Everyday EMS Athlete Profile: Mike McElmeel

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EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by EMT-I Mike McElmeel.

Q: What is your EMS job?

Part-time EMT-I.

IMG_1662 Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?

I run ultramarathons, which are races greater than 26.2 miles.
I hope to keep doing these for years to come.

Q: Do you have a race or accomplishments you are particularly proud of?

Nothing in particular just happy I am still competing at a age where a lot of society is sitting on the couch and whining about how old they are.

Q: What are your tips for other EMS professionals to balance work and fitness?

It is cliche to say but …

  • Set a goal
  • Make a plan
  • Stay consistent
  • Don’t beat yourself up about small setbacks

Q: Are there any organizations or groups that support your running?

My local running store We Run LLC.

Organization I run for are Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Team RWB.

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Q: How can readers, other EMS professionals, and runners connect with you?

Former Action Guy blog

All Everyday EMS Athletes featured in this column receive a gift card from Road ID. Check out the Road ID information for First Responders. View past columns and submit your profile at the Everyday EMS Athlete page