Are you starting to walk, jog, or run because your gym is closed or your other hobbies and activities are shut down during COVID-19? Are you intimidated by other runners or worried you are too slow to be a runner? During this live interview with Catrina Aniballi, Duane and Catrina answer some common questions and provide 5 tips for runners to get started today!
In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, Catrina covers the equipment you need to start including running shoes, clothing, or gear as well as what is the most important thing you need to get started right away!
Many running training, mindset, and practical tips were shared to help get you start to run today as a beginner! Catrina brings a passion and fire during this episode that will be sure to motivate you to start running no matter how out of shape you feel you are right now.
I hope you enjoy the episode and thank you for listening!
Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Catrina within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
In this episode you will hear Catrina Aniballi’s 5 Tips To Start Running that can serve as your guide to start running right now!
Catrina talks about not needing to worry about fancy running gear or clothing. You don’t need a garmin or an apple watch but what you do need is a pair of good running sneakers! It is not the brand of sneaker or a specific shoe that is the best but the proper shoe for your body that is important. If you want to find out how to get the proper shoe to start running today, check out this previous blog and podcast episode from the running shoe experts at Woodbridge Running Company.
CLICK HERE to read and listen to all of Matt Santillo’s running shoe tips!
Besides running shoes, the other absolute necessity you need to start running today is sunscreen! This is something most runners forget but is absolutely essential especially for the tops of your ears, scalp, nose, back of your neck, and shoulders!
Catrina says to fnd your reason for running or your goal. Whether it is to get out on the road once or twice a week just for fresh air, try your first 5K, run 1/2 mile without stopping, beat your sibling in a street race 😉. If you don’t really have a goal, you may not stick with it but I want to emphasize your goal doesn’t have to be a race!!!
I like to focus on the healthy aspect of running especially for the heart, and explain that weight loss is a benefit but shouldn’t be your main goal. If it is your main goal then once you lose the weight what will happen to your running? Will you lose the desire to keep moving forward and continue the heart health benefits because you hit your goal? In my treadmill class that I teach at the YMCA, I always focus on the heart healthy rather than weight loss.
Once your goal is found, JUST DO IT! Don’t worry if you are as slow as molasses. Catrina shares her personal running journey on the podcast episode and funny stories. She is a big advocate of just starting to walk/ run and get out there!
Your goal is just that…your goal! Don’t compare yourself to other runners. Listen to your body and don’t try to do more than you safely can just because someone else is going faster. Catrina’s favorite saying in her classes is…”What is the biggest source of injury in the gym??? Ego!
In order to run for the long run (pun intended) and make it a lifestyle change to stay healthy and embrace the journey you need to train smart with proper progression! In fact Catrina spoke about the 5th principle of our SPARK BLUEPRINT to how to run healthy without getting injured! CLICK HERE to read and listen how you can start training today smart with proper progression!
Find someone who can hold you accountable but also support you. This could be your spouse or best friend. Doesn’t need to be a runner although if you can find someone who is encouraging, that’s helpful. Catrina is happy to have you reach out to her and connect with her on social media for her to be your own personal cheerleader!
I can personally attest to this as Catrina helped me stay motivated and so many others who were a part of the SPARK Half Marathon Training Program! Catrina is such a positive person and very passionate about allowing anyone to run no matter your level of fitness or ability. Check out the Podcast Episode to hear her passion yourself!
The most important thing you can do as an experienced runner is smile, nod, or wave at other runners who you can see are not as fast as you. It really does go a long way! I will never forget when an elite runner took the time to say hi every week to me when I was just starting out running. Any new runner thinks to themselves “wow, they are acknowledging me!, they aren’t looking down at me”. This has been something that has been noticed within the running community and can be improved upon in order to support and build others up so we all rise together as runners! There are a lot of supportive and great people but it only takes that one to kill your confidence.
Here is another resource that may be helpful for you starting out as a runner that I came across. CLICK THIS LINK to read the article.
In this podcast and Facebook Live episode, Catrina Aniballi shared some actionable tips that will help beginner runners start running today! Let’s recap what we covered:
1. Running shoes and sunscreen is the only equipment you need to start running
2. The most important thing to start running is your personal goal or “your why”
3. The next step is to take action and “just do it”
4. It is o.k. to be slow! That is expected when you start out!
5. Find an accountability partner
I personally want to thank Catrina for her time and the fire she brought on the podcast episode helping to motivate all of us who may be intimidated by other runners or intimidated to start running.
Thank you (the reader) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Do you want to know more about our SPARK Physical Therapy running injury clinic or our healthy runner evaluation to get you on a specific plan to PREVENT any running related injuries as you ramp up your miles for 2020?
Are you new to running during the coronavirus crisis or have you been running for years but are not sure if you are in the right shoe, how to properly care for you shoes, or even when you should replace them? I was lucky enough to bring on Matt Santillo, running shoe expert from Woodbridge Running Company to the show to answer the most common questions asked by many beginner and advanced runners.
CLICK HERE to read and listen to all of Matt’s running shoe tips!
Did you struggle to stay fit in April? Get your SPARK back as you rise up from this downturn! Dropped some serious fire on this Monday Night SPARK Live! This video outlines the 3 benefits of having structured workouts.
Want the 3 reasons why you need structured workouts to hit your health goals? CLICK HERE
Are you a runner who has had your spring race cancelled or delayed and you are struggling to get your running mojo back? In this episode we talked about how to run and train safely during this COVID-19 crisis with our Special Guest, Steve Carmichael who is founder of Runbuzz Pacebuilders online run coaching and running community as well as the host of the Runbuzz podcast.
To hear all of Steve’s knowledge and tips to get your mojo back CLICK HERE
Have you been worried about your health or the health of your loved one’s during this whole COVID crisis we are going through? In this episode we are talking about how we cope with this new world we live in during COVID with our Special Guest, Irene Bosco who is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist at Nutmeg Counseling Services in North Haven, Connecticut.
Click THIS LINK to hear Irene’s 3 tips that we can all implement during social isolation to help keep our families healthy.
Are you a parent who is feeling like you are juggling 3 jobs right now? Employee, mom, and teacher 24/7? Are you struggling to keep your children active right now?… Are you wondering what the best practices are to motivate your children to stay active during this coronavirus isolation? I know this is going on in my house and I had the pleasure of interviewing my cousin who is an expert in this area!
In this episode, we are talking about how we can help and keep our children active during this crisis with our special guest, Brett Yarris who is founder and instructor at BioKinetiX a movement company in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Click THIS LINK to hear Brett’s 3 Tips to help get your children more active!
What 3 tips did I learn during the beginning time period of home social distancing from my world as I knew it? How did I stay active and fit and maintain my sanity?… “I feel so out of control and with all the chaos going on in my house … how do I stay fit without going to the gym?!” Have you thought this to yourself?
I know I have! Personally I’ve had this issue in this beginning of this coronavirus crisis trying to balance life, family, work, and staying active. We all had big goals for 2020 and spring races, now that the plan has changed we can’t let ourselves dip into a place we don’t want to go! In this blog article, I got you covered on how you can stay active and fit with these 3 tips I learned during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click THIS LINK to learn about my 3 Tips to boost your confidence with your home workouts during this difficult time.
Are you in need of some mental relief (like me) and are looking to get in some exercise during this time of social distancing?
Are you a runner who wants to stay healthy now more than ever for the benefits of your immune system while we try and prevent the spread of this virus ?
Click THIS LINK to learn how to “just keep running” during social distancing.
I hope these resources help you stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running through COVID-19! Be safe and well my friends!
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“I went to see Duane early into my marathon training with hamstring pain. At that time, I was barely able to run 3 miles and was in pain. After a thorough exam and analysis of my running, he was able to diagnose and start treatment that day. Duane provided me with exercises to strengthen my hamstring and surrounding running muscles, all while slowly building my mileage back up. He was honest with me about setting realistic goals for my race and helped me to meet those goals. With his help, I was able to run the New York City Marathon.”
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