Recently Honey Stinger came out with their You Don’t Have to be a Pro campaign and it got me thinking.

Of course, their campaign is focused on their product but I think we can apply this to our running or fitness in general. Because let’s be real, anyone reading this blog probably isn’t a pro. 

But the idea behind their campaign is, that you are out there rocking your workouts and you need to properly prepare and fuel too. Just because you aren’t getting paid the big bucks or any bucks in my case, you still need to take care of your body!

I think many of us get caught up in the “I’m not fast enough” or “I need to do X before I can do Y”. We think we have to be a certain weight or run a certain pace. We don’t. We only need to get out and have fun! You can be serious about your training and still have fun. 

As non-pros, we usually have to figure out for ourselves what we need to do. Some of us may hire coaches or have a trainer at the gym who can guide our workouts and maybe a dietician or nutritionist who helps with food. But most of us? We get by with our own research.

We can read books, blogs, and articles until we are blue in the face. We can watch videos or listen to podcasts while we work. But what good does it do if we don’t put it into practice! 

Without some professional guidance, we are left to our own devices. 

We start out reading articles or blogs. We watch a few videos or listen to some podcasts. We figure out maybe we need to add a smoothie after our run. Or lift some weights. We want to run longer, but do I need to hydrate or fuel? We start to experiment. 

We find what works for us.

We may not be professionals. We may not have the resources they do. But we have the heart. We have the will. We push ourselves and try to be a little bit better each day. You don’t have to be a pro. You just need to be you.

What is your favorite resource for fitness and health? Do you have a favorite book or podcast? Is there a person you love to follow on social media? Drop them in the comments and maybe we can all find a new favorite!

Have you listened to my podcast, Runs on Espresso, yet? You can find it here or anywhere you listen to podcasts. This week’s long-run episode is all about imposter syndrome, which kinda goes with this blog. Synergy. Or good planning on my part. 😉


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.