Let’s Talk Running! How to Approach Running & Creating Lifestyle Balance in Global The Pandemic of 2020

Let's Talk Running! Meet us on September 18th for a great (and free) discussion about How to Approach Running & Creating Lifestyle Balance in Global The Pandemic of 2020.

To sign up for free, click here!


If I look like I'm both crying and laughing in this picture from 1999, in the New York City Marathon: it's because I am. In many ways, running has always been my greatest source of both liberation and pain. Learning how to interpret these sensations, so that I create a story line that empowers me to make good choices, is the real trick!

A fine metaphor for life, running is a challenge, that can lead to great fulfillment; it has the potential to provide such joy. Yet before the sense of accomplishment, there is the rub, the portal to discover ourselves as physical people.

Going outside, getting some air and sunshine, and conquering the fear of inactivity and over-work, has taken on a whole new dimension this 2020. Running, jogging, or run-walking can be a liberating and enlivening choice. But how?

We invite you to join us for a panel discussion on zoom, to talk about how we each approach running in 2020!

Perhaps you simply want to learn how to activate your core, stretch out your hip flexors, or even just to gain some new perspective on how to create a balanced lifestyle. Please join the core warmup and stretching, after the run-pannel conversation on zoom on Friday, September 18th: all about running!

I am so excited to be joined by fellow marathon Runner, and Premium Whiskey Education & Advocacy Lead at Brown-Forman, Jordan Zimmerman; along with Running Coach and Personal Trainer Chelsea Beasley for this important panel discussion.

We'll be talking about how to create a lifestyle that incorporates cross-training, running, and core activation so that we are tending to our feelings about something that provides a lot of satisfaction: the art of running. We'll answer some of your burning questions like:

Do we run with masks?
What do we do when we can't go outside?
What does running mean to us?

Later in the evening, Jordan will be hosting a Zoom Whiskey tasting (for tickets, go to our event page.)

The Fundraiser will be to benefit The Okra Project, a New York-based organization that works on a global level to end food insecurity for black trans people.

If you would like to donate to support The Okra Project, click here.


It’s never too late. Depending on where you are in your life, your strategy to get out there may evolve. Perhaps a walk-run is better for you! Sometimes just lifting your heels and activating your abs can help your heart rate to go up. Not everyone needs to run fast. Cross-training properly and feeling our bodies move freely, can be a very satisfying goal.

Instead of thinking, “Oh, I can’t get there as quickly as I did in my twenties,” and “getting in shape was so much easier when I was younger,” you can choose to focus on a new approach.

To go for a specific goal; whereas it may take you longer, or the strategy may be quite different from someone else: the focus can allow you to learn new things about yourself. You can still get there, but you will find a new and different path. This program will help you!

Our purpose at Pongo Power is to help everyone know that within the model of holistic health, safety, and security are accessible.

We can't wait to share hours of fun and festive fitness with old and new friends alike!

Our 13th Anniversary schedule for the day includes:

Morning Meditation & Yoga class
Rev Up to Run panel & community run
Live Music
Pre/Postnatal fitness session
Learn to Lift free weights sample class
Wine & Cheese pairing
Whiskey Night Cap with Brown Forman
DJ Dance Party!

Please join us in September - for any or all of these events, you can sign up for free here!

If you would like to help us raise money for The Okra Project, click here to donate!

We are thrilled to be raising money for this amazing organization, which we chose as it reflects on our values as a company, where community is at the center.

Reach out to us at office@pongopower.com if you have any questions.

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Pongo, CEO & Founder

Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist, by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

Barefoot Training Specialist by the Evidence Based Fitness Academy

Pre/Postnatal Certified by PRONatal


Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College with a major in psychology and a minor in education. Having studied psychology and education, in addition to kinetics and physiology, Elizabeth places a strong emphasis on lifestyle coordination when training clients and teaching proper form and technique.

Elizabeth was her 78-year-old father’s primary caretaker at the age of 29, after he suffered a stroke. As her dad recovered, she encouraged him to return to coaching Fencing, with the Long Island Swordsman. It was quite apparent how this improved his mood and his coordination. Simultaneously, Pongo signed up for her first New York City Marathon.  This experience helped Elizabeth discover how important it is for everyone in life to be physical. She resigned from her corporate job in order to become a Certified Personal Trainer upon realizing that proper exercise prescription, truly saves & improves lives.

“I’ve always felt great joy when being physical. From learning how to ride a bike; or go downhill skiing with my Dad; to training for the NYC Marathon and the NYC Triathlon: I’ve elevated my spirits and improved my health through solid program design and exercise science. I take great pride in teaching other people how to cultivate that lifestyle, truly.”

If you'd like to talk with a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, email us at office@pongopower.com!

We are so excited to book your Fitness Assessment! Fill out the form below.

In 2013 Pongo Power’s Judy Jerome and I competed in nine New York Road Runners races to qualify for the 2014 New York City Marathon. We did this to support each other in making Judy’s dream come true, of running one NYC Marathon.

I know, as the founder of Pongo Power, there is a big difference between exercise and training. Exercise feels good and is important for your health, absolutely! But education and training, learning, and developing ourselves, is what allows us to slowly, one step at a time, make our dreams come true. There’s something about doing something in a consistent way, in a careful way, that allows us to expand and grow beyond our previous boundaries.


Pongo Power created Rev Up to Run, so that runners can develop a relationship with running, in which we can share our love of training properly. We’d like to challenge that belief, and empower you to know that running, is a possibility for most, given proper training, warm-up, core integration, and cool down.

To learn more about our Running Program, Rev Up To Run, read this blog.

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