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The way many endurance athletes approach training, it is anything but fun. Grueling might be the more accurate description.
But endurance trainer Laura “LA” Kelly, of Sedona, said the emphasis of her training program is for athletes to enjoy themselves.

Laura Kelly, an endurance coach from Sedona, finishes the La Ruta De Los Conquistadors mountain bike race in Costa Rica.“I want my athletes to have fun,” Kelly said. “I know what it was like for me when I was really into [running], and then I hurt my knee and was told I could never run again. My whole identity, everything was crushed.

“I want to make sure my athletes don’t put that much emphasis on it, and that they’re having fun while they’re getting healthier and faster.”

Kelly also focuses on quality over quantity.

“I don’t think more is better,” she said. “I think that for most people the best workouts are less than 60 minutes — ideally 90 minutes — with the proper warm up and cool down. A lot of times we grow up thinking if you want to run a marathon, just go out and run every day; instead of, you need specific kinds of training.

“You need long slow easy runs, and you need speed work to build up your speed and endurance and continue to put a sustained stress on your body.”

For the full story, please see the Friday, July 24 issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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