Out of everything we do at Kaia, including the hardest or most awkward of exercises, I get the most heavy sighs and rolling of the eyes when I say the word “RUN.” I think a lot of Kaia gals would rather do an entire hour of squat thrusts, pull-ups and push-ups than to go running.
Why is that?
Well, undeniably, running isn’t easy. It’s physically and mentally tough. It requires determination, positivity and TECHNIQUE.
This last one is very important. Technique makes running better for you (running does not have to = achy knees and ankles) and makes it easier, which, hopefully, will make you LIKE it.
When I started running I was hurting after a mile or two and often felt like I was basically going to die. It only took a few specific cues and recommendations and a good pair of shoes to entirely shift my perspective. Running became a sanctuary. A happy place. Something that was all mine.
I promise you, running/jogging/walking can be this for you too. Give it a try and change your attitude about something VITAL to your health.
Steps to becoming a runner (that doesn’t hate running!):
1. Buy good shoes.
I do not buy running shoes from anywhere but Fleet Feet. They offer the BEST customer service, watch you run, tell you if you have anything different about your stride and have a fantastic return policy. It’s worth the money.
2. Walk when you need to.
Pushing it too hard when you start running can lead to injury which leads to more distaste towards running. Start slow. Walk and run as much as feels good.
3. Learn good form.
This Saturday, October 29th, we will have a 30 minute Running Clinic for all of our Kaia girls (for free!). As a runner, Casie understands the importance of running right and wants all of us to know the basics! Take advantage of this!! If you can’t make it be sure to talk to your coach – good form is essential. I will also post the highlights from the clinic in a blog next week!
See you tomorrow morning at 7am (at the gym) for the Running Clinic followed by a fun 30 minute Power Hour! Get a good start to your weekend!
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey