An old dance friend of mine recently started running and posted about it on Facebook. Lots of people commented on her post, congratulating and encouraging her. But I was shocked at the number of commiserating comments from other runners about how bad running feels. In fact, there was not a single comment from anyone saying they enjoy running.
I know the statistics about the astronomical running injury rate, and I know how labored a lot of the runners out there look and sound, and of course I know what my clients say about their running when they come for their first lesson or fill out their application for my online running technique camp. And I even remember how bad I felt when I first started to run, before I learned how to make it feel comfortable and easy and stop fighting my body.
But it still was stunning to see how many runners really feel bad when they run. It blows my mind.
If that’s true of you too, take heart. You can learn to run completely comfortably, and feel joyful and spontaneous. I did. So have many hundreds of my clients. Sometimes that doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me, and it’s good to have reminders like this that it actually is.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed on this topic by Lisa Hamilton of The Conscious Runner. She just posted the podcast this week; listen to learn more about how to make running feel great, and take a look at the great resources on her website as well. I’m currently reading her book and absolutely loving it.
You can listen to the podcast here.
And now on a different topic: thank you very much for your vote for The Balanced Runner blog in the initial round of the 2016 Running Awards. Due to the enthusiastic response to being nominated — on very short notice! — I made the cut and am on the shortlist for the awards. That means you get to vote again, and this one is for the win. Feel free to do that now while you’re thinking about it: just click on “Publications and Online,” then “Blog,” and then scroll all the way down to find “The Balanced Runner.”
Again, a million thanks!
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Jae Gruenke, GCFP, is a running technique expert and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Known as a “running form guru,” she is the Founder and CEO of The Balanced Runner™ in New York City and The Balanced Runner UK. She has helped runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to become pain-free, economical, and fast.