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Finish Line staff share their stories of why they're running the San Diego Half-Marathon in this "I'm Running for Sofia" series.

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March 28th, 2013

I'm Running For Sofia: Tom's Story

Team Finish Line is at it again! Our goal: to fundraise more than $150,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of 9-year-old Sofia Vezza, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December. This summer, our corporate team of 40-plus — including many members of the Finish Line PT staff — is running the San Diego Half Marathon (and other summer races) on June 2. In this “I’m Running For Sofia” series, our staff will share their stories of why they decided to run.

Spotlight on: Tom Van Ornum
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I’m known around Finish Line as “that guy who doesn’t run.” When a 9-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia, everything changed…

Hi, I’m Tom. I’m the most recent addition to the staff at Finish Line, having joined the team in September 2012. I’ve been an athlete my entire life and have played a variety of sports (mainly basketball). The last several years I’ve become engrossed in the strength sports. ip address information . I’ve competed in Olympic weightlifting and have also trained in powerlifting and CrossFit. As much as I love working at Finish Line with endurance athletes, my own personal athletic goals are different. I’m more focused on attaining explosive power, speed, and strength. However, in December 2012 I realized I had to shift my focus towards distance running. At that time we learned that Michael Conlon’s 9-year-old cousin Sofia was diagnosed with leukemia. When Michael asked me to run a half marathon and join Team In Training to raise as much money as possible for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her honor, I didn’t think twice before saying yes.

I’ll be running the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with Team Finish Line. I’m excited to experience the sport firsthand as well as to gain a greater appreciation for what a large percentage of my patients experience. domain driven design tutorial That said, I will still be training consistently towards my strength goals 4 days/week and will be running 2 days/week.

Since I will be aggressively training 6 days/week for the next 3.5 months, I will be following a much different schedule than the rest of the team. My training template will be as follows:

  • Monday: Horizontal pressing/pulling workout
  • Tuesday: Speed work utilizing a PROWLER that will take the place of most tempo runs, sprints, and hill repeats
  • Wednesday: Squat dominant workout
  • Thursday: Vertical pressing workout
  • Friday: Rest/Active Recovery: self myofascial release and mobility drills
  • Saturday: long runs with TNT
  • Sunday: Deadlift dominant workout

I’ll keep you updated about how my training goes. Here are a few upcoming topics I plan on covering on the blog – stay tuned!

  • Prehab/Rehab: Why I had knee pain 15 minutes into my first run and what I’m doing about it.
  • What is a PROWLER?: how this cool piece of equipment will be instrumental in my training success
  • Nutrition: I’m a Paleo guy and a nutrition fanatic. I’ll talk about the dietary strategy I use to maximize performance and optimize recovery.

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