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A Delicate Balance

Have you ever encountered difficulties describing how you run to an authority figure or an expert? Have you ever labeled yourself in order to be understood? There’s a delicate balance involved in meaningful form change. On the one hand, apprehension about how well we are running can disrupt our performance by loading our mind with anxious thoughts about doing it right. On the other hand, the conscious shift of periodically focusing our attention on our running form helps us become aware of negative mental chatter so we can calmly repurpose those same thoughts.

Every training day, my goal is to let the runners know what I’m asking for in terms of conscious efforts, all aimed at minimizing wear and tear on the body and maximizing speed and efficiency. The more the body is conscious, the more it becomes capable of receiving higher energies from universal forces.

Sound idealistic? Remember, our mental images, ideas, and beliefs about our body can affect our performance just as powerfully as our physical fitness.

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When & Where

Appointments are booked by phone or e-mail. Ideally, we’ll meet privately once or twice per month at a convenient road, track or trailhead here in Boulder County. I love to teach in beautiful places! As we progress, be ready to explore a new open space, mountain park or other scenic running venues. Contact us for payment options.

Your Running Fingerprint

We all conform to a common blueprint but we learn to run in ways that accommodate our unique running fingerprint. Dimensions of body segments, the snugness of bones within joints, the springiness of tendons, rigidity of feet, geometry of muscles – differs from person to person, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically. We adapt our coordination habits around the peculiarities of our individual anatomy in order to create efficiency and injury resistance. – John Kiely

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The “Drive Point” between the upper and lower body makes more endurance and better breathing possible.

Initial Form Assessment
I’ll study the limits of your running habits closely and give you accurate feedback and encouragement that builds on what you already do well (which is usually much more than you think!).  The lesson has some light running and movement awareness work… nothing strenuous at all. The take away is a clear sense of the ways your running form influences your body and a sure feeling of the way your body influences your running form.

I know all the answers – as long as you ask the right questions:

  • How much should you train?
  • How long is long enough?
  • How fast is fast enough?
  • What are the best times to do each workout?
  • Who are the most important people to work with?
  • What are the most important things to do at all times?
First 2 Private Lessons
Might as well face it, there’s no easy way of running. Sometimes it hurts! The good news is, there’s definitely a way to center your effort so you feel more comfortable changing speeds – moving from one heart rate zone to another while staying relaxed. I’ll clarify the best distances, paces, and recoveries to create pathways for foot-speed; the ability to surge without straining and stay mentally resilient. The more precise coordination and corresponding changes in your habitual cadence and stride patterns will alleviate the repetitive-stress of running the same pace mile after mile on the flats. The result is an enjoyable distance run where you work on speeding up and slowing down while concentrating on relaxed exertion, rhythmic breathing and leg turnover.
"Don't be afraid - be focused." - Michelle Obama
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