and swimming, along with playing ice hockey on my backyard pond for years. This base of various sports helped me when I started to run full time as I moved into college. I have always loved swimming, and it was hard for me to give it up; however, I remained a beach lifeguard throughout college. This allowed me to keep up with my swimming, so through competitions and rescues I was able to practice swimming. My best seasons of high school athletics were my sophomore season of swimming when our team won the Division II Massachusetts State Championships, and my senior year of Cross Country when I was 22nd at Foot Locker High School Nationals.
Over my four years at Dartmouth College I grew immensely as a runner. I had some rough stretches, but learned what it takes to be a top athlete. I won the Heptagonal Games Cross Country Championship my junior year covering 8km (5 miles) in 24:36. During my first three years, Dartmouth won three straight Heps XC titles. Over my senior year I finally had consistent indoor and outdoor track seasons. I lowered my PRs to 8:08.90 for 3km and 14:09 for 5km. I also finished 5th in the region and was 12th at NCAA Outdoor Nationals in the 5km.
In the winter I decided that I was going to pursue triathlons, so during my last two seasons of college I rode my bike and swam consistently, I feel that this helped me run faster as well as started to build up for my new sport: triathlon. Over my first year in triathlon I had mostly good races. I won Under 23 Nationals and won many smaller triathlons. My first three pro races were all great learning experiences for me, and my finishes were not that bad, 23rd, 22nd and 13th.
Alicia grew up in Canada and began participating in triathlon when she was 11 years old; she became a professional triathlete at the age of 14. Alicia spent her teen years racing triathlon while juggling her academic studies. While completing her undergraduate degree in Sport Psychology she met fellow triathlete and now husband, Jarrod Shoemaker. Since meeting Jarrod she has begun racing for the United States and also completed her Masters’ Degree in Athletic Counseling. Some of Alicia's proudest moments include winning Canadian Junior National Championships in 2001, and winning the DC 51.50 Triathlon in 2011. She finished up her 2011 season ranked 2nd in the Lifetime Triathlon Series.
Jennifer Perez is in her 16th season as an athletic trainer at UCF – her fourteenth year tending the women’s basketball team.
Perez began her career with the Knights as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1996-98, during which time she worked with the women’s volleyball team. Upon completion of her master’s degree in health service administration at UCF in 1998, she was provided a full-time employment opportunity within the Athletics Department
Perez is a 1994 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and corrective and adaptive education, with a minor in psychology and a specialization in sports medicine.
Perez holds memberships in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Athletic Trainers Association of Florida (ATAF) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
A native of Pawtucket, R.I., Jennifer and her husband Jeffrey, a government teacher the Head Baseball coach at Winter Springs High School, have two sons Keagan Joseph (9) and Kaiden Dutch (7).