Personal Training

When I started my journey to health back in 2012, I did a lot on my own.  I started working out at home, walking on my treadmill, doing ab exercises I had pinned on Pinterest, and I realized I wanted needed something more.

I joined Onelife in May of 2012. This place has seriously become my second home!

I started personal training with a great trainer named Allie in late summer.  She was great – loved Crossfit (a world I knew nothing about) and pushed me to my limits.  It was great to get that kick in the rear that I so desperately needed.  We worked together for about 6 months, then she left to pursue her education.  I was very wary of finding another trainer, because I was so attached to her, but then she placed me with Danny.

I have a love/hate relationship with Danny.  I love to hate him.

Eh, just kidding.  Danny is great.  He has pushed me to my limits; he has helped me when I’ve gone through personal tragedy.  He’s been patient with me when I’ve over trained and injured myself.

I used to work with him for an hour once a week, and recently switched to twice a week.  We spend one day doing strength training, the other doing stretching and recovery.  It has made considerable difference in my journey to health.  I don’t know what I would do without the constant presence he has keeping me accountable.

If anyone is interested in his philosophy, you can read about it here:

Do you have a personal trainer? Who do you have keeping you accountable?

Shamrock Training

In the fall, a workout buddy of mine convinced me to do the Dolphin Challenge for the Shamrock race weekend. On a runner’s high after my fall races, I excitedly agreed to it.

I had no idea what I was getting into.

Fast forward to present day…Shamrock is 3 weeks away and I can’t remember the last long run I did.

A few weeks ago my runner’s knee flared up and I opted out of my long runs in favor of cross training (mostly swimming).  I know it’s from pushing my body past my limits. I thought I increased my mileage slowly and was allowing proper recovery time, but my body is telling me otherwise.

I felt really good, ran a few easy miles and got terrible shin splints. Then I got sick for a week and did nothing.

I know now that it was a mistake to couple my first half marathon with the 8k and do the Dolphin Challenge. You live and you learn.

I’m still developing my plan for Shamrock. I may opt to walk the 8k with some of my walking friends. My goal is just to finish my first half. It’s so frustrating and humbling at the same time.

It’s been a good learning experience.

 Have you ever gotten injured right before a big race? Have you ever felt completely unprepared?

The Journey begins…

Hey reader (s)!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for some time.  Its been marinating in my head.  I’ve thought of all the reasons I shouldn’t: I don’t have time, I’ll lose steam in a month, no one wants to read my thoughts…and on and on.

But the real reason I’m doing this: for me.

I want to document my journey to health, my journey in running, my journey in life.  It is so wonderful to go back and see how far you’ve come – and to record my thoughts that accompany those accomplishments will help me relive the process.

The title of my blog is “Cool Runnings Journey.” Mostly because “Cool Runnings” was already taken.  For those of you who live under a rock (I mean who hasn’t seen the story of the Jamaican bobsled team!?), Cool Runnings is a movie about Jamaican runners who don’t qualify for the Olympics in running, so they form a bobsled team.  They name their bobsled “Cool Runnings” because it means “peace be the journey.”  I wanted a name that reflected that this is a journey, a process, and the end goal is not what defines success; what you learn along the way does.

My journey to health and happiness may not always be one of peace, but I hope it is, and I hope to learn from it when its not.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey!

Have you seen the movie, Cool Runnings?

What are you on a journey toward?