Five things I learned during my month off from ALL exercise

Five things I learned during my month off from ALL exercise

When I found out I was suffering from a stress fracture on the top of my left foot AND something with my ligament in my left ankle, my heart sunk. I was told that I was not permitted to do any weight-bearing exercise, and that left me with riding a bike (in the freezing cold) and sitting in a chair to do strength work.

If you know me, you know I do not like cycling. It has never been my thing. I enjoy spinning, but I don’t go right now because #pandemic. I don’t want to spend the money on a Pelaton as much as I’d love one. And…sitting in a chair to “exercise” would make me cry.

So, I stopped. I did nothing for four weeks. Nothing! No walking, no strength training, no cycling — I did nothing.

And you know what? It was the best decision I could have made. Here’s what I learned during my workout hiatus.

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Your First Week As A Runner

Your First Week As A Runner

I see a lot of people starting their running journeys, and it makes my heart so happy. Running is a great way to maintain level and strong mental health, keep yourself healthy and in-shape (notice I didn’t say “skinny”), and get outdoors while maintaining good ol’ social distancing.

So, how do you get started safely, and what should you focus on during your first week as a member of the running community? What should you avoid? How much should you run? Keep reading — Coach Court has all the tips!

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#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

#AskCoachCourtney: Can I run outside during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The short answer: Yes…

…with caution.

I’ve been giving my athletes five tips to follow as they embark on outdoor running during this challenging time. Here are my top five tips!

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Running As Reinvention

Running As Reinvention

For many of us, 2020 has not gone as planned. Some of us have jobs that haven’t changed much and some of us were already homeschooling, but it’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic has uprooted our daily lives in ways we could not have anticipated.

Running, you ask? It’s impossible to say running hasn’t changed for nearly all runners. Our spring races have been canceled; our parks have become too crowded for running while maintaining an appropriate distance between ourselves and others. There’s no other way to put it: Running is tough right now.

It’s inspiring to see so many runners complete virtual races, continue their planned mileage, and even set new PRs without any crowd support! For some of us, though, running is something we have struggled to do. After weeks off, I’m back — but not without some words of wisdom for the rest of the running community.

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#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

Welcome to this edition of #askcoachcourtney: Your running questions answered by an RRCA certified coach and other experts/research!

Ah, the mystery of running shoes: When should you buy a new pair? How do you know which ones to buy? How can you tell if they’re broken in enough? How can you tell if they’re broken in a bit TOO much?

These are important questions considering that the wrong or old running shoes can cause pain and injury. Today, special guest Josh Boggs and I will give you the answers to some quintessential shoe questions.

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