MEET SIMON NEWTON

September 20, 2016

MEET SIMON NEWTON

JUNE 17, 2014

Simon runningSimon Newton is an ElliptiGO customer from Yorkshire. Simon only got his ElliptiGO recently, due to an injury – but a couple of weeks later, with almost no run-training, he won the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Half Marathon…

Here’s his story in his own words…

“I have been a competitive road runner for over 15 years and completed over  40 marathons worldwide – with a PB of 2hrs 36 mins (London Marathon in 2012). Now in my mid 30’s the last 18 months have been spent suffering from injury after injury. They have included  a twisted pelvis and a torn meniscus (which led to an operation on my knee). Every time I got going again and looked to be finding some form, another injury or niggle would hamper my training and limit my running.

“2014 started off with yet more injuries – this time my right ankle. I lost a good few weeks of training with no running, but  managed to get to the start line of both the London and Milton Marathons – which were completed 3 weeks apart from each other. However, both had ended with me hobbling over the finish line due to the injuries impacting me.

“It was fair to say I had become dejected and frustrated with my running, but then whilst running at the Milton Keynes Marathon I had passed someone riding this ‘thing’ that looked like an elliptical trainer – but was yet a bike. It looked great fun – and to be honest more fun than the 26.2 miles I was in progress of running at the time?

“When I got home I begun looking for it on the internet and came across an article about Meb Keflezighi – and this ‘thing’ called an “ElliptiGO” that he used for his training (to win the Boston Marathon). This reminded me of something my Chiropractor had said to me – that substituting long runs for the elliptical trainer in the gym would help preserve my body.

Simon Newton“However, like treadmills, I don’t enjoy gyms (and running and not going anywhere just doesn’t seem right) – yet with an ElliptiGO I could ride my running routes and it looked fun (and that was something I needed to get my motivation back up) so I visited the website and after watching some videos and some more research i got in touch with Idai (at ElliptiGO UK) and before I knew it was eagerly waiting for delivery of my ElliptiGO 8C.

“Within a week it had arrived and after some guidance from Idai how to get going and adjust to it, I was off and about. I hardly ran in those three weeks between finishing Milton Keynes Marathon and my next race the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Half Marathon – except for my weekly parkrun. I instead opted to use the ElliptiGO and did a couple of long rides (of up to 2hrs).

“For me these are long rides – as I have never really been a cyclist – but the time flew and I was having great fun. There was no pain or aggravation and I knew I was getting that workout, especially up inclines and hills. On top of that all, the attention and the looks you get from curious passers-by is amazing – and has led to some great conversations!

“So then came race day for the first ever Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. I tussled with the ideas of:

“Would it be sensible to run?”

“Would my ankle hold?”

“After strapping it with lots of RockTape I opted to run – promising myself there would be no self-endued pressure or expectations – and just seeing what happened. As I got to the start line I felt refreshed and set off perhaps a little hard – especially with the lack of running – but the rest and alternative training seemed to pay off.

“Although I did suffer minor niggles the race went fantastically well. I led from start to finish to win the race out in 1hr and 14 minutes. Although I had won some smaller races before I had never experienced such a big win.

“Although very new to the ElliptiGO – and only having had a few weeks with it – I really believe my ‘new toy’ had a major impact in that run and, as for the ankle, I am awaiting the medical assessment and a possible lay-off whilst it is fixed.

Simon N“I will have the ElliptiGO to help me get back into top condition so my focus is now on a 2015 SpringMarathon – with the Tokyo, Paris and London Marathons planned in the hope of cracking the sub 2hr 35 min barrier – and I am confident that with a good winter training plan, which will heavily involve the ElliptiGO to compliment my training, I can do it.

“My only regret is that I didn’t discover the ElliptiGO 18 months ago after my knee operation – but at least I am now part of this unique ‘family’ and I am attending the Tour of London in July and am very excited about meeting people like Idai and fellow experienced ElliptiGO riders to share their knowledge and experiences…”

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