Thoughts By Natalie

Why I’m Ditching Running for Pilates (Plus a Giveaway!)


For nearly all of my 20s, running was my go-to exercise of choice. I loved that it was outside, required no equipment and was something I could do anywhere. After years of spending way too much time in the gym, it was also refreshing to do a workout that was equally nourishing for my soul and mind as it was for my body.

Fast forward to age 29, nearly two years after having a baby, and I suddenly start getting sharp knee pain whenever I run. I took a few weeks off then went back out, and the same thing happened. As it turns out, I developed what’s called runner’s knee and I can’t seem to kick it. So for the whole summer (and now a couple months into fall), I’ve literally not exercised other than going for walks with Jack in the stroller and picking him up or chasing him around when I’m playing with him. And while I’m glad my knee doesn’t bother me with normal movement, I really have missed that high you get from a good workout.

Last week I felt like it was time to get back out there, and while I really had a beautiful run, that knee pain came back and the end and I knew that meant saying goodbye to running until I can strengthen the muscles around my knees. And since I hate gyms and workout classes, there’s only one solution that gets me excited and gives me hope: Pilates.

I’ve shared about Pilates here several times before. It’s a workout I enjoy but never make time for because I’ve historically prioritized running. But now that a run is really out of the picture, I am hoping to create space for a regular Pilates practice in my life. Which brings me to today’s giveaway.

The Balanced Life Sisterhood is a monthly membership program designed by Pilates instructor and Balanced Life founder Robin Long to help busy women live healthy lives and workout from the comfort of their own home. Today Robin is giving away a 1-month membership to one of you!

Each month Sisterhood members receive:


  • Monthly Workout Calendar – workouts range from 10-40 minutes
  • New Full-Length Pilates or Barre Workout – fully downloadable (this makes TBL very unique!)
  • Recipe Bundle – healthy and delicious meal ideas
  • Monthly Mission – each month The Sisterhood focuses on one area of mental/emotional well-being (like comparison or stress)
  • Additional benefits include: Sisterhood-only discounts, access to our archive of workouts and recipe bundles, an interactive community of like-minded women

Swing by Instagram today to enter to win—good luck!

P.S. Looking to give someone a healthy gift this year? Robin offers gift memberships for 3, 6 and 12 months. Learn more here ;)

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  • Melissa
    November 24, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I had the same issue and the only thing that fixed it was getting a good pair of running shoes. I went to The Running Room (not sure if they have these in the states but I am sure there are other running specialty stores), where they watch you walk and run to analyze what kind of shoe you need for how your foot hits the ground. I was recommended an ugly pair of Asics, and it hurt to spend $200 on a pair of shoes that weren’t very cute, but it was a night and day difference. The very next run, I went longer than I had in months with ZERO knee pain AT ALL. I’ve bought a new pair of Asics every year since then (I am on my third!).

    • Natalie Borton
      November 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Hooray! So happy you fixed the pain!

  • Meaghan
    November 25, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Talk to a physical therapist! Runner’s knee is common and fixable. Pilates will help for sure, but having professional tell you exactly why you’re getting pain and what you can do about it will help you get better faster! #GetPTFirst

    • Natalie Borton
      November 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I did go to PT for the summer and didn’t really see much progress :( But they did tell me for sure it was runner’s knee and that I needed to continue to strengthen my knee and hip and glute areas to support the knee, so hopefully Pilates can help with that.