One of Sacramento’s best running events is just around the corner! Run To Feed The Hungry on Thanksgiving morning is an amazing way to support the Sacramento community and get a few miles in before your Thanksgiving feast! Although supporting a good cause might be on everyone’s to do list this holiday season, some might avoid running to do so… So here’s your running pep talk for the day!
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 many Kaia gals would rather do an entire hour of burpees, pull-ups and push-ups than to go for a run.
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 highly recommend 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.
Keep it simple and follow a few basic rules: Lean forward, strike on your mid-foot, keep your feet behind you and avoid crossing your arms dramatically in front of you. For more details about running technique, check out this great VIDEO!
The Run to Feed the Hungry has 5k and 10k options and is the perfect motivation to get out there and start running! Registration closes on November 6th so stop thinking about it and just DO IT! Register under our Team: “KAIA STRONG”