In my last post I shared that I had a wave of craziness come over me after my last race and I decided to sign up for a full marathon! Absolute craziness. A couple years ago I couldn't run 1 mile. I still blows my mind when I think about how I used to wish I could run a 5K or two during the summer for fun...and then never started running for years after that... and now I'm signed up for a marathon!
I HATED running before. I mean HATED it. I used to say I would only run for a reason and that I would run in sports because it was for a reason (chasing a ball isn't that great of a reason!), but I hated just RUNNING. Once I got over those beliefs that I made up and repeated to myself I learned to go slowly, enjoy my surroundings more and zone out instead of pushing myself so hard that I'm in pain and huffing and puffing. I don't know everything about running. I get aches and pains, but I'm open to learning so I can improve and get LESS (preferably zero) of those aches and pains.
I'm starting to focus more on running again so that's what my monthly Facebook group for April is going to be! I started reading this book called Chi Running on the plane to and from Florida last weekend and I'm really excited to implement everything I am learning from this book! I am hooked! I've been walking around all day practicing my alignment, working on forming a straight line from my shoulders to hips to knees to ankles. I can feel it in my core just standing there... it's kinda sad! Must improve!
I'm starting fresh from pretty low mileage and build up to higher mileage to train for my big race later this year. The plan is to run 3 days per week, focusing on Chi Running techniques, which is really proper form and relaxing so that you can run with less effort, no pain, no injuries and really enjoy yourself. My other days of the week I will either be at aerial or doing a workout from Beachbody on Demand (BOD) or a DVD I already own :) Totally flexible and lots of options!
This is for people who are beginners just starting to run (because I was where you are just a couple years ago) and people who are going longer distances or are comfortable running a 5K already. Either way you probably will feel like a beginner because we are going to be focusing on all of this Chi Running stuff! ;-)
I am wicked excited to focus on this and improve my own running skill before amping up my mileage to start marathon training!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance