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Any BODY Can Run!

 

 

Don’t think you have what it takes to be a “runner”?  Think you are too big, slow, or just not fit enough to run?

 

Well, I have a special treat for you today with our guest India Cook who is just a ray of sunshine and positivity. 

India Cook is an avid Atlanta-based runner, YouTube vlogger, podcast host, RRCA

certified run coach, race announcer, and motivational speaker. India advocates for all

paces and body types in the space of road running and racing. She loves running but

also has a passion for encouraging and guiding runners and those who aspire to

become runners. India coaches independently through her company, Miles from India,

and coaches with a non-profit organization, A.R.C., Active Resolute Connected. This

organization empowers women through running and helps to break mental and

physical barriers. As of 2021, India also sits as a Board Member for Coaches of Color

Initiative (COCI), an organization whose mission is to provide meaningful opportunities

for people of color aspiring to successful careers as endurance coaches.

 

India started running in 2008 on the quest to lose weight and also engage in a healthy

social activity. India jumped into racing by signing up for her first race, The Peachtree

Road Race, which is the world’s largest 10k. In 2017, India ran her first marathon at the

Bank of American Chicago Marathon. Throughout training for her marathon, India

observed that many ladies wanted to know more about her journey to running 26.2

miles. Therefore, India developed a vlog to document her journey on FaceBook called

Miles From India. In 2018, as India documented her second marathon training journey,

she joined forces with a fellow running friend, Tommy Mitchell, and they started, The

Run Duo Podcast. On this bi-weekly podcast, the duo strives to connect with runners

and those involved in the community of running. They conduct interviews while

educating and entertaining their listeners by discussing their personal running updates,

running and racing current events, and much more. India wanted to continue to

broaden her reach to other runners in 2020; therefore, she launched a running vlog on

YouTube, Miles from India, which educates, inspires, and motivates runners by way of

race recaps, product reviews, “run with me” videos and tips and tricks. India’s vlog is

tailored to ensure that the content is digestible for all experience levels. To date, India

has completed three marathons, 15 half marathons, and countless 5ks and 10k’s.

India’s goal is to make the sport more diverse and less intimidating for her listeners and

viewers. She gives extra love to new runners and those that are “back of the pack

runners”. India continues to use her voice, experience, and connections to grow and

diversify the sport of running.

 

We chat about an all-important topic that any BODY can run as it relates to inclusion and diversity within our running community.  India is an advocate for all paces and all body types in the space of road running and racing.  She loves running but also has a passion for encouraging and guiding runners and those who aspire to become runners.

 

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

Watch the video from our Facebook Live by clicking the video below!

In this episode,  

We talk about ways to make the sport more diverse and less intimidating as well as some other topics:

  • Why we should rethink the phrase “running is my therapy”
  • What is true inclusivity in running?
  • The Coaches of Color Initiative
  • Inspirational stories of those that grown into some amazing runners
  • How India overcome shin splints and IT band pain with physical therapy and run coaching

 

We even had some fun with a SPARK lightning round of questions and talked about India shared some great running bra tips for you ladies who struggle to find the right fit!  

 

Resource mentioned in this episode:

 

SPARK Blueprint: 5 Tips To Run Stronger & Healthier

https://programs.sparkhealthyrunner.com/blueprint

 

Connect with India

Website: https://www.milesfromindia.com/

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/i_of_endigo_runs/

 

YouTube: Miles from India- https://www.youtube.com/c/milesfromindia

 

Podcast: The Run Duo- https://linktr.ee/Therunduo

 

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Warmest regards,

 

– Duane

 

Duane Scotti, PT, PhD, DPT

Coach & Physical Therapist For Runners

Board Certified, OCS

(203) 376-6514

 

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“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.

I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.

Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.

Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.

If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”

Dipti Pandya

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!  I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach.  I am soooo glad I made the investment in me!  I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier!  The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching.  I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong.  I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot!  The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally.  I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age.  Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!

Gina J.

My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.

I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.

I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!

Katja L.

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