Mental Health Run Streak Challenge

I’ve been inspired by the Runner’s World Summer 2019 Run Streak challenge (#RWRunStreak). Starting on Memorial Day (tomorrow) until July 4th I’ll be running at least 1-mile per day. I invite you to join me! I’m adding my own twist to the streak: tracking how the daily runs impact mental health.

Goal: Run at least one mile every day for 39 consecutive days and track the mental health impact.

Why: Daily runs promote sustained mood balance and is an active coping strategy for dealing with life’s ebbs and flows. Daily runs leave a person feeling accomplished, and will really solidify or kickstart a healthy wellness-based habit.

How: You can still follow any training plan you have going on (although the mileage might need to be adjusted a bit), however, on your rest days keep that daily run to a mile and really go slow. If you are just starting out, just do 1 mile every day, and use a walk/run combo.

Don’t do this if you are injured, are prone to running hard every run and don’t think you’ll treat some runs as easy-recovery-runs, OR for health reasons you are not recommended to do this sort of exercise by your doctor. *Before starting any exercise program you should always consult your doctor.

To track your runs and the emotional/mood impact, please use my free printable. If you are on social media you can also use the following tags: #RWRunStreak #RunStreakForMentalHealth and tag me! @kjersti_running_therapy on instagram.

I'm Featured by NAASFP as a Certified Marathon Coach

I was recently contacted by the program I received my Run Coach certification through (NAASFP, North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professionals) to be featured on their website. I’m honored to have been chosen and am so excited that my story is being shared with so many people.

Check out my feature!

Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find:

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Homage to Coach and Adding to My Professional Credentials

Last December I was giving out some unsolicited running advice to a friend.  He said, "how do you know so much about running?"  I responded quickly, "I had a really great coach."  Then a couple months ago I was invited to a Facebook group to honor my long distance running coach from high school.  He is retiring.  I have very fond memories of him, my team, and our adventures.  

Both moments really got me reflecting on the importance of a good coach.  I've had a few coaches, and they were all good, but the first one, Coach Young, was by far the best and most influential.  He didn't just design workouts and hold us accountable.  He fostered a sense of community, he taught us the fundamentals of running technique, performance, and injury prevention/care.  He took us to beautiful places, even took us camping once a year; he made running a lifestyle.  He pushed us further than we thought we could go, and was supportive through all the ups and downs.  I came away from it all not just knowing how to run, but how to live well.      

For years I've been contemplating getting the credentials to be a running coach.  Now I'm actually doing it!  I have some lofty ideas and goals, but my number one hope is to be just a smidgen as good of a coach as Coach Young.  If I can do that, then I'll call it success.

I hope you can join me on this journey.