Lisa is a masters runner, mother, author, certified running coach, strength and happiness junkie and the heart and soul behind The Conscious Runner. Her mission is to help you become a stronger, faster, more injury-resistant runner and feel good while doing it.
While waiting for swim season to start in college, Lisa figured she'd give cross country a try. From that point on, she was hooked. But it wasn’t a smooth ride. She was plagued with injury. She's had everything from stress fractures, to patella tendinitis, to IT BAND syndrome, to SI joint pain to plantar fasciitis. Through all of the injuries, she was able to achieve a 1:16:32 half marathon, a 35:23 10k and a 2:43:59 marathon, compete in the 2003 and 2004 World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland and Belgium and almost qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon.
The turning point for her came when I decided to dedicate myself to running specific strength and mobility exercises and what she calls conscious running. By doing this she was able to achieve my highest, consistent mileage ever and feel GOOD while doing it.
What is Conscious Running? Conscious running is more than being awake. It is feeling alive and connected throughout every pore of your body. Instead of runs passing you by in a semi-conscious state, you are aware of what’s going on in and around you. Runs go by more quickly, injury becomes more avoidable, discomfort more tolerable and an inexplicable peace pervades.