Posted by: brandoncbethke | February 12, 2012

Life Down Under

Physical Therapy Ann Arbor MichiganAfter being down in New Zealand for a few weeks I had some time to write down what my experience has been thus far. The first few days were riddled with sore muscles, a jet lagged body, and endless errands of getting my life established down here for the next 2 months. As we were starting to get adjusted to the time change we were offered the opportunity to race in the Peter Snell Memorial Mile commemorating his World Record mile time at the same exact track 50 years prior. All the guys were eager to see where their fitness was at during this stage of our training, but for me it was a little different. After only doing one workout for the past 3 weeks due to sickness, I was pretty certain the race would be a painful reminder of how important consistent training truly is. This proved to be true as I ended up placing 7th with a time of 4:05, while Will, Nick, and Lee all ran under 4 minutes. The blessing is that this kind of a race helps as a rust buster to get my body going for the rest of our time down here.

One of the most unusual things that we have to get used to down here is driving on the left side of the road and, as odd as it might seem, running on the left side of every road and trail we are running on. Our driving experience this year has been far more enjoyable as we are all much more accustomed to the different driving rules that go with, yet we all seem to have times that we fall back into our old habits. For example, Lee went right around a Roundabout but luckily it was late into the evening and no one was around. There have been many good times, laughs, and adventures along the way.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | November 9, 2011

November Update

Now that the fall is starting to turn into winter things at The Running Institute have been up and going for about 5 months.  During this time we have all had many new experiences which we have continued to adapt to our new setting and everything that has come with it.  Keep a look out for more consistent updates from us in the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime here are some pictures from the Big House Big Heart run.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | August 18, 2011

Farewell to Willis

The Running Institute Ann Arbor- WestAs I am writing this post, Nick and Sierra Willis are most likely boarding a flight on its way to the New Zealand Training camp in preparation for the IAAF World Championships later this month in Daegu, South Korea.  For the last week and a half I have been back in Ann Arbor experiencing the huge change in The Running Institute since I left for Europe 7 weeks ago.  The last time I remember being in the office was for the grand opening when we only had one or two patients.  Yesterday Pete Kitto, our Physical Therapist, had me check the numbers and we had over 90 patents scheduled last week.  This has far surpassed our expectations for only our 6th week of business at our new location.  It is never enjoyable to be injured as a runner, but we are glad that we can offer our services to get you back running faster and better than ever before.

As for Nick, be sure to keep an eye out for his races later on this month in Daegu.  We will be sending out updates and putting up a television schedule when it gets closer to his race.  But for now we wish him all the best in his travels and training leading up to the races!

Posted by: brandoncbethke | August 6, 2011

London – End of The European Journey

Yesterday marked my last race in Europe and with that the athletes of the Running Institute are done with their Summer European campaign.  I placed 3rd in the Crystal Palace 5k with a time of 13:33.  It was a great experience at a sold out Diamond League meet.

It has been fun living out of a suitcase for the last 6 weeks, but I am looking forward to getting back into my bed in Ann Arbor.  Also, I am pumped to see how things have come along since I left the day after the Grand Opening of our new location in Ann Arbor West.  It will be good to get back to the states and help Nick prepare for the IAAF World Championships later this month in Daegu.  I will keep this post short and sweet, but make sure to stop buy and see us at Ann Arbor West, because starting on Monday I will be there!

Running at the Diamond League - London

Posted by: brandoncbethke | July 28, 2011


This past weekend Will and I traveled from our home base here in Leuven, Belgium to race in Luzern, Switzerland.  In the mean time Running Institute Coach Ron Warhurst flew across the Atlantic to met up with Sierra and Nick Willis for the Diamond League Athletics Meeting in Monaco.  It was an exciting weekend filled with personal bests, a national record, and perfect weather.

The meeting in Luzern was held last Thursday in a town nestled up against the Swiss Alps.  With great views came great weather and along with it some great competition.  Will and I both raced in the 3,000 meter run and it was the first time either of us had raced the distance outdoors this year.  It is a hard distance to race because it is not done that often.  I managed to sit back a little bit too much for my liking during the middle of the race, but in the end I came away with 5th place in a personal best of 7:51.37.  Will sprinted past me in the last 150 meters to finish 3rd in a time of 7:50.54.  It was fun race filled with a great atmosphere.

The most exciting thing that happened last week came the following night when Nick Willis put on a great performance in the 1500m run at Monaco.  He ran a smart race and closed very well to lower his own New Zealand National Record and his personal best to 3:31.79.  He is continually gaining fitness as he races this summer.  Watch both Will and Nick run another 1500m tomorrow in the Stockholm Diamond League Meeting between 905-915 tomorrow evening (Stockholm Time).  The schedule for the races can be found at this link:

As for me, I will be racing a 1500m in Gent, Belgium this Saturday.  It should be fun to step down in distance a bit.  In the meantime here are a few pictures from our recent excursion to Switzerland.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | July 18, 2011

Alter-G Treadmills and Egg Shaped Tracks


AlterG Treadmill The Running Institute Ann Arbor, MI

AlterG Treadmill Moved to New Location

The Running Institute’s Alter-G Antigravity Treadmill has been moved to our new location at 5700 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103. As of a few days ago our treadmill has been up and running, so come in to see what it is like to run/walk with 20% of your body weight, it is an experience you will not soon forget.

On a European note, since my last race in Dublin I have been learning to enjoy everything that comes along with living in another country. Buying groceries that are listed in another language, walking to do laundry, and running on the most oddly shaped track are just a few of them. Currently, I am posted up at the Guesthouse Dorms of the University here in Leuven, Belgium. I am here along with Will Leer, Lee Emanuel, and many other Americans who are racing the European circuit this summer. It has been an fun adventure filled with new experiences.

One of the things that sticks out in my mind the most is the shape of the track that we have been working out on since arriving in Leuven. The picture below does not do the shape justice. If you look closely you can notice that the turns are about 170 meters with 30 meter straightaways. It is a big change compared to the 100m/100m dimensions of the Ferry Field track at the University of Michigan. Running a workout last week was one of the more interesting feelings I have had running on a track. It felt normal but different and easy but hard all at the same time. I kept on wanting to run straight, but instead I had to run the really long turns. It was a unique experience that I will get to do again in my workout this afternoon. My workout is a tune-up for the next race on my schedule, the 3,000m run in Lucern, Switzerland this Thursday.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | July 5, 2011

First Update from Europe

For the last week I have spent my time enjoying the countryside of Ireland racing and training. Last Saturday Nick Willis, Will Leer, Lee Emanuel, and I raced a 1500 in Cork, Ireland. The crowded race and inconsistent pacing made it a good learning experience for my first race in Europe. With one lap to go Nick took the lead and never looked back and ended up with a finishing time of 3:39. Will finished second out of our group with Lee and I coming in together, but Lee took the lean.

After the race, twenty of us headed into downtown Cork for a post-race pint of the local Murphy’s brew. It was an enjoyable experience to relax after a few days of travel and racing. Next on my schedule is to race the mile this Friday in Dublin. Will Leer and Lee Emanuel are racing an 800 in Belgium this Saturday while Nick Willis is racing a 1500 this Friday in Paris.

I will be racing and traveling around Europe for the next month. So stay tuned for updates about how our races are going. In the meantime stop by our new location at 5700 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or give us a call at our new number (734)926-4710.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | June 26, 2011

USA Track and Field Championships

The Running Institute at the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships

After a long day of travel Ron and I have arrived back in Michigan. We spent 10 hours driving and flying through the night before arriving back in Ann Arbor as the sun was rising earlier this morning. Our trip to Eugene for the USATF Outdoor Championships was a good but tough learning experience for all of us. The Running Institute had a strong presence at the Championships with two athletes, one coach, and one physical therapist. Will Leer and I raced in the 1500m and the 5000m run respectively, with Ron Warhurst as our coach and Pete Kitto as the physical therapist hired by Addidas to work on their athletes.

It was an exciting weekend with thrilling races all around. In the 5k I placed 9th in one of the most unique races I have ever run. The pace started out very slowly with a 5:48 first 2000m after which we ran 404 for the next mile. I have never run that fast from that far out in a 5k. It was a painful lesson and I did not come home the last mile the way I would have liked, but it was good experience. In the 1500m run Will placed 5th overall after chasing down 5 people in the last 100 meters. It was an exciting finish and he was just barely out-leaned by Andrew Wheating for 4th place. With some good races under our belt it will be exciting to head over to Europe this week for the start of a new adventure.

On a more local notice, the Running Institute is having its grand opening this Tuesday June 28th. Stop by our new location at 5700 Jackson Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48103. We are just behind the back of the Running Fit store and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | June 9, 2011

Hamburg to Ann Arbor

The Running Institute is proud to announce its new location. We are moving most of our services to the back of the Running Fit located at 5700 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Stay tuned for more updates and the specifics about our grand opening.

Posted by: brandoncbethke | June 1, 2011

Getting Started

Today marks the start of a new blog campaign put forward by The Running Institute.  We will be writing blogs from time to time on a variety of different topics, so stay tuned for some good information and random facts.