As we near the big weekend of races happening in the Twin Cities we want to talk about how to approach tapering. Just like fitness in general, tapering is completely individualized and takes a bit of tinkering.
I am not an athlete. I am not a runner and I could benefit from losing a few pounds. You are not alone in feeling nervous and scared and sore about this next step in your fitness journey. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone at Fly Feet.
We’re exploring the benefits of moving between and after efforts that are higher in intensity this month in Stride. This means that we are incorporating active recovery into all of our workouts, which can be as simple as light walk on the tread!
Our one and only Coach Clare. While her sport of choice is in a pool, she's a gazelle on the tread. Holding lightning fast speeds for what seems like ... ever. A former competitive collegiate endurance swimmer, we're lucky to bring her competitive edge and drive to be better to the TreadMighty crew. And if you know her, she's one of the nicest you'll meet. Let's get to know this ROCK STAR!!
Remind yourself, if you are moving on the treadmill you are a runner. If you have a body you are strong. You are using it, caring for it, challenging it. It has never been about the speeds you are running or the size of the weights you use, but rather the effort you put in.
I have never met anyone who has told me that they want to be in good shape but only for a year. You want to feel good the rest of your life and that is going to require a new level of commitment. A commitment to recovery.
The friendship and the motivation from Coaches and peers at Fly Feet is what keeps me going. I have seen a lot of positive changes in my physical body composition, I can move faster and I feel stronger. I’ve been able to stick with Fly Feet where other programs and memberships haven’t lasted very long for me. Read more about this Fly 101 ROCKSTAR!
There is something to be said about signing up for a race or event that feels a little intimidating or out of reach. Putting a goal out there that holds some degree of uncertainty is one of the most challenging things we do as humans. Read more about Amber’s race experience on the blog.
For Julie and Mike Speetzen fitness is a family affair. If you see them in the studio they will always be together (something that started about 15 years ago when Mike convinced Julie to train for a half marathon) and this summer you’ll find their daughter Katelynn joining in the action. Living a healthy lifestyle has been a top priority…
Have you ever known one of those people whose smile lights up a room, but yet is a total boss babe on the workout front? This, is Rel. Not only is she one of our most frequent flyers, but she is also incredibly committed to closing the achievement gap for our youth. This lady is one superstar - let's get to know her!
She's our non-stop, high energy, always smiling, superstar. Eternally optimistic, forever our care-taker, and always always always thinking of ways to elevate our game for the flyers. We'd be lost without her. You all love her. Let's get to know Heidi K.!!!!
The beautiful thing about HIIT is that it’s just that. It’s based on intervals: certain periods of work contrasted with rest periods to break up each work cycle. You have to know that the interval time, rest time, and the number of repetitions have meaning. They aren’t just randomly put together.
Pull ups are hard. But they are a very functional movement and one that if we just spend time on, we WILL be able to master. SOOO - we decided that July is the MONTH OF THE PULLUP!!! Make it your goal to have mastered at least one of those glorious movements by month's end. We are confident that if you follow these easy steps you'll get there.
July Stride classes will be about creating an environment similar to running outside. When we run outside there is a constant eb and flow of inclines and declines. As we get into the road racing circuit during the summer and fall it is important to train our bodies to adapt and adjust to small grades of incline. We gotchu!
There are so many misconceptions floating around, more specifically directed at women, about lifting heavy and the negative side effects. Now lemme tell you what really happens so we can keep spreading the good word and train smarter, not harder with less injury.
Meet our boy Jon. One of the wittiest, and fastest and maybe one of the most competitivest, but for sure one of the sweetest. Fancy corporate job by day, rocks the Fly Feet after hours. You may have noticed him crushing 15mph at an incline when he's feelin' fine. Let's get to know this BA coach!
Kristin and I were about to travel across the country to participate in an experience that conceptually, we understood. What we didn’t know was the level of energy, desire, and connectedness paired with the constraints of fear and resources that would greet us …
What do you tell yourself everyday? What do you obsess over? What are you bad at? What do you need to get better at? What makes you feel inferior? The last two weeks have most definitely been a journey, some days easier than others. I didn’t go into the challenge with the expectation to have everything figured out by day 14 …
What I like about this challenge is that I forced myself to pick just one pattern to change, instead of trying to do all the things. Not every day is going to be perfect. Accepting this and knowing that change is difficult and intimidating is important. Choosing one small thing to make progress in and take action upon is one small step to something much larger in the grand scheme of life.
I’m beyond excited that we have the opportunity to take our commitment to service to the next level. The American Refugee Council, (ARC) who is headquartered right here in Minneapolis, has invited Fly Feet to travel to Uganda to help them build a running program for the refugee women and girls living in a remote refugee settlement called Nakivale Refugee Settlement.
I’m what you might call a hydration procrastinator. I use non-race weeks as an excuse to slack on my hydration, and then ramp up my hydration a couple days out from a race. NOT OKAY. For the summer challenge, my goal is to get a hydration point EVERY SINGLE DAY. Here’s 5 ways I am going to do it: