Jennifer Hellickson’s Fuel Formula
As a runner for more than 20 years, Jennifer Hellickson has tried it (from ultramarathons and marathons, to triathlons, adventure races and even flying trapeze), lived it (as a former ACE-certified personal trainer) and written about it (most recently in SELF Magazine, Huffington Post and Examiner, as well as her personal health and fitness blog, Kinetic Fix.). When she's not coaching Team LUNA Chix Portland Run, you can find her trying to nail a new race PR, testing out new workouts & gear, profiling inspiring athletic personalities and sharing ideas for fueling a healthy lifestyle.
Moderation is key!
Often times we get so excited jumping into training or overzealous when running starts to actually feel good that the tendency is to overdo a good thing.
But conservatively adding distance, frequency and intensity to workouts is a smart move in the long run that will allow you to build a solid foundation.
“Tomorrow’s another day” was one of my grandfather’s favorite sayings.
It’s so simple yet rings so true—no matter what happens today, good or bad, tomorrow is a clean slate.
A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey by triathlete Chrissie Wellington.
The fact that someone who is so extraordinary can also be so relatable, approachable and vulnerable is super inspiring.
It never ceases to pump me up and make me feel that all things are possible.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
Just because you can’t do something right off the bat doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort.
Perhaps you’ll improve, perhaps you’ll triumph or perhaps you’ll just learn something in the process.
But regardless of how things turn out, your efforts won’t be in vain.
As I get older, I realize that balance comes in cutting yourself some slack.
Living too rigidly just isn’t sustainable.
My favorite “secret” for sustaining a fit lifestyle is to take those rest days before you need them.
Otherwise, you’ll end up digging yourself into a hole that can be tough to climb out of.
Pre-baby, there was nothing better than a good early-morning workout topped off with a big cup of coffee on the way home With a newborn, though, sleep is at a premium most mornings, so I focus on proper fueling to help get my day going and keep me from crashing mid-morning
Being healthy and strong helps me feel confident in my own skin.
By treating my body with respect – fueling it properly, moving it consistently and taking care of it with chiropractic work, acupuncture, massages and stress relief – I am making an investment in longevity, which makes me feel powerful.
It may sound trite, but I really do believe that “everything happens for a reason.”
When I’ve been sidelined by injuries while training, it taught me a lot about adjusting my approach to workouts and has made me a better runner over the years.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy, so earning those personal records the hard way makes them all the more rewarding.
A lot of runners hold tension in the upper body, which wastes precious energy.
During my track and field days in high school, I learned to imagine holding a potato chip in each hand.
Your fists shouldn’t be balled up tightly, and you should try to keep the “chip” from “crumbling.”
This translates to a more relaxed upper body and more fluid movement.
One of my favorite on-the-go snack recipes at the moment are these Chocolate Chunk cookies.
Yep, I said “cookie,” but these are packed with healthy ingredients – good fats, lots of fiber and a whole lot of healthy nutrients.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they’ve got lactation-friendly ingredients.
My Girl by The Temptations
I was born outside of Detroit, so there’s nothing like a little Motown music to get you moving!
Just add friends!
Some of my favorite workouts have been the ones where I’m not going at it solo.
Whether you’re mixing up your workout with cross-training or grabbing some miles while catching up with buddies, the camaraderie that comes from sweating with other people is underrated!