A Runner’s Story: Angela Bekkala
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, May 4th, 2012
Today we have a great conversation with Angela Bekkala, a busy mother of twins (and a Labrador retriever), who’s an avid runner, yoga fan, and Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. Let’s find out how she runs!
Healing Feet: How long have you been running?
Angela Bekkala: I’ve been a casual runner since I was in high school. I really started to take it more seriously about 4 years ago when I did my first half marathon.
HF: How do you motivate yourself?
AB: My main motivation for running is how I feel when I run and after. I love how strong I feel when I conquer a large hill or how I can push myself to a faster pace. After a run, I feel refreshed and ready for whatever the day brings my way.
HF: Do you have any foot care or footwear secrets to share?
AB: For foot care, I swear by doing yoga stretches for my arches. I have a high arch and get cramps in it quite often if I don’t stretch out my feet daily. For footwear, I can not stress how important it is to get properly fitted for running shoes. Do not go to a big box store and buy whatever shoe is cute! Go to a running store that can analyze your gait. Your feet will thank you!
HF: What is your strategy for preparing for races and marathons?
AB: My strategy for prepping for races is to train smart. It’s very important to log the miles but what you fuel your body with is just as important. You want the best nutrients possible to help you cross the finish line. Think of your body as a Porsche. Would you put regular gasoline in it? NO! Nothing but Super Premium gasoline to keep it running smoothly. Your body is the same way!
HF: Have your other physical activities, like yoga, helped with your running?
AB: I attribute yoga to helping me stay injury free while running. It not only stretches every muscle that tightens with running but it helps build balance and flexibility. Key points that can lead to injury.
HF: Do you have any health/nutrition tips to share?
AB: I’m a big fan of Chia seeds. I put them in my oatmeal daily. I also have mixed them with water as a pre or post run drink. They are a great way to get Omega-3s.
HF: What is the #1 secret that you feel every runner should know?
AB: Listen to your body!
That’s great advice for all runners, especially those of us who love running so much we overdo it a little sometimes. Read Angela’s blog to find out more about her ideas for ways to vary your workouts and other running information, and follow her on Twitter at @happyfitmama. Thanks, Angela!
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