This post is the first in a sponsored series on RUNNING with our friends at Superfeet®. All opinions are our own, and we look forward to hearing from YOU!
Why did we decide to work with Superfeet®? (And yea, you should know that we are now even choosier in regards to what companies we’ll work with—that’s for your benefit!) First and foremost, Superfeet® is an insole company with outstanding products. They have a product for everyone from the busy mom on-the-go to the outdoorsy adventurists to new or even avid runner. Their insoles provide soothing relief and an energizing foundation for our feet that we put through so much…. think about it. Most of us just ASSUME our feet will keep on working and keep on supporting us, and we don’t usually do enough to care for them. Superfeet® has products that we knew would be appealing to a TON of you in our FitFluential community.
Secondly- we love the fact that this company has a focus or a mantra- and it’s all about building a strong foundation. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m all about the metaphor and analogy life…and this strong foundation thing applies perfectly to our feet, and taking care of them so they can take care of us – in life and in training….but that strong foundation can be applied to all of our fitness pursuits and to our lives…..and you’ll see this theme woven into our posts with Superfeet®.
This post will ideally provide you with a strong foundation – in your mind—about running. This post is written for you newbies, you skeptics, you “wannabes” – those of you that think you can’t do it or that you won’t like it. Those of you that wonder “What’s all the fuss about with running—how can it be a good thing?” – this post should brush away those doubts and provide a strong draw for you to take the next step. We think you will.
Because, everybody runs. Everybody can run – and when you read on, you’ll see how by following some simple guidelines, you can build a strong foundation for YOUR running future.
When we started FitFluential way back in 2011, we were amazed by how many bloggers were passionate about running. We picked up very quickly- those of us that were not at the time runners, on this ever-growing community of endorphin seeking fanatics and their passion for all things running. Once most of us got into some kind of running (and please note—only YOU define being “a runner”. It’s not about how fast you run or how often or how many miles you logged or if you are a marathoner or triathlete or sprinter or a “jogger”- if you run, you are a runner. Period. Own that!), we got it. Running can be addicting, and in so many ways.
For some, running becomes addicting because it can initially lead to weight loss—and let’s be real, many folks start running for that purpose. However, the vast majority of men and women we have interviewed over the past years and for this series have told us- it soon became much more.
For many, Running provides them with a mental escape- whether they run indoors or outdoors, they love the “alone time” that a run gives them. It gives them peace of mind and time to process deep thoughts or not-so-deep thoughts. Many runners will intentionally run without headphones and music for that very purpose.
For others, what they soon learn to love and thrive with is the running community. And it truly is a community. When you start running and you start connecting with other runners – whether online or at the gym, or at a running club or at school, you’ll find that most runners will WELCOME you and go above and beyond (seriously) to give you tips, tricks, hacks, pointers and guidance on how to run, however it is that you wish to do so. Runners are passionate and they typically want to share the love.
For most runners, they’ll also tell you that running makes them feel better about themselves, about their capabilities. A LOT of runners started off feeling totally intimidated and incapable, convinced they’d never be able to do it. (Hint: I am one of them and will share my personal story in the next post in this series) And yet, most of these doubters and skeptics found out that after trial and error, they got it. They found their fitness. They discovered their running sweet spot. And it felt AWESOME.
For me, running makes me feel so strong. When I run, outdoors or indoors, I can FEEL every muscle in my legs and it’s a powerful feeling. Once I got my breathing figured out (HINT: a lot of runners initially have issues with this area and we’ll have future posts on how to get your breathing right so you can run with ease.), I felt sometimes like I could soar. Now—let me be real. My idea of “soaring” when I am running is about 5mph – that’s like a warmup for many runners. But I don’t care. That’s MY groove. And if 8mph for me is a sprint while it’s a pace for triathletes like my friend Dutch DeGay, I’m ok with that. This is my fitness and it’s my run.
The other thing that’s cool about running? Yea. You burn calories. Yea, it aids in weight loss. But there are other health benefits of running too.
- In upcoming posts we’ll address how exercise, and running specifically (as well as other forms of cardio activity) can contribute to an increase in synthesis of amino acid neurotransmitters—to dumb it down, this is what creates that “runner’s high” feeling—but also can lead to decreased anxiety in many individuals over time.
- Running can also impact insulin sensitivity in a positive manner. We’ll discuss this in more depth in future posts. Be sure you are subscribed.
- Running less than an hour can boost your metabolic rate significantly. Yes, you read that right. Run the right way and you can greatly improve your metabolism.
There is a lot more to come—and we plan to share everything with you so you can improve your current running game and take it up a notch, or for those of you wannabes, we’ll help you get started with everything you need to know on technique, practice, training, apparel, shoes, equipment and more.
To that end- tell us- in the comments below- are you a runner? If so, why do you love running? When did you start? (P.S. we’d love to interview you if you are interested!) And if you are not a runner, what are you most intimidated or confused by? How can we help you in this series get your run on?
Bonus!! Who would like to WIN today? Yea, that’s right! We will choose 5 random WINNERS for theSuperfeet® Run Comfort insoles– enter by leaving a comment below and telling us 1) if you are a runner, how much do you run each week and 2) if you are NOT a runner, does this post make you want to get out and DO IT??? Winners will be notified via email 5 days after the close of the giveaway.