Back in Love With Running
By Carlie Beatty
Love/Hate relationship. That’s how I would classify my feelings about running, at least back in college. I used to joke that I became a runner because I wasn’t coordinated enough to play any other sport. Between cross county in the fall and track & field in the spring, it was enough to keep me busy growing up and even got me a scholarship to Michigan State.
What an incredible experience it was to run in college. I loved running fast, being a part of a team, competing and chasing goals I always thought were just a bit out of reach. What didn’t I love? The injuries. The tendonitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and every ache or pain that seemed to side-line me every time I felt fit enough to race well. Season after season of training through hard workouts, healthy eating, restful sleep and challenging races, and inevitability I’d end up with an injury that would shut it all down. Running seemed like a double edged sword, train hard enough to run fast but not so hard that you get injured. It was a tricky balance, and one I seemingly lost more often than not.
After five years on the rollercoaster of collegiate running I knew I needed a break. My body needed a break. That’s when I started working at Playmakers and was invited to my first good form running class. And as someone constantly plagued with injury, I signed up. What did I have to lose?
The class was simple. It taught me that running was not unlike other sports. There was technique that could be practiced and correct form played a crucial role in keeping you healthy. For me that meant injury free. Turns out the ex-collegiate runner had a thing or two to learn.
Fast forward almost six years and I’m a Good Form Coach. I’ve taught a few hundred in-store classes and out-reach clinics across the Greater Lansing area. I’ve been running for the near six years I’ve been at Playmakers including a handful of marathons, training through pregnancy and now pushing our 18-month old daughter in the stroller on our runs around town. But more than that…I’m healthy. I don’t suffer through continuous injuries the way I used to. It’s been six years of running with Good Form, and I’m loving it.
I cherish the opportunity to meet new people and introduce them to Good Form. And if I’ve learned anything special teaching it, it’s that Good Form is for anybody. The “I’m new to running” runner, and the “I’ve been running since before you were born” runner. The middle school kid joining the track team and the grandpa that wants to run alongside him. The 4 minute miler and the self-titled jogger. Good Form is for them all. It doesn’t matter what type of runner you are, what you’ve been through or where you are going. Good Form helps you get out and enjoy it. Because of Good Form, I’m back in love with running. Come check out a class (they’re free), and maybe you will be too.
Register for the free Good Form events all month at playmakers.com/events