Featured Athlete for January 2018: Friends recovering from recent knee surguries

Our featured athletes for January are several friends of Speedy Feet who are recovering from recent knee surguries. The first three, are actually part of the Speedy Feet team and help out at races. In January a year ago, Paul Coudron had a double knee replacement. His recovery has gone great so far and he has completed several biking events and logged lots of miles on the bike in 2017 and 2018. We want to wish him continued success with the two new knees.

Also part of the Speedy Feet team, Lauren Redfern, recently had a second ACL surgury as a result of a basketball injury. Lauren is a senior at Bellbrook and heading to Marietta College next year to play lacrosse. We want her to recover quickly so she can enjoy the remainder of her senior year (and help us at many of our spring races)!

The third member of our team to have knee surgery is Cheryl Chaney. Cheryl has a number of marathons and Ironmans under her belt. She recently had knee surgery and is now going to get gel injections to alleviate knee pain. We know not being able to run and bike has got her down, so we wish her a speedy recovery so she can be back on the race course this upcoming season.

Several of our friends have also had knee surgeries over the last few months. Andy Johnson had his a while ago and is back running. Andy is a great runner and last summer was limited to racing the aquabike event as several area triathlons. We hope his running continues to improve so he can race triathlons this summer and benefit from his running strength, although I think he may have been undefeated in the aquabike category.

Another friend, Rich Hieber, had knee surgery on October 13. I remember the date because he asked me, 'Would you have surgery on Friday the 13th?' This is the second knee surgery for Rich and the recovery is not as fast as the last one. I know he is frustrated that he has not been able to resume running, but he'll be back, and probably stronger than ever. Rich is always challenging himself, whether its the 100 days of summer, or 100 days of winter, where he has some crazy goal to have a 100-day streak.

Lastly, and most recently, I've heard Dustin Sprague, one of the area's top masters runners had knee surgery. When I heard this, I was shocked because over Christmas break, I had seen Dustin running several times, and he was running fast, and long. Well, Dustin, I hope we see you out there very soon and I am sure when we do, you'll be burning it up.

We at Speedy Feet want to wish you all a speedy recovery and we want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018... Godspeed to All!

If you know of someone who would make a great featured athlete, please drop me a line.