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! http://runcertified.com/kjersti-nelson-mrc/

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

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New Moms Run Club Groups, Open Registration

I’m super excited to announce Registration is open for Moms Run Club. I’m aiming for 4-8 members per group. Tell your friends!

One group is specifically for Moms with babies or young children (under 3 years). If you have postpartum clearance to exercise from your OB, and you are learning or RElearning to run, this group is for you!

We’ll be working our way up from walking 2 miles to jogging 2 miles over a 6 week period. This group is non competitive, and meant to be an open non judgmental space to connect with other moms.

You are encouraged to bring your baby in a stroller. I’ll have my baby in mine too.

We’ll run, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry. This group aims to enhance your total well-being——mental, emotional, social, and physical health!

The group meets every Wednesday from 9:30am - 10:30am starting January 9th and ending February 13th (Make this group your New Year Resolution!) We’ll meet each week at Rancho San Antonio in the furthest down lot by the trail entrance.

Members will receive:

  • a welcome packet

  • a training schedule

  • weekly guided runs

  • weekly guided discussions with relevant group topics

  • coaching on relevant running topics

  • a training log

  • emotional & social support

The cost per individual is $60.


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The classic Moms Run Club welcomes all sorts of moms! This group is best for women that can currently run up to 1 mile continuously. We’ll jog and chat together over a gentle 3 miles each meet up. I’ll provide weekly topics to discuss, but the group is also a place to talk about whatever is on your mind.

The group meets every Saturday from 8am - 9am at Lake Lagunita, Stanford, Ca. Starting on January 5th - February 9th.

Like in the New Moms group, this group will benefit your total well-being——your mental, emotional, social, and physical health.

Members will receive:

  • a welcome packet

  • a training schedule

  • weekly guided runs

  • weekly guided discussions with relevant group topics

  • coaching on relevant running topics

  • a training log

  • emotional & social support

The cost per individual is $60.

So what are you waiting for? Make this group your New Year Resolution! Register!

Avoid Burnout with Meditative running

One way to avoid burnout with running and to enjoy it overall is to treat running as meditation time.  I don't do this on every run, but often when I'm running solo or trying to get into a groove and find my flow, I do.  I've highlighted two methods for tuning inward, mindfully and meditatively.

1.The breathing practice: rhythmic breathing is essential to fluid running experiences.  Rhythmic breathing tells your brain and heart that everything is under control.  Imagine, if you were sitting and your heart were beating as fast as it does when you run.  Or imagine how it would feel if you were being chased.  Your brain would interpret that fast heart beat as a moment for fight or flight.  However, when the breath is controlled, despite the fast beat, your brain interprets your experience as relaxed awareness.  *It is one way to train your brain to relax if you suffer from anxiety.  I like to breathe in for one short count, and breathe out for 2-3 long counts.  Find a rhythm that works for you, and at any point during your run return your focus to your breath, similar to how you might with a sitting meditation.

2. The second practice is about tuning into your "felt experience".  I keep hearing the term "sensory running" these days.  Felt experience and sensory running is essentially what this practice is.  While you are running you notice how each aspect of your experience is.  No judgement attached.  You feel each foot fall and connect to the ground; you notice that as you leap off the sidewalk you get a little thrill; you notice that sweat is dripping into your eyes; you smell fresh cut grass... you get the idea.  You just take it all in.  Running is the medium for the experience of your "felt sense".  To really tune in try running without music or apps blasting in your ears, maybe don't even pay attention to your watch.  

Hope this is helpful to you, or maybe a little interesting.  :D   

Happy running!