Tips to Starting a Running Program

Thinking of taking up running? Are you wanting to run for weight loss? Overall health? To achieve runner’s high? Perhaps you’re eager to enter some race events.

Thanks to Meghan Kennihan, our guest in this episode, you can Run for Fun and Get it Done! Meghan is a certified running coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor who coaches runners of all ability levels.

We harnessed her energy and expertise to ask her to share a few high level tips for running newbies.

  • Why run? What does running offer that a nice power walk does not?
  • How do we prevent injury when embarking on a running program, especially if overweight or unfit?
  • How can we address muscle imbalances so we can run as safely and long term as possible?
  • What are some hot tips for the first few weeks of a running program?
  • What are some common mistakes beginning runners make? What can we do to avoid those mistakes?

Just listening to Meghan will give you the pep in your step to open the door and head out for a jog-walk-run-jog-walk-race. When you return, check out her website at or email her at with your feedback or questions.

Meghan hails from LaGrange, IL where she is a USA Track & Field coach and RRCA (Road Runners of America) certified distance coach.  If all goes according to plan, you will see her zoom by at the 2016 Olympics.  She will not be using a stunt double, her identical twin sister (we LOVE twins!) . Catch Meghan now while you can.

For sure you can catch us over at and via twitter: @AlexandraFunFit and @KymberlyFunFit  Ready? Set. Run!

You can listen to this episode via phone if you prefer! Call (512) 827-0515 ext 0307 . Feel free to leave a recorded message when you are done.

About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!