Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Smirnoff on Coming Back from an Injury

Jan 18, 2012

One of the athletes joining in our 110 Miles for $110K is Kellie Smirnoff.  A Jacksonville businesswoman, Kellie participates in endurance sports as a “hobby” (she won’t train more than 2.5 hours on a workday, and that includes the drive!) To understate what will become very obvious in a moment, we’re pretty impressed with her hobby.  Kellie recently won the EPICMAN Challenge in O’ahu Hawaii.  Beating out a field of all male competitors, Kellie completed the event in 48 hours, 30 minutes and 50 seconds. Supported by her ‘all sister’ crew, Kellie swam 7.2 miles, biked 336 miles and finished up with an amazing 78.6 mile run.

Kellie is running the 110 Miles in honor of her Grandmother.  She will share the course with her sister, Ironman finisher and coach Heather Jones.  No stranger to endurance events, Heather was part of the support and motivation that helped Kellie complete the EPICMAN challenge.

We are honored to have Kellie and Heather joining us for such an amazing cause

Guest post by 110% Player, Kellie Smirnoff

Overcoming Injury to Reach Your Goals

There comes a time when a big event is approaching and an injury rears its ugly head. Back in 2010 I had a big race, Ultraman Canada, which was a 6.2 mile swim, 260 mile bike and 52.4 mile run. 4 months prior to the race I finished a 50k trail run and dropped to the ground and was on crutches for a week due to injury that stemmed from the hips. Bike, swim, physical therapy and left wondering how I was going to train for the run portion. I was then introduced to aqua-jogging. You can continue with the same amount of training as well as the same intensity just in a different form and you can do it pain free! The one thing I was not sure about is how well aqua jogging would maintain my performance during recovery. With direction from my Physical Therapist coupled with keeping a positive attitude and knowing my body was not going to recover if I veered off course I just kept plugging away at aqua-jogging and was able to get in a few short run/walk sessions leading up to the big event.

Ultraman Canada arrived and I had successfully completed the first two days of swimming and biking. Day 3 I tossed on my 110% Double Life Shin/Calf Sleeves and toed the start line with hopes that the 52.4 mile run + 3K of climbing would prove to be successful. With the help of my crew (sisters and dad) I finished strong and at that time I had the 2nd fastest female run time in Ultraman Canada history. That was my confirmation that cross-training and keeping a positive attitude can get you to the finish. So next time an injury stops you in your tracks listen to your body and do not try to force more training which can cause more damage and hinder your full season. Look at cross-training alternatives to help you recover and keep your fitness levels up.

Since that race I have completed many long distance runs including 100K trail runs and a triple ironman. I LIVE in my 110% gear and my recovery time from long training sessions and from the events is significantly faster than pre-110%. I am a believer, advocate and 110% Player!

Kellie Smirnoff

You can read more about Kellie's EPIC adventure with her sisters Carrie and Heather, here:!/profile.php?id=707974591


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