Today I’m going a few easy miles with veteran runner of more than 20 years, Christie Thomas.
After chatting with her business partner Carlee Daub , I’m looking forward to speaking with the other half of Wahoo Running.
Christie has found inspiration from runners of all ages and the lessons don’t stop there.
Two Decades Later Running Looks Different
Christie’s early days of running were focused on her goals and attaining PR’s.
Two decades, 4 kids, a profound loss, and a coaching business have shifted her focus outward.
She has found herself just as driven if not more so by others goals rather than her own.
Each year she asks herself and her athletes to keep a fresh perspective and to avoid looking in the rearview mirror.
What can you do this year? NOT what could you do 15 years ago.
While setting PRs can be fun, once in awhile do something not focused on you such as:
- Help a friend to reach their goal
- Cheer or volunteer at a race
- If you’re a front of the pack runner, run with the back of the pack for a different perspective
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A Tribute To a Life Cut Short
Christie named her coaching business Wahoo Running as a tribute to her running friend that died suddenly in the prime of her life.
When running races together, Christie and her friend Meredith used to yell “Wahoo” to remind themselves to keep the running fun and not take themselves too seriously.
Wahoo Running started as a kids running club that has now expanded to include adults.
The primary purpose is to inspire joy in the sport.
Oftentimes running is seen as a form of punishment while growing up.
Christie and her business partner Carlee hope to change that perception of the sport they love.
Lessons In Coaching
Above all consistency in running is key.
Running is the “simple” part.
Christie wants athletes to know what warm ups and exercises to do before and after running.
Incorporating “book ends” the before and after routines can ward off injuries and contribute to longevity as a runner.
Feet are the foundation and should be given attention.
Wearing comfortable shoes in your everyday life is just as important as finding the correct running shoes.
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For more coaching tips and to stay connected with Christie, you can follow her on Instagram.
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