Just a short one today, to make a quick but important announcement.
When I first started this blog over a year ago I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. It began just as a way to get my many random thoughts in order. I had some idea that I could try to coordinate my blogging with my role as president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Barefoot Runners Society. But like most of my hare-brained schemes, those ideas weren't very well formed.
If you've been following my adventures, you've seen this blog experience a meteoric rise in popularity. I attribute most of that rise to my finally deciding to share what I know about barefoot running, health, and fitness. People have gotten the idea that I know what I'm talking about, and I'm happy to play along.
Since becoming more visible in the fitness community, folks haven't just sought out my help online. They've asked me to come speak at events. They've asked me to host clinics and workshops. And they've been looking for one-on-one personal coaching and advise.
What started as a trickle has quickly turned into a flood. I went from zero coaching clients to several in a couple of months. I have more folks who want my help, but either don't have anywhere to work out or don't have the money to plop down on a bunch of private coaching. I have a crowd of people looking for me to expand my clinic and workshop schedule this year, and no good place to hold those clinics. And I'm looking for a setup that will give me a central location to do barefoot form training and gait analysis so I don't have to lug around a bunch of AV equipment.
The answer came to me a few days ago:
"Holy shit...I think I need to open a gym!"
Every superhero needs a lair. This wouldn't just be any old lair. This would be a towering beacon of strength training and barefoot running awesomeness. I imagine a space where I can host strength training classes, do personal training, hold clinics and workshops, do some running coaching, and host the occasional potluck (I'm from the Midwest...we love our potlucks).
This idea is just thoughts on paper at this point. The logistics of the whole thing, and whether it will even happen are completely up in the air. But I'm a believer in the notion that if you tell people that you're going to do something, you're more likely to do it.
I'm also a big believer in doing things that force your hand towards your ultimate goal. For example, if you sign up for an ultra marathon, you're more likely to do the necessary training for it. So I've taken the first step in forcing my hand towards possibly opening a Crossfit gym. I signed up for my Crossfit coaching certification (the Level 1 cert.). I'll be an official Crossfit trainer by the end of March.
I have no idea what the future has in store for me. I feel like everything I've been doing with this blog has led inevitably to this point. I feel like I need to do this. I'm simultaneously excited and scared to death.
I'll keep you loyal readers updated as to my progress. Thanks so much for your support.
Dare to dream big citizens! Happy Monday!