TRYathlon – Pushing past fear and excuses for My 1st Triathlon

I was super nervous about trying my 1st triathlon.  Keyword: TRYING!!!

I was talked into it by my 62 year old friend who is also a cancer survivor.  She suggested at yoga that we all do one together.  Our ring leader even recruited another friend who still had to learn to swim before the race.  My thought was, at least swimming was something I was average at.

This event was technically a “sprint” triathlon which meant that we would be swimming .4 miles, biking 14 miles and running 3 miles.  I thought I could do 2/3 of the race but the swim was super intimidating.

My excuses seemed to lose validity as our ring leaders enthusiasm for life challenged all of us with the “why not?!!!”

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12 Tips you need to know before your 1st Mud Race

Tips for your 1st Mud Race

It can be a little intimidating to sign up for the unknown of a mud race.

Here are some tips to make your first mud race a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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Good Form Running Clinic

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I’ve only been running few years and lately I’ve been trying to work on my form.  I had never really thought about running the wrong way and how it can put it’s toll on my body.  I had been feeling some pain in my knees and that’s when I remembered a free Good Form Running clinic offered at Gazelle Sports.  My husband and I decided to take advantage of the clinic to improve our runs.

We started our clinic by watching a funny short clip of how not to run and listened to our instructors share how the Good Form Running method had improved their runs and lessoned their injuries.  We also watched a clip of Olympic runners and learned how this technique has reduced injuries for runners at the highest level.

Next, we stepped outside and ran around the building for some instruction in the parking lot.  We were then filmed single file as we ran a very short distance in the parking lot.

First, we were filmed with shoes and then without.  You can feel a big difference when you take off your shoes.  You are also pretty conscience of making sure you don’t step on anything.

Good Form Running Clinic

 

After being filmed we the class focused on the 4 points of good form running.

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

We then practiced running while trying to implement what we just learned into our technique.

 

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After a few more short runs we transitioned back inside to view the film with us running.

 

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This is what makes the class so valuable.  This is where you see the difference in how you think you run and the way you ACTUALLY run.  The instructors gave each one of us individual feedback on how we can improve our form.  I tend to be a heel striker (hitting my heels first), which causes me to overextend my knee, and that’s why my knees were beginning to hurt from the impact.  As a visual learner, the hands on way you learn in this class makes a big impact.

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

We watched our barefoot footage next and wrapped the class with questions and answers.  I would highly recommend trying a Good Form Running class no matter how long you have been running.  The footage and feedback are so valuable.

 

 

If you want to check out a free Good Form Running class and live in Grand Rapids go to one of  three Gazelle Sports locations.

 

To find a location near you check out Good Form Running.