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In the past, I would never label myself as a “runner”. I run, yes, but calling myself a runner would have meant I looked and acted the part. Let’s face it, I am built like a Clydesdale not a race horse. My background was dance, I am not a runner! When I ran, I would only think about how awful it was. Hence, why I always chose to play defense in sports, so I could limit the amount of running I participated in. Unlike my youth years, I am always trying to challenge myself in my adult life, so last year while attending a running clinic held at m.e.l.t. workout in Simsbury, I decided to give it a go again. It was a new challenge, why the heck not?! So how did I get better at running?
I have been a coach at m.e.l.t workout for six years. Not until the last two years have I really stepped up my game with my workouts. I try to workout out on an average of five days per week. Being a full-time working Mama, there are some weeks that are better than others though, like this week when I only got in two days. What I love most about the programming m.e.l.t. offers is that it is quick and efficient. In a 35 minute M30 Burn class you get a dynamic warm-up and killer workout topped with a calorie crushing finisher and cool down. In and out in 35 minutes, and your metabolism is so jacked up you burn fuel far after you have completed the session.
My first run, over a year ago, was HARD. Did I mention I never liked running in the past? I think I walked most of it, but I kept going for the three miles. My time, according to my phone app, was somewhere around a 13 minute pace. Not terrible, but the competitive me wanted to do better. So after a few weeks of training, I had my first official 5K. It was cold, and rainy on that lovely October day….ah yes the Hartford Marathon 2014. All I could think of was, people do this all the time?! However, I finished and my time was right around an 11 minute pace. Not bad for having a sinus infection! After that race I didn’t hit the pavement often, very sporadic actually. So…I decided to sign up for the Hartford Marathon 5K this year…with no training this time. My mindset was that I was just going out there to finish, no pressure. Who was I kidding? I ran that thing like I never ran before, and actually ended up shaving three minutes off my 2014 time. 10 minute miles without training! I did not even run that in high school!
Why is cross training effective?
The M30 Burn classes are large group training classes tailored to your fitness needs. Depending on the days you attend, you will get a focused workout within the three-week programming phase for your level of fitness. The m.e.l.t. coaches will modify each exercise to make sure you are getting the regression or progression that is appropriate for your level of fitness You will be challenged but more importantly injury free! The program is designed so you get quicker results in less time….m.e.l.t. is the 30 minute workout, 48 hour fat burn!
You can have fewer injuries.
Being a Licensed Massage Therapist, I see more runners on my table with overuse injuries. Tightness in certain muscles or instability can cause many runners to be sidelined from their sport. At m.e.l.t., our warm-ups include mobility and activation drills that will help increase your range of motion and gain better stability. We also use Functional Movement Assessments with our M30 Plus Advanced Small Group Training that can help a runner asses where imbalances are taking place. All of this can help any person prolong their running career.
Greater Aerobic Fitness and Power.
I literally ran two times over the summer before deciding to run Hartford again. My plan was to get out there at least once a week, and life just got in the way. So after reaching my 10 minute mile pace this year, I was ecstatic! Keeping up with at least two-three strength days, a metabolic day and a cardio-endurance day is the training that helped me achieve my goal. I even saw some fellow m.e.l.t.ing Moms kill their times while participating in the Hartford Half Marathon this year! (I am so proud of you girls by the way xoxo!). Adding in M30 workouts can increase your stride power and stride length due to the strength and plyometric movements in the programming, making your running more efficient.
If you are looking to get in the best shape of your life and become a better runner, get the jump-start you need with our M30 Day Spark for just $30! You will be able to get programming that is designed to accommodate your level of fitness and push you to reach your goals. You will be in a community that is positive and encouraging, and you will also be able to smoke your running times, trust me on this one :). Go to www.m30dayspark.com to get started, commitment free! You have nothing to lose except a few minutes off of your mile 🙂