Twin Cities Marathon is in a little over 9 weeks and I am still struggling with my running. I came to the realization that if I am going to do this race, I need professional help (both mental and physical). With the recommendation of a friend, I reached out to our Boot Camp Bitch Instructor and I explained my situation. I told her that come hell or high water, I was going to cross the finish line on October 2nd and I asked her if she thought she could help me. She took me to do a fitness assessment and wrote down all sorts of things on a piece of paper. She confirmed what I already knew, I was in rough shape.....pathetic really and no where near the condition of a marathon runner. I was kind of nervous that she would laugh in my face and reject my insane goal. She then stated "I would rock that marathon". I signed on the dotted line and hired her for 8 weeks.
I have had two sessions with her and she makes Jillian Michaels look like a push-over. I ran stairs with a medicine ball overhead, did wall sits, squats with weights, and inverted pull-ups. I pushed and pulled a heavy boxing bag through a studio and I did some heavy tire flipping. So far she she is keeping it interesting. I felt pretty bad ass that I was able to complete her workouts, especially the upper body one.
Well.....It has been two days since my last session and the DOMS have set in.OH MY GOD, I cannot straighten my arms.AT. ALL.I am walking around like the Hulk.I know I am not being a wuss because my arms are actually SWOLLEN (although all of my co-workers would disagree because of my constant whining). Please excuse the elephantiasis-like arm.
With that said, she keeps my goal in mind and only pushes me as far as she knows I can go and even helps me out at times. Right now I need to be pushed like she is pushing me. I have been down for so long that I have forgotten what it it is like to really work hard. It is a nice to have a reminder that I can still do this. Even with the sore, swollen muscles...I think she will get me to my goal.