If you’re looking for a gift for the runner in your life, or you’re a running wanting to drop some big fat hints to your loved ones, here are some Up & Running goodies for your consideration!
We have gift certificates for our Spring 5K Course as well as the self-paced 10K, Half Marathon and Up & Moving courses. You get a snazzy PDF voucher to email or print off for the lucky recipient, so it’s a great last minute gift!
Our Up & Running Training Diary is perfect for capturing your feats of athleticism. You can track mileage, weather, shoe usage, race results and more in this spiral bound beauty. It’s a perpetual format so you don’t have to wait til January 1 to get started. You can view sample pages here.
If you’re on the lookout for new running gear, Julia has just updated our Amazon store with her recommended shoes and gadgets.
And finally, for the aspiring runner in your life, there is also that UP AND RUNNING book we mentioned last week. Yeah, that was subtle!
What’s on your wishlist this year?
We are jumping-up-and-down-like-loonies excited to announce that our book, UP AND RUNNING is available to pre-order and will be published on 8 January 2015 by CICO Books in both the UK and USA.
We’ve taken Julia’s coaching expertise, our tried and tested 5k plan plus all the wisdom and inspiration gleaned from our Up & Runners and brought it all together in one awesome 3D form. It’s perfect as a standalone guide to running your first 5K, or a great accompaniment to our 5K e-course.
Julia and Shauna’s program allows you to build a solid foundation of fitness and understand what it takes to be a runner. Unlike most programs, you’ll be doing running drills right away that will teach you good technique and healthy habits. You’ll be set up for a lifetime of running.
– Bart Yasso, CRO, Runner’s World
A few weeks ago when making the rounds of my favourite blogs several of them wrote about a book by a Japanese author named Marie Kondo. She specialises in tidying and decluttering and her latest work has become an international best seller. The cover says 2 million copies sold but I’m positive that number is up to 3 million by now.
I absolutely believe in energies and events happening for a reason, so let me tell you the sequence of events:
I really need to develop these superpowers to do some good in the world! Basically what Marie Kondo professes is that objects have energy and you need to surround yourself with the good and positive. She talks about them “sparking joy”, which is how you decide whether to keep something or not during your decluttering.
I didn’t even need to finish the book, I “got” it right away and couldn’t wait to tackle my closet.
Of all the books on decluttering, organizing and cleaning this is the only one that gave me clarity on what my end result should be: feeling the energy of what surrounds me. It’s taking time to get the entire house done but now I know exactly what to do.
I understood the KonMari Method right away because it’s same reasoning I use when asking my runners to choose a race as their main goal for a season. Whatever you choose should make you feel fuzzy, warm and excited. You should get that buzz or spark when you daydream about it all coming together on race day.
The other day I had a woman call me about her 2015 planning. She really wanted to run the Venicemarathon. She could picture herself at the starting line among 10,000 runners, making her way to the lagoon and Piazza San Marco. But her husband was trying to talk her into something more low key and local. You could hear her voice move between a sing-song happy place and a moody resigned whisper while talking about the two choices.
I told her she just had to find a way to make her happy choice happen. The happy spark is what will get her through the hard workouts and all the way to the finish line at Riva Sette Martiri.
By the way, I donated approximately 100 unworn running event t-shirts that I had sitting in my closet. I’m now only wearing running clothes that I really love, as opposed to rags that I can sweat in. Totally energy changer!
One of the biggest highs of 2014 has been launching the Up & Moving course for walkers and exercise beginners. We’ve witnessed our Movers kick butt over the six weeks, overcoming fears and resistance to make fitness a part of their lives. There’s been many requests for more Up & Moving workouts and we’re happy to announce we’ve finally made this happen!
Up & Moving 2.0 is a PDF download with a fresh batch of Moving workouts, with 3 walking workouts per week that you can do as written or mix and match to make your own schedule. There’s also a new resistance exercise to throw into the mix plus advice from Coach Julia. All for just £12. You can check out a sample plan right here and click here to find out more about U&M 2.0.
Happy moving, folks!
Your 8 week plan to go from zero – 5k and discover the life changing power of running. Out January 8! »