TB12 Spotlight: Randy & Cathy Papadellis

Randy and Cathy Papadellis first met each other when they were both invited to a picnic on the beach from a mutual friend.

“She said, ‘Oh, I have this friend who is coming. He is coming from Massachusetts too, maybe you guys could even carpool up together,'” Cathy explains.

Soon after meeting, they started dating and going on runs together frequently.

“The first couple of years, it was fun to go on a run together on the weekend. We were working during the week so we didn’t have a lot of time then. But then, when the kids started coming, it changed to, okay you go for a run and I’ll watch the kids, then I’ll go after,” said Cathy.

Randy started running track back in high school and after graduating, he continued running track at Colby College in Maine.

“I wasn’t an athlete in high school or college, so I started running to work out after that. Then I ran everything — 5Ks, Marathons, local road races,” Cathy said.

“Life just got in the way of us working out together,” Randy said.

Then in January 2018, Cathy was having knee pain from running and spoke with a TB12 client’s parent about getting a session at the center in Foxboro. 

“I was talking to a contemporary of Randy’s and he mentioned his daughter had gone there. I was having some problems with my knee, so I said, okay, I’m going to try it out because I don’t want someone to just tell me to just “RICE” for 4 weeks and not be able to move around like I wanted to,” Cathy recalled.

Randy, on the other hand, took a little while longer than Cathy to start coming in.

“I didn’t go for a while — then I injured my Achilles tendon around Labor Day weekend, and it just wasn’t getting better,” Randy said. “In fact, it was getting worse, so Cathy suggested I should go to TB12. At that point I wasn’t working out or running because of the pain — I couldn’t even go up the stairs normally — but then Joe (the Papadellis’ Body Coach) put me on a plan and within a couple weeks I was back to running slowly on a treadmill. And after about a month I was back to running normally.”

“When you go to traditional physical therapy, it seems so regimented. In the medical community, they usually just do stuff so you can up and get out of bed in the morning, walk, and dress, and eat — but that’s not good enough for me! I want more! I wanted to go to a place where they would respect, even though I’m not a professional athlete, that I wanted to fix the root of the problem rather than just mask the symptoms,” Cathy said. 

“I was having trouble with my hips and glutes for years,” Randy said. “It used to be a few seconds of just kinda moving around and then getting right into my run — and I would always believe I just didn’t have enough time do everything else. But since coming to TB12 and learning and incorporating the rolling before I go on my runs — A) My run goes a lot better, and B) It’s less painful when I stop. It’s because it’s more of a holistic approach. One of the biggest things I’ve been able to do to help my Achilles has been working on my glutes. Now, those two parts of the body aren’t really close to one another, but it’s all connected. I never really appreciate that until I spent some time with Joe and he explained that all to me.”

For Randy and Cathy Papadellis, maintaining consistent fitness and nutrition habits is about living a long, happy life together.

“We’ve known each other for almost 30 years and I want to grow old with him,” Cathy said. “I want to stay healthy, I want to travel and enjoy life together — but you can’t enjoy life if you aren’t mobile so I just want to stay healthy to continue on for another 30 or 40 years together having a good time.” 

“She is the one person I know who does pretty much everything right. I know a lot of people who can do everything right for a period of time — they’ll lose the weight and then gain it all back. Cathy has been consistent about what she does and how she does it for the entire time I’ve known her,” Randy said. “That’s been inspiring and makes me want to do the same thing. Because at the end of the day, it’s about being happy. And there are a lot of components to being happy, but health, well-being, and feeling good is certainly a big part of it.”