It’s a brand spanking new month. So why not start off with an inspirational story as some of us may be starting September with fresh goals. Perhaps one of those goals is to start running this fall.
I started following marathoner Chelsea Ross’ blog, The Dancing Runner, about one year ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Not only does she have boundless energy, she’s funny, upbeat, and a joy to follow. Chelsea initially started running to lose weight, and now it is one of her passions. She is a running coach and marathoner, as well as a certified spin instructor. I am pumped that Chelsea stopped in her tracks to answer a few questions about running, dancing, living and loving life!
1. How did your passion for running begin?
I have been running off and on since probably middle school. I was never really good at it or even liked it that much until I graduated college. Then a coworker of mine inspired me to get back into it. I used to work in TV news, in the newsroom behind the desk…working long hours and often overnight. Running became a huge stress reliever for me. I got laid off from news and then found myself with a ton of free time. I started running more…then one day went to a social run at a running store in the area, Luke’s Locker. Some of the folks I ran with were training for half marathons. I had the free time so I figured…hey, let’s do this! I started training and soon got another amazing job working in tv but with more normal hours. It was awesome and gave me lots more time to train! I ran my first half marathon in the fall of 2009, my first full in 2010, and I haven’t looked back since.
2. What was your first race?
Oh wow…it was probably a random 5K ages ago. I really don’t even remember my time.
3. How did you train and prepare for your first marathon?
I trained for my first full marathon with Luke’s Locker…it’s a running store here in the Dallas, TX area that also has training programs. I would definitely recommend training for your first marathon with a running group. It will really hold you accountable and you will make lots of new (and lifelong) running friends! My first 26.2 was the Chicago Marathon. It was an incredible experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
4. What are your top 5 running essentials?
Running watch, Asics running shoes, handheld water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray.
5. What are your suggestions to prevent running injuries?
Foam roll, yoga, strength training, compression socks. Cross train!! Do other things other than just run. It prevents not only injuries but just burnout in general.
6. How did get into spinning and then teaching spin?
I’ve always loved spin class and have been doing it for years at my gym. I found it to also be a great compliment to running because it’s very low impact. One of the spin teachers and I are good friends and she really inspired me to get certified. I taught dance at the gym for about a year then decided to start teaching spin. I love creating spin playlists and love to encourage and challenge my students to really push the pace and work hard on the bike. It’s a very rewarding position to be a fitness instructor.
7. From many of your posts, I can see you have boundless energy. How do you transition with such ease from teaching a 6:00 am spin class to running afterwards? Please share your secrets for such energy.
COFFEE! Haha, there are some days when I don’t have boundless energy. Some days I have to really talk myself into getting a run in but it’s always worth it afterwards. I try to incorporate rest days into my routine and that always helps me to recharge.
8. Do you have any advice for those who want to start running, but are unsure how to begin the sport?
Just to be patient with yourself. It takes time to build your mileage, as well as your endurance. Join a running group and/or run with friends to keep you motivated. Also purchasing a running watch is a wonderful investment and it’s great to be able to see and track your data/mileage/pace and etc.
9. I understand you’re also a very spiritual person and your faith is vital to you. Does this help you to remain so positive?
I would say so. My faith is very important to me. I also try to keep prayer a constant in my life.
10. And finally, I really must know…..heels or running shoes?
Running shoes, hands down. Asics are the new Christian Louboutins.
I know you “gotta run,” and you are one busy lady, Chelsea, so thanks for inspiring us this month with your fitness story.
For more exciting race recaps, running tips, Friday favorites in food and fashion, and her delicious Girl-on-the-go-Recipes and spin playlists, be sure to visit Chelsea’s blog.