Post from Spoonful of Sarah: The one fix that changed my running life
This post is originally from Spoonful of Sarah – The one fix that changed my running life by Sarah Holloway
As you may know, I’m very proud to be an ambassador for Lululemon – they are an incredible company to be involved with and I am so grateful to be inspired, supported and elevated by each and every lemon I have met. While Lulu is best known for its yoga apparel, it is less well known that their technical gear is far more versatile and expertly designed for other disciplines as well including, but not limited to, running.
For that reason, I was so delighted to hear that they have been named Run Melbourne‘s partner for this year (and next year as well), which will showcase this lesser known side of their incredible range. And, as if I wasn’t already excited enough about it just for the hard work I know has gone into the collaboration, I was also honoured and excited to be named one of five Run Melbourne x Lululemon ambassadors for this year’s pioneering #TheRunningTruth campaign, alongside paralympian Kelly Cartwright, technique coach Paul MacKinnon, F45 superstar Michael Ramsey and ultramarathoner extraordinaire Samantha Gash.
As you may also know, running is not my exercise of choice both because it doesn’t come naturally to me and because I haven’t learnt to savour it like others have. BUT, I am ALL about getting out of my comfort zone, especially in the fitness domain and even more so for a good cause with a bunch of people I adore. I was a Sole Motive ambassador for Run Melbourne last year for this reason and am delighted to be back again owning my discomfort and leading the “non-runners” pushing their boundaries to be part of the day. I love the campaign message #TheRunningTruth – everyone’s running truth is different from complete newbie to elite athlete.
Last year, I winged it and was SO proud to have run the whole 5km without stopping. This year, I’m sticking to 5km but have resolved to give it a more dedicated go. I was lucky enough to have a technique and training session with co-ambassador, Paul MacKinnon (aka The Balanced Runner) to get me started on the right track. I had no idea what to expect but I DEFINITELY didn’t expect to leave with a dramatically different style that was more efficient and…. wait for it…. maybe even ENJOYABLE!? One small change (with more to come, he promises) made the biggest difference and I can’t even imagine what else is to come. Check out the video below to see what happened!
Check out more articles, podcast appearances and running technique tips:
I would implore all runners next time they are running on a ‘loose’ or wet surface, to listen to their feet and their ground contact, find out what you should be listening for.
VIDEO: Watch the Triathlon Victoria Performance Centre series, where Paul joined a host of other high-level coaches to discuss various aspects of performance running.
PODCAST: Paul joins Julian Spence on the Inside Running Podcast for a chat about all things running and running technique coaching.
PODCAST: Paul was featured on the Athlete’s Garage by the Motion Mechanic to discuss everything about running technique.
VIDEO: Paul joins the team from METS Performance consulting to discuss running technique and the potential impact it has on performance for all athletes.
PODCAST: Listen to Paul’s interview with Triathlon Taren featuring an online assessment of his form.
PODCAST: A laid back chat about life and running with Pete and Nathan from Runner Chats. Ranging from everything from hockey to Run the Bay Relay and a little bit of running technique.
ARTICLE: Check out the interview with Australian Triathlon Magazine about the Balanced Runner philosophy, background, and helping runners to improve.
ARTICLE: This article was originally featured in Body + Soul as part of the lead up to Run Melbourne.
ARTICLE: Paul spoke to Men’s Fitness Magazine to give some tips on how to get from the couch to a half marathon.