Average Joe

Episode 4

Let’s talk nutrition. Training for a half-marathon isn’t going to come easy if what you’re eating doesn’t match what your body needs to properly fuel your exercise. Average Joe visits Sola Life & Fitness to interview Stephanie, a registered dietitian, about meal options before races and snacks that can help keep you going! Also, learn about the importance of hydration and how it impacts your physical performance.

Here are some tips on what to look for when adjusting your diet for running and what snacks will help fuel your runs:


Episode 3

They say the clothes make the man, or in this instance, the workout clothes make the man. Average Joe is exactly two months away from his Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. His mile times are improving and his distances are getting longer. To make sure he’s getting the most out of each run, Joe met with Jake, personal trainer at Sola Life & Fitness, to discuss four key components of a runners attire – shirts, shorts, socks and shoes.

Cross-training is an important part of marathon training as well. Runners use cross-training to prevent injuries, improve fitness and more during breaks from training. Jake offers some suggestions on cross-training activities as well. As always, keep following the Beaumont Blog for updates and share your running tips/questions/comments for Joe below.


Episode 2

Average Joe continues his journey toward the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon in October. Before any hardcore running/training began, Joe visited Dr. Franklin and Beaumont’s Cardiovascular Performance Clinic to check for any underlying heart disease or structural abnormalities. The clinic sees amateur and professional athletes, recreational endurance exercisers and highly active individuals.

Dr. Franklin also provided Joe with information on how to optimize his training regimen and enhance his performance over time. Unfortunately, the scenes of Joe doing a Bane impression using the oxygen mask hit the cutting room floor, but we figured this information may be more useful. Keep following the Beaumont Blog for updates and share your running tips/tricks/comments for Joe below.



Episode 1

Welcome to Average Joe Runs a Marathon – a journey of one Beaumont employee and his attempts to get fit and complete the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon.

Why the Average Joe?
Joseph Wesolek is a web and social media specialist at Beaumont and is the embodiment of the average Joe. We have busy lives, we don’t eat as well as we should, we don’t get enough regular exercise and we’re always for ways to improve our health and habits. This is one person’s journey on the road to getting fit. We hope you enjoy our Average Joe video series focusing on:

  • how to make sure your body is ready to take on a marathon (or half-marathon, 5k, 10k, etc.)
  • finding the proper shoes and workout gear
  • using technology (apps and other devices) to improve your fitness
  • incorporating proper diet and nutrition
  • work/life balance

Follow @BeaumontHealth on Twitter and Instagram for periodic updates and leave notes with your tips, suggestions, comments and more.

On your mark, get set… Average JOE!

5 thoughts on “Average Joe

  1. Adina says:

    Congratulations on your commendable goal of completing a Half, Joe! I completed my first Half at the beginning of May, and I learned a lot during the training process. My words of advice: (1) don’t short-change yourself on any of your training runs, because they are what will carry you through the event itself, and (2) enjoy the journey. Best of luck with your training!

  2. How exciting! Go Joe!I can’t wait to watch his progress.

  3. Carl Buxo says:

    Every blessing . . . “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  4. kabrignani says:

    Go Joe go is right !

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