Summer Session 1 Monday Morning Mat Pilates & RUN!

Mat Pilates at The Lab held on Monday mornings from 9am-10am focuses on abdominal work. Participants can chose to bring their own mat or borrow one provided by The Lab. This abdominal Mat Pilates class defines and tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the back to improve posture and core strength.

For the early riser, there is also the option to participate in an eight week clinic. The series runs from 5:45am-7:15am. Forty-five minutes is abdominal focused core work followed by an optional casual sunrise run along the ocean. Sign ups are under Clinics at The Lab.


Dates: June 1st-August 3rd with NO CLASS on June 8th & July 6th!

Santa Barbara Running Strong Summer 1 Session

Santa Barbara Running Strong is a 70 MINUTE mat Pilates class designed to develop and strengthen the core and stabilizing muscles that a runner requires in order to support an efficient stride all the while helping to prevent injuries. SBRS is held weekly on Friday mornings from 6am-7:10am at the downtown Santa Barbara Running Company on Anacapa Street. Participants will need to bring their own mat to class.


To reserve your spot contact:

SBRS Summer 1 Session Dates:

May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 24, 31

*No Class June 5th, July 10th, July 17th

It Is about the Run

Let’s check in.  How you doing?


You’re not gonna talk?  Okkkkkk, I’ll talk.  I’m grrrrrrrrrrrreat.  I mean I spent a year putting my body back together to get into really good shape and have a knife literally stuck up my ass.

That sounds painful!

Oh, it is.  It super sucks.  Sucks like watching Man Buns cruise around as I power walk down the path.  I can’t even run up after him and tell him his head looks like a….certain part of the male anatomy.  If the Man Bun is a compensation, then these boys need better vitamins to grow bigger buns.  I’m just saying…nothing says angst like a little hair wrapped into a cocktail smokie.

So what’s an athlete to do?  Cry?  Nope.  Bitch?  Um, isn’t that why we are here?  Move on?  Let’s face it.  I adore running.  I can’t often have my way, but it isn’t because I do things wrong.  It’s one body- flesh and blood.  It’s given birth, it’s suffered injury, it’s been sick, it’s been on top of the world, it’s been fantastic, it’s been broken, it’s healed and healed, and it’s learned.

I have absolutely no regrets about my last attempt to come back to speed.  In the final hour, it didn’t work and I fell back to square one.  But not in my head.

I’m a lucky human being.  I can’t do everything I want to and that frustrates me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give back to other runners.  It doesn’t mean I cannot adjust and find what will work.  It doesn’t mean I won’t run again.

In the meantime, I’m back on the bike and the elliptigo.  I write this because I have been injured so much.  Injury is (for most of us) a part of life and being an athlete.  Just like running should never define you, injury should not either.

Be smart with your body.  If you find yourself injured, make a concrete plan to recovery.  Mark a calendar.  Enjoy the downtime with other activities.  Find new interests.  Support friends in their races.  And most of all, never ever count yourself out.