Find Your True North

Our community is constantly looking for the right tools—the right routine, the right nutrition, the right mindset—to live active, energized lives. Together with adidas, we collected tips, recipes, and advice from Wanderlust 108 yoga teachers and run leaders on how they operate at their peak performance every day. Dive in! And discover the formula that fuels your journey. 
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Jane Mellors’ Fuel Formula

In 2011, my sister and I agreed to run our first marathon together. On race day, I had no idea what to expect, but once I crossed the finish line I knew that this would not be my last marathon. Since then I’ve run 13 more marathons (14 total as of now), and each one was its own unique experience! One of my big goals was to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and I am so excited to be running for the first time this April. I am also so excited about the opportunity to work with Wanderlust this year, and hope to spread my motivation and enthusiasm to all of the participants!

Advice for Avoiding Injuries

In order to prevent running-related injuries, I make sure to do the following:

• Foam roll every morning and night, before and after runs. Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (fancy term for self-massage), and can significantly loosen up your muscle and enable them to have proper, pain-free movement.

• Post-workout or run, I make sure to include a cool-down (slow my pace, walk, auxiliary stretches).

• When I am training for a race, I make sure to increase my mileage by no more than 10% weekly. Gradual mileage buildup is important in order to prevent overuse.

Bedtime Ritual

If I have time, I love taking baths before heading to bed.

The warm water results in increased body temperature, which helps me fall asleep faster.

Baths are very relaxing!

Book I Re-Read

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The book emphasizes the importance of co-existing and perseverance. I apply the theme of determination to many of my training runs, marathons, and my life in general.

Finding Healthy Balance in Life

Maintaining a healthy balance in life has always been a priority of mine.

While I love running and training for a marathon, I also crave social experiences and time spent with loved ones, including my fiancé, family, and good friends.

As far as diet, I usually stick to the 80/20 rule; eating healthy, balanced meals 80% of the time, 20% of the time is spared for indulgences such as ice cream and wine. (Both I could never live without!)

How I Jumpstart My Day

Here are a few tips that help me exercise before work:

•The night before a run, I mentally decide that the run will happen– that I have no other choice. If I fall asleep to this thought, I will usually wake up with the same exact thought.

•I place my alarm clock away across the room so it is harder to snooze!

I Feel Powerful When...

Submitting work to my boss ahead of the deadline, finishing a marathon strong and confident, and making my loved ones feel loved.

Most Important Running Advice

Some of the most important pieces of advice I’ve received from my coaches, running buddies, and professionals include:

• Quality over quantity

• Don’t get too worried when you miss or cut short a run or two

• Focusing on cumulative fatigue is a valid approach to marathon training

•Having a calm and positive mental approach to race day is best!

On-the-Go Snack

I usually opt for hummus and crackers, baby carrots, skinny popcorn, apples, bananas, nuts, ½ a banana and peanut butter sandwich, or a cup of Greek yogurt with almonds.

Spice Up Your Running Routine

I love to run destination races (my favorites include Miami, New Orleans, Utah, Chicago, and LA) or pick new local running routes to try out.

Destination races are a fun way to explore different areas of the country and add to your vacation time!

Dream Superpower

The ability to fly would be incredible! I love being in nature, and this would add so much to that experience!

Training Routine for Beginning Runners

I often recommend new runners to follow Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 – Half Marathon or Marathon training programs.

As you build over time, runners can follow Hal’s more intermediate/advanced programs, or hire a coach.

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