Siskin Hospital PT crosses the finish line in “revenge run”

April 24, 2017

Rebecca Weant, a physical therapist in Siskin Hospital’s Outpatient NeuroRecovery program, successfully completed this year’s Boston Marathon. It was her second attempt, after having made it to Mile 10 in the 2016 Marathon before dehydration and a bum knee forced her to stop. Disappointed but undaunted, Rebecca  re-qualified for 2017 just three weeks later at a run in North Carolina.

“I went back for revenge – I had to finish!” says Rebecca, who’s been running since 2003.

Rebecca’s fitness routine intensified shortly after Thanksgiving in preparation for the big run in the spring. Her weekly six-days-on-one-day-off training schedule consisted of a long run, speed workouts, mileage accumulation, and cross-training. This demanding schedule included the use of Siskin Hospital’s AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, located in the Siskin Health & Fitness Center. AlterG’s patented NASA technology allows for precise partial weight bearing, so function can be developed like never before.

Determined, Rebecca built her strength off-hours under the watchful eye of peer coach Mitchell Danao, PT, and doggedly logged the miles nights and weekends with her eye fixed on the goal.

“For me, it was not about achieving a certain finish time,” says Rebecca. “I just wanted to finish!”

Rebecca says support from her fellow therapists and patients, along with her personal running coach Mike Walker, really helped get her through the grueling prep. Just before she left for Boston, Rebecca’s Outpatient colleagues surprised her with a send-off party.

On April 17 – Patriots’ Day – Rebecca, wearing a Siskin Hospital-logoed jersey, joined 30,000 other runners at the starting line. Three hours later, she crossed the finish line with an official time of 3:32:33. Her overall place was 7,708, within the first 25 percent of runners.

“Boston is a tough course and it was a hot, hot day,” says Rebecca. “It was a celebration run!”