The professional: Dr. Darrin Bright, physician with OhioHealth Max Sports Medicine, medical director for the Columbus Marathon and Cap City Half Marathon

The professional: Dr. Darrin Bright, physician with OhioHealth Max Sports Medicine, medical director for the Columbus Marathon and Cap City Half Marathon

"I run between five and seven days a week. Sometimes I run every day. I do like to take a day or two off. I think recovery is really important. There's a lot of variation in my pace throughout the week. I usually do about one day of speed work. One of my go-to [workouts] is mile repeats. So I run a mile hard and then recover for a mile or so. I do three to five of those, so a workout might end up being 7 or 8 miles. Before runs, I usually eat peanut-butter toast. I love some Snowville Creamery chocolate milk right after my workout, and then something with carbohydrates in it. I usually eat pancakes afterward and then get something on the plate that has some protein. With most people, your body will find the most efficient gait for you; most of the time, if the gait is not right, it's because you're accommodating a weakness somewhere else. Work on some strength and flexibility, and your body will naturally make the adjustment. The last thing we want people to think about is how they're running. Just go out, have fun and don't think about it." -As told to Michelle Sullivan