Training to be tenacious

 

Yesterday I ran my first 10k race in over 35 years.

Since I took up running again about 6 years ago I’ve run a bunch of 5ks and Half Marathons (21k).

So yesterday was a cross between the speed of a 5k, and the longevity of the Half Marathon.

Starting out back in the pack the first mile felt like I was in a herd of turtles; it gave me time to warm up without burning out.

After a while I was able to comfortably move forward through the pack and run at a surprisingly fast clip without worrying about running out of gas.

Other than the two water/fuel stations I didn’t stop to walk except for a brief moment in the last mile as I was pushing hard to finish strong and got a bit ahead of my breathing and needed that moment to get everything back in sync.

With the finish line in sight I turned on the afterburners and pulled away from anyone near me to fly through the finish. Usually I turn off the engines and coast when I see the finish line.

Afterwards I was feeling much gratitude for the fitness level I’ve achieved through my own tenacious training. Keeping to a consistent training regimen throughout the year no matter the weather has helped me to have the strength to go out and run more of my race than I’ve experienced so far in my racing history. And I managed to place second in my age group!

Most importantly is my regular practice of the Feldenkrais Method and how it helps me to run with the most efficiency possible, while using myself in a way that is sustainable over the long term.

If you’d like to find the joy in your running, or walking, or just your every day life,

schedule your consultation today!

 

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In the Feldenkrais community we’re getting excited about this years Conference being held in Seattle.

Seattle has a large (relative to the rest of the country) contingent of Feldenkrais practitioners, which is one of the main reasons we chose to have the conference in Seattle this summer.

While the conference is mostly geared towards practitioners and trainees, we also have public workshops scheduled every day.

And the keynote is for practitioners, students, and the public.

If you’re in Seattle this late August and would like to learn more about how the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education can enhance your life come to our conference being held at Seattle University, August 23 – 27th.

 

In health,

Erik

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We’re Connected

Everything is connected.

Our head to our toes.

The mind to the body.

And each of use to one another

 

I recently saw a woman who presented a few movement issues.

While the focus of the lesson was on how she could find the clearest support through her right foot and up through her hip,

the final result was that her right shoulder pain went away.

I didn’t work with nor did I even address her shoulder during the lesson.

But there it was, enjoying the lesson from a different part of the body.

 

Many times the pain isn’t the source, but merely a symptom.

Perhaps her shoulder was relieved of having to do so much work to hold itself up, when the foot was able to find better support from the floor.

 

Find how you can make your connections clearer and live a happier, pain-free life.

Schedule your consultation today.

 

peace,

Erik

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Save the knees

The question I’m asked the most when people find out I run is: What about your knees?

My knees are great.

But that wasn’t the case 30 years ago, when I gave up running.

A combination of not so ideal running form and an injury while playing flag football in college had contributed to my fragile knees.

I went the route of strengthening by bicycling and weight training.

But it didn’t help with the fear or pain of using it for running.

 

My studies and application of the Feldenkrais Method towards safe use of the knees, and efficiency of movement finally got me back into running 7 years ago.

 

One of the best benefits of being able to run regularly is having the stamina and agility to babysit my grandson.

He’s got me on the run, rolling on the floor, and staying in a creative playful state.

All thanks to what I’ve learned from Feldenkrais.

 

If you’d like to move past your knee fragility and enjoy life more

Schedule your consultation today!

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Gratitude for spring and health

Today I ran a nice, slow 10k.

As I’d just raced a half marathon two days ago, the need for an easy day was present.

It’s also the first day I’ve run since Spring began yesterday.

 

So I have a dual gratitude in this post.

 

The first is for Spring. Yay!

Warmer, maybe drier days ahead.

And much more daylight.

 

The second gratitude is for my health, and my ability to go out and race a half marathon this past weekend.

This was the 5th Half marathon I’ve run since the first one in October 2015.

It was a very hilly course with almost constant water views, as we ran the perimeter of Mercer Island in a clockwise manner.

 

Today on my slower, shorter run I was feeling grateful for how well I felt.

To have the resilience in place to resume living after great effort.

 

Now that Spring is here it’s a good time for getting outside and enjoying the warmer (and hopefully) drier weather.

If you’d like to do so with more pleasure and less pain, now is a great time to begin.

 

Erik LaSeur

Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher

Alki Moves

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Keep it simple

Ed Whitlock passed away this week at age 86.

Last year at age 85 he broke a world age record for the marathon by over 28 minutes by running under 4 hours.

At age 72 he set the world age record for the marathon by running under 3 hours.

He set these and many other records throughout his long running career by keeping it simple.

Whitlock defied convention, especially for older runners, in his approach to non-running activities, in that he did no stretching,

strength training, or cross training. When he was injured, he simply stopped running until he felt able to resume his high-volume

training. He followed no special diet, other than to eat enough to keep his weight up. Whitlock mostly ran in old shoes he’d won at

races or had otherwise received; he said the racing flats he wore to break 4:00 at Toronto were 15 years old.

 

Running is a simple activity,

and when done with knowledge and awareness of Ideal Organization

can be done joyfully and injury free.

 

If you’re thinking you’re too old to get out and run, or you’ll never be able to do it because of pain or injuries…but you still have that question. The lingering question of “Can I?”

Make the impossible possible at

AlkiMoves

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Spring Ahead!

Remember to set your clocks ahead this Sunday, March 12th!

With Spring coming the thoughts of warmer weather and outdoor activities come to mind.

 

Will I have the ability to get out and garden this year?

Do I have the stamina to go on a hike up in the mountains after the snow melts?

Will I look good in a swimsuit at the beach?

 

This is one of the reasons why I run.

It gets and keeps me in shape for whatever fun life throws before me.

 

While I keep consistent with my running throughout the year (I’ll be racing the Mercer Island Half Marathon next weekend), for others it can be a warmer months activity.

When starting up an activity again after being dormant for a period it’s necessary to prepare yourself for action, to minimize injuries and to finding more pleasurable ways in moving.

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education is a perfect avenue to learn how to run with pleasure while minimizing stress to your body.

To find out more about how Feldenkrais can enhance your spring time activities including running

Contact Erik LaSeur GCFT (Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher)

erik@alkimoves.com

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Preparing for action in 2017

 

With the new year sometimes comes the rush to get into shape.
This can often be accompanied by injuries for the unprepared muscles, ligaments, and tendons
that do the bulk of the work.
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My favorite warm up routines involve some awareness using a handful of Feldenkrais movements, so I can wake up my nervous system to be ready for intense work over the next 1 to 2 hours.
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Animals instinctively know how to wake up their systems to be ready for action. Resting when they need to, taking some time to slowly engage their muscles, and then springing into action.
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Whether your new year has you walking more, or even taking up running, doing so in the most efficient, pain-free manner is important for your enjoyment and longevity.
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Enjoy New Years savings with a special Consultation rate of
only $39.95 (regular $55.00)
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New Year Consult Special
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This offer good thru 1/17/17

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My new class in West Seattle

BendnMove

I’m so excited!

Beginning Thursday December 1st 2016 I’ll be teaching a regular weekly Awareness through Movement (Feldenkrais) class in West Seattle at the BendnMove studio.

Thursdays Noon – 1pm

I’ll be bringing 11 years of professional experience as a Guild certified Feldenkrais Teacher.  In these classes we explore how we move and use that as a means to refine our movements, so that life becomes easier and more enjoyable. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your performance or a senior looking to regain your balance and control of your life, these classes are for you.

The BendnMove studio is located at 3270 California Avenue SW in the Admiral district of West Seattle

Individual classes are $18

Individual and package plans are available from the BendnMove site.

Hope to see you there,

Erik LaSeur

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Vashon classes on the move!

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For a couple years at least I’ve taught my weekly Awareness through Movement (Feldenkrais) class at the tiny space in the Village Green complex in Downtown Vashon. Often we’d be rolling into each other in the space, perhaps wondering what a fuller expression of the movement could feel like.

In search of a larger, more flexible space nearby, I found out about the Vashon Cohousing space. It’s only a half mile from the current location, much more room to roll, and in a beautiful rustic setting.

Beginning Thursday April 16th we’ll be meeting weekly for the 10:30am class at:

Vashon cohousing sign

If you’d like to attend this class or know someone on Vashon/Maury Islands that may

contact me (Erik) at:

206-406-8154

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