“They” always say that you can’t just run to be a good runner. I had fair warning, I really did.
Unfortunately, I’ve always been the kind of girl who has to make her own mistakes.
It’s been 6 weeks since I started working with a personal trainer and shifted my focus to strength training.
In 6 short weeks, I’ve dropped 6 lbs and 2 body fat percentage points. For me, that’s just the icing on the cake. Weight has never really captivated my interest.
This is what sold me:
6 short weeks ago, I came off of an 18-mile week that ended with a soul-crushingly painful long run. I felt weak, frustrated, and exhausted.
I’ve gone from running very slowly with extreme pain to crushing 8 minute miles and 18 mile long runs.
Last week, I ran 29 miles (including a half marathon!), completed two 60-minute strength sessions, and a cross training session. I feel alive, strong, and full of boundless energy.
Kettlebells, BOSU, TRX, planks, squats, lunges, shoulder press, seal crawl – if my first thought is, “This is going to hurt…”, I can’t get enough.
I’ve been converted.
For me, the road to strength training came through joining a gym, Life Time Fitness, and taking advantage of the free fitness assessment and personal training sessions that came with my new membership.
I’ve had access to complementary training sessions in the past, but never used them because I figured what’s the point of one session? Had I not been in such a sorry state and in need of a change, I’m not sure I would have taken advantage of my sessions this time around, either.
I went into my 2 training sessions thinking that I couldn’t afford personal training, and that I might learn a couple new exercises but not expecting much more than that.
What I got was so much more.
stay tuned for more reflections on personal training…