“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
So... I survived day 1 with a trainer, and was pleasantly surprised. Gasp-- I actually enjoyed the time. (Uh. Minus looking like a beet, having my body parts jiggle all over the place, and breathing like... well, I don't know what to compare it to, but it wasn't pretty.) I enjoyed the challenge and I could definitely feel exactly which muscles are never getting used. (Apparently people are supposed to work their abs. Huh.) I won't lie-- I was surprised by how quickly the time went. It was high intensity (umm...yeah) but there was enough variety that my mind didn't have a chance to wander-- or do anything except making sure my lungs were getting enough air so that I didn't fall over in the floor. I love that he gave me a flashback to my Tae Kwon Do days and had me doing cresent kicks and the like. Granted, last night's kicks weren't pretty, but my body seemed to remember how to do them. I'm excited to watch as some of that begins to come back to me.
The deal I made with the trainer is that he would train me so that I could be a runner. (Even if it involved me making a deal where I wouldn't run for several weeks, so I could build up my muscles. Apparently he didn't think it normal that I was spending hours with frozen peas on my shins so I could walk the next day.) I think that even with several weeks of little to no running, I'm going to be way ahead of where I was if I was just slogging away at getting in miles. I can tell that my legs and back will be much stronger, and that my endurance will increase rapidly.
Everyone on facebook is listing something they are thankful for each day in November. I haven't been doing that (at least not on facebook.) But today, the trainer (also my friend) gets my gratitude. For calling me on my stuff, for caring enough to tangle with me and not giving me the time to give him much lip, for challenging me to set a standard of strength for myself. But most of all, for shattering my long held belief that being in any shape other than round was an impossibility.
I'm in kind of a fierce mood today. Like "Move, world. I've got things to do and I don't have time for you to stand in my way." And maybe that's the start of something...