I met my personal trainer, Brian, 13 years ago when I was recovering from an ACL/MCL tear. I was a mom with 2 young kids who was not a runner, not a Girls on The Run coach or MRTT chapter leader, barely lifted any weights, and really had no idea how to get back into prebaby shape. Something just clicked and fitness became a passion of mine. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of.
It might have taken 10 years for me to learn some of these lessons and some I’ve certainly learned the hard way. Apparently I am “not the most coachable person”. There are 5 lessons that have been drilled into my head and I think they have finally stuck!
5 Lessons Learned From My Personal Trainer
Every run is not a race
If you are going out there every Tuesday and crushing your neighborhood run, you are not doing yourself any favors. It is important to have easy run days and hard run days.
Every race is not a PR
This is something we talk about in our running group a lot as well. It is unrealistic to think every race will result in a PR and can really set you up for lots of disappointment and increase your chance of injury.
Rest days are crucial for recovery and injury prevention
This one I’ve learned the hard way! Professional athletes take days or even weeks off after a hard race so why would I think that I would not need to do the same? I currently have one full rest day a week and I’ve come to really appreciate the importance of rest in my recovery.
Run your own race
Another tough one for me. How many times have a gotten to start line of a race only to throw my whole race plan out the window as soon as I started? Know your race day strategy and stick to it. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. I am racing against myself.
Don’t be afraid to die on a run
Training runs are for training right? It’s ok to go out there sometimes and see how fast or how far you can go. It’s okay to totally die on a run and have to stop or walk. How will you know what you are capable of if you never test your limits?
A big thank you to Brian for being my trainer, psychotherapist, voice of reason, and basically putting up with me all these years. He definitely keeps me healthy, up and running.
What are some running lessons you’ve learned?
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