CHEK 1-2

The man. The legend. Paul Chek.

The man. The legend. Paul Chek.

Last week I took a 5-day intensive class to become a CHEK Exercise Coach. It turned my brain to mush but is a total game changer in my training philosophy. The CHEK program is an integrated system, looking at all aspects of a client’s life and figuring out ways to reduce physiological load, be it stress, dehydration, or even exercising too intensely. It’s taken me a few days to make sense of everything we learned, but now that I can think straight again, I wanted to share the most important points I’m taking away from the class. Read on!

1. Nutrition. Is. Everything.

I know how to eat. I don’t “diet” or deprive myself. I eat my body weight in kale every month, but if I want that Bi-Rite ice cream you better believe I’m going to eat it. I run 60+ miles a week so pretty much anything I eat is fuel for my next run. Right? Wrong. Oh so wrong.

The instructor of the CHEK class, Ashley, looked me directly in the eye as she was explaining the principles behind CHEK nutrition. “So your client has a new random knee pain, no trauma or past injury. Instead of foam rolling the quads or looking for the ‘cause’ of this pain, let’s go deeper. What’s going on in the gut? Colon issues? Dietary problems?”

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Boston training: quickie update

The Boston Marathon is just a short 11 weeks away. Instead of my usual 4 month training cycle I’m working with a shortened 3 month cycle this time around due to my unexpectedly long recovery period after the 50 miler. Just in these past few weeks I’ve really felt like my legs are returning to normal: I have my turnover and speed and springiness back. But my training still isn’t going as smoothly as I would like. I have a weird pain in my right knee. I’m having stomach issues. I quit my corporate job and it’s been majorly stressful. The body can only handle so much stress at once- whether from training, job, relationship, health- it all adds up and once you hit that tipping point things start to fall apart unless you do some damage control (aka recovery). Continue reading