On my first 20-miler a week ago, I discovered that the secret to enjoying this first marathon rested in more than just running lots and lots of miles. My upper abdominals, my oblique abs, my glutes – all these muscles were on fire in the late miles of this training run. My will, my drive, and my endurance had returned since having a baby and major surgery (C-section) a little over 5 months ago, but physically, my body just couldn’t quite keep up with what I was asking it to do.
The Monday after that long run, I called up the gym that I have given money to for years and yet never go (my own fault) and told them I needed someone to kick my butt for the next 10 weeks until race day. I met with one of their heads of the Personal Training department and got set up with one of their upper levels of trainers. Yes, I could have taken just any trainer, but a more experienced personal trainer was more likely to adapt their exercise prescription to my specific, more unusual circumstances of a distance runner with a deadline for performance who is coming back from still recent surgery and the effects of 9 months of stretching my abdomen with a baby inside and the effect of the hormones on all my muscles.
So I started with the new trainer Saturday morning after a hilly 10.3-mile long run with the North Texas Runners club. Boy, was I going to be sore the next day! The trainer, Jeff, did a full assessment, testing me out with different strength, balance, and range of motion exercises. I got a lot of “that’s interesting” reactions […]